The Oxford - Sunnyvale

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$30 and under
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Contemporary British

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Zagat rated "The Oxford" as one of the 11 Hottest Restaurants and Bars in the South Bay in July 2016. Also, Modern Luxury Silicon Valley has listed Oxford in "The 10 Most Exciting New Restaurants" in Silicon Valley.

The Oxford is inspired by the eclectic, energetic verve of the streets of London. Picture a lively marketplace in London with the enticing flavors and aromas of the Middle East, Southeast Asia, India and the United Kingdom. The Oxford serves up all of that – and more – in one fun, relaxed gastropub.

Kick back with our original cocktails, which change seasonally. Or a classic libation. Or a range of wines and beers, including half a dozen on tap.
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was unimpressed with the Oxford’s menu. The menu was not the same as what was listed on their website and due to the mostly heavy lunchtime options, I found myself at a loss on what to order. I ended up ordering a bowl of tomato soup which said it came with “bread.” I imagined a fresh bread basket but instead received one lukewarm, stale-tasting Hawaiian roll. The soup was fine but the overall meal was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good

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vipDeb18
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks are fabulous and the food is great! Highly recommend both!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Everything was ok. But watch for the hidden charges. Party of 5 = automatic 20% tip. Even when you don’t get 20% worthy service. Food was average. Oh don’t forget about the 9$ per person service charge that they also add to your bill and never tell you about it or can even explain it. They just say it is a requirement like a tax and you can talk to the manager. But he is not here.

I wont return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Valentine’s Day

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mit1955
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pretty much blown away by the quality of the Valentine's Day dinner. We've eaten in other really good restaurants (Plumed Horse, 58 Tour Eiffel for instance) and this meal matched that. And the price for what we got was amazing!
It was explained to us that this was a special dinner and the chef does this only a couple of times a year. So we still need to try the normal fare. But I would certainly recommend their tasting menu to anyone!

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vipnjfoodie
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went here for lunch on Valentines Day. They feature “London Street food”. Lots of choices if you like curry and spicy food. We went kind of bland with Gish&chips and a chicken sandwich. A few interesting cocktails on the menu, lots of wine choices. Very energetic (I.e. loud), fun if you’re not looking for quiet. Food was good, not particularly special.

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vipLola
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Oxford is steady. Pretty good food. Not a big fan of the large fries. The Tikka Masa is good. Mary's chicken is battered and fried. The burger and chicken sandwich are a decent size but not large. Fish and chips-cooking is hit or miss. Decent drinks! They were a little slow on a Friday night. I recommend for a steady place with some different options on the menu.

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vipIdaL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friends and I went there for brunch at 11:30. There were only 2 other party there so we were seated immediately. The food was very tasty. The staff was friendly but wished they would check on us more frequently. We had to ask twice to get our water glasses filled. They give us a desert for my friend’s birthday and it was very delicious.

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vipMeow
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was good from seating to serving. We were surprised the small portion of beef Wellington and no virgin cocktails that day.

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vipomgjholcomb
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food5service2ambience4

I made reservations for a friends birthday who has high standards and this place had great reviews and was by her house. The reservation system was great. The weather was really horrible that day with a downpour and most of us were driving from the city so I changed the reservation from 1:30pm to 2:00pm so we would all arrive safely. Once we arrived at 2:00pm the server that sat us was really nice, however on the way to the table a man that looked like the manager or perhaps the owner kept inquiring if we had made a reservation, that he had called and no one had answered and asked why we had changed the reservation, etc. We asked if there was a problem? He said again that he had called and that no one had answered. We again asked if something was wrong? We were a party of 4 women, and my friends mother is quite proper and was becoming uncomfortable with the situation and asked if we should just go, that maybe “the owner” didnt want us there, etc. Hoping to shrug it off because THATS WHAT WOMEN ALWAYS DO, we told her everything was fine and proceeded to order with the awesome staff. The food was amazing, the rest of the service was friendly and attentive, however, this man came back a 3rd time while we were eating to ask who had made the reservation and when I answered me again, he said he had left a voicemail because I hadn’t answered and gave my friend who had asked previously if there was a problem a dirty look and left the table. Unfortunately we wont ever be returning because even though everything else was wonderful this man ruined a birthday dinner that 3 of us had to drive over an hour to even make and be treated like naughty children.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good bar food and cocktails. Went with the family. Fish and chips and the burger were the best of the food we ordered. Heard good things about to Shepard’s pie but it had a lot of cream, which I couldn’t eat due to lactose issues. Nice basic restaurant and good bar ambience located in downtown Sunnyvale.

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vipLisaF
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun atmosphere. Feels like a little piece of London.

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vipReincarn8
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I don’t think the service staff is trained well here. They brought our entree without clearing out the appetizer plates, so we had to hold those plates in the air as they put our entree. WTH

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MarcM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Very attentive and friendly staff. I had the fried chicken burger. The crisp, seasoned batter and mint chutney made it a unique and wonderful sandwich.

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vipLindaR
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friendly and helpful staff. One of my personal favorite!.

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vipfoodieT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food, different but fun. Crustless sheperds' pie exceptional. Hot sauce a bit sweet! Good beers, some decent scotch. Very noisy, tables too tightly packed for a sit-down.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the first time I’ve ever visited this establishment. We chose to sit on the patio in the sun. Service very prompt and attentive. I chose the curried shrimp which was delicious. The online menu did not show the east Indian fair however, I was pleasantly surprised with the choices. If only one change would be to the cocktail menu. Perhaps offer a wine paired with the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. I really liked the fish and chips. Our server was fine. The noise level was louder than I like.

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Epicurean
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oxford is a truly amazing experience compared to the rest of Sunnyvale and the surrounding area. The menu is refreshing, the food is high quality, the ambience is interesting.

This is our go-to restaurant for special occasions (day night, birthdays, holidays, etc)

Yes it gets very loud. Yes the dishes and cocktails aren’t entirely consistent. No, I don’t care about these things when I know Scotch Eggs and Shepard’s Pie is waiting for me.

If you have a mixed party with different tastes, The Oxford is great. The Indian food is as good as any in the area (which is saying a lot). The Oxford Burger is fantastic. The pub food (meat pies, fish and chips, appetizers) are tasty and you will want to try them all.

The staff and management have always been attentive and friendly in the dozen or so times I have frequented the establishment.

The negative reviewers seemed to have expected something other than a “London gastropub with heavy Indian influence”, which is exactly what “The Oxford” is, every time.

Truly one of the best restaurants I have been to in Sunnyvale in the twenty years I have lived in the area.

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vipGeorgeS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there earlier before the dinner rush so service and food was wonderful.

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Tchan00
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We have been there several times for lunch and dinner. This was our first brunch at Oxford. Food was disappointing, which may stop us from returning. Fish and Chips - batter was too greasy and think. Chicken and Waffle - waffle was terrible, too much air inside; Chicken batter was also greasy and chewy. Not sure what's wrong. Too bad.

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vipChino
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service & the food was excellent!! We can't wait to go back & try different items on the menu. Our only complaint is the noise level was a little high, but it's a bar too so we expected it. Keep up the great work!!

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vipLopo
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great place to hang out! Love the decor, the food was great. Only 4 stars because it was soooooooo loud in there!!! Couldn’t have a conversation with others at our table. Would recommend for a happy hour type deal, but not for a family dinner...

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel and the Staff were as amazing as ever. Thank you for everyone that made my wife's birthday so special.

Mike

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chipk
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

As a family with young kids, the restaurant was perfectly friendly and welcoming. The kids menu had 2-3 options, one of which was macaroni and cheese. Unfortunately, it wasn't a "plain" macaroni and cheese, so my kids didn't eat it. My fish and chips was good---no complaints. My wife had a salad, trying to be healthy, but ended up unhappy because it was spicier than she wanted (we should have just ordered what she really wanted...).

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NagaV
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is truly an authentic London place - all the drinks and food options were great.
We really loved all the items - they tasted awesome !!!

But, interestingly, one of the cocktails we ordered had lot of ice cubes - so, we had to ask them to be light on ice :-)

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vipWineWithEverything
Nashville
96 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were in town for the National Championship game and popped in for a quick lunch. The food was very good, and we had a craft cocktail which was also very good. If you are thinking of trying Oxford I would give it a two thumbs up.

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vipGart
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice refreshing menu. The shwarma samosa is amazing. Burgers and chicken curry are also tasty generous dishes.

CF
vipCubsFan44
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was more than pleased with the environment, service, and dining/drinking options. We would definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A little slow on the service, especially when we first sat down (waited a while before the waiter came to take our drink and food order), and the kitchen closed relatively early (8:30 was last call on a Sunday). But the food was good and we enjoyed our meal overall. Would return.

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vipamtd
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! This place has a great vibe- very lively- and excellent customer service. The Shepherds Pie was delicious. My only complaint is the small pours for the wine. They pour a 4 oz glass of wine but charge for a full glass.

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TracyH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good pub-like food; English items like Shepherds pie and Fish and Chips were excellent.

TR
TracyR
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The cocktails here are great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was great. The staff were really good; very friendly and accommodating of our requests. For example we expressed interest in the Jamaican goat curry which wasn’t on the Sunday brunch menu. On finding out about our interest from the wait staff the chef kindly offered to make it for us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience4

My niece came in to town for a visit. We were seated quickly, but service was slow. They got my nieces order wrong, and continuously tried to give us the next tables food. Food was good though

KR
vipKatieR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a top notch, yet warm and comfortable, dining experience. Outstanding service and delicious cuisine.

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vipMiri
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time there. Had the chicken pot pie and falafel sliders. Both good. Disappointed that the bar was not opened since there were some interesting drinks we wanted to try. Service good. Will go back to try other items.

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ireneb
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was good, but very noisy. Seated near large group and would decline table if seated there again

VS
vipVivekS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

English pub setting with American fare and a curtailed Sunday menu. Good fit for Vegetarians who don't want to just munch on salads and highly customized dishes. Extensive bar menu and a super tasty veggie burger if you are into it. Dug on fish and chips and tomato soup - one gripe that the soup portion was pretty much for half a kid given that it was on a vast saucer with a tiny space inside. Not a good ROI for an american restaurant. Slightly expensive side but situated right on the corner of Murphy Ave Sunnyvale Downtown. Music wasn't much at all but service was excellent,attentive and quick.

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