OAKS Restaurant & Bar

3.9
363 reviews
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OAKS is a restaurant and bar in central Nottingham serving locally-produced burgers, steaks and meats cooked over wood embers.

The logs for our custom-built grill are the natural by-product of sustainable coppicing by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

We offer locally brewed craft ales by Castle Rock Brewery on tap, as well as bottles of craft beers and a cocktail list.

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SM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Steak was cooked well but quality of steak was terrible, very tough. Mash was cold, sauce was like water. Very disappointing as we've been here in the past and it was amazing. Quality of food and presentation has gone way down. However the service was fab and they dealt with our issues very well.

NM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for Sunday lunch and as soon as we opened the door it was great service, very welcoming. Food was reasonably priced and very tasty although some of the veg wasn't the warmest. On the whole, very good, we'll be back for something other than Sunday roast soon.

AB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great value for money, we hadn’t huge portions and we were glad we didn’t have a starter due to the size. The service was great and very deserving of a tip, the food came quickly and tasted good.

The restaurant itself was empty, not sure why, although it may be to do with the booking of 7:45 and it being a Thursday. Nonetheless my and my girlfriend had a lovely time.

Would recommend to anyone!

EM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

No where near as good as I’d remembered it being when it was relatively new, I used to love how the Sunday dinner came as a platter and that’s what we asked for yet it came as individual dinners . really didn’t enjoy it at all the chicken wasn’t fresh it was watery the whole plate felt watery we are normally both the type who cannot stand leaving food on our plates but neither of us ate much and we both felt a bit iffy after it’s a really big shame I doubt I will return now such a shame as I used to come here a lot before I had my little girl and I really looked forward to it.

OT
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. Staff lovely and food amazing. Had a lovely time. Will definitely be back.

DS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was lovely and reasonably priced. The atmosphere was great for date night with my partner and the young gentleman that served us was impeccable! We’ll definitely be back for another date night soon!

H
Lincolnshire
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff were AMAZING! Food was delicious but the cocktails were the true champion.

DG
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb restaurant...everything was spot on..would definitely visit again

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on July 20, 2019

Hi Derek, Thank you so much for your lovely review! We hope to see you again very soon! Thanks again, Chris

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EB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing meal. We have been going to Oaks since it opened but it has chequered record with periods of closure due to a fire and other problems. Concept good but delivery now quite poor.
Quality was not good with my steak being somewhat tough and the chips not of the previous standard.
Prices seem to have increased but service and value for money deteriorated. Unlikely to return.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Was great foid

AW
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I went with a group of 8 and had to pay 10% surcharge and the deals are not correct on there website so I cost me alot more than expected

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 29, 2019

Hi Alice, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. While I understand you were disappointed that we no longer do our Beer and Burger offer after you pointed out that it was still mistakenly advertised online we did in fact honour the deal so I am not sure how it cost you more than you expected? We do also put a discretionary 10% service charge on tables of 8 or more which is optional if you had requested it was removed we would have happily done that. Thank you again, Chris

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 1

not good veggie options, also boyfriends pork belly wasn't very nice for him to eat was very chewy not crispy as the crackling should have been

BC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travelled from Derby for an 18th birthday meal and I must say it was worth the journey! Staff were very friendly and the food was amazing. We all chose burgers from the menu and they were cooked excellently. The price of the alcoholic drinks was very reasonable and we were happy with all portions of both food and drinks !! We will definitely be back soon, thankyou.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 29, 2019

Hi Beverley, Thank you so much for your amazing review, we're so glad you enjoyed your visit and the food! We hope to see you back in OAKS very soon! Thanks again, Chris

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t
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Our food was cold, food was missed off the order, the potatoes where really hard. The beef was very very rare, my food was swimming around in blood. I don’t mind pink meet but I couldn’t eat any off it. I did tell a member of staff they said they would do what they could but I should of told them sooner. Nothing was done £50 meal for 2 adults and a child the child’s dinners are not for little ones at all.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 22, 2019

Hi Tamlap, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am extremely saddened to hear how disappointed you were on your visit. It definitely sounds like we were not good enough on this occasion and I will be investigating why we were no able to resolve your issues at the time which should not have been a problem. I will also be passing your comments on to our kitchen team so they can make sure there is not a repeat of your experience. Thank you again, Chris

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ES
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were so friendly and checked everything was okay more than once .. on the ball with everything ! Definitely will be going back

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 22, 2019

Hi Ellie, Thank you so much for your lovely review! It's so good to hear that you had such a great experience at our restaurant. We hope to see you again very soon. Chris

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TP
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I had heard mixed reviews however, wanted to give it a go to treat my dad for Fathers Day. Unfortunately, we all left feeling a little disappointed. The food was mediocre, didn't have much special, wasn't a taste sensation! Ambience was lacking, very little in a sense of atmosphere... Waiting service was OK, was served the wrong burger, but was handled efficiently. That aside, I left feeling very deflated and not like had treated my Father to anything special.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 22, 2019

Hi TaPa, Thank you for taking the time leave a review of your visit. I'm sorry to hear you were so disappointed by your experience at OAKS. I will be passing your comments on to our kitchen team as I want to ensure we learn from your feedback. Thank you again, Chris

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EB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server bobby was great, Sunday roast is exceptional, highly recommend

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on June 22, 2019

Hi Elizabeth, Thank you so much for your feedback! It's fantastic to hear you had such a great time. I will pass your comments on to Bobby who I am sure will be delighted. Chris

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M
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Both of our orders were out of stock. Stupidly overpriced gin - £10.50 for a double is just a bit silly in a restaurant like yours. There was a set menu advertised on the website which wasn’t offered to us. Our waiter is the only reason the experience wasn’t terrible. Food was ok but not worth the money that was paid. Would not go back.

JW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Went for Sunday roast at 1 on a Sunday, it was fairly empty about five tables in use, service was excellent food was very nice but the beef was wafer thin, but plenty full. I myself would sooner have a thicker slicers of the same weight of meat, so it makes it feel more like a proper dinner, but overall very nice. Ps where was the stuffing?

BL
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

One steak massively undercooked and the other one over cooked, once fed back to the front of house staff during check backs, nothing was done.

DD
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food!!! Great service and will definitely be going again

M
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, great value, top service. Would recommend

JA
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food is very nice. The chips are outstanding. Sadly on our Sunday lunchtime visit a lot of things were “off” the menu including the fish of the day and roast pork. My husband was fortunate to get the last portion of ribs and the advertised flavoured tonic for my orange flavoured gin was substituted with plain tonic water. Service was good and the atmosphere was pleasant

SA
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overall my meal was fine/good. What I was most disappointed in was choosing the place in part because of the large gluten free menu but on ordering the person concerned was told they could probably do them some chicken and vegetables. If you don't cater for gluten free just remove it from the website, it's a bit misleading.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on March 21, 2019

Hi SamuelB, I'm sorry you were so disappointed by your visit. I just wanted to clarify we do have a separate gluten free menu that is available on all days and has a large range of options. It sounds like from your review the individual was ordering a sunday roast. All our roasts (Beef, Chicken and Pork) are gluten free except for the gravy. Not sure how this confusion arose. Kind regards, The OAKS Team

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GH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very bad meal at this restaurant, booked for Sunday lunch to be told on arrival they had sold out of Sunday lunches, went on to order the rump steak to be told they’ve also run out, not a good start! I then order the mac & cheese which was the blandest thing I’ve ever tasted! My parter had a sirloin steak (way over priced) which was tough, and only come with almost raw chips! Very bad meal I would not go here again, the lady did knock the mac & cheese off the bill as I hardly eat any! But I would not recommend this place to anyone!!

DM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

Ran out of beef for Sunday lunch. Then didn't have a starter available, returned desert due to it being uncooked....steer clear

AW
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Im sorry to say but this was a terrible experience. Our friends haven't been out for months and we treated them to what we thought would be a yummy steak. The meat was bad quality and very chewy, the mac and cheese didn't taste like cheese and there was a huge variety of foods on the menu. Will never be returning.

KW
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived our table was ready, no problem to the waitress to change our table as there was a draft, prompt placing of drinks and food arrived without too much of a wait. Food was delicious and enjoy our evening with great friends celebrating our 25 th wedding Anniversary’s. House red was very nice and bill wasn’t too much ch of a shock either .

SH
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Sunday at 6pm so it wasn’t very busy at all but there was still a lovely feel to the place. Our waitress was attentive and personable, and the food was tasty and excellent value. Will definitely be returning soon!

CA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

On arriving we were shown to a table and asked if it was ok when we asked to move to another table
we were told the one we were at was the only one available.
starters - scotch eggs uncooked meat, spare ribs cold, prawns good
main courses - fish was told it was a whole fish but came in two fillets under seasoned, rib eye steak good,
pulled pork burger good
sides - salads best thing about the meal , chips portions quarter full of small burnt bits
on leaving the table which we had asked to move to had still not been occupied

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really nice food, good atmosphere and very good service!

J
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The restaurant was nice, good music and the food wasn’t bad. However it is probably the worst service I have received in a restaurant. The waitress was really good however was clearly understaffed as she had to wait on pretty much every table in the restaurant on her own. Food took a very long time.

MD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The Oaks has always been fantastic, however on Wednesday 13th February, there was a shortage of Wine and two selections requested were not available, this was the same with Gin.

Cheese on Toast starter was very different to what we have had previously and the cheese was solid in the bowel rather than gooey.

All steaks (for all 7 diners) were very undercooked. Our orders ranged from Medium/ Rare to Medium/ Well however all steaks were Rare- Blue and very bloody.

R
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Very poor service - didn’t bring our drinks over after ordering (had to go to the bar 30 minutes later to collect them). They forgot our sides we ordered and no one came over to check how food was so we sat there for another 15 minutes trying to get someone’s attention. Wouldn’t recommend

DB
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

Service was OK though it was surprisingly quiet and didn't need to book anyway. Food was good value for money though both myself and partner felt unwell for a few days after and therefore wouldn't return or recommend

MD
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating here, I would definitely recommend oaks. Staff, food all great

SC
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ease of booking online, staff very friendly, food good value portion sizing good, cocktails was nice

CD
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was slow considering the restaurant was pretty much empty.
Main course was nice and tasty, we really enjoyed that.
We ordered 3 of the same desert and one came out half the size of the others. When we asked the waitress why it was so small compared to the others we were advised that it had dropped (it was a fondant) and they went to their sister restaurant next door for a replacement. It would have been nice being told what was going on / given the option for a different desert rather than just being given a tiny thing compared to the other / be told why we waited nearly 45 minutes for desert. We had to ask for it to be taken off the bill as well.
With regards to making the booking, I booked online and noted that we would have a push chair. When we arrived we had a great corner with plenty of space for the push chair and to eat. It was nice that this attention to detail taken.

AB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very good , food great , maybe a little more we completely finished the 2 platters .

JH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Visited here with a group for Christmas dinner.
Service was very friendly and the restaurant is well designed.
Unfortunately, the food is pretty basic. Burgers, chicken & chips, steak & chips etc.
It is not over-priced, quite fair pricing really. It just seemed disappointing as the décor and look & feel of the restaurant was so premium and foodie, but the food itself was quite basic.
Nice staff and idea for a restaurant, food just doesn't match the experience.

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