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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Oxford/Oxfordshire

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Oxford/Oxfordshire? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Thatch restaurant
4.7
4.7 (805)
£26 to £40
British
Thame
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Thatch. This bar and restaurant is tucked cosily inside a beautiful 16th century half-timbered thatched cottage amid a row of charming historic houses right in the heart of Thame. Inglenook fireplaces, exposed beams, a cosy atmosphere and a warm welcome all await you. The Thatch offers Modern British-influenced, wholesome country food made with the freshest seasonal
ingredients. There are interesting wines from small vineyards and a choice of traditional ales always on tap. Perfect for relaxed lunches and special occasions. Private dining also available.

Top review
Kenneth
Dined 6 days ago
First time at the thatch and it didn’t disappoint definitely going back 👍
A photo of The Bear and Ragged Staff restaurant
4.7
4.7 (179)
£25 and under
British
Bicester
About the restaurant
The Bear & Ragged Staff in Cumnor is a world away from the Newbury & Swindon roads that stream past only a mile from its door. The heart of the pub is a glorious Tudor beauty. Ancient fireplaces, flagstone floors, and mullioned windows with carved lintels make the bar one of the finest anywhere. A comfortable eatery, conservatory, and South-facing terrace provide spaces for every mood – and winding stairs lead to cosy bedrooms with old oak doorways and beamed ceilings.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
This is a lovely bar, the area is beautiful, the food is great too. We did not get any services apart off taking orders, bring foods ordered to table. I don’t even know why they even ask for a tip.
A photo of The Loggia at RH England restaurant
4.7
4.7 (147)
£26 to £40
Pizza Bar
Banbury
About the restaurant
Located at RH England, a 400-year-old landmark estate in the Cotswolds, the Loggia is a relaxed open-air restaurant and wine bar offering wood-fired pizzas and charcuterie boards.

For group dining inquiries, please email: aynhoeparkhospitality@rh.com

Top review
Rich
Dined 2 days ago
The restaurant offers an exceptional dining experience with highly attentive and friendly staff. Upon arrival at the main house, I was warmly greeted by the valet staff, who promptly took charge of my vehicle and provided me with a convenient link on my phone to summon the car when needed. Although the menu is limited, it should not deter you, as the culinary offerings are delectable and beautifully presented. The beverage menu features a commendable selection of wines and other drinks. I highly recommend this restaurant, particularly for those visiting the main house and gallery.
A photo of The Beetle & Wedge restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1079)
£25 and under
British
Wallingford
About the restaurant
The Beetle and Wedge Boathouse is tucked away, and perfectly positioned on the most stunning part of the River Thames. The setting is like no other riverside venue which means you can switch off, unwind, and enjoy your precious time with us. The Beetle has played a huge part in many lives over the years and is steeped in literature history, from the Wind in the Willows, to Three Men in a Boat and not forgetting HG Well’s Mr Polly it has truly fascinated all that have discovered its true beauty. Our owner, Ben, has ensured that its character and charm has remained while adding his own magical touch.
Top review
TomT
Dined 3 days ago
Lovely setting by the river. We were eventually told that we’d arrived just after a large group. This explained the almost one hour delay between arrival and the serving of food. We did specifically ask for the burgers to be well done but they finally arrived and were not well done. At this stage we just ate what had been served. The desserts were delightful. Would be prepared to visit again to see if things improve but clearly some better communication between serving staff and the diners is needed. That said, the waitress who updated us after 50 minutes was very good (but the disappointment had already set in)
A photo of The Folly restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1375)
£26 to £40
British
Oxford
About the restaurant
The Folly, Oxford's unique riverside restaurant.
Join us for elegant food, superb drinks, a charming atmosphere, and a unique location perched on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of historic Oxford.

Book your table online and visit us to indulge in some fantastic modern British food.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Fantastic meal and service in a beautiful location. Love it here and can't wait to come back
A photo of The Fox at Barrington restaurant
4.5
4.5 (354)
£25 and under
Pub
Burford
About the restaurant
The Fox is a traditional 17th century Cotswold inn, next to the River Windrush, offering accommodation and delicious homemade seasonal dishes. The pub was taken over in early 2022 by the team behind The Angel at Burford who look forward to welcoming you.
Top review
JocelynSG
Dined on May 12, 2024
Excellent, unusual food. Excellent service. Large garden space in a lovely setting.
A photo of The Flowing Well restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1243)
£25 and under
British
Abingdon
About the restaurant
The Flowing Well is a cracking pub in the pretty Oxfordshire village of Sunningwell.
It has been sympathetically refurbished adding warmth and colour to give a welcoming relaxed feel. We'd like you to think of it as home from home. After all it is the pub of a thousand locals. You can be one of them!

We serve good honest food, as seasonal and local as possible. We don't skimp on quality, freshness or flavour. Our selection of burgers is legendary. Our pies are phenomenal and our British tapas are on everybody's lips!

We will serve you well at The Well.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Had lunch there on a Friday. Staff very helpful and happy. The menu is sufficient, not too much and not to little either. A good choice of dishes which I would say are not your standard fare. We had the mackerel salad with pickled asparagus. It was delicious.
A photo of The Old Auctioneer restaurant
4.4
4.4 (336)
£26 to £40
Comfort Food
Banbury
About the restaurant
The Old Auctioneer is a 500 year old listed building in the centre of Banbury with wonderful character and history. It is now the home of great quality comfort food, incredible wings and much more. All dishes are homemade and cooked to order, and we have a lovely terrace for outside dining throughout the year.

We are open from 12 each day and are located on Parsons Street in the heart of Banbury centre. For any enquiries for parties of more than 8 people, please give us a ring or drop us an email and one of our team can help you out.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Our server last night was by far the friendliest and professional we have ever experienced here before. Thank you for making our experience so great. Food was fab. Prosecco was ridiculously priced, £17.50 for 2 is not ok for banbury when we got a bottle for £20 in a pub straight after.
A photo of The Lamb at Buckland restaurant
4.4
4.4 (131)
£26 to £40
British
Buckland Marsh
About the restaurant
WELCOME TO THE LAMB TAVERN AT BUCKLAND

Tucked away in the beautiful Oxfordshire Village of Buckland you will find our welcoming country pub restaurant, where we combine the charm of our Cotswold stone building with hearty well made food, friendly service and good drinks.

Top review
HelenD
Dined on May 8, 2024
Food was well cooked and well presented. Plenty to chose from on the menu. The waitress was very friendly and efficient. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and weren't rushed at any stage. Will definitely return.
A photo of Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant restaurant
4.1
4.1 (3331)
£26 to £40
British
Oxford
About the restaurant
A celebration of food and wine alongside art and culture, the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant provides the perfect setting for any occasion. Dine in our bright, airy restaurant or on our spectacular rooftop terrace, taking in the view.

Open daily, join us for lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm or Afternoon Tea/ Sharing boards from 3pm until 6pm (subject to availability)

After you have enjoyed your delicious meal, take a walk around the Museum. Soak in the rich tapestry of art and world famous collections of Egyptian mummies and contemporary art, telling historic stories across cultures.

Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options are available in the restaurant. Please let us know in advance of your visit of any additional dietary requirements.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great food in an amazing environment. Nice staff. One of the best places to have lunch in Oxford
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