OAKS Restaurant & Bar

3.7
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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.

Special Offers

Thursdays: Rump steak deal £9.99

8oz Rump steak, hand-cut chips & peppercorn sauce £9.99.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 3 October 2019

Ends: 3 April 2020

Availability: Thu 17:00-22:00

Express Lunch: £7

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 3 October 2019

Ends: 3 April 2020

Availability: Fri 12:00-17:00

What 394 People Are Saying
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JT
Nottingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was bland & disappointing, service was attentive. I wouldn’t return

AD
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely Sunday lunch here, whilst the portions are not huge, they are adequate. Staff were incredibly helpful and friendly

A
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Firstly.. Oaks was freezing cold with other customers also complaining about this, eating meals with their coats on, as we attended for our Xmas party!
Our starters came and were average, having to de shell and de vein our own prawns which isn't really acceptable for a £6.50 starter to find they were actually rather tasteless.
After a VERY long wait, main course came... what a disaster!!
One steak requested rare, came burnt on the outside and raw on the inside, making it tough and inedible, Two further steaks requested Medium, came chewy and well done.. accompanied with limp lettuce of some description. The accompanying sauces were equally as disappointing. Chips were ok.
No one came during our meal to ask if it was ok.. resulting in one member of our party having to go and find someone to tell them how disappointing our food was. By this point everyone else was cold and hungry and had made a decision we wanted to leave. We did get 50% discounted from our food bill, however as this was our Xmas meal, it put a dampener on our evening . We will not be recommending Oaks or returning!

MP
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great evening! There were 7 of us for dinner and no one was disappointed. I had the garlic chilli chicken and it was delicious. Lots of lovely cooked meat with a tasty sauce. We might have overdone it on the wine, but that was excellent too!

TB
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The potatoes were anaemic and were not crispy in the slightest. The beef was cold.

JA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was decidedly average. I ordered the belly pork which was served with a stone cold strip of greasy crackling on top - urgh.

OT
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing friendly service

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 25 November 2019

Thank you!!

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LD
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

as we had a 2 year old with us we thought the service was very slow. We had to ask twice where his juice was and twice where 1 of us wine was. We ordered a med/rare steak and that came and that was medium but didn't complain as we had waited a while for it to come. I had the beef dinner and that was nice.
overall it will be a while before we would come again.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 22 November 2019

Hi Linda, Thank you very much for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear you had such a disappointing experience. I can be certain what exactly caused the issues you had that day but it was clearly not up to our usual standard. If you were to visit us again I would really appreciate it if you were to drop me an email at cfoley@oaksnottingham.co.uk so that I can ensure that you have a much better visit. Kind regards, Chris Restaurant Manager

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DK
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food & good choice of cocktails. Service was a little slow

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 22 November 2019

Hi Darren, Thank you so much for your review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. I'm sorry to hear you felt the service was slow. We are always working to improve on our service so I hope when you return we can show you a much higher standard. Many thanks Chris Restaurant Manager

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PS
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Meal was good overall.
I had the Oaks challenge, the meats were a little too dry for me but I did complete the challenge
My daughter asked for a steak med/rare but it was more med.
We would return and know what to ask for next time

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 22 November 2019

Hi Paul, Sorry to hear the issues you had with your food. It sounds to me as if both meals you mentioned were a little over cooked which is of course really disappointing. I'm certain my team would have been happy to replace your meals if you weren't already offered that. I appreciate of course that it's not an ideal solution. I do hope you will return and that next time we can give you a much better impression of OAKS food! Thanks again, Chris Restaurant Manager

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LM
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely interior and food. I would recommend Oaks to a friend.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 22 November 2019

Thank you Louise! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again very soon. Kind regards, Chris

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LE
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Honestly it was okay - nothing special. The truffle chips were just chips. Quite expensive for just chips. The burger was okay, but again nothing special. My partner had a vegan burger and it seemed very 'out of a packet'. 50 quid for two burger and chips, a tad expensive for average food.

Salads were dressed in tonnes of oil and wasn't really edible either.

T
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was ok but that’s the problem so many of these types of restaurants it’s hard to stand out but for the price I expected something abit more unless it was just an off day....late Sunday afternoon....the actual place is comfortable and quite cosy but I’m not tempted to return....sorry x

C
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Came here for a birthday celebration. The service was very slow and the restaurant wasn’t particularly busy, so not sure where the hold up was. The food was nice but it’s just a shame they didn’t seem bothered about how slow the service was. Waiting 50 minutes for a main is ridiculous.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 30 October 2019

Hi Catherine, Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry that you were disappointed by our service. While we were not at our busiest during your visit we did have large tables in at the same time which unfortunately caused a hold up with your order. When you mentioned that you had been waiting 30mins the team apologised and the food was with you under 10mins later. This is still not quick enough and we sincerely apologise for making you and your friends wait. Kind regards, OAKS

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DA
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Two Sunday dinners came out only lukewarm. Sent them back. Still not hot when they came back. Food though was great. Drinks came out after dinner was served. It could have been so much better. The waitress was good with us though

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 31 October 2019

Hi David, Thank you for your review, I have passed on your comments regarding your roasts to our Exec Chef to ensure changes are made and that we learn from your disappointing experience. Many thanks, Chris

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R
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly and polite staff, who were very helpful. The food was really nice and really enjoyed our experience and visit to Oak's and would happily come back too.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 31 October 2019

Wow Rjh2410, Thank you so much for your lovely review. It's fantastic to hear you had such a great experience. I have passed on your comments to the team who are delighted. We hope to see you again very soon. Thanks again, Chris Chris

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CC
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I would only recomend a friend based on my first visit not this one, because we all have average evenings. Fantastic when you first opened standards are getting complacent,

TB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We have been many times and the good is always great. Let down this time by pork belly - no crackled skin!

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 31 October 2019

Hi Tina, Thank you for your comments, we really appreciate any guest feedback. I am also pleased to tell you that now thanks to your comment and others from guests that our Pork Belly is now served with crackling! We hope you will be back again soon. Many thanks, Chris

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JG
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food was pretty good but having to wait 45 minutes when there are 3 chefs working and about 10 customers is just not good enough. The food quality is pretty great for the price in my opinion but the service was inexcusable.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 18 October 2019

Hi James, Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. I apologise sincerely for the long wait you experienced. I was not previously aware of your clearly unsatisfactory time at OAKS and have fed your comments back to our executive chef to find out exactly what happened during your visit. Thank you again, Chris

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E
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcomed by a lovely young lady as soon as we entered the restaurant, fabulous service the right level of attentiveness, amazing food, great value for money and can’t wait to go back again.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 18 October 2019

Hi Emma, Wow, thank you so much for your lovely comments! We hope to see you back again very soon! Kind regards, Chris

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IC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

When we asked for the Pre-Theatre menu we were quizzed by two members of staff if we were going to the theatre! Rude Staff

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 18 October 2019

Hi Ian, Apologies for the confusion regarding our Pre-Theatre Menu. When launched, our pre-theatre menu was in conjunction with a local theatre and so we recorded which theatre people were going to and what to see. This is no longer part of our process. In this instance the staff on duty mistakenly followed old policy. I am certain that staff were not rude to you and I believe this to be an unfortunate miscommunication. I have ensured all staff are now aware of our new procedure. Many thanks

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RB
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok bbq sauce on ribs was uninteresting and the rid were very thin little meat limited beer choice and not cold.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 2 October 2019

Hi RolfB, Thank you for your feedback on your recent visit. I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed by our BBQ ribs and have passed on your comments on the ribs to our kitchen team. I am also sorry that you were not happy with our beer selection. We currently offer 4 draught beers and one cider and over 15 bottled beers and ciders which we feel is a large enough choice for most people. Kind regards Chris

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Unfortunately, despite a near empty restaurant there was not enough staff
Constant wait to get drinks etc

Then told no Ribs available ( in an American style diner??)

Burgers incredible flavour but over cooked to the extent that the meat was hard

Limited deserts available with two out of stock in the night

Pretty poor

WH
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ordered the steaks, one with salad, both arrived with chips. Swapped for salad, steaks overseasoned & one undercooked.
Pleasant service.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 2 October 2019

Hi Wendy, Thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts on your visit. I'm disappointed to hear that our service wasn't up to our usual high standard. Regarding the food I am sorry that the team weren't able to resolve the problems you had on the day and have passed your comments on to our head chef. I hope you will be back and we can give you a second impression of how good our food and service can be. Kind regards, Chris

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good food, nice atmosphere and interiors. Some dishes were unavailable as it had been a busy day. Toilets are interesting!!

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 20 September 2019

Thank you so much for you feedback, I'm sorry that on your visit we had sold out of some items. Hopefully on your next visit our whole menu will be available to you. Thanks again

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M
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service! Will definitely be recommending a friend.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 20 September 2019

Hi Mark, Thank you so much for your comments! We're glad you had such a good time and we hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, Chris

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GH
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

I would recommend purely on the food.
My burger was amazing, the kids enjoyed their food and the Sunday lunch was great.
I’m not saying the service was bad, our waitress was lovely and constantly apologising for the long waits.
Over half an hour or more for puddings just wasn’t acceptable, the place wasn’t busy so we couldn’t understand why things were taking so long. There was more than enough staff on (more then enough for how many people were actually seated). We decided to pay and not wait any longer. More attention needs to be given to the amount of time waiting for food to arrive.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 7 September 2019

Hi Gemma, Thank you for your feedback on your recent visit. Please accept my apologies. Due to a technical issue your dessert order was not received by the kitchen and the issue was sadly not noticed until 20m later. The team did their best did get the food out ASAP and keep you updated however the damage was done. I'm glad that you enjoyed the rest of your food and I hope that and this explanation will bring you back for a second visit that is up to our usual high standard. Many thanks Chris

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LB
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was to die for, the staff were really friendly. A really nice place to visit

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 29 August 2019

Hi Lewis, Thank you so much for your comments, we are so glad you had such a good time. We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, Chris Restaurant Manager

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S
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my husband went on a Saturday night and we were served by Phoebe, the food was lovely and we had amazing service, i would really recommend going.

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 29 August 2019

Hi Sammy, Thank you so much for your lovely review! I'm so glad you had such a good time and I will be sure to pass on your feedback to Phoebe, who I know will be delighted. We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards Chris Restaurant Manager

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SD
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely flavourful! I went quite late so it was bound to be quite however the service was great! Very friendly and welcoming!

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 25 August 2019

Hi Sam, Thank you so much for your lovely review! We're glad you enjoyed the food so much and we hope you will visit us again very soon. Kind regards, Chris Restaurant Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Basic menu, we waited ages for our food as there was a big group table in at the same time. The waitress was great, came and apologized for the wait but when the food arrived it was just burnt and tasted of nothing.

SM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

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 4 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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 21 July 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience4

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 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DS
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

DG
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OAKS Restaurant & Bar
Responded on 20 July 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 18 July 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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.