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Abc restaurants, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Abc restaurants

4.0
4
34 Reviews
£26 to £40
Indian

abc means, Asian & British cuisine (Indian, Thai, British & BBQ) with live BBQ charcoal cooking at the table. where mouth-watering food and an attention to detail is second to none.
A memorable dining experience. A great meal comes with great service, atmosphere and of course the company.
Everything we create in our kitchen is sublime, from the textures to the flavors. We aim to enhance and elevate the Indian,Thai and British classics.
As nature is generous with abc many colors and palate, you will find abc in the finely blended flavors in all the dishes we present, experienced in all their authenticity, their freshness and their delightful individuality.
Our culinary style is both – incredibly simple and cleverly refined. Everything that seems ordinary hides a delightful twist.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Indian, British, Thai

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 17:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01865 761203

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

Menu

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What 34 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A Cute place to have some bbq with friends. Lamp curry is amazing! Super like!

  2. NW

    NadineW

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Restaurant was closed no one answering the phone so couldn’t attend

  3. B

    Bournemouthawayers

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Being on a weekend away, was not familiar with the area. Parking was a nightmare. Everywhere was resident parking only so had to park in a car park a little further away than we would have liked. Restaurant was not very helpful and the young girl wasn’t sure and did not have any suggestions. Food was good, recommend if you are meeting friends as there is a variety of cuisines to meet every bodies needs.

  4. CP

    CarolP

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2020

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    Food not nice pre cooked starter main instant mash lamb ribs too fatty. Price very expensive. Last time we went food and price excellent. Waiter keep touching all our glasses not good with Covid 19. Has this been taken over by someone else?

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 23 October 2020

    Hi Carol, We appreciate your feedback. We will make sure you are not sent back disappointed the next time you visit us. We await your visit once again for a promised better experience. Thanks

  5. BF

    BrigittaF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Sligjtly disappointed and expensive. We've ordered takeaway from here a couple of times. The first time it was excellent, the second was disappointing. So we decided to go out for dinner. We booked a table for 7pm on a bank holiday, so we anticipated it would be busy. When we turned up we were asked to come back in half an hour because they were busy. We understood, being a bank holiday, so we came back and were seated at a nice window seat. We ordered two cocktails but were warned a couple of times they would take a while, which again we said was fine. They arrived midway through our starter which was OK. Our starter was the grill sharing platter, however they said the extractor fans weren't working so it was cooked in the kitchen at no discounted price. It was also a lot of money for what it was. Two skewers of chicken, salmon and prawn for £20. We tried asking for one just with salmon and prawn as my partner didn't eat meat but the waiter didn't seem to understand and just gave us a mix of the three without lamb. But we just moved things around so my partner didn't have any meat. We then ordered our mains. I ordered the lamb shank and my partner ordered a selection of Indian dishes. These were good. My only issue was the lamb shank sauce was spicy. Very spicy. I will say the cumin greens they put with it, which was a tiny portion compared to the rest of the dish, was delicious. I'd have liked more.We had offered this feedback about spice levels when requested in the past, saying they should have spice ratings next to their dishes, but they have not done so. So I struggled to finish my dish, which cost £18. The other Indian dishes were good. But for two cocktails, a bottle of wine, shared starter and two mains, it was very expensive even with the eat out to help out scheme. I'm not sure we'll be retuning at that price. For that price I'd I'd expect a little better service, better food and better experience overall. The menus were in poly pockets and printed out.

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 23 October 2020

    Hi BrigittaF, We appreciate your feedback. We promise you a better experience on your the next visit! Thanks!

  6. N

    Neil

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2020

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    Just a little disappointing the main feature of the restaurant being able to bar-b-que your own food was unavailable on the day we visited.

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 23 October 2020

    Hi Neil, We appreciate your feedback. We had technical problems during the time you visited us. We request you to come visit us again. We promise you a better experience. Thanks

  7. W

    Wesser

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 August 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great range of food Thai very good Indian very goid as well,realy enjoyed the experience

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 23 October 2020

    Hi Paul, Thank you for your feedback,

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience3

    The waitress was rushed of her feet and we had to wait ages to even be seated but the food was amazing and worth the money

  9. S

    Sham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Nice place, but expensive so wouldn’t return in a hurry. Would only be somewhere to go for a one off special occasion.

  10. KA

    KrisA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    The food and dining experience with the charcoal in the middle of the table was fantastic. However, we did have a few issues with the drinks, so would avoid the cocktails next time.

  11. ND

    NinaD

    London

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2020

    overall1food2service2ambience1

    We went as it look amazing on paper, however we got there and the place was empty for a Friday night, we were received by a very hesitant young lady who saw us to our table. The whole service was a dance between her and an older, Indian gentleman. Both very nice and polite, but they didn't seem quite sure of what they were doing. We choose the place because of the on-table-bbq, and we selected dishes that said "bbq" to ensure we could get the food cooked on the table, but that didn't happen. The cocktails (and old fashion and a bloody mary) were horrible, the sugar in the old fashion had not been mixed or disolved and the bloody mary was just tomato juice and vodka. The food was ok, your avarage for Indian take away, but not worth the price or the trip up there. We ordered a kulfi for dessert and it was below avarage. We were celebrating my partern's bday weekend starting there and the whole thing was just unpleasant. We would recomend the food for take away, but definitely not the restaurant service.

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 23 October 2020

    Hi NinaD, we apologize for your experience and look forward to hosting you this time with a promised better experience. Hope we see you soon again with your friends and family! Thanks!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Good quality of food. Nice place.

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 23 October 2020

    Thank you for your valuable feedback!

  13. S

    Steaknchips

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Delicious food.

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 23 October 2020

    Thank you for your valuable feedback!

  14. IM

    IsaMey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best service, the BEST food! Extremely delicious, absolutely outstanding.

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 23 October 2020

    Thank you for your valuable feedback!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the second time we have been to ABC and were so impressed the first time we went back with friends and the 115 mile round trip was 100% worth it. The BBQ starter was again perfect the sorbet palette cleanser was spot on the lobster main was perfect an the flaming cream brûlée was lovely. Service was friendly and efficient. Pay them a visit you will not regret it. We will be back agin.

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 23 October 2020

    Looking forward to hosting you and your friends soon again! Thank you for your valuable feedback!

  16. AL

    AnnabelL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 March 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We booked a table for half 8 and still were not even seated by 9. We watched other people walk out who had been seated since quarter past 8 and not even offered a drink. Its such a shame as I've eaten there before and the food is good.... although the wait is very long... The place is let down solely by the service

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 23 October 2020

    We apologize for the inconvenience caused. Hoping to host you again soon with a promised better experience. Thanks!

  17. D

    Dominicinacan

    Oxford

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was excellent as was the service. I am only marking down a bit because the table wasn't ready until about 20-30 minutes after the booking time, but they were very busy. Definitely would go back.

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 23 October 2020

    Thank you for your valuable feedback!

  18. JB

    JiffBo

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, clever combinations and perfectly spiced. Definitely a cut above your average Indian curry

  19. LB

    LouiseB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time here and the food was amazing would highly recommend this restaurant.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Food was good quality and the staff were friendly, however we booked a table and when we arrived there wasn’t a table available and we were offered to join another table of diners, which we declined as it would have a bit random. They then put us on a table on our own which felt like it was in a waiting area so we ended up waiting 45 minutes for another table to come available. The menu is also quite confusing and could do with explaining when brought to you by the server. The staff do not seem to communicate too well. Once we received our meal, the food was a very good standard and the service improved.

  21. LW

    LucyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 February 2020

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    Great dining experience with bbq-ing on the table and canapés and champagne sorbet served with set menus. The food offered is a mix of British or Asian and our table of four got different cuisines. Everyone’s dish had great flavour and very good quality food. Therefore, despite the confusing menu, would highly recommend the food itself. Service left a lot to be desired, we were served by multiple different people who often didn’t seem to know the food or what was required. We had to ask multiple times for more drinks or for plates to be cleared and there was confusion over the menu and what was in the set menu deals. There may have been new members of staff when we attended that did not know what to do? All staff were polite, however. Despite service, this was a different sort of dining experience and the food was so great that we would definitely come again!

  22. CP

    CarolP

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, would recommend ABC to all my friends.

  23. MV

    MinalV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was my first experience of this restaurant & the service, food, was outstanding. The staff went above and beyond our for our requests. They catered for allergy and vegetarian dishs. They also cooked paneer dishs which were not on the menu. Looking to revisit again. Thank you for the complimentry extras too.

  24. RB

    RubyB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful service and amazing food and presentation!

  25. SK

    ShayK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great evening. The food was delicious. The service great and we will definitely go back for more

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s was Christmas Day! The food is delicious, the menu offers a variety of Indian, Thai and British cuisine, we’ve tried all of them because we are a big family. Surprisingly everything was super delicious! We totally recommend it ;)

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply the best food ever, great service with a unique style, the head shelf and I think owner is clearly at the top of his game. My family and I loved every Minuit and every morsel. We can’t recommend this place highly enough. We don’t live in the area but will be back in Oxford again so we can eat at ABC again. 5stars all day long, just go you won’t regret it.

  28. CO

    ColinO

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2019

    overall2food5service1ambience3

    We booked this fairly new restaurant for a Saturday lunchtime and when we arrived at around 1pm we were the only guests. It was pleasantly warm and not noisy - good for conversation - no background music. The refurbished space looked good and the menu, with its choice of Indian, Thai and British cuisine looked promising, and suited the various preferences of our party of four. So far so good. The thing which spoiled our experience was the delay of over 70 minutes between ordering our food and receiving our main courses. We were due somewhere else at 3pm and had assumed this was ample time. No attempt was made at the outset to explain that the service would be slow. One other family arrived and seemed to be served more quickly, but in fact there were no other guests - just two tables. I dread to think how long you would wait if the restaurant was full! As we were hungry, we had ordered some naan bread as a starter. Before this arrived we were unexpectedly served complimentary poppadums. Then our bread. Then a complimentary sorbet. It felt like the staff were offering these things in apology for the delay. If this is all according to plan, they should communicate it better with guests and make it a selling point. The waiting staff were at times hesitant and sometimes a little pushy. We were told it was a fine dining experience but it didn’t feel that way. When the food finally arrived it tasted really delicious. It really deserved a better set-up to present it at its best. We are unlikely to return.

  29. DF

    DavidF

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We have visited this restaurant twice now. The food is very nice and well priced. Staff is really nice, and the Chef came to our table to explain the dishes. It has always been really quite and relax when we have been in. We will definitely be back!

  30. LG

    LauraG

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 November 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was really good, if you really like the spicy food go for it! Good quality, great service, 100% recommended! :)

  31. JE

    JanE

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food. Very friendly service. Highly recommend.

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 30 October 2019

    Hello Jan, Thank you for taking the time to write this fabulous review. I am pleased to see that you enjoyed the dining experience with us and we cannot wait to welcome you back to the Restaurant in the future. Kind Regards, Mudit Kumar

  32. M

    Monty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Authentic and delicious food it was great experience of cooking our food with live charcoal on the table with excellent service it’s something new in the city one should really visit coming again

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 30 October 2019

    Hello Monty, Thank you for taking the time to write this fabulous review. I am pleased to see that you enjoyed and we cannot wait to welcome you back to the Restaurant in the future. Kind Regards, Mudit Kumar

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    Good food with a difference and loved the choice of various cuisines. However the service was very slow and the staff seem to be unsure and a bit disorganised. This may be just that the restaurant is very newly opened and finding it's feet - I do hope so.

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 30 October 2019

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review,I am glad you enjoyed the food.we are having some training for better service and experience .we would love to welcome you back and provide you with the best service. Regards, Mudit

  34. ID

    IanD

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 October 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    We visited ABC on its opening weekend for a family birthday lunch for 4. It’s a pretty intimate venue (30ish covers?) and has been fitted out very nicely with high quality furniture and decor. The concept is 3 relatively short menus of Indian, Thai & British food which suited us. The USP is the charcoal cooking at the table - each table has a built in firepit and extractor fan . Hoping for some theatricality I ordered the mixed Indian kebab starter. Slightly surprised to find out that I was cooking this (with some discrete guidance). But hey I love BBQs and every element of the kebab was absolutely delicious, even if I do say so myself 😀 For mains we had a Jalfrezi, 2 veg birianis and a Bbq spatchcock chicken with creamy mash. All of the food was absolutely delicious, with my daughter declaring the garlic naan the best thing she’d ever eaten and my son rating the chicken similarly and the mash better than his mum’s😁 We enjoyed our meal and hope ABC succeeds - Headington is a tough market and the pricing is at the quality end, which the cooking more than justifies. Speed of service and staff training are two development areas which will hopefully come as they find their feet. A more fundamental point to consider is the positioning and communication of the ‘at table’ cooking. Is this DIY or by the chef? Which dishes are cooked in this way? How can they maximise the experience potential which this holds? We’ll be back to find out!

    Abc restaurantsResponded on 30 October 2019

    Hello Ian, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I am pleased to see that you enjoyed the Birthday lunch with us and we will take your suggestions on board, we cannot wait to welcome you back to the Restaurant in the future and provide you with excellent service and exceptional food. Kind Regards, Mudit Kumar

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Abc restaurants does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats. Abc restaurants also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01865 761203.

Abc restaurants is rated 4 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Area

    Oxford

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 17:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Indian, British, Thai

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeaway, Wine

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