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Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

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2583 Reviews
£26 to £40
British

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 12pm to 2:45pm or Afternoon Tea from 3pm until 4pm. (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.

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Booked 21 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    British, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Mon–Fri 12:00–14:45
    Sat, Sun 12:00–14:30
    Afternoon Tea
    Daily 15:00–16:00

  • Phone number

    01865 553823

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Liam Clark

  • Catering

    Our on-site caterers can caterer for any event from 50-150 guests: canapé receptions, gala dinners and corporate events, either within the Ashmolean Museum or at a venue of your choice.<br /><br />Due to current COVID-19 government guidelines, guest numbers allowed at indoor gatherings has changed. Please contact the events team via email mfanous@benugo.com.

  • Private party facilities

    There is a private dining room and the restaurant is also available to hire privately.

    Due to current COVID-19 government guidelines, the numbers of guests allowed at indoor gatherings has now significantly changed. For up-to-date guidance, please contact the restaurant team via email on Ashmolean@benugo.com, who will be happy to help you.

  • Area

    Oxford

  • Parking Details

    It&#39;s located in central Oxford, on Beaumont Street. It is a short walk from Oxford Train Station. Parking is available on St. Giles or Goucester GreenThere are 5 Park and Ride bus services in the centre. 3 of the 5 services currently run from Oxford centre until around 11pm. The Park and Rides are clearly signposted as you enter the city.

  • Public Transit

    A 10 minute walk from Oxford train station, and very close to Oxford bus station.There are 5 Park and Ride bus services in the centre. 3 of the 5 services currently run from Oxford centre until around 11pm. The Park and Rides are clearly signposted as you enter the city.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Popular dishes

Menu

Every purchase supports the Ashmolean - Inspiring minds, since 1683

Starters

  • Garlic Bread£4.95

    • Crudités£5.95

      Mains

      • Chicken or Fish Goujons, Chips and Salad£9.95

        • Tomato Pasta£8.95

          Desserts

          • Ice Cream£4.95

            • Fruit Salad£5.95

              Last updated: 6 August 2021

              What 2,583 people are saying

              Overall ratings and reviews

              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

              4.0
              4 based on recent ratings
              • 3.8Food
              • 4.1Service
              • 4.2Ambience
              • 3.5Value

              NoiseModerate

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              • Oxford/Oxfordshire

                Outdoor Eating

              • Oxford/Oxfordshire

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              1. OL

                OxfordLocal22

                1 review

                3.0

                1 review

                Dined 4 days ago

                overall3food2service3ambience3

                The food cooked fine, but not worth the money. Menu choice boring / very limited / not much appealing (I'm not fussy eater at all.. eat anything). The first time seeing dessert menu where nothing jumped out that makes you feel excited to try. Vegan Chocolate Mouse? Yawn. Bread Nibbles Good quality oil & balsamic but bread focaccia dry & stale. And mean portion. (Why does it come with butter too? Olive oil OR butter surely? Crayfish & Avocado Salad 'Fine'. Just forgettable & bland. Small. Chicken Cacciatore The chicken was cooked well / good seasoning (not dry). Red cabbage and spinach tasty, but @ £18.50 you need to order Mash or Chips side separately at £4. Still hungry after tbh. Winter Vegetable 'Curry' This was a large bowl of liquidised curried veg mush. Very odd - Flavour/taste was not bad, but served like baby food (If we wanted soup we would have ordered soup) - Unattractive, no garnish or green element. Served with tiniest portion of plain boiled rice ever seen (is rice an expensive commodity??) PS Tip: Use a rice cooker to steam to avoid serving with liquid water in the bowl - Rice should not be wet. Flat white Coffee Nice - Good quality. Kids Menu: Surprisingly expensive for a kids menu - Sad to see the usual patronisingly dull options offered to kid ('Fish or chicken goujons + Chips' OR 'Tomato Pasta'. Wow creative. No kids drinks options available. Fruit salad was fresh.. but not peeling the apple perhaps little lazy. Overall mean portions & expensive make this difficult place to recommend - The venue and location is great which not doubt ensures it remains busy. Good place for a coffee (or if got disposable income / not bothered about value). IMO you should not still be hungry at end of a meal when paying£110. Unfortunately in my experience restaurants attached to museums & galleries always tend to expensive and disappointing - This place continues that trend. PS: Was wife's Birthday / I stated in the option when booking - No mention of it.

              2. NP

                NicolaP

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined 6 days ago

                overall4food3service4ambience5

                A pleasant dining room. The prawn and avocado salad was tasty but short on avocado. Pear dessett was delicious.

              3. MP

                MargaretP

                Oxford

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined 7 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                It was simply lovely and the Rooftopnis my new ‘go to’. I had special dietary requirements as did my companion and you all could not have been more obliging. Huge thanks.

              4. HP

                HughP

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 15 January 2022

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                Good seasonal food, the baked sweet potato with a rather uneventful salsa wasn’t as good as it looked on the menu, the goats cheese tart was judged a hit tho Charming welcome and service as always

              5. H

                Henny

                Liverpool

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 14 January 2022

                overall5food4service5ambience5

                A delightful space. We ate inside but the doors were open which made it very pleasant. Lovely staff.

              6. G

                Gill

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 13 January 2022

                overall4food5service5ambience5

                Great food! In particular the pan fried cod.... it was exceptional.

              7. GW

                GrahamW

                London

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 13 January 2022

                overall4food3service4ambience4

                The crayfish starter was not very tasty but the chicken was good.

              8. MH

                MariaH

                Oxford

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on 3 January 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great food & service as always. Fantastic location

              9. L

                Lolo

                Oxford

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 31 December 2021

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                Lovely lunch sitting in the sunshine. We especially liked the starter that was inspired by the Tokyo exhibition.

              10. HM

                HannahM

                Oxford

                1 review

                1.0

                1 review

                Dined on 29 December 2021

                overall1food1service3ambience2

                Incredibly overpriced, food was extremely mediocre and choice was poor. Would really really not recommend. We skipped dessert and coffee and went and ate it elsewhere because everything else had been so incredibly disappointing. We paid handsomely for our underwhelming/not nice food though. A million better places to eat within a five minute radius of here.

              11. BC

                BarbaraC

                Oxford

                1 review

                3.0

                1 review

                Dined on 18 December 2021

                overall3food2service3ambience3

                The vegetable curry was just a lentil soup with two pieces of soggy sweet potato floating around. Looks like it cost 50p max to make.

              12. n

                nickname

                Oxford

                7 reviews

                3.0

                7 reviews

                Dined on 17 December 2021

                overall3food2service4ambience3

                disappointing food, overcooked fish with dried up beans. Time for a change of menu

              13. C

                Catto

                Oxford

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 17 December 2021

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                Coming to the Ashmolean for a visit to the museum followed by lunch at the restaurant is my teenage grandchildren’s favourite treat. The menus are inventive, with good choices for vegetarians, and the service is always friendly. This last visit was particularly good: the restaurant was quiet, the view is lovely, we were warm and comfortable and well looked after.

              14. D

                Deborahk

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 15 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Lovely relaxed atmosphere with great views and amazing service. Food was great. Really can’t fault it. Thank you.

              15. i

                iank

                Oxford

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 15 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                I thought the food was outstandingly good I also thought prices were reasonable

              16. LH

                LynH

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 15 December 2021

                overall4food3service4ambience4

                The vegetable curry was more like a spicy soup then a vegetable curry. A serving of carrots should also be more than 2 pieces! Otherwise very tasty with good ambience and service

              17. a

                annep

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 14 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                This a wonderful place for lunch; bright and airy with good food.

              18. T

                Trafalgar

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 13 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great place because of service and the view over Oxford. Love it!

              19. MH

                MelanieH

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 12 December 2021

                overall4food4service4ambience3

                We've been to the Ashmolean rooftop restaurant many times over several years and it is usually excellent. Although still very good, it wasn't quite as good as usual on this occasion. The staff were less attentive, the food not as flavourful as usual and it was chilly. The doors were open which I completely understand is due to needing air to circulate the restaurant during this pandemic....but it didn't make for a very relaxing experience.

              20. NT

                NigelT

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 12 December 2021

                overall4food4service5ambience5

                Very pleasant restaurant, great service. Food tasty. We appreciated the attempt at "oishii" Japanese cuisine!

              21. LB

                LynneB

                Brighton

                3 reviews

                4.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on 11 December 2021

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                Lovely food, service and setting

              22. L

                Lind

                Oxford

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 10 December 2021

                overall5food4service5ambience4

                The staff were attentive and extremely well organised.

              23. P

                Philb

                London

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 10 December 2021

                overall4food5service4ambience5

                Limited menu (a good thing!), from which we tried the cod and the chicken. Both beautifully cooked and very tasty. We enjoyed a glass of Cote du Rhône and a splendid beer from Abingdon with the food. Desserts were equally successful, the poached pear especially. Only downside was our wait for the food, seemingly as a result of a large Christmas party being served at the other end of the restaurant. But that didn’t spoil our enjoyment overall.

              24. d

                debig

                London

                7 reviews

                4.0

                7 reviews

                Dined on 9 December 2021

                overall4food2service5ambience5

                Bit disappointed with choice of vegetarian options and desserts. And overpriced.

              25. MH

                MikeH

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 9 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Excellent service good food and pleasant atmosphere

              26. MC

                MarkC

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 8 December 2021

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                A lovely quiet delightfully open-plan modern roof-top restaurant with a terrace that sadly wasn't practical on a cold damp winter's day. Well-cooked delicious simple food. When the December sun came out it was quite low, flooding the restaurant with light, but necessitating sitting with our backs to the picture windows.

              27. LC

                LizC

                Manchester

                10 reviews

                4.0

                10 reviews

                Dined on 6 December 2021

                overall4food5service5ambience3

                Overall good experience- staff & food very good but perhaps expected more of what promised to be a spectacular rooftop restaurant in terms of overall position and views etc

              28. TM

                TussieM

                Gloucestershire

                3 reviews

                3.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on 6 December 2021

                overall3food3service4ambience4

                I love the venue, and I don’t mind a paired down menu….it makes sense. But £15 for a baked sweet potato with some beans is not good value. Disappointing. I will be back, but perhaps I will

              29. BD

                BenD

                London

                3 reviews

                1.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on 6 December 2021

                overall1food1service4ambience3

                Very disappointed. Service was fine but food was pretty awful. Order arrived inside 2 minutes of ordering, suggesting it was pre-cooked. Cold and very dissapointing. Very small portion and thought price wise, it was very poor value.

              30. IC

                IanC

                London

                3 reviews

                4.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on 6 December 2021

                overall4food4service4ambience3

                Good table, impeccable professional service, very pleasant server, enjoyable food and wine, all at reasonable cost.

              31. TK

                TK1234

                Tokyo

                1 review

                3.0

                1 review

                Dined on 5 December 2021

                overall3food3service3ambience4

                Nice setting. Starter portion was pitifully small. Main course food took too long to arrive (30mins after the starter)

              32. MS

                MichaelS

                Norfolk

                2 reviews

                4.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on 4 December 2021

                overall4food4service4ambience5

                Lovely airy restaurant with big windows. A high standard of cooking in the delicious fish dish we had.

              33. RR

                RachelR

                Bath

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 4 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Lovely views and food to match. Just perfect after a couple of hours of viewing exhibits. Food inspired by the special exhibition was a nice touch.

              34. SL

                SuziL

                Oxford

                1 review

                3.0

                1 review

                Dined on 3 December 2021

                overall3food2service4ambience4

                I understand why there is a limited menu but to have run out of pears early with only a few deserts on the menu was not acceptable ! main course presentation especially pork very poor would have expected better for the price and location ,disappointed.

              35. LO

                LONDONGOOSE

                London

                5 reviews

                4.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on 1 December 2021

                overall4food3service5ambience5

                food was less well executed than prev visits...but fabulous views ambience and great service. always a treat

              36. AH

                AnnH

                Oxford

                1 review

                vip
                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 30 November 2021

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                It was very good to be back in the Ashmolean Restaurant, my first visit since reopening. It was also good to see it looking much as in the past. Good food and service.

              37. LC

                LawrenceC

                Oxford

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 30 November 2021

                overall5food4service5ambience5

                A capital city experience in academic Oxford. Always a delight!

              38. n

                nickname

                Oxford

                7 reviews

                4.0

                7 reviews

                Dined on 30 November 2021

                overall4food4service4ambience3

                The rooftop is a lovely place to meet people, particularly those from out of Oxford. However, the noise level is quite offputting.

              39. LL

                LizL

                Oxford

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on 29 November 2021

                overall5food5service4ambience5

                We were greeted with a warm welcome. The short winter menu has something for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. I chose the pan fried cod with a butter bean casserole. Crispy skin topped sublime, moist flakes of perfectly cooked fish, the casserole was a perfect accompaniment. Beautiful setting, great service and delicious food. One of my favourite places.

              40. MP

                MargaretP

                Oxford

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on 29 November 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                It was a real treat. I have dietary requirements snd the food they cooked for me was absolutely delicious. My companions loved their meals too. Lovely place. Marvellous setting. Great staff.

              FAQs

              Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant is rated 4 stars by 2583 OpenTable diners.

              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

              Make a booking

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              Booked 21 times today
              Google Map for Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

              Beaumont Street Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH

              • Area

                Oxford

              • Hours of Operation

                Lunch
                Mon–Fri 12:00–14:45
                Sat, Sun 12:00–14:30
                Afternoon Tea
                Daily 15:00–16:00

              • Cuisines

                British, European

              • Dining style

                Casual Elegant

              • Dress Code

                Smart Casual

              • Parking Details

                It&#39;s located in central Oxford, on Beaumont Street. It is a short walk from Oxford Train Station. Parking is available on St. Giles or Goucester GreenThere are 5 Park and Ride bus services in the centre. 3 of the 5 services currently run from Oxford centre until around 11pm. The Park and Rides are clearly signposted as you enter the city.

              • Public Transit

                A 10 minute walk from Oxford train station, and very close to Oxford bus station.There are 5 Park and Ride bus services in the centre. 3 of the 5 services currently run from Oxford centre until around 11pm. The Park and Rides are clearly signposted as you enter the city.

              • Payment Options

                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

              • Executive Chef

                Liam Clark

              • Additional

                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

              • Phone number

                01865 553823

              • Catering

                Our on-site caterers can caterer for any event from 50-150 guests: canapé receptions, gala dinners and corporate events, either within the Ashmolean Museum or at a venue of your choice.<br /><br />Due to current COVID-19 government guidelines, guest numbers allowed at indoor gatherings has changed. Please contact the events team via email mfanous@benugo.com.

              • Private party facilities

                There is a private dining room and the restaurant is also available to hire privately.

                Due to current COVID-19 government guidelines, the numbers of guests allowed at indoor gatherings has now significantly changed. For up-to-date guidance, please contact the restaurant team via email on Ashmolean@benugo.com, who will be happy to help you.

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