Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

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2418 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
A celebration of food and wine alongside art and culture.


Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant provides the spectacular setting for Oxford's first and only rooftop restaurant.


We have a fantastic fresh menu taking the food back to a good, hearty British feel with a European twist.


Ingredients are fresh and seasonal and we use many local Oxfordshire suppliers to bring the best quality to you.
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PT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food, nice setting but very slow service indeed. The restaurant seemed quite seriously understaffed which was a shame.

EP
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I booked online to go to the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant at 3 PM after we had carried out our various errands in Oxford.
We arrived at the Ashmolean in good time but unfortunately it took over 10 minutes to negotiate the ridiculous lift system.
On arriving at the restaurant we were taken to a table and left with an afternoon tea menu. We enquired about lunch. We were told no lunches were available because it was after the time and we could have afternoon tea or nothing.
We had coffee. We then tried in vain to catch the eye of a waitress to pay but in the end had to go to the main desk. We were told we should have waited at our table to pay.
So there we were at 3:30 PM having had no food and feeling rather disgruntled.
I waited for the lift while my wife and daughter walked down the stairs. I had a long wait.
My wife and daughter ended up in the basement for staff only since there were no directions on the staircase as to where to go.
All in all the visit was a disaster.
We shall not be returning and we shall warn all our friends not to bother.

JB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Reliable, stylish, relaxing venue for lunch, dinner and the very popular afternoon tea... Nobody rushing you out, lovely atmosphere. Thanks

SW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Although the waiter was affable we found the service slow even before 1-00 pm. The set menu was very disappointing. The starter was just tomatoes with dressing. The main course, a ravioli, was acceptable but somewhat dull and there was not much of it. The dessert was so uninteresting that we have forgotten what it was. We asked to have our coffees on the verender, but were told that we would have to take them there ourselves after paying the bill. Presumably this was something to do with a territorial arrangement between waiters.
The setting is super, but last time we enjoyed a better value meal in the basement cafe rather more.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Wonderful central restaurant especially if the weather is fine and you can sit in the balcony and get the view over Oxford. Sunday Roast is great value and very tasty.

AB
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Sunday lunch Lamb - meat was tough.
We were overcharged.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

With so much going for it in its location, the restaurant is let down by very average food which is poorly presented. This is our second visit but there will not be a third.

AF
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue with a laid-back and casual vibe. High tea was wonderful.

CL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent two course set lunch with smiling staff trying hard to make us happy

R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place if sunny weather!
Food —-they haven’t changed the lunch menus.

H
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great place to eat i really enjoyed the experience, the service was exceptional on a very busy day.

HM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I was looking forward to taking my friend for her birthday. The afternoon tea was disappointing. Having said to the waiter that I didn’t want the egg mayonnaise sandwiches or cake with orange in, they bought them anyway. After taking away the sandwiches they replaced the egg mayonnaise. Unfortunately although they took the orange cake away they didn’t replace it with anything else.
The scones were good but there was only 1 small pot of cream between us. The cake was Ok but being left out for a while tasted stale and dry.
The service was Ok.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Very poor service. Main course of chicken o.k. desert pannecota and raspberries very solid and only three raspberries.

JW
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good, we enjoyed the food and sitting outside was lovely just a shame we had to ask for our cup of tea and coffee , but I will say this did not spoil our afternoon.

BS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

There could me more variety of smaller meals /platters/ mezze type food. Menu options rather limited.

C
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was very mediocre. Stale croutons in salad; dessert just taken out of fridge and so scarcely edible (we didn't eat it). Service: WHY is it SO difficult to get someone's attention? You have to get up to order coffee; get up to order the bill. It wasn't that busy and there was plenty of staff but they pay no attention to diners. They just walk past and ignore you and do everything except wait on tables. There are countless mediocre restaurants in Oxford...and this isn't even that good.

CG
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, ambience and service, - the only downside was a minor plague of wasps!

WJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited on Bank Holiday Monday for my daughters birthday and had a lovely time. The food was great and good value, the service was also good. Will definitely return and recommend

KH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 4

Unfortunarely the menu was small, limited ant interesting. The setting beautiful, but not enough umbrella. The service was not overtly friendly.

RA
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

I’ve been here quite a few times and it’s gone really down hill. The setting is amazing but the staff do not interact or make it a pleasurable experience. There is no ambience such a shame as the food was good! But we spent quite a lot of money and felt there was no recognition.

KM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Great atmosphere. Great staff. Great food. The best place in Oxford to relax, meet up with friends over drinks or a meal after a long day.

AJ
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Food and location were great. The service on the day we went was not up to the standard you would expect.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very nice location. Friendly staff. Food on the expensive side. Would have expected higher quality.

CS
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely light and airy setting.

Portion size was just a bit on the big side, but the roast potatoes and particularly the Yorkshire Pudding were delicious.

SN
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Looking forward to a ladies afternoon tea but didn't get it. When on the afternoon tea menu page of the website, clicked the 'book now' icon and selected a timeslot just after lunch. Unfortunately when we arrived, we were told that afternoon tea was not served until after 3pm. While having gone back and looked, in small letters it states on the menu that its only served between 3-4.30, the booking page doesn't tell you that - it allows you to book anytime at all. Very disappointed

JL
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As returning Oxford alumni, we were intrigued to experience this venue. Though the weather was wet, the rooftop location did not disappoint - it was most memorable to view the Ashmolean’s familiar statuary and The Randolf’s facade from this novel angle. The food and service also more than lived up to our high expectations, sensational!

CH
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an informal business meeting and this was the perfect choice. Service was... unhurried (we had to ask if we could order) but other than that the staff were keen to help and always very friendly. The menu is limited but a good variety and the set meal choices excellent value.

DS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here before because each time we visit we have an exceptionally enjoyable meal with excellent service. This time was equally good - would highly recommend it as a venue for lunch or evening meal.
Lovely!

A
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really terrific meal - dishes prepared to perfection. Very flavoursome. Superb table service.

JW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I had an early supper here this week with a friend who needs a wheelchair to get around. The staff were very attentive and, due to the limited time we had available, gave advice about which dishes could be produced the most speedily. My friend had pan friend chicken which he really enjoyed. I had a risotto which was lukewarm and not very exciting. My friend enjoyed his panacotta for desert. I had summer pudding and clotted cream which was a bit stodgy although tasted good. I was disappointed despite the best efforts of the staff.

B
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We visited the Ashmolean on a busy August lunchtime and sat inside. The staff were great, our server was very friendly and had a lovely genuine smile, not something you see everyday in British restaurants. Service on the whole was very good, just a dessert that took ages to arrive and we had to remind them to bring it. The food was really excellent, the set menu chicken dish was superb and good value. We ordered a glass of Côte de Provence rosé to go with it and it was delicious. The ambience is good and the decor is tasteful. Would definitely recommend it to visitors to the museum and to Oxford.

C
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Busy and obviously popular with a good ambience however the food could be improved upon. We chose the lunchtime 2-course menu which is fairly good value at £16 pp, I ordered heritage tomatoes basil and black olive crostini starter which quite honestly was very very poor, some unripe tomatoes dumped on one side with a rather over burnt piece of toast with dried black olive paste on it. The mains thyme chicken was better but the panna cotta not so good as rather over congealed and lacking in flavour. The waiter was charming but the service slow. It is such a lovely setting and ambience but the food needs improvement.

D
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is fine but if you want people to write reviews don't set a minimum number of characters. Next time I won't bother.

AI
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I was thoroughly disappointed by my visit to the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant on 13th August.
Firstly the menu was difficult to interpret and was very sparse, lacking in any really significant choices. We had to ask the waiters twice to explain exactly what was meant by the red and black items listed. The service was sullen and the food - although it arrived fairly quickly - was uninteresting.

CP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We pre-booked, went straight to our table, water provided immediately, limited but varied menu. Excellent lamb and cod followed by generous portions of summer pudding. You can't do any better really.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

It was unfortunate we couldn't sit out on the terrace on a sunny day due to a wasp problem. The food was good but we had problems with the level of English of the three people who served our table. There were misunderstandings on three occasions about what we had said. It left us wondering if the recruitment process for new staff involves a test for their understanding and ability to speak good English.

HS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very busy and crowded on Monday, but the food was good and the service was friendly and efficient. My only criticism is that our glasses of Picpoul de Pinet white wine were from a bottle that appeared to have been open several days as it was nothing like as good as the one I had on my last visit, and on the stale side, although just drinkable .

SW
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Despite it being school hols, we had a loverly lunch. I was transported back to Reykjavik by the mackerel salad. Delightful.

FB
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was good but the noise level meant it was difficult to hold a conversation with the hard of hearing. Also the only lift was woefully inadequate and often full of able bodied when required by wheelchair users.

E
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely lunch venue pre exhibition. The restaurant was very busy but the staff were great in allocating us a window table as had booked this for a birthday treat for my mum. Staff were brilliant and made us very welcome. Food is good but nothing special - nice menu but fairly limited but the whole experience of watching sunshine and rain over the rooftops of Oxford in an unrushed environment made for a lovely lunch. Would definitely eat here again if visiting the museum.

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