Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

3.8
2307 reviews
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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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GC
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great rooftop restaurant for after-exhibition chill out. Nice atmosphere. Food good, not too pricey. Been a few times, will go back when I go to the museum in future.

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JS
Oxford
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a truly lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere and excellent food. The jazz performance, which I understand happens every Thursday, created the perfect ambience.

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H
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food overpriced and poor quality. Caesar salad , main, had three anchovies, one boiled egg ,cheese dust, several small, hard pieces of stale bread, many large pieces of lettuce covered is sauce. Custard in pot was a tasteless paste topped with three, small, tasteless pieces of rhubarb. Wine was ordinary and expensive. The friend who recommended the place was with us so we could not complain at the time.

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Disappointed because they were Unable to handle one of our group’s dietary requirement for no (cow) dairy produce.

Unfortunately, we were told that we should have informed them two weeks in advance of any dietary requirements. There was no non-dairy food at all available that my friend could eat during afternoon tea.

Also the sandwiches and cake were a little dry, clearly all prepared in advance, with no chefs on site, during this time.

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KL
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a relaxed atmosphere and allowing us to take our time over lunch

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It’s always very lovely to eat in the rooftop restaurant. However we feel the dishes on the menu could be explained in more detail. They have unusual names but no description of what exactly you would be having.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely catch up lunch with a friend. Friendly relaxed atmosphere. Lovely setting on the rooftop of this wonderful museum. Food excellent, taste, presentation and choice. Credit to the chef!
The Set menu offers great value and the service was brilliant, - attentive, polite and courteous.
Would definitely recommend the restaurant to others and will definitely book again

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C
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal in a great setting - will visit again soon.

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FB
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Lovely venue but really poor choice for vegetarians, unless you fancy a jackfruit burger, (literally the only vege main course).

It was Sunday and there was no vegetarian, (let alone vegan), roast option.

No indication on the menu as to what was suitable for vegetarians, (especially important for dessert where it’s not always so obvious).

Such a shame.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience - highly recommended. Great atmosphere and attentive staff. We had a selection of starters which were really tasty. Will definitely reboot on our next trip to Oxford.

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MS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Everything was ok. No big issues. We went on the jazz night advertised as 7-9pm however the two singing/ playing piano which was more lounge music than jazz
had a half an hour gap during the time which was disappointing. The food was nice and the glass wall allows lots of light in.

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s
London
116 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a delighful place for a lovely lunch... the sun shone, the staff smiled (despite working really hard) and the meal was flavoursome. It was good to have a menu versatile enough to select the sort of meal needed, either light or more substantial. The food delivered was very tasty and would have been even better if more attention was paid to the actual presentation. Overall the experience was memorable... the general atmosphere, beautiful outside terrace and a delicious, fresh lunch.

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HH
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Menu is very limited; we felt that there were too few veg/vegan choices, too. Odd smell of fish wafted through the restaurant. Enjoyable meal in good ambience.

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T
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tables were well spaced and restaurant has a bright and airy feel. Staff were very accommodating for one of our party who was vegan.

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DT
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The service was good but the menu very limited. Bread was available at £4 but was stale and disappointing. Caesar salad was unremarkable but the 'market fish' _ haddock - a small breaded piece of fish balanced on top of some mashed potato with few frozen peas was, again, disappointing.

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SA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

A lovely ambience if the weather is good - which it was.

Service wasn't very good - we were brought the wrong tea to begin with. The food was at best, mediocre - but cheap.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had lunch here on Easter Sunday, a gorgeous day and it was good to have a table outside. Food was good but I did ask for a starter size salad with a plate of chips for my main course and despite saying this clearly I still got a full size and no chips. The chips were brought later when I asked. My husband and our friend enjoyed their roast dinners. Its not cheap though, we stuck to 3 mains with a glass of prosecco each and one dessert between us and then coffee and that came to £91.00, if we had starters or more dessert it would quickly have gone right up. But it is a nice location and thankfully not noisy probably helped by being outside.

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j
Oxford
19 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed an excellent meal on the roof terrace. More sun shading needed last weekend.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful way to spend a 90th birthday. Thank you to everyone who made it so special.

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DB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, lovely setting and well presented and plentyful food.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All in all afternoon tea at the Ashmolean is very enjoyable occasion. The dining room is pleasant, and even though it was too cold to sit on the terrace we had a nice view of it. The food is beautifully presented, and everything seemed very fresh. However there were fewer items than when we attended last summer, which was a little disappointing. Service was good - the server was very patient with our requests, though she did have to be reminded about our daughter's order. It was a nice way to finish off a visit to the exhibition, but I would probably not book here unless we were visiting anyway, as other places offer better value.

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EO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The restaurant itself is very pleasant, but some things let it down badly.

We always look forward to trying the "Market Fish" at any restaurant, but when we visited it was fishcakes! That is the total opposite of Market Fish, which is understood to be fresh fish available that day in the local market.

Instead we ordered the smoked haddock, which was quite good, however it was clearly pre-prepared as it arrived very quickly - so quickly in fact that it arrived before our starter! £16.50 seems a very high price for a dish which is clearly produced in bulk and kept warm.

The waiting staff were pleasant, but very inexperienced.

We had so looked forward to visiting, but this was a big disappointment compared to similar restaurants in other museums.

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LG
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Limited menu Seemed very expensive this time having been previously was a bit disappointed

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal with live jazz in the background. Unfortunately all specials had sold out and selection on main menu is limited but we still had a good meal. Service was excellent. Will go again.

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RF
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

what has happened - very limited choice and two courses poorly cooked and served not as ordered ? Used to be a must go venue, not now. Kid's menu - very limited, but better than the adults.

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O
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

This was terrible-zero atmosphere , no decent selection of food, tasteless food that was served. What I would have chosen had sold out at lunch time. Ok, doesn’t that tell you something ? The one option that is worth having ( the fresh fish not the smoked haddock mash thing) , sells out at lunch time. Any worth while establishment would go to a supermarket and find some more fresh fish. Not here. The halloumi salad had one piece of halloumi and was probably the most tasteless dish I’ve ever eaten
I’ve eaten here three times before because it’s a great setting, but even that bonus couldn’t compensate for the meal

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E
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

A group of friends and I went to the Rooftop Restaurant for hightea on Saturday afternoon. It was extremely busy and the staff were rushed off their feet - as a result it wasn't the best service. The food was tasty and plenty of cake to choose from. Overall I would say it was expensive for what you had. I would go back though because the choices from the set menu looked really good.

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D
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spot on, the decor; atmosphere; staff; service; food. One of the best fishcakes I’ve tasted!
Went on a Friday evening where a jazz band were playing. The staff even arranged for a special birthday dessert and had the jazz band play happy birthday.
Cannot fault the restaurant and will definitely be returning.

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RE
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal beautifully served by well trained staff who worked extremely hard throughout our stay.

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RT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

On previous visits the food has been excellent but on this my first visit for several months, food was very disappointing.

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R
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I would suggest if the restaurant is going to close at 5pm, they shouldnt take in anymore reservation at 4:30pm.

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JW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A delicious afternoon tea sheltered from the wind but outside!

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HS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sunday lunch for Mother's Day was nice but some food was burnt (extra crispy potatoes and yorkshire pudding, beef over-done). Most of the staff friendly, just one who let the team down somewhat! Nice location, some good views of Oxford and clean restaurant. Complimentary glass of prosecco for Mum was a nice touch.

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J
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Some very hard working manageresses run off their feet with lots of very pleasant waiters looking a bit more relaxed actually. Really enjoyed it and hope to be back.

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HB
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely treat for Mum and daughter for Mothers Day.
The staff were very efficient and friendly, nothing was too much
trouble and we were made to feel really welcome.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

It was Mother’s Day so they had a special menu on but also gave us an ordinary menu so we chose from both only to be told when trying to order that the ordinary menu was for drinks only! Service was spasmodic and food was very average. I had grilled pineapple for dessert and it caused the ice cream to curdle which was very off-putting. I wouldn’t bother to go back and I wouldn’t recommend

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HN
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really nice lunch for Mother's Day - lovely food, great location.

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D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great restaurant in a wonderful setting. The menu is simple but enjoyable, mainly consisting of classic dishes. A great place for a special occasion or casual dining. Highly recommended.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely place for an afternoon tea on a sunny day. Front of House greeter was a little miserable and short with us, she could have been a bit friendlier. Waiter was nice though. Tea itself was ok, sandwiches were a little disappointing but cakes and scones very good. Not enough clotted cream for 2 people though.

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BA
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We visited the Ashmolean Rooftop restaurant for afternoon tea. It was a beautiful sunny day so we were able to sit outside and make the most of the beautiful views and convivial atmosphere. The service was very quick and attentive and the afternoon tea was excellent. My only criticism was that, although I had booked a table for afternoon tea at 2.30pm, we were told we couldn't order until 3pm. It would be useful to include this information on the booking website.

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