Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

4.2
2611 reviews
£26 to £40
British
A celebration of food and wine alongside art and culture, the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant provides the spectacular setting for any occasion.
Join us for a lunch from Monday to Sunday 12PM until 3PM or afternoon Tea from Monday to Sunday 15:15PM until 4:15PM- subject to availability.

After you have enjoyed your delicious lunch/ afternoon tea, take a walk around the Museum and soak in the rich tapestry of art and Our world famous collections of Egyptian mummies & contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.

Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Please let us know in advance of your visit of any additional dietary requirements.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 2611 People Are Saying
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SteveW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, amazing service on the outer decking area. Food was brilliant - would go again tomorrow. Whilst choice was limited the quality was outstanding and the person in charge was on the ball all the time . Her team were attentive and professional!

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foodbear
London
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lunch was limited to 3 options of starters, mains and desserts. This would usually be fine as easier to make decisions but the choices were weird-ramen, cauliflower steak or fishy vinaigrette. Most of our group opted instead either for a starter supplemented with a side dish or 2 side dishes. All very nice but odd

JT
JulianT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In fine weather it’s hard to beat. Lovely occasion. Will in time visit museum again and take tea In roof top restaurant.

SD
SheilaD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was slow at the beginning but otherwise acceptable.

IB
IanB
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Always a very pleasant venue for tea after an exhibition.

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vipDono
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Somewhat misleading advertising. Can’t really see the rooftops of Oxford as the nearest buildings obscure every thing else. Minimal selection of food choices. Great service and outdoor seating. Come for the convenience if visiting the Ashmolean but not for the food or view.

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SianL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Decent wine. The atmosphere was pleasant, even serene. Perfect opportunity for people watching and the service was attentive and polite. We had a lovely time and cannot recommend it highly enough.

JS
JoSh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting food well presented. It was good that the menu was short.

A
Adam
London
15 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Quite different from how it was pre-Covid. Less choice . not the near-fine dining it was and more modern Bistro
OK if visiting the museum but not as a restaurant destination in itself

AG
AnnG
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. I had the roast cauliflower which was delicious. Service was efficient.
We sat on the terrace which was very pleasant.

VN
VivN
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food in a lovely environment and complementing our visit to the Museum

VC
VisitorCB
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very limited menu
Food quite expensive
Very good service
Lovely place for a meal.

Had coffee in the downstairs cafe previously. Genuinely awful

DS
DavidS
Warwickshire
7 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attractive rooftop location in centre of Oxford. Elegant restaurant and good food. No evening service at present and lunchtime menu somewhat limited

LW
LorraineW
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, lovely food, great waitress service, spotless, enjoyable.

IM
IMLondon
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was a meal that lived up to the idyllic setting and was good value too. Shortage of staff meant that service was a bit slow but that was understandable in the circumstances.

FB
FrancisB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A leisurely lunch out on the terrace on a beautiful late summer day at the Ashmolean - what could be better?

TS
TussahSilk
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The location and atmosphere on a sunny lunch time during the week were both lovely. The menu was a little limited, but they had some Japanese dishes to commemorate the 'Tokyo Art I would have preferred a more leisurely lunch.

HG
HannahG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting, friendly and very efficient staff and service, really enjoyable food.

EA
EALT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

You would have got higher ratings if you had had notices on the tables affected by wasps saying 'Not in use: wasps'. Instead people walked to the outside tables and sharply retreated indoors. We did it ourseles and then watched 6 parties doing the same.

MR
MaryR
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely setting and really nice staff. Food was okay but not stunning.

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vipmaggie
London
18 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good atmosphere and interesting menu (not too big or complicated). Excellent cauliflower mains.

NH
NicholasH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There has been a real effort to provide an Interesting menu. Not too long but with enough variation to please everybody though I would’ve liked to have seen cheese amongst the deserts.
Great service good food.

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eeterR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Rubbish menu didn't stay for lunch
3 choices......



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DaleW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location and the food and service were very good. The menu is limited but that does mean it is fresh and high quality and there is something for everyone. Highly recommended

NK
NKD68
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Little choice, as in 'no choice' for mains. Not sure what kind of restaurants think they can cater for a variety of customers by only offering 3 main courses!! On the day one wasn't available, reducing the choice to 2. We had treated ourselves in going there and I was reduced to having a starter for my lunch and left hungry. There is a certain arrogance in a restaurant that thinks that the public will be happy with such a limited choice on the menu

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ANNT
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a lovely venue. If you like Oxford it is a treat to be up in the rooftops of the city. The view is good but do not expect the dreaming spires! The ambience is so special. The food is interesting and varied. Something for everyone. Access for wheelchairs is really good and the welcome from staff is amazing, so caring and helpful.
It is not cheap but if you want to celebrate it is well worth it. We have celebrated a 90th Birthday and a special Anniversary with Mum and she wants to go in April 2022 for her 93rd Birthday.
Give it a try if you want to treat yourself to something special.

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annp
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely rooftop location, small menu but all the food was delicious and the staff were very attentive

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Jojo
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

The restaurant was more of a cafe but with very little choice of food. The decor is poor and the views not worth the visit. We were very disappointed and would not recommend it.

JF
JackiF
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very limited choice of main courses. Foccaccio rather stale. We had all tasted better ramen
Have visited several times before & always enjoyed the food very much but not on this occasion

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Char
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Lovely setting and view. Visit was let down by quite average and slow service and a very limited menu. Feels like a missed opportunity for such a great setting.

PC
vipPandCJ
Oxford
43 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent lunchtime dining experience. Very good food and prompt professional service. The menu, whilst limited, offers a selection of dishes that meet most palettes.

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PetaD
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The location and ambience was excellent, as was the service. The food was disappointing on this occasion - the smoked salmon starter was overwhelmed by loads of disgusting beetroot and the chicken ramen was just very odd (bits of chicken and egg in a tasteless watery soup). But I have enjoyed the food here on past occasions - there just wasn't anything I really fancied on the menu.

RB
RichardB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location, especially on the terrace. Limited food choice but very good. Excellent and friendly service.

PH
PhilipH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This is an extremely expensive venue for a meal. £143 inc tip for four people, two courses for three and one course for one plus one bottle of wine.
on a sunny day, it is a very pleasant location.

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Bjsee
London
83 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Limited menu, different to the online “summer lunch” menu. Service was slow but friendly. There was little, if any, ambience - it’s a big room with no indication that it’s on top of a fabulous museum. Food was just okay, seemed basic for the high prices.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A table outside, a very pleasant atmosphere. Service was excellent - unhurried, allowing us to chat (and chat. . . .!) The menu was rather limited, but a larger portion of a starter dish was made available with no problems.

JK
JohnK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We visited the restaurant for the first time to celebrate our daughters birthday. It was her choice if venue as she has visited a number of times before with her now five year old son.
Based on our experience I would recommend the restaurant to anyone.
The lunch menu is not extensive, but every member of our party of six (four adults, one 10 year old and one 5 year old) found something they liked and enjoyed.
The staff were attentive and friendly and the bill was very reasonable taking into account “nibbles”, starters, main courses & desserts were order of the day plus wine and other drinks.
The bonus is of course that you have the opportunity to visit the fascinating museum as well. I am planning on returning as soon as I can.

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Misty
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicely greeted. Tables not too near together so reassuring.
Would like parasols over all outdoor tables so we can enjoy outdoors for as long
as possible. Would have liked one more selection for main course, and one less
creamy pudding to chose from.
I liked the design of the menu - and tying in some courses with the Japanese theme. That added to the feeling of being on holiday - relaxing happy experience.
Service was good although a bit slow to bring drinks. Wine selection fine.
Something japanese on the tables would have been nice - you could put
something that is also available to buy in the shops! - to help financing.
I liked the viola on the custard pud and took a photo but don't know how to send.

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Mike
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Only 3 main items on the lunch menu.
Pleasant and friendly service
No views of the Oxford Spires but lovely to sit outside on the deck and breathe fresh air.

M
Mike
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We enjoyed our meal, although the choice was somewhat more limited than we had expected, and this was somewhat disappointing. But what we chose was delicious and well presented.

FAQs

Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 2611 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.