Branca

4.6
1733 reviews
£25 and under
Italian
Welcome to Branca, our large and lively Italian brasserie in Jericho. For us food is all about quality ingredients, honest cooking, big flavours and uncomplicated dishes. In other words buy decent stuff and keep it simple.

Support Branca during COVID-19

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1733 People Are Saying
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CAoxford
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A reliably good restaurant that always has interesting food packed full of flavour, I love it!

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TalyaL
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, good food. Great service, not rushed.

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EllenJ
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We only had an hour to spare before going to the theatre and Branca managed to seat 7 of us and feed us lovely pizzas in that time without it feeling rushed. Definitely recommend. Lovely setting in Jericho.

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HelenN
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Such a shame you are not serving the stone bass with risotto any more. The ratatouille is a really poor replacement. Also not the best ratatouille either.

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Lara
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Simply not great. We chose this place for a reunion with ex-colleagues from work and we were really looking forward to this lunch and to have it at Branca, which we have heard good things about. We were really disappointed though, food was not good - very poor chewy calamari which we didn't touch and still needed to pay for, tiny pasta portions, overcooked pasta, etc. It was also very very price, we pay £40 each for a main and 2/3 glasses of wine per person, definitely not Oxford average. Our waiter was very nice though, so not at all his fault, but won't be coming back to this place.

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VCCIN
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Very good food and nice ambient! The tables outside are not very well heated but they provide blankets.

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AleksandraL
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

prawn linguine was really really good !we will back definitely!

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NicoleM
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We were 3 people and all the three main dishes we wanted on the menu were not available, even if we were there in the early evening at 7pm! We had to order other food: my pasta was too salty and slightly overcooked, whereas the ravioli of one of my guests were almost raw. The pizza was O.K., but was not what we really wanted. Also, my starter (squid) was overcooked and cold when it arrived.

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ChristineC
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Very noisy. Our table for 2 next to table for 8. Couldn’t engage in conversation above the overall racket. Suggest restaurant should rearrange seating so smaller tables together. Service slow, especially upon arrival. Waiters not masked (though menu indicates could request your server to wear mask)

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GregoryB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy atmosphere great food and service . would go again

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kimt
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buzzing atmosphere. Great service for a not rushed lunch.

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BelindaS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and wonderful service. Good at ensuring adequate ventilation from a COVID point of view.
Thoroughly recommended

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Nessa
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time we'd been to Branca. Prompt, efficient, pleasant service.
Good range of straight forward food. We had a plant burger (£13) each with a side salad which was tasty.

Portions were not large and sufficient for me as an adult and older teen but only just.... Seems food prices have gone up everywhere post lock down so can't knock them too much on this as they are in line with other places. Personally I feel burgers and pizzas are becoming a bit pricey all round for what they are.

Liked the decor and ambience.

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meme
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Easy to book online. Food was delicious but gluten free options were not highlighted on menu and when we asked what we could eat 1 of options given included cous cous which has gluten in it.

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Manuel
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Some food was not fresh, we were unable to eat the squids. On the positive, the ambience is nice.

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JoanneG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing afternoon at Branca - food was delicious and the service was outstanding - we will definitely be back 🥰🥰

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MelissaC
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

When you arrive expect to be ignored! thankfully I found the rest of my party outside. Our waiter who was looking after the tables outside was excellent, he really did his best to accommodate us however we still got wet and cold as the flames went ran out of the outside heaters, the umbrella's don't cover the tables completely too which is a shame, there were tables inside however we weren't allowed them due to being told that they were for their second sitting. When we left the tables were still vacant. Food is flavoursome but expensive. Shame as we were so looking forward to it.

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AbigailH
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely service, delicious chips and excellent starters.

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theresep
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always, probably need to get the gazebos back up outdoors for winter

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DavidS
Warwickshire
7 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really nice meal good service and pleasant jolly atmosphere

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KateB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Surly waitress
Tasteless squid starter
Main course only ok

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AmeliaR
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed Branca for an inter generational family night out to celebrate my son's birthday. We have been coming for years and we all love it.

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RichC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food although if I went again maybe I would like more choice on the menu

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JulieB
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was very pleasant. Great service, delicious food. I can't wait to go back.

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vipSteveT
Oxford
11 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great service

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love everything about this restaurant.
Last night we had the additional benefit of a great waiter, despite being rushed off his feet he was attentive and cheerful.
Thank you !

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RobertL
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branca was great fun - good cocktails and food choices, everything was top-quality.

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HannahS
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food and setting, and our waitress was friendly and patient with us. A real treat!

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Molly
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, very helpful and accommodating staff, and lovely ambience!

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JorgeL
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and really friendly service. Will definitely come back.

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AlanG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branca has a great atmosphere, the food was great, staff were excellent - relaxed and good-humoured although it was busy. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening and would book again next time we are in Oxford.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, great food and service. Would definitely return if in Oxford again!

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johnb
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely to be back at Branca food is lovely, service was great, cost is reasonable you get good food at the proper price, we love it here have been coming since it opened about 20 years ago still can't beat it good all round Bistro

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ChrisR
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Really nice food, friendly service and a lively atmosphere. It is great to see an independent place flourish along with its very good associated shop.

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vipSyzlak
London
29 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great for a night out in a buzzing place with good food a notch above the average.

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EileenF
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bustling restaurant in a great area. Service always very attentive. I recommend asking for a table in the main (i.e. original) room rather than the side room, as the atmosphere is better there.

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NatP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food outstanding and service excellent. Just had to wait a bit at the end for deserts and the bill.

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CarolineP
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The good bits - excellent, attentive service, very cheerful, busy, nice vibes.
The not so good - Menu considerably reduced from that on open table website which was one of the things that attracted us to make a booking.
Food somewhat disappointing, and overpriced, my crispy squid had considerably more batter than squid - which was completely tasteless, and dry as a bone, and the caesar dressing that was advertised as accompanying it was actually thin oily mayo. For mains, my husband had a burger -he sent it back as they forgot the cheese and when it returned it was dry and tough. He said a bigmac tasted better (and its a quarter the price) I'm happy to pay more for really good food but not top whack for a substandard burger. His ketchup had mustard in it, fine if you like mustard but not if you're allergic to the stuff. If you're going to put mustard in the ketchup you really should advertise the fact.
On the other hand my chicken tagine was extremely well spiced - and very tasty and I recommend it.
We won't be going back, but we could see why it was popular with the younger generation, fun for being seen in a trendy bar, but not for those whose primary aim is a really good meal which is value for money

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SueGF
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Branca is an excellent choice for outdoor/indoor dining as it's well spaced, comfortable, great food delightfully served!

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Anna
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, enjoyed the meal. Will come again.

FAQs

Branca offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01865 807745.

Branca is rated 4.6 stars by 1733 OpenTable diners.

Branca does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.branca.co.uk/gift-vouchers/.

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.