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Branca

4.5
4.5
1843 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Thu, Fri 17:00–21:30 Sat 12:00–21:30 Sun 12:00–18:45

  • Phone number

    01865 807745

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Edwin Blandes

  • Private party facilities

    Private rooms, main restaurant, garden terraces.

  • Private party contact

    info@branca.co.uk: 01865 556111

  • Area

    Oxford

  • Cross Street

    Observatory Street

  • Parking Details

    All adjacent streets.

  • Public Transit

    Oxford railway and coach stations 5-10 min walk.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,843 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  • Oxford

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  • Oxford

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    Fit for Foodies

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    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great value
  2. a

    angelic

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside under a pergola - beautiful and sheltered from wind. Food, wine and waiters all excellent and attentive. Perfect place to spend the evening or make a dash for the close by cinema
  3. A

    Ab157

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a joy
  4. MF

    MichelleF

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience all around; excellent service and food
  5. SW

    StephanieW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Too many small tables crammed together. Waiters literally running past the table constantly and practically knocking things off as they did so. It was so incredibly loud and noisy we found it difficult to have a conversation. The Tuscan sausage Ragu pasta we both had was ok but way too salty. However our waitress was very pleasant
  6. M

    Monica

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful birthday celebration dinner at Branca - menu choice was varied but not too large, and something for everyone. Fantastic quality for every dish, and quantities very good indeed. Lovely atmosphere and great service. Would highly recommend. We shall continue to come to Branca! Our visitors were extremely impressed.
  7. A

    Ainur

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the outside seating. Great food! Excellent service!
  8. RF

    RobertF

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great meal except the two who ordered the Nduja pizza, which they have both had before elsewhere - the heat of the spice was overpowering and meant they were unable to enjoy the meal. The tuna salad on the other hand was delicious.
  9. R

    Reviewer

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The food was good (apart from the two chicken salads we ordered which had huge, very hard croutons in, these would have easily cracked your teeth if you had attempted to bite down on one of these). The rest of the food was good. The service was poor, however it was explained to us that the waiting staff were new. We had to go to find waiting staff each time we needed service: when we needed our table cleared, dessert menus and the bill. (They automatically added service charge so maybe that it why there is less incentive to provide good service). I also received an incorrect pudding that I started to eat, and had nuts in. I am not allergic to nuts but this is worrying, as it could have happened to someone that was. We were not asked if anyone in our party had any allergies. I realise that it was a busy Sunday lunch and the waiting staff were new, however it was for a special occasion, which was disappointing. I would be reluctant to return.
  10. GB

    GavinB

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good menu, nice decor, good service & well staffed...only downside was how noisy it was, hard to hold a conversation - maybe some rugs are needed or something.
  11. u

    user1234

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff, delicious food and great atmosphere made our dinner at Branca delightful! Great options for everyone, always a good spot.
  12. MP

    MikePotter

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Good food - nice staff - but Branca is the noisiest restaurant I've been to in years
  13. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Service too quick the whole evening rushed and food too salty
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was great, our service started out slow but finished nicely. We chose the outdoor seating which is a lovely but really needs some TLC, need to get rid of the Christmas trees sitting around and cobwebs in all the bushes.
  15. P

    Pickle

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As wonderful as ever. Great atmosphere and food
  16. R

    Ruthie

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service, Good pizzas and pasta. Need a few more vegetarian mains which aren’t pizza. The vegeburger was good. Nice place to eat. Lovely garden
  17. VK

    VickyK

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food under the wisteria outside. Staff very helpful and attentive, good delicious and tasty.
  18. AG

    AndreaG

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As Always a memorable visit .. excellent food service .. my favourite place to eat in Oxford when visiting my son at university
  19. CM

    CarolineM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, charming staff, airy space, warm atmosphere. Delighted to be introduced to this place by a local. Will come back asap.
  20. SP

    SPatel

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch with parents in a sunny spot Felt like we were in the Med Wonderful service and great food
  21. JT

    JTRoss

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    We are regulars at the Branca so it is very disappointing to write a poor review. But the service we received was appalling. The waiter was inattentive and at times downright rude. When our food arrived, only 3 out of 4 people were served. We waited and waited for the fourth meal to come and had to ask the waiter. We sat there fir 15 minutes whilst our good went cold and watched him take an order from the neighbouring table, take payment from another and then clear two others before returning yo the kitchen to enquire about our missing food. When it did finally arrive, the extra side dish we ordered was still missing! All in all this terrible service ruined what was yo have been a special family celebration. It was such a pity.
  22. EK

    EllaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere, definitely a place to bring great friends!
  23. F

    Fgnhe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Gail and Rob were fantastic !! Food was perfect, great fun overall! The only thing I thought would of made the restaurant even better would have been maybe some nice music - as it was dinner time and as there weren’t many people, the ambiance sometimes was a little flat. I imagine Branca would be an amazing venue for some local live music for example especially as yesterday was the Jubilee (maybe you already do this though). But other than that a wonderful evening with excellent service and very friendly staff faces throughout the restaurant.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic! Food was excellent
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Branca is exceptional. There’s always a warm & wonderful welcome, an unrivalled atmosphere with staff, decor & food superb. For a daily coffee, a early evening supper or a special occasion such as this I can’t think of anywhere better. Thank you to All at Branca 🙏🏻🙌
  26. C

    Cash

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good range of quality food but not too fancy. Friendly and efficient service.
  27. S

    Steven

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very beautiful Italian restaurant. Nice location, somewhat out of the way of the city bustle. Genuine and friendly service. Food great too. Also, well done to Adam, fantastic waiter. Keep it up.
  28. CS

    CarolS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant atmosphere. Yummy bread on all the tables to start. good sized servings, delicious food, lovely staff. Bravo.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great meal - they were super busy so we had to wait a little while for drinks and pudding. But food was excellent and the staff are so friendly.
  30. NM

    NigelM

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat in garden where it was a bit cold but they supplied blankets for those who wanted. Everything else was great!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious food. Great service. Lovely outside dining space on a warm and sunny evening. We had a lovely experience. Thank you.
  32. MT

    MonicaT

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The most attentive staff! We asked for changing tables and the person in charge went te extra mile to provide it for us. Brilliant!
  33. LB

    LindaB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very buzzing ambience and great food with friendly service. The only drawback is that it’s pretty expensive for what we had.
  34. NP

    NoisePhobic

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The only reason for not giving a five-star rating overall was the noise level. Three of the four of us at table have hearing difficulties, especially when there is loud background noise to compete with our conversation. I don't think anything can be done about this, except to put up curtains and carpet the restaurant to absorb the sound - no chance of that, I'm sure!
  35. LP

    LeoP

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Lack of choice on menu. More vegan and vegetarian options would have been welcomed. My meal was over salted. Staff polite and attentive but it was Saturday late afternoon/early evening and very quiet. Unless they make the menu more inclusive, I wouldn't hurry back as there are far more exciting places in Oxford.
  36. L

    Luke

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time and the birthday fizz was a nice surprise. Our server was attentive in the right way and accommodated us well when we couldn't finish our meal (which was very tasty and came home with us). We'll be back at some point, no doubt.
  37. MR

    MichelleR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So friendly and warm. Service was fabulous! And food was delicious
  38. SC

    SarahC

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Slightly chaotic service but nevertheless well meaning and great food in a very relaxed setting
  39. T

    Toddy22

    Glasgow

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely food, great service.
  40. J

    Johnjohn

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb lunch at Branca. We are in the courtyard and the weather and food combined to make it feel like we could have been in the Mediterranean. Heaven!

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Branca is rated 4.5 stars by 1843 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for Branca

111 Walton Street Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6AJ

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Observatory Street

  • Area

    Oxford

  • Hours of Operation

    Thu, Fri 17:00–21:30 Sat 12:00–21:30 Sun 12:00–18:45

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    All adjacent streets.

  • Public Transit

    Oxford railway and coach stations 5-10 min walk.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Edwin Blandes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01865 807745

  • Private party facilities

    Private rooms, main restaurant, garden terraces.

  • Private party contact

    info@branca.co.uk: 01865 556111

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