Branca

4.6
1724 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 1724 People Are Saying
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AlanG
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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.

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RNao
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Good ambience, very nice garden but we were slightly disappointed with the meat quality

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Sarah
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The loveliest food & loveliest service! Always a great time at Branca!

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AnnaG
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent attention to detail. Good quality cutlery highly polished, welcoming atmosphere, fresh and tasty food.

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ALEXANDRAV
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The service was excellent staff very efficient friendly and attentive.
The restaurant was very chilly. The air con was on too high.
Crispy squid was all crispy and very little squid otherwise good excellent.

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theshoveler
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

The acoustics in the restaurant are terrible. It’s very difficult to hear your own conversations. The food is mediocre and our cocktails were overpriced an mostly ice.

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StephenC
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute booking and service was very professional. Good excellent.

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Changyai
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not a long menu, but what they do they do well. Service friendly and polite. Quite noisy with thumping music in the background - not sure what the point of that was, all one could hear were the thumps. A busy, popular place with excellent food.

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RobertW
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed our evening and the food and service were excellent.

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Chethan
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Branca to celebrate my nephew's birthday. Loved the experience, highly recommend them. :)

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SimonH
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just what we needed.... We were a very mixed group of eight!

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Allen
Oxford
12 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had just driven more than 1100 miles back from Tuscany and Branca was our first port of call Ona Saturday evening. We were not disappointed! Excellent seafood linguine, Sicilian wine and perfect service by a delightful Calabrian waiter. We felt we were still in Italy!

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AngelaM
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place and lovely staff but the food was mediocre and quite pricey for the quality. Cold calamari was the main disappointment. "Free" bread and oil was delicious but everything else a bit average.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met for a family lunch at Branca. The food was delicious, and there were plenty of vegetarian options. The outside space was lovely and the place was nice and buzzy without feeling crowded.. I recommend the fresh tuna salad.

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SamanthaM
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I have been visiting Branca since the day they opened. I loved it and take all my friends. The ambience, the service and wow those pizzas.

So on a work weekend away I highly recommended we go. I wish we hadn’t.

Our waitress was surly and obviously wanted to be anywhere but there. Her attitude was certainly to give the minimum!

My husband and I had the pizzas. There was so much strong cheese on there it was ridiculous and made them inedible. I returned mine but my husband asked for another with less cheese. This time it was overcooked and the once wonderful tomato sauce tasted like somebody had opened a tin of chopped tomatoes and chucked them on top.

These items were removed from the bill but that’s not really the point. I was mortified having recommended the restaurant in the first place. I won’t be returning.

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SueP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly service. Will go again soon

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JeremyB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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vipRogerM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branca is one of those places you can always count on for a good experience and solid value. They get everything right. The menu is not huge, but they have something for everyone and it's always very good. It's the BMW of Oxford cuisine. The setting is beautiful and the atmosphere is very upbeat. Three staff members wished us well as we left. Small things like that matter. Five stars!

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DoreenB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the lamb kebabs which were very good- practically melted in your mouth!
My dinner partner had two starters instead of a main meal and said they were excellent .
We couldn’t decide on a red wine so the waitress obligingly brought us a sample of two for us to taste before making our decision.
We sat in the courtyard under a canopy of wisteria covered by an awning.

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vipjillc
Edinburgh
45 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Buzzy place with friendly staff
The Italian part of the menu was a bit limited if you didn’t want pizza however food was good

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vipJC1980
London
41 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good experience - restaurant recognised my partners birthday which was good. Food was excellent, wine ok. Service was plentiful and a very enjoyable evening

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GenL
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy spending time at Branca. The room is bright with lots of daylight which makes it a pleasant even on rainy days, and the food is great. I had the seabass last night which was light and utterly delicious with delicate flavours.
Looking forward to my next visit!

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Berny
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Faultness steak, which my partner cleared, with every other item on her plate! I enjoyed the best Chicken Cous Cous since I enjoyed my first in Clichy.

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Mary
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly and professional staff - food fresh and delicious. Quite noisy environment but a treat for now and again

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CaroB
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t been to Brancas for a few years due to moving from the area so was happy to eat here again on Friday night. The food was exceptional and there was a lovely atmosphere. Great to be able to bring my dog too. Thank you!

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Davidd
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When one goes to Branca, one can be sure that it will be a good experience.

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EleanorM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really lovely meal at Branca and really enjoyed the evening. Excellent service throughout and delicious food.

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food ..happy attentive staff and nice ambience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and amazing service and management. Will certainly be returning

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JuliaK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely sitting outside in charming courtyard, remarkably dry after a very wet day.

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KathyG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

always full of life and joy. The food is always good - moderately priced - excellent value. The staff are charming and they give the impression that they have plenty of time for you and that you can take as long as you like. The decor is tasteful and unfussy.

FAQs

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

Branca is rated 4.6 stars by 1724 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.