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Branca

4.6
4.6
1825 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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Booked 31 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

Menu

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What 1,825 people are saying

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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  2. MT

    MonicaT

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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!

  3. LB

    LindaB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

  4. NP

    NoisePhobic

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!

  5. LP

    LeoP

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. T

    Toddy22

    Glasgow

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Lovely food, great service.

  9. 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!

  10. SW

    SusanW

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding. The complimentary focaccia was an unexpected pleasure and the best I have ever tasted. I am looking for an excuse to come back soon.

  11. LR

    LindaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect customer service from the manager Matilda. Would highly recommend

  12. J

    Javier

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    Nice and friendly staff and great venue ambience. Ideally the second round of drinks should be served at the same time as food as we waited for our wine and beers and it came when we had already half of our meal. However, it was super busy and we could see how hard waiters were working, so well done you all! Not a complain just something to focus on next time. Thanks a lot

  13. TC

    TomC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sadly getting too old to drive to Oxford from Norwich . Have been to Branca for many years and make it my port of call on every visit. At neatly 81 the ambience is noisy, vibrant young and a delight for people watchers like me. Had another great meal on Friday. My walking is getting more difficult so I was just astonished to see how hard your staff go about their work, running at times and never still or wondering what they should be doing! Marvellous young people, tell them I said so. Thanks Tom

  14. f

    fifitrixiebelle

    Birmingham

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    I loved this restaurant. Good service and food and I liked the ambiance.

  15. S

    Samster10

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Have visited many times before but this time wasn’t the usual Branca. The service was good to start. Drinks and starters came BUT we then waited and waited and nobody came to explain what was happening ( which in my opinion is better than just leaving you) we eventually got our mains 1hour 45mins after arriving. Had the duck which was cooked perfectly but there were so many peppercorns in the accompaniment that all you could taste was that. It was like someone had dropped the entire bottle in there. So a little disappointing. A shame as it was my daughters birthday aswell.

  16. LB

    LisaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Lovely food in a nice setting but just a bit on the pricey side.

  17. BA

    BenedictArnold

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Great service and ambience as usual, but the quality of the food seemed a bit off. The duck was a bit tough and the portions seemed on the small side compared to years past.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    We were left a little disappointed with our time at Branca. We waited for nearly 40 mins before someone took our order. Whilst we were still eating our starter our mains were brought to the table and then swiftly taken away whilst the waitress returned to our table to see if we had finished, she could aee that we were clearly still eating. We rushed to finish so that she could drop the plates to the table. Not at any point throughout the meal we’re we checked on. A 12.5% service charge was added. The staff were more than pleasant there was just clearly a lack of direction from a senior on the floor and no one really controlling a smooth service or communication from kitchen to floor.

  19. EF

    EileenF

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    When I made the booking, I mentioned that it was our wedding anniversary, and we were delighted to receive two complimentary glasses of Prosecco (courtesy of Matilda - many thanks!) I've been coming to this restaurant for years, but it was the first time I'd ever sat outside in the garden. Weather permitting, we'd definitely choose to do so again. Nice to see that the specials are back on, by the way.

  20. GR

    GraceR

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We LOVE branca and the roasted veg and pesto pizza is one not to be missed! The service is always brilliant and every staff members goes that extra mile - definitely my favourite restaurant in Oxford!!!!

  21. GR

    GrahamR

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat outside, in the delightful courtyard to the rear of the building. Despite being seated outside the main building the service, on a relatively quiet evening, was excellent. The visit was to celebrate my eldest daughter's birthday and the service, food, drink and ambience made it feel like a special occasion for her.

  22. JW

    JuliaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly and attentive service, excellent food--we had a great evening.

  23. E

    Evie

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything perfect but we found the side room a bit cold, the staff kindly moved us to the main room. Staff and food always great

  24. R

    Richardavatar

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    A buzzy, chic restaurant with a lovely outdoor area. Food is good for the price though not especially creative. We had asked for a quiet table and were seated quite near a large, noisy table, but the staff did manage to move us after our starter

  25. YK

    YannisK

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Everything was good except for food arriving at very big intervals

  26. JF

    JonathanF

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Robbie, Matilda and staff on their usual excellent form.

  27. V

    Vroom

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    Great food and friendly staff but rushed off our table immediately after eating despite not having had a starter and being quick to order.

  28. JG

    JulieG

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Lovely meal with good friendly service. Definitely will be back soon.

  29. B

    Baljinder

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Good food, good service and friendly staff and lovely environment.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The menu is getting smaller and duller and specials have vanished . This is a huge price rise which I don’t mind as I like the place. But I do think the food is getting more mediocre and needs a reboot. Bar and service still good

  31. Z

    Zoetwodots

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food and fantastic service. Definitely recommend!

  32. BJ

    BeckyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about the experience was brilliant, the food and the service. Thank you so much.

  33. M

    Mandy

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service from our waiter who did everything to make sure my daughter’s birthday meal was enjoyable. Half of our party were very late but we were still well looked after and didn’t feel rushed. There was a big private party downstairs for which all serving staff seemed to be needed but we were never left feeling that they didn’t have time for us. Delicious food as always.

  34. KH

    KathrynH

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and excellent service in a lovely setting.

  35. SG

    SusanG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Everything about Branca was absolutely lovely except for the noise levels which were off the scale loud. I would never go back on a Saturday night because of this which is a shame because it's a really lovely restaurant, fabulous staff, great food, nice setting but spent the evening shouting at my friend and guessing what she was saying half the time. So I would recommend but choose your visiting time carefully unless you don't want to chat with your fellow diners

  36. VT

    VicTric

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Enjoyed the food. Waiter was a bit overbearing at times and spilt olive oil over a coat, but he was good at topping up our wine glasses!

  37. RH

    RebeccaH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    We booked Branca as a family meal. First of all we had to wait 15 minutes unacknowledged at the entrance for a pre booked table, and actually had to seek service ourselves. We felt unwelcome from the get go, then we were hurried along. The ‘Lebanese lamb’ dish was basic, and could have been bought in a kebab shop. The duck was hard and flavourless. The risotto was poor and substandard. The noise meant you couldn’t hear one another. The cost of the meal was extortionate relevant to the poor service, cooking and experience. We will not be returning to Branca.

  38. H

    Hank

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, fast and friendly service. Daughter really enjoyed her birthday treat. Happy family

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came in for our anniversary dinner. The waiter gave us a couple of glasses of Prosecco which was really lovely! The bread we had at the start was really nice! The food was amazing, we got a pizza each and they were amazing!

  40. JM

    JimM

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    Generally a great venue but still far too noisy and onglet was over cooked and issue not dealt with very well by staff.

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 4.6 stars by 1825 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 31 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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