Browns - Oxford

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ENJOY THE BUZZ OF BROWNS ANY TIME OF DAY Browns in Oxford was our second restaurant to open and is quite a landmark in the city. The building was a Morris garage for many years until we converted it into an English brasserie. Even though we’re in the city centre, the view from our windows is pure England. We’re just across the road from St Giles Church and a beautiful terrace of 18th century houses. As with all our restaurants, we offer delicious food, a unique atmosphere and a great choice of wines, beers and cocktails.
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M
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Would probably benefit from a smaller menu, lots of choice but not done well.......

Service was adequate

JN
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Went twice whilst staying in Oxford for three days. Lovely staff, delicious food. Lots to choose from from the menu. Great ambience too.
Thoroughly recommend!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Solid meal nice price.
Nice service.
Very nice ambience and very clean.
Very good steaks and fish/chips
Def would recommend

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Three groups of us drove an average of 90 minutes to this central location that we were told could comfortably accommodate a large group of us (11). We sat for lunch at 12:30 in line with our booked time. The available menu items were very limited with three main popular items already unavailable at this early stage of the day. The sole waitress tried her best but was slightly overwhelmed and could have done with some help. We had vouchers for cocktails that were redeemed almost begrudgingly, which we were surprised at, compounded by another raised eyebrow when we also used a £10 off voucher. I think staff in restaurants offering such promotions would be able to deliver a better experience to their customers by realising that perhaps the reason people drop a decent amount of their hard earned money on lunch in such establishments is because these occasional promotions do offer a little incentive to go there in the first place. Anyway suffice to say we were wholly underwhelmed and the food was average at best on this occasion.

KC
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

After a week of nice “coaching inns” and gastropubs, we were looking for a more upscale establishment for our last dinner before finishing our visit to the Cotswolds and Oxford. Browns had the more modern ambience but the food and service were somewhat uneven. Given we had 6:45 reservations, the restaurant was not all that busy but there was a large table of what appeared to be students who had just graduated or finished their term. Staffing could have been more generous to keep things moving. The “happy hour” cocktails were decent; the Aperol spritz tasted like the ones on Lake Como and the Amaretto Sour was excellent. Our sourdough loaf arrived with a nice crust and steaming hot inside. My roasted chicken was presented nicely with a tasty brown sauce on the side. My wife’s fish and chips (she wanted one more before leaving England) was on the other hand had sections that were disappointing soggy. Not even close to the fish and chip at the Hare & Hounds in Westonbirt. Tried the Cavendish sparkler made in Kent since I have heard that England was making reputable wine particularly their sparklers. Unfortunately the Cavendish turned out to be a disappointment especially at almost 9 pounds for a stem. My wife thought she would have enjoyed a good Prosecco more.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely Sunday roast would really recommend it
Browns

EC
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a busy Saturday night, and the service/welcome was a little sporadic and disinterested. The layout with some of the tables was a little messy. However, the interior and food are decent, and I like the menu. I have been before, and it was better last time when it was a little less busy.

SS
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took our daughter and couple of friends for birthday Sunday lunch - service was efficient and very friendly, food was tasty - particularly the Roast Chicken with ALL the trimmings! We didn't have to ask for more water it just arrived and waitress very politely asked the youngsters for id for the celebratory bottle of fizz. We didn’t have pudding as we were all full from the perhaps over generous size of portions for main course.

RE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I noted it was the wife’s birthday but they never mentioned it

JM
London
50 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Really disappointing and patronising service.

NC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner in Browns recently and celebrated my twins 18th birthday. The food and service was excellent and they made us feel very special. I would highly recommend Browns. Our waiter was also excellent Ilias

MH
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We were rushed through – in and out (2 course meal with drinks) in 45 minutes! Gave the impression it was not cooked to order. Starters were fine. Mains were disappointing (Chicken Schnitzel was small, dry, fibrous and not very tasty). It was also really hot in there (unseasonably warm outside though). Wasn’t worth complaining though – just wanted to get out.

JM
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was graduation day in Oxford and my sons birthday. We were lucky to get a table at browns. It’s been a while since I was last in browns, several years and I was really pleasantly surprised. For the pianist on the grand piano to the decor, the buzz, and the food. My son Jamie’s new favourite restaurant.

EF
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had good food - delicious perfectly cooked steaks, excellent chips, hot sour dough bread and pasta with mushrooms. The service was unfortunately rather chaotic and our sides arrived late, but the staff didn't charge us for them and they were at all times courteous and helpful and did everything with a smile.

SR
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Despite having confirmation of our booking for 6 people on my Note Book , the receptionist insisted it was for 4 but eventually decided to swap tables to accommodate us, I did not like standing there being made to feel uncomfortable - no apology. Noise so bad it was difficult to hear anybody sitting next to you, impossible across the table. Sadly it was therefore impossible to hear the pianist apart from the odd note. As for recommending Browns, from the point of good food and service yes, hopeless unless you can cope with the volume of noise. I accept that it was a Friday night and there were those celebrating getting their degrees, and that maybe Friday night is not the best night to go if one wants peace, but Browns has a good reputation and we wanted our Australian guests to have a good experience of Oxford and its restaurants, therefore not the best.

SH
New York Area
366 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unexpectedly good! Excellent variety of food and drink in a large and pretty space. Would go back!

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy coming here excellent food and service

M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great pre-theatre meal, good choices, friendly service, tasty food and very pleasant atmosphere.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice restaurant, lovely food and great and friendly service. Would highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We only had one night in Oxford while traveling and chose Brown's for dinner. Broad choice of menu and tempting lobster specials. Wish we could go back a few times to try everything! Shared the lemon tart for dessert and it was excellent.

d
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Been going to Browns for years and it has its ups and downs. On this occasion it was disappointing. The MC wanted to seat us very close to another table when the restaurant was mostly empty and was miffed when we asked to move. It took a while to place our order and while the food was generally good, the (expensive) steak was over cooked. It wasn’t good value bearing that in mind and my maxim “could have done it better at home” applied on this occasion. The waitress was excellent though. Hopefully it will all be ‘up’ again next time.

P
County Durham
11 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I don’t think the breakfast is great value. Better for an evening or lunchtime

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience! Went on a Sunday night and had great service and food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and our host was very pleasant and efficient

P
County Durham
11 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very busy so difficult to hear each other. Food and wine great. Good location.

CG
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience2

My husband and I decided to check browns out again for our anniversary. We've been to browns a few times over the year and always found it very nice, but sadly to say it has changed. The food was over priced for what it was. The service was very very laid back. One of the waitresses took our food order while just leaning over the side where we were sat, I had to ask for water on our table which I think should just be given to you. My husbands lager tasted off which totally killed it for him!. I ordered the lobster risotto but In fact was crab meat. No candles in the tea lights on the table which was a shame. Browns what's gone wrong????.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and really excellent service including when my father cut his arm.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2017
Overall1food5service1ambience4

The manager was not aware of the special offer with Open Table and claimed that there was no way for me to have the offer of £11.95 for two courses. My phone was out of battery and I could not show the email. I had to go to the hotel in Oxford, charge my battery as much as to be able to show the offer. 45 min later, the manager accepted that I was not lying and served the food as requested.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very good experience for a 50th birthday meal. Good food and excellent service - price is about right for this restaurant. Nice bar too.

M
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have been to Browns many times over the last twenty years. I felt this time that despite the menu looking large, there were in fact not many things to chose from for main course. My lamb was mainly meat with some peas and gravy. It's a convenient place to go and quite average. Nothing really bad or really good.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Browns was excellent - food and service, but no thanks to Opentable as they have stopped using this booking system so if I hadn't checked direct with Browns, I would not have had a table reserved.

F
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We went to Brown's for afternoon tea and had a nice time. For 14 GBP per person and you get a three tiered platter with small sandwiches, desserts, scones, jam and clouded cream, etc. We had a teapot to split between the two of us with milk and sugar. It was a fun time and a decent price for high tea compared to other local places.

OT
Mexico City
27 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

They seemed understaffed, which affects the quality of service... Food is good but not outstanding

JM
21 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food but the restaurant was full on Father's Day so the service was quite slow. We were not in a hurry so it all worked out well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cocktails and atmosphere but don't book on open table as they don't use it. Came in and my reservation was not on the system, but they sat me down very quickly.

OT
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As with all the Browns restaurants, there's always a good feeling here. Lovely light, with good space between tables. Menu always imaginative. Staff anxious to please. Lovely lunch time!

D
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food quality good, but quite pricey compared with other similar establishments. 5 of us dined for post mothers day Sunday. A chore to keep getting noticed for service, forgot one of our orders then applied a 10% service charge to the bill. For what?
I questioned and was told it was normal... in a large party maybe, but not three adults and 2 kids. Left no tip.

O
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff and good service. Food quality was good. We didn't have to wait long to be seated as we had booked through Opentable. Choice of food was excellent too. Portion size ok.

OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Had a very nice afternoon tea - however the waitress we had was not very attentive to us as she seemed to be to other tables - we had to ask for perfritteroles which she had not brought to us also I had to ask another waitress for a pot of tea as our waitress was not around

g
Oxford
11 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Not a positive experience.