No1 Ship Street

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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British
No.1 Ship Street offers Oxfords most exciting food alongside its most astute service, over two floors. A Modern British brasserie with daily fish specials that include oysters, mussels and lobster.
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4.6
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HE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved a table having read reviews on Trip Advisor and our 1st visit to Oxford. Really enjoyed our evening. The staff were all friendly, attentive and seemed genuinely interested in making sure we enjoyed ourselves. We were advised of the specials on arrival and decided on lobster bisque as an appetizer , scallops for starters and I had the Brixham plaice whilst my husband had the pheasant as a main. We were too full for a dessert but everything that came out looked delicious. If you are visiting Oxford and have not yet decided on somewhere for your evening meal I cannot recommend No1 Ship Street enough. I am quite a fussy eater, but was really impressed

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, atmosphere. Fantastic overall!

MB
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Very noisy had a private birthday party in who were doing speeches and cheering and clapping as if it were a TGI Friday restaurant! The whole atmosphere and ambience was spoilt as it’s a beautiful place and other people around us were complaining! Surely you don’t need to do large parties on a Saturday evening! Choose your customer profile and stick to it

DL
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food. Excellent service and good relaxed atmosphere

CH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited especially for the oysters on the specials menu and we were not disappointed. We had the surf and turf and the fish dish from the specials menu and all were excellent. Even though we chose from the higher end of the price range for food an wine this still represented good value.

This was our first visit to No1 Ship Street and will definitely be returning. The service was excellent and just the right level of attentiveness and the environment was perfect.

Our visit was for lunch but I am sure that the ambiance would be perfect for a dinner too.

VM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delivered to expectations. Waitor had an attentive personality and was pleasnatly enthusiastic - very nice dim-lit setting which created the atmoshpere I was after - if you're looking for a great place to take someone on an outing then I'd highly recommend this place.

b
London
25 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a great meal well presented and served - we thought the price was high for what we had ...

MG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fine dining was not our experience. It is an averagely good brasserie with an overly complex menu and portion sizes which are on the meagre side. The staff are young, friendly and quite attentive. The 15% service charge is a customer-exploiting rip off and ought to be illegal. It is up to a customer to decide whether the service and experience is deserving of an additional payment. Will not be revisiting. Sadly.

PM
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top marks..
Great food..service..staff...ambience..one of my favourite restaurants in Oxford.

s
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely lovely place, food was great. Drink just as good.

m
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

great specials with shellfish and seafood plus an imaginative standard menu. We will eat there again. Mackerel starter superb, halibut main a bit over-cooked but delicious nevertheless. house white and red excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The ambience is fantastic the staff very professional. The food is pretentious.

We came here 2 Oct and tried the set menu. We thought the food was tasty, well presented and different. .

Returning today 6 weeks later we expected to see a different Set menu. Exactly the same? No change at all?

So we felt pushed to choose from the A la Carte..

The chef is trying far to hard. The potted terrine arrived with burnt toast, black all down one side which was inedible. The potted terrine was dry and tasteless. It looked grey and green (cold peas) and un appetising.

The lamb shank was dry, stripped off the bone and moulded into a cone shape. It was tasteless and very dry served with a pale insipid gravy. It arrived in a bowl served with cockles. No lovely succulent lamb at best with a deep rich gravy...perhaps some hint of mint. thankfully we added green beans (extra) which were very tasty. I had to ask for more gravy as it was just sticking to my mouth. It arrived in a small pot insipid pale liquid which was equally tasteless?? How is that even possible. I ended up leaving 1/2 the meal.

We didn’t want to risk how the chef could muck up a dessert. We left and went off searching somewhere else to have a desert I mean we were celebrating a 60th birthday!! The meal cost £94! We both had a stater, main and a glass of red house wine each.

Value for money.. No! Coming back again ..sadly as it’s a beautiful place...No!

Remember yr roots! Good food should be .... Well cooked. Tasty.

Sadly the chef is letting down a beautiful place and excellent professional waiting staff.

LB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was good, but not spectacular for the price. Beer selection is non-existent, and service pretty mediocre.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My wife and I ate there on Saturday 9th November to celebrate her birthday.
Dining room was small and cosy but catered for 2 large groups who were both very loud. Not a problem but absolutely not conducive to a quiet, romantic date!
Food was good: quality, presentation & cooking were all excellent.
£144 for two appetizers , 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 puddings plus an average quality bottle of rose was reasonable if a little pricey.
Didn't appreciate the 12.5% service charge, which really isn't optional & is more than we would have given out of choice
Overall we enjoyed the evening but probably wouldn't go back.

T
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great time, attentive service and food was delicious. Bit noisy during peak times. Will come again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with flawless service complimented with great food.

L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all around experience. Staff suggested food choices were most delicious. Warm and active atmosphere but not too loud for conversation. Highly recommend!!

DM
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

In a world full of franchise and chain restaurants (some of which are of course very good) it is becoming more and more difficult to find an independent restaurant to support. No 1 is a delight in so many ways, service is professional, efficient and friendly. Waiters had thorough knowledge of the menu and wine list and answered all questions confidently. A lively but not over noisy atmosphere with a good mix of couples, families and tables of friends creating a very welcoming vibe. Decor strikes the balance between cosy and upmarket Parisian brasserie. We had a pre-theatre booking so did not have to feel anxious about the 'second sitting' situation, but neither did we have to rush through our courses. The food itself is, and should be, the most important element and here we were not disappointed: a simple yet tempting menu making a decision difficult - for all of us the specials board won the day with oysters, lobster and rib of beef followed by a perfect creme brulee. By no means inexpensive (but we did all choose the most luxurious courses on the menu!) - but for this level of quality nor was it over priced. It is just as well we do not live in Oxford, otherwise I know No. 1 Ship Street would become a dangerous habit!

N
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wine and service. All courses were delicious. The decor and atmosphere is lovely too and we can’t wait to come again

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My very best culinary experience in Oxford

TL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beuatiful venue and excellent quality food. Great atmosphere which really made for a special experience overall. Would definitely recommend.

N
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The room upstairs much quieter than the main one downstairs.(Hopefully we were upstairs). Ribs were very good, as well as wine by the glass. My sons loved the cookie dough dessert! Yet...burgers were a bit overcooked and the creme brulee a bit too liquid.
Excellent service and overall very good evening

MF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our first visit and we will go again. the service was really first rate, the food delicious and presented beautifully. wine list great and the bill was not a nasty surprise
nice cosy place so for is, its up there as a place to go again... loved it

OT
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great little place. Busy and good food.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant with lovely interior, brill service and fab food! In a great part of Oxford! Will def return!

JM
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit for a while, but it was an excellent experience. The waiting staff were friendly and helpful and there was a warm greeting on arrival. The food could not be faulted as evidenced by all our empty plates! I would thoroughly recommend a visit!

CD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

More waiting staff required.
We had to wait too long for drinks and our food.
Side dishes came before our mains.
Our food was very good when eventually came.

J
London
39 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty pheasant dish and excellent plaice. Very busy early Friday evening, but service relatively quick and pleasant.

NR
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely calm atmosphere, superb service and wonderful food. Try the mac n cheese with truffle it’s delicious.

JM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it. My husband and I went for a romantic dinner. The food was outstanding, the setting perfect and our waitress was the loveliest girl who was super attentive. Can’t fault it and cannot wait until we are in Oxford again so we can return.

MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was so helpful. Food was great! Scallops and pork belly was divine! Highly recommend this place

JM
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Refined cuisine at an affordable price. Attentive service.

SM
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, slick service and thoroughly recommended. I don't think No.1 Ship Street will win any Michelin stars but this is still top-end, well-executed, classic bistro food. You struggle to find that in Oxford in 2019. And it was a joy to eat out on a busy Saturday night and not have to wait forever to eat or to catch anyone's eye. Sure we'll be back for more.

A
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This restaurant's ambiance is all one can ever ask for.

MH
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The best restaurant that I have yet found in Oxford

RT
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went here based on previous reviews and weren't disappointed. The restaurant was pretty quiet as we'd gone pre-theatre early evening.
We were given a full walk-through of the various specials and I opted for halibut with fennel. The halibut was beautifully cooked, probably the best I've tasted. It was served with fennel cooked in orange, which sounded strange but was delicious.
I'd definitely recommend!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Oxford for a couple of days and went pre-theatre and had the a la carte menu. All courses were delicious, the lobster bisque appetiser fantastic as well as the Brixham sole with a brown shrimp and caper sauce. The wine was great and loves that we were allowed to try before we bought the bottle. Will definitely go back again when next in Oxford.

b
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice ambiance, quiet restaurant with friendly service and fairly classical flavours and dishes competently prepared.

AE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A really good find - excellent fresh seafood and attentive service and reasonably priced considering te standard of the food.

OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience throughout the evening. Made feel welcome from the start, lovely atmosphere, very good food.
Well worth a visit.