Pompette

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French
Pompette - that warm fuzzy stage of tipsy!

Welcome to Pompette, a new French bistro restaurant by Laura and Pascal Wiedemann. We serve classic French dishes made with quality ingredients, offer fine wines by the glass, or classic cocktails and charcuterie in our cosy bar. We look forward t welcoming you.
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London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcome and excellent service; nice atmosphere; interesting wine list with a number of rarities and obvious care taken over the choice (including wines by the glass and carafe) - and we were advised well; the 3-course lunch was excellent value for money: the first course sweet fresh mussels perfectly cooked was the highlight but all was good; the restaurant is a little out of the town centre but easy and quick to reach by bus. Classic French bistro cooking, so all in all highly recommended.

J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing ! We had such a nice evening , absolutely recommend Pompette!!

MJ
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My fifth visit. None disappoint. Always exciting fabulous tasting food, always something new. So so flavoursome. If there is a criticism it is that the stimulated senses dull conversation they are that good. Casual relaxed environment. The sweetbreads at visit one linger long in the memory, but the hake this Sunday was so fresh it melted in the mouth. I just love this place.

I want to find fault, but the kitchen, and you must go ‘off piste’ delivers dishes that stun the mind.

From the moment you arrive, you’re every need is met, quietly and unobtrusively. This is the game changer: the service here is sublime. You don’t even need to twitch- they seem to know what you might need.

Go. You will kick yourself if you don’t. It is that good. Unstuffy, stimulating food in a really relaxing environment. What is there not to like

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic - as ever!

PS
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place to eat in Oxford. Great menu, fantastic drinks, wonderful food and absolutely amazing staff. 100% recommend this restaurant to anyone.

MB
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to Pompette and won't be the last. Quality was excellent and ambience was great. Service was great all night, from the greeting, bar service and table service.

DC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance. Very friendly and attentive staff but not overdone. Would thoroughly recommend.

HM
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening celebrating our wedding anniversary. From the moment we entered the staff were attentive. I wasn’t sure what wine to go for and they were happy to recommend. One of us is vegetarian so there was only 1 option for each course but it was delicious. We had a really enjoyable evening.

O
London
12 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A wonderful neighbourhood restaurant - just like having a proper French bistro on our doorstep. Highly accomplished cuisine, lovely choice of dishes.

RH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Oxford. Small menu which changes daily and wonderful service. Simply can’t fault.

BU
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service in between courses a little slow due a large party but staff right on it with an additional complimentary course even though we had not brought it to their attention. Spot on service.

L
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding in every way: calm, warm and comfortable space; relaxed, friendly and effective FoH staff, amazing food. Wonderful.

a
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really enjoy going to Pompette and it is great to have a local restaurant that serves proper home made and delicious interesting food. I would highly recommend it. Just one suggestion - you offer a very tasty dip with toast on arrival and I love it but I think that it would be good to create another dish to welcome guests or rotate dishes but just delicious and the most pleasant service

PM
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We ate a delicious meal. Service was ok if a little inconsistent. We’d asked for a dish to be gluten free and had been assured that was easy to accommodate but the chef forgot and covered it with breadcrumbs and they were unable to replace the dish. Apparently the breadcrumbs were not even a good addition to the dish. Steaks were incredible. Sadly too full to try the puddings.

SE
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly excellent throughout. The food was honest, not over-complicated & evidently used excellent quality produce. This is the first time we have been, we will definitely be back!

BM
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was our first dinner at Pompette having previously had a lunch there.
On both occasions we were served a dish other than one we had ordered.
On both occasions the staff were appropriately apologetic and removed items from the bill.
The prices are higher than comparable restaurants in Oxford, but the food is imaginative, well prepared and presented.
The starter menu gave several choices we liked but the main courses were not so attractive to our taste.

SC
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sadly let down by overcooked fish on this visit. Shame, as it's usually perfect. Hoping for better next time.

CG
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, interesting innovative dishes with great flavours and textures.

O
London
21 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This a difficult one. The service was superb, superb ingredients (lovely meaty fresh mussels

PY
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I’ve been before and it was excellent at lunchtime but one item on this trip was forgotten a d the mains on the lunch menu were pretty heavy and greasy. Given that there are lots of restaurants in London giving better value I would not recommend this-warm wine, pretty expensive and pretty average. There is a desperate feeling of it all trying too hard to be high end and failing. Same dishes in the evening cost twice as much

O
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, felt cosy.Tables weren't crammed together so although good for people watching you could also enjoy an intimate date night. Service exceptional without being over the top. Little touches like taking away our glasses of wine to chill whilst waiting to finish aperitifs to replacing a napkin which had fallen on fall unnoticed.Food delicious although perhaps a little salty but I find that whenever eating out as I use very little salt when cooking.
A great addition to local dining scene.I will definitely return

M
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Poor service
Lovely food but inability to clear glasses plates and bring whole table order together without prompting all evening was disappointing

VH
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb fixed price menu from 6-6.30 and lunch times. Very friendly service. Good wine list.

PR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had dinner there for my wife's birthday and the food was excellent, the service was fantastic and the selection of wines was impressive. It was such a great night with nothing at all to fault and everything to praise, we loved it.

MK
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit, for lunch, initial impression very welcoming. Staff attentive and friendly but not overly so, food excellent and both prix fixe and a la carte menus had interesting and unusual dishes on offer. Will definitely go again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Very disappointed in our meal at Pompette. We had heard great things. The menu choice was poor. I was not advised about ordering vegetables as my choice for main course had none apart from some sun dried tomatoes. We were seated in a corner despite many other vacant tables in the ‘body’ of the restaurant, our view of the restaurant was therefore limited. It was expensive for the meal we got and we will not be rushing back.

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice french style restaurant with interesting menu. Loved the food but £99 for 2 with no drinks other than water so a little expensive

SB
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and sitting at the open doors - with friendly and helpful service. Excellent value because we went at 6 for the fixed price menu, which came with free extras, and we also really appreciated good wine being available in smaller quantities as the Morgon was excellent.

G
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely lunch sitting in shade on terrace - third time I have been for lunch. We usually have the two course fixed price menu which is excellent value.

p
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the few places to enjoy good food in Oxford. Welcoming and friendly. Lovely relaxing space. Prix fixe particularly good value. My new 'go-to'.

NH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was superb bit there was a slight hiccup with the service. After waiting half and hour or more after the starter it transpired that our choices had not got to the kitchen. The ensuing apologies were sincere and our orders went to the head of the queue. The subsequent adjustment to the bill was a reasonable response.

DS
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, great food and wine selection

PP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely wonderful. And this from a New York foodie. The food is consistent and the chef obviously puts a tight leash on ingredients - they are fresh and way above average in Oxford. The food is extremely good and unpretentious. I'd say it's right on the cusp of a Michelin star -- they should really get one.

p
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I enjoyed my dinner here. It offers a combination of brasserie-style food, decor, atmosphere and service--that is, relaxed, informal, uncomplicated--but with the price of a high-end restaurant. The food was good, the wine pleasant, and the service and atmosphere unobtrusive. We were able to talk without loud music, and the tables were just about far enough apart to avoid conversational 'bleed' from one to the next.

But it was £70 per head, which I thought a little steep. Some customers may be happy with paying lots for a less obviously 'fancy' meal--relaxation is itself a form of luxury--but I would have preferred some more care or creativity in all aspects. For example, waiting staff could (should?) remember who ordered what meal rather than ask the guests. Bread was unremarkable, served with insufficient butter, and not refreshed when we'd eaten it. Dishes were sound but unsurprising. Duck, peas and girolles. Onglet and chips. I don't think the wheel needs to be reinvented, but even restaurants focussing on 'classics' try to imprint their personality a little more than this.

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food.

LD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Third visit bought family on holiday from Scotland this week. Have booked for our 50th wedding anniversary next Friday.

N
Oxford
40 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent short menu of hearty dishes, well-chosen wine list with interesting options by the glass, friendly and efficient service. Pompette is a great addition to Oxford.

KH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Very enjoyable evening dining on the terrace

JR
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good menu, interesting and adventurous but not outlandish. We liked being able to proceed slowly, at our own pace.

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