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Curry Crab, Caribbean Food, Trinidad - Spiced Roots, Oxford, Oxford

Spiced Roots

4.6
4.6
473 Reviews
£26 to £40
Caribbean
Two things we hold dear at Spiced Roots are the quality and authenticity of our offering. Our expertly crafted food menu showcases a bold take on classic dishes from across the Caribbean region, whilst introducing new and innovative plates. These are put together in an authentic Caribbean Style, using the highest quality, fresh, locally and responsibly sourced ingredients.

Our cocktails reflect the best in Rum, taking influence from long held West Indian drinking traditions. For the discerning Rum drinker, our constantly evolving Sipping Rum selection of well over 100 rums highlights the best the Caribbean has to offer.

The restaurant is cozy and has a fun and vibrant atmosphere with a soundtrack to match.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Caribbean, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 13:00–16:30 Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 17:30–23:00
  • Phone number
    01865 249888
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
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What 473 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Healthy

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Lively

  • Oxford

    Best Overall

  • Oxford

    Best Food

  • Oxford

    Best Service

  • Oxford

    Best Value

  • Oxford

    Healthy

  • Oxford

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Oxford

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Oxford

    Lively

473 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great tasting food, great value for money, lovely friendly staff. We will definitely be coming back again 👍

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  2. ID67

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super service, outstanding food especially lamb chops dish, I love the new menu with coleslaw added to salad Highly recommended

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  3. otiwright

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fantastic, and there is an exciting array of Rums to choose from, although some help on the rum might have helped us to navigate it - cost and style. A great a lively atmosphere.

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  4. richardn

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great Caribbean food in Oxford and a fun, authentic atmosphere. Given that the restaurant was only half full, i would have expected a slightly more attentive service. Lamb chops, oxtail and vegan curry were all great tasting and good value.

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  5. LinuxLady

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drink that was spicey, but not too hot. Cozy environment that was a bit tight on space, but they coped well with one of our party being in a wheelchair.

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  6. Gema

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant with very tasty Carribbean dishes. Highlights: the Jamaican oxtail dish, Goat curry and Jerk chicken. We also enjoyed the cocktails, my favourites were the Guinness Punch and the Jamaican Rum Punch. Great atmosphere and super friendly staff. Definitely coming back and highly recommend.

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  7. Alice

    Brighton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed the food. Good vegan options. Arrived quickly. Waiting staff were attentive. The only negative was that the bathroom could really do with a deep clean, some areas, like on and around the toilet and under the lid looked like they hadn’t been cleaned for days or weeks. Glad I’d already eaten by then as otherwise it may have put me off my food a bit.

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  8. MauriceB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been coming to this restaurant for years and never disappoints me from the food to the drinks always 10/10. Nice and friendly staff guiding you through the menu and helping you choose the right choice. Definitely the best Caribbean restaurant in Oxford.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Did not disappoint whatsoever. Fantastic food, great attentive service & cosy atmosphere. Definitely a new go to!

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  10. JammockDG

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A nice intimate Caribbean restaurant with friendly staff. The flavours were authentic but I think catered a bit too much to British tastes. More scotch bonnet and pimento please! Would recommend.

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  11. ChrisS

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it. Great atmosphere with the music. All the staff were very attentive and friendly. The food was out in good time and was excellent! Would highly recommend

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  12. AyeshaA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been wanting to dine here for a few years and it was as delicious as I expected and worth the journey from London! The food was absolutely delicious, authentic flavours and great portion sizes. (We ordered a lot between 2). I had the passionfruit swizzler cocktail which was devine 😋 Visited on a Thursday night which was cozy and mellow but still relatively busy. I will definitely visit again, most likely on a Friday or Saturday next time, with a larger group. Compliments to the chef 👌🏽

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  13. Sandy

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Killer cocktails and deliciously spicy food - awesome!

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  14. ManuelaW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it. Friendly and not rushed. Food delicious. Staff efficient and discreet.

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  15. JessP

    Bristol

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This place came recommended and the menu was great, there were several options I would have happily tried. The tables are very close together - we felt a little penned in.. Unfortunately I think our order got forgotten about so we waited 35 minutes for our drinks (which only came once we highlighted we'd been waiting some time). It kindve took the shine off of the meal and meant we didn't order desserts. The team were apologetic and kindly took the drinks off of the order but we would've preferred to have had a seamless experience, it wasn't about the money.

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  16. CatherineW

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! It's a local gem that I've been to a few times. Food was amazing as always and great value.

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  17. NavK

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was amazing and the food was fantastic. Cocktails were great

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  18. Batch

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice to go somewhere different, excellent atmosphere (particularly for a Monday evening in January) and very good food.

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  19. FrIDA

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an amazing experience as usual, good, drinks and service amazing!!!! Thanks a lot for having us guys and see you soon Ida

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  20. JP45

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. However the king fish was very spicy - hotter than the jerk chicken! A bit too hot for our taste and no warning on the menu! Had a lovely rum punch - just like being in Barbados!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a birthday celebration and had a wonderful time. My partner and I was greeted by a friendly, authentic Trinadian, very pleasant waitress who seated us in a cosy corner for 2. We ordered a well portioned rum cocktail (£9) and the jerk chicken spring roll plus doubles for starters - well spiced, good level of heat. For mains we had the lamb ribs and jerk chicken. The jerk was amazing, served on a slate with side garnish of salad and rice n peas. For dessert my partner had a delicious warm rum cake and rum n raisin ice cream. As 2 x Caribbean heritage diners, St.Lucian and Vincentian we would recommend this gem of a restaurant. Very well priced, fantastic Caribbean ambience with great tunes playing and a authentic Caribbean family run restaurant. We'll definitely be returning. Thank you Spiced Roots

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  22. AliC

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yummy food and cocktails, great vibe and friendly staff.

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  23. AndyD

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very flavourful food, imaginatively presented, with lots of variety. A tasty feast.

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  24. mollieA

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the visit but were disappointed by the vegetarian options, too many potatoes and served with a bread that didn't match the dish. The best dinner was the jerk chicken.

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  25. KenD

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing! Fantastic food, great drinks. Will return again and again

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  26. IanaB

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredibly tasty food! The staff was amazingly welcoming too! Order the doubles, and the salt fish cod - so yummy! 🤤

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  27. CandaceB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most scrumptious food, a taste sensation! Their cocktails are also original and delicious!

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  28. ShantellH

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was microwaved, very disappointing the plantain was inedible… crazy as it only takes minutes to cook, yet this was microwaved and tasteless. No white wine, no red wine aside from £59 bottles. Front of house were very young and quite clueless regarding the menu and wine list.. poor

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  29. LuanV

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    the food was tasty, the service was attentive, good value, nice ambience. we ordered jerk chicken, curry goat and king prawn, the last plate was quite unique and so glad to have it. good starters. amazing seasoning. jerk chicken slighly dry for my taste, curry goat could be spiced more/thicker. your bread was amazing, so is bean paste. rice could use more moisture. some wording on menu on wait time from order would help with managing expectation, i was quite ok with the wait but another family seemed restless. overall, good visit and would gladly visit again

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  30. CianF

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and good service. Ambience was good and the music was nearly as good as the food. Wide range of excellent rums. Spiced Roots is a must for serious food lovers.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Good service. Great value. £28 for two beers, starter and a main. Well presented.

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  32. StephenW

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Long wait for starters! But all fresh & well worth the wait. Cocktails outstanding! Mains were absolutely delicious! Unfortunately we didn’t have any room for the dessert. Staff were so happy to be there!

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  33. Nik0077

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just came back from St Lucia and so all the food and experiences were fresh in our minds but this was just as good as the food there. Cocktails were fabulous and strong! Food was delicious- Really nicely presented too. The prawn dishes were much loved as was the jerk. Service was great, efficient and friendly. Overall an excellent first visit and we will be back

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Fantastic food & drink & the place just had such a good vibe

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  35. DH293

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Will definitely go back again.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding as usual, and the staff so nice and friendly.

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  37. ecoveggie

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The smoked baigan & tomato choka was extremely hot- a small amount (pea sized) gave me hiccups and my wife could not eat it. The menu does not indicate that this dish would be so spicy. When we mentioned this to the waitress she just laughed- but was pleasant and friendly as well- possibly with a Caribbean style of efficiency. Perhaps it is my ignorance and I should expect this dish to be hotter than anything I have had in any restaurant for many years- but it would be nice if they said on the menu that it is ultra-spicy. Otherwise the food was good, the service was good, although they got the bill wrong (in my favour, which i was happy to point out). Nice drink selection. Tables are a little close together but it is a small place- so not a criticism, just an observation.

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  38. CathB

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    After reading rave reviews of this restaurant, I was a bit disappointed with the food. We had curry goat, jerk chicken and oxtail. The curry goat was a very small portion, probably only about 3 pieces of meat. The oxtail also was a lot of bone and not a lot of meat, the jerk chicken was fine. The mac and cheese was dry and all stuck together but maybe that's normal for west indian food. So as much as I hate to leave a negative review, unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations. The service was good however so I can't fault that.

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  39. Gourma

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great rum cocktails, delicious authentic food. Recommended

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  40. ChrisW

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent choice for a special birthday meal for my wife (who is vegan). Spoilt for choice - the food and cocktails were delicious and beautifully presented. Highly recommended.

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FAQs

Spiced Roots offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01865 249888.

Spiced Roots is rated 4.6 stars by 473 OpenTable diners.

Spiced Roots does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

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Google Map for Spiced Roots

64 Cowley Road, Oxford, Oxford OX4 1JB

Additional information

  • Area
    Oxford
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 13:00–16:30 Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 17:30–23:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Caribbean, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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