The Coconut Tree Oxford

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Sri Lankan

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Good Vegetarian Options
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Enjoy the warmth of Sri Lankan hospitality & cuisine, our dishes are rich in Ceylon spices with recipes going back generations from our very own parents kitchens. Try a traditional Hopper, Kotthu and Devilled dishes, mix them with our tapas style menu. Spoil yourself with our Cocotails, beers & fine wines. We’re known for groups and celebration. Oxford interiors feature exposed brickwork and The Coconut Tree signature 'penny bar' as well as an enclosed rear garden.

Special Offers

Sharing Feast 2 persons: 5 dishes, Sweet & Drink £20 p/p

2 Cocotails – ‘Rio Rumble’ or ‘Not So Cosmo’ or choose on the day
2 Hoppers
1 Kotthu - veg, cheese, or chicken
2 Tapas dishes – choose from:
*Dahl - red lentils cooked in coconut cream. *Pineapple Curry. *Cashew Nuts - with green peas soaked in coconut cream. *Clay Pot Fish - Slow cooked Tuna in Gorka spices. *Goat Curry - slow cooked cuts of goat in Jaffna spices with potato. * Black Pork.

2 sweets

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 2 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 2 people

Starts: 17 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Sun-Thu 12:00-22:00
Fri-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:00-23:00

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CM
Oxford
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Would especially recommend the pineapple curry, the roti, the cuttlefish. Friendly, laid back staff that created a great atmosphere. Definitely would come again, thank you.

JG
Oxford
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good and service. Would highly recommend, one of my favourite restaurants in oxford.

MB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and interesting. I was not familiar with many of the items on the menu but the staff were incredibly helpful in explaining what they were and making suggestions. There is a wide range of vegetarian/vegan options and all the items we ordered were great. I would not classify this restaurant as a "cheap eat" but the value for money is excellent and prices are reasonable. I would highly recommend it.

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

Fab food and very reasonable priced. Our waiter explained what was what about the menu and advised on choices for novice Sri Lankan food eaters like ourselves. Service was good and friendly and staff took time to ask if we were enjoying things.

One slight caution however. We arrived and were seated quickly, then waited 15 minutes to be asked what we wanted to drink and eat- and that was because we had to ask a waiter who was serving another table. After that everything was fantastic though.

SB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food wasn’t as tasty as expected.

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

Service was pretty poor, it wasn’t busy and there was plenty of time for the staff to hang around and chat, but every time we wanted something (eg first drinks order, first food order - basic stuff) we had to go get the staff.... it was much better when it first opened

S
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent - good quality and very tasty, with an excellent selection of dishes for all dietary choices.
Our only criticism is the noise level. We went on a Friday night and it was so noisy it was impossible to have a conversation at the table, and to hear the staff. Not a place for a nice quiet dinner!

CO
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The Sri Lankan food is great and the staff were friendly and helpful though perhaps a little inexperienced. The atmosphere was too noisy for us, as we could hear other people’s conversations very easily and the loud music detracted further from the ambiance. But the authentic and special food itself sold the restaurant for us, and we have already recommended it to friends.

SW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Really delicious food. My first experience of Sri Lankan food and I’m certainly keen for more. All very tasty and seemingly freshly cooked. We shared several small dishes with rotis rather than rice.
I’d booked a table for 12.30 but the door was still locked at 12.35. Young waiter came to open up and was friendly but not proactive! Bit odd as we were the only customers.
Overall a good experience though

GP
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting and well thought-out vegetarian and vegan dishes, everything very well prepared. Friendly and helpful staff, nice atmosphere and good prices.

PB
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great place to eat. Different cuisine, informed and friendly staff, laidback atmosphere.

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

Unusual to find a Sri Lankan restaurant. Impressed with the food, service and restaurant interior. We will go to this place again

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

Incredible food and lovely staff, the variety is great and having lots of small portions makes it a better experience for all sorts of eaters.

TA
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Would have been helpful if they had told us two if the vegetarian dishes were unavailable when we sat down rather than at point if ordering

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

Really tasty and fresh - great flavours.
Especially enjoyed the black pork and spicy chicken wings - SriLankan spiced !!
Really good value and great staff.
Will definitely have to try out Bristol branch too!

KB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Overall we had a nice evening but it didn't start well....

No one greeted us and we had to stand around waiting for a while before someone stopped to ask whether we had a table booked. They then proceeded to show us to our table, dump the menus on it and walk off without a word.

We waited 10/15 minutes for another member of staff to take our order and they helpfully explained how the menu worked and was v friendly.

Our food came about 30-40mins after we ordered which was a long wait, especially late in the evening (9pm) and they brought us a free dish to apologise. It was all delicious - especially the cheesy Columbo and the cuttlefish.

Would probably eat here again because the food is truly tasty but the initial service was pretty poor and maybe needs some consideration by the restaurant. The music was also v loud and difficult to have a conversation in.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Lovely food and staff - they just struggled to deal with the business (it was 20 minutes before we got a menu, for example). Still, lovely place, people and menu - would definitely go back - don’t mind rusty service provided they notice and care!

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cosy atmosphere, helpful staff and amazing food!

PR
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good atmosphere and great value menu. The one thing I would say is the food took quite a long time to come, and every other table looked like they had a similar issue. Overall very good though.

AM
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Only for the food, the service has been excellent historically but the new staff are not as attentive or friendly.

AW
Gloucestershire
15 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was mixed. Some very nice, some not great. Very slow to receive food (almost an hour) and service was best described as “uninterested and inattentive”. The cracks in the table contained lots of old bits of food (yuk)

PG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, delicious food and lethal cocktails. Couldn't ask for more

AA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff and service. Probably not for everyone but the ambience is what I like. The only negative is some of the tables are very close together. So if you want privacy then this is not for you.

MM
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally pukkha! Amazing food, welcoming and friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere. What’s not to like.

C
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A brilliant experience from the minute we walked in. “Welcome to the happy place” said the server as she poured us two excellent “ Cocotails” . The rest of the staff were equally positive, explaining the menu and highlighting dishes. The food itself was great, tasty and surprisingly cheap. I notice they have an increasing number of sites, so go now before everyone finds out.

B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great catch up with a fried. Tasty food with good company.

MT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

After arranging a special meal for my wife and I and being encouraged by the reviews I booked 3 weeks before the date
However, unfortunately the experience was totally spoilt due to the dreadful service .
We waited over 45 minutes and others around us who had arrived much later were served much more promptly.
We are quite relaxed people and hardly ever complain but on this occasion it was totally unacceptable
The manager in fairness did call the next morning to apologise but the damage had been done and as a consequence I would never recommend dining here.
A shame as the reviews looked great
Chris and Stacey

SF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

most authentic Sri lankan meal we have had in the UK

AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is absolutely fab! Ambiance really great and so cheap. If there was one closer to home we would eat here at least once a week - I could get addicted!!

EH
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were a group of six who had a great time and really enjoyed the food and variety of dishes we had. We were less impressed with the fact that our final bill included dishes that we never had, and the explanation we received for them being on the bill was not satisfactory

CS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always food and attentive staff. The wait was slightly longer due to it being a busy Friday evening with a few bigger bookings being served. Definitely recommend visiting if Vegan! They have plenty of options.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Assiettes variées
Le service est sympathique et très agréable
Ambiance un peu bruyante

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TB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and incredible value. Went for the 20 pound mix of dishes and the food just kept coming. The staff were really friendly and attentive. Would thoroughly recommend.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely food, lovely people, lovely evening!

RL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am stunned by how good the coconut tree is. Amazing food for a very reasonable price. There was quite loud music playing both indoors and outdoors which got a bit annoying but other than that it was so so good.

KG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food we all chose the £20 per head menu which gave us so much variety of food.The waitress called Sassy coconut was very friendly & helpful.Cant wait to visit their sister restaurant in Cardiff .

IC
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for dinner whilst staying in Oxford for a couple of days.

The service was really good and helpful, the atmosphere was great, the cocktails were great and the food was outstanding - You must start with a Hopper and I would highly recommend the Black Pork and the Tuna but it was all smashing. You must visit and if we are back in Oxford any time soon we will be back

AA
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great, interesting unusual food. The best I’ve had in Oxford so far. Loved the variety, and was great for a large group. My only qualm was that the waitress definitely encouraged us to over-order even though we specifically asked her several times whether it was too much. Drinks were sweet, but paired well. And really great ambience. Not too fancy, and an interesting eating experience.

LH
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very welcoming staff provided a positive initial impression of this cosy, restaurant. The atmosphere had a nice buzz to it, with couples and larger groups all appearing to be enjoying their evening. Service was rather slow with a few errors (wrong wine brought, a dish forgotten and incorrect bill issued) but extremely friendly throughout. Food in the main was fresh and had an authentic feel; Five C's, Red Lentil Dal and Fried Chickpeas were the standout dishes. My husband found the meat in the Goat Curry too fatty and as a result left most of it (athough agreed the sauce was very tasty). We both thought the Green Bean dish too oily and a bit bland. It was a shame that the Tuna Claypot didn't arrive, as it sounded interesting. One of the problems with a small plates/ sharing menu is that, as the dishes arrive in no particular order, it is difficult to know when something has been forgotten (and too late, in our case). My Tumeric Latte was far too sweet! Would definitely pay another visit though as there were lots of unusual-sounding dishes I'd like to try.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and good value for money.

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