The Coconut Tree Oxford

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£25 and under
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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: 1 December 2019

Ends: 31 March 2020

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

What 452 People Are Saying
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IW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sri Lankan food! The rice and curries were really good. Great ambience too. The girl at the reception was so lovely, always smiling and helpful adding to it a touch of the Sri Lankan hospitality and warmth.

AR
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. All round . Service was great food and cocktails were amazing. Would definitely recommend this restaurant . Highly recommended

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Took 15 mins to be seated as table wasn’t ready and food took another 30 minutes so ended up eating really late

W
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely find in Oxford, with friendly and efficient staff.

JZ
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service including a free Birthday cocktail for myself and a friend. Ambience was scored lower as we were the only ones in but it was a late weekday afternoon! Have also visited their Cheltenham branch and would highly recommend their yummy food and the tasting menu.

LS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, epic food and a lovely atmosphere. It was a trip to flavour town! Thank you!! Squash curry, kale and chickpeas were delish. Great for veggies.

p
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really lovely meal here - chose almost all vegan dishes, but couple of our party had the cheese dish too. Amazing choice of vegan tapas - everything was delicious. Staff gave helpful advice and recommendations on what to pick. Great value and child friendly. Can’t recommend enough. Will definitely return :)

PR
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a brilliant little restaurant, supported by enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable young staff. The Sri Lankan food was a revelation – light-years better than the bog standard high street Indian offering, and quite delicious. As usual, we ordered too much and were embarrassed about not consuming it all. We will know better next time, but will certainly go again

a
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love that it was different. The food was interesting, vibrant, plentiful and flavoursome. We opted for the ‘so you can’t decide’ house selection. This let us sample some amazing dishes and, in an unusually customer friendly quirk, allowed us to select a couple of plates to be included. At £20 per head, that was amazing value. They have a nice drink selection and the atmosphere is buzzy. Could they sharpen service a little, well maybe. There were a couple of little errors - but it didn’t detract from our evening. Thoroughly recommended.

ZS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service, can’t wait to go back.

PT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our Waitress (Imran I think) was fab, happy and cheerful, mots of teh dishes were great especially teh Vegan Mushrooms

MQ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed - thanks. Food was great, lots of variety for veggies / vegans.

LL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was really nice, tasty and lots of vegan choice which was really refreshing! I’ve only marked them down a little for the service because we ordered some beers to go with our food and they forgot them. Once prompted again by us they were very apologetic and offered the beers for free which was lovely of them. I really recommend this place for casual and tasty eats.

T
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

An understandly busy restaurant on Valentine’s Day. Myself and my girlfriend had a great experience. Only uncomfortable thing was that our table was right next to an active gangway to the kitchen and toilets and so it felt a little like we were squeezed in!

Won’t stop me from coming back though I’m sure.

JG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food! A lovely place to go and eat

EW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good food! Really friendly staff, great for coeliacs, people with gluten allergies and vegans! A must go for those who love great food at cheap prices and amazing cocktails!!

E
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner out, 4 adults and 2 kids aged 9. It’s an informal but comfortable setting with music audible but not too loud. The cocktails were delicious and quickly replenished as required. The menu has loads of options so being Sri Lankan street food beginners we opted to let them choose us a variety at £20 per head. The kids ate a less spicy chicken rice and chickpeas dish for free. If I could advise on any areas of improvement, it would be to offer a plain ice cream for kids, but then again, I was quite happy to see my son try the coconut one. Our table was booked for 5:30. By the time we left circa 8:30, the place was heaving, so booking is essential. Thoroughly recommend.

SC
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very friendly and helpful, cocktails delicious, menu varied and tasty and surprisingly great for gluten free. Really enjoyed our evening meal at The Coconut Tree.

RI
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting menu, and some dishes were very good, e.g. clay pot fish, egg hoppers. But hot battered spicy cuttlefish had almost no spice, and if I hadn't been told I wouldn't have known it was cooked in a Sri Lankan style. Service helpful, but as the restaurant filled up it got a bit disorganised. (We ordered a roti that never came.) But overall good, good value and we will go back.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was fantastic. Service was awful. We had tried to go the week before, but they were randomly closed (in January) for their staff Christmas party. So, we decided to call before going this time. I tried a total of 6 times. After the first 3 I decided to leave a message, but the mailbox was full. So, I booked, but I wasn't sure if they would be open. I ended up calling 3 more times (after the opening time) but it wasn't until a good 8 min after opening that someone responded. Once we arrived, the service was mediochre. Very nice, but really could not be bothered. Food took a long time to arrive. And we were the only ones in there, so there was no excuse, really. Food was fantastic though.

DW
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food, variable service. Had to get us moved from the backroom as the table next to us had a dozen shouting hockey players on it and the noise level actually hurt my ears . I actually couldn't hear the waitress standing next to me. That room needs some soft sound deadening, possibly on the ceiling as it's unbearable. Drinks took an age to show up as did desserts and the bill. Serving staff were really friendly and nice but were pulled in too many directions.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect, all staff that dealt with us were friendly and efficient. Our eyes were bigger than our bellies so we took the left over food in nice takeaway boxes and had it for dinner the next day.
We will be back for sure.

FD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was very good and friendly.

F
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food and tons of vegan options. Would definitely go again.

OT
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fabulous food, good service and a fun atmosphere.
Only let down by no Sri Lankan beer.

Will definitely come again.

KH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Friday night at the coconut tree, the place was packed to an inch of its floor space, with not much room to stretch out. The food was really tasty and the service was exceptional, an explanation of the dishes were spot on. All in all a lovely evening.

DJ
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Its a lovely place to eat, but its the second time I've been there where they messed up our order. We had to wait for the first things an hour and some things didn't arrive at all and only after asking for it three times. The service is very friendly but their organisation is poorly.

GW
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Super cool little restaurant. Great food and a lovely selection of cocktails

J
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening very accommodating. Excellent food and service, options for all readily available and flexible too.

AG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food great, but service patchy. Had to keep waving for attention when the staff were standing in groups talking and not watching the diners. Disappointing that despite early table mid-week some items 'sold out'. Menu very well labelled for vegan and gluten-free.

DM
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about it: the minimalist, ethical approach to decor and tableware, the tasty food (in fact, super tasty and oh so fresh), the no nonsense attitude, the sensible portions, and the friendly and helpful but not sticky service. An excellent little gem for a treat meal.

CO
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

A bit of a wait to be seated and the service also rather slow. No real information given about the food. Overall quality of the food was a little below average. Dishes meant to be hot or warm were a little cold, some of the food was good but some was not. Cocktails were good. If you know what food and drink is good here then all is good, but beware if you are trying for the first time. Suggestion: come when it's not so busy/noisy, and select one or two dishes with a drink; repeat until you know the menu well, then I suspect you'll have a better experience.

a
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food is consistent and generally good. It was a busy night and too noisy for us. Service was poor although staff pleasant. For example one of the dishes was not brought out and we were not offered plates to eat off!

F
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am going to recommend this to all my friends in Oxford - great vegan menu, reasonably priced & just very enjoyable. Our service was extremely friendly and it made for a great night.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Decor and ambience was very good, excellent music playlist. Unfortunately one dish was missed off our order and some dishes arrived a bit cold. Egg hopper was excellent and the brinjal also very good.

D
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and people, super for casual eating owing to tapas style, occasions and couples nights.

JP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Cool decor and very nice staff. Food was a bit unremarkable though. We wanted to like it but were sad when we didn't.

BR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely food, good value. Helpful service.
We visited at lunchtime on the 2nd Jan so a bit quiet (not their fault). Will return.

SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place to visit with an interesting menu. Who thought cocktails and Sri Lankan cuisine would go so well together. Friendly service always helps too.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant restaurant – really enjoyed it wonderful service. Wonderful service and very good value.