The Coconut Tree Oxford

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£25 and under
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Sri Lankan

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Good Vegetarian Options
Casual
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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j
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Normally love the coconut tree but last nights meal in oxford was really poor service. Didn’t get our food for over an hour after arrival and then they served the food up telling us they’d run out of one dish! Not made aware earlier and consequently had to pick another dish and wait for it. Not acceptable. Luckily the food makes up for it. Hopefully a one off x

M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The service was very poor. We had to go find a server each time we wanted to order food, a drink or dessert and then again when we wanted to pay.
The food however was great and good value for money. Would recommend it for the food

AT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place! Friendly and efficient service, staff very knowledgable and helpful. It was a relaxed dining setting, restaurant was clean. The food was delicious and the menu varied - we struggled to narrow down what we wanted which is a rarity when ordering from just the veggie selection, will definitely be back to try more dishes!

RN
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never had Sri Lankan cuisine before, but the £20 mix recommended by the staff was very good value and excellent on the taste buds.

I particularly liked the tapas style servings.

T
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time coming back to The Coconut Tree, it's an absolutely wonderful restaurant for a dinner and it's full of vibrant life. I don't often go back to the same restaurant because I always like to try different ones because there is an abundance of great food, however I rebooked this as soon as I knew I was going back to Oxford. The food is fantastic and an amazing value for money, both times my partner and very kindly asked the staff to pick for us (neither of us have alleges) and both times have been amazed by the quality of food and the service. The only negative is that the restaurant is quite small so you definitely would have to book to ensure you get a tablet.

LC
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Tasty food but it needed a bit of attention to detail.
Everything was brown and orange and cried out for some green herbs, or fresh spring onions or salad.
Friendly staff and efficient service.

RH
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Friendly buzzing atmosphere but unfortunately the food was a bit disappointing. We opted for the £20 per head menu which the waitress offered to put together as we had not been before. I am not sure whether it was her choices that didn’t work for me. The curry was tasty enough but it was all a bit dull in terms of texture - could have done with more vegetables maybe. Might try again sometime and choose own dishes next time. The hopper was the highlight.

CS
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good experience in Oxford. We’ve never been in a Libanese the restaurant and we’ve appreciate this kind of food. We recommend this restaurant.

MW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was upmarket, delicious Sri Lankan "street" food and very authentic. We were slightly overcharged for the drinks but this was off-set by great service and being discounted for the error. Special credit to the waiter, Sam, who provided excellent and friendly service throughout the evening.

CB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was sensational but the service was not, very inattentive staff.

CL
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Super friendly staff, felt really welcome! Food was nice, and plentiful and staff very happy to advise. A tiny mistake was made with our order and they apologised several times (we said no problem and not to worry about it, as it really was a minor problem) and then when we got the bill we were really surprised to have been given a huge discount!! Thank you! Definitely recommended, nice food, good for vegetarians and really buzzy atmosphere. :)

LB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing atmosphere, food, staff. Drinks a little slow but can’t fault anything else. Wish there was a coconut tree down south!

K
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Pro:
Good venue and atmosphere
Great food
Friendly staff

Con:
Cramped
Service is slow
Got the bill wrong
Made a mess of my cake box and misplaced it

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, especially the spicy cuttlefish and Cheesy Colombo (could not get enough of this). All staff members knew the menu very intimately and gave their own personal recommendations.

Dessert was also one of the best we've had (Watalappam). Great ambience. Definitely recommend!!

GW
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited for a birthday meal and were really impressed. the staff were very helpful, they knew all the dishes on the menu so were able to give recommendations on dishes. the food was really delicious and very well priced. we had to wait a little while for our table as we were the second sitting and the people before us didn't leave when they were supposed to, but the staff gave us two drinks on the house to make up for it.
We would recommend the restaurant and would definitely go back if we visit Oxford again.

PC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I definitely would return to try more dishes and more cocktails!

w
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal. Relatively quiet with a pleasant ambience. Our server was helpful as we had not had Sri Lankan food before. The food was all delicious but quite varied in flavor. Really excellent overall.

HP
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food! Slow drinks service and music so gave it 4stars but close to 5! The Egg Hopper is a must try

S
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with new flavours. Food was fantastic, the staff were all friendly and efficient. Great value for money, looking forward to going back again soon!

R
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much enjoyed our first meal at the Coconut Tree. It is great value for money. It was quite noisy on a Friday evening but that made for a lively atmosphere.

AK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely worth to visit! We've been there on birthday meal,we have tried wide range of delicious,vegan food, also staff was very nice and helpful (especially ladies).

DM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience, service,food We would certainly return and recommend to friends. Thanks

g
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

a first time at a sri lanken restaurant - will definitely come back again. although a limited menu they were very interesting dishes

CM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
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 on 13 September 2019
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!

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