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

What 386 People Are Saying
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JF
Oxford
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is fabulous and extremely reasonably priced.

s
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere and brilliant service ! Made our meal for 7 a highly memorable evening- thank you team 😊

L
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice, relaxed atmosphere, though noise levels were challenging for one of our party. Lovely food - vegetarian options especially good. Hoppers marvellous! Fab service, all serving staff very helpful and food with wine was really good value. We’ll be back!

H
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant! Amazing food & wonderful staff. We’ll be back!

DM
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food - amazing flavours, covered all our varied dietary requirements, and at £20pp, there was far more than our party of 6 could eat. Attentive staff who knew their stuff. Loved it. Thank you 😊

SC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food great service and friendly staff. Will definitely go again

CT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A unique experience, there are few other places in Oxford offering similar style Sri Lankan share plates. Lovely flavours, generous portions.

b
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food is good, but I would not go to this restaurant for a culinary experience. Cocktails are very good, I strongly suggested to try them!
Service good and very friendly

SF
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Amazing food. Suggestion for the staff was spot on. Loved it.
Lovely atmosphere but it was cold. We were in early in the evening though so appreciate it's hard to get it right.
Getting attention of the staff for more drinks was slow but would go again in a heart beat. Food made up for the small "issues"

OC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Paid a load of money for a gross tasting bowl of cabbage. The whole place stank of bleach and the waiters got my order wrong. Don’t go to this restaurant it’s really over rated and probably bigged up my oxford uni students because they think it sounds cool and hip.
Crap food for a rip off price.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Impressive food and service

PB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely menu.had run our of one of tge curries hence the 4/5. Great to try something a bit different. If you like spicy food you should come here would come again!

H
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Coconut Tree is a real find.

The food here is pretty special.

In truth, I've never really looked back since a slightly strange coloured concoction delivered to our table turned out to be the delectable squid and prawn dish.

Simply put, this place is a real gem.

Regards

WILLIAM

EF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was really nice and good that it is small plates so you can try a few things. The service was slightly slow.

ND
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Our booking was for 6.30pm and they had no rice even though there was a shop next door.

NI
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service will definitely be going back and highly recommends

TS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place to be. Excellent food, excellent cocktails and excellent service. All the star are uber friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Would, and have, recommend.

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere. Pumpkin curry is great. Terrific value for money

JB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the coconut tree so much the first time we went there that we went back 6 days later - such great food! Highly recommended.

SA
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was exceptionally slow, but other than that everything was fine. Food was great, as always. There were 8 of us and we shared 4 "tasting menus", where the staff chooses the dishes for us. Everything we ate was tasty and there was plenty of food for everyone. Even through that, the place was able to accommodate our needs, with sufficient amounts of vegan dishes, as well as dishes which were not spicy. We'll definitely be back.

AC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a disappointing start. We arrived and waited where it said to wait (at the end of the bar). Had booked a table online. Waited and waited. Checked the cocktail menu whilst waiting. Ignored by all bar staff. In the end we checked on the ipad (which was on the bar) where we were meant to be sat, took our own menus and sat ourselves down! The food was incredible and for this reason we would recommend and go back. Lots of unusual choices, very tasty and fresh and great value. The flaming cocktail was lovely too. Just a shame the service at the start did ruin the evening. I'm still not actually sure if it is self service and you're meant to sit yourself down - will find out when we go back I guess!

DB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good atmosphere with some a very good menu. Lots of tasty choices for different palates and dietary requirements plus a great cocktail list. The staff were great and dealt with the complications of a large group all ordering at different times very well. Would definitely recommend.

K
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a great overall experience. We were the last to leave and were the loudest in the restaurant so I can't really comment on the noise level!

j
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

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 on 13 October 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

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 on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service2ambience3

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

CL
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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
6 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

w
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.