The Coconut Tree Oxford

4.5
266 reviews
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Sri Lankan
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Spicy
  • 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.
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SB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent again. Staff were a bit slow with drinks but overall it was a fab night out. We will definitely return

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GM
Oxford
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a rustic comfortable pub dining room. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The Black Pork, Goat Curry & Cashew nuts were great. Service was well-timed and very friendly, the whole meal including drinks were affordable."

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L
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing! I love the fact the dishes are small enough that you can order a few and share between you. You can then experience a whole range of deliciousness! The staff are really friendly, and the food arrived really quickly even though the restaurant was packed out. The cocktails are great, I’d recommend a Drunken Sri Lankan to start! This restaurant has amazing food in an informal environment - I would definitely recommend!

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RA
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am Sri Lankan, and this place did not disappoint. Authentic tasty food, good friendly service, and great ambiance

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SW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great, buzzy atmosphere, friendly helpful staff and really tasty Sri Lankan street food. Great idea to have sharing dishes. We have eaten and travelled in Asia a great deal, including Sri Lanka, and the hoppers for example, were just as good as the ones we had in Sri Lanka itself. Definitely somewhere we will return to.

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o
Oxford
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Sri Lanka earlier in the year and the food was amazing. This place served up really authentic Sri Lankan food, in a simalr style where you have a few smaller dishes. The goat curry and pol sambol were especially good.

Really friendly staff decent drinks and reasonable price as well.

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SL
London
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a party of around 10 with a reserved table. Despite the restaurant being already full, the staff were attentive and quick in taking our orders and bringing the excellent food (it arrives as soon as it is ready rather than in formal stater/main order, all the better for a large group). Hard to single out particular dishes as all are good, but do not miss the egg hoppers of course. My only issue is that the food could have been more spicy (or maybe they should have an extra spice option). Overall, a superb place for good, interesting food in a relaxed atmosphere.

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EH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

we had to wait 20 minutes for the staff to come and take our order but we had to call them over. once ordered we waited 25 minutes for the food and then they brang the food over it was the wrong dish, i ordered the Vegan kotthu but they gave me the one with egg, i’m vegan, and then was told it’d take 2 minutes to have a replacement and waited a further 30 minutes, we ordered drinks as well at that time and reminded them numerous time that we had ordered drinks and they took longer than the food even though there was 6 staff and less then that of tables.

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MT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Tasty food, but we were not happy with the portions.

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IV
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food in a busy informal atmosphere and very personal, good service

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EH
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service. Would definitely go back.

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O
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

They don't use free range eggs, which is disappointing.
The food was cold when it came out (but they were very obliging about replacing it). I just found it either way too spicy or else very bland.

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CP
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. Think of it like Sri Lankan 'tapas', order a few dishes (and a hopper!) each and share. The service is great, very friendly and happy, it can obviously get a bit slower the busier the restaurant gets.

I would definitely recommend booking as it gets busy very quickly.

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AS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic play to eat! The Food leaves your taste buds in overdrive and is a great way to try a multitude of flavours! Wish we had a Coconut tree in Hereford as it’s just s great way to dine out!! The only negative was that my first two choices for starters were sold out but the third was still fantastic!!

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C
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was vibrant and delicious, the staff were lovely too!

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SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and really good value for money. The staff were really friendly and informative! We will definitely go back!!

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DR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I was disappointed with the selection of meals for 20£. I think that you didn't choose the best ones. For example the cheese cubes weren't there. And it's a bit expensive. But it really tasty! Thanks!

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HJ
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous food for vegans in particular , our second visit did not disappoint

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, fun atmosphere. Good place to bring a small group.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food and good service. Would recommend to friends. The only downside was the noise level it was hard to hear what friends were saying.

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K
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, I particularly recommend the lady's fingers and cheese dishes. My favourite restaurant in Oxford! Lovely staff, great drinks too.

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S
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good atmosphere, good food but one diners order messed up & all waited a very long time for the replacement meaning other diners in our party food went cold & we were all hungry while waiting. It should have been prioritised

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MW
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous tasty food and not too pricy. Our table was well looked after and the staff were very friendly to all of our table of 12. Music was atmospheric and laid back. Cocktails were great value and had lots to choose from. Can't wait to return!

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IK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find.. 2nd visit. Loved the food and staff are great! They chose for us .. really good range of dishes! Good value!

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KT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were all so lovely and helpful, explaining the menu - nothing was too much trouble

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Fantastic . Excellent food and great atmosphere. Worth a visit

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EN
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We booked on the day and were limited to an outside table which wasn't a problem but half an hour after arriving a group of very loud young men came through to the back yard with their beers which did detract from our experience. I don't think you can use a small outdoor area simultaneously as a beer garden and an outdoor eating area. Thankfully the group left after one or two drinks. The food definitely didn't disappoint and we will be back.

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MS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, cocktails, staff and atmosphere.....sadly not a single bottle of white wine in the house!

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IF
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great choice of tapas style Sri Lankan dishes for sharing, veggies and vegans well catered for. Authentic enough to satisfy those who know Sri Lankan food, though the chilli level had been toned down a bit, which meant everyone could find dishes to their taste. Core things like dhal and roti done to perfection. Service was smiley and helpful, though they do get stretched as tables fill up.

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KB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fabulous, the service fantastic and a really lovely relaxed atmosphere. We ate delicious plant based / vegan tapas style dishes and I can honestly say it was some of the best food I've ever eaten. Every single dish was made with care and was jam packed with flavour. I wish there was a Coconut Tree in Brighton!

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R
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was really tasty however the wait was very long for the food and we ordered more roti during our meal but it came 20 mins later after we had finished, it was taken off the bill however. Think they only had one chef that day, we would have ordered more but didn't want to wait for it.

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K
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Fantastic food that is really good value for money! Unfortunately our table wasn't ready when we wanted it to be, but I appreciate that they were very busy

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AL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service we really enjoyed our first trip to the coconut tree

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HG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue with great food with excellent, friendly service. Will definitely revisit.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really delicious Sri Lankan food served tapas style. We enjoyed a range of dishes - black pork belly, ochre, fried rice, and some Sri Lankan specials like mothu and hoppers. The service was attentive and knowledgeable, but above all warm and friendly. We particularly appreciated a warm, chatty welcome along with some great cocktails by Zak.

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DF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, good atmosphere, prices very reasonable - will visit again

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A
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place but very busy, and food service came out at different times for our main meal dishes. Maybe understaffed for how busy it was.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Once we were seated we had to wait a while to receive menus, then it took them a little while to come over and take our order. Once we had though everything ran smoothly.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really delicious food and friendly staff! It was a bit quiet when we first arrived at 7.30 but soon became busy with a nice ambience. Would recommend

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great opportunity to share food with friends

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