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The Coconut Tree Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire

The Coconut Tree Oxford

4.5
4.5
466 Reviews
£25 and under
Sri Lankan

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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Sri Lankan, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–00:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00 Lunch Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00 Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–00:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00

  • Phone number

    01865 421865

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Menu

Can't Decide?** - We'll choose some of our fav dishes along with our legendary Hopper. This is not set menu, pick a few along with us here and now, let's make your choice rock. £20pp. Please note - singular dishes come when they are ready! If you need any dishes together please let us know

Main

  • Parippu (Dhal)£2.50

    Red lentils cooked in coconut cream

    • Cashew Nuts£6.00

      Cashew nuts and green peas soaked and cooked in coconut cream

      • Ladies Fingers£3.50

        10 portions a day. Okra fried and jiggled. Served at room temp. This one's the thin sister

        • Hotbattered Spicy Mushrooms£5.00

          Polenta battered button mushrooms with caramelised onions. Only for vegans

          • Five C's£3.50

            Carrots, Cucumber, Coriander, shaved Coconut with a hint of Green Chillies

            • Chickpeas£4.50

              Stir fried in coconut oil, onions, garlic, mustard seeds & crushed chillies

              • Fat Sister£4.00

                Pumpkin Curry cooked in coconut milk and turmeric

                • Gova Mallun£3.00

                  Lightly stir fried crunchy cabbage with turmeric and coconut shavings

                  • Jack Fruit Cutlets£3.50

                    Presenting the SL cutlet with a hip twist: pulled Jack Fruit, sautéed onions, potato & tct ground spice mix, rolled and breaded. Made specially for the V-GANG

                    • Veg Rolls£4.50

                      Made fresh, crispy rolls stuffed with pan fried potatoes, shredded carrot, leek & cabbage

                      • Pineapple Curry*£4.50

                        Pineapple cooked in coconut milk

                        • Coconut Sambal£4.00

                          10 portions a day. A fresh coconut relish blended with shallots dried crushed chillies and spicy green chillies

                          • Cheesy Colombo£5.00

                            An off the scale Fav! Colombo style fried cheese cubes with sticky sauce (a typical street food no, but a family Fav that's hit it off UK side)

                            • Hot Battered Spicy Cuttlefish£7.00

                              Sri Lankan battered cuttlefish mixed with a spicy garnish

                              • Squid and Prawn Curry£7.50

                                Gramps favourite curry, bursting with rich flavours & spices slow cooked with tomatoes, turmeric, pandom leaves cardamom & black pepper

                                • V3 Clay Pot Fish£5.50

                                  8 portions a day. Slow cooked tuna in goraka spices, creating its hot, sour & peppery taste

                                  • Sri Lankan Mixed Fried Rice**£8.00

                                    With chicken, egg and veg. No Drama

                                    • Chicken Curry on the Bone*£5.50

                                      On the menu by popular demand from friends and family. Typical spicy SL curry

                                      • Jaffna Goat Curry with Potato£7.50

                                        Slow cooked Goat in Jaffna spices. A special recipe from back home courtesy of Chefs Dad

                                        • Black Pork£7.00

                                          Diced belly pork, slow cooked in a roasted black spice mix, secret ingredients

                                          Devilled Dishes

                                          A unique Sri Lankan dish served as it's street food version. Meat or fish are cooked in spices, then stir fried with banana peppers and finished off with crushed chillies

                                          • Devilled Chicken Wings£6.00

                                            • Devilled Prawns£7.00

                                              King Prawns with shell

                                              Hoppers

                                              Hoppers are a bowl shaped coconut milk pancake served with coconut sambal, seeni sambal (caramelised onions with a hint of cinnamon) and Lunu Miris (Sri Lankan salsa). Not for sharing. Must have for first timers!

                                              • Egg Hopper£3.50

                                                • Plain Hopper£3.50

                                                  Kotthu**

                                                  Kotthu is a fine example of Sri Lankan hybrid food and served all over the country as luxury street food. Its made with finely chopped rotti cooked with egg, vegetables and/or meat

                                                  • Chicken Kotthu£7.00

                                                    • Veg Kotthu£5.00

                                                      • Vegan Kotthu£5.00

                                                        On the Side

                                                        • Get Some Rotti£2.50

                                                          Sri Lankan flatbread

                                                          • Plain Red Rice£2.50

                                                            Original form of rice grown in Sri Lanka

                                                            • Pol Rotti£4.00

                                                              Typical SL Flatbread made with Coconut (Boss Man's Fave)

                                                              What 466 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                              4.5
                                                              4.5 based on all time ratings
                                                              • 4.6Food
                                                              • 4.3Service
                                                              • 4.4Ambience
                                                              • 4.5Value

                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                              1. AH

                                                                AlexH

                                                                Oxford

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 13 March 2020

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                Nice food, friendly staff and good atmosphere. Will definitely come back. Thank you

                                                              2. S

                                                                Stickleback

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 13 March 2020

                                                                overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                                4 of the dishes we ordered never arrived but we were initially charged for. Staff were able to sort it out with only a little fuss. The food, what came of it, was well cooked but not sure the amount was worth the price. Doubt we will be going back.

                                                              3. CW

                                                                ColWebs1

                                                                Oxford

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on 13 March 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Been to Sri Lanka several years ago and enjoyed the food With a restaurant opening in Oxford , my daughter (23) and I just had to try It was all So good .. we ordered about 5 dishes to share .. all were good ; recommend the cuttlefish and the coconut Sambal .. good roti too

                                                              4. TU

                                                                TomasU

                                                                Oxford

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 7 March 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Amazing food, not expensive, good staff. Had to edit about 40 min for order but I guess it was busy Saturday evening

                                                              5. SS

                                                                SmithSmouts

                                                                Oxford

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 29 February 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Amazing food, amazing atmosphere and great service. Had a fab night

                                                              6. AK

                                                                AmyK

                                                                London

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 29 February 2020

                                                                overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                We loved the food! It was worth waiting over an hour for! Not really sure what happened as no one said but we arrived at 8.10 for an 8.15 booking. Were seated around 8.30pm ish then our food came at 9.30pm. But we loved the place.

                                                              7. L

                                                                Lady

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 29 February 2020

                                                                overall3food5service2ambience4

                                                                Some dishes from the menu were unavailable. Drinks very slow to arrive all evening. Food absolutely delicious. Waitress forgot to book our taxi. Great ambience.

                                                              8. JM

                                                                JayM

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 29 February 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Excellent. Really enjoyed the whole experience. Food and service are fantastic. Highly Recommended.

                                                              9. W

                                                                Whitjet

                                                                Yorkshire

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 29 February 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Lovely food, not too spicy and really generous portions Service v good Will definitely be back

                                                              10. GM

                                                                GrahamM

                                                                Oxford

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 27 February 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Lovely relaxed restaurant. Waiter very helpful explains dishes. Food exceptionally good especially the chicken curry and goat curry. Great experience. Will definitely go again. Recommended.

                                                              11. KR

                                                                KatieR

                                                                Oxford

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 26 February 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Amazing food, lovely service. Really unusual and delicious dishes. The vege stuff is unbelievable

                                                              12. IW

                                                                IW2020

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 22 February 2020

                                                                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.

                                                              13. AR

                                                                AndyR

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                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

                                                              14. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                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

                                                              15. W

                                                                Waynos

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 20 February 2020

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                              16. JZ

                                                                JaneZ

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                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.

                                                              17. LS

                                                                LauraS

                                                                London

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                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.

                                                              18. p

                                                                poppy

                                                                Birmingham

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 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 :)

                                                              19. PR

                                                                PatrickR

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                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

                                                              20. a

                                                                accolade

                                                                London

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                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.

                                                              21. ML

                                                                MLong

                                                                Oxford

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                Dined on 15 February 2020

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                Really great atmosphere. Lovely food and great cocktails. Staff very friendly and give advice on food and drink.

                                                              22. ZS

                                                                ZoeS

                                                                Oxford

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 15 February 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                              23. PT

                                                                PeteTheJamma

                                                                Oxford

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                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

                                                              24. MQ

                                                                MichelleQ

                                                                Oxford

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 14 February 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                              25. LL

                                                                LeeL

                                                                Oxford

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                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.

                                                              26. T

                                                                Toby

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                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.

                                                              27. JG

                                                                JamieG

                                                                Oxford

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 14 February 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                              28. EW

                                                                ElizabethW

                                                                Essex

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                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!!

                                                              29. E

                                                                Englishpatience

                                                                Toronto

                                                                23 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                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.

                                                              30. SC

                                                                SarahC

                                                                Oxford

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                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.

                                                              31. RI

                                                                RedIron

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                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.

                                                              32. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                3.0

                                                                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.

                                                              33. DW

                                                                DerekW

                                                                London

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                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.

                                                              34. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Oxford

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                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.

                                                              35. FD

                                                                FarahD

                                                                London

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 31 January 2020

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                Food was amazing, service was very good and friendly.

                                                              36. F

                                                                Fliss

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 30 January 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                              37. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Bedfordshire

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                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.

                                                              38. KH

                                                                KerryH

                                                                Oxford

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                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.

                                                              39. DJ

                                                                DariaJ

                                                                1 review

                                                                1.0

                                                                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.

                                                              40. GW

                                                                GeorginaW

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 22 January 2020

                                                                overall4food4service3ambience5

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

                                                              FAQs

                                                              The Coconut Tree Oxford does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

                                                              The Coconut Tree Oxford is rated 4.5 stars by 466 OpenTable diners.

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                                                              Additional information

                                                              • Area

                                                                Oxford

                                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                                Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–00:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00 Lunch Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00 Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–00:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00

                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                Sri Lankan, Tapas / Small Plates

                                                              • Dining style

                                                                Casual Dining

                                                              • Dress Code

                                                                Casual Dress

                                                              • Parking Details

                                                                There are a some non residential parking spots around The Coconut Tree and small roads opposite.

                                                              • Payment Options

                                                                MasterCard, Visa

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