The Folly

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387 reviews
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The Folly, Oxford's unique riverside restaurant.
Join us for elegant food, superb drinks, a charming atmosphere, and a unique location perched on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of historic Oxford.

Book your table online and visit us to indulge in some fantastic modern British food.
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RK
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening and Cacha was outstanding in her attention to us

DD
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really lovely very Oxford style restaurant. Excellent service and lovely atmosphere.

JE
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stayed in Oxford for a few days, and found the Folly to be recommended on several websites. When we approached the restaurant after a stroll along the Thames, i was a tiny bit wary that this restaurant might be a bit of a tourist trap, since it was a little too perfectly situated at such a choke point for tourist traffic, at this old bridge. And there also turned out to be a tour boat operator in the same premises, the boats mooring right along the outdoor dining tables. So it might well be very crowded here on the busiest of days. But now it wasn't. Everything was actually quite perfect. The food was great, the wines were great, the restaurant interior was very appealing. I think i read a review on here that said The Folly is overpriced. Well, not at all. It should be expected that for really good food and great service, one should pay a proper price.

LA
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food atrocious and not welcoming — hit or miss on food, and more for regulars and locals

j
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

good for the location. food was ok but not spectacular, and so overpriced.

K
London
55 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening. Fully booked so glad we had reservation. Great choice of food on the menu.

J
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We book a table here whenever we visit Oxford. It is of a consistently high standard and a joy to spend an evening here.

H
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal - we went for Father's Day with our 2 teenage kids and thoroughly enjoyed all our courses and meals. It's not cheap but the food was excellent and delicious and well presented. Everyone enjoyed it. Very good service and a nice surroundings.

RS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely attentive service in a gorgeous Riverside location. Portions were big and dishes well presented, perfectly cooked.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere is very nice. The food is also great.

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and venue! I would go back in a heartbeat!

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

Very nice food, with great service, only complain is they only had small bottles of beer no pints

C
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely location by the water. Excellent service. Food was good.

DC
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most definitely. The setting was amazing. Window seat over looking the river Thames. Food and staff. Fantastic.

S
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely first visit with my vegan partner. Lovely atmosphere & staff. & the vegan options/menu didn’t have to be pre-ordered which is a bonus! Food was excellent. Definitely recommend & will be going back!

LC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn’t recommend this beautiful restaurant enough. 10/10 for atmosphere, decor, staff, food and professionalism. They made it a wonderful evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The restaurant has a great setting on the banks of the river and the place itself is very cosy and pleasantly decorated.
The waiter was very attentive and friendly and the service was good. We didn’t have to wait too long between courses.
It’s a shame the main dish was such a let down. We ordered the duck breast dish at£20. It was more like a quarter of a breast cut into two on a tiny piece of spinach and two small dollops if mash.
It looked well laid out on the half a plate it covered, but extremely overpriced for what you get.
The potatoes and soup starter was actually far tastier and more filling.

L
Dunbartonshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal here last Sunday evening. The waiter was knowledgeable and efficient. Gluten free options were good on main course but not very inspiring for desert which was a shame. Had to have an espresso martini instead which was yummy.

CY
London
68 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and good, quiet atmosphere with charming view of the river.

r
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting,view and decor.
Food very good and ambience excellent.
Few niggles apart from being expensive(£60 more expensive than The Old Parsonage).
No seating in bar area for pre dinner drinks. Sharing bread board had 5 slices for 4 people, so was it 1 and a quarter piece each?

a
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food and service. great for vegans and dietary needs.

c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food, drinks and service all very good. The only slight concern was their desire to seat everyone by the windows (on a dark night), leaving the rest of the restaurant empty. I'd have preferred diners were spread around, giving a little more privacy and comfort. Regardless, would return when next in town.

JE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere, location and food were all very good. Highly recommend.

DW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with amazing food! Highly recommend.

LP
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal and evening at The Folly the atmosphere was great and the food delicious, enjoyed the pre dinner cocktails also.

R
London
11 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant beside the Thames river, great food and good service, will visit again

J
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Slightly let down by dessert (chocolate pud) whixj didn’t seem of quite the same excellent quality as the rest of the meal.

k
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant setting was perfect, food was tasty but the cleanliness and tidy ness of outside could have been a lot better. Decks need a wash down daily and tables could do with either a paint or replaced. Outside of building looks tatty and is not aesthetically enticing you to come in to dine.

TD
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are regular diners at the folly after finding this fantastic restaurant about 2 years ago. I had put a review on trip advisor after our last visit picking out a few niggly things that the staff might do a bit better. Well someone obviously took note of my observations & to their credit this visit was absolutely flawless. This is one of our favourite restaurants. There are very few quality restaurants in Oxford so we would highly recommend this one for superlative presentation & quality of the food. It’s a must for foodies. Well done to all the staff this time for the outstanding service. 😄😄

M
Yorkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely waterfront location. Food was excellent. Service a little slow but we were not in any rush so that was fine. Staff very pleasant and helpful. Happy to recommend this one.

T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice location. Lots of history with such noted on back of the menu. Special (fish dish) was wonderful, as was the beef pie, mash and carrots.

Pea and mint Soup was refreshing and the service was excellent. Looking forward to visiting again on our next trip to Oxford.

F
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We took our teenage son for Sunday lunch. His burger was outstanding as was the carrot and orange soup he had as a starter. We both ordered the fish of the day which was nicely prepared and well-presented. The vegetables especially were well-cooked. The cheesecake was nice though not wonderful. The service was fine, but the ambiance — it manages to be both relaxed and festive — was perfect. We’d definitely go back.

DL
London
26 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely location and food & service was good.

BO
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Great setting on the Thames, but very slow service. And after waiting so long, the food was ok, not great. The sole was disappointingly flat and tasteless and the lamb was a bit over-cooked. Impossible to park anywhere near the restaurant.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice view nice food. What an enjoyable lunch there!

KA
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dinner on the river, excellent wine list, small menu but everything is delicious.

DW
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friend over from Brisbane

KW
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good not great but we did have a very pleasant time. We had to wait for our food order but the staff kept us informed and gave us some olives "on the house" which they didn't have to do. It was a nice evening so to dine outside by the water was a real bonus. The menu was varied and the staff were all very good - helpful and attentive. It was busy whilst we were there.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great tkb

MH
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for Sunday lunch. The menu is very good and the quality of food was excellent. Service was relaxed and friendly but not quick, for us that was perfect as we weren't in a rush.

To cap it all the weather was lovely and sitting by the river watching the boats as we ate was a delight

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