The Folly

4.6
796 reviews
£26 to £40
British
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 796 People Are Saying
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AbsC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Will definitely go back. Excellent service, great and friendly staff.

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PJHoward
Oxford
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere and food. Lovely evening all round.

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Susie
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Quite pricey but food was really tasty and very well cooked. Nice and spacious inside, lovely atmosphere and not too loud. Good service. They do add 12.5% service charge on the bill which isn't clear until the bill arrives.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and wine, did not expect that; I am a foodie and I usually going to the best restaurants in London, this place in Oxford was such a lovely surprise! Congratulations to the team, especially to the management and the chef👏🏻👏🏻

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DanyK
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent foods in a most beautiful outdoor settings

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GarethW
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautifully presented dishes. Very good service. Lovely ambience. Guinea Fowl was delicious. Toilets could be better. Girls were queuing for the one available toilet at times.

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DavidG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, service and ambience. Slightly too noisy and on the pricey side

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ChrisC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food, lovely ambience, all round an amazing experience. Couldn’t have had a better time. Thankyou!

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NicholaB
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My hubby & I came here for our anniversary lunch & had the most lovely afternoon. Sat outside next to the Thames, watching ducks & canal boats drift by. The gentleman that served us was so friendly & attentive & the food was amazing. When my pudding came out they had written ‘Happy Anniversary’ in chocolate fondant on the plate. I would highly recommend this lovely restaurant to anyone & will definitely visit again when we come to Oxford.

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jmyers6
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reason to go to the Folly is for the ambience and location. That being said, the Folly is one of the better restaurants in Oxford in terms of food too.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food and a great team. The savoury brûlée starter trumped the one I had in the Loire 20 years ago. Quite extraordinary. What a place!

The Folly
Responded on 16 September 2021

Thank you for your feedback and all the kind words, and we are delighted you enjoyed your visit at The Folly. We hope we will see you again in the future!

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Follies
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious and well presented food in a relaxing, quiet environment.
Service could have been quicker but as tranquil setting and not in a rush, didn't mind.

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neilk
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great menu, well presented and tasty food. lovely location and attentive service

CQ
ChristopherQ
Bath
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location , food great albeit quite small portions. Really nice staff.

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NeilH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Another lovely meal at The Folly.

Great food presented with artistry, a class above anything else in Oxford.

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ClaireM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pretty view by the open window was perfect and on a hot day preferable for me than being on the terrace. Our young waitress was a delight and achieved that difficult balance of friendly service without intrusion.

PJ
PaulJ
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here a couple of times before but this was the first since lock-down so we were wondering if things had changed. Fortunately, if anything its better than before. A fantastic meal, great service, a nice calming atmosphere overlooking the river.

The Folly
Responded on 16 September 2021

Hi Paul, Just wanted to say a big Thank you for your beautiful message, one of the things we love the most is our team's hard work being appreciated. We are more than happy you visited us again and will love it to see you again anytime!

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GordonS
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It's a fabulous location on the edge of the river. Sitting outside, there is a bit of disturbance from passengers embarking on the river cruises. The food is great, with my only negative being that the pave of lamb was a little chewy. But overall, we really enjoyed it

The Folly
Responded on 16 September 2021

Hi Gordon, Thank you for taking time to leave a review, we are more than happy you had a nice experience, and we do apologise if the lamb was not perfect. It is the feedback, that help us understand if something is wrong so we can fix it. We do hope we will get the chance of having you again as a guest and maybe next time, you can try going on of of the many types of cruises we offer!

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DianaD
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tranquil location on the river's edge, good attentive staff, very relaxing Sunday lunch.

CB
ClaireB
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute must to complete an Oxford trip! High quality food excellent service and fantastic value for money.

JC
JuanC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Fish of the day was ok. The risotto was mashy peas with rise and a bit of cheese. Really disappointed for the price.

JB
JennyB
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Iocation, friendly staff and great food.

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LizR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was nice, although over-priced. 12.5% service charge added, would rather tip myself on value of service.

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LauraO
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drink, beautiful setting by the water. Had a fabulous experience!!

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AnthonyW
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food as good if not the best we have ate anywhere in the Uk or abroad . The ambience and service was extremely good and we wasn’t rushed at all . The place was clean and Tudeh and the views were great . Thanks for an amazing night guys :)

JC
JaneC
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely setting on the river - the best in Oxford. Can almost reach out and touch the swans. even if too chilly to sit outdoors on the pontoon, indoor seating in the window is almost as good. Service really good - attentive but not overpowering; knowledgeable and genuinely friendly. Food - as ever - excellent. a totally 'go-to' place in Oxford

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MichaelS
Bath
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and ambience
A little expensive but worth it for an excellent and different meal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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BarryP
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Expensive for the portions, pretentious food, no substance, disappointing. Lovely place though and the service was excellent.

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PeterB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food. Excellent location. The staff were very nice, but hard to find sometimes. Basically expensive but worth it!

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MulS
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant for a meal - we visited The Folly for a lunch as a couple.
The service was excellent and our waitress had just the right measure of attentiveness - she was friendly but professional. All the staff are well trained.
The food was served to an incredibly high standard and was delicious. Although more expensive than some other restaurants the price reflected the meal, service and overall feel of the place.
We would definitely recommend and will also return.

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neilk
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great starters and fish and chips. Service attentive and lication great. Nice treat,!

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MonicaT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The place is pleasant. The food is mediocre. The price is high.

KH
KateH
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, lovely staff and great table outside. Great touches such as blankets supplied.

MC
MC22
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, location and atmosphere. Not 'OMG' good, but pleasant all round. However, the drinks are SO overpriced that it left us feeling a bit cynical; as if everything else must be massively hiked up too. Would recommend, but with this caveat. We've been twice now, but I don't think we will go back.

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EddieW
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service, shame weather was a bit overcast, we sat outside by river, that area could have been prettier, overall very good.

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Victor
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff, really go out their way for a great experience!
The food was tasteful and presented so well, added to the atmosphere of luxury even more.

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MunchAlot
London
21 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, fantastic and unexpected high quality food and the wine flight was very generous. I have no doubt in recommending these fine people that work impeccably as a team. If wine is a thing for you, I highly recommend their wine flight with the taster menu. Simply exquisite.

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Tamsin
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful place and had great time. Food not as good as last time but enjoyable - didn’t distract from the occasion. Loved the heated lamps!

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AnnaTops
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and amazing service - perfect date night or celebration setting!

FAQs

The Folly is rated 4.6 stars by 796 OpenTable diners.

The Folly does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thefolly.giftpro.co.uk.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.