The Ivy Oxford Brasserie

4.5
2424 reviews
£26 to £40
British
The Ivy Oxford Brasserie is located on the bustling High Street in the heart of Oxford. Enjoy an accessible all-encompassing menu, serving British classics from dawn until dusk, including breakfast, elevenses, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner and cocktails. The restaurant features a bar and a private dining room, offering relaxed yet sophisticated dining, ensuring there is something on offer for every occasion.

Located on the first floor, The Botanical Room, is our stunning private dining space, seating up to 24 guests or 35 guests for cocktail receptions is decorated with locally referenced artwork and prints inspired by the local area including literature, the botanical gardens, and academia.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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sarahh
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, beautiful environment. Food was excellent although the dessert (rum Baba) didn't quite match the standard of the first two courses. Overall a lovely evening.

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Will
London
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with good decoration exceptionally good food and top class service

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Shabnam
Oxford
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t complain. Me and sisters had a great experience and the staff were amazing

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LizW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good food and lovely surroundings, but the service was a bit sub-par. Our waiter seemed to be thrown by anything not 100% straightforward (e.g. ordering two different glasses of champagne) and we had to chase up the extras we'd been offered (sauce for the chips) before they finally materialised. I wish waiters would write things down! They didn't seem to be too busy so it's a mystery why the service wasn't better. On the plus side, they let us stay well beyond our allotted 90 minutes for lunch, and so we spent far more than we otherwise would have. We're calling that a win-win.

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ChrisJ1979
Kent
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great Service / atmosphere overall

The vegan menu is very limited, there needs to be a few more main options and a few more desert choices.

The food that we ordered was of a high standard and filling,
The staff were able to advise on food choices and amend to suit our needs.

Overall a great experience just not quite perfect

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GD68
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was lovely except for my rather uncomfortable chair! The staff couldn't have taken better care of us, the food was delicious and beautifully presented.

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FionaW
Oxford
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Only criticism where we were sitting lacked in atmosphere and was on the chilled side.

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ChrisH
Dorset
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent and we enjoyed our visit.

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NRice
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Sadly service was slow despite restaurant being half full.
Food was Luke warm and two items needed to be sent back. They did deduct cost from the bill without us having to ask thankfully.
The shepherds pie was full of lumpy mince.
Would not return to this Ivy Brasserie.

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ChristineS
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service1ambience5

Service poor, chips & peppercorn sauce came out late. Fillet steak tasteless.

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JayneH
Essex
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience of an Ivy .Very impressed with the menu and great portion sizes

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Oxfordvisitor
Bath
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience, excellent food and very attentive staff! What more do you need on a Monday evening?

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Lucy
Oxford
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very good food and nice environment and Daniel was helpful

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MichaelP
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Dress standards seem to have declined,not quite as special as earlier visits.

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betty
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely meal and nice ambiance
The wait for our drinks was very long and had to chase them up which I found unexpected due to the restaurant not being that busy.
I also had to complain about cleanliness of the toilets

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AlasdairM
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our first visit (for fairly obvious reasons) and overall it was very pleasant. Nice food, good wines and interesting cocktails. The canned music was slightly intrusive.

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Buckinghamshire
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly and helpful service from all the staff we encountered. We had a delicious afternoon tea which was beautifully presented. Scones were delicious.

If we were to say what we would have liked to be different - maybe more savoury and fewer sweet things - the sweet things were delicious but very rich and sickly .

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LorraineW
Oxford
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Made to feel welcome and special on our anniversary, we have been so many times and everything always on point.

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Leonora
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice place to have a celebration.
I have been several times & enjoyed myself immensely every time
Staff are very polite & helpful.
In fact it’s my favourite restaurant.
Have recommended it to many of my friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, beautifully decorated dining area and food really nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Best food we found in Oxford places since February. Service very friendly, a bit inattentive though. Price compatible. All in all, excellent!

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MaryseD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lovely décor, restaurant looks lovely as you walk into it. We were seated on a banquette table under the air conditioning. Great to be cool but not when it is directly over your food which then goes cold within 5 minutes! My meal was lukewarm at best, the steak not the best I have ever had and at £25 for a sirloin, I was expecting better quality meat.
You pay for everything, main courses don't come with anything, our 'fries' came to £10 alone. Whilst I don't mind paying for a nice restaurant meal, we were underwhelmed by the whole experience and definitely felt we overpaid for what we had. We get a better quality meal at our local pub for half the price. The cocktails at £10+ each were not 'WOW', that looks amazing - The Ivy could take a leaf out of The Alchemist's book! We had been wanting to visit The Ivy for a long time and chose our wedding anniversary to do so and have to say, it wasn't the experience we were expecting. Staff all very nice and helpful but an 18.5% gratuity automatically added to the bill didn't help either, especially given the recent press about whether the staff actually get it or not.
Regrettably, will not be returning to The Ivy in a hurry and cannot honestly recommend to anyone on value for money alone.

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ValerieB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Clearly one of the places to be ‘seen’ in Oxford - however it was not for me. Felt like we were on a conveyor belt from the moment we entered.
We arrived promptly at 8.25pm for our table at 8.30pm - ushered to sit at the bar as our table wasn’t ready.
2 glasses of still water plonked in front of us along with food & cocktail menu.
Feeling obliged & not knowing how long we would be required to wait we both ordered a cocktail.
Suddenly we were taken to our table before our cocktails had arrived.
The place was packed and very noisy - both in terms of customer chit chat and restaurant music - we had to lean forward across our table and shout at one another to be heard.
We continued on the efficient conveyor - ordering our starters & main courses - service was swift but impersonal.
Food was good & well presented.
A 10% service charge was automatically added to our bill - a pet peeve of mine as I was of the belief that ‘tips’ were discretionary - and given that we felt churned through the establishment the service wasn’t anything worthy of note.
Plenty of other places in Oxford that would rank above The Ivy in my top restaurants list!

AK
AntonyK
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Food and service were good. Far too loud music. We asked twice for it to be turned down. In a COVID environment it was not good that server had to lean over us to hear what we were saying with no mask. Did not feel comfortable.

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JasmineB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We had the worst experience! Food was cold and we were rushed. Will not be coming back

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Joyce
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening was amazing.
Been to a few ivy’s now and the standard is soo high.
The service we received from May was outstanding she really is professional.
And soo smiley - nothing was too much.
Once again thank you Ivy soo much for a fab evening. You certainly didn’t disappoint xx 😘

AK
AmyK
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food and setting was brilliant. They were just too busy though to offer the quality service I’m used to there. Our main plates remained on the table for over 30 minutes after we had finished our meal and our bottle of wine was taken and placed and of our reach and our glasses not topped up. Staff did apologise and we got a complimentary glass of wine as a result but it’s such a shame as it’s tainted my thoughts a bit about the Ivy cafe now.

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StephanieP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was ok but we’ve had far better for the same (high) price - we had three courses and only one alcoholic drink and our bill was £120!! Comes very quickly so gives impression that it’s pre-prepared/reheated. Wrong starter was delivered which caused wait for food and also issues with bill which took ages to resolve. Music so loud that waitress couldn’t hear us unless she leaned In very close - social distancing not followed. Very poor selection of beers. Seems to be a LOT of staff but the service still isn’t great. Don’t think we’ll be returning.

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StuartR
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, fantastic food and lovely friendly staff.

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DaniB
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good selection of food which focuses on combining flavours well. Food is not over complicated but tastes fresh. Although busy the service was very good and it was great having a live DJ as this lifted the atmosphere. Second visit to the Ivy in Oxford and would highly recommend.

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KarenH
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Lovely food. Quite a wait between 'courses' and we didn't get our tea for a long time. Lovely afternoon tea though.

TJ
TJMW
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good lunch, food was very good. Slightly perturbed to be told they couldn't fillet the lemon sole?? Upon checking was told they could do it after all, quite bizarre. Love the building and thoroughly enjoyed my day

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UrsulaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our meal but had to wait quite a while to order drinks. The waitress seemed surprised that we wanted alcohol, it was a birthday celebration after all! One of our party ordered smoked salmon to start and was quite disappointed with the presentation. It was a slab of salmon on a glass plate with half a lemon in muslin as garnish. Not what she expected from a high class restaurant. Other than that we had a lovely time.

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NicolaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was enjoyed by all, it was outstanding. The service was very good, would have been outstanding if a couple of minor points had not occurred; drinks were spilt at the table by the waiter and incorrect cutlery served with steak. Otherwise waiter was attentive and very polite.

Toilets are fantastic but keep an eye on when bins need to be emptied.

We loved the decor and ambience of the restaurant. Overall we loved the experience, food and drink and will definitely come back to dine in the Ivy in Oxford.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

On arrival, at Reception one of the girls didn’t seem very friendly or welcoming!
Plus I really think that staff should iron their clothes! It looks really bad. Some staff weren’t the usual smart well presented standard you see at other Ivy restaurants.
The food was excellent!
The Rum Baba needed to be soaked in rum previously and then additional rum offered.
One and a half hours wasn’t long enough before we were asked to move to the bar!

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roberta
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Eggs were not cooked FairPlay they replaced but second attempt worse so ruined meal and experience they did give meal free and complimentary coffee but that doesn't make up for a spoiled meal sadly

A bit apprehensive about using again went to
Browns
Following morning and it was perfection

JM
JillM
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was good but we were seated 25 minutes after the time we’d booked. We were asked to sit at the bar while they finished our table but were forgotten about and I had to ask a member of staff to check why we hadn’t been seated. There was a lot of staff working but little in the way of people in charge. A service charge added on as standard feels cheeky when the service is this bad

JO
vipJacquiO
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food, quite noisy and service could have been better

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jacbrac
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor with really professional friendly staff and the food was excellent a fantastic dining experience

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DarrylC
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good experience, starter was nice and we were asked if we wanted more toast for the duck parfait.
My chips were only warm and steak was mediocre, I’ve had better.
My partner loved hers though.
Service impeccable.

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The Ivy Oxford Brasserie is rated 4.5 stars by 2424 OpenTable diners.

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.