The Pickled Walnut

4.2
46 reviews
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£25 and under
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Syrian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Healthy
Welcome to The Pickled Walnut. Come and join us for an evening of fresh homemade Syrian cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Syrian
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Hours of Operation
Sunday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
01865 430478
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
Nearest bus stop opp James Street east
What 46 People Are Saying
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4.1
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MR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great authentic and tasty food. Speedy and friendly service.

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

Excellent place to meet up before concerts at SJE (St John Evangelist) on Iffley Rd. Great welcome from staff; brilliant food; tasty; good helpings; loads of veggie and low-gluten/dairy things for me.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service, and great food - plenty of options without being overwhelming

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CM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exciting and varied menu, great service and excellent value

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I very much enjoyed the food and wine at the Pickled Walnut. I am familiar with Lebanese cuisine which the Syrian food is nearest to: delicious. Service was very good. For three people with three courses with wine, the bill was £94, but it was quite possible to have had a main course for about £7-14 if you wanted to have less of an occasion. We were having a special meet-up with an old friend so we had a bigger spread. As older people, we found the music and noise level too hard to hear each other over as the evening wore on and by 9pm we finished earlier than we might have done.

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

A great Syrian restaurant on the bustling Cowley Road. Large selection of choices on the menu, including plenty of vegetarian dishes. Good food, friendly service, nice decor - all round very good and would definitely like to go again!

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been to Pickled Walnut a few times now and each time the food has been delicious, the service has been superb, and the decor is delightful. I highly recommend it!

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FR
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, exceptional service, good food.
Definitely a favourite!

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SC
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Firstly - if arriving by car, then leave PLENTY of time for parking as there is very little available!

We've eaten here before and have always enjoyed the food - although I think the starters are the highlight. There's a really good selection and they are incredibly tasty. I'd recommend (if you can talk the waiter into it) turning it into a tapas-style meal and ordering lots of starters to share and then heading straight to the puddings (which are also really nice).

The staff are all very friendly (although interestingly didn't once approach our table to ask if everything was okay), the décor/ambience is really nice, and the drinks selection very good (the men in our party particularly enjoyed the Beirut beer). They were only accepting cash on the night we visited due to their credit card machines not working.....but presumably that's fixed now!

If you fancy trying something different, I'd heartily recommend the Pickled Walnut (and try the pickled walnuts starter too....sooo tasty).

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SP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality food, seemed authentic and was extremely tasty. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Good to experience a new type of cuisine in funky and attractive surroundings

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ME
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service were great, my son had been previously and recommended it. There was a lot of choice on the menu and the waiter was really good at letting you know if you would like it or not (too spicy perhaps?).

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff were friendly and the food was great with lots of flavour! The cocktails were very nice too although a little pricey. Would definitely go again!

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JM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting and very well seasoned, spiced, marinated food. Will come back to try more.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

So sorry not to be able to recommend this restaurant.
The food was not of a high standard except for the mixed grill which was flavoursome.
The vegetarian mousaka was a 2nd rate ratatouille and poorly flavoured.
The chili king prawns were tasteless - that's quite a feat to achieve. The lamb and ocre was cooked to a mush and lacked any kind of individual flavour whereas individually, both ingredients are potentially my favourite foods. A shame really.
The Spanish wine actually was good - quite drinkable.

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P
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, friendly service and fantastic food!

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant flavours, good portions and great atmosphere! Will definitely be coming back again!

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NH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again, a perfect experience: friendly switched-on staff who know their stuff, great atmosphere, and the food always fabulous. We had small dishes to share: lamp kebbeh and sausages, dips and crispy thin bread, and wonderful greenery, like spinach but MUCH more special. See you again soon, o Pickled Walnut people!

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GD
Cheshire
5 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant that had been recommended to us. Slightly more casual than we thought and had to ask for chairs with backs as seating was on stools or low benches. Food was good and a great range but could have been a little hotter.

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PA
London
12 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Menu appeared authentic, with many dishes that were unrecognisable. Was worth the visit to a Syrian restaurant for the first time. The dishes themselves did not blow me over though. Service was decent enough, though considering it was not that busy, could have been more attentive.

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LL
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had really nice food that we haven't had before. We didn't really know what to expect but we really enjoyed the tagine and koftas

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

found this on Trip Advisor. Location is among many cheap student eating places up the Cowley Road. Good sounding vegetarian options, which is why we went, large portions, but poorly cooked. Prices very reasonable.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Another happy trip to the Pickled Walnut, which remains a favourite.
We almost faced a negative with a sudden announcement at only 2215 that service was over. This was overridden to allow us to have desserts, but the bar was apparently closed earlier than we would have expected or preferred.
Hopefully this was a one-off, because previously we have stayed on until well after 11... and might well have done on this occasion too.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, a lovely Syrian meal (so hard to chose on the menu) and lovely atmosphere

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GH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, good service. The only negative was the wine which was very poor quality for a house wine. Great dishes though and a good place for meeting friends and family

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our first visit here,stayed in Oxford for one night on the way to Portsmouth for the ferry to France. Neither my husband or I usually like aubergine but the aubergine dip was to die for! Everything was fresh and delicious. The pitta bread was the best we've had anywhere and would recommend this restaurant.

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Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really delicious food! I am dying to go again and try other things off the menu. Deep fried courgette with garlic dip was a highlight and lamb and butterbean stew. Would very much recommend

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Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food served with a smile. The flavours were amazing and everything we tried was cooked to perfection. We will definitely be back.

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MS
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We went to the Pickled Walnut on a Saturday evening, just me and my husband. We were quite disappointed. The service wasn't brilliant. I had to call someone over to take our order. I got the impression the kitchen staff and floor staff work very separately. The restaurant wasn't busy and yet it still took a while to be served.

We ordered starters and mains. Six tables were served before us and when our food did come out, we were served our mains and not our starters. The kitchen staff were apologetic and rectified the mix up and we were offered complimentary drinks.

The food was okay, perfectly acceptable but not wow in our opinion. I won't be rushing back anytime soon.

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B
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The staff are friendly and helpful. The interior decoration is bright and clean. However the food was not up to the standard you come to expect from middle eastern cuisine. Also, for what was served, it was over-priced.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been to the Pickled Walnut a few times. Every time I've noticed the service has been slightly slow, but the food is worth the wait. All I would actually ask to improve is the size of dishes. The grill dishes are hugely filling, but some of the other dishes are very expensive for their size!

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S
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the very relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant. The menu offers a lot of vegetarian dishes. The service was very efficient and the food was great. Highly recommended

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, friendly staff. We will visit again. Thanks

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Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was all good, well-presented, served promptly. Had about 15 dishes between 5 of us but didn't discover any amazing new Syrian delicacies as opposed to the more standard Lebanese. Atmosphere was fine but not hugely middle eastern. Bill was £100 with a couple of drinks each. Drinks weren't hugely dear but round the corner at the Temple Lounge you can take your own which makes it much cheaper, and the food is comparable . Atmosphere at Temple is sort of weird though (front room with people passing through to shisha courtyard) so Pickled Walnut is classier for a date.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great value food. Fantastic choice. Friendly atmosphere.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, tasty food, lot of veggie option and great service

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Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, innovative dishes, excellent service. Our new favourite restaurant!

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fourth visit and each time I think I've discovered my favourite dish, again. Food seems genuine, and is definitely fascinating and delicious. My only criticism is that they could improve the descriptions on the menu. The lamb and Aubergine Fatteh,(my latest favourite dish) for instance, is so very good, but the menu gives scant information about this unfamiliar dish. (kind of a stew, but topped with hot yoghurt and tahina sauce and toasted pinenuts).

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Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meals. Friendly service.Our guests were veey impressed.Well done We will be dining at the Pckled Walnut soon again.

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TL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came for my birthday last week with my family and really enjoyed the whole meal. Some really interesting dishes that I hadn't tried before as well as some favourites - hummus, lamb tagine, vine leaves.

Thanks for a great night - I will definitely be coming back!

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Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic Syrian food, excellent service - the staff were so helpful and keen to help us choose the best dishes, and food was served impressively fast.

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