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The Pickled Walnut

4.2
37 reviews
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£25 and under
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Syrian
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  • Authentic (16)
  • Casual (9)
  • Healthy (9)
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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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
Nearest bus stop opp James Street east
What 37 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
4.0
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SarahP (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on 4 February 2018

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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MichelleE (Manchester)
4.0  Dined on 3 February 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on 26 January 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on 6 January 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
1.0  Dined on 15 December 2017

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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Paul (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on 14 December 2017

Great restaurant, friendly service and fantastic food!

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OpenTable Diner (Bristol)
5.0  Dined on 25 November 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on 18 November 2017

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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GuideDogs (Cheshire)
4.0  Dined on 11 November 2017

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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PA2012 (London)
3.0  Dined on 11 November 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
4.0  Dined on 11 October 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on 29 September 2017

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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Aleator (London)
4.0  Dined on 23 September 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on 22 August 2017

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

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G8HCZ (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on 15 July 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on 29 June 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on 18 June 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on 27 May 2017

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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MrsSG (Oxford)
2.0  Dined on 6 May 2017

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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Bishoplatimer (Cumbria)
3.0  Dined on 29 April 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on 14 April 2017

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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Sissi (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on 15 March 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
4.0  Dined on 14 February 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
4.0  Dined on 2 February 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on 28 January 2017

Great value food. Fantastic choice. Friendly atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on 13 January 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on 8 January 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
4.0  Dined on 22 December 2016

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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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on 17 December 2016

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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TamL (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on 17 December 2016

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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