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Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

3.9
3.9
2642 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
A celebration of food and wine alongside art and culture, the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant provides the perfect setting for any occasion. Dine in our bright, airy restaurant or on our spectacular rooftop terrace, taking in the view.

Open daily, join us for lunch from 12pm to 2:30pm or Afternoon Tea from 3pm until 4pm (subject to availability)

After you have enjoyed your delicious meal, take a walk around the Museum. Soak in the rich tapestry of art and world famous collections of Egyptian mummies and contemporary art, telling historic stories across cultures.

Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options are available in the restaurant. Please let us know in advance of your visit of any additional dietary requirements.

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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    British, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–14:45 Sat, Sun 12:00–14:30 Afternoon Tea Daily 15:00–16:00

  • Phone number

    01865 553823

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    Our on-site caterers can caterer for any event from 50-150 guests: canapé receptions, gala dinners and corporate events, either within the Ashmolean Museum or at a venue of your choice.<br /><br />Due to current COVID-19 government guidelines, guest numbers allowed at indoor gatherings has changed. Please contact the events team via email mfanous@benugo.com.

  • Private party facilities

    There is a private dining room and the restaurant is also available to hire privately. Due to current COVID-19 government guidelines, the numbers of guests allowed at indoor gatherings has now significantly changed. For up-to-date guidance, please contact the restaurant team via email on Ashmolean@benugo.com, who will be happy to help you.

  • Area

    Oxford

  • Parking Details

    It&#39;s located in central Oxford, on Beaumont Street. It is a short walk from Oxford Train Station. Parking is available on St. Giles or Goucester GreenThere are 5 Park and Ride bus services in the centre. 3 of the 5 services currently run from Oxford centre until around 11pm. The Park and Rides are clearly signposted as you enter the city.

  • Public Transit

    A 10 minute walk from Oxford train station, and very close to Oxford bus station.There are 5 Park and Ride bus services in the centre. 3 of the 5 services currently run from Oxford centre until around 11pm. The Park and Rides are clearly signposted as you enter the city.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,642 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Lunch

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Outdoor Eating

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Scenic View

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Most Booked

  • Oxford

    Lunch

  • Oxford

    Most Booked

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  1. C

    Christina

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great despite it being fairly busy. They didn't have the cava we wanted but replaced with champagne at no extra cost. The dessert selection was very limited, but the cheesecake we chose was delicious.
  2. LE

    LizE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for lunch. Loved the whole experience. The restaurant was noisy which we didn’t mind. We had quiche, and sea trout. Both were delicious. The house white by glass was excellent. They only had ice cream and no sorbet as it had run out. Suggest they make more sorbets eg grapefruit sorbet as it would be delicious. Service friendly and efficient. Will definitely return.
  3. M

    Mooins

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We booked the roof top restaurant at short notice but we were not disappointed. Although the choice on the menu was a little limited what we chose we enjoyed and the Pork Chop in particular was very tasty. We had afternoon tea at an establishment across the road earlier in the week and we found the service at the Ashmolean much more professional and personable. We would not hesitate to visit the Ashmolean and its restaurant again.
  4. w

    woodgreen

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    great service, great food and a very welcoming and feel good experience.
  5. S

    Susan

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited with a dear friend. We both had the delicious roasted garlic chicken main course and chocolate ice cream dessert. Made use of my 10%discount for the first time. Will be coming again. Maybe for afternoon tea next time!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Out with with their control; the wind was to strong.
  7. N

    Nina

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came up from London for the day - told my friend we had to eat on the terrace at the Ashmolean as it never fails to disappoint! Yum food and fantastic service really liked that after being shown table we are immediately offered water without having to ask. The waitress who served us was so delighful. Only criticism I wanted the crab tart to be bigger! Will be back soon :)
  8. SH

    StephanieH

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent lunch in attractive surroundings, both indoors and outdoors when sun was shining. Relaxed but friendly and efficient service and food and wine were terrific
  9. TP

    TPGirls

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very lucky with the weather on the day I visited so I was able to sit outside in the warm sunshine. Lovely spot. Delicious menu and the staff were super friendly and easy to attract their attention.
  10. AH

    AnnH

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    a good experience as usual and waiters were very helpful in providing a table with shade
  11. EB

    EthelB

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Good, responsive service. Very pleasant rooftop seating area. The food was fine but could be better - e.g. my chicken was delicious but the thyme and lemon charred. For the money, a few more veg would be appreciated.
  12. MM

    MaryM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I Was disappointed to experience a 15 minute wait at the reception desk especially as I had booked a table.
  13. G

    Gaby

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent location. Lovely food. Great service. Good value
  14. AA

    AlisonA

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely setting overlooking the statue of Apollo on the top of the Ashmolean museum. Delicious bouillabaisse. Highly recommended.
  15. LN

    LindaN

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A lovely place for lunch with friends, but very noisy when full.
  16. AT

    AnthonyT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    A friend and I are fairly regular diners at the Ashmolean and always enjoy the food and the ambience. It must be one of the best places in Oxford. My sole reservation is that the service, while pleasant and helpful, is not all that attentive. It was difficult to get attention for choosing the dessert course, and for paying the bill at the end. I fully understand they are under pressure and this is NOT a complaint but perhaps needs to be addresssed.
  17. EH

    EdwardH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    We had great service (especially from Isabel Gomez) but the confit of duck was not a good choice and the cheesecake slices were the thinnest ever.
  18. BT

    BarryT

    Bristol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    A pleasant, airy space offering decent if unexceptional food. Most of the staff were bright and welcoming; one or two were less so. Overall, we enjoyed our visit.
  19. JL

    JosephL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good food alittle more information on the dishes wouod have been helpfull also some more options on vegatable side dishes. Polite and helpful service, I would recomend this to anyone visiting the museum and wanting a pleasant meal in nice surroundings.
  20. c

    crustyoxford

    London

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great views good food and excellent service. A great way to round off a visit to the museum
  21. C

    Coco

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Sadly the service was not great and both main dishes took a long time to arrive and were very salty
  22. SN

    SteveN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Food, location etc all fine. Pretty slow low - usual short staffed problems? My main problem was ordering pudding and then enquiring where it was after 45 minutes - then told a few minutes later that they had run out.
  23. RN

    RuthN

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food was underwhelming, warm not hot. Service was poor, didn’t seem to have enough help
  24. JB

    JillB

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Disappointed by lacklustre service in a fabulous setting. Poor allergen advice too - really hard to get any member of waiting staff to give help. We will not return despite the glorious view.
  25. AE

    AngelaE

    Berkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Manager was pleasant. drinks did not arrive til after are meal. meal tepid but delicious lovely atmosphere outside in the sun thanks
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    The service charge is wrong because the service was poor and £4.55 charge is outrageous. And it's wrong never gave a choice of I'f I pay it. Rubbish service slow and not good order 2 desert only got one as I ordered at the table. And the staff you have need to be sacked .
  27. BS

    BrendaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Usually love going to this restaurant and took a guest as part of a special occasion. The menu is short anyway which is fine but the fish dish was already sold out. Our starters didn’t arrive, we waited 40 minutes only to be presented with our mains. Service was slow, so the main and a coffee took an hour and 40 minutes. My chicken cacciatore was good but my guest’s confit duck leg was dry and tough. We were not offered any complementary item to make up for the failure to deliver the meal we ordered. The restaurant was full when we arrived and so it was noisy but our main observation was that there were not enough staff for the number of diners, we were forgotten. Sadly, a disappointing experience overall. Food is priced at a level that raises expectations of a good experience and an acknowledgment by a manager at the end of the meal that we had been let down would have been appreciated.
  28. M

    Marguerita

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very busy but the service was good and our two glasses of wine were brought promptly as were our two main courses. Both were tasty and portion sizes were good. A shared cheesecake was delicious followed by coffee and tea. A most enjoyable lunch.
  29. L

    Lizzy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Poor service; did not do anything when I mentioned the birthday celebration nor did they read any of my reservation comments. I had to ask for the bill multiple times before someone brought it over and the food took over 45 min to come.
  30. C

    Clare

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Charming staff. Lovely light room. We sat outside. Bouillabaisse was much more delicious than I thought it would be. If you're visiting the museum, this is a great plus. Book ahead though.
  31. GR

    GillR

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Booking was easy online. Food was disappointing as duck leg was extremely tough and very dry - had to leave half of it. I was given mango ice cream not sorbet and 2 scoops not one. And this after long wait and two reminders to the waiter - if not available why not tell us. The bill took ages to come too . Very disappointing!
  32. LQ

    LindaQ

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    all was good but our main course arrived before we had finished our starter course .
  33. PM

    PaulM

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent person on the welcome desk who went to trouble to find a table in the shade - thank you. Other staff were helpful too. Very good starters - and the bouillabaisse main course was absolutely superb - top compliments to the chef for this one! Maybe a small basket of bread rather than just one slice with the bouillabaisse would be nice... to be honest, we could have asked for more and this would (I'm sure) have been happily provided - and maybe keeping costs down or avoiding waste is a factor? The outside terrace is a lovely space when the weather allows and shade can be found. It's a very good menu - the periodic changes are very welcome to those of us who try to go there when we can through the year. Highly recommended.
  34. PP

    PennyP

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Lovely location and so convenient after visiting the exhibition - but lunch was marred by disorganised service (although staff very pleasant) and the one dish my lunch companion wanted was no longer available even though our booking was for 1.00pm. Would give the restaurant another chance.
  35. p

    poosie

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    my white wine was warm, this was rectified. Other people had the same problem. Rather meagre portions especially of the green kale. Small desserts. coffee, machiato, was good. Very pleasant servers. I think that the 10% discretionary service charge should be just that, at the discretion of the diner and not automatically added onto the bill. We prefer to leave a tip in cash.
  36. A

    Anon

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Unfortunately we had to wait 40 minutes before our food came. We would have appreciated being given some nibbles while we waited. We felt forgotten and unsure if the food would come because we were not attended to. It was a pity.
  37. CS

    ChrisS

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Good food but the service was a little slow, particularly the dessert.
  38. MT

    MsTLD

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The lunch menu was very limited with only one option for my vegetarian friend. The menu, we felt, was more wintery in tone not suitable for a lunch in June. I’m afraid to say we left before ordering.
  39. f

    fittoski

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very pleasant lunch - good choice and a well priced wine list
  40. B

    Bristi

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I had a pork chop with mustard mash and carrots and my partner had confit duck, both were delicious. My desert of Basque cheese cake was a little over baked, but the flavour was nice. The service and ambience were as always excellent.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant is rated 3.9 stars by 2642 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Google Map for Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

Beaumont Street Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH

Additional information

  • Area

    Oxford

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–14:45 Sat, Sun 12:00–14:30 Afternoon Tea Daily 15:00–16:00

  • Cuisines

    British, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    It&#39;s located in central Oxford, on Beaumont Street. It is a short walk from Oxford Train Station. Parking is available on St. Giles or Goucester GreenThere are 5 Park and Ride bus services in the centre. 3 of the 5 services currently run from Oxford centre until around 11pm. The Park and Rides are clearly signposted as you enter the city.

  • Public Transit

    A 10 minute walk from Oxford train station, and very close to Oxford bus station.There are 5 Park and Ride bus services in the centre. 3 of the 5 services currently run from Oxford centre until around 11pm. The Park and Rides are clearly signposted as you enter the city.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01865 553823

  • Catering

    Our on-site caterers can caterer for any event from 50-150 guests: canapé receptions, gala dinners and corporate events, either within the Ashmolean Museum or at a venue of your choice.<br /><br />Due to current COVID-19 government guidelines, guest numbers allowed at indoor gatherings has changed. Please contact the events team via email mfanous@benugo.com.

  • Private party facilities

    There is a private dining room and the restaurant is also available to hire privately. Due to current COVID-19 government guidelines, the numbers of guests allowed at indoor gatherings has now significantly changed. For up-to-date guidance, please contact the restaurant team via email on Ashmolean@benugo.com, who will be happy to help you.

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