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Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

3.9
3.9
2664 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


Booked 22 times today

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 2,664 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

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  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Lunch

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Scenic View

  • Oxford

    Lunch

  • Oxford

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  1. F

    Finbar

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant with lovely rooftop terrace - nice range of food, from light dishes to more substantial ones, and delicious cheesecake for dessert!
  2. R

    Ruth

    Manchester

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    A lovely setting on a summer's day with good service. Food was only average though and not good value for money which means I would hesitate to come again.
  3. HB

    HelenB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a summers day lunch. Service was excellent and food delicious, recommended are the crab tart and the ham hock salad starters. Lovely terrace, delightful.
  4. ST

    SaraT

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Unique location, good food and excellent service. The quality of the food was excellent but it is pricey. The view is somewhat impaired, so while you can see bits of skyline I am perhaps too short to enjoy the full view.
  5. AC

    AliC

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    We sat inside because our guests found outside too blustery. Still have a view and the food was good, staff very busy but sufficiently attentive. I like being high up in Oxford and being in the Museum is great too.
  6. DA

    DawnA

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The duck wasn't cooked properly but we were served an alternative. Lovely environment, service and food (after the change).
  7. L

    Lewis

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food we had the duck and the salmon - friendly efficient service - stylish setting - not quite warm enough for us to sit outside - but the terrace was busy and looked lovely for those who didn’t mind the cooler temperature. Quite a glam find in the heart of Oxford.
  8. A

    Anon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    All fine - starter and main meal very good, desert bit mediocre. Busy but service very good. Quite expensive for a lunch but enjoyed the visit. Asked online for reason for visit but wasn't mentioned when arrived - don't think staff had a note. Would have been nice to have mentioned it.
  9. LD

    LDL26

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The Restaurant’s ambience was very good, especially as we sat outside in the sun with the great views. The service was also very good but the food was extremely average and not at all memorable. Overall, we loved our day at the Ashmolean but wished the food was better.
  10. AS

    AnthonyS

    Hamburg Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff went out of their way to accommodate our fairly large group's needs. The wine list and menu are not extensive, but the quality was excellent throughout. The main courses were well prepared and quite sufficient. The slices of the cheesecake dessert were too small. Everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and felt it was excellent value.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good service limited menu excellent wine choice
  12. AH

    AnnH

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I was very happy with the service. I could not decide on an outside or inside table and changed my mind, but the young man who was helping was very accommodating .
  13. a

    anonymous2004

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The food was fantastic, however my friend is coeliac and became ill after eating here, despite repeated requests to ensure food was safe to eat, and the service was quite poor. Even though the restaurant was relatively quiet, the waiting staff were slow to take our orders or bring the cheque.
  14. RB

    RachaelB

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Was able to book lunch at 2.30 on your website , as soon as we arrived we were told the kitchen was closing, we had a couple of minutes to order food. I put a note that it was my best friends birthday which is why we were coming and staff didn’t wish her a happy birthday or anything. Really disappointed. My best friend is going through chemo and I wanted it to be really special for her . Food was nice, small portion but tasted good. Wouldn’t choose to come again for an occasion.
  15. DS

    DrSteveFawkes

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time eating here, arrived at 1230 and it was surprisingly quiet. We had pick of outdoor tables and weather was perfect for sitting outside, not too hot. Service was quick, although slowed down when restaurant filled up. Both dishes we had, the vegetarian risotto and the sea trout were excellent, ice cream and sorbet were also good. Highly recommended and a good start to visit to the Ashmolean.
  16. P

    Passager

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    GOOD FOR LIGHT LUNCHING however the selections for vegetarians were very poor, with just one main veg course - we temporised with mixing starters with veggies. Cocktails good. Cool even on a hot day.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice lunch in a Light and airy restaurant . It was during a heatwave and could have done with better air conditioning. Excellent service
  18. R

    Richie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lunch menu is light, which was perfect on a hot day.
  19. BC

    BeatrizC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great spot in Oxford, lovely rooftop view and good food.
  20. CA

    ChrisA

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Pleasant atmosphere, charming waitress really helpful, nice breeze in hot weather, my duck rather dry but altogether a good experience!
  21. EB

    ExBelfastGirl

    Oxford

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service in a stunning setting. Both the adults and the children in our party really enjoyed their food choices. Perfect family lunch
  22. AG

    AnnG

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Small portion of the sea trout. The pudding wasn’t really as good as it should have been - granola, fruit and yoghurt. Should have had the ice cream. The service charge should not be included in the bill in my opinion.
  23. C

    Cat2022

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Delicious food (especially the mushroom soup; duck with greens); great atmosphere (fresh air dining high above the rooftops; gentle hubbub; friendly service); perfect location (atop a world class museum in the heart of Oxford).
  24. S

    Susie

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Nice food but quite a limited chose and small portions for the price. Our cheesecake portions were so small that the point of the wedge could not support itself on the plate.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My brother’s 90 birthday was celebrated by close family members.
  26. CS

    ChristopherS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent place to eat and first class service. But on a lovely summer's afternoon we wondered why there were so few to enjoy the place. Might the reason be the outlay involved? £100 for afternoon tea for four people. There is a spiral here: higher prices, less customers requiring even higher prices. A serious review needs to take place about balancing the excellent location, food and service with a pricing structure that makes it more accessible to more people. We can certainly recommend it but with this reservation.
  27. W

    Weekdayluncher

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, the service was prompt and attentive without being intrusive.
  28. CB

    ChirstyB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good Nice spot Good food Good service Would go again
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    I felt the rooftop was neglected - dead flowers and unpruned, dry shrubs in the planters spoiling the view of the Oxford rooftops. What could be a great experience felt a bit ugly and unloved. And the food was tired. One salad felt it had been made hours earlier and was limp and unappetising and the other was unimaginative. We went for an anniversary lunch and felt what could be (and has been before) an awesome environment and great restaurant was bored and taking things for granted.
  30. C

    Christina

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    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.
  31. LE

    LizE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    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.
  32. M

    Mooins

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    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.
  33. w

    woodgreen

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2022

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

    Susan

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    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!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2022

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

    Nina

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    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 :)
  37. 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
  38. 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.
  39. AH

    AnnH

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    a good experience as usual and waiters were very helpful in providing a table with shade
  40. 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.

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 2664 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 22 times today
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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