Turl Street Kitchen

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Social enterprise cafe-bar-restaurant in the centre of Oxford serving a menu of fresh, local, seasonal food which changes for every mealtime.

Tea, coffee and drinks are available throughout the day, with cakes in the afternoon, and a wide selection of well sourced drinks on offer until midnight and beyond.

Turl Street Kitchen is a social enterprise, the profit from which goes to support the national student volunteering network, Student Hubs.
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EK
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Very fresh food and helpful service- pity it was very slow

HB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Ambiance pleasantly informal and food as ever was tasty and well priced but we waited an hour for our main course. On chasing/complaining (we had an alumni event to get to so time was of the essence but we had thought a booking 1.5 hours before the event would be plenty) we were told that they only had two chefs working and we were given 25% off our bill.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We have been many timed in the past and loved TSK. Unfortunately today was not great. The new all day menu is a disappointment given we came for the Sunday roast which is no longer offered. The radish and tomato salad had no radishes and the tomatoes were not fresh (they were very tired). The fish and chips was way too breaded and was more like you would expect from a cheap pub. Disappointing all round. Please bring back the old menu (and chef?)!

LR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Portions where tiny. We had a frittata and it was more of a one scrambled egg with onion. All other dishes though looked really good.

AF
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Not their fault entirely - I booked using OpenTable on a recommendation, looking for an 8.00pm table (for 5) but the only one available was 9.30pm so booked that. However the restaurant told us when we got there their latest sitting was 9.00pm and they'd tried but failed to get hold of us (no evidence of a call/email though) - they seated us and rushed us through the service but it was very much a feeling of 'here you go, finish up and get out of here please'. They were nice but obviously wanted to head on home. Plus my main course (beetroot and something tart) was pretty tasteless and cold with tough, non-crispy pastry, and my starter (some leaves and salady things) was over-cinnamoned. However my friends quite liked theirs, mostly. Won't rush back.

JR
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the set up, staff very friendly. Great food good value.
Perhaps the only hiccup was 1 of our party received their order late as the guy taking the order forgot to add his request on the system!
Would definitely visit again thanks

C
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was nice but the chips were under done with hard uncooked pieces in the middle. Try cooking for longer or cutting smaller!
Mackerel on the salad was a very small portion and not many raisins in the accompanying salad either

JO
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food that speaks for itself. I’ve been here twice now over the past few months and really enjoyed it both times.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely adored the service and food!! It was our anniversary and we decided to visit Oxford for the weekend. We went to Turl Street for lunch. When we checked into our reservation, they immediately wished us a happy anniversary and provided complementary Prosecco. It was incredibly sweet and the Prosecco was delicious!

The food at Turl Street was fantastic. We started off with their soup of the day which was carrot and ginger. So flavorful! Loved it! I then had the chicken salad, which was fresh and delicious.

Strongly recommend the restaurant for its amazing food and service. I wish we had gone back for dinner!

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Excellent starter of smoked mackerel and very good lemon posset to finish; very helpful in tweaking the menu to suit dietary needs

BA
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Turl Street Kitchen food was aiming to be individual but just falled short of the mark. My fish ( fish and chips) was overdone and tasteless. My partner had the lamb which was well cooked and presented but looked bereft without a side vegetable - it would have been helpful if the waitress had asked if a vegetable was wanted to go with it. He also had the cheeseboard. For £10 a selection of crackers was expected rather than the 6 (approx) plain crackers just thrown on the plate. Not a bad restaurant but could do better.

RL
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice people, creative cuisine.

EV
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The pastry for the Beetroot and Courgette Goats Cheese Quiche was thin and very crisp. Quite the best I've ever had.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 11 August 2019

Thank you for your review Elizabeth! I am glad that you enjoyed your meal and I will be sure to pass your high praise to our kitchen team

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NJ
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was great! but menu choice limited, and some items unavailable. Left waiting a long time before being seated. Bit disappointed really.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 11 August 2019

Hello Nick, thank you for your review and your feedback. I am sorry you were disappointed with your experience this time, but I hope to see you again in future.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Quiet calm in bustling Oxford. Good food, not to expensive with a reasonable choice. Good service as well. Must visit the toilets! Look like they are in an old crypt.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 8 August 2019

Thank you very much for your review. I am glad that you enjoyed your time and some of the buildings best features!

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p
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect service, well executed dishes, all delicious. great value

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 8 August 2019

Thank you very much for your review! I am glad that you enjoyed your meal and I hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small menu but amazing food. Highly recommend

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 8 August 2019

Thank you for your review! I am glad that you enjoy our food and look forward to your next visit

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P
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really lovely place. Only one thing that marked the service down was that once we had finished our mains and although the waitress had walked past us a few time after 15 mins I had to ask her to take our plates away. This aside it really is a lovely place with great food. Staff were really friendly and helpfully when asking about the menu.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 8 August 2019

Thank you for your review! Your comment about the service is very useful feedback and I will keep more of an eye on that in future.

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HL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere and great service throughout. We like to have a jug of tap water on the table and this was refilled regularly throughout the evening. We both loved the trout starter but were disappointed in the lamb koftas with couscous, mainly because every mouthful tasted the same. Just personal taste but I didn't like the large couscous which reminded me of cold tapioca ( I like tapioca but not with koftas). The figs were ok, quite strongly flavoured with vanilla, but I wouldn't have them again.
So a pleasant evening but the food did not live up to previous visits.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 31 July 2019

Thank you for your review Hannah. I am glad that you enjoyed the trout and our service, but I do apologise about the lamb kofta. We will be introducing a new menu very shortly and I hope that you find visit us again to try some of our new dishes!

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L
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing. Have eaten well here before, but Certainly couldn’t recommend now. Every course very slow arriving, and we had to abandon the desserts we’d ordered as they were so slow. Choices very limited. All the food was disappointing too. What’s happened?

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 31 July 2019

Thank you for your review Lesley. I am sorry you were so disappointed this time around. We really appreciate your feedback however, and would be grateful if you could get in touch with us at book@turlstreetkitchen.co.uk.

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N
London
41 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pleasant food from a short lunch menu. Fish and chips were ok but a bit dry and reminded me of Ikea food! The staff were pleasant but a bit overworked.
The restaurant was very hot and packed and we and several people had to ask several times for the aircon to be switched on. It was also incredibly noisy - in the end we gave up trying to chat and didn't bother with dessert.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 31 July 2019

Thank you very much for your review. I am sorry that you found this time to be a bit disappointing, but please be assured we are taking your feedback into account.

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SH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Please train the staff so that they have some knowledge of what they are serving - e.g. the beers.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 31 July 2019

Thanks for your review and feedback Simon! We appreciate your feedback very much and are currently working on our training for new menus as you suggest. We hope that on your next visit you see an improvement in that respect.

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NL
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was pleasant enough. Food, service and atmosphere all good but on the pricier side for what it was. The wine was pretty average at an expensive price too.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 31 July 2019

Thank you for your review Natalie. We appreciate your feedback and will take your comments about pricing into consideration.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant that serves original dishes, the food is just fantastic.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 7 July 2019

Thank you for much for your lovely review! We hope to see you again soon

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MK
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely dinner as always! High quality, unpretencious food from good quality, local ingredients. Vegetarian barley risotto with goat cheese cream was excellent, my companion thought it was the best risotto she's ever had. Perfect, light and crispy fish & chips. We wouldn't have changed anything.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 23 June 2019

Thank you for your review! I am so glad you enjoyed the risotto and fish and chips, I will make sure to pass your praise on to the kitchen staff.

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C
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the atmosphere in the TSK. It’s such a cool place and a great location too. We had the friendliest smiliest waitress who was v attentive.
I preferred the normal mid week menu to the Father’s Day special. But that’s obviously personal preference. I will be back. Thank you

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 23 June 2019

Thank you for your lovely review! We will take your feedback into account regarding special menus into the future.

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ML
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I wanted to give these guys a perfect score, but when I arrived they seemed to have forgotten to update their system and were taken by surprise. This seemed to cause some consternation among the servers. It took them a minute to figure it out, but eventually they did. There was a moment when I thought they might not be able to seat me.

Crisis averted, I had a wonderful chicken risotto and a lovely glass of wine. For desert I had the glazed figs with a creamy whipped ricotta and drizzled with vanilla stock syrup. Honestly it was delicious.

The service was wonderful and I would absolutely go back. Just hope my reservation doesn't get ignored again.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 23 June 2019

Thank you for your review and your feedback about getting seated. We hope to have improved on that by your next visit.

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OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Very good staff. But the lamb is very salty and spicy. I don't really like it.... And the dish is kinda expensive. It looks nice to take photo tho

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 14 June 2019

I'm very sorry you didn't find the food up to scratch and we will take your feedback into consideration regarding the lamb kofta. If you would like to get in contact with any more feedback regarding the food please email us at book@turlstreetkitchen.co.uk

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, and nice that it is a social enterprise. Small menu, but we liked what we had.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 14 June 2019

Thank you for your review! We are glad you liked the food and atmosphere.

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great experience. One of our party has to leave early and service was efficient. All of the staff and our waitress in particular, were warm and helpful. Food was good and ambience was very pleasant.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 14 June 2019

Thank you for your review Alison! We are glad you enjoyed the service and your meal and hope to see you again soon!

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SB
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favourite lunch spot in town. Good for vegans (and omnivores of course).

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 14 June 2019

Thank you so much for your review Stella! We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to seeing you again!

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MF
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful, local, tasty food. Always visit when I am in Oxford!
The service was great - attentive but not annoying!
Would have been better if it had been a bit warmer (I had to wear my coat) and if there had maybe been bread or olives offered at the start.

ST
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

OK but not outstanding. Great location, but VERY noisy inside - difficult to hold a conversation. Not sure I would go again as I found it so difficult to hear my guest.

EM
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot, delicious food great atmosphere, friendly staff.

RG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A pleasant place in central Oxford for lunch. Good service and money towards a good cause.

JR
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, great service. Candles on the tables give a nice ambiance. Will definitely go back and recommend to others. Situated in the heart of Oxford.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 17 May 2019

Thank you for your lovely review Julie! We hope to see you again soon

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AG
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

I found this restaurant on a guide of 'best places to eat in Oxford' so booked in for a special lunch with my Mum - service was very slow, other tables who cam e in after us got served before we did, we asked for water and had to ask twice more before it came, food portions were very small, soup was cold. Overall pretty disappointed with this place.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 17 May 2019

Thank you for your feedback Annie and are sorry you found your experience not up to scratch. We hope to see you again soon nevertheless.

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PA
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Kitchen had just reopened after refurbishment and the full menu was not available. Nevertheless what was provided was totally adequate and we will look forward to returning when the Kitchen is back to full strength.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 11 May 2019

Thank you very much for your positive review! We very much look forward to seeing you again when we have a full menu running.

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FD
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was not the best meal I ever had but it was very good for the price.

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 8 May 2019

Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed the food for the price and hope to see you again soon.

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GR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Imaginative menu, nice atmosphere, good value - especially wine offer!!

Turl Street Kitchen
Responded on 29 April 2019

Thank you for your lovely review, we hope to see you again soon!

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