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70 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 4LG, England
01865725984
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Rating summary
  • Food
    1.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
It is what it is

The Hilo does pretty decent Jamaican food, cooked by the owner's English wife. Unfortunately, the service is… well, it can leave a lot to be desired, depending on the owner's mood. Look out for special events, when some of the finest Reggae DJs in the world come and spin tunes there.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2014
Kerrysmallman
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The Hilo does pretty decent Jamaican food, cooked by the owner's English wife. Unfortunately, the service is… well, it can leave a lot to be desired, depending on the owner's mood. Look out for special events, when some of the finest Reggae DJs in the world come and spin tunes there.

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Reigate, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I came here a few years ago and the owners were incredibly rude and aggressive towards me and my friends. We got kicked out because I took a photograph of my friends across the table! No explanation was offered and the owner and his wife physically picked up my chair and violently shook me out of it - a 19... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

The Place was filthy. The atmosphere was OK as we were determined to enjoy it, despite being advised not to bother as the bill was likely to be more than expected and not reflect what was served up, any questions regarding this would probably be dealt with unpleasantly and aggressively . I made the mistake of taking a photo of... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Food and service atrocious, staff very rude floor filthy. Also noticed they were serving alcohol to under age children.

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oxford
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

If you like a different sort of atmosphere, HiLo is great fun. Lots of different people, great characters and good food.

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

The plantain was dry, just cooked up with no sauce to jazz it up or salad. The jerk chicken was small compared to what you get in Nando's and cost more. Also it was dry and just tasteless. Also it took ages to dish it up and the place was almost empty. Most people there seem to go for drinks... More 

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St. Helier, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Empty restaurant, food wasn't what we ordered and then Andy ate from our plates before he spilt his glass of rum all over me. Sadly, we won't be back even though the restaurant came highly recommended. Sorry....

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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012 via Local Picks

Haha, the Hi-Lo, what a charasmatic venue this place is. The owner is an old school rasta, if you know what I mean, and whilst very likeable in his own way can get very irritated if you are not behaving as he sees fit and has been known to throw people out for stepping 'out of line'. Having said that... More 

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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

... was in need of good nourishment late last night so started with a Dragon and then enjoyed the curry goat with rice & a little callaloo - delicious - thanks, Joan. (The baked breadfruit was good in parts.) Btw, Andy & Joan, did I ever tell you how much I liked both your interviews on the the Today programme... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

I am not particularly into reggae, but this place is legend. One of the few joints on The Plain that is open late and actually has some character. I prefer the rather quite weekday nights, when you can drop by there for a can of beer with a pleasantly eclectic mix of regulars, locals and students. A bit of a... More 

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  • Address: 70 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 4LG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 01865725984

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