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Ashmolean Dining Room

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Beaumont Street | Use St Giles Entrance on Friday & Saturday Evenings, Oxford OX1 2PH, England
A 10 minute walk from Oxford train station, and very close to Oxford bus station.
+44 1865 553823
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Coffee & Tea, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: A celebration of food and wine alongside art and culture. The Ashmolean...
A celebration of food and wine alongside art and culture. The Ashmolean Dining Room provides the spectacular setting for Oxford's first and finest rooftop restaurant. Our menu is fresh, seasonal and inspired by current exhibitions.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food in good location

We had lunch at the Ashmolean Dining room and enjoyed a good light meal. We ate inside which was slightly noisy but the central location and airy light views more than made up for it. The food was good albeit the service was rather slow - this suited our party but we would not go again if we were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
Shel64
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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UK
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

My fourth visit and certainly not my last, always delicious food and wine and courteous service. The menu changes regularly- so you can't get bored! My favourite on a sunny day is to eat on the terrace... Great atmosphere. Do book ahead!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We had lunch at the Ashmolean Dining room and enjoyed a good light meal. We ate inside which was slightly noisy but the central location and airy light views more than made up for it. The food was good albeit the service was rather slow - this suited our party but we would not go again if we were on... More 

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Paris, France
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Antonio was our waiter and was amusing, friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and the atmosphere good. Started with drinks on the terrace.

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Weston, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

A good spot for refreshments and a place to rest our weary feet, before we explore more of the exhibits of the Museum. Good choice of snacks and drinks etc.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This offer is good value and we came here on Saturday for dinner and ALL the staff were very helpful and attentive and worked very hard to make our visit a great experience.Don't be put off by previous reviews and give it a chance,the food was good.In the height of summer the roof top outside terrace will be a great... More 

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Ashmoleandiningroom, Manager at Ashmolean Dining Room, responded to this review

I'm so glad you had a lovely time. We are changing our menu next week. So please pop in and try it. See you soon More 

Eagle River, Alaska
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

There are two placing to dine at the museum. If it's a sunny day head to the 4th floor roof top restaurant. All different kind of seating. Just for drinks or a lovely meal. Staff friendly. Prices are a tad high - maybe not the best choice for a large family. Excellent wine selection. I would return for a meal... More 

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Ashmoleandiningroom, Manager at Ashmolean Dining Room, responded to this review

Many thanks for your positive feedback. I hope we see you again soon. Please drop me an email next time you are planning on visiting More 

Paris, France
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

A friend of mine warned us: the view from the Ashmolean Dining Room is great but the food average. She was wrong on one account: the food was actually very nice (she was right about the view). I would definitely recommend it for both the view and the food. Definitely planning to go back on our next visit to Oxford.

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Ashmoleandiningroom, Manager at Ashmolean Dining Room, responded to this review

Many thanks for your positive feedback. Every day I serve 100s of customers who leave very happy and its often unfortunate that customers are more inclined to write negative reviews over positive reviews. Please drop me an email next to you a visiting us. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

On entering the lobby it was hard to find your way into the restaurant. Some signs at ground level would have helped. We arrived early to enjoy a drink on the rooftop terrace. I was surprised to find no outdoor heaters as it was too cold to be outside. The restaurant itself lacked atmosphere, it is very noisy with a... More 

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Ashmoleandiningroom, Manager at Ashmolean Dining Room, responded to this review

I'm sorry you had an underwhelming visit. We have spoken to the over zealous waiter about clearing up too early and this will certainly not happen again. We are changing our menu next week and we will certainly keep an eye on the oiliness of the dishes and ensure they are light and fresh.. Many thanks for your feedback. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Hard to know how to get to the restaurant from the St Giles entrance. A sign to the lift would be a big help. The food was OK but very oily. When you have a rich main course you don't really need the vegetables and potatoes dripping in butter, it made for an over greasy experience which was a shame... More 

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Ashmoleandiningroom, Manager at Ashmolean Dining Room, responded to this review

I am sorry that you were made to feel unwelcome. The team should not be clearing up this early and I will discuss this with them to ensure it never happens again. I will also pass your feedback on to our chef. Many thanks More 

York, United Kingdom
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273 reviews 273 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We had a private dining experience here, upon arrival you get a great feel about the place, however this is soon dashed when you are served the food. It is a longtime since I have experienced such poor quality food. If the menu hadn't said we were being served duck, I would have had no idea what it was on... More 

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Ashmoleandiningroom, Manager at Ashmolean Dining Room, responded to this review

I've very sorry you did not enjoy your meal. We take great pride in preparing all of our food fresh and our team of chefs should be tasting to ensure a high standard is maintained. Obviously this does not seem to have happened with you meal for which I am sorry and embarrassed. Would you like to drop me an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Beaumont Street | Use St Giles Entrance on Friday & Saturday Evenings, Oxford OX1 2PH, England
  • Public Transportation: A 10 minute walk from Oxford train station, and very close to Oxford bus station.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 553823

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 38
  • Cuisine: French, Mexican, English, Welsh

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Home Style

Description

A celebration of food and wine alongside art and culture. The Ashmolean Dining Room provides the spectacular setting for Oxford's first and finest rooftop restaurant. Our menu is fresh, seasonal and inspired by current exhibitions.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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