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Branca Restaurant and Bar

111 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AJ, England
+44 (0)1865 556111
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Ranked #86 of 485 restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $27 - $65
Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Observatory Street
Transit: Oxford railway and coach stations 5-10 min walk.
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75% Recommend
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English first
Exeter, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the food and the attentive service but the noise, even when the restaurant was less than half full, was terrible. Even the unnecessary background music was drowned out and we found it so difficult to hear each other that I doubt we will return. What a shame.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Have been coming here on pretty much a monthly basis for the ten years we've been living locally but now that we're moving thought it was time to leave a review. This is easily the best place to have dinner in Oxford. The price may be marginally above average, but the food you get is a class above. Would especially... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant. My husband felt his chips were underdone so they gave him a fresh batch and sent a round of drinks our way. The staff always seem happy and friendly. The acoustics in this restaurant are odd. You have to shout at the staff or they can't hear you. However, that... More

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Old Warden
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101 reviews 101 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This stylish place has it all ... except peace and quiet to enjoy their truly delicious food. If you imagine an evening of intimacy, conversing with a friend or lover, go elsewhere. If you don't mind a seriously hi-decibel environment, where you have to absolutely shout to make yourself heard to the person sitting next to you ... you'll love... More

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New Delhi, India
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Great bartender (Patricia from Poland) who makes a mean Mojito. Good prawn tapas and decent mini pizzas. Bit on the expensive side but worth it for the ambience . I was there on a cheerless Monday, and I came away feeling good. Weekends are even better!

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North Yorkshire
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We prefer Branca for Sunday morning brunch than any hotel breakfast, where we're staying. Great food, great staff, lovely airy room.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is the highlight restaurant in Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford. There is no question that if you are hungry or thirsty, this is the place and it is always buzzy and lively, but also vewry noisy, so perhaps not ideal for a romantic diner-à-deux. The lunch special, of a small salad or pizza, or pasta plus a drink is fantastic... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Ate here in a party of six on a summer evening which was so hot they had the double doors to the garden open. That was OK until it got cooler and then it became quite cold at our table inside by the doors and they were slightly reluctant to close them as the waiters needed to get through to... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Branca has a great location in Walton Street, and whenever I've visited at lunchtime, it's been buzzy, busy and fun, and food and service have been excellent. It's a little noisy (lots of hard surfaces), so not necessarily the best place for a quiet chat. However, overall a very positive recommendation.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Some of the dishes are fantastic, especially the risottos , and the service for our group of seven was patient, friendly and helpful, the Italian waiter (sorry I don't remember his name) made our night quite special. There is a good range of Italian wines, and grappas (oh joy!) and even gluten-free pastas.

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