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“Great hospitality food and service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The First Floor Restaurant

The First Floor Restaurant
158 Cowley road, Oxford OX4 1UE, England
+44 1865 200203
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Ranked #246 of 494 Restaurants in Oxford
Price range: $9 - $22
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese, Indian, Thai
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Buffet, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Buffet, Late Night
London, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great hospitality food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Loved the decor, the cleanliness and warm atmos. Staff were on the ball, food was fresh warm and not left in vast amounts in the buffet meaning it wasnt old as some buffets do. Nans and roti made right under your nose fresh ans steaming. Great non alco drinks options and great deserts. Toilets bit far away and no parking.

Visited November 2012
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oxford
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“Fantastic favourite!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Gorgeous location... Watching out at Cowley Road at night is quite magical. Lovely bar area with incredibly accommodatinf staff. Variety of alcoholic and virgin cocktails which are fresh and the perfect way to start an evening.

For my birthday i booked a large table. No deposit was required and for £4 they decorated the table with special napkins and glitter etc etc. The buffet caters for all tastes with chinese english thai and indian dishes as well as a good aray of desserts. This is an excellent value venue and a really easy location to book when.you have a mixed group who have mixed tastes. As its fixed price people feel they can relax knowing exactly what the evening will cost right in advance.

Ive had 2 birthdays here and other meals in between. The staff are always courteous even when busy. They give you a personal service. Ive not met anyone who didnt enjoy their meals.

The venue includes a lift and is really spacious so youre not sat atop other parties. Its a great place also if your party is split with people who want to eat and those who dont as there is an open plan bar.restaurant.

Really recommend!!

Visited November 2012
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TheFirstFloor, Public Relations Manager at The First Floor Restaurant, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. It is always great to hear praise from a satisfied customer. We strive to cater for all occasions; always including special and intimate extras. We hope that you enjoy many more birthdays and other celebrations with us. Please let us know any suggestions you may have and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

The First Floor Team
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic all round”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

My friends and I went here for a casual meal on a Sunday night. The place was practically empty. I'd previously heard that it was a little rough but we were really pleasently suprised!

The food was fantastic! Chicken wings delicious and "the best" my fiancee had ever had!

Service was fantastic and they couldn't do enough for us. Cheap and lots to eat. Yummy chocolate cake!

We will be visiting again!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“We had no idea about this place.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We only recently visited this resturant as we only happened to stumble across it whilst on the Cowly Road one Sunday afternoon. Although it was about two O'clock and there was a big party going on inside they still managed to find us a table. On Sundays there is a buffet with an international feel about it. A fusion of foods from Asia. Indian and Thai. A great choice and reasonable quality for this kind of place. Not too expensive either. If this is your sort of thing then wel worth a visit.

Visited August 2012
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“Oxford should be proud”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We have heard a lot about The First Floor through various friends and other businesses in Oxford. We booked a few days before hand for a work function on Saturday night, we were told there was already a few group bookings that night but that our group of 12 could be catered for.
We were not disappointed; we were greeted by the friendly staff and spent the next two hours enjoying a fabulous and delicious selection of food.
The atmosphere was fun, vibrant but also not intrusive - there is a good selection of tables which are cosy and more private which are set away from the main seating area. There were several window seats too which looked out over the bustling Cowley Road but with nice dim lighting as a contrast which several couples were enjoying.
The dishes and selection of food was fantastic, the mixture of different countries cuisines was great and all of our group were back up and up again trying the vast selection. In terms of value for money it was very very well priced considering the amount of choice.
The service was A1 and the staff were amazingly attentive; considering how busy they were they were still always at hand if anyone of us needed more drinks etc.
I would highly recommend The First Floor for group occasions but also tables for two. Its a real credit to Oxford and I shall be returning with my family in the near future. Many thanks to the staff and owner for making us feel so welcome and making a fantastic evening.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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TheFirstFloor, Public Relations Manager at The First Floor Restaurant, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Thank you for your praise. We are very proud of our restaurant and thrilled that our customers feel the same. If you have any suggestions or requests, please feel free to inform us. We hope to welcome you back to The First Floor very soon.

The First Floor Team
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