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Rick's Cafe

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88-90 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JB, England
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The place was packed on a Saturday, and despite the busy-ness the staff were very friendly and all smiles, which was great. They had so many menus: a crepe menu (sweet and savoury), toasted sandwiches, brunch-themed toasted brioche sandwiches, classic brunch options, and brunch-themed French toast (there may have been another!). There is also a display full of cakes and... More 

Thank Bourdain_ftw
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

If you're a coffee gourmet like me you will love this place. Don't miss their crêpes, the savoury ones are made with buckwheat flour so they are not only delicious but also healthy. Staff is always very friendly and this place simply invites you to slow down for a moment, you will never feel rushed - a real jewel in... More 

Thank askawild
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Informal with a chilled buzz - delicious food and great coffee too. Filled Crepes are a great feature too. Youthful atmosphere, a favourite place for a weekend breakfast outing.

Thank Stephen P
Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Friendly staff and free Wi-Fi. Expect good food - not haute cuisine - its a café! It does what it says on the tin! If you can pick up the courage - ask for a 'French Kiss'. They won't throw you out as its a very tasty sandwich!

Thank Stephen M
Oxford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Fits in nicely with the ambience of Cowley Road - relaxed, easy, informal, not too shiny, friendly, nice coffee and eggs for breakfast, people reading/ chatting and not feeling hassled or taken for granted in a corporate chain sort of way.

Thank David G
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

The man behind the counter seemed completely confused by our order, which wasn't even complicated: 2 milkshakes and 2 identical breakfasts. When the food came out it was average to say the least. 1 undercooked beef sausage, an egg so perfectly round it looked like it had been mass-produced and mediocre French toast. I asked for brown sauce and had... More 

Thank Laura H
Oxford, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

Best coffee in town. Good range of mid-morning snacks available. Excellent breakfasts for the big appetite. Free wifi and lots of elbow-room. Perhaps too long a wait at the counter if someone is there before you ordering a complex coffee. But the guy in the kitchen is a maestro.

Thank Ian220451
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

I challenge you to somewhere with a better combination of French toast, strawberry and Nutella. This coupled with a Oreo milkshake is just pure liquid happiness! It does get busy though so make sure you try and go earlier before all the irritating students arrive! The only comments I have are that it would be good if there were menus... More 

Thank willt977
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016

Clogged with tables and chairs which don't fit under the tables. Barista guy has no idea how to make many of the drinks on the menu and was utterly confounded at the idea of having cream on hot chocolate -- he tried to dollop in ice cream after asking me several times what I meant.

Thank notaspider2016
Belfast, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016

I love the atmosphere in this café; it's perfect for studying, and the excellent coffees, hot chocolate, tray bakes and macaroons only add to the attraction! Service can be a little slow, but it's a great place to spend an hour or two when you aren't in a rush.

Thank travelqueenNi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 88-90 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 1865427845

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?