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“Really good, slightly unusual food”

Cockadoo Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #66 of 629 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $38
Cuisines: Chinese, Seafood, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Winner of local and national culinary awards, Cockadoo offers a chic twist on Thai and Chinese cuisine. A sultry bar and lounge setting features glittering chandeliers, subtle low lighting, an open fire and a rich chocolate and aubergine colour palette. Crafted by the highly skilled chefs, guests can choose from an array of colourful recipes, bursting with flavours of the Orient.
London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Really good, slightly unusual food”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

We have driven past this restaurant so many times on our way into Oxford but decided to call in on an evening in January. We were a bit wary as the restaurant was empty when we arrived but it soon filled up and we enjoyed some really unusual food, superbly presented, in a great atmosphere. The manager was very hospitable and took time to show us around the whole restaurant (which is much bigger than it looks from the outside).

The food is more expensive than in some Chinese restaurants but you certainly get what you pay for.

Excellent service, great food (including a big selection for vegetarians) and a great experience. We look forward to returning again soon.

  • Visited January 2014
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Oxford
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Excellent Chinese restaurant”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

Went to the Cockadoo for the first time for a night out with son and his wife. Chinese restaurants in Oxford itself are a little patchy in quality, which is why it's well worth the 20 minute drive to Nuneham Courtney: the Cockadoo's food, service and atmosphere are all first class. Not cheap, but not over-expensive for a restaurant of this quality. Recommended.

  • Visited January 2014
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Essex
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5 restaurant reviews
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“AMAZING 1YR ANNV MEAL”
Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

We were staying at the Crowne Plaza in Chipping Norton on an anniversary break and wanted to go somewhere special to eat for our anniversary meal. We found this restaurant on this site and after reading reviews, we decided to book a table for Cockadoos. It was WELL worth the 40 minute drive!!! The food was absolutely delicious (one of the best meals we have eaten), the presentation of the food was the best we've seen! The decor was stunning. We always use this site to check the reviews of restaurants but have never left any reviews. My partner and I both felt this restaurant should be much higher in the list of restaurants in Oxford. Definitely worth a visit!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Just what we were looking for!”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

Found this restaurant through Tripadvisor. It had a lovely atmosphere and the food was very good. We had the set menu for 2 which was perfectly sufficient, and added the optional crispy duck to the starter. Although there was a little wait between courses, especially our starter and duck,this was not an issue. Staff were tentative and friendly and we had a very relaxing evening with very good food. We would definitely recommend.

  • Visited January 2014
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Poor idea of customer service.”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Having been to Cockadoo several times in the past and quite enjoyed it I was pleased to be able to purchase a Living Social voucher towards a discounted meal there. The voucher expires on Jan 12th, so i tried to book for Jan 8th. But I have been told I can't use it....as I needed to book before Dec 12th! A month in advance, for a restaurant that is almost completely empty every time I have been there. They have plenty of availability, but won't honour the voucher as I haven't given a months notice. Ridiculous.
Pretty decent food, nice decor, But a dreadful idea of customer service. Don't bother...plenty of other fab restaurants locally in far more convenient location.

Visited January 2014
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asyeung, General Manager at Cockadoo Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Dear DHK176,

Thank you for your feedback. We are always keen to hear what our customers have to say about the service at the Cockadoo. We pride ourselves on our food as much as our customer service and therefore would like to take this opportunity to address your points. The voucher you refer to was purchased back in August 2013 and it highlighted on voucher the need to be booked before 12th December 2013 and used before 12th January 2014. These are the terms and conditions as set out by Living Social, not ourselves. However, an offer was made, entirely at our own cost, to credit you for the entire amount you paid originally for the voucher thus leaving you not out of pocket. Despite not having to make this offer, we genuinely wanted to welcome you back to the Cockadoo. We’re sorry you felt this offer was not satisfactory but it remains open should you wish to take us up on it.

Regards,
The team at The Cockadoo
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