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“5 Stars for Atmosphere”
Review of Oxford Exchange

Oxford Exchange
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Ranked #11 of 2,384 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $30
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Contemporary
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: South Hyde Park Ave
Description: We believe that real benefits come from sharing the simple pleasures of every day living. Oxford Exchange attempts to promote open and civil conversations, the exploration of literature, the benefits of shared meals and drinks, curated retail products and provides a home for business.
St. Petersburg, Florida
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“5 Stars for Atmosphere”
Reviewed February 18, 2014

Oxford Exchange (OE) is charming – simply stated. If you’re looking for a beautiful atmosphere to enjoy a nice meal, splurge on Oxford Exchange. I’ve been to several lunches at OE and one brunch. Brunch is packed and can seem a little rushed, wish is disappointing considering the breathtaking atmosphere but I understand the staff is doing the best they can to accommodate as many people as possible. Try the OE Benedict and OE Soft Pretzels. Although portions are relatively small, both are out of this world.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Jennifer G
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Sarah D, Social Media Manager at Oxford Exchange, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
Thank you, very much, for your kind words!

I'm sorry to announce that the OE soft pretzels are no longer on the menu, but the Benedict remains, with several other delightful new additions!

Come check it out soon!
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Singapore, Singapore
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133 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Outstanding Event Facility in Tampa”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

We attended a wedding reception here and were overwhelmingly impressed! This is a beautiful facility that serves as bookstore, coffee and tea room and restaurant during the day. The food was delicious and creative. The service was beyond expectation. A very delightful facility in Tampa!

Visited January 2014
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Thank Sandra B
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Sarah D, Social Media Manager at Oxford Exchange, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
We're thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful experience! We hope you can visit us again during the day sometime!
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Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Turned away”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

So, on Saturdays, the restaurant at OE closes at 4 p.m. When we approached the hostess station at **3:25 p.m.**, the hostess told us they're no longer receiving walk-ins. What kind of restaurant turns away customers, with plenty of available tables, and 35 minutes left till closing time? What's even more unfortunate was the hostess' condecending tone when turning us away. I won't be back.

  • Visited February 2014
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Sarah D, Owner at Oxford Exchange, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Good afternoon!

Thank you for sharing with us. We're sorry to hear about your disappointing experience.

I've spoken to our restaurant management team, and they've informed me that on Saturday, February 8th, the restaurant had a 40 minute wait at the time that you walked in, less than 30 minutes before brunch ends and tea time begins. This is often the case for Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

I sincerely apologize if our restaurant hostess failed to relay this to you properly, however, I must convey that we would never turn away a guest unless we were absolutely unable to accommodate.

With 40 minute wait for walk-ins already on our wait list for lunch, and a number of reservations for afternoon tea as well, I assure you that the empty tables you saw were already set up for them, and simply unavailable for any newly arriving guests.

We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you make a reservation in the future, especially on the weekends. You can make a reservation by phone at 813.253.0222 or via Open Table.

Please contact us privately if you'd like to discuss this any further. We hope you're able to visit us again soon!

Sincerely,

Sarah
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“What a wonderful experience.”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

This is for sure officially one of my favorite brunch spots in Florida. Too bad that Tampa is 4 hours away making a regular visit to Oxford Exchange (OE) literally impossible. Food is just sublime and so are some some of the teas we gave a try. The decor is just amazing and one gets transported easily to the golden twenties. I definitely recommend a visit to the OE. Will not forget to pass by next time I visit Tampa.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank LCarvalho
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Sarah D, Social Media Manager at Oxford Exchange, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Thank you for the positive review! We're thrilled to hear the drive is worth it! We hope you can make the trip again soon!
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New Delhi, India
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63 reviews
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“Great concept”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

Amazing coffee, great tea, nice restaurant, bookstore and shop.....no need for more. Great atmosphere! Worth to pay a visit while in Tampa!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank LuzRuiz
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Sarah D, Social Media Manager at Oxford Exchange, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Thank you for visiting! We appreciate the positive review! We hope to see you again soon!
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