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“Kitsch atmosphere, average food but easy access on the Square”
Review of Ajax Diner

Ajax Diner
Ranked #1 of 181 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Diner
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Reviewed September 13, 2013

It's trying for "atmosphere" but falls short.

On the positive side, they have many different beer selections---Guinness, for example---and a "traditional" southern style menu. If you can't eat salty dishes for health reasons or want something organic or vegetarian, then you'll need to try somewhere else. The green beans and cucumber/onion side dish were really good.

On the negative side, if you choose to sit in the front near the bar or have to because it is crowded, then be prepared to hear "bar talk." If you have kids, this may not be appropriate.
I'm not referring to the customers but to the waitresses. We came at the tail end of "regular" lunchtime, so things were slower. Some waitresses were eating at the bar before they left for the day. It wasn't too cool to hear about their previous night's antics. We were having conversation at our table, or trying to, and it wasn't easy. Perhaps a little training for these young ladies to remind them that the paying customers needs come first, not a "telenovela" of their love lives. Yes, I remember what it was like to be 20 years old but I was trained to know that the workplace is where you work, period. "You never get a second chance to make a first impression."

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Thank Odysseus0808
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Actually better than average but less than exceptional, the food and drink have a distinctly southern character. It has a full bar with a few tables and a large dining room adjoining it. On the Square in Oxford, it is easily accessible. Parking on or near the Square is plentiful. People seem to enjoy being there.

Thank Gouvernail
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Ajax is one of those places in Oxford they say you have to stop in and eat. Kind of a cool old school interior but food is very average at best. Go next door to irie for a much better bar, hang out and meal.

Thank mark r
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Had lunch at Ajax Diner and enjoyed the meal. Service was good and the food was, too. Not great soul food, but the meatloaf and squash casserole were nicely done. Cole slaw seemed pretty watery. The place was, as usual, packed and hot! Not a bad problem to have if you own a restaurant.

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Thank Bill L
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Ajax is one of my favorite restaurants. I've never had anything there that wasn't great. I especially love their cornbread dressing and and the mashed potatoes. It's located on the Oxford Square, so you can walk around and browse after you eat. Ajax does get crowded, especially on football weekends, and they don't take reservations. If you want to avoid a long wait, try to get there right when they open for lunch or during a time when people wouldn't generally be eating.

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Thank AG2015
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