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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

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“Check out the flea market outside the Magdalen Arms pub on Iffley Road - it takes place on the first Saturday of each month (except some winter months) from 9.30am until lunchtime. There are interesting objects for sale and details can be found on the pub website. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“A friendly smile, beautifully hand made food, and delicious cocktails are waiting for you at Oxford’s best tapas bar. So come on in, sit back, and soak up the atmosphere. We will be here waiting to make you a drink.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Thai restaurant with a small daily changing menu. Highly rated, and tends to be booked up several months in advance. But there are rumours of a couple of unreservable tables, so patrons turning up early on the night they wish to dine may be lucky.”
  • 38 locals recommend
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“The Turf Tavern (or just "the Turf") is a popular but well-hidden historic pub in central Oxford, England. Its foundations and use as a malt house and drinking tavern date back to 1381. The low-beamed front bar area was put in place sometime in the 17th century. It was originally called the Spotted Cow but the name was changed in 1842, likely as part of an effort to extinguish its reputation as a venue for illegal gambling activities. The pub is frequented primarily by university students (of both Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University). It is located at the end of a narrow winding alley, St Helens Passage (originally Hell's passage), between Holywell Street and New College Lane, near the Bridge of Sighs. Running along one side of the pub is one of the remaining sections of the old city wall. Due to the illegal activities of many of its original patrons, the Turf sprang up in an area just outside the city wall in order to escape the jurisdiction of the governing bodies of the local colleges. The Turf Tavern is also where former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a Guinness World Record for consuming a yard glass of ale in 11 seconds in 1963. Local legend also has it that former U.S. president Bill Clinton, while attending Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, infamously "did not inhale" during an evening of carousing at the pub. Additional celebrities and public figures who have dined or drunk at the tavern include Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Blair, CS Lewis, Stephen Hawking and Margaret Thatcher. It also served as a hangout for the cast and crew of the Harry Potter movies while the nearby colleges were used as locations throughout the filming of the series. It was also featured in the show Inspector Morse. The pub inspired The Lamb and Flag, a fictional drinking establishment featured in Jude the Obscure, author Thomas Hardy's final novel. It is also reportedly haunted by "Old Rosie," the ghost of a young woman who allegedly drowned herself in a nearby moat after her lover failed to return from the English Civil War. The Turf is still a frequent gathering place for the Rhodes community in Oxford as the site of Turf Tuesday every week during term.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Cafe
“Situated on the cosmopolitan Cowley Road along with a vast array of restaurants of all cuisines, something for everyone. Short walk from bus stop at St Clements. Lively nights and busy days. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We like to do things a bit differently here, so let's get the boring bit out of the way first Mmmm Burger Do we source the highest quality meat for our burgers? Yes Do we make our burgers by hand every day? Yes Do we cook food to order? Yes Do we have a secret recipe? Yes Do we use local suppliers? Yes BUT SO WHAT? Because, to be honest, any burger joint worth their pickle should be doing that anyway. Great Burgers ain't rocket science! Of we don't bring you a juicy, lip-smacking, belly filling burger than satisfies your soul we aren't doing our job properly. But Atomic Burger is about more than great foot We want to make you smile. We want to take you back to that time as a child when burgers could be as big as your head, summers lasted forever and simple things made you smile. So sit back and enjoy the music, look at the toys you always wante, argue about who the best superhero is and slurp milkshakes until you get a brain freeze. Enjoy life the Atomic Way and HAVE FUN!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Pub
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“This is a lovely little chilled out pub with the best steak platter in the world. It is a sharing plate but boy is it delicious, I'm salivating just thinking about it. They don't do them every day so call to check before going there. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Lively dining room and open kitchen serving classic Med dishes including pizza, plus takeaway. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Nestled on the High Street in Oxford, this is one of my favourite places to eat. Formerly was the ‘Old Bank’. Either serving breakfast, lunch and dinner . Ideal if you are sightseeing in Oxford and want to have a nice lunch or whatever you fancy.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“An authentic pizza place. This is where all the locals go for their pizza's. Delicious! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A great pan Asian informal restaurant, with long benches that everyone shares, I recommend the Chilli Chicken Ramen or try a bento box. They only take cash. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Some of the best Spanish food we've eaten (and we lived in spain for years!)”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“Hidden gem off Iffley and Cowley Roads. It has a great selection of independent beers, solid wine list and serving a pub-classic menu of foods. Try the steak/meat platter for 2! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
  • 7 locals recommend
Pub
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“Take the best in British pub culture, top it off with individuality, vintage character and an off-beat edge - The Cape of Good Hope is what you’ll get. An irresistible fusion of fantastically tasty food, awesome drinks and lively atmosphere await you at this laid-back Oxford local. Whether you’re looking for a lazy brunch, light lunch or social eats and treats with friends, we make it our mission to offer you the perfect place to kick back, relax and catch up. Located just outside the city centre on The Plain, The Cape of Good Hope is the very definition of urban cool – mixing a stylish contemporary bar, classic pub features and a handful of quirky touches – with colourful wood panelling, statement chandeliers, plush seating and local artwork adorning the walls. Pop out the back and you’ll discover The Cape of Good Hope’s best-kept secret – its spacious beer garden, a rare treat for a city pub and an ideal spot to take time out. With great music and events adding to the pub’s upbeat spirit, The Cape of Good Hope is a vibrant local with heart, soul and personality.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Edamame is an authentic Japanese eatery in Oxford. We serve our own style of home cooked food, offering various Japanese dishes, and sushi, at low prices. It is not a sushi bar or a formal Japanese restaurant. It is a very casual and friendly setting that might not appeal to people in search of more formal dining ! However, everyone is most welcome, and we do our very best to make you feel comfortable through what might be for some a new kind of dining experience. It is a tiny premises that can often get rather busy, and so tables are often shared between different groups of guests to minimise the wait at the door. In Oxford there are several formulaic chains and Asian "fusion" food outlets. At Edamame we fiercely maintain our policy of serving only authentic Japanese food, that we carefully prepare and then serve to you with much pride. Our signature dish edamame "eh-dah-mah-meh" are juicy, baby soy beans. Pop them out of their salted pods to enjoy their succulent and addictive flavour. Instead of one large menu we operate a schedule of three small menus, to ensure that ingredients and their preparation are as fresh as possible : lunch menu - everyday except Monday and Tuesday sushi night menu - Thursday early evenings only dinner menu - Friday and Saturday early evenings only We receive small daily deliveries of fresh fish and meat, a policy which may regrettably result in some items occasionally selling out.”
  • 10 locals recommend