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Branca

4.6
4.6
1872 Reviews
£25 and under
Italian
Welcome to Branca, our large and lively Italian brasserie in Jericho. For us food is all about quality ingredients, honest cooking, big flavours and uncomplicated dishes. In other words buy decent stuff and keep it simple.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:45 pm

  • Phone number

    01865 807745

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Edwin Blandes

  • Private party facilities

    Private rooms, main restaurant, garden terraces.

  • Private party contact

    info@branca.co.uk: 01865 556111

  • Neighborhood

    Oxford

  • Cross street

    Observatory Street

  • Parking details

    All adjacent streets.

  • Public transit

    Oxford railway and coach stations 5-10 min walk.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,872 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  • Oxford

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  1. GM

    GM1996

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and great service a great place to host a party some dishes better than others
  2. AA

    AnamariaA

    Oxford

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely bright, light room with a view into a courtyard. Extremely personable servers. Would definitely return.
  3. TO

    TonyO

    Oxford

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was lovely, however our waitress was outstanding, many thanks:)
  4. FA

    FinolaA

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed my seafood pasta dish. Wine was great. Service was excellent. It was a little too noisy for my liking, but Branca is pretty dependable for a good night out.
  5. KN

    KirkN

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We have been going to Branca since it opened almost two decades ago and it has proved consistent in service and food quality. Our previous visit was disappointing as the food was not particularly good. However, we are pleased to say that on our last visit Branca was back on form.
  6. SN

    SilvieN

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect venue, outstanding & friendly & professional service, delicious food. Our favourite restaurant in Oxford
  7. P

    Pivoines

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wine, ambiance and excellent service especially from Gaelle who was very efficient and very engaging.
  8. JH

    JeffH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic evening. Wait staff, food and overall experience was amazing!
  9. DN

    DianeN

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved sitting out in teh courtyard garden for an early evening supper. Relaxed, friendly service and lovely food. Great value for central Oxford.
  10. f

    fiby

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was just what we needed - I am just a bit disappointed that nothing happened even though I made a birthday surprise request and there was a section to comment for occasions and messages. I didn't ask for a free service and I was willing to pay extra but there was no mention of a birthday during the entire stay.
  11. s

    sbf423890

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, will definitely be back. So pleasant to sit outside under a big umbrella.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, food and beautiful place!
  13. CH

    ClareH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a lovely evening at Branca for a work's social dinner. Staff we welcoming, kind, attentive and couldn't do enough for us. Food was delicious with a great variety on offer and amazing quality. Service was quick (maybe a little too quick between starters and mains but not significant) food was served hot and served with a smile. We felt very well looked after and will definitely be going back again.
  14. LG

    LeonardG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff really were fantastic. Hugely friendly and engaged and a credit to the restaurant!
  15. CC

    ClaraC

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is very good! We ordered the stone brass and pork belly and they are both very nice. Staff are very lovely too.
  16. ED

    EllieD

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    lovely atmosphere in the courtyard, amazing food, lovely staff!
  17. J

    Jules

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot in the shade in the courtyard and lovely food. Such a pleasant afternoon.
  18. DJ

    DoctorJools

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    I hadn't been to Branca in what must have been ten years but I was very impressed by just about everything; good food, good wine, good service. The only bad thing was the level of noise - it was difficult to hear what other people were saying. Perhaps something could be done about this via something that would absorb some of the noise? Murals, hanging fabric? Oh, and the "very chocolately" ice cream wasn't! Shame, because the rest of the food was tip top.
  19. M

    Mike

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant anniversary outing. Really delighted by free proecco fir anniversary. Food was great and service just as good. Prawns and duck both exceptionally tasty.
  20. J

    Janet

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really friendly buzzy atmosphere, great service and a delicious meal. Free bubbly for our anniversary was a really nice surprise!
  21. SA

    SierraA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very friendly and prompt service. Great food. A bit expensive but garden was pretty and it was a pleasant evening.
  22. Y

    Yblehs

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so tasty and the service was great! Our waitress was so friendly. They even had gluten-free options for my friend with Coeliac. The garden is also lovely. Will be returning.
  23. KK

    KailashK

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Lamb kabab were gristle kabab. The chef is incongrous with the setting and the service
  24. MV

    MandyV

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great meal - fab food. Really enjoyed the vibe in Branca Oxford.
  25. MD

    MichaelD

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service (always with a smile!) and great food! A real treat!!
  26. DM

    DanielaM

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Atmosphere and decor was lovely, very nice terrace and staff were friendly. The food overall was disappointing and bland, below average I would say. Also everything was drenched in oil, which was probably poured on the dishes before serving, but not specified on the menu or ingredient list. Not everyone eats very greasy, whether it's weight control or health issues, so it should be taken into consideration by the chefs. Bruschettas very soggy due to the amount of oil, pizza below average, and salads bland (lacked taste and seasoning).
  27. SC

    SamC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening sitting in the delightful courtyard being served delicious food by friendly staff. Just love this place in the summertime! It was just the right mix of informal dining in such a beautifully ambient environment.
  28. KL

    KirsteenL

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic hostess called Cam,she was friendly, efficient,patient and enthusiastic. The food was devoured. Absolutely one of my favourite restaurants in Oxford!!
  29. PR

    PeterR

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very friendly and accomodating staff. The outside eating area is superb. It's certainly not the cheapest place to eat in Oxford but was perfect for us.
  30. SM

    SarahM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Busy for a Thursday, but quick attentive service and the food was good.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great value
  32. a

    angelic

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside under a pergola - beautiful and sheltered from wind. Food, wine and waiters all excellent and attentive. Perfect place to spend the evening or make a dash for the close by cinema
  33. A

    Ab157

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a joy
  34. MF

    MichelleF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience all around; excellent service and food
  35. SW

    StephanieW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Too many small tables crammed together. Waiters literally running past the table constantly and practically knocking things off as they did so. It was so incredibly loud and noisy we found it difficult to have a conversation. The Tuscan sausage Ragu pasta we both had was ok but way too salty. However our waitress was very pleasant
  36. M

    Monica

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful birthday celebration dinner at Branca - menu choice was varied but not too large, and something for everyone. Fantastic quality for every dish, and quantities very good indeed. Lovely atmosphere and great service. Would highly recommend. We shall continue to come to Branca! Our visitors were extremely impressed.
  37. A

    Ainur

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the outside seating. Great food! Excellent service!
  38. RF

    RobertF

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great meal except the two who ordered the Nduja pizza, which they have both had before elsewhere - the heat of the spice was overpowering and meant they were unable to enjoy the meal. The tuna salad on the other hand was delicious.
  39. R

    Reviewer

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The food was good (apart from the two chicken salads we ordered which had huge, very hard croutons in, these would have easily cracked your teeth if you had attempted to bite down on one of these). The rest of the food was good. The service was poor, however it was explained to us that the waiting staff were new. We had to go to find waiting staff each time we needed service: when we needed our table cleared, dessert menus and the bill. (They automatically added service charge so maybe that it why there is less incentive to provide good service). I also received an incorrect pudding that I started to eat, and had nuts in. I am not allergic to nuts but this is worrying, as it could have happened to someone that was. We were not asked if anyone in our party had any allergies. I realise that it was a busy Sunday lunch and the waiting staff were new, however it was for a special occasion, which was disappointing. I would be reluctant to return.
  40. GB

    GavinB

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good menu, nice decor, good service & well staffed...only downside was how noisy it was, hard to hold a conversation - maybe some rugs are needed or something.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Branca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01865 807745.

Branca is rated 4.6 stars by 1872 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Branca

111 Walton Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6AJ

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Observatory Street

  • Neighborhood

    Oxford

  • Hours of operation

    Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    All adjacent streets.

  • Public transit

    Oxford railway and coach stations 5-10 min walk.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Edwin Blandes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01865 807745

  • Private party facilities

    Private rooms, main restaurant, garden terraces.

  • Private party contact

    info@branca.co.uk: 01865 556111

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