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Browns -  Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Browns - Oxford

4.1
4.1
54 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
ENJOY THE BUZZ OF BROWNS ANY TIME OF DAY Browns in Oxford was our second restaurant to open and is quite a landmark in the city. The building was a Morris garage for many years until we converted it into an English brasserie. Even though we’re in the city centre, the view from our windows is pure England. We’re just across the road from St Giles Church and a beautiful terrace of 18th century houses. As with all our restaurants, we offer delicious food, a unique atmosphere and a great choice of wines, beers and cocktails.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 9:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01865 511995

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    Our menu offers contemporary British brasserie dishes. We use only the best quality ingredients, and where possible, work with local suppliers.

What 54 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    There were three concurrent group bookings of 10 plus people right next to us, which made the evening really noisy and unbearable. We were having to shout to have a conversation. This really didn't make for a relaxed dinner!! The food was ok, although overpriced for the portion sizes. Service was good and staff were friendly and attentive. I'd suggest that if they are going to cater for these large groups, which Browns never did before, that they consider the seating arrangements and consider how this affects smaller parties. We left after our mains and went somewhere quieter for desserts and coffee!
  2. P

    Penz

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We enjoyed a family meal here. The food was good but the service seemed disorganised and was rather slow. The noise level was high at times.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Had to move tables twice, first one next to a speaker and the second under very bright lights. Food was okay except had to send the vegetables back as were cold and the Irish coffee was not that great either. Staff very good though.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly and efficient staff and service. The food was very good.
  5. M

    Michael

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Would probably benefit from a smaller menu, lots of choice but not done well....... Service was adequate
  6. JN

    JulietteN

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. Went twice whilst staying in Oxford for three days. Lovely staff, delicious food. Lots to choose from from the menu. Great ambience too. Thoroughly recommend!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Solid meal nice price. Nice service. Very nice ambience and very clean. Very good steaks and fish/chips Def would recommend
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Three groups of us drove an average of 90 minutes to this central location that we were told could comfortably accommodate a large group of us (11). We sat for lunch at 12:30 in line with our booked time. The available menu items were very limited with three main popular items already unavailable at this early stage of the day. The sole waitress tried her best but was slightly overwhelmed and could have done with some help. We had vouchers for cocktails that were redeemed almost begrudgingly, which we were surprised at, compounded by another raised eyebrow when we also used a £10 off voucher. I think staff in restaurants offering such promotions would be able to deliver a better experience to their customers by realising that perhaps the reason people drop a decent amount of their hard earned money on lunch in such establishments is because these occasional promotions do offer a little incentive to go there in the first place. Anyway suffice to say we were wholly underwhelmed and the food was average at best on this occasion.
  9. KC

    KenC

    Washington DC

    102 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    After a week of nice “coaching inns” and gastropubs, we were looking for a more upscale establishment for our last dinner before finishing our visit to the Cotswolds and Oxford. Browns had the more modern ambience but the food and service were somewhat uneven. Given we had 6:45 reservations, the restaurant was not all that busy but there was a large table of what appeared to be students who had just graduated or finished their term. Staffing could have been more generous to keep things moving. The “happy hour” cocktails were decent; the Aperol spritz tasted like the ones on Lake Como and the Amaretto Sour was excellent. Our sourdough loaf arrived with a nice crust and steaming hot inside. My roasted chicken was presented nicely with a tasty brown sauce on the side. My wife’s fish and chips (she wanted one more before leaving England) was on the other hand had sections that were disappointing soggy. Not even close to the fish and chip at the Hare & Hounds in Westonbirt. Tried the Cavendish sparkler made in Kent since I have heard that England was making reputable wine particularly their sparklers. Unfortunately the Cavendish turned out to be a disappointment especially at almost 9 pounds for a stem. My wife thought she would have enjoyed a good Prosecco more.
  10. DS

    DonnaS

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lovely Sunday roast would really recommend it Browns
  11. EC

    ECAP

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was a busy Saturday night, and the service/welcome was a little sporadic and disinterested. The layout with some of the tables was a little messy. However, the interior and food are decent, and I like the menu. I have been before, and it was better last time when it was a little less busy.
  12. SS

    SashaS

    Kent

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Took our daughter and couple of friends for birthday Sunday lunch - service was efficient and very friendly, food was tasty - particularly the Roast Chicken with ALL the trimmings! We didn't have to ask for more water it just arrived and waitress very politely asked the youngsters for id for the celebratory bottle of fizz. We didn’t have pudding as we were all full from the perhaps over generous size of portions for main course.
  13. RE

    RonaldE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    I noted it was the wife’s birthday but they never mentioned it
  14. JM

    JMHenleys

    London

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Really disappointing and patronising service.
  15. NC

    NikkiC

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner in Browns recently and celebrated my twins 18th birthday. The food and service was excellent and they made us feel very special. I would highly recommend Browns. Our waiter was also excellent Ilias
  16. MH

    MH26

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    We were rushed through – in and out (2 course meal with drinks) in 45 minutes! Gave the impression it was not cooked to order. Starters were fine. Mains were disappointing (Chicken Schnitzel was small, dry, fibrous and not very tasty). It was also really hot in there (unseasonably warm outside though). Wasn’t worth complaining though – just wanted to get out.
  17. JM

    JamesM

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was graduation day in Oxford and my sons birthday. We were lucky to get a table at browns. It’s been a while since I was last in browns, several years and I was really pleasantly surprised. For the pianist on the grand piano to the decor, the buzz, and the food. My son Jamie’s new favourite restaurant.
  18. EF

    EmmaF

    London

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We had good food - delicious perfectly cooked steaks, excellent chips, hot sour dough bread and pasta with mushrooms. The service was unfortunately rather chaotic and our sides arrived late, but the staff didn't charge us for them and they were at all times courteous and helpful and did everything with a smile.
  19. SR

    SuzanneR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2018

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Despite having confirmation of our booking for 6 people on my Note Book , the receptionist insisted it was for 4 but eventually decided to swap tables to accommodate us, I did not like standing there being made to feel uncomfortable - no apology. Noise so bad it was difficult to hear anybody sitting next to you, impossible across the table. Sadly it was therefore impossible to hear the pianist apart from the odd note. As for recommending Browns, from the point of good food and service yes, hopeless unless you can cope with the volume of noise. I accept that it was a Friday night and there were those celebrating getting their degrees, and that maybe Friday night is not the best night to go if one wants peace, but Browns has a good reputation and we wanted our Australian guests to have a good experience of Oxford and its restaurants, therefore not the best.
  20. SH

    SharonH

    New York Area

    418 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    418 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Unexpectedly good! Excellent variety of food and drink in a large and pretty space. Would go back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always enjoy coming here excellent food and service
  22. M

    Millie

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great pre-theatre meal, good choices, friendly service, tasty food and very pleasant atmosphere.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very nice restaurant, lovely food and great and friendly service. Would highly recommend.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We only had one night in Oxford while traveling and chose Brown's for dinner. Broad choice of menu and tempting lobster specials. Wish we could go back a few times to try everything! Shared the lemon tart for dessert and it was excellent.
  25. d

    drtfr

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Been going to Browns for years and it has its ups and downs. On this occasion it was disappointing. The MC wanted to seat us very close to another table when the restaurant was mostly empty and was miffed when we asked to move. It took a while to place our order and while the food was generally good, the (expensive) steak was over cooked. It wasn’t good value bearing that in mind and my maxim “could have done it better at home” applied on this occasion. The waitress was excellent though. Hopefully it will all be ‘up’ again next time.
  26. P

    Patrickh

    County Durham

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2017

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I don’t think the breakfast is great value. Better for an evening or lunchtime
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great experience! Went on a Sunday night and had great service and food.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and our host was very pleasant and efficient
  29. P

    Patrickh

    County Durham

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very busy so difficult to hear each other. Food and wine great. Good location.
  30. CG

    ClaireG

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2017

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    My husband and I decided to check browns out again for our anniversary. We've been to browns a few times over the year and always found it very nice, but sadly to say it has changed. The food was over priced for what it was. The service was very very laid back. One of the waitresses took our food order while just leaning over the side where we were sat, I had to ask for water on our table which I think should just be given to you. My husbands lager tasted off which totally killed it for him!. I ordered the lobster risotto but In fact was crab meat. No candles in the tea lights on the table which was a shame. Browns what's gone wrong????.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and really excellent service including when my father cut his arm.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2017

    overall1food5service1ambience4
    The manager was not aware of the special offer with Open Table and claimed that there was no way for me to have the offer of £11.95 for two courses. My phone was out of battery and I could not show the email. I had to go to the hotel in Oxford, charge my battery as much as to be able to show the offer. 45 min later, the manager accepted that I was not lying and served the food as requested.
  33. BM

    BrianM

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A very good experience for a 50th birthday meal. Good food and excellent service - price is about right for this restaurant. Nice bar too.
  34. M

    Miona

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I have been to Browns many times over the last twenty years. I felt this time that despite the menu looking large, there were in fact not many things to chose from for main course. My lamb was mainly meat with some peas and gravy. It's a convenient place to go and quite average. Nothing really bad or really good.
  35. F

    Frog

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Browns was excellent - food and service, but no thanks to Opentable as they have stopped using this booking system so if I hadn't checked direct with Browns, I would not have had a table reserved.
  36. F

    Foodie16

    Denver

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We went to Brown's for afternoon tea and had a nice time. For 14 GBP per person and you get a three tiered platter with small sandwiches, desserts, scones, jam and clouded cream, etc. We had a teapot to split between the two of us with milk and sugar. It was a fun time and a decent price for high tea compared to other local places.
  37. r

    renan

    Mexico City

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    They seemed understaffed, which affects the quality of service... Food is good but not outstanding
  38. JM

    JohnM

    Exclusive

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food but the restaurant was full on Father's Day so the service was quite slow. We were not in a hurry so it all worked out well.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, cocktails and atmosphere but don't book on open table as they don't use it. Came in and my reservation was not on the system, but they sat me down very quickly.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As with all the Browns restaurants, there's always a good feeling here. Lovely light, with good space between tables. Menu always imaginative. Staff anxious to please. Lovely lunch time!

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Browns - Oxford is rated 4.1 stars by 54 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Oxford

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 9:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, High Tea, Weekend Brunch, Wi-Fi available, Wine

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