Raleigh >Food & Dining > The Oxford Gastropub
The hallmark of a gastro pub is an adventurous twist on familiar food made from scratch with honest ingredients. We prefer a straightforward bill of fare that leaves room for experimentation. It's as adventurous as you want it to be. Fancy or simple, the dishes are all reasonably priced. We serve a menu having a world beat that is unpretentious and equally inviting to regulars and families with strollers in tow. Gastro pubs are not 'see and be seen' venues but more 'come as you are' places. In short, bridging the gap between traditional Pubs and upscale Restaurants. A Cuisine-conscious tavern, specializing in high-quality food a step above basic 'pub grub'. …
WORST RESTAURANT IN RALEIGH!!.
Save yoursef the time, money and bad service.
I recently went here and had the worst service I have ever recieved...and the food was AWFUL. There are so many great restaurants in the area--DO NOT go here!!! They just want your money....and don't care how terrible your dining experience is.
We sincerely apologize that you feel the way you do about The Oxford. We pride ourselves in being one of the great restaurants in Raleigh that you mention- and many of our regular guests tend to agree. We do welcome all constructive criticism and are more than willing to work with any guest that is anything less than thrilled with their experience here. This review is a little vague, so we're not sure what happened when you dined with us. Please feel free to contact any of our managers at 919.832.6622 and we would love the opportunity to discuss your experience.
Thank goodness it will remain in 2010!. I hope those reading this will not dismiss these comments as a "trashing" of The Oxford, but to follow in suit with some of the previous posts, our experience was beyond disappointing. It is acknowleged that dinner out on New Year's eve will be a busy if not a bit chaotic, however nothing could explain the disaster we encountered. The purpose of having exact reservation times and a pre-fixe menu is so that the kitchen staff can be prepared for the busy evening they will have (and honestly so that the business will know just how much to prepare and just how much money they will make). At the danger of being long winded, our appetizers came about 3 minutes before our entrees, the steaks we had (3 of the 4 people in our party) were cooked incorrectly (one to the point that it almost seemed raw), the vegetables were luke warm at best (and after we requested that they be heated, they came back about 2 minutes later with apologies from the chef in the same condition that they left) and the tiramisu was reminiscent of cookie dough with whipped cream on top. This might have been a fun bar to end the night with after having 8-10 drinks somewhere else, but was far from the fine dining experience of which it billed itself in its advertising. They should stick to what they know (and what seems to be most important to the bottom line) and add a second bar where all their dinner tables are.
We would like to apologize for what was a less than amazing dinner and invite you and your guests back to show you that The Oxford really is a great place to enjoy dinner, drinks and the company of your friends, on us of course! Please contact one of our managers and reference your review so that they can set something up at your convenience. We agree that a dinner out on New Year's eve is going to be busy and a little chaotic, and while we prepared ourselves for a fantastic dinner, and late night blowout, the sheer volume of people that were excited to visit The Oxford that night kept us as busy and chaotic as we have ever been! The next time you review us, we know that you will be excited to give us a five star rating!
I'd Rather Shoot Myself In The Foot.
If you are Frat-tastic or a Soro-a-whore, you will fall in love with this place. Plenty of the same people exactly like you, who dress exactly like you (down to the shoes), and who also carry daddy's credit card - Just remember to pop your pink collar!
For those who like good drinks (you know they atleast put liquor in it) , good beer, and good people, then I would suggest else where to go out on a weekend night.
I've been to The Oxford for drinks at night, that was ok.
I then went in another time during Raleigh Wide Open and ordered an appetizer and some drinks. We then ordered our dinner. We never received our Appetizer until we mentioned it when they served us our dinner. The Lamb Shank was delicious, I mean, definitely up there in flavor and tenderness with an Angus Barn steak, very, very good, one of my all time favorites. They were gracious enough to not charge for the appetizer and one side order. I was happy and talked up the Lamb Shank over and over to friends and family.
I just now got home from taking my family out for my Mom's birthday and lo and behold, they had just taken the Lamb Shank off the menu a week prior, yet still had the photo of it on the "Food" page of their Web site. That annoyed me since that was the only reason I chose that place, otherwise it's a bar trying to be a restaurant too.
I ordered the Duck and most of the plate was cold, the butternut squash "mashed" was very cold yet it was overly spiced with some pepper that made it undesireable to eat. The duck was somewhat chewy and looked like it had been cooked some time ago. The cranberry pomegranite mix on the duck was good but that was just a topping.
My brother tried the Ahi Tuna and while I wasn't surprised that the center of it was left uncooked (I'd do the same) when he let me try a bite all I could taste was a beef broth/Au Jus or something, like it had been cooked on the same flat grill as a steak seconds prior.
We ordered 3 different desserts and just each took a few bites of each to try them. The Rasberry Creme Brulee was good, quite tasty though I don't really recall tasting anything other than creme brulee (not fruity really). The Peach Melba Trifle, skip it unless you want some fruit jam on something resembling gingerbread with the texture of a piece of wet toast, not impressed at all, most of us didn't take more than one bite of that. The Acai & Blueberry Cheesecake came out with 6 1/2 blueberries on top of it, I asked for more and he brought about 60, so that displeased me since you shouldn't use fruit as descriptors if there's not enough of it to flavor the whole dish, it'd be garnish. The cheesecake was cheesecake, likely premade, nothing special.
I also sat there with an empty glass of water for 15-20 minutes.
SO, unless you're just wanting to try something new with your loved one I'd say skip The Oxford and let them go out of business and let someone more responsible take over. Their recipes are good, the execution pretty bad and at such high prices it's clearly not worth it, especially with gaps in service during 2 visits.
If they bring back the same Lamb Shank I'll go back and get that, otherwise I'll only go for drinks.
Delicious food, cozy atmosphere.
My husband and I went to the Oxford for the first time tonight and we really enjoyed it! The decor is really nice and the lights are soft, making for a cute, cozy atmosphere. Our waiter was very attentive and he seemed to enjoy his job. Our orders were prepared quickly and the presentation of the food is really lovely.
I really appreciated the vegetarian options on the menu. There are a few great veggie appetizers, and they are different from your standard bruschetta choice. There were two veggie entrees and one vegan entree that all sounded amazing and I had a very tough time choosing the one I wanted. I ended up with the housemade vegan burger and I was full by the time I was halfway done! They serve big portions so you will not leave hungry. We managed to stuff ourselves and then we still had to order dessert...you should really try the strawberry mint icecream...delicious! We are planning our next outing and we may have to try Sunday brunch there. Thanks, Oxford!
Excellent Food in Downtown Raleigh. The Oxford is one of Fayetteville Street's newest restaurants. Open less than a year, this restaurant is making news with their atmosphere and food! 1/2 Price appetizers will let you sample the menu, everyday before 6:00 PM. The menu is fairly extensive for the pub/bistro and there's something for everyone. From a goat cheese salad with fresh strawberries and a champagne vinagrette dressing to more traditional fares like fish and chips. The desserts are wonderful too, so be sure to save room! The service is friendly and attentive! There's always something going on nearby because of its location, so give The Oxford a try the next time you're near downtown! Published by Kevin Coats Raleigh NC
Great Experiance. The best thing about this place is the service..Every time i looked up I perceived to see every waiter helping each other out that's teamwork...I know personally because my son works in the service industry that when another person other than my waiter comes to the table to drop off food or refill my drink its not that my waiter is in the back taking shots and smoking cigarettes its because he or she is helping out the next person..A restaurant is a team effort and The Oxford resembles that completely...Thank you and we will be returning soon.
Three Strikes, You're Out!.
Saturday was my third and final time going to the Oxford. When it opened I was very excited to have a gastropub in Raleigh. The menu items are ambitious, but unfortunately the food neither lives up to its description nor its price. My first time there the food was mediocre and the staff was, quite frankly, a little snooty. Unfortunately, the food and service has only gone down hill since it first opened.
This last time, after waiting a very long time for the server to even take our order, he informed us that they were out of the French dip forcing two in my party of four to order something else. The place was practically dead yet two other tables who came in after us received their food before us. We were about to walk out and go somewhere else for lunch when our food finally arrived. One medium-well burger was overcooked and dry, one sandwich was bland, and my fish & chips was – well, I’ve had better at Long John Silvers. Our drink glasses were completely empty before the waiter came by to refill them and he only refilled them once.
Save yourself time and money, and dine somewhere else!
We are so sorry to hear about your recent experience. All our meats are roasted in-house and we sold out of all our prime rib on Friday, therefore were unable to provide French Dips during your lunch. We do have concerns over your service experience and if you would like to provide us with more information, The Oxford would love to address the issue with the staff member(s) in question- you can contact us at email@example.com. If you would ever like to reconsider a dining experience at The Oxford, please let us know!
The Best date restaurant local social scene in Raleigh.
The Oxford has a warm cozy feeling for a romantic dinner, wich I did experience there. The food was wonderful, classy and quick service with a smile. On another occassion stopped on a Saturday night at 1130. Free Valet!!!, pulled right up and walked in to the lively downtown scene. It made me feel like first class. No walking six blocks or waiting outside to get in, the party and fun was already outside!
The Band was great, everyone inside and outside were smiling and having a good time, not to crowded to move, but lots of people.
This is my favorite place to eat and hang out. The manager was walking around talking with people, arranging places for people to sit and socializing with the crowd.
Very first class and fun!!! Downtown Raleigh is the place to be.
Hi Toni! Thank you so much for the review! Glad to know that our valet services are still crowd-pleasers. We love hearing happy comments like this and we hope to see you again at The Oxford soon!
Brunch still needs a lot of work.
My wife and I decided to try the brunch at The Oxford after a great night out for Raleigh Wide Open. There were a decent number of folks there for brunch which seemed like a good sign, but unfortunately for us, the brunch setup could not reasonable accommodate the number of patrons. I was somewhat miffed after realizing that there was no option to order from a menu, and the fact that no beverages (alcoholic or otherwise) were offered in the one brunch option. But hey, no worries, I'm good with buffets. Then I see it, stations. All the desirable food is at stations. There are 3 stations with the good stuff (beef, pancakes/waffles and omelets). There are lines. Wonderful. I get in what appears to be the start of the "stations" line. This is where I was for the next 15 minutes, waiting, standing. I really didn't want to be standing. The pace was painfully slow. You stand and watch the 5 people in front of you as their food gets made to order, for the most part one at a time, except for the omelets which could be done 3 at once. All I could think to myself is, I wish I could just give my order to the waitress so she could tell the cook my order, and she could wait on it, and eventually deliver it to me. Instead, I spent most my time here standing, watching, and telling the station people what I want, and then waiting. There appeared to be about a 20 minute wait (at least) for a waffle (there was 1 waffle iron cooking all the waffles). I was told as a result that I couldn't get a waffle, which was fine, since I wouldn't be interested in waiting 20 minutes for a waffle anyway. They were cooking pancakes on ONE standard pancake skillet that you would use at home. It just seemed very amateur. I also didn't like the fact that all of the toppings were on the tables up to the edge that the line moved against. Another problem, my wife and I started on different lines (she skipped the stations at first), as a result we spent most of our morning eating alone as we ended up in different standing and waiting cycles.
There seemed to be people standing around me enjoying the experience, which confuses me still, but I can offer some helpful suggestions to improve the experience. If you are going to do stations, you need to amp it up. 1 dedicated carver, 1 or 2 people with at least 2 pancake skillets, 3 or 4 waffle irons going at the same time. This just seems like common sense.
The food was all quite good, but the energy required to obtain it left me wishing I had gone somewhere else. I rarely write a negative review, but since the problems seemed like something that could be addressed, I wanted to provide some feedback. It is possible that the Sunday brunch crowd was much larger than usual on this particular day and as a result the stations were overwhelmed. That is my hope anyway. In either case, not a good experience for me. Giving 3 stars because I have only experienced the brunch and wouldn't want to unfairly judge the bar/lunch/dinner.
Hi Neil! You have a very valid point and you're absolutely right. We are already in the process of purchasing more equipment for brunch. At first, extra equipment wasn't necessary, but with the popularity of our brunch rapidly increasing it has definitely become our top priority. If you ever want to revisit The Oxford in the future, let me know! - Tara, Director of Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org
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