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Acanthus Restaurant

#241 of 470 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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Macdonald Randolph Hotel | Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN, England
+44 1865 256410
07:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 08:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A good menu to select from. Brilliant service and plenty of staff to deal with any queries and give prompt service.

Thank India_Traveller15
Sheffield, UK
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589 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 387 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the main restaurant at the Randolph hotel in the centre of Oxford. I was surprised by the number of negative reviews on tripadvisor but I tried it nevertheless as I was staying to the hotel. The layout and decoration are typical old Oxford with lots of oil paintings on the walls. My food was taken shortly after I... More 

Thank md1mm
London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The problem here is one of expectations. You expect something in keeping with the grandeur of the building, but really it's just a three star type restaurant. Everything is cooked fine and the service has improved hugely, but the huge dining room lacks any atmosphere.

Thank Charles B
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Attracted by the style and appearance of the hotel, we thought we would go to this restaurant for a smart lunch in Oxford (and by coincidence to celebrate Valentine's Day). The restaurant was quiet when we arrived at around 1.30pm. No sign of any staff, so having waited to be seated in vain for a few minutes we went back... More 

Thank greenspecs99
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just back from a birthday lunch at this Oxford institution. The Morse Bar was impressive- great service and a nice atmosphere. Things went downhill on getting into the Acanthus Restaurant. We were slow to be seated, and slower to be asked for our order. We ordered prosecco, which hadn't appeared by the time our starters arrived- they were still chilling... More 

Thank Elizabeth A
London, United Kingdom
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228 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the must do experiences: lunch at the Randolph Hotel. The food was appropriate and enjoyable. There was no one at the reception to the restaurant when we arrived but that was made up for the service we did receive when shown to our table.

Thank Ian G
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Monday has to be the quietest night of the week here. I had the pre theater set menu of 3 courses for £19. Very good value for money. Excellent service, delightful conversation and good food. The restaurant looks out onto Beaumont Street with the Ashmolean Museum and the corner of Magdelan Street. Great central location. Had a great time. Food... More 

Thank andy w
Swindon, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

The hotel is lovely and the staff are in the main attentive. We changed our reservation from 7:30 to 8:15 with no hassle at all. although there was plenty of staff we had a couple being asked if they'd like dessert before they had got their mains and we waited rather a Long time to be asked if we wanted... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Came here with my girlfriend for a quick lunch on our day trip to Oxford. We went for the 3 round meal offer. Had to wait for starters for 45min. Ordered for rare stake, got medium/well done. Asked for a different sauce for chips, got delivered the original option. Still waiting for the dessert and been here for more than... More 

Thank Karl M
Athens, Greece
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Nice ambience and friendly staff. Pea risotto was very good, lemon sole was just unacceptable, bread was very good and so were the side greens and chips. Fig tart not very tasteful. The wine list quite limited, we had a Pinot Grigio for 26£, that tasted like those you can buy for less than 8€ in an Italian supermarket. Sorry... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$37
European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Macdonald Randolph Hotel | Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 256410
  • This restaurant is at Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Acanthus at The Macdonald Randolph Hotel is a new all day dining concept in the heart of the city of Oxford offering a wide range of dishes to suit all occasions. Whether an informal lunch or celebratory dinner for a special occasion, Acanthus is the perfect venue.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?