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Oxford shows off its multicultural nature when it comes to eating out, with row upon row of British and international restaurants, enticing visitors with everything from Chinese and Japanese cuisine to North African inspired outlets with considerable Italian and Indian influences. You will find something for every budget in Oxford, from the upmarket bistros and gourmet restaurants in the centre, to the student orientated café's on Cowley Road.
Smoking - As of the 1st July 2007, smoking is prohibited in all public places, including restaurants, bars, nightclubs and hotels. It is a criminal offence to smoke in these areas and £50 on-the-spot fines will be implemented. Many establishments now offer outdoor smoking areas especially for patrons.
Tipping advice - It is customary in the UK to add a tip of 10-15% onto your bill. However, please be aware that many restaurants will already add a service charge on automatically so it is up to you whether you leave an additional amount.
Read more on this destination in the AA Essential Guide to Britain.
Recommended restaurants in Oxford
61 Banbury Road
This beautiful conservatory is airy by day and romantic by night. Dishes are a mix of English and French cuisine, using mostly organic produce. On average, a 3 course meal costs £32. Open daily from 12:00 - 14:30 and 18:00 - 22:30.
Le Petit Blanc Brasserie
71 - 72 Walton Street
At this busy, yet relaxed French-style brasserie, the food clings to its Gallic roots but substitutes British ingredients wherever possible, offering satisfying brasserie favourites. A 3 course meal costs £40, on average. Open Mon - Sat from 12:00 - 23:00 and Sunday 12:00 - 22:00.
4 South Parade
A wholesome Italian restaurant specialising in a range of pasta, grilled fish and meat. Menu favourites include proscuitto and melon Parma ham and fresh mussels with pomodorini. Main courses from £7 - £15. Open daily from 12:00 - 15:00 and 18:00 - 23:00.
15 Holywell Street
An authentic Japanese restaurant nestled in the heart of Oxford, serving tasty Japanese home cooking and sushi. Popular menu choices include sashimi and fried pork loin. Sushi nights are every Thursday. Open for lunch Wed - Sun from 11:30 - 14:30 (12:00 Sun) and for dinner Thu - Sat from 17:00 - 20:30. Closed Mon/Tue.
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41 Park End Street
A trendy, upmarket establishment specialising in Indian cuisine. Spinach and lamb curry, aloo gobi and garlic laced cod fillets are among the choices here. Average price for a 2 course meal with wine is £25. Open Mon - Fri from 12:00 - 14:30 and 17:30 - 23:00, Sat from 17:00 - 23:30 and Sundays from 17:00 - 22:30.