Time Out says
Expect an iconic location, stunning river views and an adventurous global menu
The Oxo Tower is a London landmark, and its restaurant, bar and brasserie emanate a sense of occasion. A glass frontage makes the most of river views, with St Paul's and City buildings easily visible.
The menu includes dishes such as smoked burrata with fresh almonds, lobster with a heritage tomato salad to slow-cooked suckling pig – and that’s just for starters. For mains, choices include a wild mushroom lasagne, hand-dived Scottish scallops and Chateaubriand steak. If you have a sweet tooth then indulge in the OXO chocolate plate, soufflé and much more.
Afternoon tea is available, too.
OXO Tower Wharf
Barge House Street
|Transport:||Tube: Southwark tube or Waterloo tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £22-£35. Set lunch £35 3 courses|
|Opening hours:||Lunch: Mon-Sat noon-2:30pm; Sun noon-3pm. Afternoon tea: Mon-Fri 3pm-4.30pm; Sat 3pm-4pm; Sun 3:45pm-4:45pm. Dinner Mon-Fri 6pm-11pm; Sat 5.30pm-11pm; Sun 6.30pm-10pm. Afternoon tea is Monday to Saturday 3 – 4.30 and Sunday 3.15 – 4.30.Afternoon tea served Mon-Sat 3–4.30pm & Sun 3.15–4.30pm|
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Users say (41)
Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
- 5 star:16
- 4 star:6
- 3 star:8
- 2 star:4
- 1 star:7
Went here for a friend's birthday and I would say the food is average to ok at best. The prices are very steep. You pay for the view, which is definitely the best thing about the restaurant. But the food is pedestrian and uninspired.
This is the place you want to take your family to celebrate something special, certainly not cheap but it delivers in terms of class, flavour, creativity, likability and of course then there are those views. The restaurant is the site I'd take my parents while the brasserie is the best spot to have a fun packed dinner with the girls. Food is equally yummy.
Very disappointing meal. Unfortunately we felt there was little atmosphere, we felt very watched by the staff. We had signed up for a £36 deal for 3 courses, the food was very bland and the waiter informed us we must order sides, we didn't realise a side of chips and broccoli was £6 for each. We actually ended up paying an extortionate £70 each as the service charge on top was so high, which begrudgingly paid but we didn't think the food was actually worth this price. This restaurant is definitely one to miss!
"Worst experience ever! Customer service was terrible as the waiter was very rude and disrespectful especially to my girlfriend. To start off with we were given hard stale bread and when we complained about it responded with "what do you mean stale" and after speaking to the manager he magically brought us some fresh bread. Then we had order starters and mains where we ended up only receiving the mains, as a result of this he had the audacity to blame us on him not bringing out the starters, saying that we didn't order any starters! All of these things made my partner feel very uncomfortable! Not only spoiling my birthday evening but made her upset as she tried to organise a nice birthday dinner after amazing day at the savoy for afternoon tea and the theatre, as we were provided with that rude and disrespectful human being to be our waiter! So, if you want to be treated in a rude, disrespectful manner, and as a result feel left uncomfortable you should go!"
The views, food and service never disappoint! I love this restaurant....the atmosphere is incredible and you really feel like youre treating yourself. Perfect for celebrating!
Went here for a birthday meal, we both went for the Vegetarian/Vegan menu and both very disappointed in the food.
Sweet potato waffle and Polenta dish for starter, both very salty, greasy with overpowering cheese.
The main no better, Mezze and Ravioli, far too sweet Mezze, very salty pitta, although Ravioli (1 tiny ravioli) was very nice, the accompanying burnt apple, pears and again very salty Artichoke, reminiscent of those in oily jars just made the dish very poor, add that to the price and a pretty poor affair......
The deserts Pineapple tarte Tatin and Apple caramel with profiteroles though were very good, so at least we ended on a high.
The atmosphere was great, the view also but we came for food too, and this, for OXO and its reputation, was pretty dire.
If you cant do vegetarian dishes - DON'T - certainly not recommended on this basis.
Oxo Tower, you're on the slide. I love this space but it is quite expensive and we expect high standards. The small things matter; the duty manager (?) in a shiny suit and unpolished shoes; the spiders all down the outside edge of the window with dead ones dangling from box hedging on occupied balcony. The food that arrived almost instantly. Yes, we were on the early menu but service was too quick. Someone has lost control.
Great place to eat on a Saturday night if you have a plane to catch, play to watch or childminder who is early to bed. In just over an hour we had enjoyed a bottle of wine, average food and fantastic views. Unfortunately this was our nights entertainment but we were out before nine feeling as if we had been to a fast food joint which cost us £100+
This is a beautiful space, made ugly by the blue lighting but the food is not as good as elsewhere and the service is just not coordinated
Although not this restaurant but of this group formerly,Zinc Bar and Grill on Heddon Street, now known as Piccolini,s, I believe the decor hasn't changed ,still strikingly of blues and zincs giving it a contemporary and stylish feel to the place. Great for a eating at lunchtime rather than a sophisticated three course evening meal. Also great for parties and pre- dinner cocktails as it specialises in cocktails as the 'Lurve Hurts'. The wine list is also impressive with Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc,Merlot and the very expensive Dom Perignon champagne. The meals however are snacks and could serve very well as starters with lovely warm grilled tamato salads though spoiled by bland Pumpkin Veloute. For an ex- Conran restaurant, this place is more famous for the owner than the menu. I don't believe the change in name has done this bar/restaurant any credit.
I went here for my Birthday treat. The service was very poor. There was lots of staff however they all seemed to be rushing about doing very little and were very inattentive. I had to wait 10 minutes for a glass of water from asking. If you sit inside it is very noisy and there isn't a very good ambiance, fortunately we managed to get moved outside which was a lot more pleasant. Now for the food. We had the chateaubriand which to be honest was probably the worst I have had in any restaurant. One couple who had it actually sent it back and had something else. The meat wasn't cooked to medium rare very well and came out cold. The meat was also very very fatty which is not usual for this cut of meat. Drinks The 2 wines I wanted off their list were not available and also their half bottle or single glass wines were limited. For example i prefer a Chilean or Argentinian wine with red meat but neither were an option. They command a high price for the views but even sitting outside its hard to see (unless you get placed on a table right on the edge). Very disappointed overall and wont be returning.
Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells must have been to a different restaurant. I went on a spring lunchtime with my mother and an old family friend - all of us discerning diners and wine buffs. We found the food & wine excellent, the service attentive without being intrusive, the ambience and decor pleasingly chic and modern, offsetting historic buildings in the wonderful panoramic view. I'd love to know where in Tunbridge Wells and similar provincial towns you can get all this. I might bother to visit if they existed ...
I really don't get some of the reviews for Oxo - what are your expectations that you would come to Oxo and leave disappointed? Had dinner at the Brasserie last night with a friend. Duck egg starter was perfectly cooked with a still runny centre and crisp coating, the beetroot was delicious according to my friend. The Cod main was beautiful and again, perfectly cooked with a nice firm texture, the accompanying smudge of puree and baby octopus salsa although they looked small were just the right amount and complimented the fish really really well. Gorgonzola tortelloni parcels were incredible, so smooth and sweet. Chestnut ice cream was amazing, as was the pistachio pannacotta. The service was good, the staff were all charming without being over the top, we were left at our table and not hurried, they filled our glasses. Again, I don't see what more you could want from a very well known central London restaurant, but I left very satisfied and would recommend it highly. And I haven't even mentioned the view....
Excellent food but very poor service. Wine glasses not topped up. My wife waited for ages to get water topped up. Loads of staff wandering around. Not impressed.
Absolutly fantastic evening!!! Booked a suprise birthday dinner for my husband, was a bit worried having read quite mixed reviews on several websites. However my husband and i were absolutly delighted. Our table was beside the window and the views are beautiful! And to top it off my hubby was presented desert with a candle, which was a lovely touch! Thank you!! Food, service and ambiance, all wonderful. I recommend you try amd see for yourself!
I don't often review restaurants, but this one is so bad that I think it's important to warn people. The Oxo Tower Restaurant has pleasant views over the Thames and across London, but that's where the niceness stops. The food is bad, the waiting staff are quite uniquely unpleasant, the decor is naff and the prices are just stupid. My fillet steak was grey and overcooked, and the accompaniment was confused and poorly made. The fish was oversalted, served with stodgy risotto and some nothingy little patch of damp spinach. We were seen to by several different waiters, none of whom were particularly warm and all of whom seemed intent on selling us things we hadn't asked for. The sommelier actually raised his eyebrows in surprise when we said we weren't drinking and the man who took our order asked us twice whether we wanted a £4.50 side of French beans. When we'd said no twice, he asked "are you sure?". The decor, as previously mentioned, is naff. Blue neon, like a bad club in a provincial town, dominates the bar, ceiling and even the little mobile ice bucket on wheels. The ceiling is a sort of slatted Venetian blind affair, through which chickenwire and ducts are visible. You can only see the beautiful views if you're on the balcony - the interior is crammed with as many tables as physically possible, so most people don't experience the view. And the prices? Food starts at £30 for a main, £20 for a starter. I'm no stranger to the quality establishments and faine daining available within a ten minute taxi ride of the Oxo Tower - this doesn't even come close, yet they're asking two Michelin star prices. You'd be better off taking a cab to Le Gavroche, or the Ledbury, or Marcus Wareing, or Hibiscus. Frankly, you'd even have more joy at the crepe place around the corner or the little pizzeria on the waterfront. London has some fantastic restaurants on offer, some of which are expensive - this isn't one of them. This is a nasty little place with bad food and rude waiters. I know this is a bit of an essay but it's actually hard to overstate how dreadful this restaurant is. Avoid.
Nice food. But nothig exeptional. Small portions. Poor service. We've got our table after 40 minutes of waiting (came just in time we booked). Got the worst table (near bar, far from window, but booked in first row), empty plates were on the table for 20 minutes. No smile, no attention.
12 of us plus grandson for 60th birthday on 26th May - absolutely first class and with the weather and the balcony we were there from noon til after 7pm. Memorable day.
We had an excellent evening. A menu with an interesting selection, something to appeal to everyone. The food was truly delicious, all of my party (some of whom are not easy to please) were in agreement, cooked to perfection. Really good wine list - if a little pricey - the two we chose with the help of the somelier were superb. The service was just as it should be, friendly but not obtrusive, attentive but not over-attentive. Nice little attentions to detail like presenting my wife with Happy Birthday dessert with a candle (the staff had discerned themselves that this was the occasion). Plus a lovely ambience and spectacular views. Really, nothing about this experience that we could fault.
The best meal ever! The staff are so well trained with wine and food knowledge that really impressed me. The food was exciting and delicous while the service was outstanding. No task was too much for them and I am a very fussy customer!
I usually never rate restaurants, but this time I just have to: the worst place I've been so far in London. Lets start with the nice things about it: great view from the balcony over st pauls and nice, home made bread with salted butter they serve before dining. now the bad things: the food was just awfull. "duck salad" consists of two tiny slices of tasteless duckbreast, 4 rocket leaves and a strange whishy-washy sauce (around 25 gbp) and the scallops dish was just a joke (two old, stinky scallops with two tiny "risotto-balls" that don't even deserve the name "rice"..around 30 gbp).. then the main dishes: I had venison. Ordered it "rare", received it overcooked and the taste was beyond words: it tasted like gall. place was totally understaffed plus they were rude (apart from the freindly eritrianian lady at the bar). Don't go!
We went to the Oxo Tower for our second anniversary about 10 days ago. The service was really good and the food was scrumptious. I was very impressed with the service...until I realised (when I got home!) that I had been overcharged by £15. Embarrassingly, I rang up and mentioned the error. I received an apology and a promise that the matter would be sorted with urgency. It has been over a week since I rang - and I have called again since but to no avail. No-one seems to acknowledge the owed money, I receive an apology from new people that seem to answer, but I have no refunded money. I'm left with a sour taste in my mouth
We went to the Oxo Tower restaurant for the first time last night and had a fantastic time. The service was wonderful from start to finish. The staff were so attentive and unpretentious. The ambiance was great and the views of London and the embankment were amazing Although the menu could have been a little more extensive, the food we chose was sublime, as were the cocktails and certainly did not disappoint. Definitely worth a visit.
Long waiting for nothing... Slow service and overcocked food. Amazing how a kitchen can miss-treat commdities as fish, meat and vegetables in such a way. Good wine-list and view over River Thames, but oherwise a terrible and expensive experience.
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