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Acanthus Restaurant

#224 of 454 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
All hours
Sun 08:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great ambiance with lovely options in the menu, including for vegetarians, lamb, fish and a very good service.

Thank olascano
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't hail yourself as a five star hotel if you can't hold yourself to the mark. I spent fifteen minutes at a messy bar waiting for service.

Thank Mds312
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came in to have a nice fancy lunch after spending the day in Oxford, took a long time to be seated despite there being several empty tables around. Again, took a long time to get someone to take our orders. We ordered from the set lunch menu and it really wasn't anything special. My friend also found a hair in... More 

Thank Jinie3
Greater London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sticky table, slow service, small portions,hair in my napkin and massive fly. Not impressed, this is supposed to be a 5 star restaurant.

1 Thank Marwa456
Oxford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a mid week meal. Impressed with the decor but never came here before the refurbishment so unable to compare. It was also a very quiet night so lacked a bit of atmosphere but probably to be expected on a Monday. Stater was moules which were delicious. Perfect portion size. Others seemed to enjoy their starters too. Main... More 

1 Thank Julia_Scot
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a set menu lunch in this restaurant, but expected something more tasty and good looking from a 5* hotel restaurant. Maybe we've got what we paid for, it was a promotional offer, £15 for 3 courses lunch. The dishes did not look attractive and the quality was poor. As desert we have got strawberries in a bowl with... More 

1 Thank alienn002
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We had lunch here while waiting for our rooms to be ready. I had the minestrone soup and the truffled chicken sandwich. The soup was wonderful but the sandwich bread was too crunchy to enjoy and made eating difficult. Breakfast was a madhouse and at times we felt forgotten. The English breakfast was good and filling. We decided to not... More 

Thank laura g
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I note the recent critical reviews but our dinner, following a public lecture in Oxford, was just right. Pleasant and helpful service, well-cooked and presented food, good quality and reasonably-priced wines, all in a relaxed and warm atmosphere despite the autumnal chill outside and the high ceiling. It all suited the occasion beautifully and I've no criticism to make.

Thank Andrew M
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Although we had booked a table, and we told the barman this, we had to walk to the restaurant to fetch our own menus to be looking at while we had our (delicious) cocktails. Then one of us had to walk back to the restaurant to ask for someone to come and take out order while we finished our drinks.... More 

Thank Mlet123
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Have had a couple of amazing dinners here in the past so booked up for my husband's birthday with great anticipation. Sadly they have had a revamp and it's gone massively downhill. The first bad sign was a laminated menu as opposed to the previously daily typed one - so clearly no seasonal changes or daily specials. Then the food... 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$13 - US$38
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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?