The Randolph

Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire OX1 2LN
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About The Randolph

Among Oxford’s most renowned dining destinations, The Randolph Hotel’s eponymous restaurant is as popular with the locals as it is with residents of the five star hotel. Typically Oxfordian, complete with views of the city’s infamous spires and the Ashmolean Museum which stands just across the road, The Randolph is a traditional, attractively decorated restaurant with majestic mouldings, gilt framed portraits and roaring fireplaces all reminiscent of a grand baronial hall. The Randolph boasts two AA rosettes plus a wealth of other distinctions from those in the know, all earned not only thanks to the surroundings but for the exacting service and triumphant all-British cuisine. Post-dinner enjoy a drink in Morse’s Bar, named after the city’s most famous detective.

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Overall disappointing. We didn't expect a 5 star hotel to provide only a simple fixed menu for lunch with little option. service was ok but not great - wide waiter spilt wine every time he topped up the glasses and not much welcoming Bon homie from the restaurant manageress. Food ok without being at all exceptional - the salmon was nearly too dry to eat. The ambience and dining room is lovely and a shame the rest didn't reach those standards.

The Randolph in Oxford is very traditional - a bit too much so for me in fact, as I found the atmosphere a bit stuffy and staid. The food was also a bit disappointing - my starter of mackerel and lentil salad was quite nice but my main course of plaice was overcooked, as was my husband's partridge. The staff were very attentive but didn't always seem to know what they were doing. Overall it was a disappointing experience and definitely not good value for money, so I won't be going back.

After reading prior reviews my wife and I had high expectations for the Randolph in Oxford and we were disappointed. The room was impressive and the food was good but we were let down by the service. None of the staff ever made eye contact and we felt that all communication was distant. Not being guests of the hotel, paying by credit card was awkward and embarassing.

We had a fantastic dinner on a busy Saturday night at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford. The staff and service were faultless and the food was really excellent. Obviously one of the more expensive places to eat in Oxford but it was worth it. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

The service and ambience at The Randlolph is excellent. The dining room has a wonderful atmosphere and the staff extremely attentive. A word of warning if you are ordering steak as three of our party did. We asked for one rare, one well done and one very well done. When they arrived they all seemed the same (medium) which was disappointing. However, it did not spoil our evening. Would visit again.

My girlfriend and I had dinner on a Saturday night in August.

The staff were amazing, couldnt fault them at all. The food was lovely and I would recommend the cheese.

Only niggles for me were it was very quiet but thats my preference. Othere than that its very good.

My family and I visited Oxford on a Sunday and wanted a traditional Sunday lunch with all the trimmings. The MacDonald Randolph seemed like the perfect choice and it didn't disappoint. They have 2 or 3 course fixed menu Sunday lunch with a pretty good range of choices for starters, main and dessert. For mains, we chose roast beef, roast lamb and pork belly and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food. Service was very friendly, efficient and thoughtful. I will definitely go again. Recommended.

I haven't dined at the Randolph Hotel, Oxford, for ten years, but it remains one of the landmarks of the town. The decor is simulated old world with college crests on the walls. Service is efficient. The menu is traditional with starters such as ham hock terrine and main courses featuring braised lamb shoulder. These were all done admirably and in good portions. The pre-theatre menu represents good value although its opening time of 6.30pm makes the meal rather rushed for this purpose.

Did not disappoint. Very traditional - but that was what we wanted. However, the piped music, although at a low volume, seemed totally unnecessary.

Had lunch there. Starters and dessert were excellent, mains were not that great. I find that the level of service appalling though, they were not very well trained and not very attentive.

We ate lunch at The Randoplh in central Oxford, brilliantly located for the Ashmolean Museum, which we visited afterwards. The welcome, service and food were all good. As a coeliac I was offered gluten-free food for starter and main. I didn't want a dessert and this was fortunate as I don't think anything on the menu would have been gluten-free. The place was quiet and calm, which we prefer.The only thing we didn't like was a fusty smell in the dining room.

The randolph in Oxford was a very enjoyable venue to spend the evening in, with an excellent wine list and food to match. If you're looking for something slightly more special than average restaurant fayre (including slightly more special prices) then I would recommend this without hesitation.

We enjoyed our meal at The Randolph in Oxford. Good service and good food. With the offer it also wasn't bad value for money.

Great restauarant, great location and great food

Macdonald Randolph Oxford. - greeted by the concierge, entrusted to a friendly waitress who sat us down and gave us our menus. Very impressive start. Downhill after that. The food was average - the soup of the day was very orange, very thick and totally bland - even liberal amounts of salt and pepper could not bring it to life. The wine waiter forgot to attend. After the meal we order coffees. 20 mns later we ask for the bill. The coffees arrive! Lots of staff - little organisation.

Very smart surroundings, suitable for a special night out. Good value on the special offer.

Once again a great set menu in a wonderful venue! I always try to dine in the Randolph when I'm in Oxford. I am never disappointed.

Really friendly staff. Excellent food.

Excellent Service. Enjoyable venue and good food. Very reasonably priced with the special offer.

Fantastic setting in the centre of Oxford and a beautiful dining room with spacious seating and comfortable chairs. Food was wonderful, BUT service did leave a little to be desired. There were very few people in for Saturday lunch and there were plenty of waiting staff, but they were more interested in talking to each other than on making sure our water was topped up etc. That said, the set menu was good value and we had a great time celebrating a family birthday.