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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.

The dinning room in the Randolph is very nice. The food we were served was very well prepared, though for this standing we could have expected a bit more originality. We definitely recommend the place for special occasions!

The setting is suitably old worldly, the atmosphere relaxed and iwelcomong, the food tasty and well presented, the staff pleasant and friendly but the service, oh dear, slower than the 73 bus travelling down Oxford Street on the Saturday before Christmas!

The Randolph Hotel, Oxford. We took the pre theatre deal (two courses with a glass of wine for £18 per head). We booked for 7pm but arrived 20 mins early and were seated straight away. The staff were curteous and professional. The meal was served promptly, was well presented, hot and delicious. Then we sat next to Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox from the TV series Lewis in the bar. All in all an excellent experience.

The special offer at The Randolph in Oxford provided excellent value for money. The choice of meals and wine was enjoyed by all .Service was good

Great restaurant, great service.

Booked the Randolph in Oxford for post graduation meal with our daughter, at 5.30pm. (Pre Theatre offer) Staff were attentive and polite, room suited the University City, with antique pictures on walls. Food was well presented and tasted good, despite limited choice. Lamb was good. Wine also good quality. An enjoyable time after an eventful day!

We enjoyed our meal at the Randolph in Oxford-a beautiful dining room with historic decor (paintings of famous people, the coat of arms of the Oxford colleges).The food was of top quality, however the set menu was a little limited in choice-lamb, salmon or vegetarian pasta-they really out to have one more choice of poultry available.The service was on the whole good, however we had to repeat our requests for water and to pay a number of times, despite the place being not too busy.Still,nice time

The Randolph, Oxford, was really lovely and possibly the best sunday lunch I have had in a hotel. It was my mum's birthday so they did a happy birthday desert for her and kept some flowers in consierge until she could collect them. Special mention for Kelly who was especially lovely :-)

The Randolph hotel resturant in Oxford was amazing! Not all of us used the offer (£18 for 2 courses and a glass of wine) which is the pre-theatre menu as choice was quite limited, but all the food was of a very high standard. All 6 of us were impressed with the presentation and appearance of the food, and the quality was obvious. Impressive all round.

The RAndolph Hotel Oxford is a step back in time to days of family estates and gentlemen retiring to the drawing room. With majestic furniture and splendid food it was a lovely location for a special meal and we didn't feel limited by choice with the set menu but it was strange dining with no music, lacked atmosphere where a grand piano solo would have fitted in well. Lovely meal. Definitely recommend.

We had an amazing time last night. Food was fantastic and the service brilliant. The restaurant was half full when we sat down for the meal; 8.30pm. We had a drink in the bar before the meal and the waiters brought out the menus for us to review; all done without asking! When we decided to go through to the restaurant, the bar staff carried through our drinks; again without asking. I would highly recommend this place!

Our visit to the restaurant in the Randolph Hotel, Oxford (frequently featured in the Morse TV programmes) was a very pleasant experience. We had the pre theatre menu and, although the choice was limited, the food and service were excellent .The atmosphere was pleasant and relaxing.

We chose the £18.00 menu deal which was good value with very well cooked food. Personally I found the service rather offhand, apart from the maitre d who was extremely friendly. There seemed to be plenty of different people serving, but no one in particular dedicated to our table.

The room is very Scottish Baronial with high ceilings and a rather hushed atmosphere. Grand, but a little soulless.

Recently had a short break in Oxford and booked the 2 courses and wine for 18 quid deal at The Randolph. Glad we did, we had a great time, fantastic food, wine and service. I highly recommend!

Had a wonderful meal. Highly recommended.

We booked a table for six at the Randolf Hotel in Oxford on Saturday night and although we were on the "theatre menu" we were treated to a splendid meal. The meal was superb and beautifully presented with first class service. This is the second time we have dined at the Randolf and it won't be the last!

The Randolph is great for a leisurely Sunday lunch , time to chat and eat with good food (not outstanding) and pleasant service. large tables and a serene atmosphere add to the ambience.

Good meal - nice staff

Food good enough. Service attentive. Pleasant surroundings

had dinner on the 2 courses and glass of wine for £18. Dinner was very nice indeed, I had the mackerel, followed by lamb, my friend had the pear salad and the salmon. Both were cooked very well, and were very tasty. Service was relatively quick and attentive, and very friendly. The atmosphere was a bit too subdued I thought. When you feel like you have to whisper it might be overdoing the 'sedate' tone. I didn't have a glass of wine, diet coke instead and they charged: a bit mean

Dining at Oxford's Randolph Hotel is an experience. An experience where you discover that they really don't bring their A game to a Monday night. The food was fine, but food at the Randolph should be grand! The service was mostly great, but collapsed at the end. Considering the cost, the Randolph for tea would likely be a better bet.

The Randolph in Oxford is a beautiful restaurant. It has an elegant, old-fashioned decor, the food is delicious, but the biggest advantage is the the staff. The waiters are very attentive and smiles continuously - once you are there - they really do look after you.

The Randolph Restaurant in Oxford. Wonderful setting for a wonderful occasion! This was my graduation dinner and it did not dissappoint. The waiter Yu Chen had excellent product knowledge and helped us choose food. Dishes that are strongly recommended is the smoked salmon and also the potted crab for starters, and also the cote de boeuf for two for mains. Both are an excellent example of fine dining in Oxford, both courses being carved and served table side. Compliments to Yu Chen and Tom Birks!