OXO Tower Restaurant 22

Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street , London, SE1 9PH

SquareMeal Review of OXO Tower Restaurant

“Great place for the four Cs: celebrating, chilling, chatting and crowd-watching”, says a fan of the Oxo Tower’s restaurant – a perfectly located terrace venue on the eighth floor of the monolith, which still boasts “one of the best views in London”. The menu promises sophisticated dishes in the modern idiom, from seared peppered beef with smoked sweetcorn purée, tenderstem broccoli and roast asparagus to sea bream poached in vanilla anise accompanied by a stuffed courgette flower. To finish, why not share a cherry soufflé with vanilla ice cream and Black Forest gâteau. The wine list, from Harvey Nics, is a cracker (although you won't find many bargains) and afternoon tea also looks “very tempting” – no wonder fans say it’s “definitely a place to take a person you want to impress”.

OXO Tower Restaurant is recommended for

Glamorous | Quiet Conversation | Group Dining 8 Plus | Special Occasions Under 40S | Afternoon Tea | Outside Seating | Views | Waterside

Special offers

3 courses & a glass of champagne £39 per person

Available lunch Mon-Fri & dinner Sun-Fri (Sun 18:30 & from 21:00,Mon-Wed 18:00 & from 21:00,Thu 18:00 & from 22:00,Fri 18:00) until 25/05/2018,subject to availability.Dishes from a set menu & subject to change.Includes VAT,excludes service.

From: 23 February 2018

To: 25 May 2018

Max: 7

Afternoon tea £35 per person or £45 with a glass of Champagne

Afternoon tea £35 & with a glass of champagne £45 per person

From: 06 October 2017

To: 31 December 2019

Max: 0

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Blackfriars Tube Station 486m

Waterloo East Station 489m

Address

Address: Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street , London SE1 9PH

Area: South Bank Borough etc

Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-11pm (Sat 5.30pm- ) Sun 12N-3pm 6.30-10pm

Nearby Landmarks

OXO Tower 64m

Blackfriars Bridge 383m

Details

Telephone: 020 7803 3888

Website:

Cuisine: British

8.2

Food & Drink: 8.5

Service: 8.5

Atmosphere: 8.6

Value: 6.8

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Nina K. silver reviewer 13 June 2017

Oxo is definitely up there when it comes to impressive views of London. I took some American clients to Oxo for a dinner to impress them and show London off a bit. Although the views are amazing, availability and price is not as steep as and sparse as some other London restaurants in the area that also have a great view. The staff are courteous and friendly, if not a bit snobby. The service quick and efficient, if not a tad impersonal. The food and the views make up for this. The crab cocktail was light and fresh and perfect for a warm summer evening. The langoustines, fat and juicy. The fillet was of excellent quality with the rich, dark chocolate sauce a great addition. As always, I cannot complete a dinner out without chocolate and the chocolate plate totally impressed. Sweet, rich and decadent, this definitely will hit the spot for chocolate lovers. My clients were impressed, I was sated and we all went home with the romantic, hazy view still in the backs of our minds.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Lynne o. 08 August 2016

We enjoyed the most special of day, celebrating, chilling, chatting and crowd-watching but most of all making special memories to celebrate my daughter's completion of her nurse training. From the waiter guiding us with pre meal drinks and cocktails to the attentive waiting staff during the meal. Everything was perfect. The loss of half a star was that with 3 glasses of wine it would have been more sensible to have bought a bottle rather than just 3 individual glasses. The cherry on the cake was the 'congratulations on the plate' with a well sculpted dollop of ice cream and biscuit crumbs. A really nice touch and one which added to the pictures, memories and Social Media posting. All in all from the pink pepper gin and exciting cocktail (great guidance from the waiter) to the constant top up of tap water (free and environmentally friendly and much needed thanks to the London Summer) - this was a meal to remember. Truly a once in a lifetime celebration although hopefully to be repeated on other equally memorable occasions. That said the afternoon tea looked very tempting....just need an excuse now; maybe a be kind to myself afternoon? Would we recommend this restaurant? Bet you by golly wow, we certainly would!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Marc S. bronze reviewer 01 August 2016

Great food and atmosphere

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Nina K. silver reviewer 26 July 2016

One of the best views in London! The food was good, but very pricey. The service was efficient and friendly. Definitely a place to take a person you want to impress.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 0.0

Cullinary Kate silver reviewer 25 February 2013

After reading through the amazing reviews of this restaurant I am left wondering if there is another Oxo Tower I mistakenly went to. I was really excited to treat my boyfriend on his birthday to an amazing meal with beautiful views. The views are spectacular and I cannot argue with that but I am wondering if the chef working on the night had even taking cullinary lessons for beginners! The night started off with a polite waiter, he alerted us to the fact there was blue lighting and this would make any red meat look blue, I accepted this not realising that when my boyfriends Veal Carpaccio came out it looked like it died of Spanish Influenza is the 1900s. He was brave enough to give it a whirl although I did wonder how he would feel the next day (he was actually fine). I ordered the Lobster Tempura which was fine… if it hadnt been served in a tiny bowl with consume in the bottom. It was very difficult to cut without dunking it in the soup and making it soggy and also without the bowl tipping over. I was left wondering if the chef had attempted to eat this himself. Then to top it off a cold and white, frothy lobster salad on the side. What was that for? The components just didnt go together, It was like serving a seabass with a big mac on the side. For main I had Lamb three ways, which of course came out looking a nice shade of contaminated blue. The noisette was edible, sorry I have nothing more exciting to say about it, shephards crumble tasted awful and left me with a slight vomit taste and there was liver on the side that left a lot to be desired. My boyfriends duck was over cooked and tasteless which I never would have expected from a place like this. The dessert platter did go part way to salvaging a disappointing evening but when the bill came I was left with a pit in my stomach. I had paid something similar at Rhodes 24 a few weeks earlier for my Dads birthday and didnt begrudge a penny of it, but to pay £184 for 2 people and feel that I would have enjoyed a chinese takeway more left me with a very bitter taste. What's more is the waiter really didn't seem to care that I left half of what was on my plate, promised us a table at the bar but as soon as we had paid the bill and ridiculous service charge promptly told us there was no room. Maybe I was just there when they were having a bad evening but I wouldn't risk it again. I advise anyone looking for a memorable night with fantastic views and first class food to head to Rhodes 24.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

London Gourmet platinum reviewer 27 January 2013

Let's face it, without its location no-one would be be going there anyway (and hence report about it). Sure its massively overpriced for the average offering it has but than again the setting couldn't be much better than this (in particular during the summer if you can manage to sit outside)

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Simon M. 18 September 2012

Simply stunning. Pre dinner drinks consisted of world class gins, served by an exceedingly knowledgeable bar manager who was more than happy to pour tasters to sample. Wines are never cheap at the Oxo and some hidden gems do lurk in the wine list. You can forget the Romanee Conti at £15,000 – those days are over for the time being and forget the Meerlust at £65 ( I had the last of this particular beauty!). Food was fantastic and the dessert option of the “Waters of Life” which consists of 5 chocolate tasters plus 5 nips of single malt will finish of any meal. The only thing that let the evening down at all ( and it wasn't much of a let-down) was the table seating plan. If you are going to book a table at the Oxo Tower make sure you ask for one as far away from the bar as possible. The Oxo tower management now let people drink in the restaurant bar and if you are sitting near it (as we were) you get a constant din from the drinkers, not to mention a continuous stream of people shuffling past your table going to and from the loo. After a few hours it gets a little wearing. Don't worry about getting a table with a view – all the tables have a stunning view of the London skyline

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Hala A. 26 November 2011

We had lunch at Oxo restaurant and we were really disappointed by the experience. The food was really regular in comparison to the price they charge. 2 course menu cost more than 45 pounds per person not including drinks, then you expect to eat like in any other good gastro restaurant. However, we were surprised by starters and by mains. You can eat better than those in any other restaurant for no more than 30 pounds per person. We thought, we will enjoy the views, well marketed on the website, however the architectural features of the building do not let you enjoy the view if you sit inside in certain tables.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Pat S. 18 August 2010

My wife and I had lunch in the Oxo Tower Restaurant today with dear friends from Scotland. The food was really excellent, the wine lovely and the service friendly and helpful. All in all, we had a memorable afternoon. We have been there 3-4 times before and always enjoyed the food and service. It is not cheap but the prices are reasonable and worth it for the quality. Super.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

georgina l. 17 July 2010

My boyfriend took there for my birthday a few weeks ago I found the whole experience fantastic and the atmosphere was great, the lights were dim but not so dark that you couldnt see anything it was nice romantic and chilled but it was very nice as it was 9.00pm. I had the honey roast duck…(or it could of been lamb I forgot) with jersy royals and it came with mango. At first I thought yuk mango but when the dinner arrived it was fantastic I actually ate everything on my plate the way the food was presented on the plate looked nice also not that somebody had just slammed it down it looked like care and effort was made and the view of the thames was amazing even though I am scared of heights. The staff were polite and didnt pester constantly like in other restaurants I have been to were they are always asking every two seconds are you ok. Whilst waiting for your food you are offered fresh bread to eat which it was so fresh it was warm but it was lovely. I found the experience fantastic and would love to go there again. I cost my partner around £110 for two meals with two cocktails, even thou that isnt cheap the quality of food and service justifies that.

Special offers

3 courses & a glass of champagne £39 per person

From: 23 February 2018

To: 25 May 2018

Max: 7

Afternoon tea £35 per person or £45 with a glass of Champagne

From: 06 October 2017

To: 31 December 2019

Max: 0