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£6 - £20
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Bar, British
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1.6 miles from Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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Reviewed 18 February 2024 via mobile

Such a warm and friendly welcome to two strangers in town. Superb speedy service from moment we walked in to this cosy bar/restaurant. Gorgeous cocktails even better with happy hour discount. Food menu would suit anyone but the burgers appeared to be popular. My husband...got the pork schnitzel and said it was better than one he’d had in Vienna! All cooked to perfection. Extremely reasonable price mains with drinks and a dessert under £90. Book it you won’t be disappointed!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024

The food was good and good value with four choices on the specials board but the service was very slow. We waited 15 minutes before our order was taken and another 15 minutes after asking for our bill, 12.5% was added to the bill and...whilst we have no objection to tipping on this occasion it was unjustified.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 December 2023 via mobile

Just a lovely way to end the day. The food, the staff and the live music were all fabulous. It has a cozy atmosphere with a great staff with an attention to detail. The food and drinks are delicious. I wish I lived in the...area so I could make it my go to place!!!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 14 September 2023 via mobile

Start to finish, you can tell it’s ran by professional caring people, Rob and his team are incredible, attentive, and so nice to have people actually genuinely care. Very nice experience not mentioning the music quality, it’s not your average pub band screaming Sooo recommend...this amazing place 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023

Nice spot of breakfast with friendly staff. 10% service charge slapped on at the end, I think the prices of the food are more than enough without it. It’s not America.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 31 August 2023

We both had the sirloin steak everything was cooked to perfection and the service was so lovely. The music was lovely to hear while eating, the peppercorn sauce was the best we had ever tried. We will be coming bk and we have already recommend...it to friendsMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2023 via mobile

Joe's is always great. Simple. Staff are VERY attentive + clearly all very happy to work there. Quick service even when it's busy. Amazing decor, very snazzy place to be with a good, easy-going/relaxed atmosphere. The owners are clearly very passionate + the high quality...of food has never been sacrificed. This is the type of place where you could 'just get a coffee' on your own - or you could easily take a whole clan of people to get a full rack of ribs. I had a good laugh reading the bad reviews - how much do people expect to pay for good food in Oxford 🤣🤣🤣 Surely you'd rather have price increases, instead of the food quality / portion sizes decrease - and you can't afford it, well you didn't have to order it! 🤣🤣🤣More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 11 August 2023

The fact this place is so well thought of reminds me how poorly Oxford is served for reasonably priced, tasty lunch places. Joe’s is neither. Astonished at the raise in prices since my last visit, I opted for the all-day breakfast and what a mistake....Sausages obviously cheap and the made me wince; small serving of bacon that tasted like plastic; rock hard black pudding & hash browns; rubbery egg. The toast sitting alongside this mess on the plate looked embarrassed to be there. Also worth mentioning the music - loud and intrusive. My bill came to over £20, a bonkers price for such a poorly cooked breakfast, assembled from basic ingredients that tasted supermarket-bought. Just awful.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Rob Messiou, Owner at Joe's Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2023

Dear Philip, Thankyou for your illuminating review. You've been rumbled, however, as a serial one-star reviewer ( Branca, Brew, Travelodge and more ). It seems you've made a career out of damaging reputations by writing undeserved and poor reviews. I could draw your attention to...More

Reviewed 8 August 2023

Joe’s never disappoints! We’ve been coming here for some years following our daughter being resident in Oxford Uni. The food is always delicious, the drinks and cocktails are fantastic and the staff are attentive and helpful. We keep meaning to try other eateries in Summertown...but always end up at Joe’s - highly recommend this cosy restaurant - superb!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Rob Messiou, Owner at Joe's Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2023

Dear M2786, Thanks for your very kind review and comments - so pleased that you enjoyed your experience at Joe's. We always show reviews to our staff, a great morale booster for their hard work! We look forward to seeing you again soon, Warm Regards...More

Reviewed 27 July 2023

This restaurant is brilliant. Mother had the fried brie, and I had the vegetable curry, then we had lemon posset. The food was ample and well-cooked, and the staff were kind. We love coming here, and I now view the restaurant as one of my...safe spaces. Well done, and lots of love to you all xxxx :)More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Rob Messiou, Owner at Joe's Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2023

Dear Hugemack, Wow, what a lovely review! Great to hear you enjoyed the curry and the lemon posset - these are both new additions to our menu. We look forward to serving you again soon, With Kind Regards Rob ( The owner )

Reviewed 2 July 2023

Lovely staff. Excellent smoothie and pastry. Husband had smashed avo and eggs and said it was perfect.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Rob Messiou, Owner at Joe's Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2023

Dear "Blimp" Thanks from all of us for taking the time to write a review. Your comments are hugely appreciated, and serve as a reward to our staff for their efforts. Hope we see you again soon, Rob ( The owner )

Reviewed 26 March 2023

Lovely restaurant with good food and the best staff in oxford organised by a very professional general managerMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Rob Messiou, Owner at Joe's Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2023

Dear robHu Many, many thanks for writing a review and your kind comments. Acknowledging the efforts of the staff is very much appreciated. We aim to give an all-round great experience in every way. You're always welcome back at Joe's! With Warm regards Rob (...More

Reviewed 3 February 2023 via mobile

The staff were very friendly and attentive. The food took a little while to arrive (it was a particularly busy day), but it was definitely worth the wait- absolutely delicious! A lovely atmosphere here and would recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Rob Messiou, Owner at Joe's Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2023

Dear Travel281 Your review and comments are very much appreciated, and your feedback is noted. We aim to deliver orders in good time, and we ( mostly ) achieve that. Apologies if that took a little longer the usual. Great to hear you enjoyed the...More

Reviewed 7 December 2022 via mobile

Excellent Fish n’ Chips ( part of their Wednesday menu) Let down by an undercooked Bread N’Butter pudding. Otherwise nice place, but do turn down the music from the kitchen, does get in the way of the music from the restaurant !More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Rob Messiou, Owner at Joe's Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2023

Dear Chris P. Many thanks for your review and feedback. Firstly, apologies regarding the pudding - we usually recommend this as the best bread and butter pudding around. Point taken regarding music from the kitchen - this has now been addressed and will no longer...More

Reviewed 25 November 2022

The service in Joes is always excellent, but recently they have launched a new menu. It's the best they've ever had. I had the belly of Pork, it was cooked and presented perfectly. Give Joes a try you won't be dis-appointed.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Rob Messiou, Owner at Joe's Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2023

Dear 6184, That's great to hear! And thanks so much for your recommendation to our readers. Hope we see you again soon, Best Wishes Rob ( The owner )

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Hi, There is on-street parking in the slip road opposite the restaurant, 30 mins max until 6pm, after that, it's free all evening. There is a public car park further along the road from the restaurant on the same side... More
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Joe's Bar & Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4