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OXO Tower Restaurant (Restaurant)

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OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank & Bankside, London, SE1 9PH
Cuisine: British
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OXO Tower Restaurant Review

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As I walked round the imposing concrete towers on the banks of the River Thames, to be greeted by two huge bouncers guarding the lift doors, it felt more like stepping into some gritty London gangster film than dinner at the OXO Tower. The lift doors opened out onto a stunning vista, the lights of the City spread out beneath us. This is what makes the Tower a destination restaurant, and the main reason it has maintained its popularity for quite so long. There can’t be many tables in the Mean Streets of the City that offer quite so spectacular a backdrop to a meal.

This was clearly a widely held opinion. Admittedly, it was a Friday night, but the place was bustling with The Usual Suspects, with live music coming from the rammed cocktail bar clearly a draw. We might be in the midst of a recession, but this particular venue must be making a killing...
 
However, there’s nothing worse than style and no substance, and there’s a very real risk of complacency in a venue that already boasts a massive selling point before the food even arrives. It would have to be a pretty arresting plate of food to rival the view from the huge glass walls.
 
Thankfully, when the food arrived, the dishes looked stunning. The grilled octopus managed to achieve a pleasing fatty squidginess, yet maintain its lovely charcoal crispy edge. It was clearly the star of the show, yet the myriad of extra ingredients that hustled for attention on the plate was a little overwhelming. There is a LOT going on here – the chef is obviously of the ‘seek simplicity, and distrust it’ school of thought.
 
As bone-crunching carnivores, we ordered two very meat-heavy main courses, and neither disappointed. The 10oz 28-day hung steak was just as gratuitous as it sounds, and the harissa spiced lamb rump must have been exceptional because conversation took a nose dive, save for some appreciative murmurs. This certainly isn’t a place that many leave hungry. But suffer for our art we must, which is what I reminded myself as I tucked into half a cow.
 
Special mention has to go to our suave and knowledgeable sommelier whose wine recommendation went hand-in-hand with every course we had. The price tags might be almost as high as the restaurant itself, but the selection we sampled sure was delicious.
 
So, the only thing better than a really good meal is a meal eaten eight floors up. If someone offers to take you up the OXO Tower, well, it'd be criminal not to oblige.
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Customer Reviews for OXO Tower Restaurant

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“This is truly the best food i've had in ages, i've been everywhere around the world and this place is the best. The food was amazing with some wonderful spices. I loved it here and its a must. The restaurant has amazing views and i love eating and listening to jazz.”
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maria gerardo, london (10 years 22 days ago)

“I only have been there once with my husband and that was a week ago. And i only can say something lovely-posh-simple. I just loved it....!!!”
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Michelle, London (10 years 8 days ago)

“Amazing amazing amazing!”
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Nicola Gandhi, london (10 years 25 days ago)

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“The food at the Oxo Tower restaurant is amazing and the service is excellent. Had a brilliant night in the bar after the meal - you have to try the cocktails. The whole experience was very cosmopolitan!!”
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Amy Earl, Dulwich (10 years 27 days ago)

“Lunched at Oxo Tower with friends two months ago, the food was excellent and very impressed with the service, very friendly whilst remaining professional. Great day out.”
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Rose Bakry, Edgware (10 years 1 months 9 days ago)

“I went to the Oxo Tower for my year anniversary with my boyfriend and we had a fantastic time! The food was divine, the staff were exquisite and the view from our table added the final touch. Definitely a great place for a special occasion.”
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Nicola Smith, London (10 years 2 months 13 days ago)

“Been to Oxo once and can't wait to take my partner there - great place to visit.”
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Sharon Ball, Bush Hill Park (10 years 3 months 17 days ago)

“Had lunch with my partner yesterday in the Brasserie. The menu is fab, wanted everything and the service second to none. Can't wait for my next Visit. Thank you Oxo!”
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Jass Phelan, London (10 years 7 months 6 days ago)

“Food excellent, views breathtaking... specially today (sunshine), Service mmmmm forgot our drinks!! forgot our side dish. Besides that great place to impress your partner or friends. ”
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Hitesh Patel, Riddlesdown (11 years 9 months 12 days ago)

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  • Cuisine Type: British
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: Harvey Nichols

OXO Tower Restaurant Food & Drinks

OXO Tower Restaurant Food Menu

The OXO Tower Restaurant is known amongst Londoners and tourists, influencers and consumers as the place to visit to enjoy classic British dishes, innovative cocktails, fine wines and indulgent afternoon teas accompanied by spectacular views over London.

Updated 11/11/2017

OXO Tower Restaurant Drinks Menu

The impressive wine list at Oxo Tower Restaurant includes 800 different varieties.

Updated 11/11/2017

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OXO Tower Restaurant Hire Details

All of the OXO venues are avaiable for private events, please contact Oxo directly on 0207 803 3888 for more information on hiring.

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