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The Opium Den

#140 of 460 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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George Street, Oxford OX1 2BQ, England
+44 1865 248680
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Cirencester, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came in here Friday before Christmas as Oxford was quiet si thought they may have room. Had set menu A for 2. Not had a proper Chinese in years. This is in a different league to our local takeaways. We thought about the mixed starter, we're glad we didn't have it. Good food cooked well and enormous portions. Exactly... More 

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Thank Jennie P
Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

My favorite Chinese restaurant!! Eaten there many times and place is always busy. Food is fantastic and very tasty. Good choice of vegetarian dishes as I'm vegetarian. Friendly and professional staff.

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Thank lindamorton299
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93 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Approx £25 per head for hotpot. Great variety of foods, and there is a condiment corner at the back of the restaurant where you can mix your own sauce (they have garlic, spring onion, chilli, another hot sauce, BBQ sauce, peanut sauce, sesame sauce, soy sauce, Chinese vinegar, and more). The hotpots were separated in two, with a normal broth... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We ate here as we had been many years ago. It was quite full even quite early in the evening. The choice of food is not like you typical takeaway there being a much wider and different choice. We chose one of the set menus so we could sample a choice of dishes. All the food was really tasty and... More 

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Thank Suzanne J
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138 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

First impressions to this Chinese restaurant is its name, Opium Den, which is easily linked with the Opium War or called Anglo-Chinese War during 1839-1842. But of course, this restaurant opened in 1977, and bare no any connection with that war, just a name. Perhaps on the purpose to attract more customers, especially those who are from China. The location... More 

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Scotland
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

To give you an immediate idea- the food and atmosphere had been so good we ate there twice during our stay in Oxford. We were given a choice of seats to sit at as a couple, which was a nice start. The menus contain pictures of some of the meals which helps as a guide for many other wide selections.... More 

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Thank pampamScotland
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Was planning a great night out and thought this place sounded interesting. Imaging the horror when i found that it served food- not what it advertised in its title!! I had to make do with a shisha around the corner in the lebanese. Oh for the Limehouse or Penang experience. Can't rate the food as didn't eat, but it was... More 

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Thank Virgil H
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

My partner and I came a few years ago and it is now our favourite place to go for Chinese food. We love the dim sum especially, but it's all great! No complaints!

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Thank MMLYW
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

My wife and I used to visit this place 15 or so years ago and found it to be a very decent Chinese restaurant with a good atmosphere. As a vegetarian I found there tofu and bean curd dishes both imaginative and tasty. Visiting it this week we couldn't believe the difference. The food was completely tasteless, with the tofu... More 

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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Went with five friends on Friday evening for an impromptu visit and wasn't expecting great things having seem some of the reviews. I was pleasantly surprised. The service was helpful and friendly. One of our party was vegetarian and there was a great variety for her. The rest of us had the set meal at £22 a head which wasn't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: George Street, Oxford OX1 2BQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 248680

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?