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“Mediocre Food, Dirty Surroundings”
Review of Al-Shami

Al-Shami
Ranked #142 of 714 Restaurants in Oxford
Cuisines: Lebanese
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 25 June 2018

I was very disappointed by Al-Shami. It has a pretty good location and the staff are friendly but the food is (at best) very ordinary. The restaurant isn't particularly clean but worst of all, the loos are disgustingly filthy, and that was at the very beginning of the evening. I shall not be returning,

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Reviewed 23 June 2018

Had lunch here recently, and it was a great experience. The restaurant is situated on a charming curved corner between streets. We sat at a table by the window and watched life in Jericho going by, while eating the best Middle Eastern food. Dishes of cauliflower, spicy sausage, chicken livers, ground up nutty stuff, hummus, falafel, potatoes, and minced lamb, were all wonderfully fresh and full of flavour. Can’t beat this place. Service was helpful and attentive. Oxford’s best Lebanese by far.

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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

We’ve eaten here for years and love it, but our visit last night was not so good. The veg platter didn’t arrive at the start of the meal (maybe they’ve stopped doing it? If so that’s a shame as it was a major selling point for us), we waited 30 mins for our order to be taken, they forgot one of our items, and it was extremely hard to attract the attention of the waiting staff. Great food as ever but I’d hesitate to take someone new there at the moment.

Thank Nicole M
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

We really wanted to love this restaurant as we had only one dining experience in Oxford. The reviews were so good, but unfortunately our experience was not. It's a nice corner location, and we were given a huge complimentary fresh veggie plate--a great start! Looking around at other people's food, mostly locals, we were glad we came. We ordered chicken breast skewers. When they came they were greasy, tough and had no flavor. What a disappointment. Maybe it was just what we ordered, most people looked happy, however we won't be going back. Also parking was just awful. We circled around 5 or 6 times to find a space.

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Thank onthemove22
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

We have ordered 2 mixed grill as we asked the waiter how long max will take to be ready he said 15 minutes maximum.
We had to wait more than 50 minutes to get the mixed grill.
The restaurant was full and only 1 waiter was serving the whole restaurant. What a stingy owner leaving he’s restaurant on a Sunday night with one waiter and it was bank holiday weekend.

At the end when I was paying for my bill they tried to charge me £4.10 for service charge!!

Never going back there after the nightmare we had for the service at the restaurant!!

I don’t recommend anybody to go there!!!!

Thank Mokhtar B
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