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The Opium Den

#148 of 469 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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George Street, Oxford OX1 2BQ, England
+44 1865 248680
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Serves a great hot pot, which can be tailored to your satisfaction. The rest of the food is great too- what you'd expect from any good Chinese (e.g Dim Sum and Roast pork) plus a few quirky options. Would definitely label this place as authentic- seems to appeal to a lot of Chinese students. Service is pretty good but my... More 

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Nottingham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

A simple review really - fancied a Chinese meal, was walking past and saw that it was busy, then was glad we did. We had a set menu with one ingredient tweak and everything was great. The red wine was decent too.

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Thank Mosymoo
Cirencester, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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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Thank Bourdain_ftw
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 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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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
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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?