About City Grocery
City Grocery has become a landmark in the Oxford dining scene. Exposed brick walls and heart pine plank floor augment the candle light and white linen staging some the most inventive and interesting food in the South. "Their (dishes) deft presentation is imaginative, skillful and disciplined, elevating them above qualification as regional and ethnic cuisine."
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
$31 to $50
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City Grocery Restaurant Group offers off-site catering through our catering division, The Main Event. We are a full service caterer offering complete event coordination, to include exceptional service, attention to detail and unique menu design to suit each of our clients. Specializing in weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversary dinners, corporate and university functions. Please call 662-234-9300 to book your next event.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine
City Grocery Ratings and Reviews
City Grocery is hands down the best plac ...
City Grocery is hands down the best place to eat in Oxford. The restaurant offers it all, ambiance, good food, great location on the square and we had the best waiter in the world.
If you had ONE restaurant to go to in Ox ...
If you had ONE restaurant to go to in Oxford ever in your life, make it City Grocery. Simply the best.
One of the best caesar salads I've ever ...
One of the best caesar salads I've ever had! They even had oysters as an option for an add on to the salad! Highly recommended restaurant!
We had a wonderful time. Food was fabulo ...
We had a wonderful time. Food was fabulous, service exceptional and atmosphere most congenial. We will return when next in Oxford.
We really think this place is special. T ...
We really think this place is special. The shrimp and grits are GREAT. we try and go there as often as we can. We live just about an hour away....worth the drive and a great bookstore is just down the street.
This was our first time to dine at City ...
This was our first time to dine at City Grocery. Although we had visited Oxford, MS many times we had not been able to dine here and really wanted to. City Grocery was everything we thought it would be. From the casual bar upstairs where we waited to be called, the polite bus boy, and the best waiter ever we were not disappointed. This dining experience rates with other great dining experiences that we've had in New York, New Orleans, and even Paris. We will be making another trip to Oxford and going to City Grocery!
A must On the square. Filet was amazing. ...
A must On the square. Filet was amazing. Will visit again next time we are in town. And just happened to have Morgan Freeman walk past our table ...
The service at City Grocery was wonderful and my food was very good. I did not find out until the next day that my mother's duck was very tough and difficult to chew. I feel if she would have let me or our waiter know, that another dish would have been brought to her. Our waiter was attentive and checked on us and our food regularly. Other than the duck, the food was delicious, including appetizers and desserts.
Best place on the square, and food was g ...
Best place on the square, and food was good, just not special. Consistently "good."
Went for an early lunch. Seated near the ...
Went for an early lunch. Seated near the street window facing the Square which was fun. Had the best shrimp and grits of my life. Excellent, friendly service. Will definitely return.
did sunday brunch. charcuterie plate was ...
did sunday brunch. charcuterie plate was great. probably a top 2 or 3 burger experience for me. wife went with an egg dish, loved most of it but the poached egg was more rubber than poach. still, a great experience for us both. we will be back.
Food was great! We had Shrimp & grits a ...
Food was great! We had Shrimp & grits and Herb Roasted Chicken. Both were outstanding. Great desserts, too.
Frequent diner at this place. A go to pl ...
Frequent diner at this place. A go to place for our family as well as most of my business dinners. Menu always fresh and changing with great mixture of fresh gourmet southern ingredients. One of my favorites.
Outstanding dining experience in every respect; definitely look forward to another opportunity to try additional items on the menu; strongly support the use of local foods.
3 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts, win ...
3 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts, wine and port, and all were outstanding!
Disappointed with food, service and noise level.
My shrimp and grits were over seasoned - too hot. My wife's fish was over cooked.
I was so excited to see this menu, but...
I was so excited to see this menu and had a hard time deciding what to choose. Then when the waiter told us about the specials I was even more excited. Then when my meal appeared, it had very little crab and a whole lot of corn! The corn was not even mentioned when we were told of the special. It was very disappointing!
My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary there. We have eaten at City Grocery many times over the years and have never been disappointed. The pickle and cheese appetizer was delicious. I ordered the mushroom carbonara and husband has the shrimp and grits (their signature dish). Both were wonderful. The restaurant can get very noisy. We hope to eat there again soon.
Usually one of my favorites but it was p ...
Usually one of my favorites but it was packed and it was noisy and service was impacted by the crowd. For some reason our table was the cut through for rhe staff and they were not very courteous.
We had high hopes for City Grocery, but we were disappointed. The food was not terrible, but at the prices they charge, it should be better. We went for brunch and there was nothing on the menu that interested me. It seems they are trying too hard to be creative and everything on the menu was just a bunch of crazy ingredients put together. I ordered the trout which is my favorite fish. It was paired with German potato salad which had a strong mustard flavor. The result was only tasting mustard and the trout tasting flavorless. My husband had an open faced sandwich with bread, bacon, egg and cheese. I tried some and it was too rich and had too much bread. I will say I am tired of restaurants that are trying so hard to be creative you cannot get a simple, well prepared meal. I do not recommend.
Great food and atmosphere
City Grocery is fine Southern dining in a cool atmosphere. Convenient, on the square, with a menu that's always changing but features the local ingredients and flavors. Something for everyone.
Food was great, service off
We are at every restaurant in this family on a trip to oxford and this was my least favorite. The food was fantastic but the service was rushed and the ambiance is crowded.
City Grocery will always be one of the b ...
City Grocery will always be one of the best. It was fantastic celebrating with family and friends there!
A long detour to Oxford for a mediocre meal...even the shrimp and grits were not worthy of the time and expense. However, the restaurant does have a well thought out and very fairly priced wine program that helped make the experience less than a total failure.
A little disappointing
We were referred to City Grocery by a local/friend. There were four of us dining and two out of four did not like our entree at all. The trout was outstanding! Pork Chop was HUGE and very juicy. Ask to have it cooked pink, we had to send ours back to cook a bit longer. It was cool on the inside. The wild mushroom pasta had 1 mushroom and no flavor. Lastly the butternut ravioli was chewy, dry and strangely spicy. It was very cozy seating so much that we were constantly bumped by passerby's and wait staff. Our waitress was polite, informative and attentive until they were unfortunately slammed with several large tables shortly after we arrived. She did apologize and we understood. I would dine here again, sit in a booth and order the trout.
I ordered the shrimp and grits because everyone in the state of Mississippi told me that is what you shoul get there, but it was so salty I didn't enjoy it. disappointed. No body's food was really great, but it is a cool place and service was really good.
This was our first and last visit to Cit ...
This was our first and last visit to City Grocery. I am a foodie from Nashville and I always like to find the best restaurants. I was very excited about trying it after reviews from Southern Living, Taste of the Town and Nashville Lifestyles. We had asked for a nice table in our reservation, but were told that the 2 tables by the window were already reserved. The experience just got worse from there. Our service was lackluster at best. Nothing was explained and we seemed to be an afterthought. My mom and I both ordered the shrimp and grits (since this was the recommended dish). I must say that I have never actually been in physical pain trying to eat something this spicy. It was by definition inedible and $27 a plate to boot. I have been to several James Beard awarded restaurants and I don't understand how this is possible at City Grocery!!!
The food here is great but the house is ...
The food here is great but the house is so busy that the service is overwhelmed. We did better eating at the bar, where we had captive service. Great place, but needs work.
We appreciated the advice I found here t ...
We appreciated the advice I found here to ask for a table at the window. The staff was able to fulfill my request and the people watching on the square was great! The staff also was great in accommodating our request to push our reservation back 30 minutes. The service once seated was not as good. Everyone from the person who filled our water glasses to our server seemed disinterested in us to the point of being cold. We had lunch at Soulshine Pizza the next day and had a great server (along with great food)! The restaurant also become loud enough that it was uncomfortable. It didn't help that we had a table of sorority girls behind us who were enjoying cocktails and convinced that they could speak loudly enough for their whole table to hear them over the ambient noise!
I thought the restaurant did an excellent job on what is usually a big gamble (dining out on Valentine's Night). The restaurant was completely packed, but the staff kept everything flowing really well. Food arrived quickly and was excellent. I highly recommend the shrimp n grits! Pass on the duck and dumplings though. Our waiter was very knowledgeable!
Don't try to turn your tables so fast
You never disappoint. From Food, Service, Ambiance but don't try to rush to many people thru in one night. I don't want to eat in one hour! That's not a dining experience that's cracker barrel.
Considered, thoughtful, interesting, excellent food in a non-fussy artsy environment. We live in a much bigger nearby city with lots of good restaurants, none of which have this special combination. When you want the best food but don't want a precious, stuffy, or dull environment, this is the place to go. It's definitely worth the trip.
Great lunch on the square
Very Southern eclectic! The waiter made wonderful suggestions and was not too pushy. He also did not just recommend the most expensive items on the menu. The place has charm and personality along with great food.
I did my research, and we chose City Grocery over the chef's other acclaimed restaurants. We were seated promptly, and we were not in a rush. Our table was in the window; this was fun to "people watch", it was a beautiful day on the square. We started with the Black Eye Pea & Country Ham Cakes, which eventually came out hot and delicious. After a while, another table was seated next to us, as were the patrons' overwhelmingly strong perfumes, the aroma was the downfall to our experience, unfortunately. When our entrees finally came out (about 45 minutes later), the steak sandwich was much more condiment than meat. My pork tenderloin sandwich was tasty, but the meat was hardly "pounded", it was a lump of meat which did not want to cooperate on the ciabetta roll. I finally gave up and finished my meal with knife and fork. It was flavorful, but no trace of hot sauce and it was nothing that I would order again. My side of fried brussel sprouts were mushy. I was disappointed, and I kept looking at the James Beard awards on the wall, thinking this is not worthy of such an honor. I hope the chef knows that his recipes have been compromised.
Wonderful Dinner - Thank you City Grocery.
Again, City Grocery lived up to its stellar reputation as an innovative purveyor of ambiance, fine dining and impeccable service. From the moment one walks in, the welcoming from the staff and the compete dining experience, a patron will no doubt embark on culinary journey that will be memorable to say the least. Our entrees were perfectly prepared and balanced. The wine selection paired perfectly. Our server was attentive and his enthusiasm of our selections heightened our excitement for being there. We look forward to returning to Oxford and City Grocery very soon. Thank you.
Tops in US
This is not just a great local restaurant - it's one of the best restaurants in America, even if you considered only the food. Add to that the cozy ambiance, impeccable service, and unparalleled location and you have an unforgettable experience.
We ordered a special appetizer which we ...
We ordered a special appetizer which we were told included five large Ruby Red Shrimp. The flavor was excellent, but we were both served 5 very small Shrimp, one of which was only a head - no body. The sauce was excellent and the sour dough toast points were crispy and very flavorful. The cream of celery was quite good and the City Salad delivered, too! Always delicious!
This is a meandering review so be patien ...
This is a meandering review so be patient. This was our first time to Oxford and we decided to try City Grocery. Downtown was busy on this cold Saturday night. I was surprised the restaurant didn't offer valet parking. I am disabled and I saw very view disabled spots, none near the restaurant. Fortunately we happened to nab a regular spot one block away. We arrived around 6:30pm and were seated at a table at the front of the restaurant. I'm glad we got this table as the place quickly filled and became very noisy. This was accompanied by a low bass thump I assumed was coming from an adjacent bar. Our waitress was o.k. but slightly inattentive or had too many tables to attend. I was a amused when she quaintly described bok choy as an Asian collard. I began my meal with the tamale appetizer. This was a severe disappointment. The two small tamales were about the size of a #2 pencil. And had about the same amount of flavor. They were extremely dry and cried for a sauce. My entree was the pork belly. It was served with a bread pudding and about a quarter of a single leaf of bok choy. The pork belly was tender with a nice taste from the soy orange glaze. The bread pudding was flavorless, textureless, and shared the same suffocating dryness of the tamales. My wife had the grilled medallions of teres major (think steak tips). She wasn't asked how she would like them prepared, and to my eye they were all over cooked. I sampled a piece and the house "sauce" was cloyingly thick. These were served with an adequate mash and broccoli. The saving grace of the meal was dessert. We had the cheesecake and the sweet corn panna cotta. Both were excellent but the mini popcorn balls should have been left off the one dish as they were inedible. The coffee was satisfying. Would I try City Grocery again? Perhaps. Would I recommend it? No.
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