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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
City Grocery Ratings and Reviews
We caught City Grocery on a crazy night- ...
We caught City Grocery on a crazy night-Sat night before Sunday bid day. Had a reservation but still had to wait. The food was worth it. I think the wait staff may have been exhausted from the diners ahead of us because everything was just a small step off. Probably to be expected on that kind of night. Food was really great. We started with the cheese plate and it was super great. Good variety and beautiful presentation. For entrees, I had the redfish with risotto, another in our group had the hangar steak. Both were well prepared and full of flavor. Love the atmosphere, too. Obviously bustling on the night we were there but it managed to be charming, too. Definitely be back if we're ever in Oxford again. Really great spot!!!
Although dinner wasn't bad, it certainly ...
Although dinner wasn't bad, it certainly did not live up to expectations. Our shrimp appetizer was tasty, charred and just enough spice but there were only four rather smallish shrimp. My wife's pork chop was cooked perfectly and pretty good. The biggest disappointment was the special of the night, the NY strip steak. It was pale in color, even underneath the sauce, and very thin and tough. The problem was not the preparation, it was the cut of meat. When it was served, it looked like a fish fillet. Also, they did not share the price, one of my pet peeves. When I asked, they said $35, making it the most expensive dish on the menu. I've had better steaks for half the price.
The service was fine and the ambience nice. I really can't recommend it for a fine dining experience though.
We enjoyed a very exceptional meal! The ...
We enjoyed a very exceptional meal! The staff was incredible and the food was divine! The staff went the extra mile to ensure my niece's 21st birthday was unforgettable. Everything was so delicious! We could not eat enough of the spicy corn muffins, the ceviche was unbelievable, and each of our entrees were top notch! The pastry chef did an fabulous job on the red velvet birthday cake! It was all perfect! Our server Jennifer was such a gem! She really made the evening very special and lots of fun!! Thank you all!! We will definitely be back!
We had made reservations here because we ...
We had made reservations here because we had heard it was so wonderful & so may people we talked to said it was hard to get in…. The place was only half full, of course it was during the Ole Miss game but lucky for us since it made it quick to get our food. We tried the steak special, it was amazing & also the fish was so good too. I would certainly go back as the place is very neat & service & food excellent.
It was my second visit to City Grocery. ...
It was my second visit to City Grocery. I am a Chef Currence's admirer and now that I have family in Oxford, it will always be a stop, even though this time there were a few hiccups. The corn muffins served pre-dinner were hard and cold, even though we were there with an early reservation. Loved the Brussel sprout appetizer, very flavorful. Had the trout, not hot but still enjoyed it and the fingerling potato salad; cole slaw just so so. I have been a food writer for a newspaper and have always praised John. He writes about sweet tea and I tried it along with 2 martinis, all good. Service was friendly. Check $60 plus tip, reasonable for upscale restaurant. I'll be back.
We had another exceptional lunch at City ...
We had another exceptional lunch at City Grocery thanks to our longtime favorite wait person Jennifer: she knows the menu, she knows our preferences, she has a great sense of humor, she is very efficient, and on this particular occasion she helped by tweaking a couple of items to accommodate my wife's new low-FODMAP diet as a result of IBS. Don't get me wrong: it is not just Jennifer because the ingredients are always very fresh and the preparations imaginative, but Jennifer made this work for us without it seeming any extra effort at all. We both had the pompano, which is a beautiful white fish with a lot of flavor that was very simply cooked; mine was atop the hoppin' John and turmeric cauliflower as listed, while my wife's was over frites. We were both quite pleased and agreed that the pompano was near the top of our all-time fish favorites. We began by splitting a City Salad, always good, always fresh, then also had the roasted eggplant with shaved Parmesan and basil (on the menu it also has a homemade Marinara that my wife could not have and which was not really needed) which was a delicious starter. We enjoyed a very reasonable bottle of Solane' Valpolicella Ripasso with our meal and then cappucinos and espressos afterward. Our tab before tip was under $100 for a superior dining experience.
Was excited to try this highly recommend ...
Was excited to try this highly recommended gem but unfortunately chose the worst weekend possible. With that said, I do fault the manager for throwing an inexperienced young server to the wolves on one of the busiest weekends (UGA/Ole Miss game) in Sept. Though the waiter was super nice, he was absolutely clueless about the food, beers on tap, and wine selections. He literally would say, "I don't know" when we asked basic questions like, "What beer do you have on tap?" or "What's the best dish at City Grocery?"...the food was subpar at best. They actually got hushpuppies and beignets confused? Not sure why this place is ranked to high...and worst of all they were out of EVERYTHING including muffelatas. Seriously? You're out of your signature sandwich? WTH? Not worth the price or hassle....
We went for Sunday brunch following a ho ...
We went for Sunday brunch following a home football game on Saturday. It was just what we needed before our drive back to Birmingham. I had the monte cristo, and it was delicious. The service was spot on as well.
We had an exciting Friday before Saturda ...
We had an exciting Friday before Saturday football lunch. Even though the restaurant was packed, our waitress was calm and patient. The Bloody Mary's to start the meal were delicious. We needed to add another guest at the last minute, and they accommodated us cheerfully. We all had salads with either fried oysters or chicken ... All were delicious. The excitement, the tradition, the food cannot be beat!
We very much enjoyed our lunch at City G ...
We very much enjoyed our lunch at City Grocery. We requested a table in the window since it was my husband's birthday and it was just perfect! Also, our daughter has celiac disease and must eat gluten-free. We were so very pleased with the delicious options available for her. We all enjoyed it very much!
I had high expectations going in. It was ...
I had high expectations going in. It was a fine restaurant - from the service to the drinks and food - but nothing wowed me. Maybe stick to the regular items on the menu rather than the specials and don't waste time ordering dessert. I'd suggest BBB or Snackbar if you are looking for higher quality food and drink.
The food and service were both fabulous. ...
The food and service were both fabulous. Pan Seared Mississippi Redfish and Fried Trout were both delicious and the Ceviche appetizer was a perfect way to start our meal. Our servers were friendly and courteous even though they were very busy. It was a great experience and we will definitely be back!
My experience at City Grocery has always ...
My experience at City Grocery has always been wonderful. My last visit was no different. The chef was incredibly accommodating to my food allergies--gluten and dairy--and the waiter was attentive when we needed him to be. Everyone in my party loved their meal (I cleaned my plate), and we are looking forward to going back again!
Have eaten at City Grocery many times. T ...
Have eaten at City Grocery many times. The food is always excellent. It wasn't this time. My flank steak was butchered incorrectly, under cooked, and seasoned terribly. All I tasted was over whelming smoked paprika. My wife ordered the special, a Cajun pasta, that was much spicer than advertised and lacked very much crawfish which was the main ingredient. Although our server was very polite, he was nearly non-existent. Hope they can get things turned around. I expect more from Oxfords most famed restaurant.
Phenomenal! My wife and I like to try a ...
Phenomenal! My wife and I like to try a bunch of items and dine in courses enjoying each item individually with our wine and conversation. Our waiter gladly conformed to our wish of ordering in courses and the kitchen staff came through with splitting the individual items for us. The kitchen...WOW! Can't say enough...Great food! Thank you very much!
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