We"ve married French Bistro with North Mississippi Cafe resulting in the Bubba Brasserie cuisine. The Big Bad Smokehouse pulls double duty creating the items for our charcuterie program and choucroute garni gets a second chance with collards and pickled peaches. Raw oysters arrive daily from all over the country adding a unique touch to the glass tiled oysterbar that anchors our lower dining room. Top shelf whiskies, an extensive glass wine program, and innovative cocktails round out an inviting and cozy bar setting likened to an "English Hunt Club."
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Private Party Facilities:
Enjoy an intimate dining experience at our Chef"s Tasting Table. We offer seated dining from 8-32 guests, and cocktail parties to a maximum of 50 guests. Allow our chef to create a truly unique menu ranging from family style service, plated, or buffet. Ideal for rehearsal dinners, corporate or university events.
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Snackbar Ratings and Reviews
This was a neat spot and not what you wo ...
This was a neat spot and not what you would expect when you go inside. I will go again however it didn't knock my socks off but that may be because of what i ordered. The french fry appetizer dish with garlic aioli is very good.
Hit or miss these days
We have dined here many times and was our favorite for quite some time. While the menu is interesting the flavors are just not there these days. It is a moderately expensive place and the food is now only fair. For some reason City Grocery and Snackbar are never good at the same time. When they periodically change the menus one of them is really good and the other disappointing. Maybe it is done on purpose.
Didn't Live Up To Our Expectations
We have eaten at several of the restaurants in this Oxford chain, and have always been really pleased, so we were expecting the same with Snack Bar. Sadly, this wasn't this case. The food was fine, but nothing special, and there was about a 35 min. wait between when we ordered and when the food arrived. The lobster Mac-n-cheese had exactly two pieces of lobster in it, and the bearnaise sauce for the steak was lukewarm. Our waitress was training someone, and whether it was due to this or something else, the service was very slow. We probably won't be back!
Excellent oysters from the raw bar start ...
Excellent oysters from the raw bar started off our meal followed by fresh fish fixed with interesting spices. Our waitress was attentive and tried to make any special requests we made happen! Especially enjoyed the hand crafted cocktails! Delicious!
Nice Place! Good for Gluten Intolerant folks.
I went with a group of three people. I had the Steak Frites cooked medium rare. Everything was done to perfection. We took a woman who is gluten intolerant. She had the fish and the rice dish and the waiter indicated that she could have the dish without getting the gluten.
good cocktails (not too sweet). My wife had the stuffed trout (terrific) and I had the drum with ginger chutney (rich, warm flavor). Service was friendly and attentive, but not overbearing (I hate that). Apple turnovers for dessert (incredible). French coffee. I look forward to returning and trying something new.
Not So Special Occasion
Snack Bar in Oxford, Ms has long been a favorite spot : great food,innovative specials and personable and accomplished waitstaff ....but missed the mark this Valentines weekend.
Reservations, as expected, were a must, and we saw a bunch of walk-ins turned away; nonetheless it seemed clear that both the trout and the reservation list were stuffed for this evening....Our waitress was pleasant but seemed spread thin in her effort to serve her tables...and the food, which is usually fine, was poorly cooked in what must have been the hustle to keep the plates moving. For example, a side of braised brussel sprouts seemed not cooked at all as demonstrated by the hard little boogers flying across the table if any attempt made to stab or cut.
....It's not unreasonable for a popular restaurant to try to set another place at the table for special nights, but that effort falls flat when food and service suffer, and the manager should know better than to "pack 'em in"....It's not fair to waitstaff, kitchen staff and patrons who expect better from the good folks at the Snack Bar.
Cozy and delicious
Snackbar provides excellent French bistro cuisine with a Mississippi twist. The feel of the restaurant is cozy and warm, especially pleasant for late Fall and early Winter hunting season dining. The wait staff is well trained, personable and do not intrude, yet provide timely service without asking. If you like John Currence's flagship restaurant, City Grocery, you will also love Snackbar for its interesting, delicious and creative menu in a less formal atmosphere. Oxford is fortunate to have Snackbar among an impressive list of great restaurants to which to dine. My only criticism, as minor as it is, is the hope for a more delectable wine list to pair with the tantalizing food.
Worth traveling for
Last night I dined with a group of five colleagues at Snackbar. We had a remarkable evening. I have such fond memories of Snackbar from when I lived in Oxford, and I was excited to introduce friends from work to the food and the experience. The head chef, Vish greeted us when we walked in, and it set the tone for a lovely evening. The food is a creative mix of New Orleans, South Indian, and French fare. I will be dreaming about the yogurt-glazed salmon for weeks. The salmon, lentils, and green beans were flavorful and cooked perfectly. The fries, as usual, did not disappoint, and the table agreed the oysters were fresh and mild. Everything was just delicious.
Our server provided the best service I've had in years. He was patient, attentive, bright, humorous, and kind. I noted that my draft beer landed a few inches from the top of the glass. He acknowledged my whining, and on the second beer, joked that he didn't leave room for cream and sugar. He then completed the extraordinary task of attributing each item to its owner, and brought our checks in about three minutes. I'm still flummoxed as to how he calculated this. We were prepared to split the bill by 6, but we really appreciate the time and effort he spent.
Snackbar is such a special place. It's perfect for a romantic evening, but it also has a large community bar that makes it fun for groups. If you are in Oxford, Snackbar should be priority.
Perfect Birthday Dinner
Our group of eight had a wonderful late night dinner. The service is always great, the drinks are the best in Oxford and the food was perfect. I have been here many times and have never had a bad experience. The Snackbar has a lot of charm and is one of my all time favorite spots for a night out with friends.
Keeping going back
Every time I'm in Oxford I must go to dinner at snack bar and this time I got to introduce my husband to the restaurant and he fell in love. The setting is cozy and the food is cooked perfectly with the flavored of the food coming through from simplistic and superb techniques.
Great food, small portions.
Had dinner here with my wife, service excellent, menu varied and outstanding. Portions small, great for us but if you're really hungry or have a huge appetite you may not get filled up. Pricey but well worth it-expect to pay $40 per person (with no wine). Five stars from me.
inventive southern cuisine
Everything we tried here was excellent, starting with fresh raw oysters. They do a nice mix of new versions of southern classics. We had, for instance, fried catfish but with Indian spices like garam masala that gave it a whole new taste. The panna cotta dessert was ridiculously good too.
Limited wine list but pretty good overall
Had a pretty good meal in Oxford at Snackbar on a busy saturday night. Overall a good restaurant with a well thought out menu. Server was attentive and food arrived on time and was all in our party was happy with the selections. Great cocktail menu but felt the wine list was limited to only several selections per category but priced very reasonably. The only complaint we had was that the restaurant was uncomfortably hot inside especially around the bar area where we sat. Otherwise a very good dining experience.
A must try in Oxford
We visit Oxford once or twice a year and always try to fit in a visit to Snackbar! It is a casual, fun setting with some of the best food you can get anywhere. Great seafood and charcuterie. The food is generally on the spicy side in deference to the Chef's NewOrleans roots but not too spicy for most. Servers are always friendly and helpful and service is well paced.
A Rare Find
Heard about this place while reading through the list of James Beard nominees. A friend of mine in New Orleans had been nominated as well. I have family who work in Oxford and were familiar with the City Grocery group of restaurants. So, we decided to give SnackBar a try. I wouldn't really consider it a snack bar. Ha. From the outside, I was not impressed. It's in a random shopping center just out of downtown Oxford. However, the interior was quite nice. A small space. But, they've done a lot with what they have. The bar takes up a good portion of the restaurant, which makes it a little noisy in the booth area. Our server was wonderful. She was very attentive and appropriately talkative. The food selections were pretty good and diverse. I tried a bite of each of the four dishes we ordered. Most everything was really yummy. Nice flavors and well put together. I would just suggest a little more seasoning for the small plate of okra, tomato, egg casserole. It was a bit bland. The chocolate banana bread pudding with peanut butter ice cream was amazing! A must have. We arrived for an early dinner with plenty of open table, however, the place really filled up by the time we left. I definitely want to try the other restaurants part of this group.
First time and we'll be back
We've tried several of the restaurants owned by the same chef here in Oxford, but the Snack Bar is our new favorite. Went from Happy Hour in the bar with several creative cocktail choices to a wonderful meal; Scallops for one and steak for the other. Both prepared perfectly. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They honored our reservation request for a quiet table, out of the way in a booth in the back.
In summary, another great restaurant in Oxford with a menu with lots of choices.
Long since been best in town, keeps getting better
We enjoy all of John Currence's restaurants in Oxford, but Snackbar is the best of the best. It looks like a hole in the wall in a strip center, but it is actually quite attractive inside, and serving only dinner it pairs nicely with Currence's now-iconic Big Bad Breakfast next door, which serves only breakfast and lunch. The menu changes several times a year and is easily the most imaginative cuisine we have found in Mississippi: they have regular nightly specials, which is Cioppino on weekends and is an amazing dish, as well as off-menu specials, which this Saturday was a seared rainbow trout with all sort of goodies that I do not recall, but do remember it was delicious. Two persons in our group had the seared scallops that were perfectly cooked and wonderfully spiced; I had the Mississippi paella, which was standard paella except with local shrimp and in-house made chorizo...exceptional! The four of us also shared a dozen of the most incredible blue point oysters, also a must-have side order of Parmesan truffle fries, and a delicious light key lime mousse for dessert. Good reasonably priced wine choices and flawless service. Total bill for four with a bottle of wine and 7 mixed drinks was right at $300, and very well worth every penny!
Snackbar - Oxford at its best
Snackbar, despite its name, is a fine dining restaurant by chef John Currence and is located next door to his breakfast and lunch place, Big Bad Breakfast in a little strip mall. Reservations are highly recommended. The reception is always nice; the lower dining area is warm wood with deer and duck taxidermy mounts on the walls. There is a variety of seating with banquettes and tables and there is a small oyster bar there.
The upper level has a fun community table where you can meet other diners next to the nice wood bar. There are large booths in the upper area as well, featuring interesting photographs.
The service is usually good, although some staff are more attentive than others and they are all generally busy.
The cocktails are original and classically inspired. The wine list covers the usual ground and is adequate. The bar prides itself, for good reason, on the best drinks in town.
Fresh oysters are offered daily and according to my wife, they are always great and they usually have 3 offerings from around the country. Of course, the Gulf oysters are the best!
The menu changes frequently and most nights there is a rotating special. We're never disappointed with everything from the fish entrees to the duck croque monsieur sandwich.
For a great Oxford experience, hit the Snackbar, then head to the Square to stroll or maybe have a drink upstairs at the City Grocery bar.
Our favorite restaurant in Oxford
When my wife and I first started visiting this small intimate restaurant on North Lamar we felt like we had found an uncovered gem. Not long after it seemed like many other dinning enthusiasts discovered the fine food that we enjoyed. Very reasonable prices for the quality of food served. Great bar, great service, great atmosphere. At least one visit try the shredded duck sandwich, you will not be disappointed. Of the many great restaurants in the City of Oxford this is our favorite.
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