oh my god… I want to eat calzone that makes you convulse with joy!!!
22 reviews of Cafe Coco in English
A disappointing experience. I hadn't been to Coco since I had stopped working further up the Cowley Road, and that was a loong while ago, so I decided to try again with a few friends. The place hasn't changed inside, which is fine, but the food definitely has. Nothing that came to our table was better than average (good pizzas here, what a laugh! Obviously frozen dough...) and mine was positively below average. I asked for a Vegetarian Tian which came with a piece of ciabatta that had been toasted to cinders, totally inedible, even impossible to cut. When I reported it to the waitress she came back a minute later saying that the goat cheese was supposed to be grilled.. hey? Who mentioned goat cheese?? Anyway, much later the Tian eventually returned and much reduced in size too. It was obvious that the kitchen had removed the piece of cheese that I had cut and simply put the rest on a smaller piece of bread. It was so evident that my fellow diners commented on how it had shrunk in the process. Totally unforgivably poor service. The coffee was good so I give them the extra star for this, the atmosphere is no doubt good, as for the food, forget it.
Coco is a great place for an evening drink or meal. Laid out in a slightly sprawling but very relaxed way, there is a fair amount of space and wherever you are you feel like you're in a good part of the restaurant. The service is very good, the waiters very friendly, and the selection good. The price isn't bad either, considering what you get - and there are some good deals to be had.
Some of the best pizza and cocktails in Oxford and a great place to visit after the Clapham Picturehouse. Friendly staff and a fun atmosphere. This is a great place to have dinner and warm up drinks before hitting the bars of Cowley road!
This happens to be one of our favourite restaurants in the area. The decor is appealing to the eye, has a great atmosphere and the staff are always helpful!!
They do great cocktails (Mojito's especially), and are well well priced at around £5.50 a pop. Theres a selection of bottled beers, wine and champagne to be quaffed too.
The menu is well priced, with Pizzas being the main selection,and they are damn tasty!! The pizza types are very varied, with some being completely different to the normal run of the mill pizza. Again well priced at around the £7 mark. Theres also a selection of other food types to be had, such as pasta's, fish and various salads. They had a very good selection of food sorts for vegetarians as well!!
For 3 of us, sipping cocktails and having pizza's to eat, the bill came to £52. Not nad at all, so if you are in the area, pop in and enjoy the atmosphere and sample some tasty food!!
Just randomly dropped in here after a cinematic experience at the Ultimate Picturehouse up the road.
Quite an odd decor and statues of naked ladies makes interesting viewing there is also a ice cube system that drops them into a bath with a naked man in it!!!!
Anyway having spent 2 days in Oxford this was my last stop before the train home and what a great place, this wd possibly the best spaghetti bolagnaise I have ever had, a lovely rich sauce and perfect pasta and served in about 2 mins from ordering.
Nice cocktails here also and in the pear and cinnamon desert is on the specials board it’s certainly worth a try. I am not sure if this place gets busy but on this Saturday night it seemed quite quiet.
The place may be just out of reach if you are in Oxford hightower street but I would recommend you take the 3-4 mind walk, it’s a nice stroll over the rive anyway.
Good value and very tasty food
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Without a doubt, I agree with the other reviews….the pizza’s are well worth the visit! Even on a budget there will be something to suit you! The decor is something to see in itself and the atmosphere is comfortable. Quite a “cool” place to be sitting!
Coco’s is one of those places that manages to hit all the right marks; it looks good, the atmosphere is great and food is amazing.
So maybe in our recessed times the latter mark is most noteworthy but this really isn’t to say you’re paying for less, a good size pizza (and there’s a huge selection) is just £6 and a bloody fine Full English just £4.50.
Also check out their cocktails - the staff know what they’re doing, and if you’ve got any space left in that well served belly go for the Waffles with Ice Cream.
Other than that just bask in fine dining and watch out for the obscurities that adorn the place; a topless masked mannequin and a clown in a bathtub? Well it’s something to talk about…
The good ratings are a bit of a surprise and I wonder how this bodes for the new drum opened next to the station. I’ve hardly ever met anyone who likes this place. I went there with two chums and we all ordered different things and everything was dreadful. Service at the bar was slow and sullen and it was incredibly noisy. I’ve tried one or two of the other places nearby and they’re much better.
I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this yet. I’m not the world’s biggest pizza fan, but even I can’t resist the pizzas here. The prices are reasonable - similar to places like Zizzis, and they taste better in my opinion. Why people still go to places like Dominoes, I do not know! If Cafe Coco did home delivery, they’d be the pizza kings of Oxford. The most surprisingly part of the yumminesss is actually the pizza base. Normally I see that just as a sort of edible plate for all the good stuff, but here it actually tastes really good in itself. No idea why - you’ll just have to try it for yourself!
I’ve not been here as a bar, but it’s a popular 30-something or rich student hangout. It’s not cheap, but it’s not unreasonable and would probably make a great evening out combined with a meal there. I agree with what the other reviewers say, though - save your hunger up because the meals are really filling!
Coco’s is part of a bigger chain owned by the Clinton group. Clinton’s bars and restaurants have a unique style to them because it’s Clinton’s style. If you live in Oxford you’ll have probably visited his other sites the newly converted Oxford Organic Burger Company and the Kazbar (right next door).
Having said all that Coco’s is an excellent bar/restaurant. They do good quality cocktails served to you by people that have actually had some training. The decor is (as mentioned above) funky chic and the food is inoffensive and quite pleasant if you want a quick bite after you cocktails. The wine menu isn’t all that bad, but it has been picked to offer a price point for everyone rather then on the quality of the wine.
A great place to go to catch up. It has atmosphere great drinks and isn’t going to cost you the world.
When I lived in Oxford as a student, I remember distinctly couldn’t afford to go out to Cafe Coco for drinks unless it was some big occasion or treat. However, now that I’m back, I think it’s a gem of a place with good value meals and drinks, funky decor and lovely staff. Either the management changed in the intervening years, or my willingness and ability to eat out increased since I’ve been earning money. Probably a little of both. Anyway, this is a lovely, funky bar, where you can sit most of the day with a coffee and a pastry and a novel, or have drinks with the girls before heading up to Brookes to party, or enjoy a full-blown family meal. Why don’t they have more branches in Oxford, and a few in London wouldn’t go amiss either!
bit pretentious as tends to be frequented by Oxford students with more money than sense. Had a job here while at uni and didnt last long! great freshly ground coffees tho and the pastries are home made and wonderful. Quite exoensive but gets away with it as it isrightnear town.
Cafe Coco reliably delivers tasty food and well made drinks, yet the atmosphere is generally very relaxed. Even when they’re busy, you still feel very relaxed rather than hectic -- maybe it’s the clown in the claw-footed tub behind the bar?
Quite surprised i haven’t review Cafe Coco in Oxford yet! This was a regular stomping ground for me (and i’m sure it still is for student living on Cowley road). At one point, i’m pretty sure 4 of my mates were working here. Never managed to blag any free pizza though! Speaking of the pizza, it’s fantastic. Probably the best on Cowley road. Try the Calzone, and like Elliot Castro says, “try not to convulse with joy”.
Such a unique little place on the Cowley Road (of course!). The decor makes the place stand out with its art deco use of mannequins and even an old foot iron bath. What is better though is the fact that you can eat here for £6 per pizza (an anniversary year offer but it always seems to be their anniversary year!) and the food is generously portioned and topped, so you end up with a fully loaded pizza with plenty of cheese and a full belly!
Perfect place to go for dinner before going for one of the bars on Cowley Road and it won’t break the bank, meal for two for under £20…great!
Little gem on the Cowley Road. Really friendly staff and best value pizza I’ve found in Oxford. Went with my young daughter and despite being nearly full the staff were charming and helpful in every way. Treat yourself to a cocktail from their long list or stick to the best cappo in town if you’ve got to get back to work!
Try the seared salmon salad - de-lish. And finish with their home-made banoffee pie. It’s worth it, trust me.
Fabulously located at The Plain end of the Cowley Road in a beautiful conservation area.
The exterior and interior are totally fabulous, and the food and cocktails an absolute delight!
Fantastic pizza bases - made just like you WISH you knew how to make them!
A full menu for a happy stomach!
It is a lovely place to sit and idle away the hours on a sunny afternoon, with beautiful dim lighting and candles in the evening - one of those places you get stuck into conversation in a big way.
There is also a naked man in a bath - don’t let it put you off - he’s just looking after your ice cubes for you!
Having moved away from oxford 8 months ago Cafe Coco is the restaurant I miss the most.
Last time I went if you ordered 2 pizzas they were £6 each, so just go with an even number of friends and your fine, or have the “Joey special” (2 pizza’s).
So much to choose from. I recommend the prawn as they are just delicious! Another favourite is the fried breakfast pizza which comes complete with sausage egg and black pudding! Me and my friends would usually order a load and chop and share because its too hard to order just one.
The also serve burgers and other dishes. I once ventured for a cous cous salad sausage varitety dish, which was delicious but became instantly jealous at my friends’ pizzas.
And yes, to agree with Elliot- the Belgian Waffles are HEAVEN
Go hungry, the pizzas are very filling and you will leave the restaurant upset if you know you left a slice, or a tiny crumb, of their divine pizza.
I’m hungry now. Trip to Oxford anyone?
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