Where to Eat in Oxford: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Florencio Paulino

Oxford is a city in northwestern Butler County, Ohio, United States, in the southwestern portion of the state. It lies in Oxford Township, originally called the College Township. The population was 21,371 at the 2010 census. This college town was founded as a home for Miami University. In 2014, Oxford was rated by Forbes as the "Best College Town" in the United States, based on a high percentage of students per capita and part-time jobs, and a low occurrence of brain-drain.
Things to do in Oxford

1. Patterson's Cafe

103 W Spring St, Oxford, OH 45056-1768 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 513-523-0770
Excellent
58%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 161 reviews

Patterson's Cafe

located in the Stewart Square; 103 W. Spring StOxford, OH 45056; (513) 523-0770

Reviewed By ThisTimeIsDifferent - Ocean City, Maryland

Outstanding service by Laura highlighted an overall delicious meal of generous omelets, fluffy pancakes with real maple syrup, average hash browns and bacon, satisfying oatmeal, and a very fresh and wonderful yogurt parfait with blueberries/banana/granola. The restaurant filled up very quickly around 9am and we were very lucky to arrive just ahead of the crowd to be seated at a nice booth facing the street view. Our server Laura moved at the speed of light and was overly attentive even though she was working hard to keep up with all the tables and orders. We enjoyed her constant smile and friendly attitude. In our opinion, Patterson's has set the bar high for other restaurants in town with a nicely decorated and clean establishment that succeeds in delivering high quality food in generous portions.

2. Graeter's Ice Cream

29 W High St, Oxford, OH 45056-1710 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 513-273-2000
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 33 reviews

Graeter's Ice Cream

Handcrafted for Five Generations Since 1870. Louis and Regina Graeter started handcrafting Graeter's Ice Cream in 1870. Today, generations later, we proudly remain family owned and operated. This is made possible thanks to you, our legion of loyal fans. For a century and a half, Graeter's has remained steadfast in our commitment to making ice cream in 2 gallon French Pots one batch at a time.

Reviewed By Bob S

A well known local treat founded in Cincy. Oxford is fortunate to have its own store. They offer all that you can expect from a real ice cream store. They also have seasonal flavors offered each month.

The place gets crowded at peak times but they do a good job keeping the line moving. There is seating inside & they generally have a dispenser filled with cold water too.

3. Kofenya

38 W High St, Oxford, OH 45056-1762 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 513-523-2195
Excellent
56%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Reviewed By Nann H

Excellent coffee, ice tea and fruit smoothies. Lots of seating indoors, plush sofas and chairs in addition to tables. Outside seating also. Inside make sure to look up. The ceiling is gorgeous. Although painted black you can see the craftmsnship detail in the molding and plaster sculpted ceiling.

4. The Doughnut Shoppe

120 S Locust St, Oxford, OH 45056-1717 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible +1 513-523-6901
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

The Doughnut Shoppe

Reviewed By sleepy2l - Hamilton, Ohio

Little hole-in-the-wall = Big selection! All kinds and flavors of doughnuts, cookies and muffins can be found here. My only complaint is too much icing on the chocolate yeast doughnuts.
I had previously found this place closed most of the times I tried to visit around mid-morning, but now it seems to be open more hours. The staff could not be friendlier, especially the older man (owner?). This could become my bad habit when visiting Oxford!

5. Mac & Joe's

21 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056-1817 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 +1 513-523-8018
Excellent
42%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 124 reviews

Mac & Joe's

Oxford's oldest bar/restaurant established 1946. 10 oz. chargilled burger menu, chicken wings, subs, salads. 12 taps, pitchers of beer, large selection of local craft beer

Reviewed By jeffsm5111 - Ohio

This friendly bar has been open since 1946. It's far from fancy, but they serve reasonably priced beer with lots of local brewery options on draft. Their hamburgers are the best in town. The menu is not deep, but there are sandwiches, salads, tacos, etc., and everything we've tried has been well prepared.

6. Starbucks

19 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056-1817 +1 513-523-7200
Excellent
14%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By deben44 - Oxford, Ohio

Well, nobody who knows Starbucks needs to hear what they serve, because the menu doesn't vary much from place to place. The people who serve it are trained to be as efficient and polite as they know how to be, and here they get the job done well enough. What differs is the location. It's an easy walk from campus, from the city building, and other stores up and down High St., so there's no lack of customers. But there is a decided lack of space. The few people who get there early enough to find a table usually sit one-to-a-table with their ear buds and laptops, oblivious to the world around them. The tables are small and close together, And there aren't many of them. A couple more tables outside are nice, on a nice day. And that's it. Most people will have to do carry out, and luckily that seems to suit most people just fine. I've sometimes wished I could sit there and enjoy a coffee, but except for one occasion, that just wasn't possible.

7. Paesano's Pasta House

808 S Campus Ave, Oxford, OH 45056-2410 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +1 513-524-9100
Excellent
47%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 103 reviews

Paesano's Pasta House

Reviewed By William S

Our party of five ate here on a Friday night. recently. The restaurant does not accept reservations, but perhaps because we came after 8:00 pm, there was a table immediately available. Our server was pleasant and informative, describing dishes in detail and offering us samples of several wines we thought might work with our meals. The food was outstanding and the prices quite reasonable. The only reason I do not give five stars is the restaurant's small size and no reservation policy that makes going there a bit of a crap shoot. We will return--but late!

8. Spring Street Treats

321 W Spring St, Oxford, OH 45056-1755 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available, Television, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating Fast Food, American Late Night, Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 +1 513-839-8021
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Spring Street Treats

Oxford's Hometown sort serve and snack shop! We have a park like atmosphere where you can eat and play outside with family and friends.

Reviewed By Cherie H - Tokyo

After driving past many times, we finally stopped in for some dessert last night. What a fun little place! Games for both adults and kids in the yard, delicious ice cream treats (the Reese's one is #1 for a reason), and very helpful and friendly staff.

9. Fiesta Charra

25 W High St, Oxford, OH 45056-1710 Delivery, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 513-524-3114
Excellent
52%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 106 reviews

Fiesta Charra

Fiesta Charra has been serving authentic mexican cuisine to the City of Oxford and its visitors since July of 2002! We have a huge menu with many dishes, drinks, and desserts. We have a bar with drink specials from Monday to Thursday from 11am-9pm. Walk-ins and call aheads are welcome. If you don't feel like leaving your house, no problem! Just call us up and place an order and we will deliver hot, delicious food right to your door. Delivery hours are every day from open to 30 minutes before close. We also accept MU bucks.

Reviewed By DLewis_10 - Jackson, Wyoming

Stop in and enjoy a great Mexican food.. So good...This place is the best place for Mexican food...Served by and run by a great group of guys that do the cooking and the serving...The salsa and chips served at the beginning was totally wonderful...I ordered the hot and spicy burrito... Oh so good....Whatever it is from the a la carte or the entre you been eanting...You will love it....Stop in and check it out...Order ahead and pick it up.

10. Bagel and Deli

119 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056-1992 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Delivery, Seating American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 513-523-2131
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Bagel and Deli

Reviewed By IslandTime78 - Oxford, Ohio

Oxford staple. Bagel sandwiches. Steamed. Takes a while. Call in your order. More options than you can shake a stick at. Perfect for lunch. Sit outside. People watch. Bowler's Bagel. Yum.

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