Cafe Noir is the real thing. Unlike other so-called French restaurants, this one both looks and tastes authentic - it looks like it's straight out of ... More
Cafe Noir is the real thing. Unlike other so-called French restaurants, this one both looks and tastes authentic - it looks like it's straight out of a Goddard movie. Simple sophistication is the key here at this uncluttered restaurant. The pavement tables are ideal in summer and add to the French ambience. The food here is first class: the pork is a particular speciality of the chef and the wine is sold at a good price. The service is superb as well, making dinner here a delightful experience.
Whilst living & working in Headington since 2004. Cafe Noir was for me a place to get away from 'Headington'.
However, many things have changed since then.
Atmosphere,food and professional conduct attracted me to the Cafe Noir.
Staff used to be professional & their attention to detail was on par with some of the restaurants in London.
In fact, I distinctly remember being served by this American(?) waiter who even remembered how I took my latte,besides my other quirky habits/needs.
Unfortunately, after living abroad and revisting Oxford I wanted to return to this cosy,relaxed yet professional "Cafe"
I noticed that the place changed, dramatically!!!
Manager/waiter has no idea on how to communicate effectively on a professional level with their guests (no tact at all) and I've even witnessed a case of inappropriate verbal misconduct directly infront of their customers. I certainly didn't want to be on the receiving end of that verbal abuse and embarassment.
I no longer have my lattes or my Ciabatta sandwiches anymore(they don't do them).
Try the little cafe down the road..."Cafe Bonjour". At least it's quiet and the disapointments are less evasive. At least it's "What you see is what you get"
Plain and simple.
This is one of my favourite restaurants in Oxford because it has a warm homely atmosphere and the service is always good. I've been here with my boyfriend, with special girl friends and also with my family and enjoy the intimate surroundings plus great food.
I don't know if they do the jazz anymore but this was a plus in the past.
On my last visit they were serving some great Specials especially on the dessert front.
I'd recommend it wholeheartedly.
I found this cafe/restaurant charmingly European, which you can't say for much of Headington, or, indeed, Oxford. The staff are friendly, in a French way, and relaxed without being Starbucks. They are very child-friendly although not catering for children per se. Good, well presented coffees and liqueurs. This is the oldest cafe in Headington, if you don't count the greasy spoon in Smarts Fish Bar!
Cafe Noir epitopmises the word 'average'. The coffee is good, when you get it, the service is 'average' and the ciabattas greasy at best. Go here for the feeling of being outside the boring suburb that is Headington, leave disappointed and much lighter of wallet.
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