The Oak Bistro

4.7
324 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
Set in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Cambridge, The Oak Bistro specialises in classic British food in a relaxed yet sophisticated bistro setting. In the daytime, it’s ideal for business lunches, meeting friends or even lunching on your own with a newspaper; in the evenings, customers flock for a romantic dinners a deux, dinner parties with friends and special occasions. The Oak Bistro is a firm favourite that’s already won the hearts of local foodies and visitors to Cambridge; the team are passionate about quality food, and service that will please the most discerning diner. There are two dining rooms: one, with comfortable banquette seating, dark wood and exposed brickwork, has a relaxed ambience; the second is more elegant , and features paintings by Cambridge artist Nicholas Juett. If the weather’s on your side, there’s also a delightful walled garden – perfect for summer days and nights.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Lunch Mon - Sat: 12:00pm - 14:45pm,
Dinner Mon - Thursday 18:00pm - 21:30pm
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Phone number
01223 323361
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Wine
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DA
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

1 hour and a half to bring the food !!! We arrived 15 minutes late and ot was the revenge...

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DD
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great cosy restaurant with excellent service. Blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

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LH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with knowledgeable staff who were helpful and attentive. Great wine list, delicious food on varied menu where everything appealed and amazing puddings.

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MS
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really great evening at the Open History. The welcome was really good, the food delicious and the ambience just perfect. I will definitely go again. We had a great evening.

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JM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderfully attentive staff with a good range of crowd-pleasing menu options. The lamb in particular was very good.
Also helpful to offer half bottles of wine.

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PD
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I run a fine dining club and this is the second time we have visited The Oak Bistro. They are absolute fabulous!

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VB
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from Josh. Food superb. Very clean, comfortable surroundings. Great variety of drinks. We didn't sit in the garden but it looked beautiful.

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful Mediterranean-style garden - perfect for outdoor eating in the summer. Excellent food. Lovely staff.

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NP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a lovely little place, I went there for my birthday lunch with my mother and sat in the courtyard.
Nice food for a reasonable price.

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k
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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AR
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, very good location and very good price.
Unfortunately the portions size, especially for the starters is way too small.

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RF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my first choice in Cambridge Restaurants. There are few really inspiring places to go in this city and Philip Newman one of the owners personally selects the wines for the list and knows them well.
A pleasure

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JH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely table in courtyard, perfect weather. Excellent fish. Service great

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

the location is very good, and the service is good.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was lovely, and the setting of the courtyard was ideal on a sunny day.

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GW
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really lovely meal in nice surroundings with excellent service

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p
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Cambridge and I saw a recommendation fro this restaurant in Rick Steve's England book. I'm so glad we decided to go. I had a delicious beef wellington and my husband had a sirloin steak. We ate outside in a beautiful courtyard with heaters for cool weather. The service was friendly and efficient. I would definitely go back to enjoy this place again.

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t
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely relaxed environment and sitting outside is best if weather permits. Food and service very good.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited for a pre-theatre lunch, it was our second visit and as the weather was good wanted somewhere we could eat outside. We remembered it was good from the last visit but we were wrong it was better than good, this place is outstanding, the welcome, the service, the food, the drink, everything was exceptional.

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CR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I went for the set menu for lunch. The food was really nice and the price is great.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and imaginative menu and beautifully prepared food.

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S
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent evening, and delicious food and wine. Staff was very kind and attentive. Thanks so much!

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ND
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have enjoyed eating at the Oak for many years. Essential to book ahead normally, but sometimes we are lucky and can eat there at short notice. We usually eat in evenings and the welcome and the service are always first class. The food is great, but their carefully managed wine list is a delight, every one a winner.

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DR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch to celebrate a big anniversary with close friends. On a lovely sunny day we were able to eat outside in the garden which was great and lifted the spirits! Friendly and efficient service added to the relaxed atmosphere; the food was brilliant (very generous and beautifully cooked portions of hake for the mains stood out), and the fizz and wine (from a great list) made the whole event memorable. Thanks to all at the Oak Bistro and we will definitely be back!

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OG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nous avons été accueillis de façon vraiment très chaleureuse.
Les plats proposés sont suffisamment variés pour que tout le monde y trouve son bonheur, avec tout de même pas mal d'originalité. Nous avions pris en entrée une bisque de homard (très goûteuse), une salade chèvre-betterave (très fraîche et délicieuse) et des gnocchis au pesto de roquette (très bon). Pour les plats principaux, nous avions pris le saumon en croute, le risotto aux champignons et les côtes d'agneau. Là encore, tout était très bon avec un petit bémol pour le risotto qui était chaud tout juste.
Le rythme du service était correct même si le restaurant était bondé.
L'impression d'amabilité chaleureuse perçue dès notre arrivée ne s'est pas démentie tout au long du repas et quelque soit les intervenants.
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We were warmly greeted when arriving at this restaurant. The food was really good with a wide variety of dishes and an innovative touch. The service was efficient and as warm as the welcome. We recommend !

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KS
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and delicious food. Great service. Definitely come back.

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JL
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have lived in the area since 1991, and within walking distance for the last 9 years, and yet had never been to the Oak Bistro before, perhaps because the location on a road junction is slightly unprepossessing. Don't let that put you off! The interior is extremely pleasant, the service warm and friendly without intruding, and the food and wine delicious. We will go again.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service! Extremely friendly staff! Cosy ambiance. Very good food with interesting ideas (like the gnocchi with tasty roquette pesto, tomatoes and lemon zest)

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F
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food with excellent service in a comfortable atmosphere.

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely Saturday lunch with adult (and near adult) children.

I've eaten lunch here more than a few times over the past couple of years and have always enjoyed the meal. Normally it has been the set lunch which is absolutely excellent value for money in Cambridge.

If you are there in warmer months there is a lovely patio as an alternative to the inside tables.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely find. Friendly and efficient service, delicious food and wine surrounded by some lovely art work. Will definitely go again.

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VT
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time dining in Cambridge. Superb food and warm, friendly staff. Cozy ambiance.

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TS
London
15 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our first visit to the Oak Bistro and after reading reviews we were looking forward to it.
The outside is deceiving as the restaurant is a lot bigger then it seems. the dinning areas were a quite 'roomy' which did add to the atmosphere.
the staff were all very polite and friendly.
the food was good and the menu was varied. time between courses was about right.
All in all a very enjoyable dinning evening, will go again and recommend to others.

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CD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our evening at The Oaks Bistro. The service and the food were really good and the location of the restaurant was ideal for us.

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A
London
63 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found a warm atmosphere, excellent cooking, good wine list and attentive service - what more can a neighbourhood restaurant be asked for?

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SC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great experience, lovely venue with awesome staff. All the food was great and the wine was very tasty, all very good considering the modest pricing (not cheap but worth paying for). I would highly recommend this to anyone for dates, special occasion or just a nice classy meal.

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K
Newcastle
33 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. Good wine and attentive service. Highly recommended.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having walked past this place for several years and never managing to get around to actually go, I was pleasantly surprised to find the covered court yard garden and the spacious back room, so it is actually quite a large restaurant, although it looks so small from the outside.
The food did not disappear either; me and my friend both had the 3 course daily special menu, where all the dishes were excellent. Beautifully presented and tasty and felt that this represented excellent value.
The service was both efficient and professional and friendly. High quality cuisine, with fresh ingredients in Cambridge and not part of a chain.....

I will definitely be back!

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t
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there with my friends. All factor; foods, service, and atmosphere were excellent! I would recommend my friend to use this restaurant.

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B
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First Class excellent food and service. Many thanks...

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