The Oak Bistro

4.8
318 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Wine
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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 30 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Outstanding

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 9 July 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 9 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 14 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 8 May 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Excellent service and imaginative menu and beautifully prepared food.

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 20 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 20 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 16 March 2018

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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5.0Dined on 1 March 2018

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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5.0Dined on 1 February 2018

Good food with excellent service in a comfortable atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on 25 November 2017

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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5.0Dined on 7 November 2017

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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5.0Dined on 12 October 2017

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

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4.0Dined on 14 September 2017

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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4.0Dined on 14 September 2017

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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5.0Dined on 13 September 2017

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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5.0Dined on 1 September 2017

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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5.0Dined on 21 August 2017

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

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5.0Dined on 15 August 2017

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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5.0Dined on 5 August 2017

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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5.0Dined on 4 August 2017

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

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4.0Dined on 12 July 2017

we often go to the Oak Bistro and always enjoy the great food and the relaxed atmosphere

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5.0Dined on 21 June 2017

Usual excellent standard good value and very busy as usual

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4.0Dined on 7 June 2017

As with our previous visits, the meals were of a high quality and well presented. The only unfortunate thing this time was that the adjacent table appeared to be having a competition as to who could talk/shout/scream/laugh the loudest - totally inconsiderate of others.

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5.0Dined on 19 April 2017

Excellent food and excellent service would definitely recommend this bistro as a must place to visit.

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2017

This is my favourite restaurant in Cambridge - it never dusappoints.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2017

Return visit to this lovely bistro. Excellent food made with quality ingredients. Very friendly and attentive staff who take time to chat and get to know you. This will always be a favorite haunt.

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