The Oak Bistro

4.5
342 reviews
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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.
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Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Booked a table for two at 7.30pm. Initially the service was good. We were brought table water, bottle of wine and a plate of 4 small pieces of bread with a dip fairly quickly. The starter arrived just over an hour later with one visit from the waiter to say that it would be two minutes when in fact it was 15 minutes.

There was another wait of some 20 minutes for the main course and when my partner ordered a dessert. the waiter brought two complimentary glasses of wine. I would have preferred to be given the option of a reduction on the bill which totalled £102.

There was a group of 8 at the next table in a small room so inevitably the noise level was high.

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T
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service and excellent food! Definetly recommend!

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PD
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked online following excellent reviews, we were not disappointed, we both choose the Beef Wellington which was cooked to perfection, the service was excellent, although we only had a glass of wine my wife was advised to try a English white wine which was a really pleasant surprise. To summarise a really pleasant experience with friendly knowledgeable staff.

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K
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice foods but service can be improve. The toffee cake was really delicious.

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RM
Bedfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food and drink were amazing let down tremendously by the staff who great you fine but then ignore you all evening. No offer of a second drink, long waits in between courses. Long wait for the bill then again to pay. If they treat people like that I’m surprised they have repeat business or maybe it’s because we weren’t regulars that we got treated so poorly, a lot to learn in the tentative area here. Credit given to the barman for his amazing cocktails and kitchen for there amazing food = absolute perfection.... such a shame I won’t go back because of the front of house staff...

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TA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It has several years since we last visited the Oak ( have been living abroad ) but it still is , in our opinion , the best place to eat in Cambridge . Our first time in the lovely courtyard , great food, interesting menu and wine list. Just all round excellent.

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CA
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant excellent food brilliant staff, no rushing but prompt efficient service of fresh food to the table. Nice that they got fresh GF bread for my wife and the nice little touch with the candle on her dessert rounded off an superlative evening

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g
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food and service I shall certainly recommend to colleagues coming to Cambridge.

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CL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oak Bistro is one of the best restaurants we’ve been to for years! From the moment we walked in we couldn’t have been treated better - the service is second to none!!

When making the booking I informed them that one of the diners was Gluten Free and their attentiveness to this was incredible - did not have to worry about a thing.

The food is absolutely delicious with the perfect sized portions and a perfect wine list to suit!

The ambiance was super and the restaurant came across as a very very place to work which made it a very happy place to eat!

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Faultless meal. Excellent seabass, halibut and sweets.highly recommended

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A
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday lunch on a weekday . Pleasantly surprised the restaurant was nearly full. Beef Wellington cooked to perfection. Steak cooked to perfection. Plenty of wines to choose from, with the option of choosing half bottle. We loved our puddings, poached pear and sticky toffee pud. Service was efficient. Definitely will return.

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DC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant, the service is incredible, the best we have had for ages! Food was absolutely yummy, definitely worth going to. We shall be returning again!

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant!!!!food very good

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This place had a lot of good reviews, so I was expecting great food. The plates themselves looked good, but sadly, they were underwhelming. I had a halloumi and vegetable starter, which was tasty. The halibut was quite boring and dry. The chocolate fondant dessert was also dry and boring. Wine was good (cabernet sauvignon and a dessert wine), and no problem with the service, though it did get busy and pretty noisy.

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and welcoming staff. Always delivers and never disappoints.

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KS
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding
Never fails to impress
Would definitely recommended to food lovers

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have enjoyed meals at this restaurants on several occasions and have never been disappointed. The quality of the food is always good with just the right-sized portions and delivered by a courteous and attentive staff. Whether meeting with business colleagues, celebrating an occasion or having a romantic evening, the Oak Bistro is a great choice.

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch at the Oak Bistro with a group of friends, for our friend’s birthday. The set menu was excellent value, and the food was good quality. The atmosphere was lively and the service was very good. I will return again.

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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
4 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
3 reviews
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
19 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
5 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
15 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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