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The Oak Bistro

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4.4
361 Reviews
£25 and under
British

A firm favourite and iconic Cambridge bistro that's passionate about quality food and impeccable but unfussy service. The menu offers classic British and European dishes, home-made using traditional recipes and quality ingredients, matched with an extensive, hand-curated wine list. Set in a Grade II listed building, the Bistro offers an elegant dining experience in the heart of Cambridge city. Inside, there is comfortable banquette seating, dark wood and exposed brickwork, with original paintings by Cambridge artist Nicholas Juett. Hidden from view is further seating in a delightful garden courtyard – perfect for dining in fair weather – with covers, blankets, lighting and heating just in case. 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 meals, dinner parties with friends and special occasions.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    British, European, French

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30
    Dinner
    Mon–Sat 17:30–21:30

  • Phone number

    01223 323361

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Menu

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What 361 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. H

    Holly

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Starter and pudding were excellent but the main course was very disappointing. It was edible but not at all special and reminded us of a mass produced school dinner. Would go again but would choose more carefully. Staff were very good.

  2. T

    Traveller

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Warm welcoming staff. Very pleasant garden room and well presented tasteful food at fair prices. Look forward to visiting again if we get back to Cambridge.

  3. BJ

    BranwenJ

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thoughtful restaurant with a mix of traditional and modern British/French cuisine, excellent service and first-class food. The wine list is not the usual rip-off either. We've been a couple of times now and we'll certainly be coming again when next we are in Cambridge.

  4. l

    lisas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Gorgeous food and service. Great wine recommendation. A lovely surprise find.

  5. E

    Emz0302

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An absolute delight of a place. For a "bistro" the food was exceptional. The owner is such a breath of fresh air, professional and accommodating. Advised us to not get any sides as the meals were complete, but should we need them he'd rush some through. A very honest opinion, went a long way. And no we didn't need any! The Wellington was just beautiful, as were our starters and my husband's main. If you're in the neighbourhood this place is definately worth a visit!

  6. BF

    BillyF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great all round service, ambience and food. Menu not too fussy and we were served what we'd ordered. Good wine list - not over-priced in my opinion.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very nice welcome, lovely decor and food generally excellent apart from the bland potato and mushroom cake starter. Definitely recommend

  8. SG

    SimonG

    Northampton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a family meal for my daughter's birthday and the food and service was faultless.

  9. D

    Davi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We use the Oak Bistro when we go to Cambridge to meet my brother and his Wife as it is a half way house and we have done this now for a number of years. So much so that we are greeted warmly by the staff and treated very well. The food is always of an excellent standard and the dining area is clean and well appointed with a genuinely acceptable ambiance. The price of the meal is most reasonable. There is an excellent choice of wines , beers and soft drinks. Service is assured and relaxed in manner and you feel that nothing is to much trouble for the staff. The fact that we continue to return to The Oak Bistro must stand as a good recommendation in it's self. We always feel good after the meal and are somewhat reluctant to leave.

  10. CL

    CLV1

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s utterly reliable and delicious. Service can never be faulted.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    A great evening out to treat our friends who’d recently got married. Very extensive and reasonably priced wine list. Food very good quality and beautifully cooked. Very courteous and attentive service. Highly recommended

  12. HM

    HeatherM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Always a great meal at The Oak Bistro. We are never disappointed.

  13. JG

    JoannaG

    Cambridge

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We went for lunch which was most enjoyable. Limited choices on the fixed lunch offer, but probably to be expected.. Will definitely visit again

  14. L

    Leonardo

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service provided by Daniela and amazing Rib Eye Steak cooked to perfection.

  15. RN

    RichardN

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Good food backed up by friendly and efficient service from all involved. Will definitely return next time I am in Cambridge.

  16. l

    luv2dine

    Hertfordshire

    277 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    277 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Unfortunately we chose from the set menu, the bread & mushroom soup was fine however the tiny fish cakes were luke warm and lacked fish content. The waitress was apologetic & returned the dish to the kitchen. Replaced with prawn linguine, the prawns were good but the linguine with tomato sauce was reminiscent of Heinz tinned spaghetti! The a la carte meals looked far superior!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2019

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    Slow service - a mistake? Served after later arrivals.

  18. LS

    LandonS

    Portland

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good, not great. A bit overpriced for what it was. Impossible to find parking anywhere close.

  19. RB

    RichardB

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very good food and service. We enjoyed the goat cheese salad, confit of duck and salmon. All was well prepared and delicious. We were there on a Thursday evening and wanted to return the next evening but it was already booked except for very early or late.

  20. BW

    BrendaW

    Cambridge

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very pleasant outdoor seating in the garden. They turn on the heating lamps later in the evening and provide blankets so you will still feel warm and cozy dining outdoors in the English autumn. Very generous portions of food. Ordered rib eye steak median rare and it was very well executed! (not overcooked, which is not to be taken for granted in the UK!) Decent wine list as well. Service is attentive. Would definitely recommend.

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    SueH

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Great food communication re delay poor but overall v good

  22. G

    Gailie

    Hampshire

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food and lovely place. Bit pricey but food was excellent.

  23. C

    Comedine

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    It was a lovley dinner and we really enjoyed it. The only thing that wasn’t as good as the rest was the prawns to start (a bit over cooked) and the lack of vegetables served with the lamb. Good portion of meat on the lamb though. Would recommend!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super impressed with this place. From the moment we walked in we were greeted with a warm welcome. Service was excellent, the food was excellent and the ambience was perfect. I’ll certainly be going back.

  25. SN

    SueN

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were in Cambridge for a family get together & went to the Oak Bistro for a meal on our first evening. I chose this restaurant as both the food & drink menus had something to suit everyone. There were 5 of us & we had a round table which made it so easy for everyone to be part of the conversation. The service was impeccable & the choice of dishes was very varied. All the meals were of a very high standard & we all agreed that there were several options that we would have liked. The spotless white linen table cloths & elegant glasses added to the ambience. There was nothing that was less than perfect. We will certainly go again on our next visit to Cambridge

  26. TL

    Thomas54L

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Tasty food, nice welcoming, very good sense of humour: I recommend ++

  27. h

    hptw

    Kent

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The Oak Bistro, booked purely on the basis of Opentable recommendations - and very good it was, too! Reasonably priced wine and food - excellent lamb with delicious dauphin potatoes and spinach; delicately cooked salmon en croute, home made and tasty; good atmosphere and not too noisy. A very good experience - if we’re ever in Cambridge again, we’ll return!

  28. FH

    FatimaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to celebrate a 30th wedding anniversary and it did not disappoint ! Gorgeous halibut and fantastic lamb. Would highly recommend

  29. SM

    SarahM

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A fabulous venue, a treat to be able to sit in their quaint courtyard and enjoy the extensive menu and lovely weather. Very attentive staff.

  30. US

    UmarS

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Lunch menu for a quick business lunch; Consistant and friendly.

  31. MM

    MarkM

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food with out being too complicated. Very attentive staff without being over bearing. Good courtyard area under cover with heaters.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Always a treat to eat here

  33. DC

    DaleC

    Memphis

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful dinner at the Oak Bistro. The goat cheese starter was flavorful and colorful. The beef Wellington was perfectly prepared as was my dining partner’s halibut.

  34. L

    Leyla

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My partner and I had our anniversary dinner in The Oak Bistro's atmospheric and intimate garden. The staff were attentive with our table and made solid recommendations from their comprehensive wine list. The confit duck leg was a standout, as was the orange and saffron poached pear with cinnamon mascarpone⁠—one of the best desserts I've had in ages! This is a great place to take your time with a loved one over an intimate meal. A bottle of wine, a split appetizer, two entrees, two desserts, coffee, and a 20% gratuity came to just over ⁠£100⁠—a reasonable price for such a memorable evening!

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    suzismarti

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2019

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    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.

  36. T

    Theo

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing service and excellent food! Definetly recommend!

  37. PD

    PeteD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  38. K

    Kimchan

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4

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

  39. RM

    RebeccaM

    Bedfordshire

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2019

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    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...

  40. TA

    TerenceA

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    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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The Oak Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 361 OpenTable diners

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Google Map for The Oak Bistro

6, Lensfield Road Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 1EG

  • Area

    Cambridge

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30
    Dinner
    Mon–Sat 17:30–21:30

  • Cuisines

    British, European, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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