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The Orator, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

The Orator

4.2
4.2
460 Reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British
  • Charming
  • Good for special occasions
  • Good for groups
Nothing delights quite like The Orator, serving up contemporary British food, cocktails, beer and wine. Set in a stunning Victorian gothic venue with high ceilings bathed in swathes of natural light.

We can offer private dining for up to 20 in our private Dining Room used to host guests of the Cambridge Union Society, recently including Dua Lipa and Robert de Niro. For larger groups, we have a number of different rooms throughout the venue to cater for any occasion.
Speak to our events team at enquiries@theoratorcambridge.co.uk for more information on all private hire options.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, British, Cafe Dining
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed 11:00–23:00 Thu–Sat 11:00–00:00 Sun 11:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    01223 417142
  • Payment Options
    Cash not accepted
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    We have a number of small and large event spaces available to hire. Contact us at enquiries@theoratorcambridge.co.uk for more information.
  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Cross Street
    Hidden behind the Round Church, between Bridge Street and Park Street.
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 460 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for groups

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Healthy

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Hot spot

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Romantic

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Lively

  • Cambridge

    Great for brunch

  • Cambridge

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge

    Good for groups

  • Cambridge

    Healthy

  • Cambridge

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Cambridge

    Good for special occasions

  • Cambridge

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Cambridge

    Lively

  • Cambridge

    Most Booked

460 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It didn't meet my expectations, I'm afraid. The food was genuinely good, but the ambiance was a bit low-key and the service was just OK. We were the first to order, and they had already run out of one of the dishes we ordered. A bit underwhelming!

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  2. PilatesLiz

    Cambridge

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just another superb dining experience! Perfect table for me and my two friends. The food options were well balanced and loved the tapas which we all had. Lovely cocktails enjoyed too. Just spot on service also. Well done everyone The Orator! You are one of my favourite and go to places on Cambridge! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Limited selection of food is available at lunch time, and a lack of vegetables. Great if you’re a meat eater. Staff were friendly and discreet. Fantastic bottle of Riesling.

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  4. William

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We attended the Thursday night music night in the garden. What a wonderful evening with a great ambience. Four singers entertained us through the evening with some great singer/guitar acts. Food and service was good and the whole evening just a delight. Would recommend when the weather is nice without hesitation.

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  5. lotte

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Horrible dry food Dry stale burger bun and dry Flatbread !!- with a few dry falafels no dip/dressing/would you like …?? New chef was the excuse!.. A main asparagus: large portions can be as sharing OR main?!.. Hand full of rocket and 6 asparagus?!!! Not a main! SO NO NEVER AGAIN!!!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was great, but the service was not at all impressive. We had to ask three times for the waiters and it took about 20 minutes to get ketchup after we had got our food, by which time the food was cold and our appetite was ruined.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely place, airy light-filled rooms with high ceilings,,delightful courtyard, just off the bustling streets. Slightly diffident and haphazard service with our 7 meals appearing over about 25 mins despite ordering everything together. However the charming ambience and tasty food made up for it and I would recommend.

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  8. AngelaJ

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is such a nice place to meet friends, have a lively conversation and be able to hear each other. The bar menu is quality and classy. The food menu again oozes quality and substance at an affordable and fair price. Will be returning x

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere with live music, food was good (more limited for non meat eaters but still have options), good beer and wine lists. Service a wee bit inconsistent but it was congregation time so couple large tables taking the server’s attention. Will return

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  10. William

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a superb evening at the Orator. There was live music with an absolutely fabulous singer, Rachel Hill, who sang with her guitar and created a fantastic atmosphere. The place was bubbling, the garden was full and what a nice way to spend a sunny evening. I had about the best smash burger I have ever had and my wife had the vegetarian flat bread which she thought was also great. Staff were lovely and whilst busy did make an effort to return to our table and look after us. We will definitely try the Wednesday night piano bar and come back on a sunny evening to the garden.

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FAQs

The Orator is rated 4.2 stars by 460 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for The Orator

The Orator, Round Church Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB5 8AD

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Hidden behind the Round Church, between Bridge Street and Park Street.
  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed 11:00–23:00 Thu–Sat 11:00–00:00 Sun 11:00–21:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, British, Cafe Dining
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Cash not accepted
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01223 417142
  • Private party facilities
    We have a number of small and large event spaces available to hire. Contact us at enquiries@theoratorcambridge.co.uk for more information.
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