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The Orator, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

The Orator

4.2
4.2
453 Reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British
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

21:30


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

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

Experiences

  • Graduation Celebration 2024

    21 Jun - 1 Jul 2024
    Celebrate Your Graduation at The Orator! Graduates, raise a toast to your success with us at The Orator! Enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco for every two courses purchased*. Join us for an unforgettable dining experience as you celebrate this special milestone. Lets cheers to your achievements! *1 Small Sharing Plate or 1 Dessert with 1 Large Sharing Plate or Main Plate

What 453 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
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Healthy

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Hot spot

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Cambridge

    Great for brunch

  • Cambridge

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge

    Good for groups

  • Cambridge

    Healthy

  • Cambridge

    Hot spot

  • Cambridge

    Good for special occasions

  • Cambridge

    Vegetarian-friendly

453 Reviews
  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. William

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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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  4. StephenK

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    This was a nightmare. The service was almost laughable if it hadn’t been so incompetent. We had a table for four and decided we would eat outside so we knew we had to order at the bar. That process took about 30 minutes despite the place being virtually empty. Getting a bottle of wine was a joke (no rose) only warm white. We gave up and ordered beer. It was as if the staff (of whom there were plenty) found themselves surprised to be waiting staff. No management presence to speak of. Quite shocking. Don’t bother going here there are plenty of better options in Cambridge.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I've been to the Orator before and it was beautiful, but this time sadly the food was a little mediocre - burger was good but salads and fish so so. Also our servant was very poor, he gave the impression that he was on drugs or very high as he was so spaced out. We had to re-confirm our order 3 times and afterwards ask the host (who was very good) to confirm as our waiter was so confused. It was also very slow given that we came at a quieter time and only ordered one dish each. Like I said, the host was nice and friendly and capable but the waiter needs to look for another job or be properly trained as he seemed as it was his first day at the job - if that as he couldn't even comprehend the basic wine order (I ordered house wine). Nonetheless beautiful setting and probably one of the nicer options in Cambridge. Thank you.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was a little slow Nice atmosphere but food was only ok

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Could be amazing , just a few sloppy bits , table for 3 only cutlery for 2 , asked for mayo and was given a half already used dish , pepper corn sauce was a dribble and prob the remnants of someone else’s . Some staff on the ball others not so

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  8. SusanB

    Essex

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good evening at The Ivy. Only downside was being shown to the bar and kept waiting for 25 minutes for the pre-booked table. Enjoyed the atmosphere - music and the food.

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  9. sharonj

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice bar but food was not very good. We had sharing plates. The meatballs were very bland and meat platter was ok but a bit boring and the bread was not great.

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  10. CarolG

    Tahoe

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is excellent, service was good as it was very busy. Lovely building

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FAQs

The Orator is rated 4.2 stars by 453 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

21:30


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
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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