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The Orator, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

The Orator

4.1
4.1
433 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 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

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
    Located on Round Church St that runs between Bridge Street and Park Street
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mothers Day Roast Dinner

    10 Mar 2024 only
    The Orator invites you to join us on Sunday, March 10th, for an exceptional family dining occasion. Treat the mothers and grandmothers in your life with a delightful classic Sunday roast, complete with all the trimmings. Tuck in to Crispy pork belly, succulent topside of beef, or savor a delectable marinated lionsmane steak. Enhance your meal with a glass of English sparkling rose from our carefully curated wine list, or indulge in a decadent cup of hot chocolate to ward off the cold. Enjoy 3 courses for 32.5 (25.5 for kids) or 2 courses for 28.5 (21.5 for kids)
    Mothers Day Roast Dinner photo

What 433 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Innovative

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Healthy

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Cambridge

    Best Overall

  • Cambridge

    Best Ambience

  • Cambridge

    Great for brunch

  • Cambridge

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge

    Good for groups

  • Cambridge

    Healthy

  • Cambridge

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Cambridge

    Great for fine wines

  • Cambridge

    Good for special occasions

  • Cambridge

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Cambridge

    Lively

433 Reviews
  1. PhilipW

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food excellent as always service very good will certainly dine again

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  2. MichelleJ

    Cambridge

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Sadly had to return two mains as potatoes not cooked, second meal potatoes still not cooked very disappointed

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  3. jp1016

    London

    37 reviews

    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely space and a nice ambience. The food is always good and what you would expect. A shame that the range of beer is limited, with nothing on cask and some of the other draft beers not actually available. Service slow, despite not being especially busy.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. The ambiance was very chilled. Lush cocktails too!

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  5. Kieran

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A perfect spot for a quiet meal. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was relaxed - it was no nice not to have to shout over the music to be able to have a conversation. Will definitely be back!

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  6. RachelHarper

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and the interior of the restaurant was really cool. Celebration of iconic famous Cambridge University graduates. Service was incredibly slow at the start, had to ask 3x for glass of water, staff weren’t in any rush to accommodate. But amazing food once it got to the table. Would recommend going .. great venue to meet friends / date night

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  7. Foodie

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited for a birthday so wanted something special. Underwhelming menu compared to usual. Prawn starter was just bizzare & bland. Seabass tiny for the price served just with kale? Burgers were expensive for what they were. Skipped the dessert and went for a crepe. The waitress serving us was not overly friendly.

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  8. Sandran

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Generally a good experience however menu choice is limited and some items were not available.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great setting, really friendly and attentive staff, fabulous food!

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  10. CAZZIE

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Customer Service! Delicious Food! An interesting menu!

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  11. KarenC

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were very welcoming and attentive. Food was absolutely delicious. We had a wonderful afternoon at The Orator. Look forward to returning soon.

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  12. DonnaM

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch. Food was excellent, staff were super friendly. Faultless service.

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  13. Sweetooth

    London

    67 reviews

    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely surroundings, excellent service, and tasty food.

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  14. LouW

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service provided by Freddie was excellent. Great attention to detail.

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  15. BartD

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place. Food quality can be a tad inconsistent between when you come. (Sprouts were not nice and crispy as the week before we ate here). Needs some traditional deserts without weird flavours. Something chocolate without chili for example. Overall good quality and value, but needs a bit more consistency to get 5 stars from me.

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  16. LizR

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Interesting and different vegetarian dishes. A nice surprise.

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  17. BeckyR

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Saturday lunch out. Attentive and polite service. Very welcoming. Good range of menu options and wide range of drinks. Our burger and pasta dish he’s were full of flavour. Comfy seats, large tables. Generally a nice grown up venues nd we will be back.

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  18. Kitty

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place to have good food in a relaxed atmosphere and without being rushed. This was a return visit and it didn’t disappoint.

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  19. Susbar

    Bedfordshire

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time we had eaten at the Orator. The service and food were excellent and the restaurant was very comfortable. Definitely hope to return.

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  20. GarryL

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu choice. Fabulous service, good wine. Ambience terrific. Location perfect. Lovely evening.

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  21. StuartB

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    food was very nice service was slow and table positioning was squashed next to the doorway to the outside and toilets so very bad seating area

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  22. StephanieT

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely table by the window, the surround was really christmassy, our service was great, cocktails lovely. Would recommend.

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  23. BarbaraR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant has character, a nice change to main ones.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is my second time to have the Christmas lunch there. Very good value for money, delicious food, service was very good too!

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  25. BROOKESA

    Cambridge

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Orator is a lovely place - ambience and decoration are excellent. The food isn’t very good. It’s adequate but I had a burger with very tough (though generous amount) meat. My husband had sea bass and (supposedly) crushed potatoes. They weren’t crushed just boiled but the main problem was that they were inedible as they weren’t cooked enough. So around 6-7 out of 10 for food.

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  26. JaneW

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We waited at least ten minutes for our drinks order. We had to wait over an hour for our food order and the place wasn't busy. Perhaps we should have ordered our food in advance.

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  27. MarkA

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Really dreadful experience - most food not available, what we had ranged from average to inedible, dishes were delivered that werent ordered and some we ordered never appeared. They only took desert orders from half the party - didnt even ask the rest! The whole experience, from start to finish was truly terrible and my 5 guests were embarrassed, as was I. I messaged the Orator with my comments and they havent had the decency to reply.

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  28. AprilM

    Cambridge

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a lovely place with great ambiance but my meal the burger with the beef was very disappointing! The chips were luke warm and I am not sure what the red cabbage was supposed to be!! To be fair my friend had the turkey dinner and enjoyed it! I must however commend the young man waiting with the blonde curly hair who seemed to be holding it all together! I would come back but probably only for a,drink!

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  29. Karen

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This was a disappointing meal. Some food inedible (although other meals delicious. Unhelpful and surely waitress. Expensive and poor value for money

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  30. LaurieB

    Kent

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First visit to the Orator. The restaurant is ideally located for a meal in town. The good delicious and the service efficient but not overbearing. Really liked it and plan to return soon.

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  31. CarolT

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked very late after trying several other places which had no availability. Staff were friendly and efficient, restaurant was in a unique and interesting building. There was a very relaxing vibe and we chatted to several other customers. The vegetarian option I chose was beautifully presented and tasted as good as it looked. We would definitely return if we visit Cambridge again, thank you for a lovely evening.

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  32. KarenC

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was absolutely divine. I went with the festive choices on the menu and I was not disappointed. Compliments to the chef’s.

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  33. Goosebag

    Bath

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Imaginative food, beautifully cooked and presented.

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  34. ElaineO

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The orator is an excellent bar and restaurant in the centre of Cambridge. The vegetarian items in the menu are always really tasty. Service was very good.

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  35. penelopei

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attractive high ceilinged restaurant with a beautiful long bar. Tables are a good size and well spaced. The Christmas Turkey meal was excellent, and a great dessert selection. The manager was great but a couple of staff seemed tired and offhand although we learned they had a very big party to cope with that night at the Union.

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  36. DaneyW

    Surrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service in a comfortable & interesting environment. Highly recommend.

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  37. LauraA

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely amazing, every course exceeded expectations. My whole group were so pleased, the music was at the right level to allow conversation and the live music that came later was incredible! Excellent night, only criticism is there didn't seem to be enough waiting staff.

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  38. KenO

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food in a wonderful setting! Will definitely come again.

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  39. Kathryn

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely venue and although midweek lunch quite busy but not noisy. The food was very delicious and hot , Emily was very attentive and efficient although she probably need another pair of hands. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Pigeon was delicious. Overall, the food and drinks were tasty and looked nice.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

The Orator is rated 4.1 stars by 433 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

21:30


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Orator

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Located on Round Church St that runs 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, 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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