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The Orator, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

The Orator

4.1
4.1
445 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

19:00


Booked 7 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 445 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
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • 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/Cambridgeshire

    Lively

  • Cambridge

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge

    Healthy

  • Cambridge

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Cambridge

    Great for fine wines

  • Cambridge

    Romantic

  • Cambridge

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Cambridge

    Lively

445 Reviews
  1. sharonj

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  2. CarolG

    Tahoe

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  3. LukeW

    Hertfordshire

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Antipasti a disappointment could have got better from a standard supermarket, got our order wrong despite how quiet it was. Waiting staff seemed to disappear for long periods of time

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  4. Clare

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lunch at The Orator was brilliant, relaxed atmosphere, excellent kids menu and attentive service. The adult mains we varied and delicious.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Athmosphere is rather cold. The service was ambiguous: our waitress was somewhat unpersonal and did not make us feel very Welcome. However, all of the sudden everything changed and we were served a birthday cake and everyone was cheerful. Like two very different sides of one medal. So four stars for the service may be appropriate. Food delicious.

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  6. Crills

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely family time at The Ivy Cambridge. Great food as always and great service too. Thank you and see you again soon.

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  7. Fiona

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, the service was helpful and friendly and it was nice and quiet - perfect for lunch.

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  8. JulS

    Cambridge

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice setting, average quality food (not quite worth what they charge) but absolut abysmal service. Inattentive waiting staff, had to repeat our order for a bottle of wine multiple times, and then waiting staff did not even have a corkscrew to open the bottle.

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  9. XinyiC

    London

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    3.5 in my opinion. Nice environment, interesting menu with light and heavy options, minimal service, with a premium charge justified for “Charity”. There is some room for improvement to match the place and price. I’ve been curious about the place and its menu, while hesitating for years because of the divided reviews. Caesar Coqueta is quite fun. An huge ball of melting creamy tender chicken filling in a light crispy shell. Indulgent without being too heavy. The cheese chips are tasty too. The pesto is interesting with the addition of pumpkin seeds but lacks a kick of flavor and seems dispensable as the croquette is tasty on its own. We didn’t locate the sweet anchovy though. Maybe it’s in the pesto but it’s really not prominent enough to provide the umami. The feta and artichoke bruschetta is also rich yet not too greasy. The softer, denser and plumper bread (almost brioche like) with the untoasted side up goes super well with the creamy topping, as the spongy structure gives more support in comparison with the more common, often hard grillled baguette/sourdough. The salted coley is nicely cooked, in a healthy way. The truffle isn’t prominent. The butternut squash is soft and delightful. The green drips have a strong star anise taste and overpowers the fish and veggies. Chili and ginger can be better spice options for a more warming yet balanced dish. Lemon and pineapple can work for summer too. Portion is small but adequate. My friend’s parsnip soup looks nice too. Service is a little “immature” and not attentive for the price (on top of the slightly overpriced food), but I consider it a charity after all. The interior is bright and chill (with sockets!). Might come back for some relaxing study hours and possibly another thoughtful light meal.

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  10. wynnk

    Cambridge

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    A lovely restaurant, lovely staff. However the service was very slow. It was a busy mothering Sunday but as a professional business more staff should have been made available.

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  11. MickeyG

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food is good although expensive. Service was very slow.

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  12. Mbeckham

    Oxford

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food and helpful service. A bit of a delay with the main course - very busy for Mother’s Day!

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  13. PhilipW

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    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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  14. 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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  15. jp1016

    London

    38 reviews

    3.0

    38 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 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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  22. 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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  23. KarenC

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. Susbar

    Bedfordshire

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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The Orator is rated 4.1 stars by 445 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 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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