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The Oak Bistro

4.7
296 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Lunch (16)
  • Good for a Date (14)
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Set in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Cambridge, The Oak Bistro specialises in classic British food in a relaxed yet sophisticated bistro setting. 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 dinners a deux, dinner parties with friends and special occasions. The Oak Bistro is a firm favourite that’s already won the hearts of local foodies and visitors to Cambridge; the team are passionate about quality food, and service that will please the most discerning diner. There are two dining rooms: one, with comfortable banquette seating, dark wood and exposed brickwork, has a relaxed ambience; the second is more elegant , and features paintings by Cambridge artist Nicholas Juett. If the weather’s on your side, there’s also a delightful walled garden – perfect for summer days and nights.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Lunch Mon - Sat: 12:00pm - 14:45pm,
Dinner Mon - Thursday 18:00pm - 21:30pm
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Phone number
01223 323361
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 296 People Are Saying
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Fred (Cambridge)
5.0  Dined on 1 February 2018

Good food with excellent service in a comfortable atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Cambridge)
4.0  Dined on 25 November 2017

Lovely Saturday lunch with adult (and near adult) children.

I've eaten lunch here more than a few times over the past couple of years and have always enjoyed the meal. Normally it has been the set lunch which is absolutely excellent value for money in Cambridge.

If you are there in warmer months there is a lovely patio as an alternative to the inside tables.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 7 November 2017

A lovely find. Friendly and efficient service, delicious food and wine surrounded by some lovely art work. Will definitely go again.

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vipUrbaneOptimist (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on 12 October 2017

Our first time dining in Cambridge. Superb food and warm, friendly staff. Cozy ambiance.

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TheSloath (London)
4.0  Dined on 14 September 2017

This was our first visit to the Oak Bistro and after reading reviews we were looking forward to it.
The outside is deceiving as the restaurant is a lot bigger then it seems. the dinning areas were a quite 'roomy' which did add to the atmosphere.
the staff were all very polite and friendly.
the food was good and the menu was varied. time between courses was about right.
All in all a very enjoyable dinning evening, will go again and recommend to others.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on 14 September 2017

We really enjoyed our evening at The Oaks Bistro. The service and the food were really good and the location of the restaurant was ideal for us.

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vipAnon (London)
5.0  Dined on 13 September 2017

We found a warm atmosphere, excellent cooking, good wine list and attentive service - what more can a neighbourhood restaurant be asked for?

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SimonC (Cambridge)
5.0  Dined on 1 September 2017

This was a great experience, lovely venue with awesome staff. All the food was great and the wine was very tasty, all very good considering the modest pricing (not cheap but worth paying for). I would highly recommend this to anyone for dates, special occasion or just a nice classy meal.

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vipKat1 (Newcastle)
5.0  Dined on 21 August 2017

Excellent food as always. Good wine and attentive service. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 15 August 2017

Having walked past this place for several years and never managing to get around to actually go, I was pleasantly surprised to find the covered court yard garden and the spacious back room, so it is actually quite a large restaurant, although it looks so small from the outside.
The food did not disappear either; me and my friend both had the 3 course daily special menu, where all the dishes were excellent. Beautifully presented and tasty and felt that this represented excellent value.
The service was both efficient and professional and friendly. High quality cuisine, with fresh ingredients in Cambridge and not part of a chain.....

I will definitely be back!

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tennisgirl (Cambridge)
5.0  Dined on 5 August 2017

I went there with my friends. All factor; foods, service, and atmosphere were excellent! I would recommend my friend to use this restaurant.

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Brian (Cambridge)
5.0  Dined on 4 August 2017

First Class excellent food and service. Many thanks...

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Eddy (London)
4.0  Dined on 12 July 2017

we often go to the Oak Bistro and always enjoy the great food and the relaxed atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner (Cambridge)
5.0  Dined on 21 June 2017

Usual excellent standard good value and very busy as usual

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OpenTable Diner (Cambridge)
4.0  Dined on 7 June 2017

As with our previous visits, the meals were of a high quality and well presented. The only unfortunate thing this time was that the adjacent table appeared to be having a competition as to who could talk/shout/scream/laugh the loudest - totally inconsiderate of others.

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OpenTable Diner (Cambridge)
5.0  Dined on 19 April 2017

Excellent food and excellent service would definitely recommend this bistro as a must place to visit.

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Kat1 (Newcastle)
5.0  Dined on 14 April 2017

This is my favourite restaurant in Cambridge - it never dusappoints.

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SandyM (Cambridge)
5.0  Dined on 13 April 2017

Return visit to this lovely bistro. Excellent food made with quality ingredients. Very friendly and attentive staff who take time to chat and get to know you. This will always be a favorite haunt.

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MollyW (Cambridge)
5.0  Dined on 13 April 2017

We always enjoy going here and although we don't go frequently are always welcomed back. I like the menu, choice of vegetarian food and ambience. Always first choice for a special lunch or dinner.

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CarolineC (Edinburgh)
5.0  Dined on 10 April 2017

My partner and I had a wonderful meal here on our last evening during a short break in Cambridge. Fantastic, attentive staff . Five stars to the chef(s) . Highly recommend to anyone who appreciates high standard of food along with gentle atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Cambridge)
4.0  Dined on 8 April 2017

Fantastically cooked food and wonderfully presented. Would definitely come again and try the other things on the menu.

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LaContessa (London)
5.0  Dined on 17 March 2017

Really nice place, good service, reasonable price, tasty food...

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Sallyann (London)
4.0  Dined on 10 March 2017

As usual an excellent lunch at such a good price. I go back time and time again.

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Kat1 (Newcastle)
5.0  Dined on 23 February 2017

Never disappoints. My favourite restaurant in Cambridge. Tasty food and good selection of wine. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner (Cambridge)
4.0  Dined on 15 February 2017

A nice place to chat and meet up over lunch. Civilised and good food. The fixed lunch menu is good value and to be recommended.

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Annalisa (London)
4.0  Dined on 13 February 2017

Very good food. Nice ambience. It's not in the centre but half way between the centre and the train station.

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Laurencce (Leicestershire)
5.0  Dined on 9 February 2017

The food and service were both superb. We would definitely come here again. Great menu choices, nice and cosy on a cold winter's evening and good for special occasions as well as business meals. Local beer was a nice extra touch!

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 5 November 2016

Excellent food in very pleasant, quiet ambience with warm service and plenty of choice, both in food and wine.

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JillR (Cambridge)
4.0  Dined on 27 October 2016

The Oak Bistro is a lovely restaurant whether it be during the day for a business meeting or a romantic evening meal. The staff are very friendly and the food is gorgeous. Thank you.

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Jehen (Cambridge)
4.0  Dined on 8 October 2016

Excellent and thoughtful service. Food good but could have had better options on the fixed price menu.

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