Reading - Oracle Centre

Average Rating: 
3.49 / 5

Staff: 
Average: 3 (2 votes)
Speed: 
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Decoration: 
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Food: 
Average: 2 (2 votes)
4 The Riverside
The Oracle Centre
RG1 2AG
0118 950 2199
Halal: 
No
Nearby: 
Reading train station is half a mile walk away and Reading West is one mile walk away. Vue Cinema located in The Oracle complex as well.
Parking: 
Follow signs to The Riverside to park here. It's priced at £1.50/1hr, £3/2hrs, £5/3hrs, £6.50/4hrs and further increments up to 8 hours and then "over 8 hours".
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Photos submitted by: Ryan
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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
4 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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My first time in Reading was on a lovely summer's day during Wimbledon and there were deck chairs available to relax in and take in both the sun and the tennis just outside Nando's, what a result!

The Oracle Centre is a very nice shopping centre with some great shops (SoleTrader did the job for me) and fine eateries. There is limited outdoor seating available at this Nando's, but we ended up sitting inside at a comfortable booth.

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Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
3.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Girl with blond hair did amazing. She had a hair band if I’m not mistaken

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
25+ minute wait - come on Nando's!
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
4.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

We visited this Nando's for a birthday party and even though the manager couldn't make an official advanced booking, she ensured the staff would be aware and ready and do everything possible to seat us in a timely manner.

We were a large group (approx 16 people) with mostly 7-10 year old kids and they managed to seat and serve us really quickly despite how busy they were.

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Number of Visits: 
50+
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
2.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
1.5 (Very disappointing - cold, flavourless, burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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I have been going to Reading oracle and Reading friar street nandos for years. Recently they have both gone massively downhill.

-The bread rolls for the burgers are never crisp anymore, soft and horrible.
- The chicken is now rubbery with red blood veins going through.
- A "double burger" now means they use 2 of the tiniest chicken breasts they can find.

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Number of Visits: 
50+
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Arrived in my lunch hour to be seated straight away which is always a bonus. Queue for food wasn't too long, I got served by a lovely man who made me laugh the whole time. Service from the staff was very good as there weren't many workers around. When I asked for extra sauce one staff member had forgotten but when I asked another member they very quickly got for me. I was very impressed, this is my favourite Nandos as the music is always playing and the staff always look so happy.

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Number of Visits: 
10-50
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
4.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Always great service at this Nandos, very occasionally do I have to wait for a table as the restaurant is nicely laid out. There is one guy behind the counter who is lovely and very funny. It's very obvious he loves his job. The portion of chips at this nandos is always great and the chicken here is lovely. The music is always at a nice volume and has a great atmosphere. The staff are constantly running around checking you're ok. I love coming here.

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Number of Visits: 
10-50
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, February 1, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
1.5 (Very disappointing - cold, flavourless, burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
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I had half chicken, peri chips, coleslaw and a bottomless drink. The chicken was cold and seemed as though it was sitting out for quite sometime. I asked the staff to reheat but still not hot.staff seemed to be just working on one side. service was soo bad had to walk to the tills to ask for assistance which is quite odd as usually the service is very good.

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
25+ minute wait - come on Nando's!
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
2.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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This store is by the riverside in the Oracle centre, took a while to find my way into the parking as was first time to the place. The parking was very expensive at £1.50 an hour and the parking was also quite full.

Massive wait to get a table and a big wait to get a seat in the waiting area. Quite a dark overcast store, very noisy and not somewhere I would wish to work.

Chicken took a while to come out and wasn't a massive portion.

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Number of Visits: 
10-50
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
4.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

I had the double wrap and it was exceptional as always. The Staff were friendly as ever and these 2 reasons are why i keep going back. Parking Is above nandos in the oracle reading

Thanks Again

Anonymous's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 1 (1 vote)
Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
10-50
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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This restaurant had been reopened after it's refurbishment and we Had to wait extra time to accommodate my friend in a wheelchair which was fair enough.
Before the refurbishment the restaurant was much more wheelchair friendly. The booths are completely inaccessible for her, almost all of the gang ways aren't wide enough, she had to get out of her chair to sit at a table and to leave it inconveniently in the way of everyone else which was embarrassing for her,

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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Second Nando's of the day in Reading and it seems at any time these branches are always busy. About 15 -20 minute wait for a table, and when I got it, it was right at the back behind a column that you wouldn't know a table was there. Again there was a long queue to order food even with four tills open. Bearing in mind I had a meal only 3 hours before hand it decided to order a chicken wrap with a slice of halloumi and pineapple for the second time and peri chips which I don't ever have.

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Arrived at this Nando's at about 5pm on a (Orange) Wednesday during half term... so needless to say it was rammed with up to a 10 minute wait for a table for larger groups. Luckily there was a two-seater table so I was seated straight away and even with the volume of people in here, there was only a 9 minute wait for the food to come.

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Number of Visits: 
10-50
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Rating: 
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Student discount would be good. Not enough Nandos special mayo and more sauce would be better.

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Number of Visits: 
2-5
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Rating: 
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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Right next door to the Oracle shopping centre. Parking very short walk, but as to be expected for a shopping centre car park, quite expensive.
Cinema, again, next door.