CAU Cambridge

4.2
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1936 reviews
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£25 and under
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Argentinian

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We believe there are few finer experiences than sitting down to a beautifully cooked, high quality steak. We aim to serve some of the best beef you'll ever taste in an environment that's fun, relaxed and unusually stylish. CAU (pronounced ‘cow’, naturally)… stands for Carne Argentina Única. And that translates as unique Argentinian beef, our speciality. What makes our beef unique? Well, for almost 200 years, Argentinians have been breeding Aberdeen Angus on the pampas. Here, they roam freely while grazing on 17 varieties of grass. This produces some of the best, most flavoursome beef in the world. Once we've taken the finest prime cuts, our beef is ‘wet aged’, a process that brings out the subtle flavour of the meat, without losing any of its juiciness.
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.0
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MichelleT
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, nice restaurant and helpful staff. Ideal location in the centre of Cambridge.

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StaceyH
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was lovely, service was great . The steak was cooked perfectly .
We were celebrating a special occasion which I stated on the booking but this wasn’t acknowledged .

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RobW
Hertfordshire
61 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another very good meal and prompt, excellent service.

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LouiseB
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was terrible, probably the worst steaks ever. Very poor and will not go again.

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LukshmiS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quite expensive steak but very good. Good service and good in for finding space last minute and late

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RyanT
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We arrived and was seen straight away that was good we was then sat upstairs next to a group of about 30 women on a hen do or birthday party! So Louis could not hear yourself think let alone try hold down a conversation. Asked to move we was told they just paying the bill. By the time our food had come out they still hadn’t gone and there was no other tables to move to as requested! Very dissappointed! Although the food was good very disappointed in the service as meals where mixed up and being that my girlfriend does not like medium rare at all and she was given that and I was given hers well done. Not impressed and when. It came to the bill we was not happy that we had been charged for double drinks when asked for singles and for what the total bill came to was not worth What we had ordered very disappointed in restaurant as a whole would not recommend or visit again!!!

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MrsMLK
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went to Cau for dinner while on a girls night out. Our waitress helped us navigate through the menu, giving recommendations and suggestions. The food was really good and suitably filling. It’s a reasonably modern restaurant and quite noisy, however we enjoyed it. Would be nice to have a couple more veggie options. I realise it’s a steak restaurant however if a veggie is accompanying someone it’s nice to have a few more tasty options.

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AnnieLaurie
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and the service prompt and friendly

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EEMM
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting food and friendly cool vibe - really helpful staff

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JaneS
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good option for a quick meal before the theatre. Great casual dining but perhaps a little pricey for what it was despite the food being very good. Nice to have ‘proper’ napkins but felt like a mismatch given the very small tables & general causal ambience.

Expected toilets to be spotless at the beginning of evening service but they weren’t - needs improvement & didn’t give a good impression.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect although cost is slightly over the standard I would expect... that said the place is exceptional. Well Worth a visit for a special occasion.

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MountainAsh
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table here for after my daughter's graduation. We were seated in a private booth which was amazing - felt that we were in our own little dining space (really helped one of our party join in conversations as has difficulty hearing in loud restaurants). Really nice modern interior. We ate a selection of starters and mains and every single thing was cooked perfectly and delicious. Service was prompt and we had a super waitress who really made the evening. Can't recommend highly enough - will return when next back in Cambridge.

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Dochui
London
11 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Informal dinner with friends. The staff were great and food was delicious. Highly recommended.

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CraigB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Well worth a visit. Great burgers and steaks too. Spicy squid app is a must.

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KimS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came with friends for a day in Cambridge and we booked a pre show meal. From the minute we got there the staff were friendly and served us quickly. The food was superb and everyone in our party, including a vegetarian, said they enjoyed the food ( and wine)! Will definitely be back and would recommend to everyone.

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Sarah
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful steak with half a mushroom - ordered the side of mushrooms, glad I did! Had the pancakes for pud - wow, yummy and a good portion. Lovely evening with hubby and although quite a noisy restaurant the waitress was lovely. Would definitely go back.

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KateC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had a 9oz ribeye and it was the best steak I have ever eaten!
Our only negative was there was no drinks on tap. Only bottles of coke, beer etc.

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Yoshipaws
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always impressed with CAU - food, staff and atmosphere - first class !

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Alexa
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went there for Father's day as hubby is a big fan of steaks. The Chef's cut steak is flavoursome and juicy and would recommend it. The classic cut is similar to what you will find from other steak house. The waitor asked us if we would like a Father's Day cocktail on special offer. The price is like any other cocktails on the menu so it's not any 'special'. Thought this was a bit sneaky how it was sold to us but hubby liked the drink so that's acceptable. The (size of the pinch) salad that came with the steak didn't look very fresh. There was a quarter of a portabello mushroom that came with the steak, thought they could be a bit more generous than that and for that reason, didn't think it's value for money.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband’s very First fathers day, amazing food and service!

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AlanL
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was recommended by a local and must admit it was fantastic.

The waitress was excellent and when asked she went through all the options, asked us our personal likes then recommended to suit.

Starters, main course and dessert were excellent quality, really tasty and brilliant value.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my husband went to CAU for my birthday at lunchtime mid week as we had the day off work. The set menu was very reasonable (£12.50) for 2 courses and the service was excellent, and food delicious. They even gave me a little birthday cheese cake and sang me happy birthday. So cute! This is only the second time we’ve been to this restaurant but would definitely recommend it!

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LauraS
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service! You must try the pancakes, recommended by the waitress... very tasty!

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Charliepop
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is A-Mazing, couldn't fault it. The service was great, attentive without being too much, helpful when some of the party couldn't make up their mind on what to go for, offered suggestions for drinks etc. This is the second time we have visited and both have been the same., the first just two of us and the next for a family meal. We will be back and would recommend!

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Sailor
Norfolk
28 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food. Beef is very good. Busy place with modern decor. Staff very friendly and service good. Great place for a casual meal with friends.

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak any of us have had in a long time, and I loved the soundtrack!

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NeilB
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely birthday lunch for my Dad’s birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, on the pricey side, can be quite packed and noisy at times, but worth it overall.

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DerekA
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have eaten here on a number of occasions but the quality and particularly the taste of the steak seems to have dropped. The meal was therefore rather disappointing. I also disapprove of the automatic inclusion of a 10% service charge which I failed to read on the bill and was only pointed out when I asked if I could include it on my cc transaction. Grateful for the honesty of the server who pointed it out. Patrons should feel they want to leave a gratuity and not be taken for granted. I shall not eat here again.

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RobW
Hertfordshire
61 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another very good meal - this restaurant is one of the most consistent we know in its welcome, high quality food and general liveliness.

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am08
Cambridge
9 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal as usual - timings perfect & very helpful & friendly waitress :)

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Definitely a “different” atmosphere to traditional restaurants, lacking a cosy feel. Food was decent and small portions, the service however was excellent.
The music was too loud and the playlist was pretty awful, I even heard Eminem playing... in a restaurant?

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AlisonA
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly/efficient service. Extremely good food. Good quality for price xx

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BecciT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great quality and good service. We went for my husbands birthday and weren’t disappointed. They even added a candle to his dessert. Would definitely go again.

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TamsynW
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really enjoyable dinner out. Service was outstanding with good knowledge and recommendations of the wine. Food was enjoyable but nothing outstanding. Good for a casual dinner out

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TraceyW
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is my fifth visit - all with different people. Up to its usual standard of steak. Recommended.

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Mondaybirthdayfun
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Turned up early for our table, this was not an issue. The waitress was friendly and knowledgeable, arranged for us to have a large steak to share as it will cook better. It was cooked perfectly.

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OpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

As a native of Argentina these were very good steaks. Certainly among the best I have eaten outside Argentina. Sadly the wine list doesn’t match up to the beef, uninspiring and in the 3x+ retail price range. Desserts were limited but good. In short, go for the steak. It is lively /loud, so not the setting for a romantic meal.

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iLikeSteaks
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The go-to place in Cambridge when you feel like a good steak (and delicious milkshake).

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JerrodG
Cambridge
10 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience. We really liked the atmosphere and ambiance. The service was top notch and the food was rather good as well. We would definitely dine there again.

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CAU Cambridge is rated 4.2 stars by 1936 OpenTable diners.