Fitzbillies

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34 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Fitzbillies is a Cambridge institution, founded as a bakery in 1921. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights we serve dinner. An innovative menu of dishes from seasonal and local ingredients in a relaxed setting. During the day we still serve delicious cream teas, spectacular lunches, excellent food to take away and of course our world famous, super-sticky Chelsea buns. (We only take bookings for dinner. During the day just walk in and we can usually find you a table.)
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Fablizzy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fitzbillies is that rare thing - an excellent tea shop that converts very successfully into a decent evening restaurant. The menu only offers about half a dozen choices of main course but my companion and I were both very satisfied with our dishes (steak & chips and baked cod with lentils). Although the dessert were enticing we opted for the cheese platter which was superb. The Maitre D added a taster of the 5th cheese on offer which we had not included in our order; he said it was to win us round as it was his favourite - and it was actually very pleasant! Service was great, location is good and we were more than happy with the value for money. We will definitely be back.

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EmmaC
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The sharing charcuterie starter platter had one slice of toast for the two of us to share which wasn't enough and just a bit basic, the fish cakes were very salty and we were not told until after we started to order that the game pie had sold out. Should have been informed before being given the menu. A bit disappointing to be honest and no special attention given even though I mentioned it was to celebrate a birthday. No frills or special touches, just a bit disappointing. The waitress was nice.

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jonm
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A welcome change to packed out noisy restaurants. Slightly quirky, but a very fresh calming environment. Food was a bit different and very good - but more information from the waiter would have altered the side dishes we chose to augment the main course. Hot Chelsea bun with custard was a great way to finish.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2015
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Lovely ambience in the restaurant, and nice place for a group meal amidst the chains of Cambridge. 2 of our party said their mains were over seasoned - they go very heavy on the salt here. It's also a tad overpriced. £7.50 for a crab starter half as good as the Hawksmoor's but for the same money. But given the choice between here and Cote brasserie it's still worth choosing Fitzbillies.

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wirhabenzeit
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food itself is decent, some creative ideas but the taste is certainly nothing to write home about. The same quality can be found for nearly half the price elsewhere in Cambridge.
We had some bread with butter as an appetizer. The bread strangely included untoasted toast bread.
The choice of mains is very limited, which is I like in general, but in our case there was only one vegetarian option to choose from. The desserts where higher value than the mains.
Besides the food, we were charged almost twice the price for the wine compared to the menu. They corrected the mistake, but still something that shouldn't happen.
The atmosphere is as nice as during the day, maybe a bit quieter.

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Lottie
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Fitzbillies at night is just as noisy as during the day - the acoustics are appalling! But the food was nice, service was good and the atmosphere casual and buzzy. The cop-out are the puddings; so out of character with the rest of the menu, and straight from the day-cafe - brownie and ice-cream.....hmmmm. Take this into account, have the cheese board and enjoy a nice evening out and a good meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our night out at Fitzbillies. Food was fantastic, excellent good humoured service, great setting with s quirky feel.

Highly recommend!

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Maggie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Stylish food. Informal friendly service.

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Gaylo
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal here. They are open for dinner Thursday to Saturday. There is complementary bread - a delicious nutty loaf - and both our main courses were tasty and well prepared. Service was friendly, considerate, and well timed. Highly recommended for a relaxed dinner in Cambridge.

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Cambsfoodie
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time we've been to Fizbillies and again it was a wonderful evening. It's rare you go to a restaurant and everything on the menu is tempting. You can only see the bakery from the outside but once you go in there's a lovely quirky restaurant with only a few tables creating a really nice and intimate atmosphere. The food was delicious from start to finish. I had asparagus in a delicious tangy sauce with a poached egg to start followed by fish in a lemon and clam sauce. Pudding was a delicious cheese cake with honeycomb pieces and lovely sauce. Since they change the menus really regularly depending on what's in season it's a good excuse to go back there again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience4

our waitress from France was absolutely wonderful and the overall atmosphere for an evening meal unbeatable

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GreedyGourmets
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday meal. Very attentive , friendly service. Took quite a while to decide what we wanted as we kept changing our minds. Eventually settled on the Kalbi flank with chips and salad. Very satisfied with our decision. The steak was very tender and the sauce delicious. Fantastic chips!
Not an extensive menu but quality ingredients prepared to a high standard.
Also sampled the famous Chelsea buns earlier in the afternoon - wow! Best ones we've ever had - very gooey.

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avideater
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had smoked salmon with blue cheese and grapefruit. Did not think blue cheese which was a dressing was a good combo. Too rich. And dotted on the salmon so not avoidable!
More vegetable based starter ( so that meal overall is lighter not for vegetarian reasons) would be good.

On previous occasion sat in the section in front of the kitchen. Although at far end of this section our clothes and hair ended up smelling of cooking fat. You need a much better extractor fan if you have a open kitchen. Would be nicer for staff too.
Service efficient and friendly.

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Delphinium
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal and nice to see that the menu changes regularly. This was our second meal within a few weeks. We'll certainly return soon and this time with friends.

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duchess
London
28 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2015
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went here on a busy Friday night. Service was excellent. Small menu but it all sounded fab and our food was delicious. There was also a good selection of wines to choose from. Will definitely visit again

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely meal at Fitzbillies - good food in a relaxed, friendly but intimate atmosphere. Service was slow, but that was fine for us as we enjoyed being able to linger. The staff were attentive but not intrusive. Really enjoyed it and would return for a special occasion.

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MightyAx
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great first impression!

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Delphinium
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely welcome to a very relaxed and friendly restaurant. The food was super and I particularly liked the artichoke main. I'm not a vegetarian but it pressed all the right buttons for me. My husband had the pie and declared it excellent. Wines were affordable and good. There were several dishes on the menu that I'd love to try and will be returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2015
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Nice place. The food was excellent; the venison particularly was very fine. Service was spottily intermittent -- don't come here unless you've got at least 2 hours planned. We would come back again.

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Gushy
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were unsure what to expect going for a valentines dinner at Fitzbillies. Obviously they are known all around Cambridge for their cakes but we weren't aware of their dinner service on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Fortunately we were pleasantly surprised by the whole experience, the dining room is very nice and they don't put the tables too close together, the waiting staff were very friendly and efficient and the food was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wonderful staff remembered I particularly enjoyed a certain wine & as the wine list had changed they had squirrelled away a few bottles just for my consumption ,we felt privileged & special.Our meal was tasty & beautifully served.Thank you to all staff at Fitzbilies.

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James
Cambridge
8 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2015
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. I had the venison and my wife had guinea fowl. Both were excellent: the venison was beautifully cooked, nice and rare, and with delicious red cabbage. The guinea fowl was also perfectly cooked and with a very tasty sauce. Service was excellent, and the ambience is quiet (although we did eat quite late), but the decor is nice. However, both were also quite pricy (£17 for the Guinea Fowl, £22 for the venison), and given the price I was a little disappointed by the portion size and the fact that neither came with any potatoes/chips/carbs - you have to pay more for that.

For this reason, although I'd recommend it for foodies wanting to try all the excellent restaurants in Cambridge no matter the price, I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend it to most of my friends on the basis that I simply don't think it's good value. For the same price, you could get similar quality food in Cambridge but larger portions; or better quality in similar portions.

Note, though, that as a bakery and a cafe, Fitzbillies is excellent and I would thoroughly recommend for cakes and coffee!

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Oldnog
London
90 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place for dinner, it turns passingly serious for the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2015
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I was extremely disappointed by my experience. The menu was very limited and the food was not very special. My partner asked for his steak to be cooked medium-well and it was served to him so pink he could not eat it. The dessert menu was also very limited and did not include any of the cakes which are normally sold during the day. It was definitely not worth the amount we paid for it and I will not be going back.

JB
JBatXmas
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Staff all very friendly and attentive on arrival, knowledgeable about menu. We arrived c18.50 so restaurant only a quarter full. Service for main course a little slow may be explained by fact that inside an our the place was 80-90% full. Two or three large (Christmas?) bookings meant that the essentially small area become full and quite noisy to the extent that I had problems hearing what my wife was saying opposite me.
That apart food was very tasty with Venison tender and succulent.
We have always ate well here and would certainly recommend it but it is essentially a small area which can easily feel congested. Quiet and intimate it isn't but the food does make it worth it!! Also prices are very reasonable, particularly in comparison with other restaurants in central Cambridge.

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Sims
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2014
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food very good but service awful. We received our main course 1 hour 30 after our starters which had already taken over half an hour to arrive. They explained that they were very busy (no apology - until we complained a second time after being told that our food was being plated up and it still hadn't turned up after 15mins) so it begs the question why take so many bookings if your kitchen can't cope??

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CB12
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2014
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brought foodie friends from London here and was not disappointed. They called it quaint, with a good vibe. They were generally were happy with the food (except the warm raddichio salad). Service was excellent. And they were pleased that it was not too loud to be able to talk (a common issue). I come here frequently for lunch and will now be adding this to my dinner list as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good wholesome food ,friendly ,informative staff beautifully served.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good friendly service. Lovely atmosphere. The best venison I have had for years.

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vipReiverRob
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience4

From the braised (?) beef ribs onwards (a special which our waitress recommended), a great meal. The kitchen were very helpful in dishing up a starter sized portion of the main course root veg mille feuille. We then enjoyed the monkfish and the Coq in Hock guinea fowl, both equally good. And the kitchen once again came to the rescue when a slight accident with a wine glass deposited some surplus red wine in my guinea fowl sauce.
The wines were good value and the staff were brilliant.
And it's such a pleasure NOT to see a restaurant offering those current menu cliches, slow roast belly pork or thrice cooked chips!

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food,perfectly served.Wine list excellent.

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meatandmalts
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, welcoming service. Great menu, very pleasant setting. Would happily recommend for date, group booking or special occasion.

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vipAnon
London
77 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very tasty meal, simple surroundings, excellent service.

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Beena
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fitzbillies is known for wonderful pasteries and cakes for afternoon tea and morning tea. However their dinner menu is not something you hear much about. Happy to report that the evening menu is delicious and good value. A great place to go with friends.

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Fitzbillies is rated 4.2 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.