Galleria - Cambridge

4.2
476 reviews
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Continental
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The Galleria restaurant in Cambridge has the most brilliant location at the foot of Magdalene Bridge beside the River Cam, just in one of the deepest parts where the punters come unstuck. With a pair of terraces beside the river, diners have a ringside seat not only for the punting circus, but also for the pleasure of one of England’s loveliest views. This three-level continental restaurant is light and airy, romantic and pleasant, with wrought-iron balconies, ferns, French prints, bistro-style seating. Signature dish is poached fillets of monkfish in lemongrass with sweet red chilli cream sauce and tiger prawns with leeks and mushrooms served with rice. The very reasonable wines tend to favour Old World vineyards.
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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always recommend this place. Quality of food is great, reasonably priced and something on the menu for everyone. Staff always pleasant and I look forward to eating here.

OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We had a wonderful Waiter to start with and the surroundings are amazing food was great but when the second waitress came along it all turned bad left to sit in for 20 minutes with the pudding menu just ignored us.Overall I would definitely go back again

e
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

So the water was nice as was the view! However, the service was poor, there was no atmosphere and the food was terrible. The waiter simply said your table is on the balcony and didn’t show us to our seats so we had to guess which table was ours. The food was very bland and not that hot. The waiter showed poor attention to the table. We had to set the table ourselves as the knives and forks were just placed in the middle. When I complained that the food wasn’t great it took me three attempts to say it as the waiter ignored my comments. He then made a rude comment that we had eaten our food (this is true as we were very hungry). Although he deducted money from the bill his attitude with dealing with the complaint was very poor. I have eaten here in the past and it was lovely. We will never return to this restaurant.

V
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Wonderful and friendly service but terrible pastas, no taste what so ever

RC
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I recently enjoyed lunch outside on the lower floor overlooking the River Cam. This is a great spot as you can enjoy watching the punting going by.
The food served was absolutely delicious, fresh produce, great flavours, all beautifully presented. Our waiter was charming and even offered us blankets. Service was faultless. We will definitely be returning here!

D
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed everything about the restaurant including the great staff and the nice food. One recommendation would be to just clean up the finishing touches for Example the toilets and the outside balcony's just need a touch up of paint.

J
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We returned here as we had loved it the last time we visited. We were not disappointed and the food was delicious and reasonably priced . Service is friendly and pleasant . Weather didnt allow us to sit outside but we would like to go back and enjoy sitting by the river. Recommend the crab linguine which was delicious.

GM
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a very enjoyable birthday lunch here. Lovely outside table watching the punting on the cam . Good food and service.

S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location over looking the river. We had a terrace table with a fab view. Food was lovely and surprisingly large portions which was great with some tasty cocktails. Excellent service - the only tiny complaint is that they don’t have a cheese option on the desert menu which is odd - but overall a great experience

KS
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was absolutely perfect

Could not fault a single thing

Great venue, amazing views of River Cam, great value for money

We will return

H
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven’t been here for a few years. But it did not disappoint us. The food and service was very good and the lunch time menu had a varied choice to suit all palettes. Gin and tonic seem expensive but it’s trendy.

DK
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very efficient staff - food and cocktails both outstanding- definitely recommend

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Anniversary meal

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Favourite Restaurant! Food was great right from the starters to the dessert!

N
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch with hubby and friends. Great service and sat in window so great position. Had the mackerel pate (yumo) to start the monk fish main. Only thing I can say is a bit more sauce would’ve been good but tast was lovely. Tiramisu for dessert. Beautiful gin drink too (spit roasted pineapple gin). Can’t wait for it to be warmer so we can sit on balcony.

F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice food, service was good, if perhaps a bit quick. I had the king prawns as a starter and then the Moroccan chicken - both were delicious, but those who like large portions may be a bit hungry and will require a pud!

GR
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ideally placed for a pre-theatre meal when attending the ADC theatre. We booked for 17:00 on a Saturday and the restaurant was empty when we arrived but soon started to fill thereafter.

CW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Prices were reasonable but the food is not good at all.

C
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately, our meal here was very disappointing. The food was edible and we didn't have a dreadful experience but we had gone out for a special, celebratory meal and it really isn't the place to go for such an event. I used to love the Galleria but hadn't been here for a couple of years and it has really gone downhill - the restaurant itself seemed shabby (though this is probably in comparison to all the newer shinier restaurants out there), the menu looks great and the food reasonably priced (for a special event) but it really didn't deliver - over-cooked lamb, over-cooked duck, and relatively tasteless. My friend from out of town was taking me out for my birthday and I had chosen the restaurant. I was embarrassed and won't be going back until I hear that there have been vast improvements. Don't go if you are wanting to have a special evening or to celebrate something - you will be disappointed.

M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Galleria came highly recommended on OpenTable and other websites - and it is well-deserved. We had a lovely, tasty, reasonably-priced lunch in pleasant surroundings. The waiter was very friendly and helpful from start to finish, making it an even more enjoyable experience. We will definitely be back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the nicest meals I’ve had in a long while

ED
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, very enjoyable, thank you

JA
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very enjoyable meal, good choice on menu, good service, pleasant atmosphere. Would definitely go again.

other comments: a modern restaurant with hard surfaces. Background music

PM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find and amazing food
Service great and friendly
Definitely will return - Moroccan chicken was delicious

AW
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the menu had a good variety. Great fun watching the punting on the Cam. We sat outside which meant we were quite close to the other tables but this was no problem. The service was timed perfectly quick but not rushed attentive but not constant fussing,; just right.

ID
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The wasps were the problem!
Food and service was great
But pasta not aldente

IA
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our always place to eat when we come to Cambridge for our weekends away

EC
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Restaurant was a great experience.
Food, service and views made for a great combination.

Mussels to start, great sharing starter.
Smaller portion sufficient for Two.

As the day was hit both selected salads;
- Smoked Salmon
- Arabic Chicken with Apricot

Both are recommended if you would like a lighter/summery meal. My preference was the chicken and apricot.

And I would say a Must eat for those with a sweet tooth is the Sticky Toffee Pudding with sauce and ice cream.

a
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and good value for money. Service was friendly without being overbearing.

JP
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really lovely riverside restaurant, with nice view, excellent service and fresh, imaginative dishes. Can't wait to go back!

DK
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Great position, helpful staff and lovely ambience. Food and service disappointing.

MT
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very friendly staff delivering excellent tasting food and cocktails, good value for money given the location next to the " Cam". If the weathers kind try for the terrace overlooking the river and enjoy watching the Antics of those that can and cannot punt.

M
London
70 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

This is a perfect place to people watch. We were lucky to be seated on the terrace outside and had a hoot watching the tourists trying to master punting.

BD
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was slow, another guest had to ask the waitress if there was table service or if it was self service. The food was pretty lacking in flavour and quantity. It was also overpriced.

S
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The food was of good quality but unfortunately took 1hour to make a risotto. I understand this happens but in that time not a single waiter came to ask if we wanted more drinks or to keep us updated.
Nice location but service or kitchen needs properly addressing.

JP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable. Great friendly service. Good unpretentious food. Would highly reccommend.

J
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Galleria was solid. Food tasted good and staff are friendly if a little too quick so you felt a touch rushed. Location by the river was nice, particularly as the weather was great. Chicken was a bit greasy with lemon butter but otherwise very tasty and good value.

KM
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food! Also a very pleasant building with stunning views of the river. Next time, hoping for weather to be able to sit outside on the wonderful two-tier balconies!

H
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Beautiful setting and lovely staff here. Really disappointed though because my meal was near inedible. I had the duck and I couldn’t really cut it even though they gave me a steak knife. Certainly unpleasant trying to chew it. The staff didn’t comment even though I left it all and I basically paid full price for a plate of mash and jus. My friends all said their food was good but that portions were small. Certainly worked out to not be good value for money. We were all so hungry 2 hours after leaving here that we went so MacDonald’s later on and this is something I’ve never had to do after eating out before.
Desert was good.

SM
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is one of the best I’ve been to in a very long time,it was in an ideal location next to the river and several good bars close by,the staff were excellent very attentive and polite,the service was excellent the food was superb all praise to the chef on duty that evening 07/04/18.
I fully intend to return to this restaurant again with my wife.

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