Cafe Rouge Cambridge

3.8
35 reviews
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£25 and under
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French
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual

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About

Full of history and culture, our bistro is situated on the historic Bridge Street in a stunning Grade II listed building, thought to have been constructed in the 17th Century.


With a nod to the history of cycling in Cambridge, a rouge painted bicycle with dressed basket sits outside the building, with a bicycle themed wall mural leading into the courtyard.


The outside courtyard is partially sheltered by a large heated umbrella, perfect for al fresco dining whatever the weather.


The top floor of the restaurant can be booked, free of charge, for large parties, celebrations or events.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 23:00
Saturday: 08:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 22:30
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Phone number
01223 364961
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
Bridge Street bus stop, 1, 1A, 2, 3, 8, Citi 5, Citi 6, X3, X8
Additional
Cafe, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.7
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RD
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always good food and great service, the place is always busy!

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S
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a friend's birthday and the starters and mains and coffee and champagne were all excellent. However the waiter did make it all the more pleasurable because was attentive but not overwhelming and could enjoy a joke with us, All in all a most convivial evening, thank you!

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An excellent meal with very good service. Un-rushed and very relaxing. Will definitely eat there again.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Very quiet lacked atmosphere. Food was good would like a bit more choice menu has not changed in ages. Waiter was not that friendly

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Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2017
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

I only gave 2 stars because my Rib eye steak was sub standard the rest of the meal including my wifes steak was good.
The waiter who had looked after us was first class he first of all reheated the whole steak meal but it was the sinue that was the the problem without further adoo he deleted the cost of my steak which I thought was good customer service that deserved 5*.The resturant made us very welcome and we will go back when we are back in the area

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice meal with good service. Only small grumble mussels very tiny.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A little bit noisy in the early part of the evening; but the food and wine were as good as I had expected. Not a huge amount of choice for vegetarians, but at least not limited to mushroom risotto and vegetable lasagne as so often happens elsewhere!

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We chose Cafe Rouge to have our Anniversary dinner as it is a cosy inviting restaurant close to work, which we have enjoyed many times. The service is usually good but on this ocassion was very lovely indeed - extremely polite and welcoming. The lighting adds to a very pleasant . ambience We use Tesco vouchers when we dine here as the only drawback I find is that it is a bit expensive if we didn't have vouchers

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Staff really didn't seem like they could be bothered to serve us not a good experience.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable meal. Nice atmosphere and an attentive waitress.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

After eating at cafe rouge in Norwich and having an excellent meal and service we decided on a day trip to Cambridge and booking cafe rouge again but was disappointed. We sat squashed in a corner table whilst people were arriving just for coffee and sitting at bigger tables, we had chilli prawns for starters as the same in Norwich but they came in hot chilli oil with full shell on so had to wait to eat them as we could not pick them up, I had beef bourginion for main with around 5 pieces of beef in it and my husband had the moules which had no liquid in them we had the same in Norwich but meals were totally different leaving us disappointed.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were excellent. Being able to dine on Tesco vouchers made it a real treat

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C
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a pleasant restaurant true to the chain. It is spacious and so good for a large party at shorter notice.

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C
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Disappointing service but very expensive!

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D
London
87 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

We booked for 9am (when they open) to get an early breakfast into the family before a solid morning of shopping! Unfortunately, we were somewhat let down. Now, up front, I should say that the restaurant knocked some money off the bill, which was appreciated, but my view is I would rather pay the full sum and get what I expect than have a poor cheap meal.

Pain au chocolate were unavailable because the chef 'burnt them'; my wife's clear request for GF toast was ignored, but fortunately we spotted that what came looked like normal toast. You cannot afford to do this CR, as one day a) it won't be spotted and b) the customer may be really ill as a result! Other elements of the meal were good, the fruit salad plentiful and the cooked breakfast decent. Disappointing though.

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G
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for group booking. Even though we had 19 in our group, we did not have to pre-order. Food was tasty and relatively quick and easy.
Will definitely come back soon.

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s
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

great feeling - been going for years and its always friendly and comfortable - great food too!!!

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D
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Have been going frequently, especially due to Tesco vouchers usage, for several years! However I have to say, lately, the whole aspect is not what it used to be. Fine dining it certainly isn't! Because the food is pre-prepared (elsewhere) and as such they do not have specialized chef, the food is pre-set and alterations are difficult if not impossible. We are fairly traditional international eaters and are not excited by the current 'trend' to over fill everything with garlic! The option to sometimes request this is removed is impossible! We all have different tastes and I have to say Café Rouge is convenient but NOT for a special occasion!

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2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We would recommend Cafe Rouge to anyone..but if you are visiting the Cambridge branch...give yourself plenty of time for parking...it is a nightmare. Having said that the staff were really friendly and greeted some of our party that had arrived..and were particularly patient as it was Mothers Day..they were busy and we were so late for our reservation.

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a Mother's Day lunch (for 2 mothers, 3 grandchildren and one grandpa (who paid). The menu was excellent for all. The new crepe dish is great. One grandchild liked moules.
The ambience, in central Cambridge, is memorable. Vive Cafe Rouge!

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RM
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was rather disappointed with this visit. Firstly, the waitress thought we'd booked for only 2, when clearly the booking showed three. So we had to go upstairs, which is less atmospheric. Then we sat for more than 20 minutes before anyone took a drinks order. I think the place was just overstretched; the staff are always nice and friendly but couldn't cope.

My biggest complaint is that the burger is so overcooked; however I was warned it's company policy to serve them fully cooked. What a waste of decent meat. The other meals were fine, and for a friends' get together it was ok.

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Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quick service, decent portions and price.
Its a pity you closed Colchester Branch. Cant forgive you for that!

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London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The food on the menu that was actually available was not bad, but too many items that we initially ordered, or would have liked to have ordered, were not available.

The staff did their best to make up for this but I am sure they were as embarrassed as we were.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

ThNk you. It was just what've needed! Will come again!

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Both of us had steaks, Both were sadly lacking in flavour - the salad dressing tasted of more than the steak. Prices appear to have gone up too. Expensive for a very average meal.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Reasonably priced meal to end night out with friends especially as we could use Tesco vouchers

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MT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really impressed with the Restaurant (food & service) but NOT with the OpenTable booking! This did NOT link up with the restaurant! When I arrived with my friends, they had no record of my booking, even though I had the OpenTable email confirmation as proof!! The restaurant also revealed that the same situation happened on New Year's Eve.
Mmmmmmm, OpenTable need to sort out this discrepancy!!

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The staff are very friendly and work hard. This was good value because I had a 50% off voucher. The starter was a platter but there was not really enough bread for two people so we had to order more (more bread is needed with this platter!) the platter itself though is extremely nice. We both ordered steak. usually these are 18.95 each. but then you have to add £2 on for the sauce....the sauce was not that nice and for that price should have been included.

At this stage I would like to say that the starter was worth the full price for two people. But the steak most certainly was not. It was steak frites so literally steak and French fires. The steak was not of very good quality. My partner ordered rare and I ordered medium rare. What we ended up with was his (medium rare not rare) and mine (medium). So both overcooked. the steak was not large - which is okay - but the quality was a problem. There was an awful lot of fat and gristle throughout mine which I had to keep taking out of my mouth and putting on the side of the plate. The full price would have been over twenty pounds for this and I would have sent it back and ordered something else had I not the voucher. Even at about ten quid it was overpriced!!

Overall a nice evening here and a lovely warm ambience with good staff. But the kitchen needs to really watch the quality of the ingredients especially on highly priced items.

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Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a birthday and there was a booking for 6 of us. The food was good the service reasonably quick and we weren't rushed at all. E veryone was happy for the occasion.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A good meal and friendly service in a reliable chain restaurant.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The vegetables were cold. We were disappointed with the Creme Brûlée, much smaller than on previous trips. Also with added ice cream, which was not asked for or indicated on the menu.

Mules were good.

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D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed that mussels, salmon & hake were all off the menu (this was 7 o'clock on a Saturday evening). This is poor stocktaking.

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MS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy our time at Cafe Rouge in Bridge Street, Cambridge.

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Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varsity is definitely the best restaurant of Cambridge.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

6 ladies from the WI went for lunch on 29th September and were disapointed with both food and service.
The waitress did not have a pad and pencil, she said she could remember the orders but had to come back twice to ask what we wanted and still I got salad instead of fries! Very annoying. They had not put any white wine in the fridge, so instead of 3 small glasses we were given a bottle of warm wine in ice. I can't speak for the other meals but the salmon fishcake was over cooked/heated and dry. Cafe Rouge was one of my favourite places to eat but I will not hurry back

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