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About Cafe Rouge Cambridge
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.
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 1UJ
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 23:00
Saturday: 08:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 22:30
£25 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bridge Street bus stop, 1, 1A, 2, 3, 8, Citi 5, Citi 6, X3, X8
Cafe, Weekend Brunch, Wi-Fi available, Wine
Cafe Rouge Cambridge Ratings and Reviews
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
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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