Mercado Central

4.7
149 reviews
£25 and under
International
Mercado Central brings beautiful market produce to your plate. Inspired by Spain’s historic markets and restaurants, we source high quality, seasonal ingredients and celebrate the flavours of our Spanish heritage. Set in an historic, Cambridge townhouse, you can enjoy a casual lunch at the open kitchen or a special dinner in the upstairs dining rooms.

Our suppliers are specialist, small scale operations, whose good practices ensure sustainable and high welfare produce, while all our bread is made onsite by Jose and the team!
What 149 People Are Saying
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Bucko
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service

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MVidalBermudez
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, we try almost all sharing plates! Delicious! The only thing that I’ve missed was the Spanish omelette.
100% recommended

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VickyS
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A really lovely restaurant with friendly, knowledgable and helpful staff and the food was delicious- will definitely be going back

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great birthday meal at Mercado Central. Can’t fault it! 👌🏼

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Melanieb
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic restaurant with excellent service from an informed and attentive team of staff. Looking forward to our next visit.

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Chrispy
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance
Would and do recommend to family and friends

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CristinaA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

very nice overall experience, will go back and recommend it

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tadkar
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here to celebrate a birthday, and the restaurant was spot on. The downstairs is quite lively and the upstairs a bit quieter. The staff were the perfect level of attentive and were knowledgeable about the menu. The food was great, and as a vegetarian the paella option was a highlight. Overall, a great evening and would highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food!

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JBCambs
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality. That's all you need to know, really. Great to have another top independent in Cambridge.

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HelenU
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous, fresh ingredients. Imaginative menu. Great wines. Excellent service. Will be back. In fact, have already booked a cheeky luncheon...

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DanielE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic meal at Mercado - me and the wife decided to go Tapas only and shared 12 dishes.... OK, that was probably too much but the food was fantastic, wine was excellent, service was very attentive and engaging and the ambience of the restaurant was great. Next time, I'd love to sit on the ground floor where the open kitchen are working right in front of your eyes, but it was lovely sitting upstairs as well. A great addition to the Cambridge dining scene and we will be visiting again soon! Thanks

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LetS
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Not happy at all, paid £16 for just one gamba or carabinero or some people call it Big King Prawm. Also, they do not follow the Covid guidelines, squid empanada full of grease, very small and £6.50!!, Jamon Iberico not good quality, finish quite hungry, bill £100!!, for 2 people, the only drink were glass of wine and a beer, service charge is quite high, never again.

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Jack
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, food was excellent and the service was perfect. Felt so at home, could have sat there for the rest of the afternoon with an extra bottle and their fantastic food!

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Claire
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I have had in Cambridge for a very long time... and so lovely to be eating out!!!

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Georgie
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor, vibrant atmosphere, friendly staff, amazing food.

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LydiaS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 3rd visit to Mercado Central and as always, the food and serivce were outstanding.

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vipsrah
London
72 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First visit, really good! Good food, good service and nice to be out of lockdown! Will definitely be going back...

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GregV
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice experience. Good quality of ingredient. Food service. Menu was good.

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DrewC
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bearing in mind this was the last night before lockdown 2 and it was as busy as could be within the social distancing guidelines, they did a good job. Looking forward to returning as soon as they are open again.

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WilmaS
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were fairly disappointed considering the great reviews on Trip Adviser.
The restaurant was really cold.
The starters of croquettes and crispy squid were very good, particularly the squid.
We had to remind the staff to bring our wine, we had finished one sharing starter and had started the second one and the wine still hadn’t been served. Then the waiter forgot to bring the wine cooler.
The seafood risotto main had very little seafood in it. The pork main was slightly tough and lacking in flavour.

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MichaelF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Great food and service. Thoroughly recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good

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SRahman
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely authentic tapas restaurant, definitely on the pricey side, but well worth the cost. The food was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son’s birthday

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Insk
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very nice place for dinner. They have a wide variety of the Spanish cuisine.
Really friendly staff and environment.

I only missed vegan options (I'm Spanish and I know loads of typical dishes that are actually vegan or you can make them vegan)
The veggie rice was ok, but I think it can be highly improved if they change the pickled artichokes (they were kind of sour) and the aubergine ( it doesn't fit with Valencian rice). They could add other veggies as peppers, green onions, green beans, chickpeas, regular artichokes... Just my opinion.

Starters were absolutely amazing, bravas were so well done (I missed some vegan all I oli).

The rice from Huelva was really good as well as the wine we ordered.

About the desserts, we couldn't ask for any as they don't offer any vegan option. Again, easy Spanish-vegan desserts exist.

It is kind of a pitty because the restaurant and staff is lovely, I cannot recommend enough this place...

But I think the menu doesn't offer enough dishes for all the people (gluten free, vegan, vegetarian...). So that they cannot enjoy the full experience

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Jess
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Staff were amazing, very knowledgable and lovely to speak to. Drinks were also great. Food was disappointing, didn't have a ton of flavour.

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KarenGrace
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely place to have my birthday party 🥳 with my family 💕

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JenniferE
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Tables uncomfortably close for social distancing. Staff were lovely but the food disappointing, especially considering the price. Wouldn't go back

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PaulW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Returning customer and the menu is evolving with some brilliant new additions and a varied specials board . Razors clams , Queen scallops and Prawn croquettes all glorious for a shared starter .
Excellent Lemon Sole for the wife and a gorgeous Arroz Negra . Black rice with octopus and prawns .
Already booked in 2 weeks time .

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Ej94
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and lovely service! Would definitely recommend to others

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SusieB
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, with great range of fresh fish and seafood to choose from. Everything was perfectly cooked and the service was really friendly. It’s also got great decor.

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YasH
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner at Mercado Central. Having lived in Spain, it is great to have such an authentic Spanish restaurant in Cambridge. The fish and seafood is fresh and delicious. The service very good. Great atmosphere. Will definitely be back soon!

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AngelaM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved Mercado Central. I'm Spanish and it really felt like eating at mum's. The food is super fresh and the flavours amazing. I would definitely recommend to everyone to go there and I'll definitely be a regular!

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KatH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

High quality, authentic Spanish food - would highly recommend!

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SimonT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a lively atmosphere. Back again soon I hope!

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LauraS
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely sangria, the atmosphere was good and the service was very fast and attentive. Very reasonably priced too!

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vipFoodista
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and very authentic spanish food. Reslly nice staff and great ambiance.

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BobY
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Had dinner on a Friday night. Restaurant was very busy. Social distancing was not observed. I ordered a shared started, the fried calamari was nice. For a main I ordered the sole and my guest ordered the seafood paella. The sole had no flavor whatsoever and while it was moist it was not worth the £27 I was charged for it. The paella had only a few small pieces of sea food and tasted “ok”. The sangria was also less than enjoyable. During our meal the waiter only checked on us once and never offered or brought drink refills. I don’t feel that this experience is representative of this establishment and I am confident that it has been difficult dealing with COVID restrictions. However, I was dissatisfied with the food, especially given the price, and also very unhappy with the service.

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TimH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh and inventive food, excellent wine. Charming service. Not cheap but you get what you pay for. Will definitely return.

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Mercado Central is rated 4.7 stars by 149 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.