Mercado Central

4.6
131 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 131 People Are Saying
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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
3 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
4 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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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good, the service was lovely, this is our favourite place to eat in Cambridge!

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FrancescaC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Mercado Central is a really nice place and it has good quality food. I loved the croquetas and the octopus the most and the fish counter too (difficult to find in Uk). I recommend it for a nice dinner with friends or with your partner to celebrate something.

My main concern was with the social distancing not respected ...we were very close to other tables and so people and because of lot of people in a small place the noise level was very high. Almost impossible to hear my friends. I would then advice to review this. Also, some plates are a bit expensive.

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Sara
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great staff. Can’t wait to return again !

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BionicMoggie
Liverpool
6 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Tapas - we had selection of prawns, squid, sausage. Perfect bread to dip. Loved everything about Mercado

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EliseC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely evening. The food was insane, lovely and helpful staff

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CatherineH
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! The pics don't make justice to how great the restaurant looks. The food was fantastic and service did not disappoint. Would recommend and We will be back for sure. We had a great time, it was a very special one year anniversary.

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KateH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, perfect service and lovely atmosphere. The octopus was outstanding!!

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Hippyck
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and helpful service. Delciously prepared, freshly cooked food. A very enjoyable lunch, requiring a return visit!

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ScottM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, authentic Spanish with very high quality food and service. Highlights were the octopus, Jamon Iberico and the delicious croquetas. Highly recommended for a special lunch.

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ShannonS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, Service and ambiance. Easily one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in town.

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DrewC
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When you walk in and see fresh seafood in an ice tray, just like a fishmonger, sitting, socially distanced, on the counter, you only hope they'll cook it well. In fact ours was cooked to perfection. We've been twice in a week. Enough said!

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BenW
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic food made from great produce. Staff really looked after us and the general vibe made eating out a real pleasure in these uncertain strange times. Can’t wait for my next visit!!!

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Alex
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant food well prepared and good service. Will definitely be visiting again.

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vipSimonC
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A real gem. The best Spanish food I have ever experienced outside of Spain. The pork was tender and beautifully flavoured and the octopus and black rice equally delicious. The patatas brava were the best I have ever eaten anywhere. The puddings were gorgeous too. The restaurant is really well situated and the service was excellent. It’s not inexpensive but then food of this standard is rarely cheap. Highly recommended.

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ValS
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazon on every level, freshly cooked food, great wine list and friendly efficient service’

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Xmxmx
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Tables were not appropriately distanced for dining during covid.

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FCJK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious food, good wine and great service. Would definitely recommend to friends and family and I will go back.

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EnzoI
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Fresh fish so good. Tomato salad. Bravas. Iberico hams .

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Mercado Central is rated 4.6 stars by 131 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.