The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie

4.3
1068 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie is located on the bustling Trinity Street in central Cambridge, the restaurant makes for an ideal spot to enjoy an accessible all-encompassing menu, serving British classics from dawn until dusk, including breakfast, elevenses, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner and cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 8am-12.30am
(Last food order 9.30pm)
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 9am-12.30am
(Last food order 9pm)
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Phone number
01223 344044
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Sean Burbidge
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

was very disappointed that 3 of the main courses I chose were not available, a total of 6 mains were not available. Hostesses were not as attentive there was a fully working cloak room which was not used and coat were not taken, and table spacing was a bit too cosy.

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CC
Essex
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food in a beautifully presented - decor and cleanliness - venue.

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MV
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food, good service, good location, good décor, relaxed style, friendly staff - you can be as formal or relaxed as you want. VERY enjoyable.

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SW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I took 2 people here for Sunday lunch and we all enjoyed it. The service was great. apart from a mix up with the menus at the beginning. I thought the ambiance was perfect for a Sunday lunch. It was my first visit but I am sure it will not be my last.

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OT
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Excellent service and food.

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Gorgeous restaurant - we went to the bar first - service was great.

The actual menu is a little hard to follow - we were there for dinner but the menu has everything from breakfast to sandwiches to dinner with a layout that is a bit challenging!

We had an amazing time; service was just right - not at all rushed but attentive.

The chocolate bomb dessert was amazing!

The only thing that made me knock a star off was the drinks service during dinner - twice we had to ask where our drinks were.

Apart from that thoroughly recommend - hope to go back!

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RS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good, but when I dine out I like to enjoy conversation, which was nearly impossible owing to the all pervading blast of the sort of music I in any case dislike - though even Beethoven would have been offensive at half the level! So I shall certainly not dine there again (and most of the people I know would sympathise).

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IC
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A party of 6 . Service food ambiance all excellent.

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FS
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!! Introduced two friends and they loved it too!!

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AC
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and wonderful service made for a perfect dining experience. So good, in fact, we booked our next meal here before our main course had finished! :-)

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JH
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service excellent and would certainly return but table was quite cramped.

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CK
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Waitress very friendly and helpful.

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n
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our third visit to Ivy Cambridge and found as excellent as always.very good service and very good menu.Very enjoyable evening.

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LN
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice place to eat -decor is lovely. Only one fault-my husband ordered steak, it didn’t say on the menu that it was going to be brushed with garlic butter. When it arrived my husband who doesn’t like garlic butter asked the waitress if it said on the menu that it was served with garlic butter-the waitress looked and said no it didn’t state this on the menu so my husband asked for a new steak. She wasn’t very happy about this but took the steak away and said he would have to wait for another one which he said was fine. The next steak arrived in about 10 mins which was great and he really enjoyed his meal. I guess menus should state this in case he had an allergy-this was a preference of course. Other wise the meal was good.

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BB
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit to the Ivy Cambridge and intend to go again soon, I had the Shepherds pie which was very tasty, followed by the Rum Baba - superb. Service as always is excellent and the general vibe of the place just adds to the whole experience.

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SP
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delightful tasty lunch again didn’t disappoint. Third time of visiting and meals are always beautifully prepared, staff were friendly but service was a little slower this time. Still a beautiful mean in stunning surroundings

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was sensational but while service was very good it was not at the standard I expected. Little things like messy settings, especially tableclothes, and unironed clothes. Music could have been more classy too. Cocktail was just sugar. So great but not what I expected of the name.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been there twice for a romantic evening meal and not been disappointed.

The service is very attentive and a bit classy.

Really nice atmosphere and decor, very colourful with modern (somewhat Art Deco) paintings all over the walls.

The menu is varied (modern european). Not necessarily super creative, the food is well prepared with quality ingredients and some style (the Calvados flambeed on the apple tart at your table). I recommend the Chicken Bourguignon.

A bit on the pricy side but not overly. Great value for a special occasion.

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JD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time we had tried the Cambridge Ivy. I have eaten in the original Ivy and hoped it would be as good. It was! We had a lovely lunch with family to celebrate 2 special anniversaries. Memorable experience.

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SH
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another delicious and happy lunch at the Ivy this week. The atmosphere was buzzy, the waiters were friendly and attentive and the food was delicious. We love this new addition to Cambridge and will continue to support it with relish!

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Usually love the Ivy but found the waitress too pushy in trying to sell extras.

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D
London
89 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not good enough. To be clear, the restaurant reduced our bill by around 25% as a result of the issues here. As we said to them at the time, we would rather have the meal and service we expect than a reduced bill for a poor experience.

We told them one of us was GF when we booked - they ignored this until we asked and they have no GF marked menu, you just have to say what you want and they say if they can do it. Rubbish!

I ordered a glass of white wine with my starter - it arrived with my main meal (steak) which was overdone - I ordered medium, we got well done. This is simple stuff, and it's not good enough!

Other food was good, but it ruined date night.

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RB
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and atmosphere. Would recommend!

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CC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The staff seem uninformed about cocktails other than those on the list, and one had never heard of Campari. We were given a 12.15 booking for lunch as apparently nothing else was availabe until 1.30pm but at no point during our visit was the restaurant more than half full.

The food wad good brasserie fare and I have already recommended the restaurant to friends.

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PD
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I chose to try out The Ivy for the 16th anniversary of our first date.

Initially, we were seated at a table in proximity to a larger group whose conversation was louder than we were comfortable with : they were not excessively noisy, but it prevented us engaging in a quiet tete a tete. We asked to be moved and were readily offered a table whivh suited us perfectly.We then had a splendid meal,drink and evening.Our waiter,Jorge, was quietly attentive.All in all,wonderful.We will recommend and return. Thank you.

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OT
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was ok for how much the food was I just expected more

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JH
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea in very comfortable surroundings, nice selection of sweet and savoury treats and lots of tea

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PB
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Sunday was our second visit , having been a couple of weeks before and had a great lunch.
Again , we were greeted by freindly staff and shown to our table without delay.
There were three of us , my wife, myself and our teenage grandson.
My grandson opted for a rib eye steak which he ordered to be cooked as medium and it came up rare.
He tried to eat it , but it was hardly cooked.
The waiter took it away and came back with it well done rather than medium and then it was way too chewy and by the time he had actually got it back , my wife and I had finished and then had to sit and wait for him to eat his lunch.
In fairness , it was deducted from the bill , but as it wasnt that busy , I was supprised that the chef got it wrong twice.
Other than that , all staff are very professional and polite and the restruant is a pleasure to dine in.
We will definately keep going there.

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SA
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I booked in advance for afternoon tea for my mum’s 70th, for 3 of us. Asked for a nice table in the middle of the restaurant. When we arrived we were given a table right by the door on restaurant entrance. I asked to be moved which was accommodated but we had to repeatedly ask for cutlery which was missing and the food was pretty mediocre for somewhere so nice. I wish we’d gone to Patisserie Valerie which is much better value and has better service. Won’t be going to The Ivy again or recommended it.

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A
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The waitress got the wrong main order and didn’t pay adequate attention to us. The front of the house, bar and senior members of staff were very professional.

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BC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every single penny, love the ambience, service second to none, friendly approachable, knowledgeable staff, outstanding!

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HW
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I went to the Ivy with a friend for dinner. Overall we had a great time - the food was very good and service started out as exceptional. A couple of comments on the food: I asked for very rare tuna steak - it wasn’t! It was over cooked. I didn’t send it back as that would mean eating after my friend had finished. The cheese board was served straight from the fridge which meant it was a bit disappointing and when we flagged it to the waiter he didn’t seem to understand and didn’t offer to get another one. The service became slightly less attentive towards the end and when we went back to the bar for a drink after dinner the barman seemed more focused on cleaning the bottles than serving. The atmosphere is great and overall food was very tasty and generous but at the price I don’t think they should get these details wrong.

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AL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special early evening meal with my husband. We were sat at the bar when we arrived as we were early. The bar staff were extremely attentive. Thank you bar staff.

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MB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely ambience and decor. Even in a large busy restaurant we found the service to be very good. Leaving enough time between courses not to be rushed but still attentive. All three courses were excellent and there is plenty of choice on the menu. Have already booked to take our daughter for her birthday in December. Just one slight point, never like the fact that service is automatically added to the bill but this is usual these days. Just hope it actually goes to the restaurant staff who were working extremely hard to make sure you have a positive experience.

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R
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit and really impressed. Must rank in top few places to eat in Cambridge. Only other better places are Michelin stars, but they are so expensive. Will definitely visit again soon.

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LW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for a 50th birthday ladies lunch. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive in a professional manner. Great choice of food especially the dessert menu which we all enjoyed. Overall experience was very good. Decor and furnishings are really different. Great atmosphere for a late lunch at 230 the whole place was buzzing.

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WP
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food! Beautiful decor and service second to none. Highly recommend!

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RT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish the service was absolutely fantastic. The lovely warm welcome we received on our arrival to the very attentive staff who looked after us at our table which all added to a great lunch that enjoyed with my visiting daughter. Great 5 star service

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PF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first experience of the Ivy was 10 out of 10. The food and service was excellent. I will definitely be going back. Highly recommended.

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CG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent breakfast, lovely building and atmosphere

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