The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill

4.4
250 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Waterfront
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The River Bar Steakhouse and Grill, with its cavernous loft-like vibe, quayside location and creative crowd, has become one of Cambridge’s premier restaurants. Located close to the bustling town centre, in a riverside spot opposite Magdalene College, The River Bar Steakhouse and Grill is a popular choice for special occasion dining and drinks. The Grill serves the very finest prime cuts of beef, aged for 28 days and sourced from local farms. The menu includes a large selection of cuts, from a classic porterhouse to a tender fillet or indulgent chateaubriand for two. Burgers meanwhile are freshly made on the premises and marinated chicken and fresh fish come straight from the signature grill too. Though based around the steak, The River Bar Steakhouse and Grill caters superbly for vegetarians, serves sublime desserts and prior to your meal we heartily recommend enjoying hand mixed cocktails in the bar, the ideal start to any special evening.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, British, Burgers
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 18:00 - 23:30
Friday: 17:30 - 12:30
Saturday: 12:00 - 00:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 23:30
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Phone number
01223 307030
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Angus Macintyre Martin
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Private Party Facilities
Private Dining & Groups Catering for events varying from corporate gatherings to birthday parties and everything in between, our relaxed atmosphere is sure to complement your occasion. We strive to treat you and your guests to the finest cuisine in order to ensure that whatever your event may be, it is one to remember. Why not take a look at our menu where we are certain that you'll find something for each and every one of your guests? Mezzanine level Our mezzanine level provides a private dining area for parties up to 34, offering stunning views of the river and Colleges. For Canapé functions and presentations this area can accommodate up to 40. The mezzanine level is reached via a spiral staircase from the main restaurant floor. Entire Restaurant: Alternatively the whole restaurant can be hired out for functions, events and weddings and can accommodate up to 75 people.
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Parking Details
There is a multi-storeys car park available just 2 minutes from the restaurant, located in Park Street CB58AS. Height restriction 1.98 metres (6 feet 6 inches) Alternative on street car parking available after 8 pm
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Public Transit
Cambridge station
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the moment we entered staff welcoming especially the lady who greeted us. We had lovely table overlooking river and the food was superb, especially the prawns for starters. I had sea bass and had totally missed the fact that it said whole, asked if they could take head off for me and the waiter did this and filleted it at the table really quickly, exceptional service. We were too full up for dessert but a lovely gesture, as it was my friends birthday, was a small dessert with happy birthday written on the plate which she said was delicious, unexpected but very welcome. Would definitely return when in Cambridge. There is nothing at all negative to say but, if I was going to have steak, I don't think I would have been able to eat such large ones so another choice of smaller size maybe worth adding to menu

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Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service, they went to much trouble to give us the window table we requested. Food and wine was great

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SC
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a fabulous evening. Very friendly service- even remembered my name! Cocktail made for a relaxing start. Menu catered for all tastes. Large portions-regrettably didn't leave room for dessert. Next time!

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited this restaurant for a post - graduation meal and we had a lovely evening. The service is impeccable, the food delicious and the ambience relaxed and warm. Thank you for the perfect end to a perfect day!

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London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely meal for our first wedding anniversary. Could not fault the service or the food - had the Prawn cocktail to start and then the Ribeye Steak cooked perfectly. The potato wedges weren't to my taste as they were very chunky and tasted a little raw. Overall a lovely experience just a little on the pricey side but then you do have a lovely view if you get a table by the window!

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C
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I visited with my partner for his birthday meal - amazing food, great atmosphere and view over the river. Only slight glitch was queuing for the toilet and our server forgot our deserts (long wait as fully booked venue) -but it was worth it for the lovely main meals.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here with 6 friends, not from the area so just searched & booked on line. The meal & service excellent what a great find would definitely recommend!!!

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue with amazing food and impeccable service. It is clean, spacious and the staff are friendly, polite and not intrusive. We were there for my partners birthday and had our 4 yr old son with us, they couldn't have been more welcoming at all.

Will definitely be coming back again.

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London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ... great service... great restaurant ... would highly recommend 😃

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic time and the food was great! Thanks to all who made it a night to remember

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AJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening celebrating my daughters graduation. Good food and very attentive service.

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M
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Good food. Good service. Nice views from the windows. That Honey and Chilli Margarita 👌. Overall a little pricey but I recommend it

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AB
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous meal as ever! The quality of the ingredients, the staff and ambience are superb - if its not on the menu just ask. :)

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service but seated on top floor where there was no air conditioning and it was too hot. Made it uncomfortable and we should have been given the option of dining downstairs a that was fully air conditioned. We skipped dessert as we just needed to get some fresh air.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far, one of the best steaks I've ever had, and I know my steak! Amazing value, service, vibe. Would love to go back. Cant fault it.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely meal here with outstanding cocktails. Although it is primarily a steak restaurant, our veggie daughter was very happy with the selections offered for her too. Excellent fish options and yummy desserts too.

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KK
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, attentive waiter and waitress. Special occasion as it was my brothers birthday. We had a great seat overlooking the river and people punting. It was a very hot evening and the heat from the sun was quite intense with not the greatest air con. We did ask to move as my son and daughter (11 & 8) were very hot but unfortunately we couldn't move as the restaurant was fully booked. The manager did his best but there was no other tables for 5.
Food was fantastic, cocktails delicious and steak cooked to perfection. The heat did not ruin our evening just made us very sweaty but we will be back!

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife for our 10yr wedding anniversary we booked a table that was easy, found it easy and the staff were amazing from start to finish. The food was cooked to perfection just as we asked and was perfect. Shame our next anniversary is in a yrs time

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely waiters. Delicious Sunday lunch. Attention to detail. Surprise platters with candles for our 60 year old birthday girls. Fabulous.

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EG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dinner! Service was best in class and the food was sublime. We shared a camembert starter and chateaubriand mains - both brilliantly done. Cocktails and wine also very good. Thanks to Tariq and team.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere. Attentive staff but not over-attentive. Good choice of food served at a comfortable pace and good quality. Good wine selection too.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not that special. More casual than we expected. My wife did not like the fact steaks were served on a skillet.

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London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely brilliant. The only reason I didn't give full stars for the food was because my BBQ tuna steak was slightly overcooked for my preference. However, that may be a fault of my own for not requesting how well cooked I wanted it. Nevertheless, the highlight of the lunch was the service; I was very impressed with how the staff greeted us when we arrived e.g shaking our hands. Also, throughout the meal our water was constantly refilled. I would definitely recommend and 100% will be back again.

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location and fantastic steak, if you like meat you must visit.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely fabulous time! We were greeted by the Manager who made us feel very welcome, kissed the hand of the birthday girl and told us our table wasn't quite ready but got someone to take our drinks order. When we were taken to our table it was upstairs looking out over the river and was perfect. All 6 of our meals were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble for the waiters who were attentive without being in the way. We were told our meals would take about 30 minutes so we weren't sitting wondering whether they had forgotten us. Would recommend to all ages, especially for a special occasion.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service from the staff was exceptional, couldn't have asked for anything more. Funny, charming, and polite.
My food was delicious, although my partners steak was slightly overdone for a medium which was the only negative from the evening.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best peppercorn sauce I've ever tasted it was amazing !

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great steak

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Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience definitely worth the money, good food and very attentive staff! 10/10 experience

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very unique restaurant in Cambridge with beautiful river view and authentic steaks. I was there with 2 intimate friends who also enjoyed a lot of the food quality and friendly service.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal for a family of three. Fabulous table upstairs overlooking the water and punts. Delicious steaks, wine and puds. Attentive but not intrusive waiting staff. Will definitely visit again when I'm Cambridge.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening. Delicious food and cocktails. The only let down was the drastic change in the size of the macaroni cheese side dish. The porterhouse steak is highly recommended. Our waiter was very friendly. We will definitely be returning again.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was brilliant from the moment we walked in. Staff were friendly and helpful. Food and drinks were equally as good!

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MB
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a fantastic meal here, gret location our table was by the end window overlooking the river, staff very friendly and helful and the steaks cooked to perfection
will be going again

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AK
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Three of us went there for lunch yesterday. The side passage outside on the approach to the entrance smelt of "drains"! Inside the staff were very friendly. The service was very good and the food we had was excellent. The view of the river was fantastic. However we could still smell the "drains" inside. I mentioned this to a staff member and he said there was a spa beneath the restaurant and sometimes a damp smell came from there. I would suggest they try to resolve this issue as the smell became more noticeable the longer we were there. We would certainly recommend this restaurant

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So tiger prawns for starter, really tasty plus just the right quantity for a starter. Main meal was amazing. The steak just melted in your mouth

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Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great steak and great service with good cocktails, if its a nice day go to adjacent rooftop bar in the Varsity hotel which is part of the same group.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great menu, Great taste, Great service, a great night out, will be back.

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Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brilliant atmosphere and food . View from table brilliant over the river . Staff helpful and attentive

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

As always the food was beautiful. We went on a Sunday night for my birthday and I did get the impression that the staff couldn't wait to get home. Our waiter however, was friendly and helpful.

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