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7:00 PM

The Senate

41 reviews
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£25 and under
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Scenic View
At the Senate, we pride ourselves on using fresh, seasonal, quality produce to uniquely craft a menu filled with homemade recipes and exciting dishes. We love the combination of bringing together family and friends with good food and drink. For early risers we have a refined but tasteful breakfast menu. Followed by a Lunch and Evening menu that extends to a variety sharers and bigger bistro dishes. With a small but well-constructed wine list to compliment every dish and a refined cocktail list to suit all tastes. We are a small team at the Senate, and all believe in a relaxed, friendly, atmosphere with great service.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Modern European, Bistro, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Tuesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday- Thursday 10:00- 22:00
Friday - Saturday: 09:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
The kitchen stops serving 1 hour before closing

Please note we are open Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th February in the evening for E-Luminate festival
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Phone number
01223 315641
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Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross Street
Kings Parade
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Public Transit
Nearest bus stop opp Bene't Street
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Special Events & Promotions
Mother's Day- Sunday 11th March

Free dessert for all the wonderful Mum's coming in for lunch.

-Only one free dessert per table
-Offer only valid with an accompanying meal
-Offer cannot be interchangeable

For any booking enquiries call 01223 315641 or email

Also taking bookings for Easter Sunday- 1st April.
Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 41 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0  Dined 4 days ago

My Advisory Board loved the location and the food. Thank you for making them so welcome.

MelR (Cambridge)
5.0  Dined on 14 February 2018

Nice ambience and good quality good. Good wine list and nice for either a casual coffee or a special dinner.

CMCambs (London)
2.0  Dined on 12 February 2018

I read the menu carefully and selected "Wild mushrooms & shallot gnocchi with red pesto, wilted spinach & parmesan (v)."

As I generally avoid dairy I asked for the additional parmesan to be left off which it was.

The dish would have been fine (even if for example some parmesan had been included in the "red pesto"). But the gnocchi were swimming in a nasty glutinous white goo - utterly revolting. Lemon juice and olive oil would have been delicious. I found it inedible, so I basically paid £10 for a handful of rocket.

Otherwise, nice atmosphere, good service and my friend enjoyed his food.

HelenT (London)
4.0  Dined on 10 February 2018

Great service, food and wine choices all excellent. Cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely recommend

OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on 8 February 2018

I met my friend for lunch. The table was great. The atmosphere was good, the food was good but the chicken for my main was over cooked. The soup was superb and I would come back just for that! I’m looking forward to coming back in the evening.

sc38 (Cambridge)
5.0  Dined on 1 February 2018

Food good, service good, ambiance nice. Wine quite good as well.

OpenTable Diner (Cambridge)
4.0  Dined on 11 January 2018

I reserved a table for me and my friends to celebrate. It was very quiet and cosy, almost empty, which made it perfect for us to catch up over delicious wine and sharing boards. The service was great, with servers very attentive and helpful. We stayed for a long time and enjoyed every minute of it. The location and interior of the venue is so charming and atmospheric, I’ll definitely visit again.

OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on 12 December 2017

Lovely spot. Very good food and delightful service.

vipSteveD (London)
4.0  Dined on 8 December 2017

Very friendly staff , a relaxed cosy bistro feel with good wine and comfort food for a cold day.
We would return if in Cambridge again.

OpenTable Diner (Cambridge)
5.0  Dined on 23 November 2017

When we arrived we were greeted warmly by the two young ladies and shown to our table which was by the window .The staff were very friendly and the food was good plenty of it especially the sharing platters normally you would only get a couple of pieces of bread with a platter but there was enough to keep our husbands happy The restaurant filled up quickly and the ambiance was good.Would certainly visit again

OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on 19 October 2017

Very good value 3-course lunchtime menu and nicely presented food, all very tasty. Heartily recommend the chocolate mousse which is 'proper' and not the usual pseudo chocolate mousse. Lovely surprise from the first mouthful and just the right amount. Very happy with our choice and would recommend. Not quite the upmarket restaurant I expected from the website, but pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the excellent service.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on 18 October 2017

We dined off the pre-theatre menu and just managed to fit in two courses. The food was of good quality, unfortunately two of us chose the Gnocchi with mushrooms in a cream and red pesto sauce, which was far too rich to be enjoyable. We thought the wine was expensive for the quality but it's been a while since we've dined out in central Cambridge. The staff were friendly and efficient and the atmosphere pleasant compared to many of the alternatives nearby. The stairs down to the toilets are very steep and awkward.

OpenTable Diner (Cambridge)
5.0  Dined on 9 October 2017

My first visit which was for a friends birthday lunch. Had a lovely table by the window. Staff were very friendly and attentive. The set lunch menu was really good value and delicious. We managed to leave some bags but they rang me as soon as they realised which We really appreciated. Will definitely return. Thank you!

OpenTable Diner (Liverpool)
5.0  Dined on 7 October 2017

great experience all round good vegetarian options although expensive for vegetable dishes especially when you have to pay extra for even more veg .staff and service brilliant

Thirsty3 (London)
4.0  Dined on 6 October 2017

Very nice food, service friend and fast and enjoyed the wine of the day

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 5 October 2017

Lovely anniversary lunch. Great service and lovely food

OpenTable Diner (Hertfordshire)
1.0  Dined on 30 September 2017

Too many tables for the kitchen to cope with. Service took an hour! Would not go back.

OpenTable Diner (Dublin)
4.0  Dined on 23 September 2017

The food was delicious, but side of fries didn't arrive until the main was almost finished, and no apologies were made by the waitress. The house wine was lovely and the ambience was very charming.

cescords (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on 9 September 2017

The menu is not extensive but caters for everyone, and the food was really very good. Excellent selection of wines from around the world. Really good service. Just a tiny bit noisy, but then again I like quiet restaurants more than lively ones.

vipTaniaZ (London)
4.0  Dined on 22 August 2017

Really tasty and not too expensive