I liked the informality. It wasn't a linen table napkin experience, but the occasion was all one would hope for from a friendly bistro on a busy Saturday evening.
Service was a tiny bit slow but the staff were very friendly. Lively atmosphere, food was good, I had the tortellini, which was home made and while well filled and tasty it could have done with more of a sauce as was a little dry. The rest of the party enjoyed their food.
I love this little place! The attention to detail is wonderful- in service, menu, and execution. It's an excellent space for a dinner date, or a business lunch/dinner. Cozy, but not cloying.
Really disappointing. My husband's cod with mushrooms and samphire was ok - nothing special. I had a plate of charcuterie which was atrocious. It was promised with bread and chutney which suggested much more than what I actually got - thin slices of part baked supermarket baguette and branston pickle in a pot. The poor selection of meat had been emptied on a board with a salad that had spent too long in a bag at the back of a fridge and was definitely past its best. Very expensive for what it was.
Great food good service and great location would highly recommend
Excellent location in the heart of Cambridge and excellent variety on the menu. The calamari starter was wonderful and I wish it had been available as a main! Only downside is that it is very quiet inside and our table for 2 was in the middle of two other groups so I actually felt like my conversation could be heard very clearly which ruined the ambience for me sadly
Our favorite pre-theatre dinner venue has never failed to deliver flavoursome food and the location is both convenient and thought provoking.
We enjoyed our lunch at The senate. The food was very good and the staff were very nice, attentive and helpful.
The Senate was chosen for the menu which included a good variety of dishes. Everyone in the group enjoyed their food. The staff were attentive without being intrusive. This was a first visit for each of us, we all agreed we would eat here again. We had a great evening, thank you.
We had an enjoyable evening. The staff are very welcoming and attentive. The food was good and our group enjoyed their meals.
Food, service and atmosphere were excellent. Really enjoyable evening. Highly recommend. Will definitely eat here again.
Lovely ambience, great food and good service. Had a lovely evening.
The food was reasonably nice but the portion size of my meal (pork belly) was tiny! My friend has the cod and her portion size was normal. What i did have was quite tasty and nicely cooked. My friend was underwhelmed with hers. The wine was nice and the service was pleasant. I wouldn't risk it again because of the portion size and underwhelming food but if i did, I would come at lunchtime or at the weekend. We went on a Monday evening and it was completely empty (well literally one other person there) so lacked atmosphere and made you wonder what was wrong with it...
Our table was reserved and waiting for us when we arrived! Right in the window! Their artisan cocktails were the best we had the whole time we were in England. Our server was so hospitable and helpful without being obtrusive. Our dinners were sublime- from the Mediterranean appetizer through entrees we ate every bite! I loved the pork belly and truffle dauphinois!
New chef got orders mixed up and we waited for 30 minutes for simple tapas whilst watching people who arrived after us get their food first. WiFi down so unable to take any card payments on Good Friday (!!!) so they took my boyfriend hostage while I walked to the bank to draw cash. Not the best lunch ever!
I would highly recommend the Senate. It was amazing. We loved the burger, the cod and the venison. Service was also prompt and faultless. Thank you.
We will definitely be back soon.
Good food and friendly, attentive staff. However it was not necessary to put on piped music when the conversation was already loud. This made it very hard to hear my companion on the other side of the small table. It was also overheated and we both started coughing at one point. Only relieved when someone came in and left the door open.
Still an overall positive experience. The defects could easily be fixed!
Food was great and the various allergies/intolerances of members of our group were dealt with sympathetically and with good humour. Really excellent service throughout, I would definitely return.
We booked last minute for a table for 10 on a Saturday. Despite the large group, service was efficient and staff very accommodating. Great night was had by all.
We had a lovely meal. The calamari was outstanding. Thank you.
We went pre theatre and were the only booking. The staff were great, attentive gave good recommendations. We shared some starters which were delicious - chorizo, calamari and potato’s bravos.
The wine was lovely and paired well, the mains were substantial and tasty. Sadly we ran out of time for dessert due to theatre. Would definitely go there again.
Great restaurant with varied menu. Would definitely go again when we visit Cambridge.
Tried the Senate tonight (Weds), as a change from our usual favourites, after some decent reviews on here: pretty disappointed to be honest. Pheasant pate starter was bland, the ‘baguette’ had clearly been frozen and sadly not de-frosted well enough - it was like rock (no cornichons in sight either, for the record). The chicken part of the Ballotine was OK, nice Dijon sauce, sadly the potatoes were significantly undercooked (genuinely hard in places). The fish cake starter was better, the burger OK (but you will find 5 places within a mile that are better). Service was pretty decent, although a couple did walk in whilst we were there, and left again before any staff acknowledged them: awkward... Ummm... I’m going back to Trinity, Parker’s Tavern, Pint Shop, etc...
Our first trip to the Senate and was very impressed. The service and food were excellent and with a window table we had a wonderful view as the sun came out. Just about to book another table for our next trip to see our son at his request!
First time for 5 of us here. We loved the relaxed feel of this place – definitely would return to try more dishes. The cheesy chilli prawn starter was fab and the Moules Mariniere main was superb. Similar sounds of deliciousness came from the rest of our table for fish n chips and Pumpkin & sage tortelloni Pasta. Excellent work wine selection too. Great service too from our waitress and chef/proprietor came to our table to see if we’d had a good evening too. Nice touch. We’ll be back.
Food & service were excellent but let down by the back street cafe style decor & okayish toilets.
Lively atmosphere . Attentive service and excellent food
Great food,excellent service.We booked to eat prior to going to the theatre.Just as well as by the time we left they were turning people away it was so popular.
Really lovely, great location, nice atmosphere, I’d go again.
We were in the back room near the kitchen. A bit too hot ! Although it was better when we asked to turn the A/C on. Very good service, friendly, knowledgeable.
It’s just very quiet. But we enjoyed. Did feel like people were listening to our conversations
Excellent service. Food is good, but not what I'd call 'fine dining'. Great location and reasonable price considering it is in the centre of Cambridge.
The place itself was lovely. My date really enjoyed his food. I did not. I wanted to just I just didn’t. I also felt that they were severed under staffed. There seemed to be one waiter on shift which is sad for such a good restaurant. She was so obliging and pleasant though. I really liked her.
The vegan options worked but the fish choice was a bit small and the new potatoes hard.
However the sticky toffee pudding was outstanding
Fabulous service and incredible meal! One of my favorite places to eat in Cambridge!
Great experience from start to finish. Staff were friendly, service was excellent and detailed. Our food was delicious, well prepared and presented. Highly recommend.
Lovely spot for lunch. Menu offers great variety with some fabulous rarely seen options (raclette!)
Food was okay some parts better then others. It’s not a big space so when you have a very noisy table it spoils the atmosphere. The price is quite expensive especially for the food being hit and miss. The service was quick and our waitress was lovely and extremely professional for only her third shift!
The main courses were ok but nothing special. The starters need a complete overhaul; there was nothing on the menu that I was tempted by and as for the chilli cheese prawns, this is the sort of dish I’d expect from a trashy American diner. However, the real thing to note is that the wines are outrageously priced and start at about £35 for a basic bottle of Sauvignon Blanc which might cost £7 in a supermarket. The Rioja was even more ludicrously priced at over £40. Their prices insulted our intelligence. Unfortunately we were hosting so this rip off couldn’t be sidestepped.
Nice staff. Very basic venue / decor. We won’t be returning there and don’t expect it to survive unless rethought.
On our latest visit we took along friends visiting for the weekend, including one who is Vegan/Gluten Free. And just on the other occasions we all left very satisfied and happy. We shall return.