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The Senate, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
The Senate, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
The Senate, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
The Senate, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
The Senate, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

The Senate

3.9
3.9
376 Reviews
£25 and under
Modern European
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. Our Lunch and Evening menu 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Modern European, Bistro, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 12:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:00 Sun 12:00–16:00
  • Phone number
    01223 315641
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party contact
    Hannah: 01223 315641

What 376 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

376 Reviews
  1. Inkyfingeredcat

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and lovely friendly service. Would recommend

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  2. LucyP

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu was limited setting stunning. Food was tasty and cocktails made freshly.

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  3. NikolayS

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful food, decent service, reasonable waiting times

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  4. Robbo

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Really unhelpful and unfriendly when I needed to change my baby. Had to carry her and all equipment down a narrow circular flight of stairs and change on a side table as there were no facilities and staff had no interest in helping or trying to find us somewhere accessible.

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  5. ShirleyB

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent service Very good food Nice wine Friendly helpful staff

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  6. CharleneM

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and can’t service. Will definitely be returning.

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  7. graces

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, well presented by excellent staff. Would wholeheartedly recommend.

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  8. Denise

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food very good, service good but waitress ‘cold’.

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  9. KaterinaZ

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful location. The food was good as well. The service was a bit slow. One thing I would say is that the tables could be a bit cleaner, and my water glass game with a hair in it. So, in terms of hygiene there can be a few improvements. I don't think I'm going back but it is ok for someone to go once to enjoy the nice view with some food.

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  10. BenjaminP

    Aberdeen

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasant place to go for lunch with good quality fresh food.

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  11. TimM

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food, nice environment, we could talk without having to shout above other tables conversation. Service was good. good diverse menu so catered for all of our tastes I have already recommended the venue as we all enjoyed our time there and would go back

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  12. HiroM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We stumbled upon the Senate by chance 2 years ago and it’s been a firm family favourite. The food is always delicious at a reasonable price. They used to do a fantastic mushroom starter, we were sad they took it off the menu but the mushroom side makes up for it.

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  13. DenineC

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable food in a relaxed small but nice restaurant

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  14. Brocker349

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was average, service was average, atmosphere was very good (window seat overlooking Cambridge U)

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  15. XinyiC

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    There is a reason why I have been overlooking this restaurant. Service is quite slow, although friendly. Both the kitchen and dining area seem understaffed. We spent about three hours set for a quite simple lunch. The food is not bad, but ordinary. Chorizo tastes nice despite being soaked in oil. The white bread doesn’t look appealing, but at least it is slightly warm. The homemade (can never resist this word) fish cake has a mixture of white fish and salmon, with an ample amount of dill. I didn’t expect it to be a wow anyways. Everything is properly done, including the poached egg. Shallot and Brie gnocchi has more cream than cheese. It feels too heavy for me. A Mac and Cheese would have been lighter. The gnocchi is nicely cooked though. The pork belly comes with a piece of potato that really resembles pork :> the sweet sour mustard sauce is quite lovely. The pork is a little dry but still fine with the sauce. The skin is very hard to cut, but I still enjoyed crushing them with my teeth. You’ll need patience and good companion to dine here, and it can be hot in summer.

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  16. Gracie

    Bath

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was lovely. Nicely situated. Dessert menu nit good for us.

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  17. CarolineS

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good, but waitress was so disinterested in serving our table (we were the only ones inside!) that it did impact the enjoyment of the meal. And the toilets need a good clean.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good……………………………………………………………………………………………..,,,,,,,,.

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  19. ClaireH

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Unbelievable food! So tasty, really didn’t need a starter and a main mind! The portions were large. I had the cheesy prawns and chicken

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  20. LauraC

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful lunch last week in the outdoor bit in the sunshine. Food was well worth the money, good wine selection and really good service. Will definately be back. Not particularly family friendly ie no baby change and treacherous stairs to contend with to the loos so would think twice about bringing babies.

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  21. StephenieT

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    On walking past the Senate 30 mins before my booking I actually thought the place had closed down, dimly lit, no-on inside staff or clients, the outside tables seemed in disarray, I have to say it didn't look inviting. However on returning for our booked slot, quite expecting it not to be open, there were a couple of people inside and so we went in. From then on in everything was very good, food was good, service was attentive and quick and other guests arrived (our booking was peak lunchtime 1.30pm so surprised no one else was in there), improving the ambience somewhat. This is a lovely little place for lunch , just need to get the welcome right and make it a bit more inviting but don't be put off this is nice place for a lunch.

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  22. Meee

    West Sussex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service is not best but I think its because they just had 1 waiter. We arrived and no-one was there. A bit of waiting between dishes. Food was ok but not outstanding. Prawns in cheese was bad, don't order it.

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  23. SammyD

    Cambridge

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We were the first ones in at 12pm. We could sit anywhere so chose a window seat. The door was wide open n we weren’t asked if this was ok. There were flys flying around n a draft coming through. The restaurant just seemed dirty and unclean. The waitress just disappeared. She took about 15 minutes to ask us what we’d like to eat. We’d been ready ages…. Our Drinks also took a while to come. She seemed very fed up and as if she didn’t want to be there. Food wasn't anything special. My veggie burger came with salad which was just spinach at the side. No tomatoes, cucumber onion etc? All our food was Luke warm. We won’t be eating here again. People were coming to the door and waiting but no waitress around….

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  24. beergut

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Will certainly go there again Nice atmosphere Very pleasant & helpful staff Good food

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  25. LuRa

    London

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely menu, especially the specials. Not very comfortable bench to sit on though!

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  26. NigelB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A really great informal experience. The food was good, the service very nice and the atmosphere convivial.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Small restaurant, relaxed, not fancy, good for people watching the passers by. Food was excellent. My only negative is both my dishes were riddled in onions (not mentioned on the menu), I had to pick them all out, but the rest tasted great. You can tell it's fresh and cooked to order. Very nice 👌

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  28. Wilbs

    Cambridge

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    What a little gem! Went with friends for dinner and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food and wine. Not a huge menu, but everything was delicious. The service was good, quick, accurate and friendly so a nice place to go explore outside of the normal eating venues.

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  29. SuperSands

    Bristol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very friendly restaurant with absolutely lovely staff, food good, tasty and nicely presented but perhaps ever so slightly expensive for what it was (then again they have to stay in business), good wine list, would recommend this restaurant. One very minor point - table was weirdly sticky, even after the very helpful staff tried to re-clean it for us, so suggest they look into why this is, as it’s a bit unsettling.

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  30. Charzy15

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Booked via website and menus looked really good. On arrival the menu wasn’t the same as on line. Struggled to choose something we liked. Ordered a bottle of bubbly and just a main course. The food was very nice and there was plenty of it. We sat and chatted for quite some time after we had finished eating. Our plates were cleared but no offer of a dessert came nor coffee. After another hour or so still not being offered anything else we left. Very strange! It was almost as if they weren’t bothered because they were so quiet, and they wanted to close?! Don’t think I will go back. Plenty of other restaurants in Cambridge to try on a future visit.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and ambience, perfect location let down by average food.

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  32. Visitor

    Cambridge

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Some food was too salty. Cleaning liquid with strong smell was sprayed on tables while people are eating on other tables (!!). The view from the window was great, btw.

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  33. LukeM

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Not as good as expected. Service was good but food was bland and flavours just didn’t work. The apple and whole grain mustard sauce ruined the pork belly and the skin was chewy, I wound prefer it to be crispy, but that’s just my personal preference. I have had much better Mediterranean/tapas food for less.

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  34. Alunt

    South Wales

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food lovely, service just about acceptable, if you like studenty/rustic/grunge vibe, then this is the one for you. Not saying this was a bad experience, just not for us. Had a FAR better meal / experience, for not much more cost, at The Ivy Brasserie, 2 minutes walk up the road.

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  35. Jasmina

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, relaxed chilled atmosphere, great setting, attentive staff

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  36. Patchgirl

    Essex

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Booked for lunch with some friends, and was pleasantly surprised with the food. Unfortunately, one of our choices had run out but having chosen something else off the menu it wasn't a problem. Limited menu choice, but large portions and delicious food. Would definitely go back again.

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  37. FlorenceD

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    A beautiful location and decent wine. However, the food was disappointing. We had a shared starter that was passable (bread and beetroot hummus) which is why I gave 2 stars, but our main courses were spoilt by over salting of the food - a cheeseburger and minute steak, both served with chips and salad. Every item was heavily salted. Did the chef not taste the food? Neither of us could finish our meals. We told the waitress and she fave us a small discount. It's a shame as this restaurant has a lot going for it location wise.

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  38. Emma

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and overall experience today. Delicious sharing platters, salads and gnocchi.

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  39. RB99

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely restaurant and will definitely be returning!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Awful disappointing lunch Senate burger was shockingly poor quality frozen tasteless with few oil soaked fries. Unfriendly amateur service. Restaurant in need of a good clean. Left smelling of chip fat Will not be returning

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Senate is rated 3.9 stars by 376 OpenTable diners.

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This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Google Map for The Senate

1 St Mary's Passage, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 3PQ

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Kings Parade
  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 12:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:00 Sun 12:00–16:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Modern European, Bistro, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Nearest bus stop opp Bene't Street
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine
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