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  1. Distance: 0.57mi
  2. Distance: 1.11mi
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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.57mi
  2. Distance: 1.11mi
  3. Distance: 9.03mi
  4. Distance: 12.28mi
  1. Distance: 0.57mi
  2. Distance: 1.11mi
  3. Distance: 9.03mi
  4. Distance: 12.28mi

About The Senate

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.

1 St Mary's Passage
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 3PQ
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Modern European, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 - 22:00
Friday - Saturday: 09:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
The kitchen stops serving 1 hour before closing

Cross Street:
Kings Parade

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01223 315641

Website:
http://thesenatebistro.com/

Public Transport:
Nearest bus stop opp Bene't Street

Additional:
Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Beaujolais Day- Thursday 16th November

Wine fans from across the country will be enjoying a Beaujolais tipple on the 16th November to celebrate the uncorking of Beaujolais Nouveau! This is when the new wine from the first harvest of grapes in the Beaujolais region of France.

Celebrate in style by joining us for a 2-course meal with a classic French Onion Soup to start, followed by a Traditional Beef Bourguignon served with Horseradish and Parmesan Sauteed Potatoes. Accompanied by a Glass of Beaujolais Noveau.

Please contact us for any bookings or enquiries.

Tickets £25

The Senate Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Pre/post Theatre (14)
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People Watching (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Cosy (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Brunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Outdoor Eating (6)
Romance (6)
Special Occasions (6)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Neighbourhood Gem (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Business Meals (3)
Fun (3)
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Hot Spot (3)
Tapas (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Authentic (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Child Friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Organic (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
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 (Cambridge)·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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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food5
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value4

 
 (Liverpool)·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

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 5 October 2017

Lovely anniversary lunch. Great service and lovely food

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on 12 August 2017

A little cosy, but otherwise excellent food and very friendly staff. Good balance of having very nice food and interesting dishes, but not being too pretentious or stuffy - a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 21 July 2017

First visit to Senate on a warm balmy evening. We sat outside, people watched and ate comfortably. Service was attentive, friendly and efficient. Menu offered wide selection. We had chicken burger and prawn starter. Prices were reasonable. Worth going again though not sure what it would be like inside.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on 19 July 2017

The great thing about The Senate is that you have a choice of sitting in or out. Either way, it's a great experience, the staff are terrific and the ambience just right. For people-watching it's probably the best spot in Cambridge

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Cambridge)·Dined on 28 June 2017

Great atmosphere with a fantastic view. We ended up ordering far too much food as we couldn't decide between all the choices.

Service was great. The right amount of attention, so that I could have a long catch-up with a friend while nibbling food slowly and at the same time whenever I needed to order something else there was always someone to hand.

Will absolutely be returning.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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food5
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value4

 
 (Cambridge)·Dined on 22 June 2017

Great food and service. Thanks!

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ambience4
service5
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 22 April 2017

Great tapas lunch

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service5
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 (Cambridge)·Dined on 28 February 2017

The three of us had a really great late evening meal. The Chilli Prawns are outstanding, and we all enjoyed the food including fish cake (acutally tasted of fish unlike others) and chicken escallop. Very friendly service. Good house wine (Malbec). A really central Cambridge location with great views. Highly recommended.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Aberdeen)·Dined on 13 February 2017

Loved It!! We booked in for lunch, which was lovely, fresh & tasty, so much so we reserved a table for that evening. This is a great little bistro offering some really good homecooked food. The staff were really on the ball and helpful, and to round it off, probably the best view in town. Would diffinatley recommend this one.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Tapas, Fun, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Quick Bite, Romantic, Cozy, Vegan, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee
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food5
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service5
value3

 
 (Cambridge)·Dined on 9 February 2017

Really lovely and interesting food, friendly staff, nice ambience

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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food5
ambience4
service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 4 February 2017

Great view, lovely food, nice people, good service, a real winner in the heart of Cambridge. I hope they're very successful - they have a deserving formula at The Senate.

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food4
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 27 January 2017

Lovely place in a perfect location. Cambridge needs more places like this!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy
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food4
ambience3
service4
value5

 
 (London)·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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Business Meals, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 6 October 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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food4
ambience4
service3
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 (Dublin)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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food4
ambience3
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 (Raleigh)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food5
ambience4
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 22 August 2017

Really tasty and not too expensive

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·Dined on 16 August 2017

I booked a table for 2.15pm as I was meeting a friend to have lunch. We arrived on time and hungry! We were met by a friendly young lady and were able to choose our seating as the place was quiet, the usual lunchtime tourist had already gone. We chose our meals and drink and only waited a few minutes before it was served. My friend had Chicken Caesar salad while I had the Smoked Trout salad, both meals were fresh and delicious, absolutely spot on. We stayed longer than planned as it was so nice to be able to talk without raising our voices.
The service was quick but we didn't feel rushed at all. Overall a really nice place to be.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on 21 July 2017

Very enjoyable on both occasions. Two summer nights.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Tapas, Late-night Find
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food4
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service3
value4

 
 (Cambridge)·Dined on 18 June 2017

This restaurant has a beautiful view across to Kings college and opposite a very noisy(bells) but beautiful church. The food was good, the atmosphere was lovely, and the facilities are well taken care of. My Australian friends liked it. I would definitely go back.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food5
ambience4
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 (Cambridge)·Dined on 13 May 2017

First time at this newish restaurant, and we had a really nice meal. Still family run; we were told that the owner is the son of the previous owner of "Aunty's".
Chorizo and Halloumi starters were both delicious, and it was hard to choose from a tempting range on the menu.
We would definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Tapas, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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food5
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service4
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 (Cambridge)·Dined on 1 April 2017

Nice food and decor was authentic and bistro like which gave it a continental feel x
It Had nice romantic ambience about it .
Staff was friendly and food came up in good time x
Recommend the calamari rings and chorizo red wine starter x for main the beef cheek was good also x
Would definitely go back x
Reasonabley priced as well x

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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food4
ambience5
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 (Cambridge)·Dined on 11 March 2017

Lovely restaurant, staff very efficient and friendly. Comfortable surrounds and relaxing atmosphere. Only one problem, the main course (pressed belly pork) could have been more tender. We should have said at the time but didn't want to spoil the evening with a complaint. We will be back.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food3
ambience3
service3
value2

 
·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.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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food3
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·Dined on 29 July 2017

The food and service were good, but not exceptional and so the relatively high price didn't feel to be great value for money. There was nothing wrong with our orders (prawns/cheese starters and steak and lamb mains) but I think you can eat just as well at a lower price in Cambridge. The interior is quite nice and rustic, but it still carries the feel of a café, rather than a bistro.

Tags: Scenic View
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food3
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service3
value2

 
 (London)·Dined on 5 June 2017

It was satisfactory - food was ok but arrived too quickly for a relaxed dinner. Quite pricey.

Tags: Casual
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food3
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 (London)·Dined on 13 April 2017

Fine, but not more than fine.

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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined on 30 September 2017

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

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 (Oxford)·Dined on 9 February 2017

I hate to leave bad reviews but since I am influenced in choosing restaurants by what I hope are honest reviews by others, I feel that I must do the same.

We ate a mid-evening meal on a Thursday.

Portion size was almost perversely variable across our group from the very large beef cheek dish ordered by one of us to my own literally 2/3 mouthful portion of monkfish on a bed of similarly meagre mash which looked like it had just been slopped on the plate. The fish was also slightly undercooked. On reflection I should have raised the tiny amount of fish provided for £17 but did not. The cheeseboard did not suffer from the (all too frequently encountered) problem of under-ripeness but rather presented tiny and tired/over offcuts of cheese for £11 or £12. I like vegetables to be al dente but side dishes of carrots and broccoli (ordered to supplement some of the distinctly undersized maincourses) were undercooked and hard to bite through.

Finally, I think that these premises used to be a teashop or café and the problem is that it still looks and feels like that, including a door which did not close easily and was constantly letting in the cold draught from outside.

The staff were pretty good but could not mitigate what was generally a disappointing and disproportionately expensive evening.

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