The Senate

4.1
59 reviews
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£25 and under
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • People Watching
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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Cuisines
Modern European, Bistro, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Tuesday: 10:00 - 22:00
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


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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
Moules Frites Wednesday's - Every Wednesday in July

Mussels for 2 & a bottle of wine - £35

Mussels for 1 & a glass of wine - £15

For any enquiries, contact:

01223 315641
bookings@thesenatebistro.com
Additional
Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 59 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Great location and friendly and attentive service. Main course chicken escalope was dry and inedible - we sent it back back they didn’t want to take it off the bill. Shame as it means we won’t go back and won’t recommend.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Excellent food, lovely location

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1.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Food quality extremely poor. Fish platter seemed shop bought, nothing fresh. Minute steak was small and overcooked. Tortellini also seemed shop bought, or at least the pasta didn't seem fresh, and the dish was doused in butter. Service was okay, but nothing could mask the poor quality of the food.

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3.0Dined on 19 July 2018

The atmosphere is amazing, especially when sitting outside. Right in the heart of the Cambridge. Unfortunately, the meal took much, much longer than it should. The kitchen took too long. The food was delicious, but having waited close to an hour and a half for our entree after placing the order, most people were tired and couldn’t truly enjoy it.

The wait staff was also not as mindful of empty drink glasses as they should have been. Especially given how long we had to wait for the meal to come out. Nothing worse than no food and empty glasses while enjoying dinner with a group.

Given the wait, definitely would NOT recommend this for people on a schedule, especially if you are going before an event, or if you are particularly hungry.

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4.0Dined on 16 July 2018

Great food, nice location.

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Really enjoyed the food and the service was very friendly. They just need to curb breaking bottles in the back of house as the noise permeates the restaurant and is unpleasant and unnecessary. Will definitely return as great location for pre-theater and concert dining.

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4.0Dined on 26 June 2018

We had an early evening meal at the Senate earlier this week. The service was very good & they have nice tables inside & outside. The sun was rather dazzling so take your sunglasses if going before sunset! The food was all very good - well presented & tasty. Typical bistro type food at the time we went.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Excellent meal at The Senate. Attentive staff without being overbearing. Food was great and the location is in a prime spot.

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2.0Dined on 2 June 2018

5 of us dined at The Senate on Saturday, lured in by very good reviews - we were disappointed. The menu is fine, but both the swordfish (a special) and minute steak arrived cold. This is pretty basic stuff! The chips in both cases were hot and very tasty. The setting is good with a nice view of Great Saint Mary's. The staff were efficient and attentive.

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4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Friendly service, good mix of customers a great steak!

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Amazing food and service. Really great location. We shared a selection of starters, all of them were delicious!

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

The waitresses were very attentive and the food was fantastic. I had the salmon and it was perfectly cooked. I can highly recommend this restaurant

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

wonderful little gem in St Albans, gorgeous interior and fantastic staff!

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Excellent food - very good evening. We took a business guest from Japan who enjoyed it

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Took my foodie mother here for Mother's Day and it did not disappoint. This is a nice little restaurant in a fine central Cambridge location. The service was attentive and professional. The menu had some lovely choices and was well thought through and the food excellent. The Mackerel salad was generous and delicious. The dish of the day was roasted cod which my mother thought was super and I had a very hearty authentic tasting boeuf bourguignon. Nice wine choices and a really very good Aperol spritz which most restaurants get completely wrong. The restaurant was full and felt very buzzy and we had a fab time. Very pleased with this restaurant and hope it does well. Lots of competition currently in Cambridge but has a lot going for it and should do well if it keeps its high standards.

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4.0Dined on 4 March 2018

Delicious food and great location, decor, and menu

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Second brunch at the Senate and it is becoming my favourite place for brunches :) The food is excellent, the staff very nice and the place lovely.

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2018

The service was very friendly and the food was delicious. The Senate makes for a wonderful date venue.

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4.0Dined on 21 February 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on 10 February 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on 1 February 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on 12 December 2017

Lovely spot. Very good food and delightful service.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined on 6 October 2017

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

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5.0Dined on 5 October 2017

Lovely anniversary lunch. Great service and lovely food

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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on 22 August 2017

Really tasty and not too expensive

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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