The Senate

4.6
221 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 221 People Are Saying
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4.5
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ColinB
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice meal. Lot missing off the menu, which is small to begin with. But given the circumstances with Covid etc maybe excusable.

But overall well presented well mad. Definitely go again.

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RobertG
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food even in the few days after Christmas. Attentive staff and a great wine list.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really lovely lunch here. It was a small restaurant which made it feel cosy. Food was stunning. Fish cake was throughly enjoyed by my husband and I really enjoyed the pear and walnut salad. Prawn linguini and pan roasted cod was also very nice. Would 100% recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening meal in a wonderful setting - the food was delicious. Great mulled wine too.

MD
MarkD
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant, fantastic location and really lovely food, staff friendly and a lovely atmosphere - highly recommend this restaurant

CP
ChristyP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very kind staff who seemed very knowledgeable, great food as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful lunch whilst out shopping, the restaurant is in a superb location with a menu which made it really hard to choose from, so we will certainly be returning to try other dishes. The food was excellent, the prawn starter is highly recommended!

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LilyW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food in great location at a fantastic price. Would highly recommend!

MR
MichelleR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favourite spots when we visit Cambridge, always exceptional.

BL
BeckyL
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really cute little restaurant. Lovely freshly cooked food. Helpful staff.
I was there with a girlfriend and it was the perfect lunch pit stop.

RF
RayF
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great character and excellent location with interesting views and friendly staff.

PJ
PaulJ
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Get a table in the window for a people watcher's dream! Smack bang in the centre of Cambridge not far from the market and the colleges. I love slow cooked food and there were 3 slow cooked options on the menu, beef, pork and lamb. Very good food, my beef came with dauphinoise, tender stem broccoli and crispy kale. Would eat here again and a nice family run business. Thank you.

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Tamara
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, comfortable place.
Friendly service.
Unique menu with great options.
Good quality and fair price

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emily
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time coming along but the staff were lovely, the vibe was amazing but the food was impeccable. We cannot wait to come back with our friends and family. Thankyou for having us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything we ate! mulled wine was fantastic. We had the baked camembert, every bit as delicious as the photos make it look. Mushroom gnocchi was outstanding, very creamy and flavourful. Great service from kind waitresses. Would definitely return!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good fresh food in calm environment, felt traditional and independant

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Meli
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I have been to the senate a few times now, and I've never been disappointed. Staff is lovely, food is superb (more expensive but worth it). One of my fav places in Cambridge!

KW
KatieW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Senate we’re trying out they new menu the day we visited, I was a bit worried because the restaurant was quiet but I needn’t have been - lovely lamb ragu and perfect crime brûlée. Service was good and the bill with wine and coffee was about £33 each which is probably average for Cambridge. Will definitely return. Thanks for a lovely meal.

JR
JohnR
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had wonderful 3-course lunch - couldn’t fault service or food quality. Food was amazing, presentation excellent. I can recommend the Sticky Toffee Pudding- best I have ever had (and I have had loads!)

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CarolT
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quaint restaurant in a lovely location. Food and coffee fantastic and excellent value. Will definitely be returning 👍🏻

GJ
GJ27
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic meal served by very pleasant staff. Only wished we lived nearer so that we could repeat the visit.

KG
KeithG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had lunch here. Great location in centre of historic Cambridge. Friendly, welcoming service. Interesting menu & excellent cooking. Our first visit & we’ll be back for sure.

CW
ChrisW
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A small friendly restaurant serving lovely food and drink.

HH
HungryHippo
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Nice restaurant, great service and atmosphere, but let down by a rubbery chicken main course. The cheesy chilli prawn starter was yummy though.

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Mark
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great location for a lunch, being opposite and adjacent areas of tourist interest and the shops. Lovely food and staff were extremely helpful. We will definitely book again for lunch and recommend you book in advance due to the limited number of covers the kitchen can manage, but again this adds to the positive experience

JF
JulieF
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central location, great view, table in the window. We didn't have to wait long for our shared charcuterie board and halloumi bites, just right for lunch! Efficient service with a smile

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food are delicious !

KM
KellyM
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and fantastic service. We had the best night 🎉

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Andy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent location with good quality food.
We had a few starters and shared four main meals all of which were very good.

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vipGinToclock
London
31 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice quick lunch - tasty and lots of it!!
Service was very good. Happy and smiles all round which is lovely

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DEBBYS
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal at the Senate - one of our favourite places to eat when visiting Cambridge.

JS
JShannon
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very friendly staff snd a great ambiance to the restaurant! Would highly recommend!

LR
LuRa
London
49 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a lovely restaurant, excellent service an absolutely delicious food. We will definitely be going back!

ML
MartinL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was not the best quality and restaurant was smelly resulting in our clothes stinking.

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Elaine
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place. Food, ambience outstanding. Staff so friendly and helpful. Went over and above to make you welcome and also make the most of the surrounding area. Would recommend.

CW
ChrisW
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small but perfectly formed. A lovely dining experience for all occasions.

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Tristanastreats
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely lunch , friendly staff will definitely be back next time we are visiting Cambridge

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SamuelC
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drinks along with accommodating staff and a wonderful backdrop.

Would highly recommend.

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EmmaT
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent burger. It was succulent and well loaded with salad. Fries didn’t take of much though. The waiter was super friendly and helpful, he hit the nice balance between attentive and giving us space.

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Sarahfoodie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Staff were a little disinterested, no one greeted us and we sat ourselves down. Just went through the motions. Atmosphere ok in the window room but I would not like to be sat in the dark back room. Toilets were average and a little dingy. The food was good, arrived a bit too quick so can’t help wonder if it was just warmed up? Ok overall but not sure if I’d rush back.

FAQs

The Senate is rated 4.6 stars by 221 OpenTable diners.

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