Great food every time. Lovely ambience. Great drinks. Highly recommend.
Spectacular food, intimate setting, great service!
Very nice setting, friendly attentive staff. Slight draught from windows. Good experience
First time eating as this restaurant and booked for a group of 6 friends for early dinner whilst in Cambridge. Reviewed recommended restaurants in Cambridge and booked The Senate based on this - didn't disappoint
Loved this restaurant, small enough to feel intimate and exclusive, but not so small that you lose the ambiance and feel watched.
I’d describe the food as something very special, for the quality (taste and look) you get real value for money. I had Beef cheeks which were delicious and beautifully tender - there were 4 of us for dinner, we all had something different and all found our choices wonderful. Great place for couples and adult family dining.
What a Wonderful find! Great location for a pre theatre dinner. Lovely ambience and friendly staff. All courses were satisfying and generous. Delightful night, would recommend without hesitation.
The Senate is quite simply our favourite restaurant in Cambridge. The food is top notch and the staff couldn’t be more friendly. It has a lovely, cosy atmosphere where everyone seems to have a great time!
Lovely casual place to go with friends, very central, cosy, good food and excellent service
Excellent food and wine. Could be a bit more on the plate though. We had a main and a glass of wine each. The service was extremely good and super friendly.
A small, unpretentious restaurant in Cambridge, with a view to King's College, and a nice outdoor area for dining the good weather. We had a late lunch, so we were the only people there, but the food was great and the service warm and friendly. We particularly liked the a la carte menu, making it possible to eat a lighter lunch than some of the other places in town.
The food at The Senate was good! The service however was the worst any of us had received in a long time! The attitude of the staff was also pretty poor throughout the evening, despite us leaving a generous tip - wish we hadn't bothered now!
Such a shame as there are so many other lovely restaurants we could have chosen for a friends birthday dinner instead. Will not be back!!
Staff and food great
Great food, attentive waiting staff. The environment was great and the quality of the food was second to none.
Lovely little bistro right in the middle of Cambridge.
Booking is essential as this place gets very busy.
Food, ambiance, drinks and service was super - highly recommended
I booked this for a Birthday dinner and invited guests. We were not disappointed. The food was cooked and presented very well. Drinks were nicely presented. Service was attentive without being intrusive and the overall ambience was just right. I would recommend The Senate for all occasions.
Thank you, you all do a fantastic job.
Intimate eatery perfect for dinner with friends, attentive and friendly service where nothing is too much trouble.
Friendly, lovely food, nice casual but intimate ambience
Excellent food and drinks in a cosy, classic bistro setting. Service was a high standard and only slightly slower than you might normally expect due to a very large party occupying the front room. However, the staff were still attentive and courteous, and food was served in good time. The beef cheek main was a highlight, as was the crumble for dessert. Would definitely go again and would recommend to friends.
Had an absolutely great time at The Senate! Food was really tasty and good value but the highlight was the service. The staff could not have been better, even bringing our drinks and bill outside to let us enjoy the square. Definitely recommend!
Very good food and atmosphere; also, good outlook. Value for money.
First impression was a small cafe with a pervasive smell of frying and a slightly sticky table. We ate early after a wedding and as I have health issues with food we didn’t want anything too fancy or expensive. My husband ordered fish and chips and I had chicken breast in Panka crust with new potatoes but I asked for no salad just green beans instead. I also asked for the mushroom sauce on the side with no blue cheese. Service was very good and helpful for me and I enjoyed my meal except for the green beans which were very al dente. They were replaced but still not cooked properly so we were not charged for them. Unfortunately my husband did not like his fish and chips. We had yes and coffee and left.
Music far to load but food very good came out lovely and fresh.
We booked a table for a Saturday at 7.15pm and arrived 10 minutes early and was welcomed in. However we felt extremely rushed by the servers, our starters came along with our mains and the servers rushed everything else in-between. We left around 7.40pm - even though it was a busy Saturday, I had booked way in advance and wanted to relax and enjoy my time at the restaurant which unfortunately didn’t meet expectations.
Great service and amazing food!
Great food. Very fresh. Lovely evening. Would highly recommend
Lovely setting. Friendly and attentive staff. Good food and quick service.
The Senate is in a lovely location near the market square and King’s College.
The restaurant is quite small. The staff were friendly and helpful. The baked Camembert was sublime and the rest of the food was fine. Fair price, considering the location.
Didn’t meet our expectations in any way, shape or form. Atmosphere non existent and a distinct lack of customer service. The food was less than average, not value for your money. Given the magnificent surroundings it was a complete let down.
We really enjoyed our meals. The staff were friendly. The food and drinks great. Food very well presented and tasty too.
Me and my friends have been to the senate before and enjoyed it a lot, especially the sharing boards. This time we found the sharing boards had changed and were excited to try the new items. However, the cheese selection was not tasty at all as we’d hoped. They were all very strong cheeses that don’t go next to each other on one dish. We struggled to finish eating. Everything else was very good, but the food was rather disappointing for the standard of this lovely placed venue.
Came for dinner and drinks for a hen do, we all loved the food and had a great time, will hopefully be back
Nice central location. Friendly staff. Decent wine list. Good buzzy atmosphere
The 2 (male) waiters who served us were lovely, friendly and diligent. Overall we had a good time and the ambience was buzzy, food and service were great. We did however, have one issue regarding communication with the kitchen - having discussed with our waiter food allergies which he noted and checked, the main course had to be returned to the kitchen and there was an unnecessary interrogation by the waitress (owner?) as to whether we had an epi-pen or not! We understand the need to be cautious but we do know the details of what allergy exactly is involved - it is already hard to always have to check ingredients without feeling awkward and a little empathy from the waitress would have helped no end.
Always love going to the Senate. We had a lovely evening although there were a few little hitches the staff were very happy to help sort them out.
Great location, sunny evening, nice food and wine, looking out over Kings Parade....doesn't get much better.
Randomly booked here after using Open Table to find somewhere for an impromptu dinner. Service was good, the food was excellent and, I think, very reasonably priced. We will return.
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.