The Senate

4.4
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
169 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£25 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 169 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
W
Wimbishwoman
Cambridge
9 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Unpretentious cafe come restaurant. Good service and really tasty, well cooked food with some interesting flavour combinations.

K
Kiks
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic meal in a good central Cambridge location. We sat in the rear of the restaurant which was nice, but very hot owing to proximity to the kitchen - would ask to sit in front in future. Food decent value and portions were huge. Had no room for dessert on this occasion so will definitely be back, as there were at least three things on the dessert menu I’d like to try!

JM
JulieM
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our first visit to the senate and we will definitely be going back. Great choice on the menu, food was good quality and well cooked.

RC
RosieC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another nice meal at the Senate. Food is interesting and well cooked, good choice for vegetarians and pescatarians. Friendly staff and laid back atmosphere.

TW
TessaW
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always outstanding. The atmosphere is perfect for a natter over a class of wine. Just perfect.

ST
SophieT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab service - the whole package. Great restaurant in the centre of Cambridge.

Ask for a table by the window for the view of the church behind you.

JH
JohnnyH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thursday pre theatre lunch time visit. This is a small restaurant in a great position in the centre of Cambridge. Calamari and dip with salad shared starter was the best we've had. I had the king prawn and chorizo linguine - disappointed with only four previously frozen prawns and a few slices of chorizo - the sauce was ok. My husband had the pork belly which he really enjoyed. The wine was very good and nice to be offered a carafe rather than a whole bottle or glass. The ice table water was a welcome free accompaniment. Service was good - however the waitress who kept having to close the front entrance door seemed to be stressed - perhaps it would be a good idea to invest in a self close door. Would definitely visit again.

BS
BrendaS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tried the restaurant for lunch before going to the theatre, food was very good and staff friendly but professional, we enjoyed our lunch so returned after the theatre for dinner. We could not fault the food. The experience added to a brilliant day out in Cambridge. Thank you to The Senate.

d
dcvisitor
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The menu promised more than what the kitchen could deliver. OK food, but nothing special...

TL
TLRR
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A nice place to have a quick lunch. Food was lovely.

CD
CandiceD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was a delightful, intimate restaurant overlooking Kings College in Cambridge. The food was lovely and the service was excellent. A really happy experience!

EC
EmmaC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Starter was perfect, reason for 4 stars is that there was way too much salt on my main course. Such a shame, probably an honest mistake but not 5 star. Nice ambiance.

M
Moppy
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant. Would have liked a few more vegetables served with the meal although we did order extras.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good and the service very friendly and attentive. Only negative was that the fondant potato was a little “firm” and the crackling with the pork belly not really crisp. The starters, calamari and raclette were very nice and my mains, ox cheeks was awesome. Would definitely go again if I didn’t live over 100 miles away.

DK
DarrenK
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place... seemingly better to book as gets quite busy... good selection on menu, served quickly... all round excellent....

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lunch visiting our daughter in Cambridge. Device was excellent and nothing was too much trouble.

B
Bill
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Visited the Senate last Saturday. Very impressed with the food and quality of service. We were seated just inside the front door (chilly draft when customers were entering and leaving) and it was quite noisy but the meal was superb.

P
Philip
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We enjoyed tasty meal in a convenient and interesting location next to Great St Mary's, and we were well looked after throughout by the friendly staff.

CS
ChippySC
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding views of Great St Mary's and the Senate House. Service was friendly and efficient. Food excellent.

S
Stanley
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our second visit to The Senate, excellent food and well timed friendly service! Would recommend a window seat!

MG
MrsG
Cambridge
12 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit and we will return. Great food and service in a lovely informal setting.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An opportunity to catch up with friends. A convenient location with a brilliant vantage point where, depending upon your table, you can watch the world go by as well as the inevitable instagrammed.... The menu was thankfully different to your usual chain offerings, varied and tasty. The service was very good - attentive without being overpowering. Plan to return again in the future.

GR
GeoffR
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A great ambience, excellent range of menu, good service and table spacing.

K
Kevin
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food every time. Lovely ambience. Great drinks. Highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spectacular food, intimate setting, great service!

AG
AngelaG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very nice setting, friendly attentive staff. Slight draught from windows. Good experience

AB
AlBr
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MC
MollyC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JR
JasmineR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

KS
vipKatieS
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

c
vipcescords
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely casual place to go with friends, very central, cosy, good food and excellent service

T
Trisha
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

l
vipletotherscook
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

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!!

D
David
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Staff and food great

TS
TimS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive waiting staff. The environment was great and the quality of the food was second to none.

RD
RobertD
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely little bistro right in the middle of Cambridge.
Booking is essential as this place gets very busy.
Recommended

CG
ChloeG
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambiance, drinks and service was super - highly recommended

P
Phenaire
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

AG
AddieG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Intimate eatery perfect for dinner with friends, attentive and friendly service where nothing is too much trouble.

FAQs

The Senate is rated 4.4 stars by 169 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.