The Senate

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146 reviews
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£25 and under
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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.
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K
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spectacular food, intimate setting, great service!

AG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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

AB
London
12 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
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
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
Cambridge
1 review
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
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

T
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
New York Area
124 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
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
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Staff and food great

TS
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
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
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

P
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
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.

C
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly, lovely food, nice casual but intimate ambience

JQ
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

MP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and atmosphere; also, good outlook. Value for money.

AD
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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.

JN
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Music far to load but food very good came out lovely and fresh.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

GS
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great service and amazing food!

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Very fresh. Lovely evening. Would highly recommend

MW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting. Friendly and attentive staff. Good food and quick service.

K
Cambridge
13 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

TH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

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.

c
London
33 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We really enjoyed our meals. The staff were friendly. The food and drinks great. Food very well presented and tasty too.

NE
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

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.

EB
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for dinner and drinks for a hen do, we all loved the food and had a great time, will hopefully be back

E
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice central location. Friendly staff. Decent wine list. Good buzzy atmosphere

e
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

AH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

s
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location, sunny evening, nice food and wine, looking out over Kings Parade....doesn't get much better.

GJ
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

PC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

TF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

H
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.