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The Senate

4.6
4.6
286 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.

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Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Bistro, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:00 Sun 12:00–16:00

  • Phone number

    01223 315641

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party contact

    Hannah: 01223 315641

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What 286 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Ambience

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    Best Value

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    Notable Wine List

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

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  • Cambridge

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

  • Cambridge

    Best Ambience

  • Cambridge

    Best Value

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  1. JS

    JandS

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We visited again after a positive experience before but we were disappointed this time. The menu was the same, there were no specials and some things were not available from the menu. Crème Brûlée was also unavailable at our previous visit 4-5 weeks ago so this needs attention! Either take it off the menu or make some more?? Service was friendly

  2. TC

    TC17

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely evening so we ate outside. The waiter was charming and jovial, the food was excellent and they make a mean amaretto sour 😊

  3. LS

    LondonSw15

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fish cake was great. Wife had chicken escalope and loved it. Had burger and enjoyed. Staff really nice as was the venue.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal and service as always!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We were a table of four. Service and environment was very good. The only black mark was one main dish of fish was over cooked. It should have been sent back really but perhaps we were too polite! Otherwise a very nice meal.

  6. A

    Allie

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    The Senate may be in the middle of central with tourist filled traps but they really do deliver on their food. Our fish and chips (swapped for sweet potato chips for and extra £2) was done to perfection with the right amount of batter and crunchy chips, none of the soggy stuff you're given in many places! We also tried the pork belly with was a very generous portion compared to other restaurants (a good 4" x 4" slice!) and paired with some micro greens and fresh green beans and a zing from the mustard sauce. We really must hand it to their kitchen staff - absolutely wonderful meals! Unfortunately our experience was soured in the beginning by the waitress denying us to sit inside because it was "full", despite us booking a table inside ahead of time. There were 5 empty reserved tables inside, 3 of which were never occupied during our 2 hours there. We were initially denied a move to a table for 3 inside as the staff got confused and made an excuse saying we booked for 2 instead of 3 and therefore couldn't be moved inside (where there were 2 and 4 seat tables). We kept being given odd excuses by the waitress until the mistake was cleared. A table reserved for 4 was given to a couple without question after we sat down which we found incredibly discriminating. We did enjoy our meal at this place and would love to come back for the food but hope the staff can be re-trained.

  7. JK

    JoKjo

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1

    Great food, tatty interior and dreadful loo, I won’t go back

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great staff, good drinks and ambience was pleasant if a little noisy. Had the minute steak cooked well but a little fatty (both mine and my sons)… Earl Grey martini was spot on.. would return !

  9. LM

    LizzieM

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good food and service. Quite slow for starter to come. We were sat outside and when it began to rain our waitress quickly found us a table inside which was great. Would go again!

  10. F

    Figi

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    excellent attentive service. Delicious food, Good menu choices

  11. R

    Rianna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were very nice, and they were very personal with us, made us feel welcome and comfortable. Was not loud at all, was quiet and peaceful. Ontop of that, the food was made fresh from their local produce and tasted immaculate! (We left a tip too! :)

  12. F

    Francesca

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a lovely lunch with my children and the staff were extremely accommodating and altered the food to suit my fussy twins. Very authentic and delicious food. Would definitely recommend and visit again.

  13. JF

    JanetF

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a delicious meal. The service was attentive without being overpowering and the meal was at the right pace for us. We enjoyed delightful wines with each course and a fortified wine to finish. The food came piping hot and full of flavour.

  14. GD

    GillD

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    All very good, although we had to wait rather too long for the olives and pitta bread - we were very hungry, and in danger of getting a bit tipsy on the wine!

  15. L

    Lovemyfood

    Cambridge

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent restaurant, delicious food in a perfect setting . Would highly recommend anyone to eat here . We are definitely going back soon x

  16. SC

    SharonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went early, and whilst almost every table was reserved, most tables were empty when we went. The service was excellent, and the food was absolutely delicious. Would definitely go back.

  17. AB

    AndrewB

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Chose from position in city and couldn't have made a better choice.

  18. AK

    AnnysK

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely location, food and staff. Would highly recommend for lunch or dinner.

  19. EL

    EdwardL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and wonderful food. Definitely worth a visit.

  20. M

    Meetoofood

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fantastic. Good honest flavoursome cooking in lovely setting.

  21. ZS

    ZoeS

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good service, all food really good, nice atmosphere

  22. GF

    GloriaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favourite places. Great location, excellent food and service. Really great place to go.

  23. AW

    AlexW

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely restaurant for lunch, perfect location in the centre. Drinks came extremely quickly and food arrived in good time. Really enjoyed having lunch here.

  24. JB

    JoelleB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a lovely evening! A gorgeous venue in the most perfect setting. Lovely attentive staff who were efficient and kind. Amazing wine and food and we will most certainly be back. Thank you The Senate.

  25. EG

    EdwardG

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great location in the centre of Cambridge with great views.

  26. RH

    RobH

    Berkshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    A lovely restaurant great food with a fantastic view. Make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment.

  27. PC

    PaulC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing and very tasty locally sourced food, exceptional service and fab location. Bonus chatting to a local couple who frequent here for supper.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Was pretty good, food was nice, only bad thing was seemed like the table was forgotten about, despite only having a small number of table. Didn’t get asked if we wanted any other drinks when food arrived, and when we did order a drink, it never arrived. Staff friendly, but just a little inattentive.

  29. AM

    AMHH

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Great food with generous portions - the platters are particularly good

  30. JS

    JudieS

    Cambridge

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Pre theatre dinner. Service not quite quick enough for 3 course meal, but recommend the Fishcake, Chorizo and Calamari starters. Chicken escalopes also very tasty main course. Very friendly staff, great location.

  31. ES

    EgorS

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Very good food in a cozy atmosphere with great service.

  32. SW

    SophW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Our first meal at The Senate, would definitely come back and recommend to friends.

  33. FE

    FlossEA

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We sat outside which was nice, a good spot and the sharing plates were good. Enjoyed it.

  34. F

    Familydinner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Mixed experience. One staff member very helpful, when we said food was undercooked she resolved it at once. The other called us rude for calling out (politely) to get attention when we could not catch his eye. Food undercooked; too dark to see the fish bones; music too loud. Won't be returning. But shout out to the waitress who was lovely.

  35. JG

    JoannaG

    Cambridge

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had waited some time to visit The Senate which had been on my 'want to go' list . The restaurant did not disappoint- I had made a reservation a few weeks in advance for lunch; when we arrived on one of the sunny days last week,we were offered the choice of tables held for us either inside or outside . We opted for outside- so the location , in the sun, was perfect. The service and food were also top notch. Overall, our visit was well worth the wait and very good value too.

  36. J

    John

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent quality food and friendly service from steak to excellent fish and slow cooked dishes - all good !

  37. B

    Bluesfansx

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What can I say ? A perfect location Relaxed casual atmosphere with excellent service. We asked for advice and it was absolutely right. A special thank you to our waiter for his wine recommendation. It made for a lovely lunch time with relatives from Lancashire and myself and husband from Ipswich. We’ll come back.

  38. IA

    IsaacA

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An elegant way to press pause on the busy lives we all live. Staff were polite, well kept and significant in playing the part which made the experience all the more enjoyable. I had the “minute steak” from the menu. It came with a fresh salad topped with a mustard dressing, this married the two together cleverly, along with the smooth garlic butter that melted upon the steak as though it were sunbathing on holiday. It also came with some of what I can only describe as the best home made chips you will experience. I highly recommend The Senate. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  39. JG

    JGXx25

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great little bistro, lovely food & service. Food quality, excellent.

  40. LC

    LucyC

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food (huge tasty portions), friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere. Would highly recommend a visit! See you again soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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The Senate is rated 4.6 stars by 286 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The Senate

1 St Mary's Passage Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 3PQ

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Kings Parade

  • Area

    Cambridge

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:00 Sun 12:00–16:00

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Bistro, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Nearest bus stop opp Bene't Street

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

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