We visited this restaurant for a family birthday occasion and hadn’t seen too much information about it beforehand. The food, presentation and service were absolutely excellent - above all expectations. Would definitely recommend / return!
Small, comfy, smart, busy restaurant where the staff are just great. Very attentive. Food is delicious and beautifully presented.
Nice to see Varsity updated - very different from how it used to be! Good decor, very similar to it's sister restaurant Trinity. Pleasant ambiance and seating. Nice helpful friendly staff, very good food and reasonably priced wine. A lovely evening for a group of 5 of us - would go again.
Delicious meal and staff very attentive and professional . Would definitely recommend . Thank you
Last minute booking for our anniversary and it was amazing! Not being from Cambridge we were unsure of the places to eat, so went for pot luck and were definitely not dissappinted. Great service from a welcoming front of house team who were very attentive! The most amazing food I have tasted for a longtime and with a wonderful atmosphere definitely setting the scene for a romantic night for two. I would highly recomend Varsity Restaurant to anyone I know who is visiting Cambridge.
Good choices from the lunch menu
I went for dinner with my girlfriend , we had a very nice meal . Food was really good and service too . The best thing for me in this restaurant was actually service which wasn’t rushing us . We finish our wine then we had another glass and the guys we’re waiting us that’s 5 star service . If you’re looking for place to have a good dinner with bottle of wine and you’re not in a rush you definitely should try .
From starter to dessert the taste was excellent and the presentation very appetizing. I had the mussles, the halibut and the apple-ice cream, with a glass of Italian white: perfect. Dinner for three with three courses and wine each for around £100. That's very good value.
Great food and great staff. We had the pork belly and the polenta cake. Perfect!
Exquisite food in a calm and classy setting. The pork belly was one of the best things I've eaten in a long time.
What a great place! Delicious food, excellent service, and comfortable surroundings, all at a reasonable price. Very highly recommended.
We ate here early before going to a film. The welcome was warm and friendly; the food was very well cooked and nicely presented and the service good humoured, courteous and professional. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the whole experience of visiting the Varsity Restaurant. We will certainly eat there again.
Visited with my wife for lunch while we were in town. The set menu was excellent and the mussels I had for a starter were some of the nicest I have had. The mains were great and the service was attentive and polite but not overbearing. Very good value, the Varsity completely delivered in its promise, it' not a 3 Michelin start restaurant and doesn't claim to be, it serves very good, well priced food in pleasant surroundings right in the centre of Cambridge. I can't think of a single negative about our visit.
Wonderful food and exceptional service.
Great choice of food on the menu and impeccably served.
Very attentative waiters who knew everything and didn’t rush us at all
greeted warmly & seated promptly; menu suited all our party, as did the wine! The food was lovely & they worked around food allergies, cheerfully suggesting options. Didn't feel hurried even though it was a Friday night.
Ticks all the bistro requirements, limited but wide & thoughtful choice, Well cooked, relaxed service and surprisingly good value, certainly for lunch. Easy and pleasant experience.
Had a relaxed Friday lunch here. Varsity has a small, neat, modern, but slightly characterless interior, which makes very little of the history of the building. The name and fact that it's the oldest restaurant in Cambridge leads to greater expectations. That said, the fixed menu is excellent value, because the food is very good. Mushroom and mozzarella arancini followed by their signature slow roasted pork belly was only £15. The wine list is relatively modest, but well chosen - interesting, good value alternatives to the usual classics. The Limoux Blanc chardonnay from the Languedoc was better than many a white burgundy. Service was friendly and attentive. All in all, a very pleasant and civilised way to end the week.
Somewhat disappointing. Seems to be a trend in Cambridge but lighting was very bright which ruined and ambiance. I don’t understand why restaurants don’t think about mood lighting. Risotto was very gloopy but when I mentioned this I just got a ‘sorry to hear that’ nothing more. We won’t be going again I am afraid.
A warm welcome. Quiet table as requested so we could talk. Very good food on a simple menu. Very good Australian wine from the wine list. Excellent service throughout. Central convenient location. Shall return.
I visited with a colleague from work and we had a very pleasant evening. All food looked very appetising and I very much enjoyed my mussel starter, they were perfectly cooked, very juicy and deliciously flavoured. My tuna steak was thinner than expected, but it was perfectly seared. However I would have hoped for more exciting flavour and the tomatoes were a little too salty and I like salty. Service was very attentive and we were both happy with the experience.
We had a wonderful lunch at Varsity. The staff are very pleasant and helpful. Very homely feel and delicious food.
We had a lovely late lunch - the atmosphere was lively but relaxed. It was very comfortable. The service was attentive, very friendly and just well-judged. The food was delicious, with a really nicely put together menu. Excellent wine well priced. We had a lovely time! Thank you.
I booked this for my husband’s birthday. We had a fantastic lunch. Everything was cooked and presented beautifully and my children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Staff ( John and Eric) were friendly and helpful. Can’t wait to go back.
Good value lunch but disappointing desserts. Should have had starters instead. Small portion sizes for mains so two courses definitely required as a minimum. Good service but not accurate (dessert and drinks order both incorrect)
Interesting menu, well cooked and presented. Enjoyed the evening
Amazing food excellent service and value for money
Went for a birthday lunch with my husband, had the 3 course Set Lunch Menu which was excellent. Each course was delicious, hot, tasty and just the right size for lunch. The wine was equally as good. Would definitely recommend. Service was very good, friendly and well timed.
Would certainly visit again.
Excellent food and very friendly service. The wine was also excellent.
Growing up in Cambridge always wanted to eat at The Varsity, but did . On Saurday I ticked a box on my to do list ! Had lunch before the theatre with my daughter . Service was brilliant and food was delicious .
Perfect pre-concert supper. Nice relaxed atmosphere.
We had a very pleasant evening, food was good and the staff helpful and friendly
I agree with a previous reviewer that the best part of the meal was the wine, which was excellent. The food is definitely not on the same level as its sister restaurant which is a pity.
What a fabulous place! So friendly, amazingly great food and a great atmosphere! Thoroughly enjoyed!
Perfect evening out, food, atmosphere, highly recommend. Continues to be a favourite.
Go for lunch with friends approx every six weeks. have tried other venues but as a group we all agree this is the best - menus are changed regularly and food reflects the seasons. No pressure to leave table in an allotted time as we catch up and all our news-we all look forward to all aspects of this great resterant.
This place is fantastic - the meal was outstanding. The food was delicious and beautifully presented, the service was excellent, and the prices were extremely reasonable for the quality. Very highly recommended.
Very pleased with the overall service. Lovely food and very friendly but polite staff. Would definitely return if in Cambridge
Good location with traditional feel - excellent service, food & value..
The restaurant, food and staff, were very good. We were unlucky enough to be in at the same time as a rowdy table, which made it difficult to hear our own conversation and we didn't really want to hear what they were shouting about! :D
Excellent food prepared to a very high standard, great service and a warm friendly atmosphere. Slightly cramped space at the table though, otherwise I would have given 5 stars.