Varsity Restaurant

4.5
630 reviews
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  • Quiet Conversation
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Cambridge
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely fresh cooked tasty food and staff very polite and efficient but not too intrusive. The lunchtime specials are just the right size. Great place to catch up with family or friends over lunch.

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CP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, always heard it was good, but it exceeded my expectations.

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UM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bistro-Style Cuisine with very good quality and stylish look. Very good service.

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JM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Nice enough restaurant but food was far too salty unfortunately, hey ho.

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DJ
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Varsity was not busy Saturday lunchtime, although the centre of Cambridge was extremely busy. It was nice to get away from the crowded pavements and into the quiet of the restaurant. The staff were extremely pleasant and friendly and we stayed talking for several hours. The food was also very nice, lovely Italian bread with oil, I had courgette fritters which were delicious and the risotto, equally tasty with a perfect texture. There is a sensible and not over-priced wine list. The decor is rather tired, it looks as if it hasn't changed for many years, but that was quite comforting! I suppose the restaurant is regarded as too expensive to be popular, but I thought it was good value for money, and relished the absence of trendiness. I would definitely return on a future occasion.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have always enjoyed dining at Varsity. The lunch and pre-theatre menu is always a great deal. The only downside would be I did not enjoy the apple crumble. I felt it the apple filling was too sour. The servers were attentive. I would definitely dine here again in the future.

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j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service highly recommended. Good wine list

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TA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was overseasoned and steak was full of fat and gristle. Blobs of purée without much flavour so very disappointing and it was not cheap either. Considering the reviews maybe it was an off day but I would certainly not go back.

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L
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal and excellent service. Staff very friendly and helpful.

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GR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a nice dinner a few weeks ago, we returned to this restaurant as we like the fine food, good wine and excellent service. We tried other dishes this time and we were not disappointed. I recommend this place.

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UF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Varsity for a meal with my son and we had a lovely evening. The food and wine were very good, the ambience relaxing and friendly but what really stood out was the wonderful service. Just the right amount of friendly, warm and helpful attention. Highly recommend.

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CO
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely resturant, lovely food, poor portion size/ Value for money

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AW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

We waited a hour for food and when it came the cod was cold and raw in the middle

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LM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super experience. Great service, delicious food. Would heartily recommend to others.

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T
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant city centre restaurant with a relaxed ambience, good food (including two roast options on Sunday) and friendly, efficient service.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My partner thoroughly enjoyed her meal, both starter and main, whereas I was a little displeased to see broken shelled, and unopened mussels in my starter. On the flip side, there was no grit in the mussels I did have.

Easy to concentrate on a negative, it's a nice venue, the food overall was very good. We were lucky to be sat by a window else I fear we'd have been too hot anywhere else. Wine choice was good, and we chose a good bottle which helps.

Unsure if we'll go back, but it was a nice treat.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Varsity in Cambridge for my daughters 21st birthday. We had a great evening, the food was excellent and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Thank you.

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NP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d definitely recommend Varsity restaurant. I’d never been before and now I can’t wait to go back again. I’m vegetarian and I liked the sound of both the vegetarian starters and mains. I had the artichoke starter and my husband had the scallops, they were both delicious. The aubergine main was equally tasty and my husband thought the chicken was delicious too. We both had the chocolate parfait dessert to finish which was the best course of all. With a really good wine list we enjoyed a bottle of Malbec. Excellent customer service, a lovely ambiance and very well executed dishes at a really good price.

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AB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very tasty set lunch which was great value and super quality. Lovely ambience too. Would definitely recommend.

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CP
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good service and a lovely place to eat. Despite its high rankings, the value was excellent.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful evening......
Great service
Food excellent .... amazing flavours , presentation and attention to detail.... wow !!
It was a full house ... chef was running late....
We were given free desserts as a gesture of goodwill ....
All done immaculately....
Staff were present and alert
What a marvellous experience
Will recommend and come again

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SW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to The Varsity and it won't be the last. Warmly greeted and served. Outstanding food. Excellent wine recommendation. Service was attentive but low key, staff friendly and knowledgeable. Three course meal on a Saturday lunchtime, great value for money, an exceptionally good experience. Highly recommended.

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GR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has a quiet and nice atmosphere. It is great to be able to dine and talk without loud music or loud voices. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food.

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I
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rly lovely food, waiters were all rly friendly, definalty would go again.

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PM
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit, very pleased. Set menu was good value and food was very good. Nice atmosphere and pleasant staff. Will go again.

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GA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent value for money. Staff were courteous, friendly and attentive, without being over bearing. The food was stunning and plentiful.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived on time at 4:30pm. Lovely and quiet venue. Phenomenal service and food. Loved it. Can’t wait to return

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little restaurant. Good food great service, great value.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre theatre dinner. Good service and good food

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K
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb hospitality; pleasant, relaxing ambience and delicious food. Perfect!

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CD
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrate our little’s girl Birthday at the weekend. We’ve never been before only booked after reading the reviews.
Had now idea what gem I was about to find. Food was exquisite, atmosphere perfect and the gentleman looking after us was so accommodating and absolutely amazing with us and our children. I honestly cannot speak high enough. Thank you so much.

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RG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great Place to have an earlier dinner, staters were excellent. The 2 vegetarian risotto's were very good. I had the cannons of beef which were disappointing, very toughened the pomme anna was not good. This is a shame because the rest was very good and I would go back just not have the beef

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DL
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff, food and atmosphere. Small pre dinner men8u that covers a wide variety of tastes or the A La Carte menu. Very good.

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E
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Set lunch was great value and super food. Highly recommend

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NR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little restaurant- we were looking for good food in a 5*relaxed restaurant & that is what we found 😊

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F
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Whilst the food was generally good, there were some issues. I requested my duck pink, and instead of rendering out the fat at a low temperature, the chef seemed to flash fry it, leaving large, thick veins of fat running through it, making it inedible.

On the whole, it was a good experience. The only suggestion I would make would be to close the door immediately when someone walks in as the draft was painfully cold every time someone came in and the door was left open for whole minutes at a time.

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GB
Belgium
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very easy to reserve a table with OpenTable. Service was excellent; same waitress throughout our meal. Lovely, modern and understated stylish decoration. Food was made with great ingredients, was well prepared and was beautifully presented; however, our verdict was that the flavours and combinations were interesting rather than delicious. That's just our opinion, and I'm sure others would disagree, but there you go. Menu choice was small but quite varied, including some pretty decent vegetarian options. A la carte prices I thought were a little expensive, but the pre-theatre option offers excellent value.

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w
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited with a friend has a lovely meal. Verty tasty starter and very good cod cooked perfectly lots if it an could be not eating it all
Shared a desserts with a friend.
Always good, friendly staff definitely would recommend

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JP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Superb food and service. Excellent value for money too.

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