Varsity Restaurant

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4.5
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674 Reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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Welcome to Varsity. We look forward to serving you soon!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 15:00 and 17:30 - 22:00
Friday – Saturday: 12:00 - 22:00
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Phone number
01223 356060
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
Nearest bus stop adj The Busway Regent Street
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4.7
service
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4.3
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LB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious food - will return

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S
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Waiter was sarcastic and steak was undercooked. The restaurant is advertised as pre-theatre but doesn't do that menu on a Saturday evening which seems odd. I would also think twice about this restaurant for anyone with mobility issues since the stairs are quite narrow (there is a downstairs as well) and the women's toilet has a sign warning about an unsafe step (I don't know if there are customer toilets downstairs but worth checking).

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AM
Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was attentive and the food was excellent especially the desserts.
A lovely experience to celebrate my birthday.

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a
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

good food, good service.
i went there my a friend and was super! we ate fish as starter and main; also the desserts are good

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MS
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Very good restaurant. Superb service and excellent food

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DM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of food, price and service were excellent.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were both very good and we both enjoyed our meals very much. We have been to the restaurant before and will be doing so again.

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BS
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place for food in Cambridge. Really good and tasty meals without breaking the bank

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JV
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very efficient and pleasant. Food good without being outstanding. Very steep narrow stairs - I should have mentioned that I have mobility problems. Noise level rose significantly when a large party with children arrived. Toilets very cramped.

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HK
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable meal on a Saturday evening. The waiters were very welcoming and the service was friendly and attentive. The food was of a high standard and everything was tasty and presented attractively. We liked the restaurant itself and it had a good ambiance. We would certainly come back.

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SO
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Spent a lovely leisurely birthday lunch. Service was brilliant, food lovely and good value. Very few people in there, but apparently is busy in the evenings. Didn’t spoil my experience at all. Will go back again and would recommend it!

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t
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and value on the pre theatre menu. I was spoilt for choice.

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S
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The vegetarian starter, courgette fritters, was three tiny bites, and tasted ordinary when I expected delicious. The vegetarian main course of stuffed 'smoked' aubergine with cheese lacked any flavour of smoke, and comprised half an aubergine stuffed with tomato and onion (from recollection), with no accompaniments (no carbs whatsoever).
The price was steep. I was still hungry and I have a modest appetite. I think the calorie value should be written on the menu so that Diners could expect to order other food (or go to another restaurant that does not mind providing a plate of food that is balanced and satisfying). What I had felt like 500 calories, for £40.
I suggest that vegetarian food should be accompanied with whole grain rice or other wholesome items. I do not want to have to order a plate of chips or a fatty sugary dessert just so as to not starve.
This was my second time visiting Varsity. My first visit I enjoyed, this time, not really.

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JT
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed this special meal out to celebrate our son's birthday.
Flavours and presentation of food were gorgeous. We all loved our dishes.
The waiter was gracious, informative and attentive.
The only challenge in the venue is the low height of the staircase, which our tall sons only had to tackle once as we arrived and left. We had a lovely upstairs table by the window, situated just the right distance from others to give privacy and make the occasion special for us.
Would definitely recommend.

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j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Nice menu but food a bit hit-and-miss. Nice buzzy atmosphere and superb service

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NS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a most enjoyable meal. The meal was not rushed, the food was excellent and with service to match. Already recommended family members to visit. Overall very good value for money.

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JL
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food, excellent service. Thank you, my husband and I really enjoyed it

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch and attentive staff. Great value for a beautiful plate of food.

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AJ
London
105 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were going to a show at the Corn Exchange and so opted for the pre-theatre which was good value at £15.50 for 2 courses. We had a very friendly welcome, were given water without asking followed by bread and olive oil and service was excellent throughout. The food was beautifully presented which I don't usually notice. More importantly it was delicious. We washed it down with a very quaffable shiraz. Would definitely go back.

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AG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High end food, service and knowledgeable waiter staff.

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KM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and fantastic food. Highly recommend

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SH
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always!

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FW
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal here with my incredibly fussy Mother, who commented that someone in the kitchen really knows what they’re doing. Everything we ordered was delicious with a real depth of flavour and attention to detail. The staff were attentive and warm without over fussing. Highly recommended.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is very good not a long way from outstanding or perfect
Good value for money. Wines are not as sometimes overly priced
Food was very good, innovative colourful with Tasty vegetables
Restaurant setting is nice . A nice dinner, Thanks !

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friendly service. Food was excellent, warm and fresh. Nice time between courses, not rushed at all. Good choice of wine at reasonable prices. Our waitress was lovely, very friendly and gave us some good info about Cambridge.

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ME
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Good Friday family dinner prior to going to see Whitney - Queen of the Night at the Corn Exchange. One of our favourite Cambridge restaurants: great food and wine, attentive service and a fair price all things considered. Looking forward to our next visit

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MF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit to Varsity having read the positive reviews. Fairly limited menu but everything we chose was of a very high standard. Busy on a Saturday night and we can understand why.

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SN
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely food, drink and good service from all staff.

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JJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For sometime now this has been my favourite place to eat in Cambridge. Completely unpretentious and mention has to be made about the friendly, obliging staff. Although the food is of similar quality to the sister restaurant, it is the staff at The Varsity that make the difference.

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JA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wine and service. Can not recommend this place highly enough.

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CG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very pleasant meal on a week night with my wife. Food was superb.

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AN
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A special birthday occasion. Service both highly efficient/accurate and informal/relaxed, just how I like it. Food was of highest quality, on hot plates, appealing presentation. Would return frequently if we lived closer.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food served by friendly and charming staff. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone

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E
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, nice table, food good. Lovely experience

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TE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, relaxed atmosphere, and non intrusive service. Would definitely book again.

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KS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was extremely tasty and well-prepared, however we waited about 20 mins before the waiter brought out bread (not even our starters), and the noise level was very loud. Otherwise a very good meal.

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H
London
30 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Varsity, Cambridge - first visit, warmly received and efficiently settled. One a la carte and one pre - theatre menu (from which my companion chose squid, mushroom risotto and crème brulee - all pronounced delicious). My scallops, cod and crumble were also well - cooked and attractively presented, complemented by glasses of southern French white and coffee - all for a reasonable price.

Recommended

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e
Essex
36 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were very pleased with our choice for Sunday lunch. We all had beef which was perfectly cooked with a good selection of veg. The puddings were outstanding. The building is quaint and well converted. Could not fault the service

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BO
London
104 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As Londoners we rarely come to Cambridge, but we eat out in many other cities. The menu at Varsity is intriguing and the dishes were delicious, with imaginative use of vegetables. Flavours were introduced through sauces and “dirt” that made for a varied and stimulating experience. Service was friendly and efficient. Tables are close together but we enjoyed interacting with intelligent neighbours. Recommended.

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DL
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early for our table which was not a problem and a bonus for us as we were able to take advantage of the pre theatre meal deal. We had two superb courses . While we were waiting for our food they gave us a delicious bread with dipping oil. The service, food and ambiance were all perfect. We will definitely be back and have already recommended the restaurant to friends and family.

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