The calm city of Cambridge is known for its beautiful sights and rich history. The central location is less than an hour from London and very easy to get around on foot with a great selection of shops and delicious eateries.
Whether you fancy some delectable Italian food, or some cheese and wine on a sunny afternoon, Cambridge has a great variety of restaurants available. If you’re living in our luxury student accommodation in Cambridge, you’re going to want to follow our guide below on best places to eat in Cambridge!
1. Restaurant 22
This gorgeous venue is elegant Victorian fine dining at its best! Located in a historic corner of Cambridge with stain glass windows in its brickwork, the historical aesthetic of this Restaurant 22 creates an unforgettable experience. Located near the River Cam on Jesus Green, this beautiful restaurant is perfect after a leisurely stroll for a spot of lunch or a coffee.
At night, enjoy a candlelit meal with some of the most luxurious ingredients Cambridge has to offer, it’s no doubt that this debut restaurant of partners Sam Carter and Alex Olivier has an amazing menu. Inspired by many years working at Michelin level, Sam and Alex use the best local suppliers and present a weekly changing menu to reflect the seasonal produce.
For mains, we’d have to recommend the Creedy Carver Duck, potato, carrot and watercress and the Cornish hake, Jerusalem artichoke, monk’s beard and brown shrimp. Why not finish your evening off with a glorious selection of cheese, crackers and condiments?
A stylish restaurant in a modern glass extension, this family run fine dining restaurant overlooks the famous Parker’s Piece green in Cambridge creating an ambient setting.
Chef Patron Hans Schweitzer offers a three course menu offering dishes with plenty of global influence as well as signature dishes with a mix of experience and contemporary trends. Their seasonal menu is written weekly depending on availability from suppliers, many of which are local!
We’d urge you to try the Suffolk Venison Fillet with juniper berry sauce, cocoa, and Apple Red Cabbage, Cotto also has an amazing selection of dessert wines to top off your evening for a true fine dining experience in Cambridge.
3. Midsummer House
If you fancy a unique dining experience, we’d definitely recommend this Victorian themed venue. This elegant conservatory dining room is situated in a villa on the Midsummer Common right on the banks of the River Cam. It was first awarded its Michelin star in 2002 and another in 2005, making this a very popular venue in the city.
Chef Patron Daniel Clifford has been in the business for over twenty years, and is widely regarded as one of the most inventive for his generation! He’s generally renowned for his modern British cooking underpinned with a French style. Head Chef Mark Abbot comes from a farming background and learned his kitchen skills from Chef Micheal Deane on the Square in Helen’s Bay, Country Down.
The Midsummer House lunch menu has some absolutely delicious meals including Scallop and Cauliflower Ravoli with sea herbs, champagne foam and caviar cream. We’d also highly reccomend the Stuffed Suckling Pig Loin with pickled onion, savoy cabbage and apple purée for a delightful main course.
4. Amélie Flam-kuche
This hidden gem in the Grafton Centre opposite the VUE Cinema is named after Flammekueche , a yeast free bread dough so thin that it cooks in 90 seconds! The simple yet yummy dish is ideal as a quick meal midst shopping, or a snack before the cinema.
A classic dish served throughout the east of France, the Flammekueche has a range of modern, fresh toppings to create some wonderful flavour combinations. Amélie is Alex’s sister and Regis’ daughter, who was lucky enough to have this tasty restaurant named after her!
This restaurant was a dream for father and son duo Regis & Alex, Regis has owned several eateries in East Anglia that have received prestigious awards. Alex graduated in hospitalitiy management and spent three years working with Gaucho Restaurants in London.
Top picks include the Salmon & Avocado Flammekueche served with crème fraîche, sliced onions, cherry tomatoes, courgette, capers and dill. The Thai Curry Flammekueche is absolutely delicious too, including crème fraîche, sliced onions, smked bacon, chicken, lemongrass, coconut milk, and many more taste bud tingling ingredients.
5. Taj Tandoori
Located on the busy Cherry Hinton road in Cambridge, this restaurant has built up a very loyal fan base and great reputation for the quality of its food and friendly smiling service. Taj Tandoori first opened in 1986 and has been providing unforgettable dishes ever since, you really do feel like part of a big family when you enter this establishment!
Taj Tandoori was ranked number 1 restaurant in Cambridge in 2018 and holds the title of Best Indian Restaurant in Cambridge on Trip Advisor for 2019. You’ll find a mix of authentic Bangladeshi dishes, legendary British curries, as well as dishes with Indian, British, and Chinese twists. Brothers Syed and Julal manage the front and back of house, adding much personality to the venue.
Recommendations include the Shaslik Khana, this popular dish combines barbecued pieces of chicken tikka, bell peppers and grilled onions, cooked in a tomato based sauce. The Fish Tikka from the Tandoori Oven is also worth mentioning, including melt in your mouth white fillet fish marinated with ground spices, delicious! Taj Tandoori also offer a takeaway service, perfect if you don’t feel like leaving your luxury student accommodation.
This relaxed, contemporary restaurant offers English seafood & meat dishes as well as an abundance of lunch specials and moreish cocktails. Right in the heart of Cambridge’s historic centre, Trinity is a cosy venue serving up some great flavours in a traditional aesthetic. Open all day from 12 noon, Trinity has a delicious value lunch and pre-theatre menu.
On the lunch menu, our top picks would be the Steamed Mussels in a Goan curry sauce to start, with a Braised Poussin with spiced carrot purèe, rosemary fondant potato, and fig & caper juice. If you’re wanting to treat yourself and your friends for an exquisite evening, why not try the A la Carte Menu? Trinity have a fabulous range of oysters available to start with champagne as a perfect accompaniment.
Also worth mentioning for mains is the Roast Pork Tenderloin and the Roasted Sea Bass with cockles, chicken & seaweed butter. For those with a sweet tooth, the Glazed Chocolate Tart with passion fruit gel, chocolate tuile and coffee foam is a must have. If you fancy something a little more savoury though, the Cheese Board is a great option, with a fine selection of cheeses available guaranteed to please your pallet.
7. The Senate
A cheery local bistro serving all day, The Senate creates a lovely environment to ensure you feel relaxed and happy whilst enjoying your food. Their menu offers a great selection of sandwiches, sharing boards, and bigger vegetarian, vegan, meat and fish options. They also have a quaint patio area perfect for cocktails, perfect for a nice quiet evening after exploring this vibrant city.
If you like burgers, we’d definitely recommend their Chicken & Bacon Bitsro Burger which consists of garlic & paprika chicken breast with lettuce, tomato and bacon with a side of pomme frites and aioli. A delicious vegetarian option is the Baked Aubergine with tomato, spinach and panko parmesan served with a dressed salad. The Orange & Chocolate Torte is a popular favourite, topped with Belgian chocolate mousse and a gluten free brownie base.
The best part about this restaurant is the stunning surroundings, when dining here you get a great view of St Marys Church from the front window, perfect on a summer evening with your friends.