Restaurants in Cambridge

Cosy little bistros, grungy student cafes, cheerful chains and classy Michelin star establishments - Cambridge covers every shade of the gourmet spectrum. Head away from the tourist traps of Market Square to discover a more authentic side to the city’s dining scene.

Restaurants in Cambridge have been grouped into three different pricing categories:
Expensive (over £40)
Moderate (£25 to £40)
Cheap (up to £25)

These prices are for a three course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent. If service is not included, 10% tipping is customary.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Modern European

This single star Michelin restaurant under chef Patron Mark Poynton concentrates on using slow cooking techniques to accentuate flavour and texture. The menus are dictated by the seasons with the majority of the ingredients sourced locally.

Address: 152-154 Hills Road, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 413 000.

Midsummer House

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Modern European

Set in a pretty Victorian villa by the River Cam near the centre of Cambridge, Midsummer House boasts two Michelin stars and offers classic French Mediterranean cuisine with plenty of modern twists. Opened 14 years ago under the auspices of Daniel Clifford, it serves up consistently excellent food.

Address: Midsummer Common, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 369 299.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: French

Don’t let the busy East Road location fool you - this delightful little brasserie is all bright, modern stripped pine interiors and understated sophistication. The menu is haute cuisine, with specialities including duck liver parfait, slow-roasted beef cheeks and venison wellington in juniper berry sauce. It’s immensely popular, particularly in the evenings, so book a table well in advance.

Address: 183 East Road, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 302 010.


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: British

This charming bistro is simply decorated with pastel shades, wooden floors and art deco fittings, and serves European and modern British favourites. It's also famed for its cake shop (specifically their Chelsea buns) next door. Leave room for its speciality: the chocolate ice cream.

Address: 51-52 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 352 500.


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Fusion

A large, airy brasserie-style restaurant located by Magdalene Bridge on the banks of the river Cam and with two spacious riverside balconies, Galleria is one of the busier restaurants in Cambridge. This is not only down to the location, though - the food is fabulous too.

Address: 33 Bridge Street, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 362 054.

Browns Restaurant

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Modern British

A Cambridge institution since it was established in 1987, Browns is a spacious colonial-style eatery offering mostly English food and a bustling atmosphere, popular with students, tourists and locals alike. It is housed in a converted wing of the old Addenbrooke’s Hospital, which originally opened in 1766.

Address: 23 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 461 655.

Rainbow Cafe

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Vegan, vegetarian

This award-winning cafe offers fresh ingredients and strictly veggie-only products, including its cheeses, vegan wines, beers and ciders, vegan options and organic baby food. The menu is eclectic and ranges from favourites such as spinach lasagne to exotic Jamaican roti cups, tacos and tagines. The cakes are also to-die-for.

Address: 9A Kings Parade, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 321 551.

The Rice Boat

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Indian

Enjoy the mouth-tingling flavours of India at The Rice Boat, where Kerala inspired cuisine comes with a whole host of lightly spiced dishes. Dine on chilli-fried whitebait, lamb cutlets, sambar (lentil-based vegetable stew) or pumpkin and red bean curry. A real gem.

Address: 37 Newnham Road, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 302 800.

The Sea Tree

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: British

The Sea Tree is an award-winning fish bar that puts a sustainable twist on traditional British fish ‘n’ chips. Dishes are homemade, cooked to order and based around what’s in season at the time. Don’t just expect your favourite fish to be deep-fried either - customers can have them pan-fried or grilled as well.

Address: 13-14 The Broadway, Mill Road, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 414 349.
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