Where to Eat in Cambridge: Top 8 Places

The city of Cambridge is known for its brimming history and quaint sights. Less than an hour from London, the central location is very easy to get around on foot with a vast array of shops and delicious eateries available for you to try whilst studying here.

Whether it’s fine dining you’re interested in, or some wholesome Italian food on a Saturday night, Cambridge has a great variety of restaurants available.

If you’re living in our luxury student accommodation in Cambridge, check out our guide below on best places to eat in here!

Midsummer House

We recommend this Victorian themed venue if you fancy a truly unique dining experience. This elegant conservatory dining room is 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 it a very popular, well known 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.

Cotto

This family run, stylish restaurant is set in a modern glass extension which overlooks the famous Parker’s Piece green in Cambridge creating a peaceful 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.

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Restaurant 22

You must visit this elegant Victorian restaurant, it really is the pinnacle of fine dining! Situated in a historic corner of Cambridge with stain glass windows in its brickwork, the historical aesthetic of this Restaurant 22 creates a magical experience.

Located near the River Cam on Jesus Green, this restaurant is perfect after a leisurely stroll for a spot of lunch.

In the evening, 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. Top your evening off with their glorious selection of cheese, crackers and condiments for afters.

Taj Tandoori

This restaurant has built up a very loyal fan base and great reputation for the quality of its food and friendly smiling service. It first opened in 1986 and has been providing delicious dishes ever since, you really do feel like part of a big family when you enter this restaurant.

Located on the busy Cherry Hinton road in Cambridge, this venue is in a prime location, ideal if you fancy some drinks after your meal.

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.

The Corner House

This quaint little pub does a great Sunday roast as well as other tasty main meals. Inside, the bright and airy feel makes you feel right at home, with a nice selection of outdoor seating, perfect for a hot summers day. Situated on Newmarket Road in Cambridge, the prices are very affordable with large portions too, a great bonus!

This pub is a hidden gem and worth a visit when studying here for some lovely pub grub.

Tu Casa Tapas Restaurant

A new independent restaurant at the Parker’s Piece end of Mill Road is a great option if you want a little piece of Spain for your dinner.

Owned by Roi Vaquero and Elia Polo, the pair have created a welcoming space with a homely aesthetic, filled with dark wooden furniture and white washed walls.

We’d have to recommend the Chicken & Prawn Paella washed down with a nice glass of Albariño and the Prawn & Chorizo Croquettes.

The restaurant itself has a really family orientated vibe, with some delicious Spanish food to top it all off, a must see when studying here!

Trinity Restaurant

This contemporary restaurant offers English seafood & meat dishes as well a great range of lunch specials and 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 Braised Poussin with spiced carrot purée, rosemary fondant potato, and fig & caper juice for a main.

If you’re wanting to treat yourself and your friends for an exquisite evening, 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.

The Riverbar Steakhouse and Grill

If you want a chic venue, The Riverbar Steakhouse and Grill is your place! This laid-back steak restaurant and bar is based in a former quayside warehouse with exposed brick walls creating a rustic aesthetic.

Juicy medium Beef Rib Eye steak slices on wooden board with herbs spices and salt. Ready to eat steak with ingredients on a cutting board.

The beautiful interior includes an impressive spiral staircase to complement the great selection of food and cocktails. Located close to the bustling town centre, the grill serves the finest prime cuts of beef aged for 28 days and sourced from local farms.

For starters, we’d recommend the Devilled Chorizo with a Yorkshire pudding or the Homemade Warm Scotch Egg with smoked garlic mayonnaise. The Riverbar also has a delicious choice of fish fresh from the grill, including BBQ Tuna Steak and Salmon Steak blackened.