Cambridge has hundreds of restaurants, so you’re never short of somewhere new to try, however rather than leaving it to chance check out our useful Restaurant Guide. Remember to take your student card as many offer student discounts. It’s worth signing up to studentbeans.com (for free) – they often have 2 for 1 deals on all the main chains! The first section includes many different styles of cuisine; their common thread being the restaurant’s reputation for the highest quality, tasty and eclectic menus – we’ve indicated the most expensive of the group below. The second section contains reasonably priced restaurants grouped for your convenience by their style of food – so whether you’re a curry king or a Chinese fanatic you’re sure to find something to suit. All phone numbers, unless otherwise indicated, should be prefixed with the Cambridge area code (01223).
Expensive; If you have parents visiting who will pay for the meal, you might want to suggest these places!
Restaurant 22: (22 Chesterton Road. 351880)
Traditional English food in a Victorian house. Very smart, so best for special nights only.
Midsummer House: (Midsummer Common. 369299)
Intimate and elegant. An impressive venue for wining and dining the girl/boy of your dreams, though very expensive.
Loch Fyne: (Trumpington Street, 362433)
An excellent sea food restaurant – brilliant for all occasions – whether breakfast, lunch or dinner. Comfortable surroundings with great service to match – if you like fish, this is the place for you.
Browns: (Trumpington Street, just past Judge Institute. 461655)
Huge, with a smart atmosphere and colonial-like décor. A good place to take your parents. Pricey, but stylish, although perhaps slightly overrated. English/ American cuisine. Their “Friends of Browns” menu offers two courses each and a bottle of wine between two people for £30 – much better value.
La Galleria: (Bridge Street. Opposite the Quayside. 362054)
Outstanding food in an unpretentious venue. Italian.
Non set menu food, seriously overpriced. Decent option *if* you can snag (or live with) one of the set menus. The crème brulee is pretty darn good.
Cambridge Chop House: (King’s Parade. 359506)
And its sister John’s Chophouse: (outside the back of John’s)
Does traditional English food very well. Famous for its posh bangers and mash, which are well worth trying.
Henry’s: (Quayside. 324649)
Great cocktails and good food – Monday night’s happy hour all night. Good party venue (book in advance) but service is slow and it can be pricey for what you’re getting.
Rainbow Cafe: (King’s Parade. 321551)
Vegetarian restaurant with a good selection of dishes. And great homemade puddings.
The Cow: (By the Corn Exchange/Behind Lola Lo’s)
A swanky bar/pizzeria with in-house DJ. Check out the deals on 2 for 1 stone-baked pizzas and cocktails. Incredibly friendly staff.
The Vaults: (Trinity Street 506090)
Relaxed yet sophisticated – a brilliant place to share small appetizing dishes from all continents with friends.
Bella Italia: (Newnham Road, by The Mill. 367507)
Outdoor café style décor. Really nice and a bit out the way which makes an interesting change. ££
Don Pasquale: (Market Square. 367063)
Upstairs—expensive, but elegant. For a special occasion. ££££
Downstairs – Not very impressive décor, looks like New Court cellars, but also has tables outside. Nice salads and pizzas. ££
Pizza Express: (7a Jesus Lane. 324033, there’s another towards the station)
A Pizza Express restaurant like no other, the interior is lovely. Choose between the library or conservatory to sit in. Very popular, so you may have to wait to be seated and service can be slow at times. Very good for groups or parents, and it used to be the home of the Pitt Club. ££
Pizza Hut: (St Andrew’s Street (323616) and Regent Street, next to Parker’s Piece (323737)
Stuffed crust, deep pan or Sicilian? They offer delivery, but also all you can eat lunch buffet for £7ish. ££
La Raza: (Rose Crescent .362525)
Slightly more Spanish than Italian: a brilliant Tapas menu, serving lots of different types of food – almost of all of it outstanding. £££
Yo! Sushi: (corner of Market Square near Lion’s Yard)
The novelty of sitting on high stools picking dishes off a rotating belt must be balanced by the steep prices for some of the nicer dishes. Often incredibly busy – don’t even think about a Saturday lunch there! ££
Wagamama: (St Andrew’s Street):
Urban chic noodle bar with very big portions at reasonable prices; very quick service. A definite favourite among students, and the white chocolate and ginger cheesecake is delicious. ££
Dojos: (Mill Lane, next to Old Orleans; 363471.):
Another urban chic Noodle bar with very big portions at reasonable prices; very quick service. Opinion is divided on whether it’s better than Wagamama’. It is cheaper however. ££
Teri Aki: (Quayside):
Pretty similar to Wagamama and Dojos, but closer to John’s! The Tamago sushi is so good! ££
Charlie Chan: (Regent Street. 359336)
The express lunch menu is unmissable, with large platefuls for around a fiver. Dinner is served upstairs, complete with ageing lounge music quartet. Amusingly tacky décor and great food, but expensive in the evenings £££
Chopsticks: (Castle Hill, 566510.)
Takeaway or eat in. Small venue, open for lunch and dinner. Good for lunches and parties. Unlicensed so you can bring your own alcohol. £££
Hong Kong Fusion: (Opposite college gate)
Near but fairly pricey. Great for quick takeaways of large portions – I can personally recommend the BBQ ribs! £££
Greek / Turkish
Anatolia: (Bridge Street. 362 372)
Friendly, authentic atmosphere. Good starters but mediocre main courses. Good for groups. £££
Eraina: (Free School Lane. 368786)
Classic Greek taverna. Warm and friendly atmosphere and good for groups. £££
Cambridge Curry Centre: (Castle Hill, quite far up. 363666)
Reasonable food in reasonable surroundings. Basement section is a choice venue for rowdy groups. On the cheaper side. ££
Curry King: (Down the side of the Mitre. 324351)
Decent food and friendly staff, though I seem to remember only getting a few pieces of meat in my last curry! ££
Bombay Brasserie (AKA The Mahal): (Mill Lane, next to Dojo. 360409)
Most people’s favourite. Popular with rowdy groups – don’t wear white as a food fight often breaks out between tables! Good food and friendly staff. ££
Maharajah: (Castle Hill. 358399)
Pricier than others, but also a little classier. £££
Chilli’s: (Behind the Grafton Centre. 505678)
Great for large groups and does free refills on soft drinks. Fajitas are brilliant and so are the desserts & cocktails. £££
Footlights: (Grafton Centre. 323434)
Standard Mexican, with plainer dishes for those who like it less hot! ££
Nanna Mexico: (Regent Street)
Sort of a Mexican version of Subway – pick and mix fillings for burritos, quesadillas etc. Good for a quick and filling lunch. ££
Bankok City: (Green Street. 354382)
Pricey and fairly average Thai food. Does lunch too though for £6 apparently!
Sala Thong: (Newnham Road, near Bella Pasta. 323178)
Standard but a long walk. ££££
Thai Regent: (Regent Street, past Downing. 464355)
Good selection and really friendly staff. Tasty food. £££
Giraffe: (Behind Regent Street H&M)
Mostly European food with good deals and an even better accompanying cocktail menu. ££
Tatties: (Sidney Crescent – Trinity Street)
Baked potatoes with all sorts of fillings, burgers, fried breakfasts, and legendary ice-cream sundaes. Huge portions and very reasonably priced. ££
Gourmet Burger Kitchen: (Regent St near Parker’s Piece)
For a posh take on the burger this is the place to go. They even have an Ostrich burger! Pricey as burgers go though, and you have to pay extra if you want fries, even if they taste great. ££
Gardies: (Rose Crescent.)
A Cambridge institution. Every customer has their photo taken and put on the collage wall inside. Chips and kebabs galore. Open late to satisfy those 3am munchies! Stephen Fry signed a petition to keep it open! £
McDonald’s: (Rose Crescent)
Unpopular compared to other fast food options. The “ancient Greek” themed interior is tacky beyond belief. £
The Van of Life: (Market Street, opposite Rose Crescent)
Another favourite post-Cindies stop-off. The friendly guys in there have a strict system of ordering at one end and collecting at the other – you’ll quickly be identified as a newbie if you get it wrong! Jury’s still out on whether their cheesy chips are better than Gardies though. £
Uncle Franks (AKA The Van of Death): (By the Guildhall)
Not as bad as the nickname, but not as good as the Van of Life. Generally great for those night out munchies if nowhere else is open. £
Bridges Patisserie: (Bridge Street, outside North Court)
Great baguettes and also Chinese noodles and rice dishes. Lunches only.
Subway: (There are four of them…)
You know the drill. £
Dining Out: (Opposite the Round Church, by Toni and Guy)
Authentic French baguettes, made on the spot, particularly good pate and Brie. Costa coffee served here too – to take away or eat in upstairs. £
Nadia’s: (Opposite the Front Gate, also King’s Parade and by Queen’s)
Essential for alternative to Buttery lunch and on Sunday mornings. Baguettes, rolls and the best range of cakes in Cambridge. £
Peppercorns: (Rose Crescent.)
A wider selection of sandwiches than Nadia’s, also does warm ciabattas. £
Pret a Manger : (Lion Yard & Petty Curry)
Delicious sandwiches, salads, smoothies and sushi. Eat-in or takeaway, also does good coffee . But it’s quite pricey, yet worth it for the rocket and crayfish sandwich. Seasonal Christmas menu is great. £
Coffee, Tea and Cakes
Recently re-opened thanks to a petition signed by Stephen Fry, who famously loves their Chelsea Buns, ’nuff said! But can be fairly pricey for tea and cake. ££
Belinda’s: (Trinity Street)
Standard café with slightly dingy interior, but does a good fry up. Reasonable between-lecture hideaway. £
Starbucks: (Market Square and Quayside)
Coffees and cakes, bit of a budget-stretcher though. ££
Clowns: (King Street)
Authentic Italian experience – a large range of drinks and cakes are on offer – bottomless bowls of pasta if you want something a bit more filling. One of the few places open after the pubs shut. ££
Caffe Nero: (just off Market Square)
Great coffee and comfy leather sofas. ££