Best restaurants in Cambridge

The stunning city of Cambridge plays host to a surprising number of excellent restaurants spanning a variety of cuisines, which means there’s a great food experience to be had for everyone. Whether you’re a hardworking student, a local looking for your next favourite Cambridge restaurant, or a tourist with an enthusiasm for punting on the River Cam, this list will have you sorted for when the hunger pangs kick in, and you need to fuel up on some scrumptious food. We’ve scoured the area for the best restaurants in Cambridge, so all you have to do is pick one below, and be guaranteed a gastronomical feast.

Updated on 10 December 2019

Found yourself in Cambridge without anywhere to dine? Fear not, as our list of the best restaurants in Cambridge features plenty of hidden and highly rated gems for you to choose from. We’ve got elegant Michelin-star fine dining French restaurants all the way through to barbecue hotspots and authentic family-run Italian eateries. The possibilities for food in Cambridge will get your taste buds tingling.

Home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, historical museums, Silicon Fen, and more, the beautiful city also encompasses a plethora of amazing food offerings. No matter if you’re in the mood for some fresh Flammekueche topped with gooey Gruyere and sliced onion, or a delectable gluten-free lasagne, there’s a Cambridge restaurant waiting to invite you in.

In between all the punting down the River Cam, jaunts to the Fitzwilliam Museum, and green stretches of walking around the stunning Botanic Gardens, you’ll be able to find a smashing menu at one of these fine venues. Cambridge isn’t super well known for being a restaurant hotspot, but we’ll let you in on the secret that there are some fantastic places to try here, with a myriad of cuisines on offer. The restaurants are spread all over the city, from the inner centre to the outskirts, so no one is missing out on the foodie action.

Keep on reading down below to see our top rated recommendations for the best restaurants in Cambridge.

Parker

Parker's Tavern

Parker's Tavern Regent Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1AD

Found inside the oldest hotel in Cambridge, Parker’s Tavern is an all-day brasserie serving proper British nosh, helmed by the well-established Tristan Welch. Expect dishes such as honey and thyme slow-roasted Norfolk duck and pheasant wellington, cooked with a professional flourish.
£50 - £79
British
Stem + Glory King Street

Stem + Glory King Street

13 King street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1LH

Stem + Glory boasts a menu of wholesome plant-based food that doesn’t compromise on health or taste, with their linguine pepperoncino e pomodore offering a rich, well-rounded burst of flavour. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy this.
£30 - £49
Vegan
Il Piccolo Mondo

Il Piccolo Mondo

85 High Street, Bottisham,, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9BA

This restaurant was converted from a school hall into the vibrant, stunning trattoria it is today, serving a multitude of fresh, homemade pasta dishes. The homely restaurant also features a wonderful list of Italian wines to pair with the gorogonzola gnocchetti or fettucine al ragu.
£30 - £49
Italian
The Green Man Cambridge

The Green Man Cambridge

The Green Man Cambridge 55 High Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 9HZ

The Green Man offers a great selection of traditional pub food and a lovely selection of booze to pair with the dishes. On the menu, you'll find beer battered cod, racks of lamb, and rotisserie chicken. The atmosphere of the restaurant is relaxed, so you can indulge and kick back.
£50 - £79
Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

12A Market Hill, Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3NJ

Run by one family, Don Pasquale has been serving beautiful Italian classics, paired with a great wine menu, for 40 years. Value for money is guaranteed at this traditional family establishment, with dishes such as carbonara and four-cheese pizzas packed full of proper flavour.
Under £30
Italian
Amelie Cambridge

Amelie Cambridge

The Grafton Centre, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1PS

Amelie is a small eatery dedicated to the niche flammkuche – a thin dough seasoned with a base of crème fraiche and fresh ingredients such as slow cooked lamb shoulder marinated in Moroccan spices. The flatbread options range from veggie delights to hearty, meaty affairs.
Under £30
French
Vino E Sapori

Vino E Sapori

Vino E Sapori 196 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 7AN

The owners here are passionate about creating genuine southern Italian food and wine experiences at their restaurant, while the pastas are all handmade and the flavours deliciously authentic. You’ll find well executed, familiar classics such as porcini mushroom risotto and seafood linguine featuring mussels, clams, and cherry tomatoes.
£30 - £49
Italian
The Senate Cambridge

The Senate Cambridge

1 St Mary's Passage, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3PQ

The Senate Cambridge offers tantalising sharing boards overflowing with baked Camembert topped with apricot jam, cured meats, and fresh breads, before mains of wild mushroom gnocchi and king prawn linguine. This modern European treat is replete with contemporary twists, offering imaginative, bold flavours.
£30 - £49
Modern European
La Raza

La Raza

4 - 6 Rose Crescent, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3LL

La Raza is a tapas haven with a seemingly endless selection of small plates packed full of big Spanish flavours. Eat some pan fried scallops, baked figs on goat’s cheese, smoky charcuterie meats, sweet potato caramelised onion tortillas, or try the paellas brimming with sea freshness.
Under £30
Spanish
Bars
Smokeworks

Smokeworks

2 Free School Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3QA

This barbecue joint is also about low and slow cooked, tender meats dripping in sweet, sticky sauces. Smokeworks goes all out dishing up generous platters of glazed ribs and wings with all the sides, for a lavish affair that will satisfy all your meat cravings.
£30 - £49
Barbecue
The Cambridge Chop House

The Cambridge Chop House

1 Kings Parade, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1SJ

With a wonderful view of King’s College Chapel, this restaurant serves a modest menu of British classics, with a clear focus on their steaks, although other mains are similarly meat-central feasts – they’ve got almost every cut you can think of. On Sundays, expect a traditional roast.
£30 - £49
British
La Pergola Restaurant at The Wheatsheaf

La Pergola Restaurant at The Wheatsheaf

Cambridge Road Harlton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 1HA

This family-run establishment offers classy dining with a cosy feel, with their menu of pizzas freshly made in the wood-fired ovens and litany of primi and secondi options to indulge in. The flavours are classic, winning combinations – think parmigiana melanzana or scialatielli frutti di mare.
Italian
The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie

The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie

16 Trinity Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1TB

The Ivy Cambridge is a classic choice for punters looking for a dependable menu of indulgent dishes, served with that signature Ivy fanfare. Open from breakfast all the way through to late-night cocktails, this all-day establishment offers a litany of delicious mains, from lobster linguine to lamb rump.
£30 - £49
British
Brasserie
International
Galleria

Galleria

33 Bridge Street Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1UW

For a splendid view of the punters on the river, Galleria is the place to be on the river Cam, with their superb menu of continental offerings. This three-floored restaurant serves the likes of lamb steaks, duck breast featuring sweet potato mash, and marinated monkfish fillets.
£30 - £49
International
The Anchor - Cambridge

The Anchor - Cambridge

Silver Street, Newnham, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire,

The long-established Anchor is a modern take on pub dining with a focus on great quality ingredients. The idyllic multi-level restaurant is situated on the riverside, offering attractive views as you feast on dishes such as sweet potato coconut curry or venison ragu with pappardelle.
Gastropub
De Luca

De Luca

83 Regent Street, Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1AW

Heralded as one of the best Italian eateries in Cambridge, this restaurant delivers on quality, without relying on the same old crowd-pleasers. The menu is conservative, which is a good thing because it means that each dish is well-thought out and freshly prepared by the kitchen.
£30 - £49
Italian
Midsummer House

Midsummer House

Midsummer House, Midsummer Common, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 1HA

Midsummer House, overlooking the stunning river Cam, is the only two Michelin-star rated restaurant in Cambridge, expertly run by chef-owner Daniel Clifford for well over 20 years. Midsummer House serves a constant stream of delicious dishes that evolve with the seasons; try the tasting menu for a real treat.
£50 - £79
British
The Punter

The Punter

3 Pound Hill, Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire,

This old coaching inn is more than just your regular pub; Punter attracts a wide base of clientele to their adventurous menu of seasonal dishes such as sumptuous pork belly featuring sweet apple purée and thyme jus to beetroot shallot tarte tatin with goat’s cheese.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Cambridge Brew House

The Cambridge Brew House

1 King Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1LH

The Cambridge Brew House is the quintessential pub to have in your repertoire, with a fantastic selection of gourmet food to match the high quality of ales churned out from the on-site micro-brewery. The classics are heightened with intriguing twists, such as the beer battered banana blossom, a vegan alternative to fish and chips.
£30 - £49
British
The Oak Bistro

The Oak Bistro

6, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1EG

The Oak Bistro is a charming eatery that has been transformed from a wine bar into a bistro-style restaurant with a romantic courtyard. The continental food is rich and hearty; think beef wellington with lashings of red wine jus and gooey chocolate fondant for dessert.
£30 - £49
Modern European
The Alex

The Alex

Gwydir Street, Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 2LL

Hankering for good burger? Head to The Alex for a great selection of burgers, whether you’re in the mood for the veggie, a smoky Cajun, or the Brex In featuring chorizo, blue cheese, and an onion marmalade. The atmosphere is friendly, the vibe is gastropub, and the food is delicious.
Burgers
The Old Bicycle Shop

The Old Bicycle Shop

104 Regent Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1DP

Check out this quirky, antique decorated restaurant, set within Britain’s oldest bike shop for a diverse mix of casual dining options. There’s miso aubergine with smoked dukkah and a 24-hour slow cooked beef cheek taco on a bed of charred sweetcorn, among many other similarly tempting dishes.
£30 - £49
Modern European
The Rupert Brooke

The Rupert Brooke

2 Broadway, Grantchester, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 9NQ

This lovely British brasserie is an excellent choice for spoiling yourself with a delicious menu of locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. Come on a Sunday for a traditional roast made even more special with a contemporary twist on the classics: we challenge you to resist the roast rare beef sirloin.
£30 - £49
British
Restaurant 22

Restaurant 22

22 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 3AX

This restaurant is a delightful approach to modern British food, with chef patron Sam Carter sourcing local produce for a weekly changing menu of seasonal ingredients with a fine-dining flair, and a wonderful wine list to boot. Tasting menus are available for the whole table to share.
£30 - £49
Modern European
Navadhanya

Navadhanya

73 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8EG

Highly ranked in the Cambridge area, this Indian restaurant serves amazing sub-continental food curated by chefs who have worked in Michelin-star kitchens. The former pub takes inspiration from all over India and turns it into a fine dining experience geared for a modern, contemporary setting.
£50 - £79
Indian
The Olive Grove Cambridge

The Olive Grove Cambridge

100 Regent Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1DP

The Olive Grove is a wonderful high-end Greek restaurant where you can find a smorgasbord of Mediterranean flavours, including beautiful plates of moussaka, spanakopita, tasty mixed grills, and more. For a different experience at this elegant eatery, go for the seven-course surprise tasting menu.
Under £30
Greek
Rockers Steakhouse

Rockers Steakhouse

52 Mill Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 2AS

Come to Rockers for a taste of America, complete with ACDC hits and a menu of US-style carnivorous dishes. As the first rock-themed restaurant in Cambridge, this place pulls it off well, with a lively atmosphere and good food – steaks, racks of ribs, and more.
Under £30
North American
Steak
The Crown & Punchbowl

The Crown & Punchbowl

High Street, Horningsea, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9JG

For quaint countryside vibes, The Crown & Punchbowl is just a riverside stroll away from the centre, to work up a Sunday roast appetite. Choose from honey-roasted duck breasts, pork Ballotine, or check out the daily specials for the best, freshest fish of the day.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill

The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill

Quayside, Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8AQ

This archetypal meat joint ticks all the boxes for what you want out of a steakhouse, with their hearty 28 day dry aged beef steaks of all sizes and cuts, and the option to surf and turf it, with a creamy lobster mac 'n' cheese.
Steak

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