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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.

Expensive

Alimentum

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, CB2 8PB
Telephone: +44 1223 413 000.
Website: http://www.restaurantalimentum.co.uk

Cotto

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, CB1 1BG
Telephone: +44 1223 302 010.
Website: http://www.cottocambridge.co.uk

Midsummer House

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, CB4 1HA
Telephone: +44 1223 369 299.
Website: http://www.midsummerhouse.co.uk

Moderate

Browns Restaurant

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, CB2 1QA
Telephone: +44 1223 461 655.
Website: http://www.browns-restaurants.com

Fitzbillies

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, CB2 1RG
Telephone: +44 1223 352 500.
Website: http://www.fitzbillies.com

Galleria

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, CB2 1UW
Telephone: +44 1223 362 054.
Website: http://www.galleriacambridge.co.uk

Cheap

Rainbow Cafe

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, CB2 1SJ
Telephone: +44 1223 321 551.
Website: http://www.rainbowcafe.co.uk

The Rice Boat

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, CB3 9EY
Telephone: +44 1223 302 800.
Website: http://www.riceboat.co.uk

The Sea Tree

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: Mill Road, 13-14 The Broadway, Cambridge, CB1 3AH
Telephone: +44 1223 414 349.
Website: http://www.theseatree.co.uk

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