Around 300 restaurants can be enjoyed in the city and many of these are famous for their stunning buildings and award-winning chefs.
A whole plethora of cuisines are available from Greek, Portuguese, French and Pakistani through to Brazilian, Cambodian, Cuban and even English, plus many more. The prices and atmosphere varies between establishments, meaning there is something to suit everyone’s tastes and budget. Formal dining blends seamlessly with casual eateries and trendy cafés and visitors can expect to need to book a table in the best restaurants during popular holiday periods and weekends.
Perhaps the most luxurious place to dine in the city, Alimentum is notorious for its fine dining at surprisingly affordable prices. Its passion revolves not only around food but it impressively cares for the environment with energy efficient LED lighting, fish found only from sustainable sources, meat that has been reared as free range, as well as biodegradable straws! Its ethical stance in the world of fine dining makes this restaurant stand head and shoulders above the rest.
Galleria is popular for its varied top quality cuisine and a perfect setting on the banks of the River Cam. Both indoor and outdoor seating are on offer and diners can enjoy meals such as duck in cherry sauce or Thai salmon fishcakes by candlelight. Just down the road, Midsummer House is Cambridge’s only restaurant to boast a Michelin star and as such one can imagine the delights in store. Its conservatory dining area is the most popular place to sit and guests can expect to dine on unusual dishes such as red wine and nettle desserts and peppermint tea jelly with all meals prepared by the finest chefs in the city.
For ideas on where to try for a mid-range place to eat, visitors to Cambridge may wish to try the Brasserie Gerard where great French foods are available in a setting that offers individuality and excellence for affordable prices. Diners can expect to pay around £26 per head for dinner and the Moroccan tagines are among the most popular dishes here. Carluccio’s is another popular mid-range choice and is one of the most visited Italian eateries in Cambridge. Prices for a meal are between £20 to £30 per head and the wine list here is outstanding. Jade Fountain is a delectable Chinese eatery that is proud to offer good service along with a huge range of Peking and Szechuan cuisines and its location in Sawston is worth taking the short trip out to.
If you want to enjoy a decent meal for cheap prices then there are plenty of options in Cambridge. Michaelhouse Café offers meals for around £10 and it boasts a great central location just yards from St. Michaels Church. Meals here are popular with nearby students and range from fresh salads and homemade soups to Illy coffee. Although a chain name, Nando’s continues to be a popular place to enjoy chicken meals with the most popular dish being the Portuguese peri peri chicken. The Slug and Lettuce, Ask, All Bar One and Café Rouge are also good, well priced places to grab a quick meal while Pizza Express and Zizzi top the list for decent Italian food.
There are countless ethnic cuisines available in small eateries located down various backstreets throughout the city and these are the hidden gems of the dining world in Cambridge. Whether you want fine dining or cheap and cheerful snacks, Cambridge boasts such a wide choice of places to eat you will be spoiled for choice.