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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Cambridge/Cambridgeshire? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Midsummer House Restaurant restaurant
4.9 (291)
£41 and over
About the restaurant
As Midsummer House forges ahead into its third decade, Daniel Clifford’s elegant, sophisticated modern British cooking continues to evolve. For over twenty years, passion and creativity have skilfully shaped the menu at Midsummer House, showcasing the finest seasonal produce and offering a contemporary British dining experience of the highest quality.

Important: Foods in this restaurant are processed in a kitchen that produces dishes with milk, wheat, soybean, fish, nuts, eggs, and egg products.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We went to celebrate a special birthday & we couldn't have asked for a more lovely meal!
A photo of The Willow Tree restaurant
4.2 (420)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
Discover this beautiful hidden gem in the Cambridgeshire countryside. The Willow Tree is a charming, unique and independent pub restaurant for all seasons with many beautiful spaces to enjoy. The charming restaurant offers a beautiful ambience, featuring an open fire, candle lit tables, and floral displays. In the gorgeous Willow garden you will discover eight magical fairy lit dining domes with Dyson heaters for a dining experience with a difference (Domes can only be booked direct online at www.thewillowtreebourn.com).
A large Teepee is situated in our Secret Meadow, also available to book all year round for private hire events, Serving a delectable dining menu with seasonal updates. Sundays Roasts served on Sundays. 'Little Willow' children's menu available. All dishes created rom scratch from high quality fresh ingredients that are as lovely, kind and as local as can be. Many gluten free options, always features dairy free, vegan and vegetarian options too. Dog friendly too.

Top review
Dined on May 16, 2024
Excellent food, staff and ambience as wells as an eclectically decorated dining area made this a special evening.
A photo of The White Swan restaurant
4.7 (157)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
The White Swan Woodnewton is a multi award winning gastro pub serving a popular menu with quality dishes for everyone's taste - from burger and pizza through to tapas, Greek, Chinese & Mexican dishes.
The White Swan was built in 1790 and has had a £150,000 refurbishment inside and out to create a contemporary space whilst retaining the history of the building.

Best Village Pub & Restaurant 2023 - East of England
Tripadvisor Traveller Choice Winner 2023
Northamptonshire Family Friendly Pub Of The Year 2021 & 2022
Best Gourmet Dining Restaurant & Village Pub - Northamptonshire 2020

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic breakfast , staff are very friendly and attentive . Highly recommend!
A photo of Kibou Cambridge restaurant
4.6 (13)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
KIBOU Japanese restaurant and bar in Cambridge is a chic new addition to the city, and the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner.
Located at 7a Jesus Lane, home to the Pitt Club, and formerly Pizza Express, the venue features eye-catching murals and digital animations, alongside stunning Japanese floral and foliage installations.
Light and airy, The Mirror Room centres around a large Japanese cherry blossom tree, whilst the seductive Oak Room focuses on a large wisteria tree set against a backdrop of plush fabrics and artwork.
There’s also a relaxed cocktail lounge and dining area, featuring an open sushi and hot kitchen, and a standalone spirits and cocktail bar.
The menu has all your favourite dishes from Japan, including steaming bowls of ramen, a selection of bao buns, crisp tempura and handmade spiced pork gyoza, plus work of art sushi and sashimi sharing platters, seasonal specials and A5 Grade Japanese wagyu.
Their Japanese-inspired afternoon tea is a must try too!

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall the venue was great, food was excellent and service was great. To the totally enjoyed our meal there and the sushi was fresh and delicious.
A photo of The Wine Rooms Cambridge restaurant
4.8 (170)
£26 to £40
Wine Bar
About the restaurant
A truly inspirational wine destination venue that has a relaxed vibe but with quality at its heart. We believe that just as wine evolves in the bottle, so should our offering, and that is reflected in our ever-changing wine list. We are a place that will evolve and bring new flavours and experiences to the heart of Cambridge.

We don’t aim to have the largest wine list, but rather focus on interesting and niche wines, fine and rare bottles, and for those hard to find gems and with our flat rate corkage, the value for money is exceptional.

Similarly our small menu hopes to bring quality at a reasonable price, so a night of food and wine matching can be a regular treat.

Our seasoned sommeliers are there to guide your journey at each turn so whether it is an intimate evening for two, or a private event for 20+ in our cellar, it should be an experience to remember.

Top review
Dined on May 18, 2024
The food & the wine were outstanding & the staff were so lovely, which just made our experience even better 🥰
A photo of The Pheasant at Keyston restaurant
4.6 (136)
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
About the restaurant
The Pheasant is a traditional thatched pub restaurant nestled in the Cambridgeshire countryside at the heart of the beautiful village of Keyston located 15 miles from Huntingdon or just 4.5 miles from Raunds. Honest, fresh, and locally sourced food forms part of the modern British menu with a twist complemented by an extensive yet eclectic wine list.

What makes The Pheasant stand out is its two beautiful but very different areas inside for guests to choose from. In the relaxed yet bustling bar with an open fire, comfy chairs, and bar stools you will find a selection of real ales, cocktails, and mocktails as well as the extensive wine list and bar snacks. Alternatively, the recently redecorated bright and airy restaurant at the back of the building with views over the country garden and surrounding fields sets the scene for a romantic dinner or family or business lunch and is ever popular.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Lovely setting with plenty of outdoor seating if the weather is good. Staff friendly and attentive without over doing it. Food absolutely amazing. We did have to wait too long between each course. This was our second time back. Hope to return very soon.
A photo of The George Hotel restaurant
4.4 (707)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
The beautifully refurbished George Hotel offers not only fine dining and comfort dishes in the colonial inspired décor of the restaurant under Head Chef Bennaisa El Akil, but an array of cocktails in the lavish Bobbie's Bar, as well as decadent Afternoon Teas in the botanical haven that is the Orangery.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea can also be enjoyed on our terrace when the sun is shining.
With shades of Victorian inspired elegance, this professionally designed and individual destination is a hidden gem in the Cambridgeshire countryside.
We serve bar food throughout the day - Monday to Saturday between 12pm and 9pm.
On Sunday we serve bar food along with our set Sunday menu including roast options between 12pm and 8pm.
Our A la carte menu is served Monday to Saturday between the hours of 12pm and 2.30pm and 6.30pm and 9pm.
We look forward to welcoming you.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic afternoon tea and great service at a fine establishment
A photo of The Chubby Frog restaurant
4.5 (57)
£26 to £40
Fusion / Eclectic
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Chubby Frog! We look forward to seeing you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Still good since it's changed to the chubby frog. Nicely done out, relaxed and casual and food was terrific.
A photo of The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie restaurant
4.4 (10224)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
About the restaurant
The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie serves all-encompassing, contemporary British menu.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
The Ivy Cambridge does the ‘grande brasserie’ thing very well indeed. The interior is opulent, the service is on point, and the food is delicious and reasonably priced. It’s always a treat to come here.
A photo of Sticks'n'Sushi - Cambridge restaurant
4.6 (7)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
Sticks’n’Sushi serve high-quality, fresh food based on a unique combination of traditional sushi and yakitori sticks from the grill. So for those less keen on fish, there is a selection of chicken, pork, beef and vegetable skewers - all grilled fresh to order.

Attracting both families and trendsetters, Sticks’n’Sushi is known for making the fashionable, friendly and affordable.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
The sashimi mix was delicious, the nigiri mix was refreshing, and the sticks (Scallops and Salmon) were tasty! Good service and delicious dishes. Would recommend for a date night before a stroll around Cambridge or even before a punting event.
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