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River Bar Steakhouse & Grill

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  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
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Sponsored by: River Bar Steakhouse & Grill

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Amazing Steaks and Grills
1. Amazing Steaks and Grills
"Food was delicious and we will definitely be returning again"
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2. Unique Atmosphere
2. Unique Atmosphere
"Beautiful interior with an impressive spiral staircase"
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3. Cocktails
3. Cocktails
"Cocktails are to die for with the best espresso martini I’ve ever had!"
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The River Bar Steakhouse and Grill, with its cavernous loft-like vibe, quayside location and creative crowd, has become one of Cambridge's premier restaurants. Located close to the bustling town centre, in a riverside spot opposite Magdalene College, The River Bar Steakhouse and Grill is a popular choice for special occasion dining and drinks. The Grill serves the very finest prime cuts of beef, aged for 28 days and sourced from local farms. The menu includes a large selection of cuts, from a classic porterhouse to a tender fillet or indulgent chateaubriand for two. Burgers meanwhile are freshly made on the premises and marinated chicken and fresh fish come straight from the signature grill
US$21 - US$28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Steakhouse, British, Grill
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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A very warm welcome to a quirky little interior just around the corner from the Varsity Hotel where we were staying. Got to choose our table from those available, so seized our ideal set-up: side by side on a banquette! Excellent champagne cocktail. Our waiter,...a delightful chap of Romanian origin, knew everything about steak and was so patient with our questions and very good-humoured, making recommendations and asking our preferences. I ended up with a fantastic sirloin steak, which was very flavourful and perfectly cooked, along with a fabulous Malbec to accompany (also our waiter's recommendation; loved this man). My daughter went for the swiss and bacon burger and a side of mac and cheese, which she raved about. No room for dessert. We will be back!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 6 July 2021

We had a great meal here some years ago and so I thought it would make a great venue for daughter's graduation dinner. It was. There is a really nice buzz about the place, the staff were super efficient. No 2 daughter went for the...lobster mac and cheese and reported that it was the best mac and cheese she had ever had. No 1 daughter is a carnivore and so we shared a chateaubriand. Lots of tender meat nicely cooked - couldn't ask for more. A suitably great meal to celebrate graduation.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was amazing, as was the service - highly recommend! Everyone was super friendly and had a great time!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommend this Steakhouse! My husband & I had an exceptional meal here to celebrate our 6th Wedding Anniversary. I was 30 weeks pregnant, which was not a problem & the waitress made recommendations for non alcoholic cocktails & also which steak would be best...served well done! The staff really were brilliant. Very welcoming maître d', and friendly & attentive waitress in upstairs section of the restaurant! We shall be back in 2022 when we can both enjoy sharing a medium-rare Chateaubriand & a nice bottle of red wine! Just need to find a good babysitter…More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We recently visited here to celebrate a birthday, and from start to finish the service and food was excellent, the staff were very attentive, I could not recommend this restaurant enough

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place. Food was exceptional, very good wine list and the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. Brilliant

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 12 September 2021

Probably one of my best seafood dishes I have ever had and the most friendly and professional waiter!

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 11 September 2021 via mobile

Really great, lively ambiance with food to match. Have not had a better cocktail, with a perfect mix of classics and house. Tashi was wonderful and very considerate to any and all requests. Top service!

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 31 August 2021 via mobile

The reception from the staff was 110%. Pre booked 20th wedding anniversary. Bottle of Proseco ready as requested. Great table over the river Cam. Fillet steak not as good as I am used to but overall good meal. Hence the 4 and not a 5....Shame there is not a 4.5. Not cheap so be prepared.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 28 August 2021

Amazing restaurant, amazing food, amazing service - Tashi is an incredible waitress and she made our 30th birthday celebrations. Thank you!

Date of visit: August 2021
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4 November 2019|
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Response from KevinBellVarsity | Property representative |
Dear Steve M, Unfortunately, we do not have parking on site. However, you will find Park Street Car Park, a nearby multi-story, is only a few minutes walk away. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to... More
5 August 2018|
Response from proby11 | Property representative |
Hello rats69, you can walk from the Gonville but will take approximately 20/25 minutes, we recommend to take a taxi. Looking forward to welcome you at The RiveBar Steakhouse & Grill.
12 July 2017|
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Did phone... no answer! No reply to emails or on here. Pity! They obviously have so much business they can ignore messages.
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Frequently Asked Questions about River Bar Steakhouse & Grill

Yes, River Bar Steakhouse & Grill is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

River Bar Steakhouse & Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5