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“Very Pleasent Riverside Bistro”

Galleria Restaurant
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Ranked #26 of 693 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$32
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Galleria restaurant in Cambridge has the most brilliant location at the foot of Magdalene Bridge beside the River Cam, just in one of the deepest parts where the punters come unstuck. With a pair of terraces beside the river, diners have a ringside seat not only for the punting circus, but also for the pleasure of one of England’s loveliest views. This three-level continental restaurant is light and airy, romantic and pleasant, with wrought-iron balconies, ferns, French prints, bistro-style seating. Signature dish is poached fillets of monkfish in lemongrass with sweet red chilli cream sauce and tiger prawns with leeks and mushrooms served with rice. The very reasonable wines tend to favour Old World vineyards.
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very Pleasent Riverside Bistro”
Reviewed 25 April 2011

I visited Galleria with two friends on a lovely Saturday evening and was surprised to discover it fairly empty. Unfortunately, the tables on a balcony overlooking the river only accommodate two people, so we had to sit inside. The decor was fine, but a lack of soft surfaces / generally poor acoustics made it very noisy, despite there only being three other occupied tables.

Irritatingly, bread was not complementary. Even though it only cost £2 for a reasonable amount, it was just a very standard sliced demi-baguette and I really resent having to pay for something which I would expect to be free in a place like the Galleria.
To start I had tomato, red pepper and fennel soup (£3.95) which was perfectly nice (although it would be fairly difficult to get it wrong) whilst the other people at my table had salmon mouse (£4.95) which was, apparently, good, although the portion size was rather small in my opinion.
I had the crab linguine (£8.95) for my main, whilst my friends had the vegetarian tagliatelle (£8.95) and roast leg of lamb (£14.95). At first, the server brought the wrong tagliatelle, but this was quickly rectified. I was impressed by the absence of shell from my linguine, although this may well be because the crab meat was pre-prepared. Unfortunately, there was too much garlic in the pasta sauce, at least for my taste, which overpowered the other flavours. Overall, the main courses were decent, but not really anything to write home about.

All in all, the Galleria is a very nice place to eat on a sunny spring or summer evening / afternoon, but don't expect the food to be anything particularly special.

  • Visited April 2011
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“really good”
Reviewed 12 April 2011

really good food, river views, friendly staff

had a really enjoyable time here, sat outside looking over the river. The food can not be faulted and we thought it was good value, really nice independant restaurant, would go again.

  • Visited April 2011
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
271 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 670 helpful votes
“Been twice, once ok, once awful”
Reviewed 11 April 2011

I was reading the reviews of the Galleria and wanted to make a comment myself as I have been twice.

The first time was for a Christmas party and although the service is very good, the food was awful. I've never has such chewy lamb in my life. Now I know that Xmas menus aren't always the best but it was beyond bad.

A friend wanted to go a few months later and the location is indeed excellent. We were out on the balcony and there are few better locations in Cambridge. This time the food was mediocre. I had a steak and although cooked well didn't have much flavour. They may have changed their meat supplier since then but I haven't ventured back since.

However, in light of all the positive reviews, I may well try it again one day and will report back again.

  • Visited May 2010
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great food!”
Reviewed 5 April 2011

Had dinner with friends on a Monday evening.
Wine list varied and reasonable without being ridiculously extensive to the point of getting lost for choice!

Slightly surprised and disappointed that the waiter declared he hadn't tasted any of the dishes we asked about. If I ran a restaurant all of my staff would be expected to know the products!!! In comparison we ate at Hotel Du Vin in Cambridge and our waitress knew all of the cheeses on the cheese trolley and there were lots!!!

Dessert was good, simple apple flan, executed well and lifted by incredibly flavoursome vanilla ice cream.

Atmosphere was good and very relaxed. We sat down at 1945 and it was 2230 before we knew it.

Try it and I personally think you'll like it.

Only a 5 min walk from town centre. Stop for a drink at the Mitre on the way!!!

I had the duck in port and cherry sauce. Absolutely fantastic. Friend had the monkfish and she loved it.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Service”
Reviewed 8 February 2011

The title says it all - will certainly eat here again and will recommend to others.

  • Visited February 2011
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