Carluccio's - Cambridge

4.2
52 reviews
£25 and under
Italian
Welcome to Carluccio’s Italian restaurant in Cambridge. We’re in the heart of the city, next to the Cambridge University buildings.

We’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday to Sunday, offering a broad range of classic Italian food. We also cater for vegetarians and those who are following a gluten-free diet, with options for both on our menu.
What 52 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.4
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.9
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Beef Ragu pasta was dismal, with little ragu and uncooked tomatoes just thrown in. Never seen anything like it!

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RodW
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very enjoyable visit after a long time - too long - away. All was absolutely as remembered before - very polite, attentive service, excellent food and drinks and reasonable prices (My out-of-date voucher was even accepted!)

Just very sad that Carluccio's are these days now few and far between.

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ElaineH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We went to Carluccio’s as a final fling before lockdown so we had to choose from a reduced menu. This was disappointing as I wanted the fish which was not available. The food was served quickly by a very friendly waiter. The ambience was generally pleasant but when I went to the accessible toilet there wasn’t any soap - not good after all the advice on hand-washing.

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JuliaN
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The most tasty mushroom soup, delicious focaccia bread. Main course excellent, great service.

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IanN
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service, lovely food and very good ambience. We were well looked after by the friendly staff, the food arrived at the right times (I took advantage of the 3 courses set menu for £14.95). It was good to see the restaurant quite busy, which gave it a nice atmosphere.

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EricH
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Spotlessly clean the restaurant entrance is tucked away down a side street. The quality of the food is good however if there is fault to be found it is in the temperature of the food which came warm but quickly before you could finish the meal it was bordering on cold. Good service made up for the temperature.

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KimR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed breakfast here. Good menu selection. Reasonable location, hygienic measures in place.

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CarolynP
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very friendly and helpful waiter, speedy service and good food

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VIPianist
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We had lunch. The lunch special was good value, the food was really good. Generous portions. The venue was spacious, so even if it was busy at lunch tables were wide enough apart for social distancing. It’s also got a great delicatessen section where you can buy really good and nicely packaged foods for special presents, like Christmas panettone.

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Alistairh
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Breakfast was small, cold and overpriced.... Really not that good. Waiter got the order wrong as well, resulting in me getting overcharged. Pancakes were dry and luke warm. Fruit not really that ripe either.
Atmosphere was quiet, though restrictions do dictate that.
All in all, I would not really choose to go to a carluccios again, there weren't many positives to take from the experience.

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Monty
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Was lovely to meet up with an old friend and enjoy lovely lunch, was nearly how life used to be. We were not rushed at all.

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JustinB
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

A thoroughly enjoyable lunch venue whatever the occasion. Excellent customer service and staff. Tip in cash otherwise it goes to manager bonuses, sort that out Carluccio’s Grrrrrr

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KarinB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Yet again a lovely time was had. Would appreciate small portion options as was offered in the past, the bowl of salad was sadly far too much for me even though it was delicious and I was hungry when I arrived.

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RositaM
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was all as delicious as I ever remember it. I’m very glad this one has been saved from closure.

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HarpalK
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good menu options, especially for vegans and vegetarians. Food delicious and service very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service! Very pleased with everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, which was better than one would normally expect from a restaurant chain.

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Belinda
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

This is a lovely little spot and the waiting staff are always fabulous. They are running on a reduced menu, probobly due to covid and new owners. The only thing that lets this down is the food is often tepid rather than hot. We had brunch and a toasted panatone (instead of the delicious french toast panatone that they used to offer) was hardly toasted and cold and the breakfasts we had were warm enought to eat, but a long way from hot.
It's a shame they just can't get this right as it's fabulous in every other aspect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely experience with good food, attentive service and a pleasing ambiance

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LizE
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Busy but we’ll spaced and service good- and food lovely

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Lorry
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience1

Empty restaurant thanks to covid-19 unfortunately, but our service was still very slow and the waiter wore his mask only over his mouth!.
The garlic bread was very salty, greasy and mine was burnt.
The pancetta in my Carbonara seemed burnt, which gave the whole dish a strange taste.
I have always liked going to Carluccios with my friend and we're used to a fuller restaurant, good service and food.
I feel sad for the chain and it's staff in these strange times, as they must be under huge pressure and I wish I was leaving a more positive feedback.
Good luck getting through this.

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MarkF
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The waiting staff were polite and friendly. The food was middle of the road as you’d expect from a chain, it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great, it was ok and served a purpose

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Haggis
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent- service was especially good from Maria. Social distancing greatly improved since our first visit too- felt a lot 'safer'.

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BarryO
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely meal as usual, tables are quite close together.

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LauraS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really friendly staff - it was my birthday and they made a fuss of me - free glass of prosecco too!

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Chris
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

The manager was clearly in a bad mood when we arrived and was v abrupt when we asked a question about searing. She then shouted at a staff member in front of all customers.

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Sharpstah
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Dinner was lovely, initial reception was frosty by the lady there though! Felt like we were an inconvenience but luckily our waiter was great.

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TatianaP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, stuff was very attentive and friendly, great birthday celebration

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SauK
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable food and service, as usual. Lovely atmosphere, not too noisy.

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DinerT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Weak coffee and watery poached eggs, overall a very disappointing experience

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RachelS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a lovely meal. It was very relaxed. The staff were excellent, very welcoming and attentive. Food was delicious. Social distancing and compliance to Covid guidelines were very good.

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Pips
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Ww were a party of two and had a great experience in the restaurant. We could see that tablets had been removed and spaces widened butr on our visit there were very few others dining so it was quiet in order we could chat easily.
Food always exceedingly good and all staff from entering and taking us to our table, serving food, paying and leaving all very polite and friendly.
Always enjoy my experience in Carluccios and this was my first meal out since March so it was quite a big deal to me.
Well done everyone for such a good experience.

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JustinB
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, staff and food. Very child friendly too.

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LynneB
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Second visit since re-opening, food usual good standard but felt far from safe and reassured this time regarding Covid precautions. About four tables were occupied in the whole restaurant and yet three of them were clustered together, certainly less than 2m apart, beside the window. Obviously distancing and customer safety is less important than giving the impression of a full restaurant. Clearly staff need re-education about how to wear masks and visors (and that visors offer no protection, and potential increased risk to customers). One staff member wore his mask with the top just under his bottom lip throughout our visit, another wore the visor at such an angle that his face was entirely exposed and the visor formed a nice funnel to concentrate any aerosol and virus he was shedding onto customers. It really isn’t rocket science to get this right.

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CMcC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The waitress was friendly and help. The food quality wasn’t as good as previous visits.

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BUTCH
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food and service both excellent. Environment felt very safe in current circumstances.

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StephenU
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

First time at this branch, very nice with great service.

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JasmineR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

lovely meal for my other half's birthday and they made a huge fuss of him. Amazing food and great value for money. A little bit quiet as we were only one of 5 tables but still a lovely evening out.

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GemmaS
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great experience at this restaurant. The waiter was friendly and attentive. Food was served at a good pace; starters and mains. Good value and good portion size

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Haggis
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Lovely meal, just need to pay attention to the details around Covid safety. Masks need to be worn properly and tables possibly a little close together. The food was lovely and the staff very warm and friendly.

FAQs

Carluccio's - Cambridge does offer delivery in partnership with Just Eat. Carluccio's - Cambridge also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01223 307046.

Carluccio's - Cambridge is rated 4.2 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.