ArtBar
ArtBar

ArtBar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artbarcambridge.com/
  • Phone: 6178064122
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast
    6:00 - 11:00 a.m. daily

    Lunch
    11:00 - 3:00 p.m. daily

    Snack Menu
    3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday

    Brunch
    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sunday

    Dinner
    5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday

    Late Night Menu until 11:00 p.m. weekdays and 1:00 a.m. Friday & Saturday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Dandro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For your next private dinner, holiday party or business meeting, gather at ArtBar for a memorable evening of contemporary art, local cuisine, fine wines and specialty cocktails, all in an intimate space overlooking the Charles River and Boston city skyline.

    We offer a spacious private dining room with its own entrance that can accommodate up to 40 guests. The ArtBar boasts stellar selections from the hotel’s world-class art collection while the restaurant features innovative cuisine, a well-curated wine list and seasonal specialty cocktails. A private bar is available upon request and our Wine Director would be happy to pair wine and spirits with your menu for a truly personalized and memorable evening.
  • Private Party Contact: Kevin Khem 6178064110
  • Special Events: For a more interactive experience, take part in one of ArtBar's forty-five minute cocktail making classes complete with a sampling of our appetizers. We invite you to become an amateur Mixologist as you learn how to make a specialty cocktail under the expert instruction of our Director of Food and Beverage, Troy Clarke. Small class sizes ensure that each drink disciple receives plenty of one-on-one guidance for making that perfect martini.

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Reduced parking rate with restaurant validation.
A word from ArtBar
ArtBar is a warm, intimate retreat for food and art lovers located inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA. The ArtBar boasts stellar selections from the hotel's world-class art collection while the restaurant features innovative, regional American cuisine, a well curated wine list and specialty cocktails. Patio seating with unparalleled views of the Charles River and Boston Skyline, make ArtBar a neighborhood destination.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
ArtBar reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (32)scenic view (26)great for lunch (14)neighborhood gem (9)great for brunch (7)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (6)special occasion (4)romantic (3)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • A good meeting spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Nice menu and location. On my last dinning experience, we had an extremely inattentive waiter who never offered to take a food order after serving our beverages. He didn't seem to understand the concept of serving a table. At one point, I though perhas he was a busboy who did not understand who food gets to the table. That said, I assume our exerience was anamolystic and will lekely return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bit of a missed opporunity
    adamp
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food good, service good, but martini overpriced, and a small straight forward place, akin to it's name "bar" rather than a fancy restaurant, or indeed more like a cafe. Outdoor seating is probably good. We missed the sun going down, and maybe that would have justified the location a bit more. But either way, it seems like they could make more of the location, and make both the hotel and restaurant fancier. Although, even the water front view is a bit of a disappointment compared to other world class cities.
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was barely warm when it arrived. The French fries were the frozen type. The fried oysters were mushy when they should have been crisp. The fish had absolutely no flavor. For the money they charge I won't be returning to see if this was just a bad night.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely wait staff
    marciemVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was good not great but view and waitstaff fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    JTCTOWN
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is a great location over looking the Charles with decent food however the service continues to poor. The waitstaff just don't seem to care.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch spot
    JayM
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went there for lunch late summer/pre-fall and sat outside overseeing the Charles River. On cool and cloudy days, it would be advisable to wear a light jacket (we didn't and wished we did). The Gazpacho soup (great flavors), mushroom falafel sandwich (slightly modernized with mushroom in the falafel) and boston lettuce salad (very fresh) were very good - all worth having again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Professor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was very good. The service was not so good. The waiter was very slow and he was confused which was our table. He ran the bill incorrectly and I'm still waiting for an incorrect charge to drop from my credit card.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoors
    BobS
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This would be a great place for outside dining if you could reserve a table there
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy but good
    rivergirl
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Lovely plates, attentive service. Be warned that there is outside road construction just steps from your patio seat. The weather was too nice to sit inside but the air compressors and constant beeping make it seem like you are part of the road crew. Try the Art on the Run special for $12. Includes soup, half a sandwich, a side, ice tea and a cookie. Corn chowder to start was silky smooth. Mozzarella, tomato, grilled balsamic onion and basil on a baguette was cool and perfectly seasoned. Crisp fries were enough to share. The roasted beet, lentil and grilled tofu plate is a vegetarian's dream. Only the ridiculous noise level precludes a 5-star review. Looking froward to returning when construction is complete!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is meh
    EvelynVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    When we went to ArtBar for Sunday brunch in early September 2013, it was an overall fantastic experience: service was amazing, the view and ambiance were amazing, and the food was great - those buckwheat pancakes were fantastic, and the seasonal veggie grain/risotto dish was something the vegetarian in my party is still raving about. Fast-forward 11 months, and the menu has changed for the worse. Service is still amazing, the view from outdoor patio is still fantastic, and the food is boring. If you're a vegetarian who doesn't like eggs, you're left with very few choices: gazpacho or oatmeal. Sure, the kitchen is always happy to whip something special, but lack of vegetarian dishes on the menu itself is a huge disappointment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saltwater01890
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    So good, we went brought the whole family back two days later. Plus!!! Easy parking in site!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice outdoor dining
    miamigirl
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Nice setting overlooking the Charles River. The meal was nice but would have preferred a more varied menu with more vegetarian options like flatbread /pizza, pasta without meat etc. Service was very good, friendly and attentive. All in all a nice evening - only disappointment was available menu options
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Babs10VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Took a friend to lunch to celebrate her new job. Had been at ArtBar many times but it will be a long time before I return. Food was tasteless. When I spoke to the manager, she said she would tell the Chef. There was no offer of a refund or discount.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice choice for outdoor dining...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    But don't expect to be blown away. Food is average, service was OK.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, nice patio
    Worklunch
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Our server was very friendly and helpful. The food was tasty - we got their "on the run" menu. Tiny "cookie" at the end left something to be desired - perhaps their kitchen should go across the street to Bambara and see how it is done. Overall, happy with our choice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service marked the evening
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Was not impressed with the service for a Monday evening. While the restaurant was only 1/3 fill, we had to wait multiple times throughout dinner. The lamb appetizer was tasty - the veal entree was fatty and unappealing. My wife did enjoy her lobster roll. And the tots were good. But the poor service made everything a less than stellar experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 286 reviews are from the ArtBar reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Made reservations, asked for a table on the patio, turned out they don't reserve tables on the patio.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Setting
    DEdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The ARTbar is right on the Charles, so you have nice views. It was too chilly to eat outside, but we still have a nice view. The food was nicely prepared and presented. The service was excellent. I'd return again when in Cambridge.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great View
    Pete
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Burger was very good, white cheddar polenta amazing
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointed
    hungrypatron
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Well, it must have been an off Monday night ... the weather was perfect for al fresco dining and we were looking forward to the sweet potato tots that had been so widely recommended. Sadly, they were out of them. The salads were great but the entrees only okay - the sirloin special was tasty, but well done, rather than medium rare. We decided to share the amaretto macarons for dessert but after 20 minutes, the finally waiter came back to apologize the they were out of macarons, but that he'd brought us two other desserts to make up for it (which we hadn't chosen or asked for). That was a generous thing to do...but when we got the bill, we found that HE CHARGED US FOR THE MACARONS! We didn't make a fuss, but I was pretty shocked!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food, service and setting
    EatOutALotVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We have dined here often, and particularly enjoy the outdoor patio in good weather (inside is fine but unexceptional in decor or feel). The food is consistently excellent and a good value for the moderate pricing. Server was extremely helpful, prompt, friendly and took excellent care of us. Creative cocktails are delicious, and good wines and beer if not a widely extensive list. View across a quiet street to the Charles River and Boston across the river is quite appealing. There were a few families with small children but not too noisy. Overall a reliably great place especially in good weather.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    JonathanVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Too bad the menu isn't both more varied with more options since the outside setting is just great! Food is pretty good but there are just so few things on the menu that for some people, there just isn't anything appealing. The night we were there, the service was horrendous as we waited a full 30 minutes between when we finished our meal and when we saw the waitress next! This could be a great place if they improve both the menu and service.
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  • Lunch w/colleague
    BarbBalkwill
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We had a lovely time. The restaurant was not crowded and it was a lovely day so we were able to sit outside on the patio. Wait staff was wonderful and there when we needed her. The food was excellent (we LOVED the sweet potato poppers!) and we'd try other items on the menu next time we come. I would definitely come again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Nearly ignored
    actressginnyVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We arrived for brunch on Easter Sunday at 11:30 for a 12pm reservation. Upon friendly inquiry, we were haughtily told that the restaurant didn't open until 11:35, and perhaps we could wait in the hotel lobby. So we took a walk around the neighborhood, returning at 11:50. There were a plenty of tables available, a few at the window with a nice view of the Charles River with lots of sunlight, but we were shown to a dark table behind a huge pillar, our waitress was terrible, we had to beg for a bread basket that was served to everyone else. We asked to switch tables, which was fine, and the food, when it came, was outstanding! But I won't go back and I can't recommend it based on our experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch with Charles River View
    Aylin
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Beautiful restaurant with Charles River view which is rare. They have a rich selection of brunch items, very nice service staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very noisy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    there was construction or some horrid noise happening in the hall which transcended into the dining area, otherwise the food rocked and the waiter didn't quite get the order for 1 guest
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Art Bar Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I took a friend to Art Bar for a Birthday lunch, although the hotel is under renovation, the restaurant looked like it had been updated. My friend and I decided on the same menu . We selected the very tastey salad with the walnuts, it was very delicious. Next was the salmon dish, which was wonderful, a generous serving for a lunch entree, and for dessert was sorbet and the chocolate cake. The other selections were interesting but not enough for us to check them out. My friend had also been taken to lunch at other restaurants in the same week but commented that Art Bar was by far the Best!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Mainer20
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    The food just wasn't that great. The beet salad was my favorite thing and I felt like I probably could have made that myself. Too expensive for not enough flavor. I would go back in nice weather to sit on the patio and have wine and an appetizer but not for a full meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    eh it was ok, very slow service, they were a little short handed, but not filled by any means. Food was ok, good for restaurant week but I wouldnt go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lavender Honey Cheesecake, mmm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The food was good. Where they seem to excel, however is in desserts. Our selections were beautifully prepared with amazingly balances flavors. Our waiter was nice, but far from attentive; used dishes were left o the table, he was hard to find when we needed milk for tea, an extra napkin and then the check. Overall, I'd go back, but I'd hope for a different waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad!
    Lindsay
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    The food was pretty great, but prices were a bit high. Not as much art as we would like.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Lobster roll was amazing. No need to get the double roll unless you give the other to your dining friend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ArtBar
    Jordan
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Soup was luke warm. Chicken entre tasted more like a Thanksgiving turkey dinner due to flavor of sauce. Also, entre was also luke warm. Wine was fine. Dessert was very good.
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  • pretty good brunch
    Sarah
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    We came here for brunch. We got an order of sweet potato tots with "spicy banana ketchup" that just tasted like banana mush, not spicy, not ketchup-like. Corned beef hash seemed like shredded beef and was VERY salty and I did not like the addition of red peppers. View of the river and skyline was probably the highlight. We were literally the only party in the whole restaurant on a Sunday for brunch. Omelets are more like a scramble, also kind of disappointing. Appreciate that they list the local farms they use on the side of the menu. Bloody mary was ok, made from a mediocre mix.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a really nice hotel bar w food
    CaseyVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    I was surprised when I arrived that it was in a hotel lobby. Since I relied only on what Open Table said about it, I was embarrassed to have brought my guests to a hotel (we were already tired of eating at our hotel and thought we were getting out on the town. This is a fantastic place to watch the game and get good food. This was not the place to treat my co- workers to an appreciation dinner for the all day meetings! !
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    BryBry
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Very cute and modern! Great ambiance! Will definitely Go back in the warmer weather so we can sit outside. Had a few apps and split and entree and out sever had the kitchen split it for us and the portions were huge. Bottle of wine, 2 delicious apps and a generously sized entree for $100. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor planning
    OutoftownerVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We came after the Red Sox parade. You would think they would have planned for more people, but they were sorely understaffed. I think there were only 1 or 2 servers for the whole place, and they had a huge wait list. The food was just average, and not all the beers were available because they hadn't tapped their kegs. The waiter was probably one of the worst we'd ever had; he literally just walked up to the table and said "what do you want." Then, getting him to give and take the bill was a very long, drawn out affair.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing too exciting. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Nothing too exciting. The food was good, service was fine, the acoustics were awful for conversation. I would not go out of my way to eat there again, but it wasn't anything bad.....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch with a view!
    SavvydinerVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Both times that I have been there, I had the salad with the lobster/avocado/bacon "tower" A beautiful presentation but both times, the lobster should have been fresher. It has either been hanging around too long or it's time to get a new supplier!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice anniversary
    LMRSVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    My husband and I were married at the Royal Sonesta, and so enjoy a meal there on our anniversary date. We didn't want to be too fancy, so went to Art Bar. Our waiter was excellent and prompt (even after dealing with some wacky patrons who came in, ordered four separate checks, ordered drinks, and then just LEFT the restaurant). Very strange. Anyway, we enjoyed our meal and cocktails as well as the special Happy Anniversary plate with yummy chocolate cake on the house. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic