Central Kitchen
Central Kitchen

Central Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.enormous.tv/central/index1.html
  • Phone: 6174915599
  • Hours of Operation:
    Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pearl Street
  • Public Transit: We are located on the Central Square stop on the Red line. There are also numerous buses that come through Central Square.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Located next to Public lot #5 and Green Street Garage, as well as metered parking on Mass Ave and surrounding side streets.
A word from Central Kitchen
Central Kitchen is located right in the heart of Central Square in Cambridge. We serve our delicious rustic Mediterranean fare seven nights a week. Think Paris, Tuscany and Barcelona with a raw bar and a wonderful wine list.
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Central Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (21)special occasion (15)romantic (12)late-night find (10)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (3)good for groups (2)Show More
  • Friendly, noisy, great apps!
    ricewings
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a great dinner here, made up of a careful selection of apps combined, tapas-like, to create a substantial meal. The moules mariniere were fantastic, with perfectly crisp thin french fries. The duck confit salad was also a winner. Would recommend for anyone looking for a cheerful environment who doesn't mind the occasionally deafening noise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud/ slow service/Disco ??
    Underwhelmed
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We enjoy going out. We are new to Cambridge. The noise was so lid we had to almost yell to have a conversation. Our server was on amother planet. After 90 minutes of K and the sunshine band playing continuously. I asked server to please ask for disco music to be changed. This is supposed to be a fairly upscale restaurant. Our appetizers were good. Our dinner Bluefish and Vegetables rageu were ok. Once we finally got our servers attention to get our check she was then forever in running and return ing our debit card. I'm a chef and was really looking forward s to our dinner. But..we will not return.
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  • don't skip the mussels appetizer!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very much enjoyed our dinner at Central Kitchen. Will definitely go back when I'm in the neighborhood!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What did you say?
    Ipod
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Way too loud. The food and service were good as usual but seems like they have decided to pump up the jams. The music was way too loud and not conducive to a candle lite romantic conversation with my bride.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Apps arrived sequentially, each diner nearly finished before the next arrived. 6:30 reservation, at 7:55 the waiter said food would be out in 5, offered free round (wasn't interested). At 8:20 after no food came out of kitchen we all just cancelled orders and left. This place used to be good, lately its gone down hill. Have been coming here since it opened but won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off night?
    bostonreginaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    CK is one of my fave restaurants in the area; it's close to TTs and the Middle East, and we usually have dinner there before going to a show. This past weekend, it was completely dead, yet our service was lackluster. (I had never seen this server there before.) They were out of the bluefish, which was surprising, as they have such a small menu AND the place really wasn't packed. The food was, as usual, great, and the wine was wonderful. I was REALLY surprised to see it so empty, though, and the fact that they didn't have one of the handful of meals noted as a entree (and no specials -- on a SATURDAY!) made me worry that something is going on behind the scenes. I hope it was just an off night, as I really do normally enjoy a night out there.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food, way too loud music
    ABYGA
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Brief but interesting and intriguing menu. The food was very good - ribeye steak for one and bluefish for another were pefectly prepared. Vegetables served with the bluefish were a bit overcooked, so soggier than the firmness they might have had to make them both palatable and attractive. The french fries served with the steak were very good. A serious issue with the entire experience was the loud, poundikng music. It surely meant that diners at a bnearby table could not hear our conversation nor we theirs. Unfortunately, we couldn't hear our own either. Managment may think that such loud music adds to the character of the restaurant. I think it is thoroughly disrespectful of the clientele.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie vibe
    kaybee63
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was really excellent, even though I had a couple of young, rather unadventurous diners with me. My daughter had the Caesar salad - really fresh, appropriately dressed and topped with these delicious pickled fish, (not anchovies, something with a b that I forget,). My other daughter had a two way pork sandwich which was delicious, but she decided she's just not a fan of pork loin, although it was well seasoned and prepared. My husband loved the not-on-the-menu burger that had some unusual toppings, and I had a lovely bluefish that was perfect - too bad it's gauche to lick the plate. The only quibble we had was that my daughters couldn't get a fizzy root beer, only flat but at least it was no charge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try new things!
    Marie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We loved the duck confit. Perfectly balanced in taste. We tried the polenta, the shaved Parmesan melted in our mouths. We tried the pork and it had sunchokes...they were tasty. I went with a friend that thinks Chili's is super. Little by little he is trying new things. I love this restaurant and it's ambiance. Can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Limited menu, but interesting offerings. Overall, I wasn't overly impressed with the service/presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Two stars for Caesar Salad and steal frites- polenta and cannelini dishes inedible. The staff is rude and service inconsiderate. Better restaurants nearby such as Catalyst, Cambridge Brewing, Blue Room.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite local.
    4unegourmandeVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My husband and I are addicted to the moules frites at the Central Kitchen. They are always delicious. This restaurant reminds me of a comfortable local Parisian place to eat. The service is friendly and the food is excellent. And the hot chocolate cake at the end (with vanilla ice cream) is yummy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food and service
    omnomnomVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food was great as always and even though I had mis-booked my reservation, they were kind enough to seat us and give me the open table points. I love this place. Solid food and friendly folks. I always invite my out of town guests to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The ambiance was great. We were a group of 4 and had no problem hearing each other. The tuna tartar was fresh and zesty but I wish there was something crunchy with it as it felt pretty mushy. I had the trout and it was awesome -- highly recommend. My friend got the pork and thought it was meh. The creme brûlée was very delicious - leave room for dessert. We went upstairs afterwards for drinks and it was bumping. Nice cocktails. Overall it was a lovely dinner and drinks experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tasty.
    r75g34h
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The meals our party of three had were all very good and beautifully presented. My friend's dish, "Pork two ways", was probably the tastiest of the three, but my brook trout was also very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant
    kennedycenterconcertgoer
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    My friends and I had a great dinner and visit. The restaurant is in a convenient location; has an interesting menu and a good wine list. I would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We keep coming back
    AvidRita
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We keep coming back for the surprisingly good food, the comfortable casual ambience, and personable service. A popular small pub with a somewhat upscale feel (never trendy hip), very 'Cambridge'. Cocktails good, but it's the food that really shines. A limited menu changes seasonally, much better than even the better pubs fare. The mussels and frites are a standard delight -- they do them right, and portions are excellent. I have to force myself to try other things. This trip we shared deviled eggs as an appetizer, large Caesar salad, and a yummy entree of polenta and spring veggies; partner had the skate, delicate and delicious. Parking tough, but space in public lot out back often available. On the Red Line .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid food, prices are fair.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I enjoyed the pork two ways and the chicken. The chicken in particular wa surprisingly moist, tender, and flavorful. If it were in my neighborhood, I'd go there regularly, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there. I thought the price-to-quality ratio was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waited for crummy table w/ reserv
    Steve
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    After making my reservation, and confirming it earlier in the day, my friend and I had to wait at least 10-15 minutes to be seated (after the hostess told us they were "clearing a table" and that it would be 2 minutes.. kinda silly thing to say when you can literally see every table in the restaurant!). Then we were seated next to a party of 4 seated at a 2 person table, so my friend and I had another patron's back about 6 inches from our table. Food was fine, and the waitress was nice enough. No one filled our water glasses when we sat down.. after taking our drink order, the waitress didn't come back for at least 10-15 minutes to take our food order. Mostly the waiting/seating issue made this an unpleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 51 reviews are from the Central Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Overpriced
    longhorn865VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We have heard good things about Central Kitchen from friends and were excited to try it. We enjoyed the clam chowder and the complimentary bread. We also enjoyed the frites. Our steak, however, was extremely overcooked and was unenjoyable. We were not asked how our food was or if we needed anything else. The other dishes we tried were not memorable. Overall there was not much on the menu that was interesting and everything seemed overpriced for the quality/quantity of food. The service was sub-par compared to similarly priced restaurants. We will not return.
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  • THE PLACE in Central Square
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    First time at restaurant and what a fantastic dining experience. Steak frites and Manhattan cocktail a solid combination; service was attentive and unobtrusive. The sorbet combination for dessert was a perfect finish to an outstanding evening. If you had to pick one place to dine in Central Square, Central Kitchen is THE PLACE!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music was a little to loud
    mms3
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Music was a little to loud to hear but everything else was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food but Loud Music
    DBBrookline
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food was great but we probably won't dine there again because of the noise level. The tables run along the wall opposite the bar. There is music playing overhead, maybe for the bar clientele but it makes dining less enjoyable because it's hard to talk to the other people at the table. As it stands, I think this restaurant is better as a bar or to eat dinner but not to dine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Engery, good food, but noisy
    LeeLeeVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food was very good and the service acceptable; it was high energy, but maybe a bit loud for conversation for my taste.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mostly very good
    CarlVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We really enjoyed the trout and pork entrees but the seafood paella was weak. But overall nice atmosphere and food, we would go again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed, but OK
    ymvg
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    We were slightly dissapointed with this place. Overall it was OK, the service is fine, the food is good and the place looks nice, but we were expecting just a little bit more. Perhaps more generous portions, or slightly lower prices? The menu could do with more variety of options, to be honest. But the food tasted good. I would recommend trying this place if the location suits you and you have the chance, but I would not be too energetic about it either.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    TOmB
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    i am 60 and we had three 20-somethings. it worked well for all. the food is terrific! paella was my choice and it was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food!
    arv2
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was absolutely amazing. The steak frites (ordered rare) had a lot of fat on it (which I find inedible) but that comes with ordering it rare. The chocolate terrine was so good I can still picture it in my mind. The music was all over the place unfortunately; for a restaurant with such a nice low light ambience, I would imagine jazz would fit a lot better than Jay-Z and Kanye (which was playing). All in all, I would return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CK Valentines Spot
    karattack
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went here for valentines day, they open doors at 5:30 so we reserved for that time. The family in front of us didn't have reservations but there were plenty of tables open during our dinner so seating was not a problem. Good to come early! We ordered the cheese plate, and a couple of mixed drinks, the pork dish and the steak frites. Loved everything! Best steak I've had in a while cooked perfect medium rare as I ordered it. Passed on dessert b/c the chocolate one took 20 minutes... so order that with the meal if you like chocolate desserts! I also loved it was not super bright or loud in there so we were able to hear our own conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Central Kitchen was fine.
    sbasba
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Central Kitchen was fine. Open Table was not. You did not get reservation to them, though I had confirmation from you. Not good for my confidence in Open Table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Wonderful Experience
    crazy4food
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    I took my grandma here the other night and we had a really wonderful time. The food is really special- we had the grilled octopus, mussels, steak tartar, and duck confit salad, all of which were nearly flawless dishes. Our waitress was incredibly accommodating and extremely nice. Between the atmosphere, the delicious food, and the really generous service, we had a really amazing meal. And this was my second time! I can't wait for my third! By far my favorite Boston dining experience since moving out from NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant surprise in Central Sq.
    Pierrot
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Was looking for a before-theater dinner spot for a party of three. Was pleasantly surprised to find a vibrant, yet not loud, atmosphere at Central Kitchen. All courses were well prepared and flavorful -- good quality with no pretense. Our server was astoundingly well informed and enthusiastic about food and wine. Again, no pretense -- just good, straightforward info and an affable manner. In an era where so many restaurants play music that is so loud that people have difficulty talking over it (thus causing people to speak loudly, raising the general volume of the place even further), it was a pleasure to be able to carry on a dinner conversation over a good meal -- well prepared and well served.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC!!
    mimi
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    I love Central Kitchen. Best mussels in the world. Servers are very friendly and welcoming. We have been going there for years..always excellent. i recommend it highly too young and not so young.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uneven
    suekush
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Some very good food, some dry, flavorless food. Plus a waitress so sad I wanted to pull out a chair and give her some counseling. Still, I'd try this place again. Good atmosphere and potential.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steak frites
    gflash
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Brought out of town guests here because Central has always been consistent. They loved the steak frites and I was very happy that they were happy! Flavorful steak, great frites, and always surprisingly tasty greens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Biz2biz
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Needed dinner in Central to discuss business and give an outsider feel for Boston's seafood heritage. Central Kitchen came through soups, mussels and East Coast Ciopino! Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything is good!
    lillibetVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    On Central Kitchen's compact, but robust menu there is nothing I would not be happy to eat. The hardest part is choosing a plan, with many small plates easily combined and larger dishes stuffed with tempting ingredients. The corner tables at the front are fantastic and the wood of the decor warm what could otherwise be an industrial-feeling space. The staff easily accommodated our showtime deadline without making us feel rushed. A wonderful meal in a cozy, comfortable space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Been eating at central for over ten years, and I keep going back. They always keep the menu fresh, and always have great veggie and seafood options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice little casual yet upscale
    bgourmandVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    A nice little casual yet upscale bistro/pub style place, with interesting food, albeit a small menu. We went as we were attending a concert nearby - not sure I would go otherwise, but if I lived in the neighborhood (Central Square) I would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Competent food & lovely waitress
    SavvydinerVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Food was overpriced for the simplicity of it all...
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    • Noise LevelModerate