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Commonwealth Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://commonwealthcambridge.com
  • Phone: (617) 945-7030
  • Hours of Operation: Restaurant, Monday through Saturday 11am to 10pm, Bar till 12am

    Brunch, Sunday 10am to 7pm,*(BRUNCH ONLY)*, Bar till 7pm

    Market, Monday through Saturday 10am to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 7pm
    *Commonwealth Restaurant and Market closes at 7pm Sundays*
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Steve Nookie Postal
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Ipod music

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Third Street
  • Public Transit: Five minute walk for the Kendall Square station on the Red Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: If have dinner at Commonwealth, we will validate and parking will be $1.00
A word from Commonwealth
Commonwealth Cambridge is an American home style restaurant serving farm to table family style dinners. We will be working closely with local New England farms to bring the freshest ingredients into our restaurant. Commonwealth Cambridge also has a full bar that will serve classic and original cocktails, local beer and a fun wine list. Commonwealth will also have a market with local produce, cheese, charcuterie, house made ice cream, pastries and prepared foods.

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Diner Reviews
  • "Overall, our first visit to Commonwealth was enjoyable. Our brunch was fantastic! No, I mean uber-fantastic. Our server was a bit pretentious, but the restaurant certainly was not. Drinks took a bit to get to the table, as did the food but it was worth the wait. Our server's assistant was wonderful and always kept our water full. Be warned, though, this isn't a $2.99 diner special type of place. Breakfast for 4 with one drink was was $148!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Was pleasantly delighted by the simplicity of the lunch offerings. The sandwiches we ordered had a thoughtful balance of bread to protein. The bread consistency made the sandwiches the perfect bite- crunchy crust and chewy compressible dough to carry the pork belly. Service tends to be slow for outdoor seating, but worth the wait if your not rushing back to work."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This place is incredible - the food was delicious - I had the rainbow trout cooked perfectly, with a side of the duck fat fries...need I say more?! My friend and I shared the scalloped potatoes and broccoli as sides, as well as the incredible grilled flatbread to start. The wine list was great, not overwhelming with 100 million choices, and the cocktails were creative and refreshing. I'm not a fan of gin at all, but the Basil Collins is utterly perfect for summertime. So delicious! The ambiance of the place was great, as well, it felt like a market/restaurant hybrid you'd find in London. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food was very good, as was the service. Luckily it was warm enough to eat outside because the noise level would have made it impossible to carry on a conversation inside. I don't call this "energetic" (Open Table's term) I call it "deafening." But it was lovely outside and the view of Boston from the Broad Canal was wonderful as evening set in. You can even see the red line trains going over the Longfellow Bridge. A nice urban oasis, and I would go again -- in good weather."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I've been to Commonwealth a couple of times before, and it has some good points but does not compete well with others in the price range. The warm bread was delicious. Three out of four drinks were very sour (too heavy on the lime juice) and we sent one of them back, which we almost never do. The appetizers were good but not spectacular. The entrees were OK but could have been better seasoned, and mine had too many tough parts. The side orders of vegetables were disappointing (broccoli was very bland and arrived lukewarm). The desserts might have been good, but we decided to go elsewhere for dessert. The overall experience was just not worth it. If you do go here in the summer, I recommend trying the newly opened patio area."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I've been to brunch there a couple of times and were pleased with the food each time. Odd how they take reservations, though, when you can't get a certain time, but at the restaurant it's 3/4 empty. Food is always good and portions are huge for brunch. Lots of sunlight and fresh air when they can open the windows/doors. Service is always just average, but it's never been a problem. Overall, a good experience and we will continue to go back and recommend it to others."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our food was delicious as were our drinks, our waiter was also friendly and helpful. It was a great experience the only disapointment was dessert, but we still really enjoyed it overall."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Went for lunch this week and sat outdoors. Wonderful view of the small canal and the city in the distance. Food was very good-- nice selection of salads and sandwiches. Food was fresh and well presented. Waitstaff very accommodating and pleasant."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "loved everything, the scallops for me, flat iron steak for him, cheesy polenta and swiss chard."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Saturday night supper with some business colleagues of my husband's. We had not been to Commonwealth but chose it for its proximity to our apartment. We were seated at a corner table inside, making for a relatively quiet setting. Commonwealth's unique menu has individual entrees but the appetizers and sides are served family style. This was explained by our helpful waiter. The 5 of us ordered 3 appetizer/salads and 3 sides which was plenty. We all had seafood which was fresh and well prepared. Most of us had only water to drink and glasses were refilled regularly. It's moderately expensive- average for the area. Great outdoor seating area and nice drinks menu including some interesting options without alcohol."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I came for lunch with my coworkers and had a great experience! Everyone enjoyed the menu, and the food was delicious. The service and ambience are fantastic. I truly look forward to returning for drinks and dinner with friends and will certainly be back to visit the market and stock up on treats and fresh produce!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Farm to table food was good. Select menu includes soft shell crabs, local oysters, cheese polenta, red snapper."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "wanted a place for brunch to then hit the charles for some kayaking. i had read good brunch reviews for commonwealth and decided to come here since they're in the same square, but they're actually like 10 feet away from each other!so perfect. we sat outside, got unbelievably good bread pudding french toast (and i'm more of a savory girl), as well as awesome chicken and biscuits. highly recommend"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Neat décor, good food and friendly bartender. A nice addition to Kendall Square."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Decent overpriced food with mediocre service. Half of the staff was friendly, waiter was not. Pricey. Food tastes fine - but you would expect to get more than 4 pieces of salad and 4 fries with a sandwich. Ice cream is $5 for a scoop,$2 for hot fudge and $2 for whipped cream =$9 for a tiny sundae. So disappointing."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had a terrific experience at Commonwealth. We made our reservation on Open Table and requested a window table which they had arranged. We each had cocktails (great fun / and the Sangria was excellent). The wine list was also good – and most impressively affordable. The service was friendly, helpful and patient. I think the interior design is very thoughtful and comfortable. We had the clam chowder and the rest of us tried different salads. I had the beat salad which was tender, fresh and absolute perfection. For our main meals – the chicken, fish and duck were excellent. We couldn’t manage room for the Happy Ending tray – but we had the peanut butter and jelly / and an assortment of others ice creams. Don't miss the Commonweatlth"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I don't mind paying a lot for a good meal, but it has to be good and satisfying. While the food was good, the service was horrendous and it's a rip off. Our waiter showed up after 15 minutes and said I'm here - no intro, apology for the wait. Didn't take our order for another 15 minutes. Order a main that doesn't come with anything but is priced like a meal. Got about a cup of steamed snow peas for$9. Most disappointing was dessert - $5 for a small single scoop of ice cream with nothing on it. Not worth it at all. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This is the second time we have tried Commonwealth. I keep wanting it to be a great foodie place but the main dishes fall a bit short. I have not tried the fish yet so perhaps that is what i should order if there is a next time. So far i have tried the pork chop, lamb steak and flatiron steak. All were less than great and a bit tough or dry. The other parties crab was just ok. On the other hand all the vegetables are always flavorful and cooked just right. ALso, my clam chowder was one of the best i have ever had. The deserts of ice cream and brownie was fantastic. Load up on apps, veggies, and desert I think you will have fun here. I love the location. Fun to walk around in the vibrant square."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A great local eatery. Terrific wait staff and a really excellent assortment of comfort foods, prepared excellently and presented in eminently sharable form. For those who want to dig into the finger foods, the fact that the napkins are dish towels will be a blessing. Went there on an impulse after walking by and had a great time. We'll certainly be back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was our second time at the Commonwealth Market for Brunch. A short but very fun menu. The Sticky Bun with Bacon is a great start to share with the table an all four of us enjoyed or four brunch items. The Bloody Mary with a pickle spear was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I live in the neighborhood and Commonwealth is definitely my favorite place to frequent - it always delivers on food and the staff are very friendly and easy on the eye ;) Highly recommended to all!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I was looking forward to Commonwealth as the possibility of a good local restaurant without the frou frou of a farm-to-table angle, or something else cute, just good food. So many overpriced restaurants have popped up in Kendall Square over the last 3 years that fit this bill. Unfortunately, Commonwealth is another one. Nothing spectacular about their food when I went there for dinner recently. But the service is top notch...pleasant and attentive. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "This was our first family visit for brunch and it was very good. We started out with cinnamon sticky buns with bacon on top and cornbread. Both were warm and delicious. We all had different dishes and everyone was very pleased. I would highly recommend brunch to anyone who would like to try something different. Great job by all."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We sat at the table for 10 minutes before flagging down a waiter to order drinks and appetizers. About 45 minutes after our appetizers came, we again had to flag down the waiter to order our entrees, which took 45 minutes to arrive. The food was good, but overpriced. The $25 entrees do not come with a vegetable or side of any sort- but you do have the opportunity to purchase those for an additional $9. With organic carrots being about $1.50/lb at the grocery store or farmer's market, you might expect to receive a bounty of carrots for that price. But you won't. Good food, but not worth the price or time you must forfeit to eat it. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Pricy for what it is. Food is good but execution needs work."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We had a tough first go here a few weeks ago so we decided to give it another chance and we were glad we did! The salads were interesting and tasty and the dinners were yummy! Our service was great too! So glad we tried again!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Brunch was delicious. Noise level way too high for conversation which is too bad. I've also had dinner here and I think the side prices are too high. Brunch is priced just right for me."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "First impression: I love the aesthetics! The rustic theme was inviting and homey. Love the recycled panels, the open, airy quality and the soft lighting. To start, I ordered the Bourbon Crusta, which was flavorful and elegant. My fellow diners ordered Sangrias. We were all satisfied with our choices, since we each ordered the same drink for our second round. We ordered the cheese plate as an appetizer. It was left to our server to recommend a plate since there were no descriptions on the menu. We all agreed that our dishes were incredibly delicious, yet very expensive. $9 for asparagus?? My fellow diners decided against an entree because of the expense of the sides and the vegetables. The price just didn't match the meal. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Nice brunch place, tucked away in back of Kendall Sq. Mix of dishes for the hungry and the nibblers. Could use better coffee, but that's true for most restaurants."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Small portions, expensive deconstructed menu items, salad and glass of wine were ok. Too many good restaurants in Cambridge - give this one a miss!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time, service was good and the menu interesting. Please do something about your napkins. Lint was everywhere, white lint on black clothes is not the look I was wanting on my date."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Kendal Square is bursting with restaurants lately but Commonwealth stood out with a fresh, local menu and really good food without the fuss. Some of the best chowder, oysters, and other simple food preparations done right."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "My husband and I had brunch here on Easter. We were very impressed with the service on such a busy day. Our server was attentive and prompt and the food was delicious. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The atmosphere was perfect. They spaced out reservations perfectly so it wasn't too loud or crowded like I would have expected for brunch on Easter. The food was amazing and we all ate more then we should have. The sticky buns was delicious and large enough to split between a group of people, and the homemade donuts with strawberry rhubarb jam filling were to die for. If I hadn't tried them at the end of the meal I would not have eaten anything else, and I am not a donut person. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Not worth the money. Sent back 2 of 4 dishes and fish was undercooked. Service was awesome but we were not happy with our experience."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Loud. And music playing on top of loudness. Hard to hear others at my table. The whole meal was oh so slow -- 3 hours for 3 courses. Yes the place was busy on a Friday night, but it's not like the kitchen spends a lot of time arranging items on the plates. It's just protein on the plates and pass-around sides. (sides are overpriced - $9 for a few roasted carrots? a dozen spears of asparagus? for ~1.5 cups of cheesy polenta?) Proteins were fine. Appetizers, cheese plates, salamis, all were good and generously sized. I asked about a particular wine, a ripasso, at $43. Server described it generally, but recommended his favorite: the Gattinara @ $62. 50% higher than the bottle I pointed to? Tried the Gattinara. No great shakes. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I've eaten at Commonweath three times: best for brunch. Dinner a little pricey, especially $9 for a vegetable - really swteep. But food excellent, and service fine."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Work lunch: small menu, above average food (very very good salad, sandwich and fries were just ok) and good beers. Bar tend didn't have items to make a bloody mary, but bottled beer was good. Prices for that area. They are still getting used to the seating rush, so plan an hour, minimal."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This was the second time I've been to Commonwealth. This time we went to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. Everything I've ever had here was delicious - from the cocktails, to the entrees and sides, and especially the desserts. Plus, you feel like you're eating something that's good for you. Even the bread is delicious. It's definitely slightly upscale price-wise, but you will always feel like you got your money's worth."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food was great and tables readily available. The menu was very limited however."
    Dined on 4/9/2014