11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://commonwealthcambridge.com/
- Phone: (617) 945-7030
- Hours of Operation:
Restaurant, Monday through Saturday 11am to 10pm, Bar until 11pm
Sunday Brunch 10am to 7pm (brunch menu only), Bar until 7pm
Market, Monday through Saturday 10am to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 7pm
- 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, Delivery, 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, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from Commonwealth
Commonwealth Cambridge is an American home-style restaurant serving farm to table family-style dinners. We work closely with local New England farms to bring the freshest ingredients into our restaurant. Commonwealth Cambridge also has a full bar that serves classic and original cocktails, local beer, and a fun wine list. Visit our Market for fresh, local fruits and vegetables, dairy products and meat, and house-made baked goods and snacks!Continued
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Commonwealth reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (48)good for groups (39)neighborhood gem (34)great for outdoor dining (25)great for lunch (17)great for brunch (17)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (12)special occasion (10)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (3)scenic view (3)romantic (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
- Still figuring itself outfurdDined on 11/21/2014While it seeks foodie status, its strengths lie in its comfort foods which are done well. Note that only a handful of tables seem to be available for reservations but I've never been there when a table want availableSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice "neighborhood market" style restaurantJuliusDined on 11/19/2014Interesting combo of market / lunch counter up front, and dining options in the back. Dinner was good, even if the menu should be explained better: yes, we eventually understood we should get sides as the "mains" come with no accompaniment. Overall good food quality, casual atmosphere, and high pricing for high quality sourced ingredients.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ok, but overpricedOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 11/14/2014Very casual place for such high prices. Everything is a la carte, so if you want a side with your $20 entrée, you have to shell out another 8-9 bucks. Sides are generous and thus can be served family-style, but still seemed like we paid a lot for what we got--tasty, but not terribly interesting or delicious food. Waiter was friendly and very accommodating of our rambunctious 2 year old.Special Features:
- Great ambianceBobtDined on 11/3/2014The restaurant had great style. It felt like the room was a crate, and we were the package inside, we had only veggies sides and a salad. It was so good we could not order dessert, no room ...sadlySpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- fresh ingredients well preparedDebNDined on 10/25/2014The a la carte menu applies to everything. No bread on the table, not even a saucer for the cappuccino. Had to ask for a spoon. Portion sizes are good, not too big, not too small. Salads were interesting, a tiny bit under dressed, but I like it that way, so it was fine. Everything on our table was tasty and well prepared. I left feeling satisfied and not stuffed after a salad and entree (vegetables are a la carte as well). A few pieces of bread would have been nice, but I didn't really miss it. I would go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ElizabethBlueDined on 10/22/2014We chose the Commonwealth as our spot for a celebration over lunch because we had all been there as individuals at some point in the past and liked it. As anticpated the food was great. They were able to easily accommodate our little group of 5, and even though the place was crowded we didn't have any trouble hearing each other speak.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- delicious!shaefamilyVIPDined on 10/18/2014My husband and I split the black kale quinoa salad which was a delicious blend of flavors. I had the scallops which were crisp on the outside and tender inside set atop a lovely sauce. My husband had the flat iron steak which was done perfectly. We split a side of unadulterated broccoli, and a side of scalloped potatoes. The potatoes were the winners!Special Features:
- Was hoping for brunchOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/11/2014I think I was disappointed because I went there for brunch not realizing on Saturdays it was a lunch menu. The staff wasn't very lively or overly friendly, rather flat. I had heard good things about this spot and was excited to try it out. It's a great space, nice interior. Hope to have a better experience next time. Won't judge it purely on this first trip.I would recommend this to a friend.
- delicousAndyeatsDined on 10/10/2014We had a fantastic meal at Commonwealth. Every appetizer and side dish and the main course (we shared the pork chop special for 2) were so well made, and tasted delicious. The biscuits they give you when you sit down are to die for. I highly recommend if you want good food in a comfortable atmosphere. We will definitely visit again.Special Features:
- Good for large work group!MEOtheLeoVIPDined on 10/6/2014I have been here a few times for lunch and for after work cocktails. It is a really comfortable, unfussy work lunch. Sandwiches and salads are on the menu.. and there is something for everyone. I have had the pastrami twice now because it is really good. Salads are better than average as well. What I think I like best is that it's a good "go-to" choice for a large-ish party - not many other rooms in the Kendall blocks can accommodate 8-20 for lunch. It has saved the day for me in planning large party lunches. And the food is good! :)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food!KateDined on 10/4/2014Restaurant was busy, but not too crowded or loud on a Saturday night at 6:30. Wide range of people there, including families with young kids. Food was delicious! Mac and cheese side big enough for lots of leftovers. The main dishes are a bit pricey, but the veggies and sides were reasonable. We will return!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious and abundant food, slowErinDined on 10/4/2014I made a Saturday night reservation for my partner, his parents and our kids because I love the food here. We were not disappointed-everything was delicious and my watermelon/feta/cucumber salad and my partner's red snapper were especially novel. The portions are huge and the staff was accommodating of our requests; my inlaws split their entree and side and the server even suggested he could do a half portion each of two different sides for them. However, the service was extremely slow for some reason, not something that has happened before. It was over an hour from seating before the adults received any food orders. I hope this was just an aberration!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Though the food was very goodmax919Dined on 9/19/2014The prices in value for the food were absurd. Small portions on the mains, prices way too high.Special Features:
- Great place for brunchPLLLLVIPDined on 9/14/2014Went here for brunch on a Sunday morning. There were only a few guests, so the noice was down to a minimum. Food was good and service was promptly.Special Features:
- good food, poor serviceareaforagerVIPDined on 9/6/2014Still on the fence about this place. I've eaten here twice and the food was solid both times but the service runs from meh to worse. Four of us came in for an early dinner Saturday evening and our waitperson was pretty unfriendly. She couldn't answer our questions and mumbled inaudibly. When she cleared our apps she dropped a fork on my lap, splashing me with food and staining my pants. She barely apologized and left a mess on the table that I had to clean up myself. Even before we got to our table, we stopped for drinks at the bar and were all but ignored by the bar staff. When my brother spilled his drink, it took a passing bus boy to offer him a fresh one (he was awesome). Get your act together, Commonwealth!Special Features:
- So SoOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 9/5/2014Next time if we get a chance to go there before it gets cold we will sit at outdoor patio. Besides that food was okay, I had half duck, average tasty, my friend had fish and that was good but in the average it is so so place, ambiance, décor is nice, I am told that wine was good. In this area, it is a place to go comparable to other places, this or those other places in the neighborhood does not seem to change too much.Special Features:
- great findOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/30/2014Stumbled upon Commonwealth in the Best of Boston listing. It was rated best in the city for Al Fresco dining. It was too cool to eat outdoors the night we dined there but we were not disappointed. The menu is broad in its offerings but not overwhelming. Service was great, food was delicious and the prices were very reasonable. You can order anything from a watermelon and feta salad to a flat iron steak dinner. Both were well prepared. We will be back.Special Features:
- Foodfanatic1VIPDined on 8/22/2014Dacquiri was covered with a dome of ice like a snow cone; hardly any drink under that ice. It was not a balanced drink;too sour. Someone should taste it...the ice looks cool but ruins the drink. Menu gives no information about the dishes; very frustrating. Salads were just ok; nothing special. Lamb entree ok. Risotto balls huge but dry;need some sort of dipping sauce. Ice cream:For $5 you get a very small scoop in a dish; if you order a topping you get about 1 teaspoon on top.So a tiny sundae for $7. The chocolate ice cream was wonderful,had a nice tang to it. The mint chip used fresh mint and was not what my daughter was looking for;but they replaced it and did not charge for it. Use a bigger dish and more topping!Service was very good.Special Features:
- Great Gathering SpotcoloradoanDined on 8/21/2014Excellent food, well-chosen beer list, friendly accommodating staff. Hadn't seen Kentucky Wonder green beans since I was a kid and got to confirm that they are still a favorite. Fun atmosphere and decor but as with so many trendy restaurants and brew pubs, the bright acoustics make it difficult to hear / have a conversation.Special Features:
- CommonwealthHmmm32Dined on 8/21/2014Service was poor it took 15 mins to fix and get the correct flavor ice cream. The waiter was not attentive- we waited and had to grab him for drinks .The apps and main course was very good but the sides:risotto cakes were tasteless and heavy. The fries were fair ,but would be better thinner as it was like a fried huge baked potato and had some spices to dress them upI would recommend this to a friend.
- Pretty decent...not a market thoughOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 8/21/2014Supposedly it is also a market. Not really. They sell a few overpriced items. The food is pretty good. My wife had a very nice bass dish. We'll be back.
- Birthday dinnerDebbieVIPDined on 8/19/2014Interesting concept but execution lacking. Menu has no descriptions so you have to have the server describe how each main dish is cooked. For example main courses just listed as sea bass, chicken, rainbow trout. Don't know about you but I like to know if the food is fried, seated, roasted and what it is cooked with/in. Once described all the preparations were mostly the same, pan seared, kind of boring! Salad and most of the dishes were overly salty, and we told the server! Best part was the make your own dessert concept. The homemade ice cream and hot fudge was tasty. Though the atmosphere was cool would not return.
- Needs workConnySurDined on 8/16/2014Cheerful greeters, great industrial space. Limited lunch menu. Server was abrupt and said substitutions not permitted. My out of town guests were not impressed with food quality.Special Features:
- Neighborhood GemFoodieDined on 8/15/2014Cute little restaurant with great good! I would definitely go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- outoftownerDined on 8/12/2014A mix of appetizers and small plates was delicious, varied and more than we could eat. Nice selection of by the glass wines, including some wonderful summer rose's.Special Features:
- Another great visitOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/10/2014This marked our second visit to Commonwealth for Sunday brunch and we were not disappointed. We started with a dozen oysters ($1 each) and of course the zucchini bread. Again, I had the hash and eggs and hubby had the steak and eggs. The Passion fruit mimosa ($7) rounded out the lovely brunch. This visit was certainly more crowded than the last. With the innovative food and $1 validated parking, Commonwealth will be our go-to brunch spot!Special Features:
- Very robust brunch!OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 8/10/2014The Commonwealth has a very pleasing interior with a large market and sandwich/deli counter. The staff is super nice although it seems that some are still learning. The brunch has a lot of crowd pleasing choices, very generous servings. Food is on the heavy side.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sunday Brunch!TastingtheBeanDined on 8/10/2014The perfect Sunday brunch for everyone! Brunch seems to be a thing that is lacking in Boston/Cambridge and Commonwealth certainly fills the void. The offerings were diverse and everyone in our party found something we loved...including the 9 month old. We had the strata, the lemon ricotta pancakes, the 18 wheeler, and the chilaquiles. The strata was particularly wonderful: fluffy, veggie-filled, tomato and goat cheese to top it all off. Great oysters and a spicy bloody mary too. Our waitress was nice and didn't mind our giggling 9 month old's mess.Special Features:
- Love it! (for more than 2ppl)FaifflVIPDined on 8/8/2014The food is really fantastic here. I've enjoyed everything that I've ordered in the multiple times I've come. The staff has been really friendly and approachable. The portions are pretty large with the entrée items shareable if you get a few sides. The sides are built for at least two people. For that reason it's really best to go with more than just a couple people so that you can share everything and enjoy more variety if sides, which after perusing the menu, you will definitely want to do because it all looks (and is) so good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious findfoodforthoughtDined on 8/8/2014Everything we tried was absolutely delicious, clearly made by someone who understands flavors. The prices are pretty high but the side dishes can be shared. We ordered a side per person but they can definitely be shared by at least two. The scalloped potatoes were yummy as were the wonder beans. Really lovely experience.Special Features:
- Awesome brunch!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/3/2014Amazingly delicious brunch - if you go w/ a group, get the zucchini bread for the table, you will not be disappointed. The brunch menu isn't huge, but the options are all drool-worthy, prepared fresh, wholly delicious. B/w the table we had the strata, 2 orders of chicken & waffles, and the homemade hash & eggs - everyone left happy. Had a baby w/ us, which I indicated in the reservation - table was ready w/ a high chair, service was great. Will happily go back. Market is also awesome - went home with a pint of strawberry-basil ice cream (yum!!).Special Features:
- FunkyfoodDined on 8/1/2014Food was delishious, cooked to perfection. Found it pricey.Special Features:
- The following 110 reviews are from the Commonwealth reviews archive.
- LOVE!babuchakVIPDined on 7/27/2014I come here every single week! Great food, great people and amazing drinks! Definitely checkout the market for fresh veggies and homemade goodies!Special Features:
- Commonwealthmcs2kVIPDined on 7/26/2014This place has a great lunch menu - it's deceptively short, but when I have been here (twice now), the quality of the food is truly excellent. Where most places try to do too much with too many options and end up serving up mediocre fare, Commonwealth takes great ingredients and hits the right balance. Pleasant, casual atmosphere, attentive but non-intrusive staff. A plus is the 10% off you get if you rent a kayak before lunch from Charles River Kayaks (right next to the outdoor patio for the restaurant)Special Features:
- Not to be overlooked!DHudsDined on 7/25/2014As Kendall Sq continues its boom regarding tech and restaurants alike, Commonwealth is absolutely worthy of being mentioned among its foodie-oriented neighbors. Everything we ate had the air (and taste) of quality and freshness. I recommend going with a made-to-order meat and cheese board and several appetizers and sides to share - including the gai lan and the onion strings.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/22/2014Overall really great experience but the service was SUPER slow. There was one waiter for the entire outdoor area. It looks over 10 minutes to get our check! In general though, definitely quality food used and a great outdoor area.Special Features:
- Enjoyable first visit!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/20/2014Overall, 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!Special Features:
- Pork belly Banh mi is the bombDiner2000VIPDined on 7/18/2014Was 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Obsessed.Foodie6VIPDined on 7/17/2014This 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Patio with a viewsweetrevengeDined on 7/15/2014The 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.