Midwest Grill - Cambridge
Midwest Grill - Cambridge

Midwest Grill - Cambridge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.midwestgrillrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (617) 354-7536
  • Hours of Operation:
    10:30am - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Brazilian Steakhouse, Barbecue, Brazilian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Brazilian Jazz every Friday and Saturdays

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elm St
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available on Friday and Saturday
A word from Midwest Grill - Cambridge
The Midwest Grill is a Brazilian BBQ, Churrascaria Rodizio restaurant. We have been serving tender, mouth–watering meat, along with delicious seafood and vegetarian dishes since 1993. Our original location is in Cambridge (near Innman Square) and our second location is on Rte 1 North in Saugus. Both locations feature the Churrascaria Rodizio, which consists of perfectly grilled and seasoned meat circulated by our staff and carved at your table.
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Midwest Grill - Cambridge reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.2
  • Food3.5
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance2.9
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (10)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (1)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)fit for foodies (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Not vegetarian friendly!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Meat was great, but the buffet was awful! Get the fresh stuff, don't expect to get anything good except the meat that they walk around with.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    DJVisit
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Took my family to dinner. Three of us had all meat service and the rest went for the buffet. We were disappointed with the meat selection and the taste.
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  • Classic Rodizio
    chriscrash
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The meat selection was great although there were not as many choices as some other rodizios. There werent many people there and they still made a great selection but patience was needed. The caipriinhas are great, the meat was cooked perfectly, and the buffet had more than enough to fill me up and I didnt get to try everything so I look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Experience
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    It was a bad experience all together. The service was incredibly slow. We had finish our first round of food from the buffet and our drinks had not arrived. I chose to have the "rodizio" , but before my first serve of meat, I was already satisfied with everything else that I had from the buffet as it took forever for someone to come to our table. My companion did not have any meat and when we asked for the bill, once again it took forever, so we decided to walk towards the cashier only to have our designated waitress insisted that we had two "rodizios", when my companion clearly stated he was not going to eat any meat. Horrible food, horrific service. Not going back!
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  • Late night find
    il2eVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    It was late and I made a reservation for 11pm. When we arrived they said they were closing and that it was a mistake... not sure whose mistake, but they gave us a bar menu and we were able to eat. When the food did not come for a while I asked the waitresses who in turn asked the cook who was leaving and he snapped at her that it has been sitting there ready for a while. It was lukewarm, but we were hungry and ate it. Some items were very god, like the black beans and some was good but not great. It might have been the hour, but I have had really good Brazilian food, so I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • do not go hungry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    If you are hungry I would suggest going to another restaurant. They say that the meat is endless. Between options was at least 5 minutes. The servers and "gauchos" were rude and unpleasant.
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  • A fun place to dine
    PapaLew
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Lots of choices from the buffet and the meat servers who circle the room. You may need a reservation. We had them all three times, but did not need them on our third visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Good bar deals but rodizio declined
    BenVV
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Overall a good place and value. Having eaten here at least 10 years and seen the restaurant and buffet selection both grow, I was disappointed on my last visit. Maybe the selection varies by night but there were fewer meats than before and the beef ribs were very tough. The cold salad bar was OK but no longer included hearts of palm. The hot buffet, which used to include chicken wings and other appetizer-type dishes was now mostly starches like rice, potato and fried banana, with beans, a mixed vegetable dish and chicken nuggets. I noticed (but didn't sample) an attractive bar menu which included lobster for $8.99 and 10 cent wings among other offerings. The live music Friday night was great, with both male and female singers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Very little quality food, could not even make a martini
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 45 reviews are from the Midwest Grill - Cambridge reviews archive.
  • Great Food
    Goodfood
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The meat selection was amazing. There was so much that I did not realize until after I left that I did not try the pork as our plate was full when that came around. My son commented that the lamb was so tender you almost did not need to chew it. The whole family really enjoyed the live music.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT PLACE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Perfect place, great food, great service, will def come back to. GREAT!!! A+++
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • horrible service
    pmpr228
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Got my drinks an hour and a half after I got there. The buffet was almost empty and food was not fresh . This was 3 hrs before closing and an almost empty restaurant. The meats they bring to the table are delicious. Parking sucks so prepare to pay $10 for their valet service . Not worth to pay $25 per person for that. Never again!
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  • Missed the mark
    AT123VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The quantity and variety of food you get for the price is good.The quality is mixed.The servers that bring the meats to the table are fantastic,however the waitstaff are very sub-par.The waitstaff didn't ask if we wanted refills on beers/cocktails, we only had our water refilled after the table behind us asked for it too, and we were seated next to a closet that we repeatedly had to get up for for staff to access.At the end of the night, our table of 4 received a check for 6 diners.We told the waitress it was wrong, and she stated it was just the way the computer works, but the price was right. She brought another check, for 5 diners.Again, we had to correct them, including shadowing the computer screen. They couldn't count 4 diners. WTF.
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  • wanted it to be good
    dedineVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    but meat was dry and some was hard to eat. don't think I would go back. waitress was great. Found it much more expensive than I thought it would be with a groupon.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Fun spot for a large group. Service was a bit slower than usual but our server was covering two rooms. A fun time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Brazil
    The1goose
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Meat and chicken were over cooked place looked dirty and worn out the Buffett looked non appealing dirty plates the icecream scoops were in really dirty water food wasn't that bad maybe if everything wasn't over cooked might have been better
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    good for groups
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  • Don't waste your time.
    Yorkies
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We few into Boston on a Friday and bought the groupon for this restaurant. Unable to go that evening we planned on going the following Friday before our our flight home. We had a small breakfast, made our dinner reservation counted the minutes until dinner. Afraid we might hit traffic and miss our flight we came in early. The girl that seated us was very nice. The young man that came around was very nice. But the food was not worth the price, and the 18% tips that was automatically add for a party of two, to me was just wrong. The chicken, mashed potatoes & green beans on the plane was not only better tasting, more filling and at $6 a better price & I got a free of Coke Zero and coffee. For great Brazilian grill go to PAMPAS in Vegas
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Started badly - seated in a corner and had to get up so that wait staff could get ina storage closet. After several requests we were moved to t table int he main room. Seemed very short of wait staff - never got rolls and some meats were only offered once, but one woman who worked there - the one who found us a different table, kept coming by to check on us and was very appologetic about the initial seating. She make up for the other things that were lacking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was pretty good, but the service was terrible. Also did not make sense to buy the Groupon for it because in the end we spent about the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lots of yummy meat
    yummy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food is really good, good drinks, eat as much as you wsnt. There was live music when we were there on Friday night, makes for a great night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I`ll never come back
    FerMansur
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My experience was not good. The waiter didn`t take meat to our table. The meat was not good. After sometime the live music started and it was really depressive.
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  • Groupon Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Glad we tried it and was good price. Food was descent, the chicken wrapped in bacon!! Yummo
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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  • great place to hang out with
    blablaVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    great place to hang out with friends, family, kids! great food, drinks and atmosphere. we were so full! the food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Poor All Around
    Samantha
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Had big hopes for this place, despite the poor yelp reviews, should have listened to the reviews! Although the server was a nice girl, she was gone 99% of the time, we needed refills, plates cleared, etc - she was never around. We literally started stacking our dirty plates on the floor to make room at our table. The salad bar was very disappointing. The vegetables could have been a lot fresher. salad dressings in the bottles - not many options. The hot side of the buffet looked in edible. Online it shows a huge, delicious variety - not the case in person. The meats came around and were all dry and overcooked. My guests and I are not picky/fancy people -- it was very poor and disappointing , especially at 25 bucks a person!
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  • Greeeeeat
    choff
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    this was my first time visiting your restaurant - everything was excellent. Food - Service and the final touch was the music. Everything was Greeeeeat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food quality has gone down to Poor
    ghornik
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    This Brazilian BBQ used to provide a steady stream of juicy, delicious meats of all kinds. This time around the selection of meats was very limited (they served us beef 3 or 4 times to only once for a few others) and they were mostly all dried out, overcooked, and fairly tasteless.
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  • Disappointed
    BarbVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    The buffet (chicken wings, meatballs, salads) was passable, followed by a barely edible meat service. The server was very pleasant, but the meats were dry, too fatty or poor quality. We won't be back.
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  • Biggest disappointment!
    Michael
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We were looking forward to bringing some Irish cousins to this restaurant, and they were curious about the never ending stream of great food being brought to you right at the table. Well, that is certainly not what happened! The choices were poor - meats too burned and dry or too pink, no salt whatsover, very few choices, we got offered one type of beef, and had to ask to have more, the sausages and kielbasa kept coming back - those are not even Brazilian fair - and on top of that, we had to wait almost 10 minutes between each visit to our table. We will not be going back, and we were very embarassed to have brought our cousins there.
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  • I was not satisfied
    Notsatisfied
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I did not like this restaurant. The salad bar was not very good and the quality of the meat was very poor. Also I felt like there was very long gaps between when they brought out the meat and several times I sat there with an empty plate. Also they only brought out steak twice during my time. I will never go back to this Restarant.
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  • Bountiful BBQ and hot food buffet
    Cathywiz
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Good for hungry folks.. No menu. 3 seafood dishes or the BBQ. Both include good hot food and cold food buffet. Good for groups, long tables.. BBQ and rolls rotate and come to table frequently. Fair price. Enjoyed it. Birthday dinner. Good desserts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food shocker
    Don2carne
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    When I heard about this restaurant I was a little worry since I been to so many buffet, well the food , service and ambient was Every thing you need. Very amaze
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch buffet is great!
    mickaelVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Went there for the lunch buffet, and the choice was very large! And not only meat, they have seafood too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Good Food but slow service
    CocoSmoothj
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    I don't need to go back to the Midwest Grill. While the food and drinks are good, one server at dinner time is not sufficient. Consider adding addional servers.
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  • meats brought on skewers were dry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Disappointed ..dried out over cooked meats(except the lamb).Not for a foodie palate.Staff was outstanding.Of concern we were there prime time on a Saturday night and much greater than 50% tables were empty!
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  • Nice meal
    rjl8125
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    The food was good, although the buffet did not have as many choices as I would have expected. But very tasty, Lots of different types of meats brought to our table, all very good. We enjoyed our meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Tastey...
    KimR
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    I like that they had a good variety of sides and veggies, along with the meat. The waiters did take too long to come over with different meats. It seemed like there was only one server.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midwest Grill is Different Dining
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    The Midwest Grill concept is a flat rate for cold and hot buffets plus your selection from three seafood or unlimited, varied meats, carved at your table. The outside is inviting. The inside is a bit shabby. The service is good, especially that of the guys going around with the meat selections. They are very good about stopping at your table as long as your placard says you want to eat and not stopping by when you've decided to take a break. The offerings are hot and delicious. Prices are reasonable.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • horrible worst steak ever
    lovetoeatgoodgrub
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    Certainly shouldn't hold the name bbq the Keats were very and hard I specifically asked for medium and received nasty meats even the chicken was hard and dry waste of my money and time to visit this place the manager did try to give us more samples of the Keats to convince that it was good but I was not convinced Certainly shouldn't hold the name bbq the meats were very dry and hard I specifically asked for medium and received nasty meats even the chicken was hard and dry waste of my money and time to visit this place the manager did try to give us more samples of the meats to convince that it was good but I was not convinced I suggest they don't reheat the meats and season them more also the salad bar needs to be more fresh
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  • Eh...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Our service was horrible. The food was okay. The music was enjoyable. The drinks weren't very good. After hearing so many rave reviews about Midwest Grill, I was greatly disappointed in my experience, especially after voicing my opinions about the service. The seating is cramped and the waitress is hard to find. If you're looking for a restaurant with a great ambience and room for groups to eat, I'd go elsewhere. If you're looking for great service, pass this restaurant by.
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  • Need more of a meat selection
    firstVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Need more of a meat selection and more servers to bring them around. Service was very slow, waited 10 minutes for desert menu which only took 2 minutes to bring out and obviously wasn't fresh. Then took another 10 minutes to be given the bill.
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