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Orleans Restaurant and Bar
Orleans Restaurant and Bar

Orleans Restaurant and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.orleansrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (617) 591-2100
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Red Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Orleans Restaurant and Bar
Orleans offers a unique fusion of downtown sophistication and neighborhood comfort. We think our restaurant is a gem among Cambridge and Somerville restaurants. Our menu provides an exciting variey of dishes that change seasonally to capture the freshest vegtables, meats and seafood.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The service was great, with a highly attentive waiter and prompt delivery of drinks, including repeated water refills, appetizer and main course. However, the food was mixed. Chipotle wings lacked chipotle taste and were too sweet. The best part of my fish tacos was the slaw, but the fish was chewy and, quite honestly, reminded me of frozen fish. My companion's duck confit pizza was very, very good and showed what the kitchen is capable of. My cocktail was generous. Overall, Orleans was a better than average meal, but it can do better and clearly has the ability to step it up."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This past Saturday I was surprised at Orleans by 11 of my friends for my 30th birthday with a brunch celebration. Orleans accomodated us all very well - we had a group table right next to the windows, impeccable service (Adam was AMAZING), delcious food, fantastic drinks, overly accomodating management/staff, and an overall wonderful time. Since it was Saturday the crowd was not too bad, but there was a good flow of other patrons coming through as well - the noise level never got too loud for us (we may have been the loud ones though, in that case I apologize). It was such an amazing time and everything was so delicious - we will certainly be returning again!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had a great meal and time at Orleans recently with a party of 10. We were there on a Wednesday night and enjoyed some great food, drinks, company and their lively trivia night (all were very good). Sadly, we lost the trivia game but we enjoyed the fun and we had good service as well. We'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "One of the hidden jewels in Davis Sq for about half the price of some of the pricier options. Great higher end bar food and large eclectic menu for food and drinks make this a spot I visit time and again. Check it out next time you are in Davis Sq."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I wanted some place where we could eat dinner and also watch the Bruins. I knew Orleans would be great because there's hardly a seat that cannot see at least one tv. There was some type of issue when we arrived (maybe they overbooked?) but the hostess immediately gave us a booth to honor our reservation. We sat for 3 hours watching the game and were neither hustled nor forgotten about. And the chicken bacon spring rolls are amazing!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We went for dinner with our son, who us in college nearby. The menu is diverse enough to satisfy most tastes, and everything was delicious! The staff is friendly and professional."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "ordered fried pickles and the Mediterranean platter as there are not many vegetarian options on this menu. Both were ok. I would recommend this place for drinks/bar food but not necessarily a dinner. May come back but as more of a late night place. DJ was good and the atmosphere was definitely upbeat and fun. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I went with friends for dinner. Our table was ready for us when we got there. It took a long time to get the foods and drinks that we ordered. Our waiter was friendly and apologized a few times for the delay with our meals. By the time the food game out, so was hot and some was cold. My burger was delicious though."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Orleans has a solid, basic menu that goes beyond your average pub but isn't quite as good as some of the gastro pubs around these days. Their burgers are good-creative, fresh ingredients and cooked well in my experience. Their cubano used to be good. Last visit it was not, as they changed the basic ingredients from fresh pork shoulder to something else. The beer list is good, there are multiple menu options for other kinds of meals, and plenty of tvs to catch the game."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Interesting menu with fresh ingredients. We enjoyed the beet salad -- the goat cheese was particularly good -- fish tacos were generous and very tasty as was the hummus plate. The Guinness pie (short ribs, carrots, horseradish potatoes, and puff pastry top) was excellent! The bread pudding was also very good. It was apparent that the entire staff was on the ball and our server, Adam, was attentive. Good place to eat before or after catching a game or other activity."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This was our first time at Orleans. The appetizers we ordered were delicious as were the burgers, fish and chips and chicken sandwich. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. We will definitely be going back soon."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My first time at Orleans was great! Glad I had a reservation because it was pretty busy. Had such a nice waitress! The truffle Parmesan fries were delicious and so was the chicken and biscuits. Wasn't impressed by the dessert menu, but I'd definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I first found this gem when I used to work on Mass Ave in Cambridge. In the summer I'd go to Davis Square looking for a lunch spot. Orleans offered a quick but extremely tasty lunch option and in the summer they open all the windows in the front (the whole storefront opens) to let in a delightful breeze. My birthday just came up and I decided to meet up with 5 girlfriends, making a reservation via Open Table. We sat in one of the great round booths and it was a wonderful night. Perfect cocktails, friendly and prompt service, and a super delish and always changing menu that has a variety of upscale pub food (lobster mac and cheese, chicken and waffles, etc.) So good!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Orleans isn't extraordinary, but the food is good and they have a nice variety of beers on tap. Wouldn't recommend for a date night on a Friday or Saturday night cos it gets loud and crowded, but it's a good place to grab a drink and watch the game. The menu has interesting items."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Had a great meal. Good bar selection for brunch drinks."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Was impressed at the NYE prix-fixe menu, especially after trying it - the goat cheese tart app, lamb and sea bass entrees, and all desserts were amazing. I always love Orleans' normal food, but this definitely kicked it up a notch."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We went here as a group of 15+ people before a comedy event in Davis Square. I had to call last minute and up the number of people on the reservation, and they were great about accepting the change and adding an extra table for us. We told the waitress that we had a show to get to and timing-wise it worked out perfectly- she brought us the check very quickly after the food so we didn't have to rush around trying to track her down which is often my experience at other places. Food was good and decently priced, drinks were fine (most just got beers or water), all in all a good experience!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Orleans is a great spot for a slightly less noisy crowd, great unique food, and good service at a decent price. I especially recommend the blackened fish tacos when they have them. They are absolutely amazing."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "The hostess was not interested in working this day it seems, I had to go to her between getting menus from tables and let her know that we had a reservation. Every time she came to the hostess stand, she would not make eye contact with the people waiting and just left to make rounds. Doing what, I don't know. The waitress was very pleasant, but she did not come by our table until 10 minutes after we sat down. She apologized and said she would be back with water. The entire service was very slow. I am not sure if they were understaffed for brunch (it was busy), but I will not be going back and would not recommend it for Sunday Brunch."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "I live around the corner and default to Orleans frequently. The food is good--lots of options, solidly conceived and well-executed. The servers are friendly, but with groups over 6 they and/or the kitchen seem to get overwhelmed. There are banks of tv screens, which I find distracting and annoying, but it's a good place to watch the game, if that's your thing. Their kid menu is pretty standard, but well-made--could use more veggie options--and they're very nice to kids."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We were a group of seven, including two vegetarians and a vegan, and everyone found something on the menu. They were happy to modify dishes to accommodate us, too. The service was friendly and professional. The good was great. We'll be returning!"
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "Given it's location, you wouldn't think that it could be quiet and romantic on the patio but it manages. The only frustration I had with that night was when a couple walked in off the street sat themselves on the patio and proceeded to be rude to their waitress the rest of night because they were never assigned to anyone. You aren't special people, see the hostess. If you don't know how to eat at a restaurant feel free to stay home! That was my only gripe :)"
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "Okay, Davis Square is finally hip, well, hip and being noticed. But why does this mean that there's a sameness to things, especially the newish things? Anyway, it is all good, if moderating, in Davis these days- food, entertainment, ambience, at least until the snow comes. So, pick your table with some comfort, you won't err on the side of regret, and Orleans will fill the bill admirably. One comment- they messed up my OpenTable reservation the night I went with a party of six. So double-check these things."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "I love taking my group of 8-10 friends here, because I've never once had trouble with service or making reservations. Food is delicious and we're never rushed around. PERFECTION."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "We didn't need a reservation at 1230 on a Saturday even though we had one. I really loved the burger I had and my friends liked their food. Maybe it's because it was a slow afternoon, but the service was incredibly slow and our waitress was a bit forgetful. I noticed the table next to us was waiting for the server awhile too. I can't say how it is in busier times. Overall I'd probably go back."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "A truly enjoyable night. The food was excellent, service great and dog friendly... a real plus!"
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "Orleans was a good choice for dinner last Friday night - a casual and relaxing atmosphere. It helped having an Open-Table reservation since they were busy. We enjoyed some good beers and the food and service were pretty good as well."
    Dined on 6/21/2013
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was really good--better than I expected. We had the seafood risotto and the fish tacos. Both entrees were delicious--pefectly seasoned and attractively presented, especially the seafood risotto. Service was very good and there was a very comfortable ambiance. They make great sangria, too. I look forward to eating there again."
    Dined on 6/5/2013
  • "This is fine as a pre concert spot for a bite to eat- which was what we were doing. It is not a place to make a " food destination." Tasty enough and there are some new menu otems so that sparks thing some. Good service; nice beer list with some very good craft beers on tap. So set your expectations on a burger and a beer and you will be happy. I just wish they would add a turkey burger option!"
    Dined on 5/23/2013
  • "I googled Orleans for a meeting spot. We were meeting people from out of town that were in the area for the day. Everyone was very happy with their dinner."
    Dined on 5/23/2013
  • "Really good food, I would recommend to make reservations unless you don't mind waiting"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "The restaurant was very accommodating. I had to change the reservation twice and they adjusted with no problems. A good selection of items to choose from on their menu. Food was very good. Portions were good size and prices were reasonable."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "I have been going to Orleans for dinner, brunch and drinks since it opened. Love the food and location - service is generally excellent. That said - it is NOT good for groups larger than 4! I had made a Mother's Day reservation nearly 8 weeks in advance for 7 people knowing Orleans books quickly. We ended up having 8 people (called 1 week in advance to alert) and they said they could not give us a bigger table because they were all booked. When we arrived though there were 2 large tables visibly available. The hostess said they were reserved. Those tables were never filled the entire 1.5 hours we were there. The food was delicious, service was fast and effecient. Other than being a little more cozy than desired it was a good experience."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "We had great meals as a family of 5. We had a reservation but at 10:45 on Mother's Day I was shocked to see there were plenty of places to eat."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Greta mix of a sit down but laid back restaurant for those who arrived on the early side and a vibrant karaoke showdown for those who arrived on the later side. Our server, Linda, accommodated every request -- including roughly 8 separate checks for the group. She was so nice!"
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "As always, Orleans was good. It is nothing special, just consistently decent food. The service was only fair this visit. Perhaps our waiter was new, but it took a long time for our drinks to reach our table. We were served our orders of wings, but did not have utensils or small plates so we could all share. We had to ask for a bowl to put the bones on. All in all, it is a very nice neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 5/2/2013
  • "Very pleasant, vibrant locale...nice to have windows open in front. Went for brunch. Omelette options very tasty and varied. Service pleasant and considerate...there was a large party while we were there, so the service was a bit slow and staff a bit pre-occupied, but all in all, quite nice. They also did excellent service recovery--removed charge for an item that needed to be re-heated--which was appreciated."
    Dined on 4/28/2013
  • "We had a great dinner before heading to the theater and our waitress was lovely and attentive. Our only service issue was with the hostess service. We arrived with 5 of our 6 guests included in the reservation and were immediately seated inside. When our 6th arrived and gave them the same name she was taken outside where she waited for us to arrive even though we were already there. Unfortunately no one put us together and we missed dining together. A better system for seating large reservations or better staff communication could easily remedy this sort of issue."
    Dined on 4/25/2013
  • "This was on the Phantom Gourmet gift card list. We decided to use it here. I loved the place but it was a zig zag ride using the GPS. Not their fault.First table we sat in was right next to the hostess table which was buzzing with gossip so we moved ourselves 4 tables down. We ordered the duck tacos and said "no onions please" and it came out swarming with onions. The waitress was very apoligetic and brought out a duplicate with no onions. I had the Frenchman burger (Brie, spinach, carmelized onions)with a side of chicken noodle soup and he had the steak tips with mashed and string beans. The mashed were cold. The soup was like Grandma's...very hearty. The have an excellent selection of beers and drinks. We'd go again. No onions please. :)"
    Dined on 4/7/2013
  • "We made a reservation on Easter Sunday. When we got there the place was basically empty. Our waitress showed us to our table and left us with menus. She came back 5 min later and took drink orders. We could see the bar from our table. There were 3 people sitting at the bar. The bar tender was not busy and stood most of the time against the wall. After 20 minutes and no sign of our waitress or our drinks, we left. So sad for a Davis Square dining choice."
    Dined on 3/31/2013