Rendezvous in Central Square
Rendezvous in Central Square

Rendezvous in Central Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rendezvouscentralsquare.com/
  • Phone: 6175761900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner is served nightly. Sunday-Thursday 5:00-10:00pm Friday-Saturday 5:00-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Rendezvous is available for private events during the day 7 days a week. We can accommodate groups from 10-70 people, with options ranging from a "4-Course Lunch" to a "Casual Cocktail Party" - a great venue for business or social occasions and celebrations.
  • Private Party Contact: Roz Beauchemin 6175761900

Getting there

  • Public Transit: We are located steps from the Central Square T and bus stops.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking in Central Square is easy, convenient, and inexpensive. A parking garage with an attendant is located at the intersection of Pearl Street and Green street for only $1 per hour. Massachusetts Avenue is lined with metered parking and additional public parking is available in the nearby-metered lots on Bishop Allen Drive. One lot is located behind Blockbuster Video and the other lot is behind the McDonalds. In addition, we offer valet parking on Friday and Saturday for $12 per car.
A word from Rendezvous in Central Square
Rendezvous offers a comfortable dining experience with all the nuances of fine dining in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The menu at Rendezvous is inspired by the flavors and aromas of the western Mediterranean -- Italy, France, Spain and North Africa. We place an emphasis on the market approach to cooking, using only the freshest products and working with local farms and specialty purveyors. Our menu changes regularly according to the seasonal availability of ingredients, about one third changes each month. Our wine list is carefully chosen to compliment our food, and represents numerous small producers, which use high-quality winemaking practices. The Rendezvous has an attractive custom-made counter-height bar, where the full menu is available. The bar offers an intimate and comfortable experience with plenty of room for plates and glasses of wine. We look forward to meeting you at the Rendezvous! !
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Rendezvous in Central Square reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (23)special occasion (16)good for groups (8)romantic (8)notable wine list (6)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Last Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Last meal at Rendezvous. Wishing Steve and all the Rendezvous folks a bright and happy future.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • (: closing!
    terryh
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    last tasty rendezvous at rendezvous-closing wednesday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh, Rendezvous, may we meet again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Rendezvous will soon fill our fondest memories. After ten successful and delicious years, Steve Johnson is passing this Central Square space on to a new group and in the next year, will open an eatery near Tiverton. Be sure that we and many of his regular customers will find their way there as soon and as often as practical.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will miss you!
    BostonDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Rendezvous was my wife's and my favorite restaurant and we will miss it terribly. Best of luck to Steve and the staff.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXCELLENT!
    dollyfood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food and service at Rendezvous are of the highest quality. Don't miss it! Be sure to make a reservation or get there early, this is a popular spot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jackVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Another great well prepared meal in this fabulous place that is closing :-(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very sad farewell
    MarcoVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We will certainly miss Rendez-vous, which is closing at the end of June and we wish the owner great success with his new venture in R. I.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too bad it is closing on 6/25
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The food was very good, Flavorful and creative. Monday was tapas special day, so we ordered two apps and 3 tapas and enjoyed them. Unfortunately Rendezvous is closing on June 25,2014. Get there asap if you want to give it a try. go for the bluefish cakes, and the Lemon-buttermilk desert. I was a little Leary of the desert, but it was lovely.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sad to say goodbye!
    wwww
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Rendezvous is closing at the end of the month and this wonderful neighborhood restaurant will be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ANOTHER GREAT MEAL
    jackVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The owner/chef Steve always is consistent with his food preparations. Go for a great "last" meal as the era of rendezvous comes to an end :-(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad Farewell
    fannyVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I went for my final dinner at a restaurant that has given me reliably good food and excellent service for years. I will miss them!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lateone
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Been there many times, but this evening the food was only so-so, service was friendly, but slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a wonderful restaurant
    LuluD
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Everything about this place is fantastic - food, drink, service...it will be missed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • deliciously bittersweet
    Samantha
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We took our 18 year old son to Rendesvous to celebrate his HS graduation. I wanted him to have a special memory of a special event at a legendary place. Thanks Steve and your wonderful team for all of the care, skill, inventiveness and exquisite culinary moments. We wanted to be sure that it was in our collective family memory. I always have a craving for the Vegetable antipasto with roasted eggplant purée and muhummara, which is like a little jeweled garden, and we all ordered the peppered sirloin steak with garlic butter, horseradish mashed potatoes. That little kick of horseradish is fantastic, does not overwhelm, but weaves a divine note into the matrix of the meal. Thanks for years of delicious memories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    lovefood
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Had a great meal first visit to Rendevous but second visit was a big letdown. Ordered braised pork and veal meatballs. Expected two types of meat. Instead what that means is you get four tiny veal and pork meatballs in a soup dish with broth and scalloped potatoes. It looked worse than it tasted but it didn't taste great. Service was awful. Waitress disappeared for long stretches. Could not get her attention for a glass of wine. Wife's steak was tasty but chewy and fatty. Unlikely to return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What's the point?
    Louis
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This has been a great run for Rendezvous. Been here many times. Always easy ambience for conversation and delicious food too. Will be sad to see it close....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jackVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Sad that after 9 years this place is closing, so rush for a table if you can a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    Humphrey
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This is one of the best restaurants that I have ever been. The meat was absolutely great well presented and good to eat. The restaurant used to be a Burger King and is now so far removed from this that you have no idea of its previous life. This restaurant is well worth a visit but really you should become one of the 'locals"
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My all time favorite restaurant
    cabgoesleftVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Steve Johnson and Rendezvous creates the best food and best feel I any restaurant I've been too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1419 reviews are from the Rendezvous in Central Square reviews archive.
  • Perfect for Conversation
    BoringGuy
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I love Rendezvous for the great food, attentive service, and friendly ambiance. Even when the tables are full, the noise level is reasonable for a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Even better than expected.
    lulu
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband and I came here for a 10 pm post-theater supper. It was still lively, but not crowded. We considered ordering just appetizers as a sort of tapas meal because the offering on the menu looked so fabulous,, but we decided on 2 - the "mini-ravioli" - a lovely plate, just a delight in every bite, and also the tuna crudo which melted in your mouth. Then we went for the halibut entree and he veal and pork meatballs which were both also delicious. the broth with the meatballs was notable. I think that our favorite however, was the lemon buttermilk pudding with huckleberry sauce for dessert. WOW - I would go there again just to have that. Well, I would go there again, period.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I can't say enough good things about the Rendezvous in Central Square. The menu changes seasonally, but they always keep the crowd favorites. From appetizer through dessert, there's no better restaurant in the area. The service is also stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Renezvous Review
    HAL314
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We ordered meatballs with orchiette pasta and halibut entrees. Both were excellent. Very well prepared with balanced flavors. My only criticism is that they were a little luke warm when served.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rower
    rowerVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It is always great when we eat at Rendezvous the food, service and ambiance can not be beat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    MrMarshall10
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food and service... too bad it's closing at the end of June. :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hold the salt!
    Twice
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This was our second visit. Our first dinner was good enough for a second try. Alas, it didn't come close to our first visit. The crab appetizer was really good but the meatball dish with charred orichetti was almost too salty to eat. We had fine wait service and the Austrian white wine was very good. The dessert crostada didn't quite work either.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Sad Farewell
    Mijoka
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Rendezvous is one of the best restaurants in the area. Their closing at the end of June will be a sad event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once again, delicious
    MarsVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The 4 of us all ordered the fixed price menu - Three of us ordered the very tasty asparagus salad to start, and the 4th devoured his sardines. Then for dinner there were 2 lambs (delectable), one fisherman stew (yummy) and one chicken (just great). Dessert was also good. What else can I say - another fine dining experience. This place will be sorely missed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gourmande
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    one of our favorite restaurants - imaginative menu, lovely waitstaff, attractive décor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Exemplary service and excellent food. Too bad it's closing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can recommend!
    Magdalena
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Liked the place, atmosphere and people. Consistent in quality
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • End of an Era
    ProfessorShorthairVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Rendezvoous will be closing on June 25. For ourt last meal there I had SDunday night, $38 prix fix of cauliflower bucatini, fisherman's stew and cherry crostada. All were excellent. My wife chose the simple salad and Morocan chicken. Her choices were just ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre-theater dinner
    nickVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Convenient to the theater in Central Square, Cambridge, the pris fixe menu is a good value. Food is nicely prepared and the service very good. The wine list needs a few more moderately priced bottles and has to include the list of wines by the glass, two things missing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rendezvous while you can
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This neighborhood mainstay where the food is always good and the atmosphere always inviting and, importantly, suitable for conversation, is closing at the end of June. When I heard this, I knew I had to stop going just for special occasions, and try to slip in often to enjoy the antipasto, grilled squid, lobster risotto, cooling salads and comfortable ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad reservation policy
    Foodforethought
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I had the skate and it was absolutely delicious. The service was friendly and timely. However, they took half an hour to seat us even though we made a reservation. When I told the hostess we'd been waiting for a half hour, she said, "well, 28 minutes." This is not the first time I've had a problem getting seated at rendezvous. Another time I called and made a reservation for that night, but when I got there they said they'd given my table away to another person by the same name and that there was no longer a table for me. Great restaurant, if you ever get seated...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, even better service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My friend and I were both celebrating birthdays and don't often get to dine out without our families and at such lovely, high-quality restaurants. But we both crave well-made, beautiful food. We got it Rendezvous. And our staff, from the front desk to the bussers, were all so friendly and warm and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Just delicious
    Rozzief
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Three of us enjoyed a great meal prior the theater. We each ordered 2 dishes off of the appetizer listing. We were very pleased with the variety of offerings and tastes. The service was attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Awesome!
    EDITHVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    An awesome restaurant that is about to disappear. Go before the June 30 closing date. Rendezvous, WE WILL MISS YOU!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    Diner8
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Rendezvous is a restaurant that always pleases. This is true in terms of the menu, the preparation of the food and the service. The staff is skilled, personable and discreet. For all of these reasons, we will miss Rendezvous when it closes in June.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our second time at Rendezvous
    RosebudVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I love this restaurant in the heart of Central Square....we live in Canton and aren't often in Cambridge but this will be our go to place from now on when we are in the neighborhood. Lovely dinner of lemony poached salmon - great Boston lettuce salad lightly dressed (my husband had 1/2 dozen oysters) and wonderful warm chocolate cake for dessert which we shared. Good wine list - server was attentive but not overbearing. Lovely atmosphere. Medium priced - the whole bill came to $135 but we each had two glasses of wine. It was a good night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.