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Rendezvous in Central Square
Rendezvous in Central Square

Rendezvous in Central Square Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rendezvouscentralsquare.com
  • Phone: (617) 576-1900
  • 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 (617) 576-1900

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! !Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "we went for a birthday dinner on a Sunday when they have a fixed price menu with three courses. We had a salad, a cheeseboard and a vegetable antipasto, all of which were wonderful. All our main courses were interesting and delicious. Desserts were lemon pudding, a pear pastry and a coconut caramel concoction. Attention service, but not hovering, Outstanding food, and a lovely atmosphere. They even put a candle in the birthday girl's dessert!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My friend and I monopolized our table too long on a Saturday night. The owner was very gracious in letting us linger until it started to cause problems. He was very gracious in moving us along."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Not only is the food delicious (that Bibb salad is perfect), but despite being completely filled my friends and I could actually converse, an increasingly rare experience these days. I don't live in Cambridge, but the trip is definitely worthwhile."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Comfortable and convenient with an ideal menu. Just the right amount of selection and everything is reliably cooked and flavored."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food is fantastic and the setting handles anything from low-key to boisterous without one affecting the other. This place is perfect for two, or small groups, or big groups. The staff is great- attentive but relaxed, sense of humor but unobtrusive. It is our go-to place for taking friends out, getting together with family, special events. There is something on the menu for anyone's taste, and we always end up wanting to sample someone else's meal. The desserts are divine! Highly recommend this awesome restaurant."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went out to dinner at Rendezvous expecting a nice ambiance, professional service, and good food. While we felt that both the ambiance and service were pleasant (though a bit awkward at times), the food was very very salty. The sauce on both appetizers ordered (ox tail gnocchi and torteglioni) were so overly salty we could barely taste any other flavors. Our skirt steaks were cooked to perfection, but accompanied by blobs of mashed potatoes that might as well be chunks of salt plucked out from the tiny clenched hands of the cute little Morton girl. The dressing on the salad was quite acidic, though among the leaves hides super salty guerrilla troops. Rendezvous might want to consider charging for tap water with every meal."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had a great table, and our waiter, Shannon, was very attentive and gave wonderful recommendations. The food was delicious, and we will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Everything was great. Casual but attentive service and great food"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have been going to Rendezvous since it opened and it is a wonderful place to enjoy a good meal. The menu changes seasonally, the bartender invents new libations, and the food is always good. The owner uses local produce, grows his own herbs and has created a first-class place."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We arrived early and although there was no room to have a drink at the bar, the hostess took our drink order and served us in the waiting area; it was a nice touch. The food and service were outstanding. The atmosphere was too casual, though, to feel like a special night out. Still, it was very comfortable and quite enough for good conversation."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Since rendezvous opened we've never been disappointed coming here. Every one welcomes you. You can come here alone and feel perfectly comfortable. That is the mission of all the staff. The culinary strength is in all sections of the menu. The cold starters are as good as the warm ones, the entrees shine and it is hard to skip dessert. Each dish is executed to perfection. Not overly complicated but always interesting. This is the kind of restaurant every neighborhood needs: one that makes you happy when you walk in the door and look forward to return to when you leave."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I found the hosts very welcoming and helpful (particularly about parking). The waitstaff was lovely. I had the duck and a salad. Very, very good."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We went to Rendezvous for dinner as a respite; a family member was having major surgery at MGH and once all was well, we wanted to get my sister-in-law out for a great meal. The staff at Rendezvous was so accommodating as we had to keep shifting the time due to complications; they were gracious and helpful. Once we collapsed in our chairs, the food was excellent and the service attentive. I started with the charcuterie platter, a perfect selection of house-made rillettes, mousse and pâtés. The other two had seared tuna and salad, both wonderful. For dinner: skate with cauliflower, duck three ways and salmon, all perfectly cooked and plates licked clean. As longtime fans, we're grateful that Rendezvous continues to excel in every way."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Always a great dining experience, always. Never a miss."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Solid delicious contemporary American food at reasonable prices! HIGHLY recommend the vegetarian 'misto' entree with polenta and delicious broth - whether or not you're vegetarian. Interesting wines by the glass and bottle."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The tapas were, OK, but the duck I had was outstanding. Good atmosphere, as well."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "All four of us thought this restaurant was excellent. We enjoyed the food and service very much and we will certainly come back again (hopefully soon!)"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I love the casual warm atmosphere and the excellent ingredients, but the food didn't really wow me."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "What a wonderful dinner. We both had salads - his simple and mine was with squid. Excellent! The for dinner - the cassoulet and seafood stew. Both were terrific. We had the chocolate and mousse desserts. It was all delicious and a real bargain on the prix fixe menu. Rendezvous is one of the few restaurants in our experience who let you choose from the whole menu for the prix fixe, which is just a great deal and a wonderful way to make it thru the menu. I just ate here the other night with a friend and saw the little ad card for the Sunday night special. So I came back again...and I will return! And the atmosphere is so relaxing and comfortable. GREAT place."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Our party of four enjoyed the prix fix dinner with a carafe of Sangiovese and we found the appetizer selection to be quite varied and tasty, even for the vegan among us. The main course choices were very good except the vegetarian choice, polenta, that was rather bland. All four dessert choices are delicious. I love the Bosc pear crostata with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Service was excellent!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Rendezvous serves up warmth, inventive and delicious fare, impeccable service and memories all in Central Square. This is the place where everybody could and would "know your name." A fave rave!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have never had had anything at Steve Johnson's wonderful restaurant that I didn't love and also feel I paid the right price for it. Steve runs such a tight ship with a wait staff that is both friendly and attentive but also knows but also knows how not to intrude. They have great cocktails and the best middle class wine lists in the city. Most professional restaurant reviewers don't seem to care what the bottles of wine cost, although they will give a short line to the price range. At Rendezvous every bottle is really good and you can get great wine for a reasonable price. Hats off to Steve and company!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "At Rendezvous the food is outstanding! Everything is simply delicious and screaming fresh and clean. Don't tell anyone, we don't want to have to wait weeks for a reservation!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Took a good friend to dinner for her birthday and Rendezvous was a great choice. We had the scallops and squid for apps - both dishes were terrific! Dinner was salmon and skate -- again the fish was perfectly prepared and delicious. I always find great dishes on the menu here. I love the comfortable atmosphere and the service was perfect too. Can't miss with this place."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I have come here a lot and it is the restaurant we go to for special events. We have never been disappointed. The food is lovely, fresh and original from The tuna appetizer to the two desserts the four of us shared. It is creative and beautiful. The timing of the meal was perfect, allowing time for us to be leisurely even with a late night reservation."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Dinner with friends on Thursday evening before Symphony. Our server was charming, helpful and efficient. Salads and entrees, as always, were beautifully prepared and everyone was pleased. Excellent cocktails and a very good, fairly priced wine selection. What can one say: Steve Johnson's Rendezvous is one of the loveliest dining experiences around. Great for a casual dinner or an event."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Between four of us foodies we had the skate wings, salmon, seafood salad appetizer,vegetable lasagna appetizer, tuna crudo and butternut squash soup! We all tasted everything and thought every single dish was extremely flavorful without being pretentious or overwrought! Very interesting combinations made for exciting eating. All the fish dishes were tender and flaky. Skate wings were a real treat. Drinks were very good and unusual. Buttemilk pudding and pear crostada were well executed. Based on our experience, you can not go wrong here."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I took two friends -- 92 and 93 respectively -- and one of their daughters and they loved the restaurant. They especially commented on the service, which was the best we had had in quite awhiie. For sure I'll be back soon."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "It's always a pleasure to eat at Rendezvous. The food is always excellent, the service impeccable, with Steve Johnson always around, always making sure that every detail is attended to."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We have been to Rendez Vows several times a.We have always enjoyed the food and restaurant.The staff are very accommodating."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Just happened on this place for dinner on Friday night after doing some business in Central Sq. Had a fabulous salmon dinner with braised artichokes, potatoes and carrots....the roasted butternut squash soup was superb and finished the a pear crustada... Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was our first time at the restaurant - pleasant atmosphere, very attentive staff, interesting menu and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food was fresh and well-prepared. Interesting combinations for those who want to get away from the typical menu items at many restaurants. We enjoyed organic salmon with artichokes and salsa verde, roast chicken with sprouts, apples, and sage, chilled shellfish salad with black olives and anchovy sauce, vegetable antipasto, roasted carrots, pear crostada, and chocolate cake. Every dish was well-executed ad delicious. Good cocktail menu also. Service was prompt and courteous. Lighting in room a bit bright and down lights too glaring on some diners. Might not recommend for a romantic "candlelight" dinner!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Memorable Valentine's Day dinner! We really enjoyed the delicious dishes, friendly atmosphere, & unpretentious overall style!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I ate at Rendezvous this past Sunday for their Prix Fixe menu. It was $36 for three courses. We each ordered off the menu and then added an extra app to our order (Lamb ribs - excellent choice!). The food was extremely flavorful and matched it's international themed offerings. The appetizers were not only beautifully plated but unique and delicious. The cocktail list was very unique as well. We tried four different drinks between the two of us and only really didn't like one. The whole experience was elegant yet casual and easy. It was a perfect Cambridge mix! The main difference from other Cambridge locales is that it wasn't overrun with young hipsters (young hipsters speaking)."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We are in love with this restaurant: great food without being too pretentious or precious, wonderful service that is warm and attentive without it being all about them, very good wine list, and a warm, comfortable atmosphere that is bustling but not deafening. We have been coming regularly since they opened (many years ago -- more than 10?). Everyone in the family chooses it as the restaurant for the birthday dinner out and in all that time we have never not had an absolutely delicious meal and a great time. BEST RESTAURANT EVER"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant because my husband and I enjoy going to Cambridge. This restaurant is excellent. The food and service are very good. I am definitely returning."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The subject line says it all. Dining at Rendezvous is a consistently great experience that never disappoints. It's worth going out of your way to dine at Rendezvous!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great spot with really good food--nice wine list and good service. Continues to delight each time I go--too many grey hair diners though--dont the youngsters in Cambridge know about this place? they need to wake up!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I have been three times before. Most of the menu had changed with the season. It was every bit as delicious as before. The bread is delivered fresh from Iggy's at 4:30 and so is still almost warm from the oven--try to resist the carbs, it's very difficult! The service was excellent, even providing a taste of wines before ordering."
    Dined on 2/4/2014