Food is outstanding at West
Food is outstanding at West Bridge! Service and client service are exceptional - all the attention that you would expect in a service environment.
It is a very noisy place due to the high ceilings.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful progression
My wife and I ordered four "small" plates, starting with the tomato salad, going to the egg in a jar, continuing with the summer squash, and ending with the sugar snap peas. Each dish was terrific. The crab in the summer squash was the best I've had in years, and the snails in the snap pea dish were the best I've ever had. The service was attentive. The acoustics are not great, but the food more than makes up for that.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reach is greater than its grasp
I see what they are going for. Not there yet. The service was warm, the waiter was very sweet to us, giving me a last minute taste of two wines I wasn't going to order just to let me compare. But the wine flight of four Rieslings was 34 dollars. If I want a wine flight I don't want four full glasses-- the price point is ridiculous. The food combinations seemed interesting but the presentation seemed tired, even wilted. Restaurant was largely empty on an August Sunday night so that was no excuse. Bread was specially heated for us but actually half cold. Will go back for the tasting menu next time. Maybe that will get the level of detail and freshness up to match with the imagination behind the dishes. The egg dish? Forget it.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh Take on Shared Plates
Four of us shared eleven plates plus desserts. This turned out to be just the right amount. There were no duds among the plates. Would specifically recommend egg in a jar, cauliflower, and the seafood potage. Compact and interesting wine list and a helpful server. Definitely would return.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, but noisy
We chose the 5-course tasting menu, and the fish and meat courses were superb. The wine list was very good, and we enjoyed the wine we selected. The restaurant was too noisy for our special occasion, my spouse's birthday, but the stylish crowd was not displeasing to the eye.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wonderful Business Dinner
The unconventional menu was somewhat intimidating but the knowledgeable waitstaff took us to the promised land. We opted for thetasting menu with wine pairing. They kept each dish a surprise but each time we were thoroughly impressed with both the food and how well the wine enhanced the flavors. Delightful! Will happily return.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice spot for neighborhood dinner
A great little restaurant, interesting food, lively, good service. This small plates restaurant serves contemporary cuisine, not too crazy architectural or anything but with a twist. Some flavor combos are challenging, but overall good complimentary flavors.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been several times now and each time we reorder old favorites (mushroom soup! Kale salad!) and find new wonderful dishes too. Excellent service. Love the Top Sider cocktail.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for foodies one of my top spots for the Boston area
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to return
We haven't had a meal like this in some time and would fully endorse West Bridge as a destination for anyone looking for creative, delicious, and well-prepared fresh food. The menu is surprising and interesting, presenting a variety of options across small and large plates, as well as dishes to share. The cocktails were equally creative, including one combining rice wine vinegar, tabasco, and cucumber vodka. Not an intuitive combo for me, but tasted great! Our server was great and provided a wine recommendation that was well paired with our order. The atmosphere was nice, although the space is large and, when crowded, can be loud. Overall, a great restaurant and dining experience!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful wait staff...great
Wonderful wait staff...great food. Casual atmosphere. What else could you be looking for?
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Flavorful food, great service
The lamb melted off the bone and melted in my mouth! Our waitress was extremely helpful and patient as we tested different wines in order to make our selection. I can't wait to go again!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
like a fine bottle of wine, a plate arrives and due to the complexities of ingredients, the flavors in each bite is remarkable, different with each forkful. I could only taste 7 different plates (easy to do with the small plates) this time...will have to go back and try the next round...AND I will...:)
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I guess dinner is great, lunch not
Nothing wrong with lunch, just very very limited. Quite disappointing. The very nice bartender said they'd tried to do a more ambitious lunch but lost tons of $. Too bad.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'd definitely return
Delicious flavors, beautiful and creative presentations. Our server was great.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had the egg in a jar and it was perfectly cooked (to my tastes). The duck breast was bit more done than medium rare, but still tasty.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food with lots of noise
Fabulous food. Duck liver appetizer positively dreamy. Duck breast entree and lamb loin entree perfectly cooked and suuculant with imaginative accompaniments and beautifully presented. Service perfectly balanced between very friendly, helpful and attentive but without being intrusive. The only drawback was the noise level. There wasn't any pumped up music or other artificial noise producer. Simply a space designed to echo and reinforce normal noise. We were told that the menu is about to change substantially. So, despite the noise, we'll go back to savor what's new from this fine chef.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great tasting menu
I've been wanting to try West Bridge for a while, and finally made a reservation for myself and and my husband last Friday night. When we arrived we opted for the tasting menu (5 courses for only $65!), and our very friendly waiter suggested we add the beverage pairings for only another $35 - so for $100 pp, we got five courses (not tiny tasting menu size portions, I would have been happy and full with two of these courses for a meal), plus an amuse. We also added the famous egg-in-a-jar in between courses, so we were pretty stuffed by the end of the night - but the dessert course (a hazelnut/beet/chocolate thing) was just the right size and SO GOOD we ate it all. All five courses were off-menu, it was amazing. Highly recommend.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
One word describes this place.....F
One word describes this place.....FABULOUS! First of all the service is outstanding but more than that the FOOD! It has to be one of the best restaurants in Boston. I've had the pleasure of dining there quite a few times and it has never let me down. Keep up the good work, think this place will be around for a long time.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food...but
I would definitely come back here. The food was unusual and wonderful. HOWEVER, the noise level ruins the experience. I could not imagine coming to this restaurant as a 4-some. It was difficult with just 2 of us - we had to bend over the small table and talk loud. By the end of the evening, my voice was strained. I don't know why this is in style at so many restaurants these days - it doesn't make me feel like I'm in an energetic, "happening" place - it just wearies me. So sad. Otherwise it might be one of my favorite Boston restaurants.
9/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our dinnerl nice
We enjoyed our dinnerl nice clean, fresh dishes. Great work!!!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Staff is friendly and outstanding.
The people who work there are amazing- friendly knowledgeable and attentive. The food is eclectic- and really delicious. Great drinks 2.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
You really can't go wrong here. This is one of those restaurants that we love to keep goign back to. Josh bartender is amazing and the food is always inventive, creative and most importantly delicious.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicous and funky
Love the menu, a different take on some favorites. Wonderful mix of flavors. Nice funky vibe to the place. The Service was the best we have seen in a long time.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
great birthday dinner
We finally tried out West Bridge on my birthday and we loved it. We chose 7 small dishes (6 meat and 1 veggie) and we were quite full. Octopus was very tender (which is a hard find in the US), beef heart schnitzel/crispy pork head/burgundy snail were all special! Famed 'egg in a jar' was good but not as great as I expected- nice comfort food, I'd call it. Because we were extremely 'meat-centered' in our choices, food quickly got too heavy. Most remarkable was that each ingredient on a dish went perfect together (heavy meat+slightly pickled veggie+light herb, etc) Next time we would take 6 small dishes with half meat and half veggies. For us this will be a good alternative to Strip T's, which is always hard to get a table.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent small plates
My husband and I had dinner entirely of their small plates, and each one was very tasty and unique. Service was friendly and atmosphere was fun. Even on a Wednesday night it was very busy very quickly, so definitely make a reservation.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Refreshing lunch spot
Refreshing new restaurant in Kendall Square, great comfortable lunch spot quiet enough for meaningful conversations during the work week, OR upscale dinner option before/after movies at Kendall Square cinema . Waitress was efficient and courteous, no unnecessary interruptions which is appreciated when you only have one hour for lunch before going back to work. Open, clean, modern decor.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous as usual!
I introduced yet another friend to this innovative spot: think Craigie Bistro level of food when they first started innovating. Creative preparations make sharing small plates a tasty way to dine.
Tip: This location is also very convenient to the Kendall Square Cinema.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite restaurant in Cambridge
The staff is always amazing, the food never disappoints and the drinks are fantastic - even the mocktails! For our anniversary they treated us to pink champagne and when we told them I was pregnant, they made a non-alcoholic equivalent that was delicious! Egg in a Jar is my personal favorite but everything is always amazing!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had the tasting menu and loved every course. Would definitely love to go back again.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, but noisy
Group of 8 for 70th birthday. Too noisy for any "toasts" or speeches. Servers encouraged too much ordering for the size of the group. The large plates, which were said to feed 2-3 easily would feed 5-6 with appetizers. (We shared 7 small plates and 3 large "for sharing".) No room left for dessert!. Food was delicious and special. Cocktails were interesting and delicious. The small Farro/squash and brisket were extraordinary. The lamb for sharing was juicy on inside, crusty on outside . Highly recommend, but don't over-order- save room for dessert!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
New neighborhood favorite
I celebrated my birthday here a few months ago and have been raving about it ever since. I recently returned with friends in tow to show them how fantastic the food and cocktails are. They left wondering why they hadn't come sooner. My job here is done! Among 4 people, we shared 7 small plates and 2 desserts (and 2 cocktails apiece..) for a filling delicious dinner. The farro, seafood potage, and scallop special were incredible.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative and tasty food. Noisier
Creative and tasty food. Noisier than I like. "Energetic" noise level is highest available -- would prefer to have one more choice.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was exquisite and incredibly unique; get ready to explore new tastes and open your mind to new pairing possibilities!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Too loud for a romantic dinner
This is an awesome restaurant but really loud. On a friday night peak time it was difficult to hear the server - just be aware that it you may not get intimate dinner conversation.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very interesting food and
Very interesting food and great ambiance. Friendly and efficient service, but they brought the check before being asked... Maybe typical of New-England? I would go back there anytime!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing and creative sandwiches
We were there for lunch, service was very good, good beer selection. Amazing and tasty sandwiches for lunch. Walking distance from T.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The pumpkin and farro dish was out of this world. Definitely get the cookies.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Noisy with Excellent food
West Bridge was excellent. Service and staff were top notch - very helpful with the menu, for example in explaining different ways of ordering such as numbers of small and large dishes. During the meal, they were very attentive to our needs and most importantly, the cocktail menu is excellent. The cavernous space they occupy provides a noisy atmosphere. If your guests are energetic, it works fine - no issues. Just want to point out that the restaurant is not an ideal location for a quiet, romantic dinner nonetheless, I would go back again and again.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My dining companions and I
My dining companions and I ended up having a wonderful experience, after a less than stellar start . . . The hostess attempted to seat the four of us at a communal table. When we objected, she told us there would be a long wait for another table, even though there were a handful or so empty. We were not persuaded, so the owner intervened, and she was most accommodating. We ended up sitting at one of two tables in what appears to be a private dining room. And whenever we return to the restaurant, that's where we'll ask to sit. Unlike the main dining room, where the noise level was deafening, the "private dining room" was delightful. And each and every one of the dozen or so plates we shared was outstanding. We'll be back!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My new favorite restaurant
I love this place! Creative, energetic and playful food combinations, service just right. Loud but that's ok, fun, fun, fun! Don't miss the cauliflower, brisket, and egg in a jar.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful, out of the box
Really fun flavors and most creative seasonal small plates allowed for wonderful exploring. Noise level is spirited in big echoey open room.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Inventive and delicious
My friends were skeptical when they first looked at the menu, but all were pleasantly surprised at the flavors and preparation of the food, in a good way. The chicken for sharing was wonderfully moist and seasoned.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Modern and interesting !
Found Westbridge to be a tad spare and antiseptic in its decor but the bar seems to be very happening.
We had a three course dinner and thoroughly enjoyed it all.
Esp. the kale and seafood potage.
Wine list had a few very esoteric choices and overall a solid list.
Server was genuine and endearing, meant well but came off a bit inexperienced.
Dessert was a big miss. Banana Madeleine cake with very little taste.
But that would not stop me from coming back in a minute!
Would love to try some of those interesting drinks
and small plates at the bar before and after a Kendall Sq. Movie.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our first visit
This was our first visit to West Bridge, and we dined with another couple who truly are foodies like us. Dinner was very good and incredibly creative. We tried several small plates and shared two entrees. Favorites among the group were the quail small plate and the pork shoulder entree. Desserts were very good too. My hazelnut chocolate cake was to die for! Service was top notch too!
We will be back.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food, as usual, was excellent and rich. Drinks are never disappointing. Staff is excited, friendly, and knowledgeable. Never have a bad time at this restaurant and keep going back. Not inexpensive, and meals are best shared as several small and medium plates.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent first dining experience
Tried for first time before going to a movie on a Friday night. Reservation needed, but not overly crowded. While a little noisy, clean, cool industrial look and comfortable lighting/seating. Small dishes were great and perfect for sharing between 2 people. Especially loved carrots, octopus, and quail dishes. Waiter a little over-enthusiastic, but service excellent generally. Only wish they had a great espresso for after-dinner - just coffee available.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had been to West Bridge for drinks previously but this was our first time for food. We (two of us) had one of the high tables behind the bar which I really. Our server was great, very knowledgeable, spent a lot of time running through the menu with us as we had a couple of questions. We ended up sharing 3 small plates - the cauliflower, pig's head and shrimp...All were very good. We then shared the braised lamb which fell off the bone, extremely well done. We will definitely come back but think this place is an awesome spot for a larger group as would love to try more of the small plates.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Post-Thanksgiving weekend dinner
Good food, very small portions. Menu layout is somewhat confusing but service was excellent and very helpful. Music was too loud during dinner service, however I can see how it would be more appropriate for bar area.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding Food, Great Service
Very creative, cutting edge menu. Flavors and textures assembled with extraordinary precision, yet food is filled with warmth and deliciousness. This is a unique restaurant.
Attentive, friendly service. Not overbearing, or condescending for a restaurant of this caliber.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM