ArtBar
ArtBar

ArtBar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artbarcambridge.com/
  • Phone: 6178064122
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast
    6:00 - 11:00 a.m. daily

    Lunch
    11:00 - 3:00 p.m. daily

    Snack Menu
    3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday

    Brunch
    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sunday

    Dinner
    5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday

    Late Night Menu until 11:00 p.m. weekdays and 1:00 a.m. Friday & Saturday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Dandro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For your next private dinner, holiday party or business meeting, gather at ArtBar for a memorable evening of contemporary art, local cuisine, fine wines and specialty cocktails, all in an intimate space overlooking the Charles River and Boston city skyline.

    We offer a spacious private dining room with its own entrance that can accommodate up to 40 guests. The ArtBar boasts stellar selections from the hotel’s world-class art collection while the restaurant features innovative cuisine, a well-curated wine list and seasonal specialty cocktails. A private bar is available upon request and our Wine Director would be happy to pair wine and spirits with your menu for a truly personalized and memorable evening.
  • Private Party Contact: Kevin Khem 6178064110
  • Special Events: For a more interactive experience, take part in one of ArtBar's forty-five minute cocktail making classes complete with a sampling of our appetizers. We invite you to become an amateur Mixologist as you learn how to make a specialty cocktail under the expert instruction of our Director of Food and Beverage, Troy Clarke. Small class sizes ensure that each drink disciple receives plenty of one-on-one guidance for making that perfect martini.

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Reduced parking rate with restaurant validation.
A word from ArtBar
ArtBar is a warm, intimate retreat for food and art lovers located inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA. The ArtBar boasts stellar selections from the hotel's world-class art collection while the restaurant features innovative, regional American cuisine, a well curated wine list and specialty cocktails. Patio seating with unparalleled views of the Charles River and Boston Skyline, make ArtBar a neighborhood destination.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
ArtBar reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.5
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (38)scenic view (28)great for lunch (14)neighborhood gem (9)great for brunch (6)fit for foodies (5)kid-friendly (4)special occasion (4)good for groups (4)romantic (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Most notably hard to escape
    wowieVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Most notably hard to escape the fact one is still in a hotel. The view of the Charles is nice. Good food for lunch. The art was the highlight.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will go back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    Food was great! Service excellent. Only drawback was the VERY noisy crowd at the bar ( it was a Sat night). My husband and I could hardly hear each other for first half of the meal but when that group left the noise level greatly improved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and service was quite
    SuburbanLady
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    The food and service was quite good. This is a quiet, low key place to enjoy a great meal and conversation. Enjoyed the artwork displayed and clever menu design. I will return and recommend to friends - it's a great place relax and enjoy great meal! Loved the Boston Bibb salad and Grilled Trout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good simple food and very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    Good simple food and very convenient. Amale would go there again.
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  • Great food, great bar!
    hockiemackVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2012
    I think ArtBar took prior reviews into account because the food came in an appropriate timely manner. We went with a favorite pick and got the mac & cheese egg rolls. They were delicious. We all ordered the burger and it was cooked very well with an excellent presentation. They have a decent wine by the glass list. The menu is short, but everything looks like it would be tasty. I liked the ambiance. The restaurant is hip and plenty of people were enjoying the bar scene. I'd love to come back in the warmer weather and enjoy the great views of the Charles River.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was TERRIBLE!!! Ordered
    SundayDine
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Service was TERRIBLE!!! Ordered an appetizer of sweet potato tater tots and they had to be reminded twice about it and then it came after our meal was served and almost completely eaten and they still charged us for it. It took them so long to bring our food and I had requested a cake for a friend at the table but there was no time for us to eat the cake. Ended up having them cut it and everyone took a piece home. Very anti-climatic celebration Had to ask twice for extra water and drinks. Everyone was pleasant but terribly disorganized and extremely poor service and we were there after the lunchtime hour and the restaurant was not crowded.
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  • Great patio!
    MouseChowVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    This is one of my favorite spots for lunch. The menu is fresh and creative, and the view of the Charles can't be beat on a summer day. Try the lobster cobb.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Nice Outdoor Cafe & Menu on Charles
    NightowlbrandyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    Went here for lunch on a Friday with a friend but missed the 2pm cutoff for the lunch menu. Found the afternoon more limited menu quite excellent though, so suspect the regular lunch fare is even more elaborate. Both of our meals were excellent -- mussels and potatoe toes (sweet potatoe balls with crisp outside) and lobster salad roll for him, and 2 wonderful desserts including fresh fruit pie with mascapone ice cream a la mode. Wonderful view of the Charles River and seating far enough apart that can talk with some privacy. Highly recommend this place when the weather is nice although the inside seating looks quite fine too. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food at ArtBar was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    The food at ArtBar was very good, but I would think twice about trying any of their specialty drinks. All that we tried were very sour. The staff was very understanding and even took the drinks off the bill. Stick with the wine and beer options. I highly recommend the mac n cheese egg rolls. Fabulous!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was fair, nothing
    SusieQuusyVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    The food was fair, nothing special. Made the reservation so we could sit outside which was ok. Cars parked along the road obstructed view of the waterfront. The cement ground under our table had not been cleaned and there were clumps of food under our feet...had to ask the server to clean it. won't go back.
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  • It was beautiful to be able
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    It was beautiful to be able to sit outside overlooking the water while eating on a sunny afternoon. Our waiter was wonderful, even offering to ask the chef to make an entree not typically on the brunch menu...which they did offer!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice views, slow service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    Nice views, slow service. Dinner was just ok but the mac& cheese egg rolls were the highlight.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was really terrific and
    Georgia
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    Food was really terrific and service was friendly and leisurely paced. The scallops were delicious! Coffee was cool but the restaurant replaced it and didn't charge. The outdoor dining was delightful. A great place to bring friends from out of town. Only sour note was that my guests had an ipad which was mistakenly left near her bag. In moments of having left and realized the missing device, it was long gone. Restaurant was lax in following up with Security.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely spot for a delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    Lovely spot for a delicious meal, with a great view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Consistently exactly service
    SkippyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Consistently exactly service and same, good food. Do wish they would change menu a bit more often, as I dine there often!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Clam chowder was very good.
    lovedisney
    Dined on 8/16/2012
    Clam chowder was very good. Trout was also good. Menu selection can be larger for more selection.
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  • There were 9 of us. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2012
    There were 9 of us. Service was not good at all. Food was great. We had the lobster roll and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Small place, little pricy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    Small place, little pricy. Very average food. Not the kind of food u would expect from a restaurant in a hotel. Parking after validation is 10 dollars. Would I ever go there again? Not for dinner I wouldn't.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Come only for a drink outside
    TJ82VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    Come only for a drink outside in a nice setting as the food and service is terrible!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Work Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2012
    Sat waiting for my water to be topped up or offered a drink by the waitress for 1 hour The crisps (made in restaurant) which were purchased were a bad batch and were soggy and had to be replaced (the My medium rare burger was very rare. Great outdoor patio however.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best thing about Art Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2012
    The best thing about Art Bar is that there is a great outdoor seating area and bar with nice view of the city. Otherwise, the service is so slow even when they don't have a lot of tables filled and the food is a bit overpriced for what you get.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FABULOUS meal...outstanding service
    Bruinsport
    Dined on 8/1/2012
    Our meal at ArtBar was OUTstanding. I want to put upfront that we travel extensively and have eaten at more than our share of culinary destinations, so my rave review here is not one from someone who simply never gets out....that said, our meal and experience were excellent. The clam chowder was as good as any I've had in New England--where it SHOULD be good...the mussels app was equally good. BUT--the grass-fed sirloin w frites was sublime (w an extraordinary glass of Washington State cab to chase). Our waiter did an excellent job--something that seems painfully rare these days--even at very nice restaurants...he was helpful, had opinions, not overly intrusive--yet present when needed. Only thing I found Ho-hum was the dessert men
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • We enjoyed our meal. Our server
    BettyLou
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    We enjoyed our meal. Our server seemed very inexperienced, and seemed to think that faster was better, pressing us to order our dinners before we had even received our drinks, and making us feel that we were being rushed. Also, I know that the use of the phrase "No problem" in place of "You're welcome" is ubiquitous, but by the end of the meal we found ourselves counting the times we heard it.
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  • The best view in Boston
    elleng
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    If I had all the money in the world and time to eat out, I would eat at either ArtBar, or its next door neighbor Dante, every night during the summer when the weather is nice. Spacious and relaxing with an incomparable view, it's what summer is all about--eating outdoors in the fresh air. The food is surprisingly good considering the review by the Boston Globe, although I only tried the ArtBar burger (with maitake mushrooms, cheese, and a special sauce) and the marinated olive appetizer, so I can't comment on the rest of the menu. There was no attenuation of flavor--the burger tasted juicy and delicious until the last bite--a real plus. The wine list was on the expensive side with nothing less than $44/bottle.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where can you and sit on the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2012
    Where can you and sit on the Charles River, outside and get parking? The ArtBar is always a place I bring my customers who have the fortune of eating anywhere they like. They love the ArtBar too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • I think the menu could have
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    I think the menu could have been better... The more choices the better. It was kind of limited. I do however got the shrimp, which tasted a bit "beachy." I've never tasted shrimp like that. We had a great waiter, very accomodating... Overall it really was a nice place....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, great for lunch
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  • ArtBar is just O.K>
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    Mediocre -- the ambiance is that of a hotel bar/restaurant. With a name like ArtBar I expected more art and certainly more interesting art. The service was poor. The food was just o.k. and certainly didn't live up to the price (which was pretty high.) It's worth looking a little further if you are looking for an awesome experience and great food.
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  • Had a wonderful patio lunch
    BeijosDotVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2012
    Had a wonderful patio lunch for four over a holiday weekend. Service was professional and helpful in choosing a cocktail. Lobster rolls were perfect as was salad and burger. Cole slaw was disastrous--it was brown looking and had a bitter, odd flavor. Ambiance was lovely, cocktail was pricey but well worth it--tasty and strong. Mix of families and couples. Didn't feel rushed even though they were clearly busy. Will make it a destination next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • I took two of my adult children
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    I took two of my adult children to Artbar for dinner. It was a beautiful June evening and we sat outside and had a view of the water. The food was good, our waitress was charming and we had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • waitress was good, but bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    waitress was good, but bar service was awful. Incorrect drinks and way too slow. Excellent location and view.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    LOVE THIS PLACE! It's a real hidden gem! I've eaten here at lunch with friends and in the late evening for a light bite. ALways wonderful! It feels chic without feeling overly trendy or fussy. Wonderful atmosphere outside by the Charles River. Friendly service. Great menu. I'm vegan and always feel that I have selections to choose from. I only hesitate to recommend it because I'm afraid that I won't be able to get a seat when I want one!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Great place but music was
    Jacquie
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    Great place but music was a little too loud, and service so-so.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Staff needs training
    Kevin
    Dined on 6/19/2012
    Food was pretty good. Service was a little slow and they seemed disorganized. We were told the the Chef was busy with the a VIP so there were no specials. Drinks were very good and the fried macaroni was excellent. I'd like to give it a chance when the chef was concentrating on the customers.
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  • Had a birthday lunch date
    mamamaria
    Dined on 6/19/2012
    Had a birthday lunch date with my brother. Had the BEST Lobster Cobb Salad with Taragaon aioli and delicate Bibb Lettuce with grilled shrimp. Our beautiful and attentive waitress, Almenida even brought us a gorgeous chocolate cake with Happy Birthday written on the plate, compliments of the restaurant. It was not your average cake but rich and decadent! A perfect indulgence for my birthday! I will be making this place my go to spot at least once a week! Oh and the view as we sat outside on the patio is amazing! Loved watching the sailboats go by and the skyline of Boston!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very pleasant first time
    Luna
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    A very pleasant first time experience. Will be back for the outdoor seating during the summer.
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    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some of the food was great.
    Vikki
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    Some of the food was great. The drinks were lovely. My mother ordered the waffle and it was cold. When she asked for a new one they just heated the old one. We had to speak with the manager and in the end my mother ordered the pancakes. The pancakes were wonderful. The manager did not charge us for the pancakes or my mother's mimosa. It was just frustrating to have to deal with the same problem. twice however they did try and correct the mistakes.
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  • Slight upgrade from a typical
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    Slight upgrade from a typical hotel breakfast bar. Expected much more.
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  • Great food- rude waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    The food was excellent and the saving grace of our dinning experience. Our waitress was unpleasant and rude. We had a wobbly table and we asked if there was anything we could place under the table to fix the situation, she was very snippy. She then moved us to another table that was also wobbly but made no further effort to rectify the situation. She never brought bread to our table when every other table was served bread, even after we requested it. We ordered the sweet potatoes fries which come with a trio of dipping sauces, she brought us just ketchup. When I asked her about the sauces she told me they didn’t come with any dipping sauces and I had to show her on the menu, only then did she bring out the right order, begrudgingly.
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  • The wait staff was attentive
    Rene
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was good. The atmosphere was fun and pleasant. We ate outdoors and the view is great.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful outdoor dining experience
    Kalli
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    We decided to go to ArtBar for brunch so we could sit outside and take advantage of the beautiful weather and lovely view. Hostess was very nice and accommodatig as we had to change the number of people twice before we actually arrived. Our server was very nice but the food took a while to arrive. Do not think it was the server's fault, but the kitchen. Food was pretty good-not great. Typical fare for a hotel restaurant. We ordered bloody marys, blt sandwiches (which were good), eggs and bacon, and a chicken sandwich. All adequate but can definitely find better quality of food elsewhere. Mainly we were the there for the location and that did not disappoint. All in all it was a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet