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
37 reviews since June 3, 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 (25)neighborhood gem (22)special occasion (15)good for groups (8)romantic (8)notable wine list (6)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Great Cambridge restaurant
    RosebudVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This was our first time at the restaurant - pleasant atmosphere, very attentive staff, interesting menu and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic menu for foodies
    Familytime
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and unpretentious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Memorable Valentine's Day dinner! We really enjoyed the delicious dishes, friendly atmosphere, & unpretentious overall style!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicate drinks and divine service
    GrubGoddess
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great evening!
    DineWithFamily
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    AverageVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rendezvous always delivers
    DisappointedVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Balance
    HubPub
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a very nice dinner at
    1D0404
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Had a very nice dinner at Rendezvous on Saturday night. We had a nice table along the far wall, so even though the restaurant was packed, we had no problems carrying on a conversation with our friends. The bay scallops, tuna tartare, and the skate wing dishes were delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    My wife and I have been coming here for 8 years. The food never fails and we are always treated like family. Excellent wine and cocktails , meatballs as manna and great deserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    KateVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Our experience at Rendevouz was amazing! I had been there several times before and was bringing a friend this time, who had never been. We had the vegetable antipasto, bay scallops and....the waitress let us know we could order the lamb meatballs with toasted orichette and mushrooms even though they were not on the menu. So, we split that as well. We also ordered a dessert and the waitress brought us an extra one- the lemon huckleberry pudding. All the food was delicious, and the wine was fantastic. Service was great, as well. Highly recommend this restaurant. It is also a great value! The restaurant is a place you'll feel at home, which to me, is the best quality to have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Server was very helpful and
    herlock
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Server was very helpful and convinced us to try the skate, which we had never seen on any menu. She advised us that it was quite rich, and that we could ask for reduced butter if we thought that would be preferable. We went with her advice, and it was excellent-- any richer and we would not have had room for dessert--which would have been a pity to miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently High Quality
    Fern
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    In the Central Square landscape of restaurants and pizza parlors, this French stand-out is always great! I had a superb crispy chicken, done perfectly, and my husband had two appetizers---a lovely soup and some baby scallops. We each had a glass of very nice wine and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. the owner is very friendly and the noise level is great for conversation. After several days in New York's Meatpacking District, eating for big bucks and having to shout to be heard by tablemates, this was a very much appreciated different experience. they are careful to get you out in time for the theatre as well......rapidly becoming one of my favorite places to eat out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rendez Vous Restaurant
    cheffi
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Lovely place for a celebratory meal. Other times I've come it's been much noisier--I think the key this time was having a relatively early (6:15 pm) reservation. Food & service are exemplary. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone willing to spend the money. It's a great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent tapas!
    Stretch
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Monday is tapas night. The four of us shared 12 of the 14 offered. Half were terrific, and the others quite good. No duds. Good wine. And--important for us--the restaurant was quiet enough (even though 3/4 full) for us to hear one another. Lovely evening all around.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food in Central Square
    Willie
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    We have been going to Rendezvous for years, and have always enjoyed the food and service. So, it is lovely to report that the food, and service just seem to get better all the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always our go to place
    Mema
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    If we want to be sure of a great meal and experience, we go to Rendezvous. When we're the ones choosing a restaurant for a group, we always feel safe choosing Rendezvous. Have never had anyone of our friends not be very pleased with the place. Love the way Steve and his colleagues make everyone feel welcome and so comfortable. Scott makes a mean drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    prentiss
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    how Rendezvous steadily offers splendid food and great service year after year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience
    BoringGuy
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Rendezvous's inner decor keeps the noise level down and the atmosphere intimate. Friendly, knowledgeable and attentive service, delicious and varied menu. One of my favorites in the Boston area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    MalMVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    It was my husband's birthday and 6 of us were there to celebrate. We had every stripe of person there -- a vegetarian, a carnivore, two watching their "carbs" and not only was there something good for everyone but the service was pleasant and attentive. And it's a "happening" place -- while only our two Cantabridgian girls are "happening" the rest of us "post-happening" people thoroughly enjoyed the setting and our meal. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I visited Cambridge, the hotel concierge recommend le Rendezvous-vous. This is a charming restaurant with god food and service. Each course included a little surprise of taste. I ordered duck and it came in three methods, all excellent. I dined alone so was or deemed wine by the carafe. I prefer by the bottle because most restaurants wine by the glass is inferior or the bottle is left open too long resulting I maderized wine. But the wine I had was really very good. Another nice surprise from the restaurant. The service was efficient, friendly and informed. The restaurant handled a solo diner well too, no relegation to the worst table,as many other restaurants do. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates good food and service,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Even when chef/owner Stvee
    jackVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Even when chef/owner Stvee is off the food was well prepared and consistent with the high quality dishes Rendezvous presents.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monday Tapas was great...
    JDUB
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    We loved all the tapas we ordered... about 2-3 per person. Desserts were good, although the lemon pudding a bit too sweet for our palates. Enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lively but not loud
    MegC
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    A perfect, warm and welcoming place with great food and drinks and a fun ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all the way round
    HAL314
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The dishes we had were excellent. Lovely place. Good for couples or groups. Noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It just keeps getting better
    MyrawheelerVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Rendezvous is fabulous -- consistently innovative, excellent and welcoming. Clearly one of the area's most outstanding restaurants. A bar, but not a bar scene. Wonderful combinations of flavors but no attempts to shock the palate with bizarre combinations. And of course there is the Green Street garage, just around the corner, which makes parking a breeze.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable fine dining
    PeterkussellVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    I've been coming to Rendezvous for many years and hadn't been back in a year. The place hasn't changed a bit in any way. It doesn't reinvent its menu, which has some good standards that are good again after a year. There is a definite nod to Moroccan and Middle East spices, which adds some interest and variety. I had a great carrot preparation with Harissa and a very hearty cassoulet. A terrific pear confection and a great manhattan rounded out my dinner. So no quibbles with the food or service. This is not a high energy loud ambiance and it suits it's university clientele very well. My only quibble is that after a year I had expected more change to the menu. I doubt I'll personally return any time soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love you Steve Johnson!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I am always very happy to go to Rendezvous. Steve seems to be there whenever we go (2-3 times a year) and the food is always excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant to couples that want to have a romantic dinner without all the pretentious attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful meal at Rendezvous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    We brought some friends from out of town to experience one of our favorite restaurants. Our favorite dish was the Crudo of yellow fin tuna with cherry tomatoes and green olive vinaigrette which was served as an appetizer. The other pleaser was the vegetarian entree, lasagna of Swiss chard, fresh ricotta and chanterelles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing
    JIKr
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    I chose this restaurant based on the rave reviews on Open Table which I think are undeserved based on our experience tonight. Food is reasonably good but not superior to many others in the same price range and food category. Not a standout. The ambience is definitely not romantic, more companionable grunge. Not recommended for big date or romantic outing. Decor is disappointing. Not for a special occasion. Ok for a local hangout but not anything special or worth traveling for.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Continues to surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Meal Ever
    Misty
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    The food was absolutely out of this world! The service was excellent and attentive without being overly intrusive. The atmosphere was pleasant and warm. I cannot get over how good the food was. This is five days later and I'm still thinking about it. Definitely come here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    DaveHVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    I received a gift certificate for the holidays so gave it a try. Food was great, our waiter was fun and very knowledgable about the menu and wine pairings. We'll definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as Usual
    BergyfanVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday night Prix Fixe
    jdevlin
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Took my California guests to Rendezvous for the Sunday night Prix Fixe menu. The selections for each course are so interesting. Everything from grilled sardines to gnocchi. The cassoulet is better than any I have ever had. Steak, swordfish, Morrocan chicken round out the main courses. Save room for dessert. The buttermilk lemon pudding with huckleberry sauce is not to be missed unless you are tempted away by the pear tart or chocolate lava cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rendezvous is a restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Rendezvous is a restaurant gem - great menu, good prices. The Sunday prix fixe was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific meal. From the inventive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Terrific meal. From the inventive delicious cocktails to the perfectly seasoned food to the attentive and unobtrusive service, it was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night with friends
    pattihudson
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    I had asked a friend for a recommendation in Cambridge as that is not my usual stomping ground. They sent us to Rendezvous. Great choice! Great food, wine, service and vibe. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ANOTHER GREAT MEAL
    jackVIP
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Consistent well prepared food. I bring many new friends to introduce them to a Central Square "hot spot" for great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate