Sarma

Sarma

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sarmarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6177644464x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open 7 days a week (dinner only).

    Doors open at 5:00 PM, kitchen at 5:30 PM.

    Sunday through Thursday:
    Kitchen closes at 10 PM
    Meze open until 11PM
    Bar open until 12 AM

    Friday and Saturday:
    Kitchen closes at 11 PM
    Meze open until 12 AM
    Bar open until 1 AM

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Cassie Piuma
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Medford
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sarma
Sarma is the newest venture from the team behind Oleana & Sofra. Chef Ana Sortun joins Sarma Chef/Owners Cassie Piuma, and Matt Piuma in this latest collaboration.

Sarma is a fun and funky neighborhood restaurant in the style of a Turkish Meyhane ("wine-house"). It serves casual and carefully constructed small plates (Meze), alongside a bustling craft-cocktail program. The wine list is small, and impactful, featuring only natural wines intended to compliment Chef Cassie's flavorful cuisine. Music, communal dining options, and colors abound at this new neighborhood gem!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Sarma reviews from OpenTable diners
318 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (282)neighborhood gem (202)special occasion (141)hot spot (131)good for groups (110)vibrant bar scene (98)romantic (62)notable wine list (31)late-night find (22)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great Food, Mediocre service
    NHdiner
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We took our kids who will try lots of things, but the restaurant was not kid-friendly. The waiter was not good at describing dishes or recommending alterations to dishes to make things more appealing to kids. I ordered a cocktail which arrived 45 minutes into the meal, actually at the point where I didn't want it any more. I did accept it, and it was VERY good. The restaurant has a menu, but then the waiters come around with daily specials to offer, in dim sum style. We ate between 5:30 and 7, and the kitchen was not prepared with the specials until closer to 7. If you are adults only, and are eating later, the food was very good. The hosts were very friendly, but the waitstaff was not well-trained in helping diners through the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My new favorite restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The fried chicken is the best I have ever had. Wings were to die for too. I absolutely love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food at Sarma is amazing. the service was personable and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food As Always
    Metro
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We love Sarma, Food is always great, fresh and some what original compare to authentic versions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Sarma has a special charm to it. From the decoration to the overall design. The island style bar is a fun place to sit down, have a drink or two and nibble on the small dishes that they offer. Their house cocktail's list is very creative and it's worth trying it even though it may not necessary sound good but it does taste good. My favorite drink was the cucumber Vodka...it was great. All the staff were extremely nice and welcoming too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diappointed-very bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Service was awful-food was ok-the Boston Globe reviewers were much too kind because the restaurant is linked to Oleana. Definitely not worth the trip to a sketchy neighborhood with only six parking spaces in an unlit lot for all diners. Not ready for prime time. They have a lot of work to do on service and the kitchen. Next evening we dined at Fore Street in Portland which was excellent the way a serious restaurant should be.
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  • A great place
    Spike
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was the place I picked for my birthday celebration. I went with a Sarma newbie. (I had been once before, as I live within walking distance and I had to check it out). All of the food was delicious, portion sizes perfect for sharing. One taste of the spicy watermelon ezme and I said, "Something like this exists?!?" I had never had anything like it before in my life and it was scrumptious. We left perfectly satiated and not over-stuffed and uncomfortable. I didn't even mind when the expeditor knocked over the water bottle and I got a little wet! This is definitely our new special occasion place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best restaurant ever
    cait
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Sarma is the best mixture of all the dining experiences I love. The food is just to die for. Every bite sends you off into a slow chewing "WOW, is this real? How did they do that?! The ambiance, the bar, the bar menu, the dinner menu and wonderful staff make this a perfect spot for a romantic evening, large group or quick stop on your way home. Sarma is the best restaurant in the boston area by far. Everything about this place is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Just be careful not to order too much. It's easy to do worth their small plates
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Boston
    vivgates
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Chef Cassie is extremely talented and serves the most innovative food in the city. This should be on the top of the list of every foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent cocktails and food!
    plasticbike
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    truly an excellent menu, both food and drink. prices seem steep- however, if this is a night to treat yourself (or you happen to be wealthy enough to drop $80 per person on awesome flavor)... this is a great place to be. my only reservation is that Oleana is still the winner in this family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant in over a year.
    Alex
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This was by far the best restaurant I have been to in over a year. I am a chef. I've worked in the industry over 12 years and it's refreshing to be surprised and treated to a meal like this. 2 of us spent $150 including wine and it was worth every penny. All small plates which is how I love to eat. I love to share things with a date. The kitchen staff is stellar and I was floored by the creativity and expertise in the preparation of the food. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous on every level
    Eats44
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Interesting and delicious flavors, spectacular service, super pacing, great wine recommendation, excellent beer pairing...what a great way to dine with friends or spend date night. FAB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WWveggieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    FABULOUS FOOD! EXCELLENT SERVICE! FUN ATMOSPHERE! WE LOVED OUR DINNER - VERY UNIQUE AND DELICIOUS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to its reputation
    AmyEM
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Wonderful, interesting food, and I love small plates for getting to sample lots of different items. The combination of flavors in the eggplant fries are still on my mind, as are the corn cakes and blue fish falafel. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectable
    purrformer
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    There is no doubt that Sarma is everything the reviews claim it is, a great dining concept, wonderfully executed. However, because the menu consists only of small dishes (and you are encouraged to keep ordering more of them) it is very easy to lose track of how much you have spent. Meanwhile, those delectable little morsels add up quickly. I will definitely go back, but think this approach is better suited to two people. Sharing the dishes among 4 so that everyone gets a taste ends up being counter productive. You spend a lot and don't get enough to eat! Maybe having a few larger items on the menu would be a good idea. All in all, a very enjoyable dining experience. My comments are intended to be constructive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Watch your pacing and enjoy desert
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is fabulous. But don't order all your dishes at once. Our dishes came one at a time (nice) but we would have enjoyed additional time between them. This is especially so because there are special dishes not on the menu that are brought around. We couldn't resist a few of them and they too were superb. Only two deserts were offered. We chose neither (too full) but, instead, we just ordered one of their "toppings" - lime curd with blackberries. Apparently this is common. And, indeed, it was delightful having just a few delicious spoonfuls of something fresh and sweet to go with the excellent Turkish coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ProfessorShorthairVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Four of us shared 9 dishes. All were great. Be sure to get the chicken special which they always serve. Also tasty was the corn cakes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous find
    AbFab
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Another success....fabulous interesting food. The wine list is rather pricey per bottle and it would be great to see some New Zealand or other new world world wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food Close to Home
    Cport135VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My boyfriend and I have now been to Sarma twice and both times we loved it. Our favorite items are the pork belly bunuelos and the lamb kofte sliders. We also love the idea that the chef prepares a few surprise items each night and they are brought around the restaurant dim-sum style. I wish the restaurant was a bit quieter as it is a fairly open room with lots of tables the noise level got a bit overwhelming at some points. Also, because there are so many people the service was a bit lacking; however, the food is absolutely amazing and we will definitely be coming back in the future. Another bonus is that there is parking! A big deal for Somerville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ValerieVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food was good, not great, and a lot of it tasted similarly. Too much noise!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food, little wine, very costly
    Foodnwinebliss
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Very good food. Dismal selection of wine by the glass - only 3 reds and 3 whites, of which only one white and one red are actually good. The others are very light or not worthy of attention. Food portions are very very small, unlike the prices! Overall nice dining experience but way too expensive. Quality is there but quantity is definitely not. Service is pretty good, not particularly courteous, but very knowledgeable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ready for more!
    Shelley2cars
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My sisters and I brought our father and stepmother to Sarma for their 25th Anniversary and we all loved everything about our experience. With parents in the food business it's not that easy to find a special place because they have either been there or can cook better than the staff. All of the food was delicious and the service as great. I also found the dishes to be very reasonable for the quality that was served. I can not wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    MAdiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    In the land of "small plate" restaurants, Sarma is Queen. Eggplant fries are transformative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food and service
    clio22
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I've been to Sarma three times and had different, delicious plates each time. The service is the best I've experienced locally, and the staff is very sensitive to allergy considerations and special occasions. Such a beautiful place, with a great interior door imported from Istanbul!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time and will return!
    FoodfavVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was our first time at Sarma. We frequent it's sister restaurant Oleana so we couldn't wait to try Sarma. Would easily go to Sarma now over Oleana. Loved the small plate concept so you can try a few things. Great cocktails and glad they offer a full bar! Food was fantastic too. The Greek yogurt dessert couldn't use a little sweetening though :)
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amaze-Balls!!!
    tecrunnerVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Just go, delightful!!! Food, room, service, just everything was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good But Better Last Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Our dinner was good but didn't have the same effect of last visit. Dishes came very quickly... didn't taste any lobster in the lobster dish. Dining room was very warm. OK meal but expect better here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • adry
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As always, great menu - eclectic, varied, something for everyone - but was hoping to haventhe goat cheese stuffed dates and brussel sprouts which were not on the menu and there were not as many specials as we had experienced before. Nevertheless, delicious as always. When can I purchase one of the fabulous plates on display?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sarma was Fantastic...
    tastesbytwoVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Have loved everything Ana Sortun has done...from Aigo Bistro to Sarma...and all in between. Darn hard to get in, but glad we persisted. It was perfect for late dining after we picked our daughter up at the airport. Crazy location, but we'd go anywhere. Such a treat. I came home and made fried green tomatoes and corn cakes the next day. But the ones that did it for me were the clams fried in chickpea flour and the eggplant fries. Now if here were to be crispy steaming dishes of panisses on the menu (a la 8 Holyoke...) I might come every day. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    JJH5
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Sarma is a true gem in the rocks. I only like to eat out at place that I think are really worth it, and Sarma is just that. The most incredible, unique creative and deliciously spiced food, a fun unique atmosphere, unbelievable drinks and more. It is a bit of a hike to get to, but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Evening out
    LaurenZ
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent food! Especially carrot fritters & feta gnocchi. It could benefit from a more affordable wine list and a few more drink options, but otherwise, was a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic choice
    FirstRateDate
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was outstanding as always! Requested a romantic table on a first date, and they delivered with the darkest corner table in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was stunning. So many flavors available at once, combinations you'd never expect, but everything work so well together. The service was excellent, friendly and informative about the menu. The restaurant had a great feel, crowded on a Thursday but not overwhelming. Beautiful colors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing flavors!
    Caren
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This was our second visit to Sarma and, if possible, the food was even better than the first time. The flavor combinations are amazing with lots of unexpected tastes. Our waiter was spot on with suggestions for wine, number of dishes to order and combinations. It is a busy,lively place, especially fun for a larger group. If they are available, don't miss the deviled eggs and fried chicken, neither are what you might expect, both are wonderful. The watermelon salad with feta had an almost slush like consistency, good enough for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small plates, huge flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Rarely have we dined at a restaurant as delicious and exotic as Sarma. Flavor combinations and spice pairings are well-executed and thought-provoking. Not only are the dishes perfectly prepared but the sequencing of the small plates you choose has been timed so that flavors have an optimal flow. The very spiciest stuff comes at the end, the more aromatic choices come earlier in the meal. The pacing is perfect. If you follow the advice of the server and order 3 small plates each, the cost go higher if you accept items periodically passed around. But the best things we tried was a passed dish--although all the dishes we ordered were wonderful as well. On another visit, we might order just two small plates each and accept the passed foods
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MAdiners
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We ordered one item from each section of the menu. Our favorites where the vegetable based dishes we ordered, especially the eggplant borek. You should definitely order it! We will go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste Explosion
    crimson711
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Everything about Sarma makes you want to smile with delight. The food is outstanding. The service is friendly and efficient. And the scene is vibrant. The menu changes...but what doesn't change is the brilliance.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Despite all of the hype, the restaurant still exceeded expectations. The flavors they were able to coax out of their incredibly fresh ingredients made each dish a stand out. Everything was perfectly composed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sarma
    nonamesplease
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Although the food was not what I expected - tasting sized servings to be shared - it was delicious. The service on the other hand was terrible. The server acted as though she were doing us a favor by 'taking care of us'. The noise level was louder than I prefer. Very difficult to find parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic