Sarma

Sarma

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sarmarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (617) 764-4464
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
Sarma reviews from OpenTable diners
323 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (292)neighborhood gem (209)hot spot (151)special occasion (131)good for groups (128)vibrant bar scene (121)romantic (48)notable wine list (31)late-night find (31)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Worth the wait!
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We tried numerous times to get a table at Sarma, usually finding the earliest reservation to be 10:00 pm or going and having a 3 hour wait! We finally were able to get a reservation for Super Bowl Sunday and were so happy we finally went! The food is delicious! We loved all the small plates, allowing us to try a number of things on the menu, and everything was better than the last. The cocktails were also fantastic. We will definitely be going back - if we can get in!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small plates, big flavors
    Jessica
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Unlike other restaurants (Ribellle for example) who confuse innovation with finesse, Sarma really delivers small, unusual plates of food that delight the palate. Each dish has a combination of flavors which meld to create very tasty dishes. Be aware, however, to order fewer than you think you may need, as trays of dishes come around the room "dim sum" style and it is hard to resist them--especially while you are hungry waiting for your order! While the food is moderately priced, wines are quite pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    BobS
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Five of us were at Sarma on a Saturday for a birthday celebration. The food was very good. We had around 12 plates, 6 were exceptional, 4 were very good and 2 were OK Wait staff were very good. I would definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic small plate extravaganza!
    TTTT
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Save room for the passed specials, and if it's offered don't pass on the fried chicken. Our favorites were the 7 layer hummus, tuna, and kale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun (and tasty) night out
    LauraN
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I'm a fan of little plates because (1) you basically have to share and (2) you get to try lots of things. Sarma kicks it up by offering surprise chef plates (a la dimsum!) during your meal. My only negative to this whole experience was that I might've over enthusiastically ordered after the first couple plates were so delicious- so I left a little too stuffed. All the chef's choices we had were amazing and the items on the menu we most enjoyed were the dates, pork belly, and hummus. The drinks were also very good, but the food is what is outstanding at Sarma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Tasty Dinner
    Artemus
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Order here as you would a tapas bar. Three plates, give or take, should make a meal for you. From time to time wait staff circulates with unlisted treats at the whim of the chef. We found them to be tasty and reasonably priced additions to what we had ordered. The octopus was our best dish. The stuffed mussels the most disappointing. Of the seven dishes ordered between the two of us that was the only let down. The food is well prepared and seasoned. Inspiration is mediterranean centering on Turkish and related dishes. There is a good sized bar which was filled with happy people. A reservation would be a good idea. They've been open for only four months but are already very popular. We will return to explore the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really good.
    John
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    This is probably my favorite restaurant in the Cambridge/Somerville area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    The goat cheese stuffed dates were my personal favorite but everything was great. The Turkish/Middle Eastern flavors make the food interesting without being too overpowering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perhaps the best restaurant
    PhilCambridgeMA
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    It's rare to find such an exceptional restaurant that even weeks later, one still waxes poetic about the flavors. This restaurant, which has been written up in probably all local papers, is very likely the best restaurant in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best night out this winter!
    westcam
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Highly recommend Sarma - all around top marks, we'll be back this winter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great (amazing) food!
    PieGirl
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We finally went to Sarma on Saturday night and, wow, it was well worth the wait! The food was (as expected from anything that Ana Sortun touches) unbelievably good. Flavors were exquisite, variety was amazing - it was really hard to choose, but we chose and chose well because everything we ate was mouthwatering. We really enjoyed the "chef's specialities" that came out to the table fairly regularly too. The only drawback was the ambience. The noise level was really high, the music absolutely did not fit the scene, and the wall colors were just so...blue. A little too blue. But - the food wins out and we will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just lovely
    Ashley
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This was a special night out for two couples dining together. We ordered two plates per person (Sarma recommends three each), and it ended up being enough food ONLY because we had a late reservation (9:30pm) and decided to start the evening earlier with some dumplings (Wang's, Magoun Sq) and French 75s at home. The gaiety well under way by the time we got to Sarma, we were seated immediately and the waitstaff got us going quickly. Bread is offered in the form of very small cloud-soft oblong discs, like the bread at Sofra. I mention this because it's nice, but you won't be able to fill up on bread and skimp on the plates. Nor should you. The little duck bites nearly brought tears to my eyes they were such a journey of flavor. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wish I lived closer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Because I would eat here weekly. We enjoyed all the flavored and nightly specials. I almost don't want to tell anyone about it, because it's just so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, creative food!
    ACB84
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    This place is awesome. My only criticism is this. We made a reservation. We arrived early and were told by the hostess, the community tables in the back were available. We sat down only to be told by another waitress that the table was reserved for a private party. She recommended we sit at a few empty seats at the bar. We moved to the empty seats at the bar only to be told by one of the bartenders that she was holding the seats for others. I was fairly certain the bar was first come, first serve and this beginning to our night was rather frustrating. After that, our server was amazing. She went out of her way to accommodate my friends food allergies that can be rather challenging. The food was outstanding. Pricey but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It could be great
    Billy
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    We got an early reservation because of last minute planning. The food was great. Really enjoyed the squid and the radish dish. Each individual dish was well done. The challenge for a small plates restaurant is the staging and timing of dishes coming to the table. It didn't feel like they were thoughtful in the order of bringing our meal and there was a time early in the meal when dishes were coming too quickly then toward the end they were coming too slowly. All the specials looked great and the one we had (fried chicken with a remoulade sauce) tasted even better than it looked. Good meal but not the romantic evening that I was hoping for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the experience of
    Cakes1
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Enjoyed the experience of Sarma- beautifully decorated, friendly staff. Food was ok, ie stuffed dates interesting flavor, but was not wowed by the rest of my choices. i prefer Oleana and Sofra. I would go back if I were in the area, as it is a very pleasant place, but would not go out of my way for the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Split eleven smallish plates four ways, everyone loved their food. Very busy and energetic pace, but you can still hear your dining companions just fine. Entrance is a bit quirky, as Sarma sign not immediately visible and most people try going in the wrong door. Immediately joins the ranks of best new restaurants in Boston, and already giving the older classics a run for their money. Fried chicken, borek, pork belly, and yogurt cheese were highlights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food....best I've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Fantastic food....best I've had at a "new restaurant" in awhile. Service was good, nothing to write home about...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small plates
    PrudenceMVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Going with a big group we tried nearly everything on the menu and it was great. The souvlaki especially was a favorite as was the muhummarah. Wish the plates that were waling around had come earlier before we were stuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice new gem from the Oleana Famil
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    5 out of the 6 dishes we ordered were excellent. Surprisingly we were dissapointed by the crab cake, which we were looking forward to. The special sesame chicken was very good, as were the hot dates, the scallops, squid and the moroccan shrimp
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    BarbaraWVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    I loved Sarma. There were 4 of us so we shared a lot of different items. I really liked the pork belly buneulo and pumpkin fritters. In addition to the menu items, they walk around with nightly specials, similar to the way they serve dim sum. I only had two small complaints. 1. They recommended Smith's vodka for my martini because they did not have Ketel One. The vodka was just awful in a regular martini. 2. They serve a lot of their dishes with 3 pieces. Given that every table there had a multiple of 2 people, I suggest that they change their sizing to either 2 or 4 pieces. We actually were able to order the dishes with 4 pieces (at an added cost), but not everyone would think to even ask about this as we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost...
    Ocean266VIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Everything was enjoyable but very little stood out as exceptional. I loved the atmosphere, my cocktail and the pumpkin fritters. The Moroccan Fried Shrimp, Lamb Riblets, special fried chicken were good but not outstanding. My DC loved the hot dates but dates are too sweet for me. The service was great. But it was slow. Appropriate for my visit but if you were looking for a faster experience I have no idea if you would get it. Were they reading our moods or was the service slow? It worked for me. Bottomline: it's not Oleana but neither is the price. It's worth a visit. I wish I lived a bit closer. Next time I want to sit at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    DinerNumber9
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Rarely does food make me excited, even more rarely do the flavors in those food nearly bring me to tears. Sarma accomplished both with ease. Each dish was extremely well presented like a work of art. The flavors were simply sensational.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cok iyi
    otjunkie99VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    A new twist:, more upscale (no kids) than Sofra and less refined than Oleana. Like others, this isn't Turkish, but Turkish-inspired. We're in Turkey every year (Istanbul native), and some foods elicited: "takes me back", and others left more to be desired (try Octopus in mediterranean Turkey and you'll know what I mean).Delicious standouts were lamb sliders and brussel sprouts, mouth-watering. Eggplant salad was quite authentic.We considered ordering fewer meze to get some "specials", but during the course of our meal, no specials ended up coming out because the kitchen was busy.The atmosphere was great, but we wished they played Turkish pop. Real turkish coffee, good wine list, should offer more dessert options. All good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb...
    Daniel
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We really really loved it here. All the food was really delicious and the service was excellent. I would recommend 2 dishes to order from menu, then wait and see what specials come around. It's like dim sum, they come around with specials, and if you like, they will leave on your table. Cocktails were delicious. Wish there was a tiny bit more vegetarian options, but really there are quite a few.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to get a reservation,
    W000
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Hard to get a reservation, but worth the wait. We really enjoyed our night at Sarma, though we may have overdone it a little on the food. That was pretty easy to do since everything looked (and tasted) so delicious. Our favorite find of the night was desert, though. We got an ice-cream like desert (I think it might have been made of yogurt) with several toppings. Our favorite was the honeycomb. We really wanted more of it even though we were stuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new Ana Sortun addition
    patmcs
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Sarma is wonderful! The waitstaff is friendly and efficient and the food is great. Everything is served tapas-style on small plates, including specials which are offered by servers circulating through the room. Our server recommended 3 plates person. We went with two each, which was more than enough, but every one was delicious. Looking forward to going back!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food a this neighborhood
    EnjoysfoodVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    great food a this neighborhood gem. Food id fresh, creative and wonderful, although a bit on the expensive side for the portions. Only drawback is the lack of parking
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • an oasis
    Tinita
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    My title pretty much says it all. This is a gem of a restaurant where there's nothing else around. Maybe something else will open up but in the meantime it's in a totally residential neighborhood at the backside of Somerville City Hall on Highland ave. It was not easy to find a parking spot at 8pm. I could have walked there in warmer weather. In spite of the neighborhood, I give them high marks and wish them success!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I don't understand the success of..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    these restaurants. Sofra, Sienna Farms, Oleana and now Sarma. I have tried to like these restaurants, but I have had shoddy experiences every time. We were not impressed with the service and it became quite comical as we were served other table's food three separate times. I'm not exaggerating. I am gluten free and the server was not helpful with the menu. The food was a mishmash of ingredients thrown on a plate. I would say only go there to drink. The restaurant and bar is beautiful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "Great business plan"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    After our delicious but pricey evening at Sarma, my husband said,"They have a great business plan: small dishes at regular-sized portions- prices! So go—but be prepared to spend over a hundred dollars for 2.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Annoying service, great food
    somervilleKS
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I've been to Sarma a few times, as I live within walking distance and love having a delicious restaurant so close. Some of the dishes are good, while others are outstanding. However, the way specials are served is beyond annoying. They don't tell you what they are in advance, and then when you're in the middle of a conversation, someone comes over with a plate of food and interrupts you to describe it, wasting everyone's time if, for example, they are chicken wings and everyone is a vegetarian. There were at least 5 of these interruptions when I last ate at Sarma. Dessert was presented in a similar way, with the waiter describing 8 yogurt toppings, when we had no plans for getting dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sarma superb
    AntifooD
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My wife and I have been to Sarma twice. The food is interesting and excellent - Turkish influenced and creatively delicious. Bar and waitstaff are very knowledgable and friendly. The atmosphere is a little hipsterish but far from pretentious. Overall great experience and highly recommend. Parking is only down fall but if you have a Somerville sticker street parking is pretty abundant and even without a sticker there are metered spots further down on Mesford Street that are typically available
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YESSSSarma!
    Deelish47
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Oh. My. First time at Sarma. New Year's Eve. EVERYTHING was delicious. Dreaming of those brussels and those cabbage rolls. Really? Did I ever think those two veggies were dream worthy? Well balanced cocktail. Those pistachio orange blossom bits atop my tangy frozen yogurt were melty gems. Free champs at midnight and then oh those sesame chocolate cookies I snacked at the bar on our way out. The bartender told me to take some with. I said I couldn't risk a pocket full of cookie crumbs. Then one of your fabulous staff gave us a to go container and generously POURED cookies in! I shall return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • creative but uneven
    1953
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    If you enjoy dining with small plate dishes only, this is a place you should certainly try. Some dishes were quite good and original, others were only fair and although beautifully presented, somewhat tasteless. Very good wine and beer selection and a well informed staff. On a cold night, the tables exposed to the door opening were chilly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't get enough of Sarma!
    Baskim
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    We were so excited to see yet another member of the Oleana family open up but wondered how it could possibly match up. Well, they've done it again. Every morsel is exquisitely prepared and though the plates are meant for sharing, you wind up wanting a plate of each dish all to yourself. We are getting a little tired of the plate sharing idea as so many restaurants are doing it in a manner less than satisfying. You spend a lot of money and leave hungry. Not so with Sarma. The recommended three plates per person is plenty, we even had two each plus desert and left quite satisfied. Every dish is a work of art and leaves you craving more. It gets a little pricey as these small plates places do, but this time definitely worth the money,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aroma drew us in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We had been to Oleana's and knew we liked it so this was a pretty sure bet. We were not disappointed. Great food! So tasty. Delicious! Service was great too.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    ViankaVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    If you are foodie, Sarma is a place. The food was outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud
    belinda
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Loved everything but, the noise level and choice of music! Have been there before but not on a Saturday night. Maybe the choice of music caters to the club scene?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • B-Day Dinner
    SOX3VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Our daughter from Cambridge brougt us here on a Sat night between XMAS and New Years----once you park which can be challenging in Winter Hill, everything opens up for you----great staff presenting food that literally sells itself--couldn't resist any of the passed plates and the items on menu from duck to bay scallops to pumpkin fritters and a lot of other very fresh well seasoned food. All this is backed by a great cocktail menu and a nice little wine and beer list. Not cheap but very high quality and good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.