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
319 reviews since June 23, 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 (287)neighborhood gem (208)hot spot (143)special occasion (142)good for groups (123)vibrant bar scene (111)romantic (60)notable wine list (32)late-night find (28)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Just a little uneven
    TravelsVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Some of our dishes were outstanding. The pork belly, brussle sprouts and lamb. The eggplant was to heavy. The crab had no real flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great experience
    Betty
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We enjoyed the dishes on the menu as well as the dishes circulated by the wait staff. When we arrived we thought the music was too loud and asked if could be turned down. It was turned down noticeably - much more than usually happens when we make this request. We had a very enjoyable meal with varied dishes and appreciated the waiter's suggestion of something that would arrive quickly. Great meal and great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, beautiful presentation
    Grateful
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Four of us went to dinner to celebrate 2 birthdays and it was our first time at Sarma. The decor was lovely, the staff welcoming and friendly, and the meze menu was diverse. Even though we had some people with food restrictions, we found more than enough items to share. We ordered 9 plates, which was probably 2 too many for the 4 of us. We especially liked the 7 layer humus - a must try! The wine list was not impressive, and the wines were expensive for what they were. The waiter brought little candles for us to celebrate, which was lovely and festive. The only thing I would change is the chairs. Very hard chairs for leisurely dining. Ask for cushioned seating or bring a stadium cushion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Sarma.
    Berries
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Every bits was delicious, no matter what we ordered!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious creativity
    4quarterlydiners
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Once again we were delighted with the experience. Waitstaff enhanced the dinner with knowledge and upbeat attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Plates in Somerville!
    DanG
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We have been longstanding fans of Oleana in Cambridge, so were pleased but a little anxious to hear that Sarma, a "sister" restaurant had opened in Somerville (only anxious because we didn't see how it could live up to the quality of food at Oleana). Not to worry - we had a lovely dinner, and the plates to share gave us a chance to sample a wide variety of excellent tastes (including the roving "specials" which were among the best...) We would definitely go back again (and wonder when they will publish the first cookbook!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Foodies
    gulcoskun
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    If you’re up for experiencing different flavors, Sarma is the place. I dined there three times, every time Sarma surprised with new super-tasty flavors. This time, we had cocktails at the bar; Mal’s 75 and Elettaria are highly recommended. We loved very food that we ordered, our favorites are kofta (we triple ordered it!), basturma & honey pastry and kale salad. We will definetely be coming back to Sarma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Friend's Birthday Dinner
    atq123
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I came to Sarma on a Tuesday night, with my best friend and her boyfriend. He's vegan, but there were more than a few dishes he could eat, and they were all pleasing. My friend and I split the more carnivorous offerings, such as the kunefe, borek, lamb sliders, and Persian beef with chard. All were delectable. Growing up with a Turkish mother, I must say that the food, though Turkish-inspired, incorporates flavors and elements from all around the Middle East and Mediterranean. For dessert, we had the ricotta doughnuts with 2 toppings: poached pears and Turkish coffee brownie bites. The food was served slowly - dish by dish; after not really eating much, I felt very full. There was a promise of nightly specials, but none materialized.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sat at the bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We arrived early for our reservation which was hard to get. There was space at the bar so we went to get a drink and ended up eating our whole meal there. The bartender made original drinks for us while we ordered tasty little plates one at a time. It was easy and fun. The bartender joked with people at the bar. The food was unusual and delicious. I will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fantastic!
    Foodiegoodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Anything you order will be as good as or better than expected!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moments of brilliance, but...
    YS23
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We love North African/Middle Eastern food, and Sarma is a great place for those flavors. The pork belly was great, and many of the other dishes were very good. However, the food on this second visit was not as consistently good as on our first. The eggplant fritters could have been crispier (the surface area ratio wasn't big enough), and the clams were chewy. We were also looking forward to the circulating specials, but only one made it to our table. Also, the servers seemed overwhelmed; it seemed to us that there were only 2 (maybe 3) waitresses for the whole dining room (about 15 tables?). While it was certainly a busy Saturday night, it's not something that you would not expect for a restaurant of this caliber (and price point).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun date night
    JackieandTom
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We loved the menu and especially the dim sum style specials. We loved the squid and octopus. Our favorite was the fried Moroccan shrimp special. Definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sarma
    Vegetarian
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I've been to Sarma four times now. The food is great! I'm vegetarian, but there is no problem at Sarma. (Vegans, on the other hand, will have a really hard time here). Last night, I had the corn cakes, which were just out of this world delicious. The first three times I was there, my friend and I sat at the bar. The bar staff is fantastic! Friendly, and on top of everything regardless of how busy it was. My complaint last night is specifically about the waiter. I was treating two friends to dinner and got off really cheap because of his inattention. Overall, I'd say, Sarma has great food and if you sit at the bar, great service. I'd hesitate to get a table again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very interesting…and intriguing GEM
    Bx2BostonVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Sarma is truly off the 'beaten path' hard to find, but worth the search. Open, casual and very lively. Small plates of Turkish and Middle Eastern delights. If you don't like to share, don't come here. Experience is trying delightful tidbits of exquisite specially prepared veggies, hummus, pork, chicken, ghnocci, etc. Also, they pass 'special' items, which you can also add to your table and bill. Definitely for people and groups who like to experience unusual (not exotic, but not the same old stuff) fare. Excellent variety of beverages and coffees that also are not the usual stuff. Bare bones interior,energetic environment, not suited for intimate conversations GEM in Somerville. Will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DELICIOUS
    mcrane
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We will definitely be back to Sarma. The food and drinks were amazing, and our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. We especially recommend the lobster dolmades and the seven-layer hummus! We also had one of the night's special offerings, and it too was amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tasty food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great food, very interesting menu and full of variation, everything we tried was delicious. The atmosphere is just okay, feels a bit like a dining hall, a little echo-y like most Cambridge restaurants and the sound coming from the speakers was bad - including some strange choice of 90's indie rock music which doesn't make for a romantic atmosphere...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavor Feast
    monk
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Every plate, beautifully prepared and presented, and layers of flavors. This was my second visit; I purposely ordered different dishes from the last time. Every one of 6 including eggplant, crabmeat, corn cakes, lamb sliders were beautiful, so tasty, and not expensive. This is one of two favorites in Somerville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Fails to Exceed Expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We chose Sarma for a birthday dinner and were absolutely thrilled with the entire experience. Each dish was more delicious than the last and the cocktails were expertly crafted. Our expectations were already very high, yet were still exceeded, which I find happens every time I go to Sarma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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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  • radioflyerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    wonderful food, excellent service, great, festive atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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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
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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
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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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.
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    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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    • 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
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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
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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