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The Blue Room
The Blue Room
  • Address:
    Hampshire and Portland streets
    (in Kendall Square)
    Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

The Blue Room Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theblueroom.net
  • Email: info@theblueroom.net
  • Phone: (617) 494-9034
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, European, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Bonner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hampshire & Portland
  • Public Transit: Red line: Kendall/MIT stop
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking validated in One Kendall Square parking lot
A word from The Blue Room
The Blue Room is simple casual comfort. Housed in a renovated woven hose factory, this nationally acclaimed restaurant is composed of bare wood beams, brick and granite walls, cozy suede banquettes, soft lighting and zinc-topped tables. Chef Robert Grant puts his wood-burning grill to work creating dishes with influences from his time spent cooking his way through Italy, Spain and France using locally-sourced ingredients and techniques gleaned from his stints with renowned chefs Thomas Keller + Barbara Lynch. Along with the lively atmosphere comes an interesting, eclectic and affordable wine list. Stop in on Sunday nights for "Retail Wine" night, where 50 or so wines are offered at retail prices. Good & Friendly.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Dinner entrees were great--chicken, hangar steak, lamb. Shortbread dessert was good but the chai creme brûlée was pungent and strong with a nutmeg taste--would avoid if you prefer a traditional creme brûlée. Our waiter went AWOL (it was not busy) but the busboys were very attentive. Overall, a great meal and will go back."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Took my out of town managers here for dinner the other night. Really great service, wine served at the table even though purchased by the glass - love that! Food was brought in a timely but not rushed manner.....Would go again and again"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The Blue Room never disappoints. Great food options and creative cocktails. Quiet enough for good conversation at the table, but plenty of other diners to show that the restaurant is popular. My friend and I enjoyed the cheese appetizer -- although the toasted pita bread served with it was awkward, so we used the bread basket instead to enjoy the lovely fruit compote. The branzino dish I ordered was fantastic -- some heat to make it flavorful, but not too hot, which my heartburn appreciated. And the pavlova dessert with fresh berries was by far the most enjoyable treat I've had in awhile. I'll be back again soon!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Excellent meal. We visited the Blue Room years ago and loved it, but I was hesitant to return after so long due to a couple of lukewarm Open Table reviews (baffling). The meals were creative, complex, and beautifully balanced. Lots of North African influences. Highlights for us: we loved the beats, beautifully balanced with the apricot and blue cheese. Second course, the branzino was our favorite, especially the brussel sprouts, though the lamb shank was served beautifully with harissa, fregola, and yogurt. The wine suggestions were spot on (knowledgeable server). Enjoyed a delightful bourbon cocktail with allspice before dinner. For dessert, the chevre gelato was out of this world. Lighting could be better, couldn't read the menu."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The night we were most recently there the air was smokey. We were told the kitchen had switched to a wood grilling or wood oven firing method. The ventilation may have been under performing or if not it needs adjusting. There were times I felt I was seated downwind of an open campfire. Otherwise all was well. The food was great and the service attentive."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It's not bad, it's just very ordinary. The place is nicely decorated and it has a cool vibe, but the food and service is very ordinary for the price tag."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The ambiance, food and service were exemplary for a relaxed dinner. My friend and I asked for the main course to be brought later which the hostess did really well....We had a great corner table...Could not have been a much better dining experience! Note that this was a Tuesday night....It is probably much busier later on in the week!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "My friend and I were tucked into a tiny table in a corner--the place is crowded in several senses--among a number of older academics in groups. We were asked if we were in a hurry before a movie. In other words, it's a favorite in Cambridge MA with my demographic. Absolutely delicious rabbit confit linguine--the sauce and flavor were simply absorbed into a flavorful blend with the right texture, perfect for a rainy evening. I liked the cocktail they called their version of a manhattan, tasteful frisee salad. Friendly and efficient service."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Four of us went out for Restaurant Week on a Thursday evening. We all ordered different appetizers, dinners and dessert. Only one dinner was excellent. All the other dishes were mediocre and did not live up to their descriptions on the menu. Most were served lukewarm. One of us had been to the restaurant a couple of years ago and recommended it so we were all looking forward to a great meal. Unfortunately, we were disappointed."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The buffet had good crispy bacon, poached eggs, smoked salmon, patatas brava, a variety of salads, and lovely cranberry bread and rosemary shortbread. Plus a dozen more dishes that tempted, but were too much."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Food was a bit on the salty side. Flavors and texture were all over the map. Overall, not a bad experience. It wasn't a great one either."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Friends of mine had raved about the Blue Room, but I'd never been until last Saturday. It totally met the hype. The food was excellent and quire creative. My husband and I really enjoyed the food combinations and the staff/kitchen were great about handling my gluten allergies. For appetizers, we ordered the marinated beet salad and the poached egg with gorgonzola polenta. The appetizers were tasty, albeit very different. For entrees, we ordered the branzino and the chickpea pate. Both were sumptuous, delicious, and everything was spot-on. I couldn't decide a favorite between the two entrees, as they were both excellent. I thought the drink/wine list was just average. My cocktail was just ok, but my wine paired fabulously with my dinner."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was our first time at The Blue Room for Sunday brunch. Overall, there were a good selection of food and the items we sampled were hot and delicious. There were a few things that did not make it a five-star review. When we arrived, even though we made a reservation, we were told that they had to clean and set tables before seating us, when we could visibly see open tables available. It was a strange set up with the desert table by the entrance/exit door. Our service was almost non-existing. We had to ask twice for orange juice, was not offered more coffee, no spoons on the table, and after a second visit to the buffet, the first plates were still sitting on the table when we returned."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Excellent food and service (despite one of our party being particularly demanding), and overall a great time! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Every dish was excellent and beautifully presented. We hadn't been in a while but now we are anxious to return. The service seemed a bit overwhelmed, however (Sunday evening of restaurant week)."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Very good food. I would like them to have a larger menu"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This place was here before the Kendall Square Cinema arrived, but they have learned to adjust to the ebb and flow of the movie crowd. Great cocktail list. I ordered the prix fixe from the Dine Out Boston menu and enjoyed all three courses. My wife ordered a la carte. She loved her char appetizer, but found the main dish, a properly cooked piece of tuna, to not be a very good grade of fish--difficult to cut and chewy."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The Blue Room never disappoints - from the curated wine list and creative cocktails, delicious food that is never boring and friendly informative service, I can always count on a terrific experience!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food is tooooo salty. Always make sure when ordering to alert them not to oversalt the food. Good location for after seeing a movie at the Kendall. Pricey but a good standby."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I loved going there for restaurant week. i had passed it a million times on my way to the movies but never stopped by. I really had an amazing time. The pork belly was divine. I really liked the lamb dish as well though it could have been better seasoned. The only disappointing thing is that the drink was filled only halfway up glass. I can see if I ordered scotch or whiskey. But this was a mized drink. Do better."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I was celebrating a major milestone birthday with friends. The food and service were both so outstanding that it helped me get past the minor depression I was feeling about the birthday. It really was a perfect evening!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed meal but service was slow. Did not get my points. Bummer."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The Blue Room offers a range of yummy options for brunch, from the French Toast casserole to squash soup, from eggs scrambled wonderfully with creme fraiche to salmon steaks and roasted potatoes. Walk through the line and save room, if you are so inclined, for a whole table of cookies and cakes and sweet breads."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We had our dinner at the bar and it was quaint, cozy and quiet with very good food."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I have been dining at TBR for several years for special occasions, and usually on Saturday nights. The last two times we've noticed that the room has gotten "busier" ... more patrons, yes, but it also seems as if there are more tables in the space and it's definitely a lot noisier. It used to feel more romantic and peaceful. Not so much now. That aside, the food is always fantastic, and the kitchen always sends over something extra to honor our special occasion, and the wait staff always brings over something from the bar to do the same, and we appreciate that. The service has ranged from good (the last two visits) to outstanding. Overall, TBR is an excellent restaurant and we always look forward to a dinner there."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I was looking forward to dining at The Blue Room given the positive reviews. Both my husband and I were disappointed. Yes, it looks like a trendy place that would attract a young crowd, but the menu was certainly not worth the prices, nor was the wine. An experience not to be repeated."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Four of us met for brunch on a Sunday in March. The food was delicious, we had plenty of hot coffee and were able to sit and talk for a nice stretch of time. Also, parking on the street was available!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "nowhere to be seen for awhile and I had to flag down someone else. By the time my food came back cooked, everyone else was doneHave been to this restaurant many times and love the food. Service on this uncrowded Wednesday was not good. Steak was supposed to be medium rare and parts looked almost uncooked. Waitress was . Usually a great place, so I was disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "This was my second time dining at The Blue Room and it held up to expectations! I will be sending work colleagues there for lunch/dinner as much as possible! Waitstaff was knowledgeable, professional and friendly."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Went with my two college age daughters. Had a truly terrific time. All of the food was spectacular and quite varied. Would go back again in a heart beat!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Items by the hearth were delicious, as ever. Desserts were a bit of a mixed bag; 'the brownies & oat cookies were lovely, but the c.cake muffin dry and unmemorable, as was the choc chip cookie; the van.scone had a slightly bitter taste. I missed the rice pudding that used to be a staple, as well as the macaroons. The bloody Mary's were great. coffee was average and slow to be refilled. Greater attentiveness at reception would help set a better tone. We don't enjoy waiting only to have folks arriving after us seated before us and the party ahead of us. Service used to be more effective. All in all, things were fine, if nothing to rave about anymore."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "No "big name" spirits available for our martini? Our server brought tasting samples of small distiller gins, and we loved our selection, although I cannot recall its name. Iggy's bread amazing as always. Entrees good, especially the braised lamb shanks with dates, couscous and harissa. Chai creme brûlée too "chai"…a place to let the locally sourced eggs and cream shine through without additions. Servers attentive without hovering, sound level acceptable for two with hearing issues. A gift certificate got us to the Blue Room. We will return on our own for another happy dining experience."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Four of us went to The Blue Room for dinner before attending a movie at Kendall. The staff had the movie times and made sure we were served in a timely manner. All the staff, from bartender extraordinaire to the wait staff, were easy-going, efficient, professional but friendly. The food, especially the appetizers, was just terrific - cooked perfectly and creatively-presented. We will definitely return!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food and service were great. I found the restaurant a bit too noisy and the tables are very close together."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "There is a more Informal dining area in back of the bar. It's actually a wine bar. Rent it out for special occasions !"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Made a reservation due to recommendation. The food was good but does not warrant the $27 price for it. Options were limited for brunch buffet. Nothing special."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Although the food is always very tasty, the menu is boring. The specials were not interesting, either. $13 for a glass of white wine is pricey for the "neighborhood gem." Disappointed."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "this place was great. woodfired food is always a good idea"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Wonderful Valentine's evening dinner. The atmosphere was very cozy and inviting with just a nice hint of activity to not make it dull . The waitstaff was very accommodating ,helpful,and engaging while not being overbearing. Menu had a very diverse selection including a few interesting options for those who who may prefer something minus fins or four legs. One little note, the cocktail items although very different and creative, were difficult to identify for even the most seasoned diner, but once again, the waitstaff was very knowledgeable and helpful. All in all, a great dining experiencethat I would highly recommend to friends and colleagues."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went to Blue Room and found it quite dark, in terms of lighting. I found the chicken extremely salty. The salt content made eating my entree intolerable. I took 3/4 of the chicken home, but could not eat it there either."
    Dined on 2/11/2014