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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
  • 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
  • "I have been going to brunch here for many years. In the past couple of years the quality has been going down, doubtlessly so they can maintain the price, which at $27 isn't low! This past Sunday for the second consecutive time I decided I will not return.....Where they used to serve lamb, now it is sauceless brisket. The potato salad had salmon in it, though they also featured grilled salmon. If you don't like salmon that's two selections off limits! The bakery table seemed pedestrian. I had a very small cookie which was OK; the rice pudding tasteless and much too sweet. My son tasted two other options which he declared not worth eating. Sad as I used to be a huge fan and recommended it to loads of people - no more."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Menu and wine list changes regularly and is of high quality. Fabulous variety of inventive appetizers with generous portions."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Very slow servces, fortunately there were a group of us so we were chatting which didn;t make the wait feel so bad. 3 out of 6 went for fish and all were overcooked and dry, clearly they had been sitting under the lamps waiting for the meat dishes to finished. We did tell our waiter but we had waited so long it was worth requesting another and the waiter didn;t have too much to offer other than sorry. I have alsways used the Blue Room as my first option in Cambridge for many years due to the consistency, service and quality of the menu and of the food. I'm not sure what has happened here but the last two times that I have been have not been great and this time was the worst. It will be a while until I try it again."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My husband ordered the duck and could not eat it. The meat was tough and full of grisel and fat. Gross..."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "A large part of what drew us back to The Blue Room was the incredible brunch buffet we enjoyed a year ago. This time, however, the food selection was much smaller (only two types of carbohydrate, two very similar types of salad, etc.) and the service was a little slow. We were disappointed at the elimination of the fantastic array of food we enjoyed the first time, and would be hesitant to go back. The hot tea was nothing special - couldn't you offer a range of assam, darjeeling, irish breakfast, etc? The mimosas were, however, phenomenal."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Excellent value, and delicious. This buffet brunch avoids the 'mountains of food' style prevalent at more expensive hotel brunches, and that's an asset. Selections a great balance of b-fast and lunch/dinner items, protein, veggie, starch, b-fast pastry, lunch/dinner type desserts, without ever being overwhelming. Food is regularly refreshed, so everything is hot enough or chilled enough as needed, fresh tasting, and they don't run out of items. Particularly liked luscious scrambled eggs with creme fraiche, juicy BBQ brisket, and tender, perfectly grilled salmon-not dried out or under done. Table service - excellent, came back often to refresh drinks. 1 flaw: seating too close to other patrons in a room that never got more than half full!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to this restaurant before a concert that we were seeing. The staff was friendly and fun, great bar, and the atmosphere and music were amazing. We had a very romantic date and are definitely going back sometime. Wonderful food and atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Every time I'm at the blue room, I wish I lived closer. Great feel from staff, attention to detail, and non ostentatious food presentation adds to the pleasure the outstanding food. I had char, others had lamb and the beets were terrif. Vt gd waitress helped us with wines; really good deal when they offer retail shop prices for some wines! Also zippy nonalcoholic drinks."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "You used to be great, now not so much. The service took too long at everything. From asking if anyone would like a drink, to the time between apps and entree. The service didn't give a damn. The mushroom pate was good, best dish of the night. The char was salty and overcooked, the gnocci was bland, no taste whatsoever, the worse dish that should have been the best. The brussel sprouts were inedible because of salt. The chai creme brulee was too heavy on the cardamom, cooked at too high a temp and black on top. It should have never made it to the table. This place needs a refresh, it could be so good again. It seems the staff doesn't care, and the owners are oblivious or don't eat at their own restaurant. Come on guys, fix it, start caring."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I had not been to the Blue Room in a number of years, not due to any dissatisfaction just kind of forgot about it, but had recently been hearing about it, and we returned for my Birthday. It was outstanding, the Mushroom Pate and the Poached Egg with Gorgonzola Polenta and Greens, appetizers were both wonderful. For entrees my wife had Duck with Beans and Braised Cabbage, and I have Branzini with Ras Al Hanout and Brussels Sprouts over Cous Cous, and again, both were excellent. Interesting Cocktails, nice wines by the glass. We did not have room for desert, but they brought two mini cupcakes with Birthday candles, very thoughtful. We will be back sooner rather than later."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Have been going to the blue room for years...it is my go to for fabulous brunch and for dinner before movie at Kendqll Square...recent new chef...this last dinner was so exquisite I wrote about it on twitter! Lovely Beet/ walnut salad/Black Mushroom pate with honey and toast (to die for) fresh pea gnocchi with goat cheese and wonderful Rosso Red wine...the waitstaff is excellent, attentive and knowledgeable. I just like this place and have for about 5 years!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Went here for a birthday. It was lovely. Romantic, quiet, good service. Food was good Perfect for the occasion . "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great food! Really liked the restaurant. Nice setting, pretty quiet and great service. Would definitely recommend. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food but occasionally a long line to get the food."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "There were many fine choices for brunch; the salads were outstanding."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The restaurant is beautiful and the food was lovely. However, we found it perplexing that the menus, especially the cocktail menu, felt so impenetrable to us. There were so many items we didn't know - rather than feeling pleasure and excitement at selecting our meal, it felt stressful. We're a group of experienced diners (academics with graduate degrees) who have never felt quite so put off by a menu. It may have been an off night in terms of service - graduation weekend so servers were tired and frazzled. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We went here for Mother's Day, thinking the restaurant might do something a little "extra" for the occasion. The brunch food was very tasty, but the selections were the same as with other non-special occasion brunches we've had here (if anything, there seemed to be fewer options put out - definitely did not seem to be an extended menu). Most of the options were standard breakfast items like pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, etc. Considering that the restaurant increases its prices by $13/person for the Mother's Day brunch, we expected something extra to justify that additional cost. In the future we'll just come here for "regular" occasions that don't carry unwarranted higher pricing."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Hard to tell which was better, the food or the service. And the food was spectacular. Had one of the nicest servers ever, and everyone else staffing the dinner was wonderful. The wood grilled chicken was to die for, accompanying potatoes amazingly delicious, and the gorgonzola polenta so terrific it should be illegal. The espresso was a tiny bit disappointing, but overall a really great experience. THANKS!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I love the layout of the restaurant, the brick walls and exposed beams. Great staff. The menu needs more options for greens -- salads, green beans, something. A lot of meat options, veggies not well represented or maybe not explained well by the waitress."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A wonderful selection of food choices at brunch... from made-to-order poached eggs, to the most succulent and well seasoned beef brisket EVER! The arugula salad was divine and I was sorry that I ate so much that I could barely enjoy the delicious macaroons and other tasty dessert treats. Our table was situated just at the end of the buffet line, so I felt a bit jostled, but once the line died down, so did the claustrophobia. Amanda was a wonderful server and brought my husband a mini cupcake with a candle at the end of the meal. Relaxed, comfortable and great food... that's why I always go back to the Blue Room! The hostess seemed a bit harried upon arrival, which is fine, but I shouldn't sense her stress."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We had a great time at the Blue Room for brunch, eight of us celebrating a friend's birthday. Food was very good! From traditional breakfast fare like pancakes, scrambled eggs, applewood smoked bacon(wish they could have removed a little more of the "bacon grease"), smoked salmon to brisket, grilled salmon, chicken, swedish meatballs, beet salad, waldorf salads, arugula salad and other salads- there were baked goods, from breads, to fruit breads to cookies and chocolate cake. The one thing missing was some fresh fruit! We were able to relax and enjoy our time together!!! We had a wonderful server, Mallory! As we were sitting by the kitchen, we had fun talking to the chefs too! "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We had a great time, the service and accommodation were great. The food was nothing special, but certainly adequate. The location was convenient and we were able to get reservations for Sunday brunch a few days, instead of a few weeks, ahead of time."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "A group of 8 of us, in town for a course, wanted to find a nice place to eat and socialize. We located The Blue Room, and were glad we did. The food was well-prepared and appetizingly-arranged. Everyone in our group of 8 was pleased with meal. Both wine and beer choices were plentiful. Because the Sunday night wasn't a busy one at the restaurant, we conversed without difficulty."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "When I made the reservation to bring guests to The Blue Room last Saturday night, I had a vague memory of being annoyed the last time I dined there. When we arrived and were seated, I remembered--it's the 10-watt light bulbs. This is a seriously DARK restaurant. I mean, low light is fine but barely being able to make out the face of the person sitting across the table? SERIOUSLY annoying. That said, the food was great (even if we did have to strain to read the menu) and the service was more than adequate. But the light! OMG. Seriously, it's BAD, and this will factor into future dining decisions."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My wife eats very healthy. She will not eat meat and only wild fish. The menu was very limited. She ended up eating two appetizers and was not thrilled by them."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Three out of four of us loved our entrees. (The chickpea dish was voted "bland"). But cocktails were fab as was everything else. Seated quickly, efficient service. A perfect evening. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This restaurant was a great choice for our son's 30th birthday party Saturday night. The restaurant was lively and our table was cozy and comfortable. We loved the food. I had the wood grilled lamb which was very tasty and seasoned well. My sons shared the gnocchi and the pork belly appetizers and loved them. The gnocchi was tender not doughy with a sauce made of chevre cheese. The wine list had plenty of options including bottles for under $40. We ordered an earthy, so spicy red wine recommended by our server. The restaurant treated us to a complimentary after dinner dessert wine when they knew it was a birthday. All in all it was a great experience and we all left very pleased with the party."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We went here for the first time this weekend and were so pleased! The food was great; there are many healthy options to choose from. We got beets for an appetizer and they were amazing! Will definetly be back again!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Staff were friendly, food was delicious, service was excellent. You need to try this place, A++"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "This is a great place for a special occasion, which is when I usually come here. The food is consistently excellent. The service is thoughtful. And it's a very cosy place to be. The level has remained high after many years. I love it!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Visitors to the great city of Boston, we were treated like royalty at The Blue Room. The brunch food was delicious and plentiful. They offered a nice variety of breakfast, lunch and vegetarian choices. We were a party of 11 and they graciously put us in a private wine room. If they offer the wine room, take it! We will revisit on other visits to MIT. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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