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ArtBar, Cambridge, MA

ArtBar

4.2
4.2
780 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Dining Igloo seating now available with breathtaking views of the Charles River and Boston Skyline, make ArtBar a neighborhood destination. All igloo reservations will have a twenty (20) percent experience fee add to all food and beverage and also a Twenty (20) percent service charge.

ArtBar is a warm, intimate retreat for food and art lovers located inside The Royal Sonesta Boston hotel in Cambridge, MA. The ArtBar boasts stellar selections from the hotel's world-class art collection while the restaurant features innovative, regional American cuisine, a well curated wine list and specialty cocktails.

RESERVATIONS:
Reservations are recommended. Due to our limited seating capacity, reservations for the outside patio can not be guaranteed.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 806-4122
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    For your next private dinner, holiday party or business meeting, gather at ArtBar for a memorable evening of contemporary art, local cuisine, fine wines and specialty cocktails, all in an intimate space overlooking the Charles River and Boston city skyline.
  • Private party contact
    Orion St. Laurent: (617) 806-4169
  • Neighborhood
    Cambridge
  • Cross street
    40 EDWIN LAND BLVD
  • Parking details
    Reduced parking rate with restaurant validation.
  • Public transit
    12-minute walk from Lechmere T stop on the Green Line | 17-minute walk from Kendall / MIT on Red Line
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 780 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Greater Boston

    Kid-friendly

  • Boston

    Kid-friendly

780 Reviews
  1. KellieA

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good and the drinks were delicious. Well done!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed breakfast. Thank you so much. Let me come back next time.

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  3. workingdiner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved dining outside for Mother’s Day brunch. Food was perfect. Staff water all so great and the view was awesome!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. My secret getaway in the city. I have been coming to this restaurant since my kids were young so it’s probably two decades and I still love it every day even more.

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  5. GraceL

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My kids have food allergies and our waitress Eneida works wonders with the kitchen staff to adjust the kids menu for them. The fruit cup, grilled chicken and the sobert taste and look great. Brunch menu is wonderful. We are repeat customers. Highly recommended.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It would’ve been nice to know they charge TWO $22.80 fees to sit in the igloo….. one experience fee and one additional service fee. So FYI, if you sit in an igloo outside they want another $45.6

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  7. HerbertM

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The quirky atmosphere of the Art Bar has one serious drawback. The metal chairs are so uncomfortable I had to move off mine onto the banquette across the table. And that wasn't much better. The food was quite good and plentiful, but it was hard to enjoy when subjected to a very hard bottom! Replace the seating in the restaurant and it will become acceptable.
    ArtBarResponded on March 29, 2024
    Good Evening Herbert, I am sorry that you were unable to fully enjoy your experience with us due to our hard metal chairs and soft banquettes. Should you visit us again, please ask our greeting staff for assistance. Although we do not have pillows, we have some very plush blankets that will provide relief. We are scheduled for a major renovation, but that will not take place until next winter. Best, Justin.

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  8. Nemo

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining in an "igloo" was fun; nice to have our own, cozy, dining area. They charge an extra 20% for the "igloo experience", which we thought was worth it. However, we didn't expect that we'd have to pay sales tax on that amount. (This struck us as overreach.)

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    There is a 20% fee to be in the igloo and a 20% gratuity added. Plus a time limit. Plus the service in the igloo is quite slow and you just sort of wait for them to come back out.

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  10. JM0402

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We booked an igloo for a wedding anniversary celebration - a wedding that had happened at the Sonesta over 20 years ago that day. There were 6 in our party (2 couples and 2 kids), the res notes said we were celebrating an anniversary and both of the couples who were in the party had been married at the Sonesta. You could not have had a more loyal dinner party. We were informed that there would be a 20% experience fee when we arrived. We were led to the furthest igloo which had folding chairs and not a single bit of cool lighting like the others. Our food was delivered on a tray with no plate covers on a 20 degree night. We had 3 apps, 3 soups and 6 entrees plus cocktails. The steaks were tasty - everything else was cold. One ordered Pepsi - it was flat and then we were told they were "officially out of Pepsi." 5 entrees came - we were told that 1 was dropped on the floor and we waited for 20 minutes for its replacement. An app was sent back because it was cold and came out again - COLD. Do not fall for the igloo - 20% was added for a disappointing non-experience.

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  11. KC125

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiter was great. The food took more then an hour to come out which was difficult having small children. The food was nothing special, I was pretty disappointed with my lobster roll, especially considering the price. The igloo was lovely. The cocktails were delicious.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Forgot about us out in the igloos also served me food with gluten even though I am gluten free

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  13. DaveH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate outside in the "igloos" which was a fun experience with a beautiful view of the nighttime skyline. Unfortunately, our waiter came by very infrequently so we spent a lot of time waiting to place our next order and in fact after drinks and apps the time limit of 90 minutes they enforce was up and we were unable to order mains. The food (I guess I am speaking of the apps, which was all we had) was pretty uninspired I have to say (overly battered calamari was somewhat tasteless) and the drinks weren't much better

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  14. EricL

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    This place looks a lot better online than in person. Restaurant is inside hotel, which smells like disinfectant. Waiter showed little attention, no drink menus, side salad came 15 mins after meal was served without dressing (asked for it, showed up another 15 mins later), showed up with 4 desserts when we asked for 2. Prices high for mediocre food - overdone burgers and likely bagged salads.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cool experience in the igloo dining, but automated surcharge for the use of the igloo. Food was OK.

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  16. JulieE

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a great Christmas Eve dinner at ArtBar. Food and service was top notch. We'll be back again soon!

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  17. haticeh

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    it was a nice gathering for our group. There was only one server, no bartender, due to storm. But in general, everyone enjoyed it. Our server tried to do everything to make it enjoyable.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This is not the place you want to go for Thanksgiving. We were a small party of 3 and found that the kitchen was clearly overwhelmed by the large family party in the event room. Our waiter did the best he could under the circumstances. Our ginger pumpkin soup came promptly and was very good. And then we waited and waited and waited. As the menu card on the table said 'family style' we had expected that dishes of the various items we mentioned to the waiter would be arriving. But what came were three plates already loaded but with the things we didn't want (green bean casserole and sweet potatoes). Two plates were missing stuffing and all had no roasted brussel sprouts. The manager came and talked to us and then brought out a separate menu that we had not been shown at all (which did not have the sprouts). I showed him the table card. Eventually, we got dishes of stuffing and sprouts. Our bill was adjusted but we won't go back.

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  19. jnbcambridge

    Greater Boston

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Having eaten here many times before the quality of our visit remains a 5 star

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  20. HannahB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was so bland and overpriced, all I wanted to do was pay the bill and leave. I had such high hopes for this place as I went for my anniversary, but I was so disappointed we went to find food from some local CVS because of how bad the steak and salmon we ordered was. Not at all worth the $100+ we paid. Very very disappointed

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  21. DebP

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Menu was unique and food was delicious!

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  22. CarolynB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I wish they would roll the canopy back to enjoy the sun

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  23. LauraP

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was wonderful. We sat on the patio and celebrated a bachelorette party. She was there anytime we needed something and was so kind to us. Food took a little while coming from the kitchen, but we were there to relax and enjoy the day so it didn’t both us. Patio has beautiful views. Prices are moderate and the food was great.

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  24. jnbcambridge

    Greater Boston

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My dining friend had overcooked mini BLT, although the restaurant did comp her meal. My eggs benedict were excellent.

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  25. MarleneL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was warm and friendly, altogether EXCELLENT! Ambience very special with view of river and Boston skyline. Food exciting and delicious. Maybe add some celery to the lobster roll for a bit of crunch. Art bar is a place for celebratory dining, and I will continue to bring friends and family. Thank you.

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  26. chefDJ

    Greater Boston

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I simply loved all the gluten free options. The menu had a lot to select from. Although I normally have a preference for seafood, the filet mignon dinner at $32 was a special and a great deal. I was able to omit the frites and order a side caesar instead. I would go back if I'm in the area. The outside seating area has a beautiful view of the Charles and is covered.

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  27. KatD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was lackluster, ambience was completely terrible (we were sat inside which is just in the hotel). Nothing artistic about this place.

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  28. AlexandraV

    Naples

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible service every time, the food was simply ok

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was lovely sitting outside next to the Charles river while enjoying great food and service.

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  30. Ocean

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I Was not impressed by the food at all, very bland even with adding the salt and pepper did not taste like anything. I got the salmon and It was goey and fish shouldnt be goey like it was, I couldn’t even eat it. The rice it came with was soggy and the sauce they gave me to water down the rice. Because that’s what it did just water it down more. It was a horrible horrible dish. My husband got the steak with yucca fries. The steak again bland and not cooked the way he wanted. The yucca fries tasted really really old and hard. The most ok part of the dish was the sauce that was suppose to be put on the steak but that even couldn’t save the food. Honestly he’s not even that hard of a critic, easier to please with food as long as it’s edible and he wasn’t happy. He didn’t even eat the whole meal. The only part that was decent was our waitress but besides that I’d have to say I wouldn’t make it a goal to visit again not even to give it another chance. My hubbys exact words were they couldn’t pay him to go back. So yeah not at all impressed which is sad because we were looking forward to it. Either way it’s a solid no for us.

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  31. Markc

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    After making reservations we stopped by to make sure they could sit us outside and they said no problem. When we arrived they told us there was no outside table available. We had to wait a long time. When we order they mixed up our drink order and my wife’s dinner arrived 15 minutes before my dinner. The food was decent, nothing great. The service is very bad and the supervisor was unable to make a decision. Would not return

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was super disappointing especially for the price and menu. Drinks were just awful. Burger super overcooked. Caesar salad meh. Had a lot of potential and just wasn’t good. Also they don’t take reservations booked online/through open table lol

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  33. Alec

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress seemed preoccupied and appeared to forget we were there

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  34. JohnM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a neighborhood restaurant on the water. We eat there regularly with friends. The menu is excellent, though not enormous. Bar and wine selections are numerous. Service is always friendly and efficient. Because this is part of a large hotel that caters to business, sometimes the noise level is high.

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  35. DarleneK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful spot on terrace. Attentive and pleasing service. Delicious food! A favorite spot!

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  36. DanS

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a birthday celebration dinner. Service was fantastic, food was excellent and dining on the outside patio was great. Would certainly return and would definitely recommend to others.

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  37. WilliamM

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a decent place to eat at while you stay at the hotel

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal and great atmosphere. Very accommodating:)

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  39. ruhani

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I think the food is average, but I love the ambiance. This was my 2nd time being there. The service was slow, but we were warned for that as it was on a father's day. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We waited an hour for our food and then simply left because our waitress had only checked on us once and our food was nowhere in site. I’ve never had a more negative dining experience than this.

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FAQs

ArtBar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 806-4122.

ArtBar is rated 4.2 stars by 780 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for ArtBar

40 Edwin Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA 02142

Additional information

  • Cross street
    40 EDWIN LAND BLVD
  • Neighborhood
    Cambridge
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Reduced parking rate with restaurant validation.
  • Public transit
    12-minute walk from Lechmere T stop on the Green Line | 17-minute walk from Kendall / MIT on Red Line
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 806-4122
  • Private party facilities
    For your next private dinner, holiday party or business meeting, gather at ArtBar for a memorable evening of contemporary art, local cuisine, fine wines and specialty cocktails, all in an intimate space overlooking the Charles River and Boston city skyline.
  • Private party contact
    Orion St. Laurent: (617) 806-4169
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