ArtBar

3.9
618 Reviews
$30 and under
American
***RESTAURANT WEEK SPECIAL HOURS NOTICE***

Week One: MARCH 2 2020- MARCH 7 2020
Week Two: MARCH 9 2020- MARCH 14 2020

SUNDAY- DINNER ONLY FOR DINE-OUT BOSTON

MON-FRIDAY- LUNCH AND DINNER DINE OUT BOSTON

SATURDAY- NO DINE OUT MENU AVAILABLE

ArtBar is a warm, intimate retreat for food and art lovers located inside 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. Seasonal patio seating with unparalleled views of the Charles River and Boston Skyline, make ArtBar a neighborhood destination.

***Reservations are recommended. Seasonal patio seating is first come, first served.
What 618 people are saying
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.8
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Bailey
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I ordered a peach bellini and the fruit plate. The fruit plate was good but the drink - not so much. It basically was just a glass of champagne. The drink had no puree at all and was just not good as I wasn't looking for a straight glass of wine.

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vipHikerVal
Los Angeles
117 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Interesting place. Liked the menu, which had a nice selection of appetizers and entrees. The food (chicken wisps appetizer and lobster risotto) were good (but not great). The dessert was creative - s’mores in a skillet - and tasty but I was full after the app and dinner and only had a few bites.
The atmosphere is odd. The casual open bar area with prominent TVs, the bright lighting, and the light paneled wood flooring presented a very casual look and feel, which seemed out of sync with the menu and the prices. Would have preferred a toned down quieter setting for a nice meal,

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AbhishekB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Good staff. However the food was not very good. Portions were small. Maybe I am spoiled by American Diners but for the same menu, you cant do justice to the guest if they are able to see 30% of their plate underneath the scanty food your serve. And even the taste didn't compensate for that fact.

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WilliamG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

This was a great meal. My only suggestion would be to play softer music

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filip
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the valentines day menu was great! my bf and i were both able to find foods we enjoyed

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AlejandraL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious. Everything ordered was fantastic and beautifully presented. Service was extraordinarily friendly and prompt. Went for a couples valentine's day prix fixe menu event and all options available were worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding chicken & waffles! & we are from L.A. (hint- Roscoe's as comparison)

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vipBostonFoodie
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food was excellent! Possibly the best burger I’ve ever had. However, that’s kind of where my praise ends. I’m not sure why it’s called art bar- there’s nothing artsy about the place. The service was sub par... especially considering we were one of two parties there at the time (7pm on a Friday... kinda weird).

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I went a few years back for Thanksgiving and it was amazing. Christmas the sirloin overdone and fish was so very plain. I though the squash soup was great.

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vipJoejoe
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. Just terrible. 50 dollar Christmas buffet that was dried out and nasty. Family and I got up and left before ordering

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BettyG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great so was everything else Highly recommend

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WendyJ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for Thanksgiving dinner. The dinner was served family style, different dishes were brought to the table and we could order more of anything if he wanted to. The ginger pumpkin soup was delicious. The turkey was first rate. There were several plates of vegetables, brussel sprouts with squash, mashed sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans with fried onions, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, a large salad, and good bread rolls, finishing with several seasonal pies. The service was friendly and efficient. My criticisms are that the food cooled quickly and it would be better to serve fewer vegetables concentrating on their individual qualities.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a family style Thanksgiving dinner that was delicious. Our server was great! Only thing that could have been improved would have been slightly lower lighting and more candles, but overall, for my first ever Thanksgiving in a restaurant, it was great!

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ToniS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a spectacular Thanksgiving dinner this week! We especially liked the "Family Style" of serving. And the generous provision of boxes for our leftovers made it almost like Thanksgiving at home because who doesn't love leftovers! Thank you for a special meal.

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PaulN
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

A real shame that we chose to eat here for thanksgiving. The restaurant apparently had a failed heating system, so we sat and ate lunch with our coats on. Food wasn't bad but we really couldn't enjoy it in the cold.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Harvest Bowl was poor - mostly rice, poorly cooked and few vegetables. Not up to their normal good standards

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CATHYT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Better in summer when you can enjoy the outside seating and ciew

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vipjack
New England
586 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quiet night and good for relaxing conversation with well prepared food at reasonable price.
Limited menu but enough to please all.

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Felix
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The staff was accommodating when they delivered us food that had been mislabeled on their menu. The food itself would be tough to recommend (we ordered an Impossible Burger and a salad, both elicited pretty quick frowns from us after taking a bite— the burger was overdone and the salad was mis-prepared). Might be nicer when the patio is open during warm weather months but ArtBar largely gave off Nicest Dining Hall on Local Campus vibes during our visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughters birthday. They brought her out a birthday s’mores for the table. It was super nice and the food was great. Ricky was our server and he was super nice and courteous.

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rachaelr
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

It was okay- but for a city that has so MANY options, I wouldn't go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great and friendly service. Wonderful art. Average food

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vipFara33
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was decent but nothing exciting. The hostess who seated us was lovely and accommodating but our server was inattentive, didn’t come around to take our main course orders for a while, and took the leftovers away without even asking if we wanted to take them home. We all had decent amounts left and frankly I HATE wasting food and hence money. The chairs weren’t very comfortable so wouldn’t do a lengthy dinner there again. Views were nice.

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DianeC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good food. Burger had great taste. I would definitely order again.

Nice view sitting outside.

Servers friendly and nice but 1 of 3 orders was incorrect and had to be sent back. Then toast missing. That meal was generously comp’d.

I will absolutely go to ArtBar again.

LM
vipLMRS
New England
99 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary - we were married in the Royal Sonesta 26 years ago! Our server was excellent. ArtBar brought us a special anniversary dessert too - thanks, ArtBar!

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Jake
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Called for reservation and when we arrived were shown a table. Neither time did they tell us they had a large group and service would be delayed for an hour. Server was very nice, but it was out of her control.
Did offer bread during wait. Just overall not a good experience. Food decent when finally came.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was busy and bit noisy.
Seat quality could be better.
Food and service good.

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Janies
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hotel Sonesta in Cambridge. Food and beverage excellent. Had gift certificate and was unable to use completely during evening meal. Was planning on using balance at breakfast. Was informed by waitstaff that we could not carry balance forward had to be consumed in one meal. Turned out to be a very expensive meal for two.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

A very disappointing experience. I'd read an article listing artbar as a top Cambridge restaurant, but the food was average and the service slow. The only nearby parking is in the garage, and the validation gives you a very slight discount. The service was so slow for two of us (with no drinks nor dessert) we had to pay for two hours of parking. I would only go here for the views from the patio -- when it's nice out.

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LisaD
New England
35 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the most scenic place to have brunch in Cambridge! we enjoyed a wonderful brunch with varied menu, spicy Bloody Marys and the best Bellini around while admiring the Charles River and the Boston skyline. Ask for a table outside and you'll be delighted!

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vipFoodiesnapstagram
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I went here because I had a Dine Out Boston gift certificate, and I love to try new spots. The vibe seemed classy so we turned it into a date night.

I started by ordering the Fire Tonic that I had seen on a food Instagrammer’s account because it was the prettiest drink I had ever seen. The drink that I received was just a purple gin and tonic (nothing special) that tasted very tonic heavy and lacked the edible flowers in the menu description.

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DennisT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Four of us had lunch at the ArtBar on a Saturday after finishing a kayak adventure at the Charles River Kayak a short walk down the street from the restaurant. The ArtBar has a wonderful outdoor patio that overlooks the river and the Boston skyline. The lunch menu on Saturday was a more of a brunch menu which was perfect for our party. I had the Chicken & Waffle and it was amazing. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive and the service was fast and efficient. If you are ever in the area give it a try.

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StuartG
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

I had stayed at this hotel before and remembered it favorably.
However thing have clearly changed. It was a sterile and unappealing environment. The noise level was uncomfortable, I have never walked out of a restaurant before but almost did. I was embarrassed to have brought a friend. The service was disinterested. The food thankfully was good. This is the first negative review I have ever written.

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JudyA
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

WE had a reservation for 2 at 7:00, when we arrived the only table available was for 6 people - not conducive to conversation and catching up with a friend. The fish tacos tasted good but the tortillas were so soggy they were inedible - the view is great so a good place for drinks outside but I wouldn't go to the indoor restaurant again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We were there for the brunch! Service was outstanding! The food not so much! Didn’t have too much flavor to it! And the floor was dirty with big food crumbs!

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vipdlc52
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a beautiful Sunday to enjoy brunch on the patio overlooking the Charles. Service was pleasant; food was very good: lamb burger -cooked perfectly; brioche French Toast - delicious; omelet made to order. Reasonably priced.

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Tuttle04
New England
23 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Overall, pretty bad. we made a reservation for our anniversary thinking we’d give ArtBar a try, especially since the menu looked like it had quite a few options for our dietary restrictions. I’m allergic milk, my wife has Celiac and is gluten free.

We arrived 5 minutes early and were told that if we wanted to sit outside it would be a 30-45 minute wait. No one was seated indoors and we decided we didn’t want to extend the evening that much (or longer). Disappointed, we opted for inside, for our special occasion. Even though there were many other options we were seated at the busiest spot in the place - right outside the kitchen doors.

I asked about the lobster roll and was told, after a consult with the chef, that the aioli contained milk products so any dish with that would be sauce-free. Other answers further reduced my options. Also, the gluten-free calamari apparently contained milk. For similar reasons my wife’s gluten free options were limited, even though there were a few gluten free items on the menu.

At this point we had ordered our drinks and a bowl each of the yellow tomato gazpacho - which was excellent - but the place was overly bright, quite noisy, and our entree options were limited, so we decided to cut our losses and ask for the check. To his credit the waiter noted our disappointment, asked us to hang around, and sent us a bowl of what the server described as coconut ice cream. I am allergic to milk products so we sent it back. He came right back and told us it was sorbet. We did accept it then. But with some trepidation.

As it was a holiday weekend, we had two more nights to try again for our celebration. The next evening we had an excellent night out, elsewhere.

JC
vipJennC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Ricky was amazing. I would definitely come back just because of his service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food delicious, excellent service. Very accommodating of gluten sensitivity.

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philipk
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Questions, if I come for lunch...can I order something from dinner and breakfast menu....namely the dinner cheese plate appetizer and the breakfast fruit plate?

FAQs

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

ArtBar is rated 3.9 stars by 618 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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