ArtBar

4.5
639 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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, weather permitting.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Staff temperature check required
What 639 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. ArtBar has become my go to place for thanksgiving dinner when visiting Boston.

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Jean
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

If it's busy it's pretty loud.
Short rib dinner was luke warm and the short rib was pretty dried out and stringy. disappointing meal.
Server was excellent. Attentive without being intrusive.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was seriously horrible. I don’t know how you manage to make brussel sprouts fried with bacon taste like a faint smell of trash, but they sure managed it.
This place is not a restaurant- it’s a hotel cafeteria- and a terrible one at it.

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Ellasss
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience1

The vibe of this place was so odd. Weird, fake looking furniture, seemed like the servers didn’t really care. Just not worth it/overrated. Skip if you can

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BM2021
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was a let down. Read like it would be a better experience in the reviews and description on open table.

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AdamF
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The dining room was very cold and staff were not able to adjust the temp. My beef short rib was lukewarm, but good. It was a Friday night and they essentially kicked us out at 10pm!

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vipBobinVa
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch with an amazing view of the Charles River!

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vipLMRS
New England
101 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. Wish there were more and better patio heaters, would have enjoyed a table with a view.

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Victor
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location with beautiful view. Food was great with a small variety to pick from. Makes the picking process much easier.

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Marco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a large group and the service was superb and the hosts did everything to make this a memorable event. Everyone did have a great time! Thank you!

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vipSkippy
New England
50 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food4service5ambience5

Great service, quality food, and best view in town!

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GeorgK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A hidden gem. The outdoor dining area is right by the Charles.

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sharonk
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful
Food was tasty and beautifully presented
View spectacular
Can’t wait to go again

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vipCambridgeCanal
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very lovely location with a great view of the Charles River from the patio. Excellent selection of items on the menu .. all quite good.

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maryo
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Great atmosphere ! Great service from Ricky and bartenders but our server a women unknown name was the worst. No acknowledgement, sat for 20 mins, finally went to bar to get drinks for the table. She was unfriendly and had zero customer service and did not appear to like people. Ricky was great and was helping her out, getting our drinks and such. I wrote on the credit slip Tip goes to Ricky.

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SallyA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside at the Bar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The space was beautiful, but the lighting was harsh and awkward. Our servers rushed us and brought our entrees out before we had finished our appetizers. The food was good enough - prepared and cooked well, but definitely not worth the hotel price. Unless you’re staying at the Royal, I’d find somewhere else to go.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoy view outside. Service good and menu items are good meal.

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Hyde
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wine costs too much:(
Great views!
Food fresh and lovely:)

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vipSheilaP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great except the crab cakes. All four were burnt and were overpowered by a fried breading and the taste of what appeared to be bacon fat. I could be wrong.

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BeckyT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The views were simply spectacular! The service was wonderful and the food was yummy. Go for the sunset, you won't be disappoined.

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JulietJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Dinner with an amazing view! Sit on the patio outside and enjoy the best view of Boston. Excellent service. Main complaint is the small menu. My house salad topped with fresh lobster was delicious. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a great view of the Charles River and the Boston skyline. Our guests loved it!

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vipMargie
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Got really buggy at the end of the night. Other then that very good.

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JericaD
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our waitress was great. The food was a little bland (maybe a punch of salt needed)

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vipsuzz
New England
30 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view of River. Good service. Good good honors reservation time

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Tony
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great early dinner sitting outside on the patio. Food was great, drinks looked great but tasted OK. Menu had a lot to offer and my party of 4 really enjoyed our meals.

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Reinvention4Rao
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

very nice day. They got one of the orders wrong & took it off the bill, even though they did not need to...

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BostonRalph
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy outdoor dining at the Sonesta, with great views of the Charles River and the Boston skyline.
It’s a great way to conclude a walk around the Esplanade and on the Cambridge side of the river. We enjoy a pitcher of sangria and the Art Bar burger. Ask for Rickie if you want top notch service.

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SusanJ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best view in town and the service is always excellent. In addition, the crab cakes and lamb bergers are great and my favorites. Good choice of wines also!

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Frenchie
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made my birthday special. Thank you so much! Will be back.

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AnneP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at ArtBar. Their patio has a great view of Boston across the river. Service was excellent...so was the food. There was plenty of parking on the street. Highly recommend for a relaxing dinner.

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vipjack
New England
608 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Not only was the food good it was presented " artistically" appropriate for being at The Art Bar.
Basic food cooked well with nice flavoring and presentation with excellent service.

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AllisonG
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I ordered hummus and pita along with a watermelon mule. Food was good. However, their service stinks.

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vipDianeS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely Father's Day experience at the Art Bar. The day was lovely and we sat outside. The service and food were outstanding!

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mmoulton
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent vegan bowl and crab cake. The steak-frites was okay. Raspberry mojito was outstanding! The outdoor patio has a roof that covers up in case of raining, which is great in the unpredictable weather in New England. Right by the water and with a great "by the sea" feeling.

Our waiter was awesome, he gave us great advice, polite, efficient, and friendly, but without trying too hard. We'll definitely go back!

DG
DeanG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was okay, not great. The drinks for terrible. Gin and tonic had flat tonic. Had to send back a Paloma that tasted terrible.

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Bethgb
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The setting is lovely for sitting out on a nice evening. The food was fair. We had a 6 pm reservation and they had already run out of the lobster roll. Really? The menu is very limited. My vegan bowl was ok.

It was a birthday celebration. I enjoyed the setting, but I don't think we'd go back again.

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vipanneb
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience! We sat outside on the cute patio that overlooks the Charles. The dry rub wings were AMAZING and lots of fun cocktails.

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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.

FAQs

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

ArtBar is rated 4.5 stars by 639 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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