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About ArtBar

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

***Reservations are recommended. Patio seating is first come, first served.

40 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02142
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:
Daily, 6:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Brunch:
Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Lunch:
Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Dinner:
Tuesday-Saturday, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Snacks:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 806-4122

Website:
http://www.artbarcambridge.com/

Parking Details:
Reduced parking rate with restaurant validation.

Executive Chef:
Brian Dandro

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.

We offer a spacious private dining room with its own entrance that can accommodate up to 40 guests. The ArtBar boasts stellar selections from the hotel’s world-class art collection while the restaurant features innovative cuisine, a well-curated wine list and seasonal specialty cocktails. A private bar is available upon request and our Wine Director would be happy to pair wine and spirits with your menu for a truly personalized and memorable evening.

Private Party Contact:
Elena Divic: (617) 806-4169

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Served family-style. 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Adults: $50 | Kids 12 & Under: $19 | 4 & Under: Free

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

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ArtBar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.5

Noise

Quiet

71% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Scenic View (13)
Waterfront (12)
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Good for a Date (12)
Business Meals (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Casual (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Live Music (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Romantic (3)
Tapas (3)
Cozy (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The waiter was very helpful and made my son's birthday a special day!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My wife and I have had brunch/lunch at Art Bar on numerous occassions and have always found the food delicious, the ambiance relaxing, and the service excellent. I highly recommend “Texas in Cambridge” from the brunch menu and my wife has great things to say about the salads. We especially enjoy the patio during any of the warm months from spring through fall.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Comfort Food, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 14, 2017

One of the few places where you can sit right on the water at this part it is the river beautiful view of the Boston skyline, boats the science museum. Indoor or outdoor dining ...both has views. very nice selection of Boston favorites salads and a good cocktail list. Only downside is when they do validate for parking is still going to cost you $15.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Had a higher expectation about this place. The overall ambiance was good, not a fancy place, not too simple either. Our waiter was quite nice and very attentive.

However, the food is below the expected standard for a place like that. Menu is limited and choices are quite unsophisticated, plain I might say. Food wasn't bad , but definitively not remarkable. Shrimp cocktail was on the skinny side and lacking taste for what we expected. Blackened fish tacos were subpar and I would think that the cook was sort of tired for the day since the garnishes were massive chunks as it came from the ground, plus a taco without cilantro is simply not a taco... it was a good piece of fish in between two small tortillas, but hardly a taco.

Drinks were also ok, not worth a second trip to try. SIgnature cocktail was 'meh', slightly pretentious as in trying multiple flavors to practically cancel themselves...

Would I go again? maybe, for some beers and a great view of the Charles River.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

The worst lobster roll I ever had, extremely over priced

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Service was great. We ordered lobster bisque, not only was it nasty, it was entirely to thick and the wrong color. My mother sampled and instantly sent back. The lobster rolls have a bigger piece of lettuce than lobster. and the lobster wasn't fresh. I was very chewy. Never again. A waste of my $73

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

This restaurant is a part of a hotel and it kind of feels that way. We had a nice time, the service was good, and the view is great, but I don't think I would go out of my way to go. We went because we were staying in the hotel. For that purpose it was great! Then again, we are vegetarians and while we were very happy to see options there for us, I generally seek out places that have more than a few options for me. Folks looking for seafood might have a different opinion.

Tags: Happy Hour, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Business Meals
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We came here for a birthday celebration. Overall, this was an awful choice and nothing we ordered came out correctly.
The meal start off with our appetizer (corn dogs) being served with long (human) hairs tangled in the food. We were assured that this would be free of charge and another plate would be out shortly. Next, we received the 'pickles n' dip', which came without any pickles to dip in the hummus. At this point it's been 20 minutes since our first appetizer was taken and we still haven't received a replacement.
We ordered a burger cooked medium with a side of sweet potato tots. 20 minutes later the burger was served with the wrong side. Our waitress took the whole plate to switch the fries. She came back 10 minutes later with the same plate and told us to eat that burger and she would send out a separate side with the sweet potato tots. The burger was cooked rare, not medium, so only half was eaten. At this point we asked for the manager. In the meantime, the sweet potato tots came out, but did not come with the garlic aioli sauce it was supposed to have.
The manager came over and we explained how each dish we ordered was incorrect in some way. She promised us the meal was free of charge (although we didn't eat anything we were served). They came out with some free dessert for us.
After eating the dessert, we still had not received our first appetizer. As we left, the garlic aioli finally came for the sweet potato tots.
Bad food, service was poor.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Better service needed, salad wilted and pita chips stale

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 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Expectations met.
Derek was on point with everything.
I will return with some of my favorite people.
Date night is in order with my loves.
The phenomenonal ladies at Cohen's Optical and myself.

Tags: Live Music, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Vegan, Seasonal
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Chose this location for the view, and it delivered with patio seating on the river featuring views of the Museum of Science and the Boston skyline. Live acoustic music, very pleasant on a summer Sunday. Brunch menu reasonably priced, with a good lobster roll and outstanding burger in addition to eggs Benedict. Would definitely visit again.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Comfort Food, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Waterfront, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I was disappointed in the food, it lacked the inspiration I expected for a $18 piece of chicken. Chilled peach and watermelon was good but it wasn't great. Presentation wasn't great.

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·Dined on July 31, 2017

I searched for a dinner with skyline view - ArtBar hit the mark! Easy to make reservations -
we had a party of 6 on a Monday night - and surprise bonus, there was live Jazz. Popular cuisine with quality ingredients - everyone enjoyed their meal of choice. The calamari and hummus plates for apps were top notch (I try these apps almost everywhere! whole crispy chickpeas on the hummus were a nice touch) Great atmosphere, amazing view, cool hotel restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, People Watching, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We love to go to the Art Bar around sunset, the view of the Boston skyline is spectacular, and the Art Bar is perfectly suited to see the reflections of the sky on the John Hancock and other buildings.

The crab cake was very good, as well as the lamb burger. The staff were very attentive.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

It is a nice patio. It is in the shade after about 3:30 pm. We had to wait a long toime to have our order taken. The (2) fish tacos at $20.00 were very overpriced but tasty.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Met friends on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Sat outside and ordered snack foods and drinks. Wonderful server. He was attentive to all our needs. Able to converse across the table. Food was quite good and nice selection of wines. One friend ordered a Bloody Mary...quite the bloody mary ordeal for the true aficionado . Definitely would recommend!

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2017

A pleasant evening dining inside, but I was disappointed it was raining so we couldn't eat on the patio. Menu has something for everyone at prices not typical in a hotel. Lamb burger w sweet potato tots & fish tacos both under $20. Server seemed a little rushed at first even though we sat at 5:30.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

I adore the staff here! They are attentive and so warm and welcoming.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Was very disappointed from time of reservation
Special occasion. Wanted dinner. They didnt have reservations for dinner that night. Private function. Made lunch res. Wanted to sit outside. No reservations allowed for outside. Ate insude as a result. Very noisey space. Only one table had view of the river. Dark atmosphere inside. Ambience disappointing. Food was better than Verage, but not great.
Waitress , edneina?, was best part of the meal. She was super.
I won't return to this place.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Awfully loud for good conversation

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The lamb burguer is fantastic

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 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Better than I expected! With few choices to choose from in that area for lunch before taking a Charles River Boat cruise, I wasn't expecting much. We sat inside because it was a really hot day, but the patio is fantastic overlooking the river. I'd like to go back and sit out there. We enjoyed the flatbread covered with artichokes, pesto, gruyere and kale and then I had the burger. Perfectly cooked and well-seasoned served with sweet potato tots. Delicious. If you are in the area, give it a try.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

It was a beautiful sunny late afternoon in Boston. My daughter and I met after work for dinner. We had appetizers which we very good. Our waiter was very attentive even though he had a large group of business people he was waiting on. We had to wait for one of dishes because it was busy but he gave us an order of sweet potato tarter tots on the house and they were excellent! I will be back again!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Service is really slow. We got the sweet potato tots and the hummus/pickle plate. Both were really yummy and the view is worth the slow service!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Perfect spot for summertime outdoor dining! Great view of the Charles River and Boston skyline. Service was very attentive.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The food is getting better and I hope continues to do so. The patio is just a great spot to take in a sunny afternoon.

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 27, 2017

A perfect place to spend an afternoon catching up with friends. Sitting outside was a special treat especially because it was quite noisy inside. The view and fresh air was just perfect--- and area was well shaded too. Thanks

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Food arrived before our drinks with no communication from our server. DIY Bloody Mary bar would be fun if we weren't hungry and it weren't located in the lobby far away from our food!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Extremely over priced. Decent service that unfortunately can not over come the sub par food. Ok if you are staying at the hotel and I need of a quick meal however with so many great restaurants there's no need to spend your money here.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We were seated right next to a door to outdoor patio with waiters rushing in and out even though place was empty. The server took our drink order as if he was in a rush without even greeting us or making eye contact. 15 min passed and no drinks. I asked a host or manager the drink status and he was very rude. Left and went next door to Dante restaurant and had a fantastic all around experience!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Artbar was a fantastic experience and I would recommend it to anyone as long as you sit outside. This is crucial. Without the fresh air, the open space, and the view of the city, the food isn't enough to overcome the uninspiring interior seating area. The lamb burger was fantastic value, not just your plain-Jane burger, and for a solid price. The lobster role was a bit small, but simple, relying on the fresh meat and not some gaudy seasoning. The drink selection was pretty average for Boston, but the outside bar was definitely a plus.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Not an easy walk-to location but worth the effort for its outdoor and river view terrace, good service and good food. We were expecting to settle for burgers but instead we made a satisfying evening of tapas and wine. But watch out for the occasional bird on the wire.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Tapas, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We went for Sunday brunch to celebrate our anniversary and brought our toddler. First, the service was excellent and our server was very accommodating to our young guest and brought him fruit and goldfish. I got the eggs benedict and my husband got the lamb burger and we shared the sweet potato tater tots. All of the food was delicious, especially the tots. We had the chocolate cake and creme brulee for dessert and both were excellent. We love sitting with the view of the Charles and look forward to returning for many years to come!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Went for lunch on a hot sunny day and they were not very accommodating with us to find a table that had some shade. The hostess seemed like she didn't know what she was doing. Ended up sitting inside which was fine. Ordered the hummus appetizer which was good and the Bahn Mi sandwich which I did not like at all. Everyone else I was with enjoyed their meals though. Nice for a salad or sandwich lunch on a nice day.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Wonderful patio right by the Charles! Great for drinks and appetizers. The food was tasty and even if it wasn't We still would have had a blast given their fun cocktails, fun vibe, and beautiful view

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Requested deck seating on OpenTable reservation - failed to deliver.
Server did not take cocktail order.
Before cocktails arrive, server is asking for meal orders.
Server took 30 minutes to bring bread. Almost as long as drinks took.
Server vanished and did not return for 15 minutes after drinks delivered to take order.
Drinks were served in acrylic not glass. Very cheap.
Kitchen did a good job with the food.
Server never returned to ask how things were or to ask if we'd like another "glass" of wine.

Price for value, and quality of service were awful. I was embarrassed to have suggested ArtBar. The only attraction was the riverside seating and ArtBar failed to fulfill the request on the Open Table reservation comment for outdoor seating only. The plastic "glasses" were tacky. The server did not have a clue on proper timing for orders or taking good care of his customers.

Scratch ArtBar from any list of places to dine.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

A total disappointment. Was staying at the hotel and wanted brunch. No one mentioned that only a special Mother's Day menu was available when I made the reservation or when they called to confirm. All I wanted was an omelette. Was forced to eat a 3 course meal for $50. To get eggs I had to order off the kids menu but pay the adult price. They tried to sit us in the back room with all the screaming kiddies even though I had specifically asked not be seated near families with young children (we were 3 adults) and the main room was more than 50% empty. Food was average. "Breakfast potatoes" were fried frozen hash browns that I could buy 2 lbs for 2 dollars at the grocery store. If you actually care about your diet, don't eat here. Too much sugar and carbs and not enough healthy options.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We went to ArtBar for a place to eat before attending the Science Museum. It served that purpose well; the food was good, not too expensive, friendly staff. We found it awkward to get to, being a part of the Royal Sonesta hotel. It was an okay experience, but we probably would not go back again.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Very cool dining experience. Sleek modern decor. Modern menu with lots of variety. Food was very good. Our sever Ricky was flawless. Looking forward to a return visit and maybe sitting on the outdoor patio.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Went to dinner with my adult son and daughter, and enjoyed a wonderful evening meal on the side of the Charles River.

Outstanding food, service and ambience.

Thank you.

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