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ArtBar

4.2
484 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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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


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(617) 806-4122
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What 484 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.1
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4.1
service
3.7
ambience
3.7
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Indiana)
1.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

It took over an hour to get our second course and when we did receive it the food had clearly been reheated. Portions were cold while other portions were too hot. No one addressed the issue until the food was ready so we were left to sit wondering for an hour what was happening. We were ready to walk out when the food finally came so we stayed to finish. It was a 4 course prefix menu. The portions were oversized and the kitchen was off timing. Food was not good enough quality to make up for the poor service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0
Dined on December 30, 2017

Exceptional service from waitress. She had great recommendations and was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner 
1.0
Dined on November 23, 2017

Absolutely ruined our Thanksgiving. The ambiance was 2nd rate Ground Round chain restaurant set in a convenience store; the food was really bad -- mushy oily stuffing, unseasoned sweet potatos, rhe cranberry sauce had NO SUGAR --really truly terrible. My daughter felt so sick from the horrible dressing and the very loud space that we asked them to Pack our meal. They packed
Up the horrible mushy vegetables and didn't include any of the dessert-- the only edible dish. Never again. Never.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0
Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a lovely delicious thanksgiving meal here and the staff could have been more kind and accommodating.

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Maria (New York Area)
3.0
Dined on November 23, 2017

My husband and I drove in from the North Shore to dine for the Thanksgiving Dinner. When I read that the stuffing/dressing was made with brioche, I was excited. The price of $50/pp was in the middle of our price range, so we booked it.

The meal was delicious for the most part and the brioche stuffing was even better than anticipated. The turkey was the bomb- thick slices of white meat and smaller pieces of dark- also so tender. But no bread rolls? I admit, we should have asked why.

The dessert pies were very disappointing. The pie crust on one was rancid tasting. The bacon caramel sauce was a great idea, but was not tasty for some reason.

The whole staff was pleasant and we drove home happy and thankful.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on November 23, 2017

We had our thanksgiving meal at Artbar. Food was great and server, Cornellia, was better.

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Lindsey 
5.0
Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0
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.

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Calli123 (Miami)
4.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0
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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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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


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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(617) 806-4122
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Parking details
Reduced parking rate with restaurant validation.
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Executive chef
Brian Dandro
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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.
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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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