Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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.
Cambridge, MA 02142
Hours of Operation:
Daily, 6:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Tuesday-Saturday, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Reduced parking rate with restaurant validation.
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
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
ArtBar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food and service. Really enjoyed the egg white fritatta! Just wanted to note that it was a gorgeous spring day outside, and it seems like a missed opportunity not to seat people on the patio. Everyone who came in for brunch (including my party) asked to be seated at the tables outside and were told they weren't seating the patio.....
Christmas night dinner buffet. Excellent presentation, interesting variety of dishes to accompany delicious roast turkey and baked ham. Missed turkey stuffing though.
Waitress was very attentive and friendly as well as other staff.
Will probably return again.
We went for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The food was tepid or downright cold. We asked to have hot food and we got a replacement that was even colder. There were great quantities of food that lacked any inkling of finesse. The waiter had good will, but no idea how to serve a table. They brought greasy ravioli that we didn't order, salad while we were having the soup, and I had to ask to get clean plates for the main course after the salad. It was a great disappointment. Cold, tasteless food with emphasis on quantity rather than quality. Even the floury, heavy, tasteless gravy was cold. Totally ruined our Thanksgiving.
We went for Sunday Brunch to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary as we got married at the Royal Sonesta. I did put a comment in our reservation that this was a special occasion, in hoping just score a nice table (we did). But also was greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne, very thoughtful. The waiter was great with my 3 year old. The lamb burger was ridonkoulus.
Location along the Charles is 5 star and the service is attentive without being annoying. Wine selections very good and the $1 oysters/shrimp are a great beginning (before 6). The Broccoli rabe appetizer over cooked and burnt but the asparagus divine. Chicken wings also good
Very inventive dishes, but I got the impression they were hit or miss when it came to the execution. I went for Restaurant Week so got to order three courses. The chilled corn and coconut soup was amazing, but my main course of duck was rather cold (and I think overcooked), which I would have understood of the dining room was crazy busy, but it was a pretty mellow evening. Me and my friend's desserts were pretty average - gorgeous to look at, but nothing special to actually eat.
I'd say overall it might be a fun place to check out, but really wasn't super special. I'd recommend checking out a couple of other places first over ArtBar, despite the cool vibe it's got going :/
The good: we got there 10 minutes and were seated right away in the outside deck. Our waiter was awesome, very friendly and helpful. The drinks were strong and the food was delicious. The dessert was very good as well. The bad: It took 30 minutes in-between each meal. The restaurant was not overly busy so that was disappointing. It took 2.5 hours to eat dinner which was tough to swallow. Luckily my girlfriend is hilarious so it didn't feel all that bad. Overall, I would return for the food but I would clear my schedule first!
I would not recommend the ArtBar to another person unless they are only planning to get a quick drink and enjoy a little time by the Charles River. My boyfriend and I went last night for Restaurant Week and I was so excited for this experience and was let down extremely. We were unable to sit out on the patio for dinner even though there was visibly room and the hostess gave me extreme attitude when I walked in even though I had a reservation. We waited about 20 minutes after our appetizer for our entree, when the party of two next to us arrived 20 minutes after we did and had the same entree's placed in front of them while we sat just waiting. The waitress barely acknowledged the fact that we were waiting so long, and didn't seem to mind that we were just sitting there waiting. We also waited for about 15 minutes for the second drink that we ordered. When we finally did get the drink, ten minutes later a girl from the bar came over and handed us the same drink. We let her know that we got the drink., but the waitress came over and said "Well do you want this one too, so you don't have to put in an order for the second one. We were both puzzled. I have to mention that the restaurant was not busy when we were having dinner so we couldn t understand why our waitress was so absent. I have to say that I am so disappointed by this experience and really wish we hadn't chose the ArtBar to experience Restaurant Week. I truly hope you implement some changes because from the experience I had last night I got the vibe that the employees don't care about providing good service at all.
This is a beautiful location, right on the river. Have both shady and sunny tables available, so you can be comfortable. The service was friendly but very poor. The servers spent quite a bit of time talking with one another, and seemed overall a bit confused. The food was ok. Upscale bar food. So overall a good experience.....would go back on a nice day, and sit outside again.
Excellent lobster roll. Very good food and view on the river. I had the lobster roll, matcha cake, and white wine sangria, which were all fantastic. I would definitely recommend ArtBar for those looking for a slightly upscale afternoon lunch on the water that won't break the bank.
My only complaint is that we were unable to try the acclaimed brunch, as we made the reservations looking for brunch, but were not told they were only serving the restaurant week menu after we got there and were seated. I would have expected at least a note on their site or something. It's a small complaint as the lunch we had was delicious.
The hostess was very rude. My boyfriend and I were going to spend our 2 year anniversary. I requested a table with a nice view for the occasion and since it was also our first time there. The hostess couldn't find the reservation and I offered to show her the reservation confirmation e-mail I had, but she refused and had a bitter attitude. Once she found our reservation, I asked if we could have a table outside. She said it was full. I was disappointed because restaurants usually consider the requests through OpenTable reservations. She not only didn't try to accommodate a better solution but was very passive aggressive in her interaction with us. It definitely set a negative tone from the start of our experience. Overall the food and drinks were very good except the fish and chips. Our waiter was very kind. Our drinks were ready after our food came. Also, the table next to us didn't get cleared off while we were there. Besides our waiter, I was disappointed with the service.
The service here was extremely poor. It all started when we walked in and asked if hostess if our party of 6 could sit outside. They said they couldn't accommodate that because you couldn't fit that many people at a table outside. Over an hour later we saw a party of 8 be seated outside, when I asked her why she allowed them to sit outside but not us she said she didn't know what I was talking about. The actual service itself was absolutely awful. It took over an hour to get our main entrees. Dirty plates were not cleared from the table and it took 30-40min from when we finished to when the final bill was given to us. Overall it took 2.5hours for our lunch, we watched many people who arrived after us get there food before us as well as leave before us. There was no manager walking around to express our grievances too, overall I thought it was a poorly run restaurant. Not worth the money, the food surely did not make up for the frustrating dining experience.
The spaghetti from the lobster carbonara did not have enough flavor, given the light cream sauce. Outdoor seating is first come, first serve, so come early (we did not make it). Overall, a bit pricey for the amount of food. The dessert was definitely the best part.
We went for Boston Restaurant week. The portions were great- we could barely finish the 3rd course. The clam chowder was particularly good. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful with our food and drink questions. Great outdoor seating area, perfect for a summer night.
The food portions were a good size and delicious as expected. I just hope that the time it takes to serve them was quicker since we waited half an hour for appetizers, another half hour for entree and yet another half for desserts. I appreciate my food with prompt service but knowing it was restaurant week I had a little more patience.
The "Art" of the ArtBar is quite underwhelming. The website makes it seem like you're dining in an art museum, then when you walk in, it looks like any other restaurant with a few paintings on the walls. The restaurant was also frigid and we were not allowed to take our reservation outside where it was beautiful weather as the seating outside is only "first come first serve." The staff was also resistant to allowing any tables with reservations to wait for seating to become available outside, which seemed crazy to me. Thankfully, the redeeming quality of this otherwise lackluster experience was the food. The wings were OUT OF THIS WORLD GOOD! I got scallops as an entree and matcha honey suckle cake for dessert, which were both phenomenal as well. Their strawberry mule was also very tasty. The place is definitely worth it for foodies, but don't have high expectations beyond that.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.