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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.
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
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ArtBar Ratings and Reviews
Some of the food was great. The drinks were lovely. My mother ordered the waffle and it was cold. When she asked for a new one they just heated the old one. We had to speak with the manager and in the end my mother ordered the pancakes. The pancakes were wonderful. The manager did not charge us for the pancakes or my mother's mimosa. It was just frustrating to have to deal with the same problem. twice however they did try and correct the mistakes.
The food was excellent and the saving grace of our dinning experience. Our waitress was unpleasant and rude. We had a wobbly table and we asked if there was anything we could place under the table to fix the situation, she was very snippy. She then moved us to another table that was also wobbly but made no further effort to rectify the situation. She never brought bread to our table when every other table was served bread, even after we requested it. We ordered the sweet potatoes fries which come with a trio of dipping sauces, she brought us just ketchup. When I asked her about the sauces she told me they didn’t come with any dipping sauces and I had to show her on the menu, only then did she bring out the right order, begrudgingly.
We decided to go to ArtBar for brunch so we could sit outside and take advantage of the beautiful weather and lovely view. Hostess was very nice and accommodatig as we had to change the number of people twice before we actually arrived. Our server was very nice but the food took a while to arrive. Do not think it was the server's fault, but the kitchen. Food was pretty good-not great. Typical fare for a hotel restaurant. We ordered bloody marys, blt sandwiches (which were good), eggs and bacon, and a chicken sandwich. All adequate but can definitely find better quality of food elsewhere. Mainly we were the there for the location and that did not disappoint. All in all it was a nice experience.
Unfortunately, Art Bar was not a good experience. The waitress, although pleasant and apologetic, had to make several trips to the table to update us on the whereabouts of pre-dinner cocktails, appetizers and what item on the bar or menu was not available. The dining room was noisy,a private party in a side room seemed to have most of the staff attention. At the end of the dinner, after making a second choice on desert, as the first one was unavailble,we were handed our check and told the dining room was closing, we could stay for a drink but the outside area had closed! Dinner for 4, 3 hours later and $244.00 out of pocket. We are not likely to return.
When I booked the Artbar, I hadn't realized it was in a hotel (the Royal Sonesta). Nevertheless my partner and I enjoyed our dinner. The food was tasty with a wide range of options for vegetarians and reasonably priced. The atmosphere fell a little flat but it was a Monday night, so it was to be expected. Service was minimal but efficient with the waitress spending little time at our table other than to take orders or leave food. The bartender greeted us at the door in a super friendly way, which I definitely appreciated. All in all it was a nice little experience. I imagine it only gets better on the weekend.
Went for lunch with a group of coworkers. We all liked this place, from the decor to the food. The view from the patio is spectacular, making it hard to peel back to work. The wait staff was friendly and unassuming. Our order of sandwiches arrived fast and was nicer presented. The tuna buyers were cooked to perfection, and the vegetable burger was delicious, as were the sweet potato tots. Yum! Prices were reasonable for this area. Go try it on a nice day -- the patio alone makes it memorable, and the good food complements it.
We went to ArtBar for a corporate lunch. The restaurant was not busy, but the staff was oddly inattentive when needed. One entree, lobster cobb salad - was inedible to extremely fishy tasty lobster. It took three waves at staff to finally get someone's attention. Note to server - if you have a table of women, be sure to card ALL of them if they order alcoholic beverages. You will avoid inadvertently insulting memebers of a group. The parkgin valet insisted that the parking was cash only; after a 10 minute runaround with the concierge and front desk staff, and being told that the driver need to walk over to the garage to pay with a credit card, we were on our way. Not impressive customer service.
Art Bar delivered all that I'd hoped for. Great views of the river, and Boston beyond. Waitstaff was competent, although they could have been a bit more knowledgeable about the food they served. Food was really fantastic, from the scallops (perfectly done) to the swordfish (amazing) to the surprising spring pea soup. I'd go there again in a minute. Not too expensive either.
Everything about this restaurant was sub par but it wasn't horrible just really bland. We order the cheese dish to start and none of the cheeses were very interesting. We also order the fried macaroni and it was really bland and the waitress mixed up our order. The entrees we ordered were both really boring. Overall it was ok but really nothing special. It was pretty quiet a night though so if you're looking for somewhere not super busy on a friday or saturday night this place would work.
Even at about half capacity we waited too long for first drink to arrive. Waiting too long to be asked if I wanted a second. Came especially for the $17 burger expecting an elite burger experience, what we got was greasy and not very flavorful considering what was put into it and what it cost and it came on a hard bun made in a factory. Fries were ok. We were seated between a fire exit, a wait station, and right in front of the disused patio door in winter, disused until out server opened it for about 30 freezing seconds just to tell some people that they can't come in that way. On top of it all eating in the hotel restaurant only took $2 off my hotel garage stay. I'll never go back and never recommend and I won't even try dante next door.
I had a guest in town and took her to have the eggs benedict with crabcakes, something I thought the ArtBar did very well. We reserved a table for outside seating in our reservation request, but no one notified me to inform that the outdoor area was not available for seating. The crabcake benedict was not available, but we were told there was lobster, so we ordered that. It was just a few pieces of lobster sprinkled on a muffin with eggs and sauce over it. Absolutely no flavour whatsoever. It was an embarassing experience, as I had been telling my friend how good this restaurant was. We have taking our guests from out of town to the ArtBar a few times, and it has always been very good. We will not be returning.
I think of all of the restaurant visits we've had through open table = this one stands out as the most shocking and unbelievable. It started when I've asked for the origin of the oysters on the menu...Not only I was lied to, that they have Wianno oysters, more to an insult - what was brought to the table, just simply shocked me and my wife: there were 3 different kinds of oysters on the plate. When I've asked the waiter about it, first he confirmed it, to which I objected strongly, then agreed to go and talk to 'my chef'...Never heard back from him...We should've just walked away at that time, but time constrain and evening plans kept us at the table...To this day, I am not sure if the main dish that we've order was indeed a monk fish...
My wife had the scallop entree at dinner and it was absolutely fabulous, and she is, by the way, a tough customer. Another highlight was the Boston bibb salad with pears, terrific dressing, delicious. Nice views overlooking Charles at several tables. Quiet and intimate setting. Great server.
We were a group of four women who notoriously get poor service because servers think we will be poor tippers. Not at Art Bar. It was a slow Saturday night after a winter storm and our server was friendly and very helpful. We reserved through Open Table and let them know we were celebrating our birthdays, and they took great care of us. And the food was divine. Complex, interesting and beautifully prepared and presented. We would all go back, and our tip reflected our delight. All of the staff were very friendly, helpful and cheerful.
The food here is expensive in relation to the quantity of the portions served. The restaurant focuses more on presentation than quality and quantity of food. The cavatelli pasta dish was ok, yet it did not wow me. The clam chowder was ok, yet the portion was not substantial. We would recommend dining across the street at P.F. Chang's, the Galleria Mall, or one of the other restaurants within walking distance (i.e., near Hotel Marlowe) instead.
Parts of our NYE 6-course prix fixe were truly exceptional, though the quality of the meal was uneven. The wine pairings were more reliably great. The maitre'd was lovely and accommodated our request for a table with a view. But, once seated, the service was underwhelming. Several courses were rushed, others got cold while we waited for wine pairings. Our server couldn't answer questions about the food (i.e., "what kind of cheese is this?") or ID wines (and we weren't asking for regions or years - more like "Is this a chardonnay or a sauv blanc?"). It was surprising that the staff wasn't more informed on a night when only twelve dishes total were being served, and a disappointment for people who love to learn about food and wine.
We chose ArtBar for Christmas brunch, although we had never been there before. But they were open, had open reservations and the price was right - $50 per person, as compared to $80 or $90 at other Christmas brunches. We were seated right away. The buffet and served entrees were excellent - everything was very tasty, and there was plenty of it! Even later in the day, when we were there, nothing had run low - the selections were full and varied.
The only negative was the service - it was a little slow for our liking. But it was a holiday and we had no schedule, so we just sat back, took in the view and enjoyed the great food.
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