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ArtBar

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485 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:
Closed for dinner


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Phone number
(617) 806-4122
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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
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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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What 485 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.4
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3.5
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAndrew (New England)
2.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Wow - what a disappointment. I'd been to ArtBar before and was happy to suggest it for a lunch gathering of coworkers in from out of town. What a mistake that was. It would've been really nice to get a heads up that we'd be dining in a CONFERENCE ROOM IN A HOTEL - not in the restaurant.

After being redirected down hallways to a conference room (the breakfast buffet was still set up from the morning), we were seated by someone who somehow kept a straight face, and then were promptly ignored for the next 20 min. Shocking considering there was one other group in the whole room.

Food was fine, but incredibly disappointed in the lack of service, much less acknowledgement of what we'd be walking into. Instead it felt like the crew tried to pretend it was business as usual.

I won't be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Indiana)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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 (New England)
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 (New England)
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 (New England)
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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librae (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

The worst lobster roll I ever had, extremely over priced

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  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.

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AwesomeExperience (Montreal)
1.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

Better service needed, salad wilted and pita chips stale

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JAIME2555 (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  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.

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Martha (New England)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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.

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SLisa (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 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.

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mbpdp (Chicago)
3.0  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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darkwaters51 (New England)
5.0  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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  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.

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vipJade (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 26, 2017

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

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vipMTVessel (New England)
2.0  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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vipJenniT (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 24, 2017

Awfully loud for good conversation

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

The lamb burguer is fantastic

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vipLizD (New England)
4.0  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.

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DJP55 (New England)
5.0  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!

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