Bergamot

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Bergamot, in Somerville, serves progressive american cuisine with a focus on fresh and seasonal produce in a warm and relaxing environment. The brainchild of Chef Keith Pooler and Servio Garcia, this restaurant's priority is hospitality. The wine list is diverse, meant to show off unsung winemakers from all over the world doing amazing things in small quantities and our cocktails are expertly crafted by our bartenders. Bergamot restaurant is located right on the city line of Somerville and Cambridge Massachusetts in between Harvard Sq, Inman Sq., Porter Sq. and Union Sq. Bergamot welcomes vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters, our chefs are always willing to accommodate any dietary restriction that you might have. Our restaurant can host your next private event for up to 78 people.
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Sun 5:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:00PM 9:30PM - 11:00PM

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New England
48 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner — just two of us early birds at a great table near the window. Had the beet salad with pistachios and scallops entree. My husband had the chicken entree. We both loved our meals and my husband said it’s the best chicken he ever had (he says this every time he gets chicken here!). Good wine selection and our waiter is very knowledgeable about what wine will go with which entree. Will keep returning here for their delicious food and intimate atmosphere.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olivia was exceptional!

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The waiter was rude and abrupt. He kept ignoring our table.

JF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lentil potage was excellent well balance. Steak was cook as requested and risotto was seasoned cooked perfectly

NN
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting and excellent flavors, using many unusual vegetables.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Wonderful service. Loved the prosciutto melon cucumber appetizer, salad with nuts goat cheese and flowers, and the rich French rice pudding with tart jam.

G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We left after 25min. No one ever came and took our drink order or checked in with us. We sat and watched people order and receive service all around us... I don’t even think they noticed us leave. Ended up across the street for tapas - great experience there and super friendly staff

CV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both the corn chowder and lobster risotto were outstanding.

PB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bergamot is the first place we think of when it's time to go out for dinner. The food is absolutely fabulous; the staff is lovely. It's not inexpensive, but it's worth every penny. (If corn chowder is on the menu, order it! It's food for the gods. If I didn't love my husband, I might chase the chef.)

MS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was quite good, but service was really slow and inconsistent. It took a while for a our server to take our order, and then it took even longer to get our main courses. A table next to us, who came in after us, got their food a while before us. I was happy to take my time and enjoy the company, but this was more than that. Additionally, the waiter did not do a great job of coming back to check on us, explain the delay etc.

TB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A limited menu, but excellently prepared with imagination and verve.

RD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us had the five-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Every courses was well thought out, well executed and very tasty. The five courses as a whole (plus an optional cheese course) made sense together. The wine pairings were interesting and worked well with the food. The portions were such that the meal was entirely satisfactory without being too much. Service was friendly and efficient, the bartender was knowledgeable and skilled. This is a really good restaurant.

F
New England
50 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I don't know what happened. Bergamot used to be one of our favorite restaurants, but we haven't eaten there in several years. Our recent experience was truly disappointing. The service was simply unacceptable -- we waited endlessly to place our initial order, to flag someone down to request another drink, to have our plates cleared. My meal (several appetizers) was brought in the wrong order. The server came by to clear the neighboring table at the end of the meal with a crumb catcher -- but left our table uncleared, just putting the dessert utensils down literally on top of spilled food. The server (who seemed to be in training) also reacted oddly to various requests, sometimes not seeming to understand what we were asking for, or just staring at us without acknowledging a request until we repeated what we had said. (It wasn't a language barrier, more like a very strange social interaction.)

The food was mediocre at best. The rillettes had no seasoning at all, nor did the flatbreads/croquettes the dish was served with (I wasn't sure what they were even supposed to be). The salad was drowned in dressing (there was literally a pool of it that the salad was sitting on top of, with even more poured liberally over it) -- but it still had almost no flavor. We didn't finish either dish, but the staff who took the nearly full plates away didn't seem interested in our obvious dissatisfaction. The corn soup tasted pretty good -- except for the bizarrely inappropriate items floating in it (blackberries? pickled mushrooms? who would think those items worked together, much less with corn soup?) The butter cake was dry and overwhelmed by the enormous pile of whipped cream on top of it. The meal just didn't make sense.

Like I said: I don't understand what happened. Maybe it was just a bad night as far as the service went, but the food wasn't nearly up to par either. Unlikely we'll be back, given how many other restaurants there are to choose from.

S
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, presented by the chef. We came a distance and wish we lived closer.

DM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A bit more expensive than we're used to: smallish portions, but with an appetizer, main dish, and dessert, quite filling. And very tasty, though one dessert (chiffon cake) was pretty ordinary, another (espresso chocolate pudding-ish) was quite good -- and chocolate, our preferred species of dessert.

F
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Bergamot was exceptional. The setting with large windows and airy feel. The amazing food and the servers were so helpful and happy! The dessert was to die for: Riz au Lait . Just amazing. Can’t wait to go back.

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This is our favorite restaurant. Always a pleasure to dine here.

c
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choices. Everything--appetizer, entrée, dessert---was exceptionally tasty. The only thing lacking was espresso, but we made due.

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place to dine. We enjoyed the original cocktails, the choice of intriguing appetizers and entrees (including vegetarian options), and great locally sourced bread. The service and atmosphere was superb.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 3

food was super average for the price, the steak was badly cooked and rubbery, and the dessert was astonishingly TERRIBLE, a dry piece of cake i would expect from a deli and a few tasteless pathetic berries on the side. talk about disappointing

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service. Highly recommended.

E
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat down and immediately were delighted by our server's energy and knowledge of the menu as well as the extensive wine list. We ordered the fixed 3 courses for $50, which was an amazing deal for the level of fine dining that we received! Highly recommend going and trying as many different dishes as you can, and definitely don't skip dessert!

JM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious but we waited a very long time for it. We also had to ask several times for more water and to get the candle on our table lighted.

F
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

They were clearly overwhelmed. Our waitperson was lovely but it looked liked she was working the whole restaurant. The food was not bad, but the soft shell crab was an appetizer portion not a main course. Not sure I will go again. Sad. Nice concept, pleasant people, poorly run kitchen??

N
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu. Great food. Excellent service. A little bit pricey.

a
New England
35 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bergamot! The food is always wonderful and creatively prepared, and it is a comfortable space. The service is great and welcoming. The servers are helpful with our toddler grandson. Overall a great experience!

d
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attractive kitchen staff.

S
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Cambridge. You don't have to make jello out of celery or foam out of a coconut to make a good meal. The food and drink are simple and approachable, yet sophisticated. We have been 30 or more times. This visit, the soft shell crab was delicious and the mushroom toasts an incredible vegetarian option. The Riz au lait was an amazing dessert. The service is excellent. The ambiance is bright and happy. Stop looking. Go here.

HM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We decided to all have the 5 course chef's tasting menu. Every dish was amazingly delicious.

MZ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful dining experience - waitstaff was top notch, the food was sooooo amazing, lovely restaurant design - cannot say enough about this new favorite restaurant. It was my friend's birthday and i happened to mention it, so at dessert time, without my prompting, they presented her with a "happy birthday" dish and candle. So thoughtful. Just delightful!

h
New England
29 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambience for good conversation... music quiet in the background, and responsible portion size - for health and the environment. Will be back !!

F
New England
28 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Bergamot is a family favorite for an elegant dinner. I love the excellent preparation, service and delicious food. The wine selection is wonderful--we had a yummy, jammy Cab Franc that I won't soon forget. Usually, the dessert is so inventive but this time the chiffon cake was kind of a disappointment. We will be back again and again.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Third time at Bergamot. Food a little overpriced and serving size on the small side. Good beet salad but not much of it for the price. Entrees OK (trout and steak) but expensive for the content. Server was great. Very attentive.

KW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very accommodating and food was delicious.

PB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered Bergamot several weeks ago and it immediately became our favorite local restaurant for special occasions. In fact, we're thinking of inventing new special occasions to give us more excuses to go there. The food is fabulous. The staff is lovely. We love it.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive and friendly staff. Food was excellent

CM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Overpriced food; the mushroom toast was literally a piece of whole wheat sandwich bread and they charged $28! The cocktails were delicious and the appetizers were decent.

a
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, exotic drinks, fantastic bread. Just a very limited menu of items prepared perfectly.

x
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, service, ambience. Loved it

B
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Love the fact that Bergamot honors ingredients. Small menu sure but that is just because they source purposefully with care. Swordfish was delicious. Dessert perfecto and the best coffee (not to mention the wine and beer)!! A quality meal all around. Thank you.

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