BONDIR RESTAURANT is located in a residential neighborhood in the center of Cambridge which is known for it's sense of community &pride in it's diversity-a neighborhood filled with murals, parks, and public gardens.
OUR CUISINE is based on a simple premise: The ingredients we use are a story about the people who produce them. The most expressive ingredients are the freshest, coming from the ocean or the field, directly to our door. Relationships - cultivated over the years through time spent with foragers, fishermen, farmers, ranchers - color the daily menu.
OUR SERVICE is the most important aspect of our job. We want to create a personalized evening for each guest.
Dinner at Bondir is an experience I encourage everybody to try at least once. It's a cozy atmosphere, a set menu and absolutely fabulous. The food looks every bit as delicious as it tastes and is thoughtfully and beautifully prepared. Optional wine pairings are on point. Service is outstanding. Highly recommended for sure.
Excellent, but still disappointing. I'm used to something fresh and different from here and didn't really get that this time. The dessert was incredibly ordinary. Nothing was bad, but nothing was exciting. This place is usually awesome, so they've set the bar high and this time they just didn't make it.
They had a lovely hiramasa over pickled tomato that we are still raving about three days later. The wine pairing was outstanding. This is the kind of place where you think “we could go try something new ...but it’s so good every time and they’re always innovating, why would we go anywhere else?”
I'd heard of this place from a friend, and had tried several times to get a reservation. The trick was to wait until a Sunday night of a holiday weekend (Thanksgiving).
The food and service were top notch. My favorite of the 5 courses was the baked squash with mackerel. Never would have thought I'd like mackerel. Each component was unusual and contributed to the whole. It was a quiet night, and we had all the server's attention. She knew much more than I would have expected about how each item was created. The 6 of us at my birthday celebration had a wonderful evening.
Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Only (slight) complaint is that the noise level can go up quite a bit when the restaurant is full, but that's to be expected. This is a great restaurant.
This was our second visit to Bondir, and it was as wonderful as the first. The menu is creative and really interesting. The service is impeccable. We will definitely return. (we have not tried the wine parings, maybe next time)
Wow. I love the fact that the chef managed to produce interesting and tasty food combinations without going overboard on weird presentations (foam, deconstructed everything, etc.). Dinner seemed like something that was achievable in an ordinary kitchen without a ton of specialized equipment. And the tiny dessert was over-the-top amazing - chocolate - star anise pot de creme. Unreal how good that was. A++ would eat again.
I love the concept of this restaurant! It's wonderful not to have to choose your food, and every course feels like an adventure. The dining room is intimate and elegant without being formal, and the staff were attentive and knowledgeable. My only criticism, and I guess it's a big one, is that the food, while imaginative and tasty, wasn't amazing, as I sometimes experience when I go out to a really good restaurant. I would definitely return, as the menu changes regularly and I'm a fan of the concept and commitment to locally sourced food.
Our dinner at Bondir was incredible as always. The service is the best we have experienced in the Boston area with long-term staff members who clearly love what they do and enjoy tailoring the experiences of their guests. The ambience is quiet and cozy with warm music playing in the background and soft lighting perfect for date night or a dinner with friends where you’d like to have a real conversation. Chef Bond’s dishes are creative and always seasonal and local and the flavors and foods are surprising and delightful. The wine pairing is exceptional and reasonably priced. Kate and Erin are wonderful and make you feel special as a guest while also delivering a seamless dining experience where you never feel interrupted but always feel well taken care of. If you’d like a fabulous dinner, tailored to your dietary needs and emphasizing a great seasonal tasting menu of local food, with an unforgettable experience - Bondir is the restaurant for you!
The wine was excellent, they had gluten free homemade bread that was amazing (this is rare anywhere), and the chef tailored our meal to our food preferences (vegetarian) and allergy (celiac). Each course was full of surprisingly good combinations of fresh ingredients.
Overrated. Overpriced. Service was poor and the potions small.
Bondir was a lovely, cosy little spot. The food was beautiful, so creative and truly delicious. Service was spot on and we would definitely return.
Huge disappointment. Things looked nice, sounded fancy, but did not taste good. Also, the fixed menu (as in - no options, they serve what they serve) is not ideal. Had high hopes, but could not have been more dissatisfied with the meal.
What an amazing experience eating at Bondir. It is a tiny jewel of a restaurant. The restaurant 12 tables and you are seated at pretty close quarters. We never felt crowded.
Service is impeccable. The food lives up to and excedes the service. The set menu was a delight. Small servings-one featuring a small rectangle of watermelon topped with caviar, the other a small square of long pie squash atop a pickled green tomato slice. The main course was a perfectly cooked tenderloin of Wagu beef served on potato purée.
When the server asked about dessert, I declined-having had sufficient carbs and wine for a day, let alone a meal. He returned moments later with three choices that would meet my needs!
It is a very special space with a fantastic, creative chef that goes extra miles to create and serve wonderful meals.
Go. Eat. You will be so happy that you did.
A late comer to this amazing restaurant in its 8th year of operation been twice in the last 2 1/2 months. Run don't walk.
Had a fabulous meal, wonderful evening and great server
Bondir is like walking into a friend's home, with gracious service and warmth. You eat what chef Jason is preparing that night, with few variations (he will accommodate vegan/vegetarian diets with some notice). The food is very innovative without being pretentious. The plating was simple, but beautiful, and every forkful was a delight. Our greatest compliment is Chef Jason's treatment of antelope: tender, tasty, and just perfect. We'll be back.
The finest around. No one cooks like Jason cooks. If you know, you know.
I hadn’t been to Bondir in a while and am kicking myself for not getting back there sooner. The space is cozy and cute, and the dinnerware is adorable. The place is nice without pretentiousness. The staff and servers are all warm and friendly, and not at all snobby. And, most important, the food is delicious, creative, and wonderful.
I LOVE this place. It's a cozy little restaurant with a creative, skilled chef. A chilled tomato dashi with tomato ice, green tomato, and crab was beautifully presented and 'interactive' - the flavors intensified as the ice melted. The steelhead salmon was served with fermented cabbage and caviar and was perfectly prepared. The attached image is of a baked squash with chestnuts and fennel flowers, and it was much prettier than the picture! We had a Gilt City tasting menu with expertly selected wine pairings, and the food portions were in the Goldilocks zone - just right. What sets this restaurant apart from many others is the sense that you're eating a rich assortment of foods that are healthy, and don't depend heavily on fat to impart flavor. You know that "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" lethargy you get after a big, heavy meal? No worries about that here. Perfect.
This is a gem of a restaurant! Only 9 tables and a single tasting menu each night. The chef/owner is in the kitchen with one assistant and a waiter and that's all that is needed. Beautifully plated, delicious courses followed one after another in smooth progression. A wonderful place for a date, special occasion, or just any evening you want a great, cosy meal.
What a lovely neighborhood gem! This is a very cozy and intimate restaurant with excellent service and delicious food. Six courses were served - they were the perfect size and I didn’t feel over-stuffed at the end. The price was very reasonable. The decor was adorable - I loved everything from the table settings to the furniture to the bathroom!! I would definitely recommend Bondir for a special date night.
Pleasant ambiance, attentive service. A single prix-fixe menu. As one of our party didn't want chicken, the server managed to find a single serving of fish in the kitchen. She also pro-rated the menu so we didn't have to consume and pay for everything. The cuisine is French/mildly avant-garde but as someone who lives part-time in France I was underwhelmed. Too much oil or butter, some odd mingling of flavors. Perhaps would have a very different impression on a night with a different menu.
Very average meal and service relative to price and expectations
Went for our anniversary, now we want to bring all our friends there.
The special menu with the wine pairings was excellent. The concept is good but I could go for more than one choice on the entree.
This is the way restaurant dining ought to be. Bondir is unparalleled.
Really enjoyed JT's Herbs and Produce pop-up dinner. Great menu executed perfectly. Will definitely be back for more.
A perfect place to take a recently rekindled romance for a spin. Elegant, artful, delicious and still the most romantic restaurant in town.
Wonderful little restaurant that is intimate and inviting, with a friendly waitstaff. Prix fixe menu means you only have to choose your drinks. Very interesting flavor combinations that you won't get at many places.
Absolutely fantastic! Highly recommend.
A disappointing second visit. The service was stilted and cold. The food was good but unremarkable with the exception of the palate cleanser. Not sure that we will return - there is better value to be had elsewhere.
Fantastic restaurant. Each plate was artistic and creative. Food was very unique. This was my first time doing a wine pairing and I thought each wine choice enhanced the experience. I would absolutely do the wine pairing if you are on the fence.
I choose Bondir for my boyfriend's birthday, we tried the Strawberry Moon/Solstice menu that was featured on their website. We also opted in to the wine pairing, which is extra, and in our opinion as wine novices, was more than worth it. The romantic feel was exactly what we wanted, and while we dressed up, we could have gone a little more casual. There was nothing in our meal that we did not enjoy greatly. Our waiter was so nice and checked in on us often, but was never overbearing. The Strawberry tart at the end was incredible, and I am still thinking about it. As well, they gave us strawberries from their garden to take with us, which was super cute.
One 5-course menu per night, prix fixe at $68 (or $110 with wine pairings). Every dish was artfully composed but not in the least fussy or pretentious. The chef, Jason Bond, came to our table several times to serve courses, go over ingredients, and answer our questions. The other server was just as friendly and knowledgeable. We opted for wine by the glass and were rewarded with two terrific selections. Overall, the best meal we've had in our two years in Boston.
Was looking for a unique place to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday and found this place recommended online. The set, pre-fixe menu did not disappoint with all the food and ingredients being so fresh and tasty. The kitchen was also to make some adjustments on the fly to individual dishes due to a food.
One of the best meals and dining experiences I've had in a while.
Outstanding Vegan Meal-- I went with a friend for the vegan tasting menu. Each course was beautifully presented and incorporated fresh foraged ingredients. I give it y highest recommendation.
Everything about it felt right, the relaxed, warm, romantic atmosphere, the feeling that we are at someone’s house. The dishes are inventive without pushing the boundaries to the point of confusion. Simply excellent.