Bondir Cambridge

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Contemporary American
Bondir Cambridge is a tiny restaurant with 9 tables & 5 course Tasting Menu. 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.
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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the few top restaurants in Cambridge that does not play music or have bad acoustics.

JW
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and beautiful presentation. The wine pairings were perfect. Subtle, unusual flavors with no cheap thrills. What a delightful experience!

B
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I took a close friend out to dinner at Bondir to celebrate a special occasion. This was the perfect spot. It was a cold Nov night and we were greeted by a large wood burning fireplace that immediately made us feel cozy. We had a nice table in a corner where we could easily talk and hear each other (rare in restaurants these days). The food was very good and the wine pairing we did was spot on. Just a really nice place with a combination of coziness and elegance. I’d come here again to celebrate a special occasion!

n
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

We felt rushed. We had not even finished our wine the next one was brought to table... food was great though.

Bondir Cambridge
Responded on November 20, 2019

Niki, Thank you for your comment. We actually talk about this topic in our pre-meal meetings. We have a pace to keep, especially on a Saturday night, but more important, is that we take care of you. I'm sorry we did not notice that you felt rushed. I encourage everyone to tell us if we can do anything differently, because we want to do our best for you. (I'm thrilled that you liked the food. Thank you!) -Jason

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w
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bondir is a refreshing change from the usual. Thoughtful, exquisite food. Wonderful service with just the right amount of attention. It is quiet and you can hold a conversation. And this time of year, the cozy, warm ambiance is so welcome. Just a wonderful experience.

GT
New England
46 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food quality and the atmosphere of the restaurant. We appreciated the fireplace waiting area. We will repeat.

HG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hate to give this plus such a great review because there are so few seats! Best kept secret on the Boston / Cambridge food scene.

EH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We'd been meaning to get to Bondir for ages and weren't disappointed. I can't remember the last time that I had such a wonderfully thoughtful meal! The flavors were carefully assembled in combinations that I wanted to savor. A black sesame reduction under the starter was powerful and complex. The duck was perfectly crispy on the outside and succulent within. Creativity with local sourcing, too. All of this on a quiet Wednesday night!

We can't go back soon enough! Bravo!

D
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful cozy country vibe, with fantastic food and wine parings to boot! We had a fantastic time.

F
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was disappointing. Service good. I have been to some of the best restaurants in the world. Had high expectations for this. Didn't make the cut.

J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience at Bondir was all-around fantastic. The service and presentation were awesome and the food was amazing. Chef took special care in avoiding certain ingredients due to food allergies - all making for a special and memorable dining experience. We will be back !!

M
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at Bondir. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was just right. We will definitely be back frequently.

MV
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always amazed by the food at Bondir. Chef Jason's creations are always incredible. As my husband says, "It's food you enjoy with your eyes closed so nothing distracts you from the experience." And the staff are always well-informed about the dishes, and very friendly.

AC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

AB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal ever. Very intimate with special attention given to menu/ingredients and overall experience. Bondir is special -do not miss it!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic in every way.
Stunning food, lovely wine list and friendly knowledgeable service. Every course was delicious!

When our cab didn’t turn up even went above and beyond to help us get back to our hotel.

If you are in Boston you MUST make sure this place is on your list for dinner.

J
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I booked Bondir for a fancy dinner with my husband. We were both very disappointed with our meal as the courses were tiny without complex flavors or ingredients. Two of the 5 courses were miso flavored. One course was 2 mussels (one of mine was sandy) on a piece of squash with a tiny, translucent piece of prosciutto. The wine pairing pours were very stingy. My husband put it best when afterward he said, "That was the worst expensive meal ever." If we spent 1/3 of the price it still wouldn't have been worth it. Very disappointing.

Bondir Cambridge
Responded on October 17, 2019

I am sorry to read that you were disappointed in your meal. I portion each course to give an amount that, at the end of the meal, most people feel comfortable with. The flavors I use are subtle, agreed. For the wine pairings, we pour 3 ounces for the three savory courses, and 2 ounces for dessert, so not to over-serve. I encourage anyone to let us know if they are not happy with any part of their meal. Please call me if we can discuss taking care of you in the future. -Jason

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M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, great wait staff and truly great wines!

A
New England
169 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Bondir several times over the years, and, like their amazing selection of very aged spirits, it’s gotten even better over time. The hospitality is exceptional. The food never disappoints, and is always creative and seasonal. So many restaurants have come and go in recent years, and it’s nice to know Bond is still making incredible food. When in doubt, for a beautiful dinner in a quiet atmosphere, you can’t go wrong. And the price is extremely reasonable for what you get. This is definitely what I’d call “Cambridge fancy”-it’s fine dining, but cozy and unpretentious, not a place that’s overly opulent or ostentatious for the expense account crowd. It’s for people who love food, period.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a very nice dinner. The courses were well prepared with excellent textures and flavors. Our server was helpful and unobtrusive. We all enjoyed the experience and plan to return.

MM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hole in the wall meets fine dining.

Service was probably the best I've ever had at a restaurant anywhere. Daily set menus, but the chef was hospitable and friendly enough to accommodate 3 different dietary restrictions. If there's a table available do not hesitate, just book and enjoy!

JP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, thoughtful neighborhood restaurant with to die for delicious food, like edible art, and delightful, easy-going but knowledgable, unobtrusive staff. Went for our 15 year anniversary and truly enjoyed it.

IG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a great restaurant for a romantic anniversary dinner. It's expensive but not overpriced.

KG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious as always and the atmosphere was comfortable and friendly and just really really enjoyable.

F
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very charming , quaint and tasty. Tables are very close together, but we felt very well taken care of. Everything was delicious, except one sauce a bit too smoky - would go back - lovely spot for 5 course tasting menu.

Y
New England
35 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bondir has fabulous food. The only issue is very limited choice. However, the chef was willing to prepare a perfectly cooked steak when we ate there last as an option. Also our waitstaff said that the chef is willing to do that especially given notice.
Each course was superb! Perfectly crafted food and super delicious. A great choice for a special occasion.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and incredibly creative use of fresh ingredients. Chef came out at end of entre and served crispy piglet skin bits. Yum.

JL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new five course menu is carefully crafted and exhibits great talent. The wine pairings are thoughtful. Highly recommended

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bondir! Their constantly changing tasting menu is always delicious and the team is a joy. Service is impeccable and the chef is really attentive.

On the food — Their food is outstanding and the menu is based on what ingredients they have to work with that day. Not having standard menu items means that it’s always a new adventure for the diner, but also entails a good bit of risk. The quality of food they keep, while changing ingredients so frequently is really impressive.

On the service — The small team makes you feel really comfortable and well cared for. I have taken a number of people with significant dietary restrictions here and they’ve always adjusted the menu to fit their needs. Not just removed items from dishes, but replaced them with an entirely with a different ingredient and reworked the dish to make sure they had a great meal.

On the space — I firmly believe that it’s the cutest restaurant in the Boston area. It’s a tiny little restaurant with a working fireplace, exposed brick, and a lovely mix of decorations.

Overall, best bang for your buck tasting menu at a place with truly lovely people.

JB
Phoenix
85 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warmly welcomed to small very cozy atmosphere. Perhaps 10 tables? Very French Countryside atmosphere. Prefix menu varies but the hostess did ask about any allergy or potential substitute options and was not at all upset when I asked to sub out the scallop item. (The bass was a great substitute!)
There is matching wine or a wine bottle list available and all were reasonable prices. I read some thought the portions were small but I really disagree: they were perfect for all the courses and the rich and varied flavors to really hit home.

T
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

i thought the food was great but the portions were way too small. For the price and what you get, while tasty, you should walk away feeling full and satisfied.

M
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here for special occasions, as it's on the expensive side, but it's well worth it--the food is fantastic, service great, and the tiny space is peaceful and quiet.

MW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family and friends gathered for a vegan dinner, and feast it was! Each course was distinctive and delicious, not to mention beautiful. The service was perfect - checking in about our experience often enough but not hovering. The atmosphere was magical. Chef Jason Bond helped create a memorable dinner and evening for us.

MT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I've ever had!

TR
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holy toledo...ex chef, life long foodie, lived in NYC, London, Hong Kong , Chicago, Mexico City so I know a little about food and this was one of the best I have ever had. It's a small, initimate, inventive, knock-your-eyes-out good experience. The food is marvelous and the entire thing cocoons you in a couple of hours of wonderfulness. It is not presumptuous or ostentatious or full of itself. It is perfect. New rule for me is if I am in the Boston area I am going to Bondir

TK
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bondir is a beautiful experience. This is a farm to table operation that is crafted with thought and great care. Highly recommended for a “special occasion” or a Tuesday night.

k
New England
48 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, very special and intimate dining experience that is worthy of special occasions (including celebrating the lobster!) and other seasonal gems.

B
New England
150 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good food well served. Tonight dinner was lobster based. You never know what will be served. I prefer to know what’s on the menu.

AH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special place for an outstanding meal--creative, beautiful and delicious.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great room. Highly recommend for special dining.

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