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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AB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

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 4 days ago

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

A
New England
161 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

F
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
84 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've ever had!

TR
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
149 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

j
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, interesting food, beautiful presentation.

AF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly enjoyable experience. Bondir is very small, perhaps only ten or so tables for two. The decor is understated upscale country farmhouse (not sure if that's a thing, but that's what it felt like). The service was impeccable. The noise level was low, but the restaurant was a bit slow when we were there - not sure what it would be like with a full house.

The only choices are whether or not to do the wine pairing with the set menu (we did), and which of the two desserts (we did one of each). Presentation on the plate was attractive, thoughtful, and interesting, and every course was excellent. The wine pairings were good. I'd go back in a heartbeat and wouldn't change a single thing. Highly recommended.

PS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been waiting to try Bondir for a long time. A friend's visit from the West Coast was the perfect impetus to finally make a reservation. Bondir did not disappoint. The evening was STUPENDOUS. We raved to each other the entire night, thru 5 exquisite courses. Bravo Bondir for a truly delightful evening and mouth-watering original selections. I couldn't be more pleased ... as you may gather. :-) 10 stars!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit....had been recommended. Total treat; Kate fabulous server, attentive without hovering. Jason’s food so very delicious and interesting. Herbs and flavors complex and yet familiar. Perfect amounts for each course. Basically one if the best meals I have ever tasted, eaten and experienced.

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This place has some incredible qualities, not the least of which is the varying and uncommon breads made daily and of incredible flavor. The ambiance and service are also quite nice. Desserts and palate cleansers are standouts (the latter has no water in the various sorbets and is bursting with citrus). But, 2 of 3 times I've been here the meat portion (as opposed to the accompaniments) for the main course was not very good in my opinion and in that of my dinner companions.

Bondir Cambridge
Responded on June 29, 2019

Marc, Thank you very much for your return visits to Bondir, and thank you for letting us know about the part of the meal with which you were not happy. I am sorry we did not recognize your feeling at the time. I portion each ingredient to the appetite of our average diner. But I would encourage anyone, especially someone such as you who have been in multiple times, to let us know in the moment anything we can do for you. We're here for you and we'd be very happy to better know what you like.

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D
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful, creative meal with friends. I would have been back earlier had I realized the improvements in the parking situation. Bondir is a gem to be cherished.

S
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fine dining tasting menu in the Boston area. We had wine pairings and thoroughly enjoyed every morsel. Glad to know someone knows how to produce this kind of experience. It’s very difficult to find elsewhere. Of course we are open to trying and enjoying everything and have no “allergies” or “food preferences “ so it makes for a wonderful meal when you can just sit down, relax and anticipate all of the goodness to come!

t
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience! So wonderfully awesome, from our warm welcome to our after dinner congnac. Our guests, new in town, were amazed. We were just feeling blessed. A perfect evening to slow down and really taste the brilliance of the night.

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

Fantastic evening. Everything was very well prepared and served very quickly.

RB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise. Interesting, elegant, delicious. Nice wine list. Service was considered, thoughtful, and concise, no huffy puffy fluffiness. A real treat on all fronts.

TA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambience. Will go there again!

t
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bondir is our go-to spot for a special dinner. The food is always sublime, the service impeccable (Erin is a stand out), and the whole experience never is anything less than top shelf. As a small intimate restaurant with a prix fixe menu, it is like having a private chef who always delights you with creative, mouth watering dishes. We are unabashedly loyal fans.

GS
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Recommended!

G
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place but looks tired and not too much fun to be. No hard liquor so only wine and beer. Food was ok far from great. For this amount of money Boston offer way better restaurants

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