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About Bondir Cambridge
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.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Hours of Operation:
Open for dinner only
Closed Monday & Tuesday
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Please see the "Directions & Parking" page on our website:
Redline to Central Square (10-min. walk) or Kendall Square (15-min. walk.)
#64, #68 Stop in front of restaurant.
#83, #91 Stop a few blocks away.
CAB - Please tell them Broadway between Elm St. and Columbia.
Bike racks available in front of restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Bondir is available 7 days a week for private event booking.
Private Party Contact:
email@example.com: (617) 661-0009
Beer, Fireplace, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please see the "Events" page on our website:
Bondir Cambridge Ratings and Reviews
Imaginative balancing of fresh ingredients, some foraged from the 'hood ( such as a meade created from ginko leaves from the tree outside the restaurant). Each dish a subtle combination that creates wonder, with any sting or burn. The "chips and dip" dessert of pine granita, white chocolate pudding and waffle crisps knocked the meal out of the park.
Our first visit to Bondir, on the basis of strong Zagat reviews for food and ambience. Unfortunately it was not what we expected. The food in particular was disappointing, certainly very inventive, albeit to a fault.
For example the appetizer included completely raw shrimp, without marination or even a quick steaming. Salad OK, main course (halibut) very small but tasty, same for vegetable side. In retrospect I should have looked at the menu carefully before booking to know it was a price fixe 5 course dinner, and the cost which ended up well over $200 with wine (and my wife only ordered the fish entrée, we shared the rest.)
The ambience is just OK, and its housed in a somewhat seedy looking building in Cambridge on the Somerville line. I would not return nor recommend to friends.
A $50 prix fixe would have been much more appropriate (meal was $80/person without drinks). Out of five courses, three were vegetarian - lovely, but boiled cabbage is not worth $15. Also, the first course was raw whole shrimp with no warning on the menu that it would be raw. We had to send it back and it really set a poor tone for the rest of the meal.
We've been trying to get a reservation here for years. Finally got on on 8/27. Service was impeccable. I included a note with my reservation regarding a dietary restriction, when I called to confirm they received the information, they were gracious and extremely helpful. When we arrived, they remembered the restriction, went over it with us, and had prepared a special dessert as we couldn't eat the one on the tasting menu.
All in all, the service was fantastic, food was delicious, the room is lovely. It was worth the wait.
Overpriced, under qualitied. Bondir was a real disappointment. The food was pretentiously plated--small portions in huge bowls--with fancy descriptions, but, with one exception (a cold scallop dish), tasted uninteresting or, in the case of dessert, inedible. We went on a Saturday night so there was no choice at all. Everyone was stuck with the fixed price menu. This is not at all clear from their website, which suggests that you can also order a la carte. I would definitely not recommend this restaurant. In fact, I was embarrassed to have brought friends there.
Bondir Cambridge was fantastic!
The staff were super attentive, with great attention to detail, and just enough distance to not be seated at the table with you.
The food was gorgeous! All about top quality local ingredients with simple preparations that allow the products to shine!
You need to get yourself a table at Bondir...It will be the happiest evening of your week.
Their Bistro Monday's was the perfect excuse to try Bondir. It was a set 4 course menu with friendly staff. They were able to make on-the-spot adjustments friend who was unable to eat the fish (she was pregnant and it was on the list to avoid) and me who has a gluten allergy.
Cozy, warm both the restaurant and food.
An absolutely amazing meal. Amongst the absolute best in Boston and from my experience - tops in the US as well. Each course was spectacular in the depth and range of flavors. The roasted zucchini with a pistachio pesto. The fish, crisped skin, with a wakame broth. All of them - truly remarkable. Servers were always present when needed, and all went very smoothly. And at this price point, a very reasonable choice for this quality. Two suggestions however. The seating is basic and not as comfortable as could be given the stature of this meal. The wine list is heavily old world and could offer more options for those who prefer a newer-world palate.
This was the most amazing meal we've had at Bondir (and every visit has been fabulous). Summer seasonal ingredients used in creative ways that highlighted the uniqueness of each. Brined cucumber didn't sound exciting to us, but on a bed of super crunchy sourdough bits, topped with a sourdough form they were pure genius. The "meaty carrots" with super crispy maitakes mushroom had us all oooing and ahhhing. Soft shell crab, one of my favorite foods anyway, on a bed of greens that were seaweed, egg yolk and green garlic enhancing the dish. Cape Cod bluefish was the best any of us had ever eaten- not too oily as it was so well cleaned and prepared, tender with the crispiest skin (how that stayed crisp in super clean tasting dashi broth is a divine mystery). We four did not do the wine pairing menu but each wine they suggested was a terrific match with the food. A memorable evening. Great calm atmosphere, service was perfect also.
You probably should be a foodie to go here as the food is deconstructed, appealing to those who believe they are in the know, but not to others. Unfortunately, the main course, the bluefish, tasted overly fishy (and I am familiar with how bluefish normally tastes), and the dessert (sweet potato ice cream with a salty crunchy base on top of sweet potato) just did not mix very well.
The service was excellent, and we enjoyed he atmosphere. The food, however, was disappointing. Rather than an assemblage of ingredients that created complex and interesting flavors, each dish was just a little off or a little too salty. The best dish was the dessert.
Beware for $45 pice fixed menu there are three set courses. No options. I would call to find out menu prior. 2 of the 3 courses did not appeal to me. Food was somewhat creative but I have had better. There is one server. Who although did a well trained job serving showed no personality. Also for a restaurant categorized as smart casual she wore jeans and a black t shirt.
This was our second time at Bondir. Each time my wife and I came away thinking and talking about our meal for days. Each course featured super creative use of seasonal ingredients. The meaty carrots with horseradish was my favorite. The service was outstanding, casual, friendly, attentive without being overbearing. The wine suggestions were perfect with the courses while reflecting our personal tastes. My only complaint: the prix fixe meal could be just a little bit larger. We ate (and loved) every bite, but I was hungry a short time later. I usually avoid eating much bread at restaurants, but the (excellent) bread was essential to me feeling like I had a complete meal. We will be back.
This is a pretentious place that serves good food priced like it was extraordinary, which it isn't. We went there because we didn't have enough information, so I hope everyone would read this review and avoid our fate. It's kind of a mollecular-organic restaurant that has some interesting food, but nothing close to the prices they have. Service is fine, but nothing compensates a $75 menu comprised of vegetables and a rather small piece of fish.
If you can, go somewhere else. If you are in the organic-pretentious-mollecular kind of stuff... this is your place... supposing you are happy to pay $100 per person...
An exquisitely prepared and presented repast of five courses. An amuse bouche of ginger and carrot "tea". Delicious bread and sweet cream butter with crunchy salt. And then the prix fixe menu, @ 80% vegetable and 10% fish and quail egg. Unbelievably satisfying even for those of us who crave starch and more protein. Accommodates dietary requirements/preferences. Inventive menu that treats even very assertive tastes with subtlety. Chef and team welcomed our visit. A wonderful wait staff knowledgable about the menu and wine list. No pompousness here. A delightful evening. The Villeroy and Bosch china and stemware are counterpoints to a somewhat rugged interior. Not inexpensive when food, wine, t&t are included but worth every cent and more...Thank you.
Solid, creative food. Dessert was the weakest. Came here with a Gilt voucher and worth it. Would not have been worth it without the voucher. We've been here two other times, one time was very good, the other time was mediocre at best. This time was good. They never refill the bread.
I just felt ripped off - $75 is not unheard of for a tasting menu, but the meal was nearly all vegetarian. This place is not L'espalier. I am fairly that minus the hake, all the ingredients of my meal probably cost the kitchen about $13. The food was all fine and tasty, but for what you are paying, it's not worth it.
The food at Bondir was really excellent and creative. Our only complaint was that each serving was a little small, and because there were only 5 courses total we left not quite hungry but not completely sated either. Otherwise, dinner at Bondir was a great experience, and the small, intimate setting was very charming.
The food at Bondir is excellent, and every dish was delicious. However, I have never paid so much at a restaurant to leave as hungry as I came in. And since it's a pris-fixe 5 course menu, one doesn't have the option of ordering any other food. The portions were really superbly prepared but absolutely tiny: e.g., the "meaty" carrot dish consisted of a small 3" or 4" carrot, and the main fish dish, a small hake fillet about 3" by an inch and half. All of us attending were by no means large eater -- quite the contrary, but we had to cook something upon returning home to compensate. So: well worth visiting if you have had dinner already or are on a very, very stringent diet. Service and atmosphere excellent.
Could not afford to go there on a regular basis but if I could, I would! I absolutely loved the food. It wasn't too heavy or too much, at all; it was just right (prix fixe menu). We ate everything we were given. We told them we were celebrating our anniversary and we were given two free after dinner drinks, EACH! The staff was awesome.
A great find during my last trip to Boston, looking for a unique dinner experience. So pleased that we went - single prix fixe menu, five courses, all based on best ingredients possible. I can't remember all the courses (it was 3 days ago) but the impression of focused flavors, taste and texture balance and contrast, and fully satisfying meal without feeling full all were memorable for sure. We did not do the full wine pairing but opted for two glasses off of their very nice list for the meal. this is something i will definitely repeat in ihe future
Quiet Monday night and a lovely meal. Needed to catch up with a good friend and we could talk, left the meal feeling like we had had a wonderful special treat but not overly full. The service was perfect, the dinning room quiet and food excellent. Each bite was a flavorful treat and beautifully presented.
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