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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:
firstname.lastname@example.org: (617) 661-0009
Beer, Fireplace, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please see the "Events" page on our website:
Bondir Cambridge Ratings and Reviews
This was our first visit to Bondir. It's important to book well in advance, as the place is small and in demand ! The service is impeccable and the menu, which changes daily, is exquisite. The scallops were the best I've ever tasted. When the wine we ordered wasn't sufficiently chilled, our server brought us glasses of sparkling wine while they brought our bottle to the right temperature. Bondir is an absolute gem and we look forward to returning on another special occasion.
Had dinner with 3 guests and we went with the prix fixe menu. Selections that particular night were excellent. The wait staff was PHENOMENAL. The fromage de tete was one of the appetizers - if it is available the night you go, you should order it. Would go again for a romantic dinner or special celebration.
The service and setting was excellent. Depending upon which course and which dish, the food varied from exquisite to "what's that weird taste in this dish?" The chef is high on the creativity scale, creating unusual combinations of ingredients, but the ice cream that was overloaded with (I believe it was) thyme which wasn't pleasant. Another dish overdosed on (I believe it was) sage, a spice of which I am not fond; you can't avoid ordering dishes which you may not like because you have no way of knowing what is in them. Given the price, you would like to be able to enjoy every dish that you order. We did not and, while we welcome experimentation, it would be wise for the chef to first taste his/her own dishes before serving them.
Exquisite! Most everything on your plate will be recognizable from the menu description. The delight is in how well each item is prepared and how it is all inventively combined. This, mixed with informed and enlightened service, makes us look forward to returning.
Great atmosphere and friendly, attentive staff. We opted for a la carte rather than tasting menu. The dishes were exquisite and well executed, beautifully plated. beet salad for appetizer was fresh and the pork rack entree cooked just right and very delicate. The portions were quite small so next time I may go for the tasting menu!
The staff was extremely courteous and accommodating; it felt like they really cared about giving us the best possible dining experience (it was our first visit to Bondir). The menu was delicious, and it was nice to not have every single ingredient explained as some places like to do - instead we could try figuring it out on our own. My favorite part were the desserts, which were out of this world. We're definitely coming back here another time.
We did the four course prix fixe. At $70ish, it was quite the value deal. Food was amazing and there was quite a few extras that they kept bringing out including an amazing assortment of bread and some different tastes of soups in a small glass mug.
I don't know how they made the chocolate gelato, but it was the most rich chocolate that I think I have ever had in a dessert.
Bondir was highly recommended by a friend, and we visited it on Friday. The waiting area with the fireplace was just amazing. The hostess kept us entertained with delicious on the house hors d'oeuvre while we waited for our table. It is very small, so not ideal for large group seating. The food was delicious and very flavorful. I wasn't floored with the desserts, but overall a fantastic experience.
My wife and I love Bondir. It is a small intimate restaurant that is attractively decorated. The wait staff provides attentive service and the wine and food are excellent. If you have any dietary restrictions, let them know in the notes section on Open Table and they will accommodate your desires. We let them know that some of our party were Vegan a day in advance, and when we arrived there was a fantastic Prix Fix Vegan menu waiting for us.
I read tons of reviews before going here and most were good with a few bad ones scattered in. We had four people and two had meat dishes and two were non meat. The two meat dishes were both overcooked and very dry. We told the waiter and he was a little flippant and didn't seem to care. We asked for something else and they brought it but didn't seem happy about it. I wouldn't recommend this place for the price- far better places to go.
We went for the four-course New Year's Eve dinner--not necessarily the best time to try out a restaurant, but Bondir proved a wonderful dining experience. My favorite was the Roxbury apple salad with so many little addittions (caviar, hazelnut mousseline, chervil) that it was a delight of flavors and textures with every bite. The plates were artistically crafted assortments of flavors and textures that even when not quite right (lobster was a little overcooked and chewy) were an experience for the senses
Had heard only serious raves about this place, and had been unable to book an OpenTable reservation for months (as I always tried to do so two or three days in advance). So my girl and I picked a day a few weeks away and it was a Sunday evening and Bondir lived up to all the hype. Very attentive and knowledgeable staff, superb wine, and our meal(s)...exquisite to say the least.
When experiencing the flavors of every morsel is the intent of a meal, this is the place for that meal. Each prix fixe course combined impossibly fresh ingredients with the chef's broad and deep culinary wisdom and creativity. Service was unobtrusive and excellent, and each course, and the included tasting plates, was presented by name with the respect it was due. The fireplace warmed guests on arrival; lighting over the tables provided a pleasing ambience, and the room's simple elegance continued in the wood and copper furnishings holding serving supplies near our table. Happily, the opening of another location appears not to have affected the exceptional meal we enjoyed at Bondir in Cambridge.
Bondir really is a neighborhood gem. The ambiance is warm and inviting and the chef is truly talented. And what attention to detail! The creativity, care and skill of the kitchen and wait staff is impressive. So many restaurants use too much salt, too much butter and sauce and rely on standard ideas. Actually if anything the chef is too restrained --the sauce on the duck breast was barely perceptible and a few things were so 'creative' that they were a bit odd (eg gelatin cubes and insanely salty dried olives), but there was enough solid fare beautifully done that we could overlook quirkiness. I found that I was quite sated after the first two courses so I don't recommend the four-course meal unless you are truly famished or gourmand.
Four of us went; early, so we had the place to ourselves for a while. We all got four-course dinner. Each plate was more elegant and elaborate than the last. Practically between every course, a special amuse bouche arrived, right down to the mini-snickerdoodles and truffles at the close of the meal. The appetizers were particularly amazing, packed with ingredients and flavor. Reading the list of elements in each dish was daunting, but everything came together beautifully. As lovely as the food was, and it was beautiful, inventive and delicious, I was most impressed by the service. Attentive, informative, friendly and non-intrusive. Bondir really knows what they're doing.
Be prepared for the limited menu, and then be prepared to be wowed. Absolutely everything we were served was impeccably prepared and mouth-wateringly delicious. The chef is amazing, the servers are knowledgeable and helpful, and the atmosphere is comfortable. Think of the best meal you've ever had, served at a friend's home. That's Bondir.
First time - had heard a lot of positive reviews. Ambiance is GREAT - warm, cozy, perfect for conversations. The place feels intimate, romantic, and special - and the atmosphere will make you feel the same!! Service is attentive without being pushy - willing to explain the menu items thoroughly without making you feel like a dummy. Menu is small but interesting and carefully selected.
Beautifully plated and artfully prepared but I wasn't wowed by the taste. However this might be because I'm not a meat-eater?? I went with 2 friends and they both seemed very happy with their meat entrees. The non-meat entrees are the same price as as the meat ones. Don't think I'll go back or recommend to veggie eaters, but I left happy and full!
The preparation and appearance of each of our dishes was unusual, and the taste matched. We were pleasantly surprised at the combinations of ingredients. We were also, at times, stumped by what we were eating! But we enjoyed every bite. Too bad there are no inexpensive wine choices. This is a tiny place, which is nice; it's pricey and worth it for a special occasion.
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