Café Artscience

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
With French and European cuisine holding a heavy influence, Executive Chef Benjamin Lacy and Pastry Chef Ryan Boya have developed a seasonally driven and forward-thinking menu. Offering a four-course menu, Chef Ben and Chef Ryan analyze their dishes from seed to plate, considering the biology and harvesting of each component. The resulting menu goes beyond merely impressing guests, redefining the very idea of dining.

Inspired by classic libations, yet executed in an uber-contemporary style, Bar Director Tenzin Samdo’s self-described “nerdy” approach to cocktails guides an awe-inspiring bar program with global flavors and innovative techniques. Tenzin names his cocktails after endangered species and the altitudes they inhabit—higher altitudes mean spirit-forward drinks—combining ArtScience’s thread of learning with its scientific and sustainability initiatives.

For all event inquiries, please reach out to our Events Manager Mallory Bazinet at mallory@cafeartscience.com.
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OT
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our waiter was one of the most unprofessional, rude members of a wait staff we had ever encountered--then we realized--the last bad experience we had in MA--he had been our waiter as well. (A restaurant in the North End!) Our appetite was already ruined by the waiter's condescending attitude, we then saw a mouse run across the dining room floor. That was it for us--we departed.

V
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service exceptional! I am allergic to onions and usually I can't get many dishes from the menu. I could get what I wanted and it was delicious.

ES
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

There are many things I like about Cafe Artscience. The service was impeccable, the food and drinks delicious, but the ambiance really undermined my overall experience. The space was lit too bright with white lights. Not sure if this is a scientific laboratory-like theme it is trying to pursue, but it is just not right for a restaurant. It took away the coziness and intimate feeling it could have created with dimmer, more subtle lighting.

While food was great, I guessed I came in with a higher expectation for experimental culinary science, which was not apparent in any dishes.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

My husband and I came in to celebrate our anniversary and was looking forward to a unique experience. The moment we walked in we felt as if we were a bother and inconvenience to be there. Not one person greeted us as we stood at the bar and four employees were talking between themselves. When finally approached we were told the bar was rented for an event and couldn't be there. We informed them we has a reservation but no one was at the desk to assist with that. The shuffled us at a table dropped off menus and no one came back for quite someone time. no explication of the menu no concern at all about our experience. Long story short we were constantly reminded of the big party and how important they were, when they were ordering, what they were doing, because our experience had to be based on theirs and we felt very unwelcome and uncomfortable. . After spending $300 on dinner we were left feeling disappointed and quite turned off how we were treated.

ZR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Dead on a Thursday night. Muzak. $34 chicken. Nice waiter. Not worth the price.

G
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of my favorite Kendall Square restaurants
I highly recommend the burger.

NP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, delicious food, energetic environment, friendly staff. 3-course dinner plus dessert was sufficiently filling. Great value for fine dining

PO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Attractive space, good service, food wasn't inspiring but it was good. The restaurant has it's place to visit but not a go to spot for me.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative cocktails.

GL
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great, my wife was super happy. Perfect place for a foodie. Exotic drinks and great tasting food.
the bar was missing some basic alcohol options. The cost was high $300 range for a party of 2. The proportions ware bistro small ( i guess is expected ) ambiace great. I'll would go back to try new food crations. Thank you.

VG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and cocktails were amazing! The seasonal food was really well done, just wish they had a bigger menu! Such a cool experience, would definitely recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

This was a huge culinary disappointment. Maybe because the expectations were too high after reading several good reviews.

I had the "Heart of Ribeye" and didn't see any more science in the dish than the one I would find in any other restaurant.

The cocktails are definitely average. Too much alcohol kills the overall flavour.

Definitely overpriced.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time I go, as usual great staff and great food. Was a birthday dinner and they brought a desert. Overall I’m very happy with the experience and surely will recommend and visit again.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband recently got promoted and we celebrated at Cafe Artscience. When I had booked the reservation, I had asked for two of the most popular drinks to start the night off. They prepared the drinks and were very accommodating throughout the entire night. We will definitely be coming back and highly recommend this restaurant!

G
New England
23 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This has become one of our favorite lunchtime spots. The food is always excellent, the tables aren't crowded together, and it is quiet enough for conversation. The menu is innovative.

C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Cafe Artscience for our 25th wedding anniversary having stumbled upon it during a walk this spring. It looked elegant so we booked it. It seems like an unrecognized gem in Cambridge. We were happy that it was not packed at 7pm but feel that somehow the Cambridge foodies are missing out. The food was surprising, interesting and delicious. The background music much more interesting than other restaurants. And, of course, the art installations were compelling. As pesco-vegetarians we did just fine with the menu. We'll be back. And we suggest that anyone having difficulty getting a reservation in the more "famous" Cambridge eateries, book Cafe Artscience. It's good!

KD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting and inventive creations. Very tasty. Far from your standard fare, but pleasing to the pallette! A bit pricey, but great for sampling and sharing. Come here for a culinary adventure in a neo-modern environment.

N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar for drinks, had some snacks. The service was wonderful! Attentive and funny bartender, made up drinks that were not on the menu to accommodate our requests.
The food we had was delicious as well.
Would definitely come here again!

GA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I had wanted to go to this restaurant for some time and had seen good reviews. I was disappointed.

I ordered the lamb for dinner. The meal came out looking lovely but the lamb was the driest, stringiest piece of meat I have ever had. It looked and tasted as if it had been made several days ago and reheated several times in a microwave.

I will not be going back. The lone exception was the service. The waitstaff was very nice, attentive and efficient.

t
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious . Great craft cocktails and delicious and well presented dishes.

ID
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly atmosphere

S
New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Overpriced, very small portions that are more art and science than food. Food is visually pretty and interesting, but not that tasty.

AL
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable. By far the most incredible culinary and dining experience I’ve had all year. Kudos to both the executive chef and the pastry chef for their imaginative cuisine. Thank you for providing us with such a unique dining experience!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for Mother’s Day special and everyone in my party was super impressed - with everything! The service was patient and thorough; the food was delicious though a little pricey (an extra basket of starter pastries was $10); the cocktails were quite tasty; the ambiance was beautiful, making the rainy day way more palatable.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food really tasted aweful and even though presentation is nice spending 120$ in a bad meal not worth it

Waiter didn’t know what vegetarian is kept giving to my son dishes that had fish octopus

b
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extraordinarily fine cuisine served with care and special attention. The craft cocktails menu was very creative, with something new and different for any discriminating palate. Seasonal ingredients perfectly prepared in appropriate portion sizes. A must visit in Cambridge.

m
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very nice space and the concept, but food was quite disappointing. I am willing to give them another try though

L
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

To be completely honest, the experience left me confused; I am not able to say if I liked it or not... The restaurant is a beautiful modern space, calm, and you will find the service very friendly and attentive if you need some help... About the food, I liked my four courses menu, except for the foie gras pancake which is uninteresting for my taste and too pricey for what it is...
But I possibly need to understand the chef cooking concept and personally, I‘ll return another time at this place, (maybe with the menu still on the table all along the experience this time), to make my opinion more clear... One sure thing: it challenges me!

ZB
New England
23 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I thought the food lacked flavor. Beautifully presented but left disappointed.

CS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The house cocktails are uniformly excellent, all fresh variations on classic cocktail themes, playful and with savoring. Attentive and friendly staff. The meal was sadly hit or miss, with some dishes confounding expectations without a corresponding payoff or main ingredients feeling water or ignored alongside very appealing accompaniments. Some interesting ideas but it never came together as a coherent meal, but also not a small plate or tasting menu.

From a previous experience my recommendation would be to enjoy the cocktails and more straight forward bar menu.

SB
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only complaint was that we were too full at the end. SO GOOD!!! Thank you! We will be back next week table of 10.

n
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and ambience were excellent, but the quality of service left much to be desired. While the staff was pleasant they seemed stretched and were MIA for long stretches. Perhaps they were understaffed that day. Drinks took forever to get to us...having been there in the past, I hope this is an anomaly

PP
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a mother-daughter night out and we had a wonderful time.

The service was impeccable.

The food menu was quite a departure from American foods. Love their menus! So very artistically done especially the cocktails named after animals.

We loved and enjoyed all the courses we ordered: Jonah Crab Day Boat Scallops and Quail & Halibut. And, the desserts: Scotch and Birch and Grapefruit Entremét were divine!

The check was quite a bit more than we were used to. Clearly. Yet, it was worth it for both of us. We'll definitely return for more! Hopefully soon.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, went with a group of 6 and everyone enjoyed their dishes. We had wonderful service! And fun drinks! Will definitely go back!

F
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cafe Artscience is awesome. Great food & drinks and the service was excellent.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Day Boat Scallops were delicious! Cafe Artscience brings a wonderful definition to the future of food.

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails. Awesome space. Good food. Great cheese.

D
New England
70 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Thoroughly enjoyed the meal -- from cocktails through to the desert. A bit higher price than anticipated but a very worthwhile experience. Give it a shot!

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