Café Artscience

4.5
391 reviews
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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.
What 391 People Are Saying
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New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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FA
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
66 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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VD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Everything we were hoping for. Glad there was a vegetarian tasting menu!

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soecial lunch place when I want to test myself. 4th visit. Consistently good.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service

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S
New England
25 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is an interesting place. great space and good service. The menu is small and unusual but everyone enjoyed the meal a great deal.

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Cocktails were awesome. Service was slow even though the restaurant was pretty empty and my pasta didn’t have any flavor

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AL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed by the presentation and thoughtfulness of the menu. Highly recommend and we’ll definitely be back

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M
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is great. The only thing that it is a bit noisy due to lack of insulation which makes a quite conversation hard. I was there on a quiet evening, but assume when the restaurant is full that it will be very loud.
The menu and food is fantastic, as well as the service.

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RR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cooooool

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JR
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an exceptional business dinner. The food is simply fantastic, but you need to realize that because of the high-tech science-based cooking techniques they use, the food is often unrecognizable visually. Everything we had was exceptional. Pricing is relatively high.

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CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Very cool decor. Most interesting cocktail list I've seen in a long time. Founded by an MIT professor who brings a scientific approach to his cuisine and cocktails. Some interesting/fun approaches to some of the dishes (ask the waiter about which dishes provide these kind of surprises).

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. Food and atmosphere was unique. The service was amazing. The drink menu alone will bring me back.

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Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting and Good food. Excellent service.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

Honestly confused about what this place was. Friendly staff, strange decor, aesthetically off, menu was misleading!!! :((((

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We had a dinner with a couple of friends on Saturday night. Restaurant was more than half empty. Service was great but we were very disappointed with our food. Octopus salad was cold and looked like it’s been prepared in advance. It’s was tons of finger potatoes in there but very little octopus. Also it’s was salty. The Foie gras dish cost $22 and looked like a joke. We all agreed that main dishes wasn’t bad but a bit too salty. We spent $480 for 4 people. Drinks were cool and tasty but food wasn’t worth it. None of us will be back and will recommend this place to anyone.

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Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I primarily chose this restaurant for the Tagliolini with truffles. However, I really enjoyed the art as well as the great cocktails and good whiskey selection. The four course meal service was excellent, I was never rushed through a course, but also never had to wait long between courses. The Jonah Crab first course melted in my mouth. The Tagliolini did not disappoint. My prime rib was cooked perfectly and was complemented well by the onions (and other alliums). I requested some shavings of the black truffle onto my steak and they accommodated me at a reasonable price.
As for cocktails, I started with a Vieux Carre that was magnificently blended. I tried their Amur Tiger, which was a great variation on a Boulevardier. They had a vaporizer of cinnamon to add a smell before you took a sip, which really added a nice touch to the Manhattan I ordered (but did not mix well with the orange garnish of the Tiger). A tasty Cab Sauv with the steak was a fine pairing. They had some good desert wines, although the Port selection was limited (but the port I bought went well with the dark chocolate and almond tart I had for desert).
Great service, great atmosphere, great food and drink. I recommend.

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San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Artistic food preparation. Delicious flavor combinations. Perfect portion sizes. Well thought out wine list and cocktail menu. Modern yet comfortable setting. Attentive staff.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

First of all, the waitstaff was excellent. Friendly and efficient. The artwork was interesting. We had rhe sea urchin panna cotta. It was one of the best things I had ever eaten. We then shared the sweetbreads and the fois gras. Both were outstanding. Then came the ribeye. It was cooked perfectly,but was a little bland and tough and needed seasoning. The dessert was ok but did not live up to the rest if the meal. It was quite exensive.

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PI
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine on gastronomic side, interesting design and location, prices demand this to be a special occasion rather than your average Friday night outing.

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Austin
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very modern vibe down to the techno music. Food is clearly exquisitely prepared. I was somewhat underwhelmed by the flavors. Pricey. Portions are on smaller side (artsy quality vs quantity) so you have to be prepared to do a pretty penny.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The menu is excellent and the presentation is a work of art. It’s a nice and relaxed atmosphere and it’s nice not be raced through the courses but it’s not the place for a ‘quick’ bite. I don’t find a lot of places with such an elegant and distinct menu. Highly recommend!

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GF
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

This place is written up as an “Anniversary” restaurant.
We would beg to differ.
The food has interesting flavors (if quite predictable after a course or two), has very high quality ingredients, and is beautifully presented. Portion sizes are small, in our experience even for French haute cuisine (the main dish - Halibut, was very tasty, but only about a 2” x 2” piece of fish). Tiny portions weren’t such a big problem for us - we just wish they had mentioned that sharing these courses is not a good idea unless you order a *lot* of them - We (two) had four and left hungry. The reason for this unenthusiastic review is the space. If you averaged a shopping mall, a nearly abandoned airport concourse, and a warehouse you’d get this very odd, sterile, impersonal setting. And it’s full-of-itself to boot, with an apparently computer-generated purpose statement text display on the wall and quite the random diatribe on a card handed out to describe the art (we looked, but were unable to clearly identify works of art there - Maybe we’re just barbarians, but geez...). Seating was comfortable, the people were nice, prices fair save the small portions, and the food good (sorry, not great). Some little touches (like the creative and utile table lamps) were fun.
This may be a good place for a business meal for a group that either has a big expense account or small appetites.
But sadly we won’t be returning.

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HW
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I’ve been here several times. The food and service quality is going down.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

5 star place!
Might not be the most timely for a business meal (5 ppl took an hour and a half), but it sure was impressive! Great vibe, excellent food. I'll definitely go again when I need to impress, or for date night.

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Miami
28 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The menu is short but interesting - the burgers are very good. Be wary of lunch - they are not set up for business lunches - there was a long wait for our food.

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F
New England
112 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is incomparably gracious, inventive, delicious. Everything I've ever had here is delicious, is beautiful, and has a special twist to it. Good wine recommendations, too.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is wonderfully unique, from the ultra-modern decor, to the centrifuge-spun cocktails, perfectly-presented dishes, and welcoming, helpful service. Definitely pricey (expect to spend $150-$220 for dinner for 2) but well worth it for special occasions or to impress a date.

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AO
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Came in during lunch after a recommendation from a friend, and was pretty disappointed. Service was poor since staff seemed to be limited. The burger I ordered looked pretty grey and taste worse than some meatballs I've had. Everything was on a fancy display, but tasted pretty mediocre. If you want nice looking or cute drinks, this place has them, but for food, don't bother.

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service, waitress helped me to choose the best cocktail based off of my preferences. I went out with new roommates and we had a lovely time! Great location and creative atmosphere. Drinks were delicious and gorgeous!

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LP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We liked the food a lot. My only comment would be about the vegetarian dish, some kind of garbanzo polenta, i wished if had been a bit more moist, other than that it was interesting and very tasty. The place is pleasant with large windows and nice decor.

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SO
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cocktails and cuisine. Quite different food menu every time I’ve been and never disappointed

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R
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully prepared food with impeccable service! Great place for a birthday and anniversary dinner!

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MD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly quiet for a Friday evening. Creative and unique cocktails. The dinner menu had a few choices for each course, all were surprising and delicious.

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F
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was arguably the best meal I have had when you factor in originality and the presentation of the food. The food is amazing and an incredible value for the quality and quantity you receive! Our waiter was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. The Bumblebee and Piping Plover cocktails were amazing. 10/10 would come back again!

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EW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the relaxed friendly ambience with fun cocktails and a fabulous meal and desert. It was a very special evening enjoyed by us all. We look forward to returning!

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s
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Cafe Art Science is a beautiful, unique and incredible restaurant but something I'd only ever experience once in my lifetime. The server was fast, knowledgable and kind. The atmosphere; calm, romantic and unique. The menu, although intriguing, did not live up to the prices. A handful of gnocchi cost a whopping $22 and a cheese plate; $35.

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