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.
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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.
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).
It was a wonderful experience. Food and atmosphere was unique. The service was amazing. The drink menu alone will bring me back.
Interesting and Good food. Excellent service.
Honestly confused about what this place was. Friendly staff, strange decor, aesthetically off, menu was misleading!!! :((((
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.
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.
Artistic food preparation. Delicious flavor combinations. Perfect portion sizes. Well thought out wine list and cocktail menu. Modern yet comfortable setting. Attentive staff.
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.
Excellent cuisine on gastronomic side, interesting design and location, prices demand this to be a special occasion rather than your average Friday night outing.
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.
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!
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.
I’ve been here several times. The food and service quality is going down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Amazing cocktails and cuisine. Quite different food menu every time I’ve been and never disappointed
Beautifully prepared food with impeccable service! Great place for a birthday and anniversary dinner!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Service was good and the presentation+plating was exceptional. But the flavors were entirely lacking. Considering that, and the final bill amount, I was entirely underwhelmed and feel that I seriously overpaid.
One of the most creative restaurants we’ve been to. Highly recommended!
Foods are really tasty. Service is super nice. A quite place for friends meeting and anniversary.
Amazing food, it does take long to get it to the table but trust me it’s worth every minute. Every dish we had was amazing. I will definitely return in the near future
Great bit slow service
Our server was attentive, but gave us no explanations about the food. Given the name, I was expecting there to be some science involved, and we got none of that information. Literally, nothing about science was expressed or experienced.
I was very disappointed in the experience. The food was good, but I expected more. I will not recommend this place to others.
This was our third visit to Cafe Artscience and we brought a friend from England who was visiting Boston. We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening and dinner.
Food was good, BUT service left a lot to be desired. Maybe I played this place up in my head prior to going from all the great reviews and after reading a cover featured article about the restaurant in the Boston Commons. Nonetheless, can’t say I would go back.
The restaurant was pretty empty. I went on a Thursday evening. We were sat down right away of course and given menus. The server came by and gave us water while we tried to ask what all was going on with the menu (their drink menu is confusing). Server mentioned here’s drinks, here’s food, pick up one plate from each section per person. He left for quite sometime. We were still left fairly confused...
After the server finally returned, my guest started probing to learn more about the animals on the drink menu, how the cocktails tasted, and of course more about the food offerings. After painfully pulling out some description and background on how the restaurant worked and what was served. We were there for over 2 hours with only one other table sitting in the restaurant during this time. I can’t imagine how long it would take on a busy night!
Like I said at the beginning food was pretty good. I think most of the protein was made with a sous vide as the octopus and steak oddly had the same texture. Nothing amazing but it was good.
Love the ambience of this restaurant and the interesting menu. One of the few restaurants in Boston that tries to push the envelope.
This restaurant was an incredible surprise for us. We started with cocktails and they were both amazing in terms of taste and presentation. (We had the 'Pika' and 'Amur Tiger'.) Shortly after, our first course came and impressed us even more. We would highly recommend the sea urchin panna cotta, the lamb tartare, the taglioni and the strawberry-thyme semifreddo. Finally, our server was very attentive, knowledgeable and kind. We will definitely be returning to Café ArtScience!
Amazing cocktails and food - unlike anywhere I’ve ever been before