Café Artscience

4.5
414 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.
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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
22 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

ID
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly atmosphere

S
New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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
31 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

L
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

CS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
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!

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.

OT
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.

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

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

D
New England
69 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!

VD
New England
5 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!

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.

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

Wonderful service

S
New England
35 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.

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

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

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.

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

Very cooooool

JR
New England
19 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.

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).

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.

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

Interesting and Good food. Excellent service.

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