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About Central Kitchen

feeding Central Square award-winning food, wine & cocktails
seven days a week | since 1998

567 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
kitchen
sun-tues 5p-10p
weds-sat 5p-11p

bar
sun-tues 5p-1a
weds-sat 5p-2a

Cross Street:
Pearl Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 491-5599

Website:
http://www.enormous.tv/central/index1.html

Parking Details:
Located next to Public lot #5 and Green Street Garage, as well as metered parking on Mass Ave and surrounding side streets.

Public Transit:
We are located on the Central Square stop on the Red line. There are also numerous buses that come through Central Square.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Central Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Casual (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
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Creative Cuisine (8)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Romantic (5)
Cozy (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Authentic (2)
Business Meals (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Healthy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a date night here, and it was great. My husband liked the beer selection, and there was something for every taste on the menu. Wait staff attentive and well versed on the beer selections, and made recommendations. Casual, yet cozy.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Healthy, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Came here for Valentine's Day and we couldn't have been happier. The service was fantastic and the food was spectacular. Truly a perfect way to spend the holiday at a local restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was great

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I love the food and atmosphere at Central Kitchen. The menu is always changing and everything I have eaten there has been creative and terrific. The staff is exceptionally friendly and efficient. It is everything I want and need in a restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2018

A pleasant, well-run and consistent place for dinner and a drink in Central Square. Menu is brief, but imaginative; service is always terrific; wine and cocktail list, also brief, is also thoughtful. Food is very good - dishes like cod with clams have unusual touches that show there's a chef back there. Good value and enjoyable meal.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Solid menu but nothing too interesting or daring. The brined chicken was a little on the sweet side. The cod was good. The vegetarian option was just okay.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

All of the recommendations were excellent. The mussels are the best! The wine is is fine but won’t break the bank. Can’t wait for the next time!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great tasting food with a creative twist. The best chicken I had in a very long time.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We love Central Kitchen. Delicious food that is not pretentious or over priced.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Awesome dining experience, very rude bouncer outside at their sister restaurant Brick and Mortar.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We went here before seeing a show. The restaurant was dimly lit and quiet (we did go very early Im not sure if the restaurant stays this way) and our meals were delicious. I would recommend!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Interesting cuisine- great presentation
Perfect location

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very allergy-friendly and accommodating! The only downside is that the fries aren't gluten-free. Drinks are amazing, of course!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent as always. Very quiet being it was the night before Thanksgiving. Usually very crowded. Bartender was great. A little pricey , but we knew that going in.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Appetizers were great but the entrees were far less satisfying. Steak wasn’t great and potatoes were undercooked. Service was great though.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was good just a little expensive for what it was. The chicken portion was generous but it was served in a weird bowl that made it hard to eat! I would recommend removing some bones before or giving a sharper knife and putting it on a regular plate. The guy who got the steak was satisfied and the guy who got the pork said it was good but not spectacular. Overall solid spot if you are not on a budget.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Reliable. Still fashionable but not self-conscious. "Neighborhood gem" but cool. Great food. Try the lamburger.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I have always like the Central Kitchen, but hadn't been for quite a while. The food was even better than I remember. Everything was great--very tasty and creative.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Meal and service was excellent. Only downside was we were placed by kitchen and bathrooms

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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Easily accessible location with sophisticated, but not "fancy" vibe. Menu had both familiar and exotic choices, but everything we saw and tasted was superb. Great wine and cocktail list with friendly and attentive staff. Our Thursday night was quiet and only started to get busy around 8.30 pm.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This is the second time we have eaten here. The food and cocktails are very good. The menu is very small and probably more to my husband's liking. There isn't a lot I would be drawn to, but each time I have found something and enjoyed my meals.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Delicious meals. Great service.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great place for dinner with friends/colleagues. Short menu, but everything on there is terrific.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We were welcomed warmly when we arrived. The menu was creative and interesting. In fact, we had a hard time choosing among several items. Service was friendly and helpful. The server answered our questions about ingredients and preparation. My son was disappointed in the glass of wine he ordered; there was nothing wrong with it, it just wasn't very flavorful. He ordered a glass of another wine and I found out when we got the bill that we hadn't been charged for that first glass, even though I had drunk it. Our only complaint was that service fell away when the restaurant got busier, and it took awhile to get the server's attention to get our bill and pay.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

My wife and I used to go all the time back 8 years ago. We returned with our family this time around with 3 kids for my wife's birthday. Amazing food as ever and still a good value for the high end food that they offer. Loved it 12 years ago and still love it now! Thank you Central Kitchen!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Loved the food. We ate every last drop of it. There was an error on the amount of the check (charge for entree was $28, but should have been $26), but the problem was resolved.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 28, 2017

This was my fifth visit to Central Kitchen. The food is consistently very good, the mixed drinks are well made and the staff is very competent and friendly. I'll be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This was our second visit. The last time, we had good dinning experience. Despite the Friday evening, 60-70% of tables were occupied. Nevertheless, the service was slow and the waiter was not at all attentive. Again, the grilled octopus is highly recommended. Other dishes were not good enough. We were very disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Delicious food & superb cocktails -- we highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2017

We all really enjoyed our meal at Central Kitchen and would definitely come back. Thank you!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Having a great meal here before, I wanted to return. This one probably exceeded the last as a very tasty meal in a setting that fits my preferences to a T. The gourmet food, the ambiance and the location are the outstanding points although the service was prompt and attentive. This trip I learned about their upstairs 'speak easy' and want to try it the next time I'm in Cambridge. Many thanks to the staff for a memorable meal.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Healthy, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Very good service. Very good food. We had steak frites and lamb burger. If you're on a budget opt for tap water and enjoy a small plate.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

CK is one of my favorite restaurants in the Boston area. We enjoyed mussels to start, followed by a wonderful bouillabaise for my partner and terrific mushroom polenta for me. We weren't rushed, though the place was beginning to fill by the time we left. A delightful way to enjoy a rainy Friday.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Really enjoyed the food. My friends have mentioned this place many times before and finally got a chance to come here. Will come here again

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 (New England)·Dined on May 4, 2017

I always eat at Central Kitchen when I visit the Cambridge/Boston area. Try the grilled octopus!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Been to Central Kitchen twice -- once with family, once for a biz dinner. Both worked. Food is fun and interesting, great flavor combinations. Small, thoughtful menu. I'd go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Food was very good. Grilled octopus appetizer was especially so.
We were a party of 4. Two people ordered the chicken (yummy), another the steak frites (also good, but not as good as the chicken in my opinion), and I had the mussels.

We finished with a single order of bread pudding dessert, which we finished.

Considering the restaurant was not especially busy, service was not as attentive as I felt it could have been, though the staff were very friendly.

Overall, I enjoyed my first visit to this restaurant and hope to return and order the chicken entree.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 19, 2017

I have eaten at Central Kitchen on a number of occasions and have found it to be consistently very good. It has a very pleasant atmosphere and excellent service. The cocktails are also made quite well.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Great service. Great food. Great location .went out with my brothers and cousin had nice ambiance. We could talk.

Tags: Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Had the lamb burger that was just delicious prepared perfectly. The fries are wonderful. When we ordered wine from the bar, we were able to have a taste prior to ordering a glass which is the way to please a customer. I will return again.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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