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About Central Kitchen
feeding Central Square award-winning food, wine & cocktails
seven days a week | since 1998
Cambridge, MA 02139
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Located next to Public lot #5 and Green Street Garage, as well as metered parking on Mass Ave and surrounding side streets.
We are located on the Central Square stop on the Red line. There are also numerous buses that come through Central Square.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
Central Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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