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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
We are visiting our kids in Cambridge. They recommended Central Kitchen, and we had met upstairs in the bar for drinks during a previous visit. Our table wasn't available when we arrived, but the situation was handled very well. After snacks and drinks at the bar, all outstanding, we enjoyed a delicious meal. Highly recommended. We will gladly come back.
I took my parents to Central Kitchen and we all enjoyed it. I love the Caesar salad it's gots tons of yummy dressing and is a very healthy portion. I had the mussels which were sweet and tender and just the right size. My husband had the trout and loved it. I don't love the wine list, the wines all seem a little weird and unfamiliar. The restaurant is VERY noisy, so don't plan a deep conversation. They should put up some sound absorbing panels to make it easier to hear.
Grilled octopus was very soft with good charcoal aroma. It was very surprised to taste such soft octopus outside Japan. Must try! As other review said that the tables close to the door get cold air during the winter. However, I still recommend this restaurant.
The place was nice and service was good overall but they made us wait around 20 minutes for our table. Food was good enough but we didn't die for our our dishes. We ordered the trout which was very tasty but the mushroom and creme fraiche dish was a disappointment. I would recommend it for casual dinner out but don't expect anything fancy or special.
We really liked this restaurant ....once we were moved away from the doorway. We were seated at the table closest to the hallway leading right to the front door. The temperature outside was around 40 degrees (F) and slightly windy. Every time someone entered or left through the front door, we felt the temperature drop 30 degrees; each time, we felt as if we were eating outside on the sidewalk. There were no other tables to which to move us for 1/2 hours and were seriously thinking of leaving until a group finished, leaving a table around the corner available for us. Once we moved, we thought that the rest of our experience was wonderful.
We strongly recommend that the restaurant management find some way to block the cold air so that it doesn't ruin the dining experience of patrons sitting near the door.
The atmosphere and service were good. Attentive and sweet staff. But the food was over priced. The steak frites was not a 30 dollar worthy plate. Tough meat, watercress that was so over dressed we couldn't eat it, fries that were so-so. More like a 20 dollar plate. This place would be amazing if they stepped up their food game a bit. Just refine what's already there.
They were extremely accommodating of my food allergies. After listing my allergies (gluten, dairy, and eggs) on the Open Table reservation, when they seated us a I was presented with a hand-edited version of their menu customized to my dietary needs. The food was still delicious; I didn't feeling like a I was missing any part of the dish by taking out some ingredients. The chef was able to add on other things that fit just as well.
I met a friend there, and we sat at the bar. We ordered three different "small plates." All were delicious, but they were definitely not small. They were all entrée size! The menu was somewhat eclectic--probably not the greatest for vegetarians or people on special diets. But I would go again. The place has an informal feel and is very centrally located near the T .at Central Square.
We really enjoyed the mussels and octopus appetizers. The beer and wine selections were also good. The menu selections are pretty limited and the portions sizes are adequate. I did enjoy the pork loin and the hand cut fries with my husband's Steak Frites were very good. The servers were attentive.
Went with a friend to celebrate his new job and have a nice meal. Got a great bottle of white Pinot Noir and the octopus was excellent. The food was decent, nothing out of this world but the prosciutto-wrapped Monkfish was great (mostly due to the toasted prosciutto). A bit on the louder and tight side, so maybe not great for a first date but good for those who are already comfortable with each other. The service was attentive but not too much. Quick and good service. Left feeling revitalized to be quite honest.
Have been there many times and eaten very well. This time we ate a light meal - a delicious steak tartare. The only problem is the freezing air-conditioning. It really needs to be turned down quite a bit for comfort. Otherwise we always enjoy the dining experience.
Despite being the lone bartender with no barback, our master mixologist, Rose, led us in a cocktail journey not soon to be forgotten. Though we dined at the bar—Ari, a server,made sure our dishes were up to the high standard that Central Kitchen upholds. I enjoyed the ribeye and frites, a staggering value at 12 oz for $30, my date loved her oysters and octopus, not to mention the complimentary breads and delicious bean dip.10/10.
Central Kitchen has an open feel with a nice bar to sit at. Great draft beer, wine and cocktail options. Limited food menu but everything we tried was delicious. They have house made rabbit sausage on their paella that was amazing - wish there was more of it and no chicken. Friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. Will definitely come back.
We were looking for a great place to have dinner before going to the theater, and Central Kitchen opens at 5:30, giving us plenty of time for a delicious dinner before the play. The menu was imaginative (while not weird), the service knowledgeable (without being superior), and the ambience was comfortable (without being too casual). We will return.
We have been going to central kitchen since it first opened. Great food. Service is always good. And they are on top of food allergies.
We like to sit near the windows to mass ave.
My kids have been going since before they were teenagers and they still ask to go back when they are back in Cambridge! For the mussels, the steak ...
I used to go to Central Kitchen with friends on special occasions back in my college days (some 15 years ago). The food was always superb, especially for the price. I hadn't been for a long time, and chose it with some trepidation as a spot to reunite with an old friend visiting from out of town. You never know if the quality and ambiance of a restaurant will hold up over the years (and through the haze of nostalgia). But Central Kitchen did not disappoint. Service was excellent and friendly, food and drinks were just right, noise level was perfect for catching up 1-to-1 without either being drowned out or feeling the need to whisper to avoid disturbing other patrons. Five stars 15 years ago, five stars today.
I am a vegetarian and over the years have been satisfied with the pricey veggie entre. We've returned many times because of its convenient location and my wife has loved the mussels and frittes. This time the mussel broth was boring, the usual vegetarian entre was off the menu (though it was on the website menu that day), and the kitchen seemed really stretched to come up with a veggie option. Our friend liked the swordfish, but the cosmo she ordered left a lot to be desired. Our server was attentive and seemed almost embarrassed by kitchen's vegetarian offerings. Disappointed!
Food and service were above average, but CK may be the darkest restaurant I've ever visited. Asked the waiter why. Said owner wanted "to create mood." Coincidental was the Globe article last week about dark restaurants and owners' struggles to get lighting right at a reasonable cost. This owner is clearly not struggling. Hard to imagine returning.
Every year, my wife & I come here for valentines day dinner. We wouldn't keep coming back if it wasn't a great place to have an intimate dinner for two. We got the grilled octopus small plate, which was superb. We both got the Steak Frites which is always very tasty, and portion size is generous (we each took home about 1/3 of the meal), and then we split a desert.
The beer list is limited to about 5 choices. Most of which are kind of boring, so I got the Smuttynose IPA, then the Cisco Gray Lady. Both are good, but nothing outstanding. My wife had a glass of wine, but I forget the brand. She said it was delicious despite being the cheapest glass on the menu.
The atmosphere here is very nice. Its a small dining room, with one main row of tables, and then a linear bar. Staff is very polite, knowledgeable, and friendly. The only complaint for atmosphere is that it was -9 degrees outside, and every time someone opened the door it was an icy blast to my table. An airlock door or even a heavy curtain is badly needed on cold nights.
Not a bad place. Good lighting and seating. Not too loud. Not too quiet. It took about an hour and 20 mins for our entrées to get to us ( just me and my date). I kid you not neither of us touched our plates for at least 50 mins straight and then our server came up to us and asked "should I have them fire it up ? " so needless to say it by this point I was pretty annoyed. I had more reservations for the night and WOULDVE been running late if I hadn't asked for the check 7 mins after getting our meals. Didn't even want à to go box. Food was great though my appetite was just ruined. And frankly your menu is more or less wine..and more wine... Anyways, Not the best for wine and dine unless you DONT mind missing out on the dine.
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