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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

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (11)
Casual (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
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Fit for Foodies (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Special Occasion (5)
Cozy (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Romantic (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Authentic (2)
Business Meals (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on March 11, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 10, 2017

They were extremely allergy friendly and accommodating. Their fries aren't gluten-free , unfortunately, but they did bring me olives to eat while everyone else had bread!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Squid starter was exquisite. Firm yet tender texture. Fabulous flavors.
Pork chop was delicious and succulent. Could have used a sweet note to complement other flavors.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2016

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2016

I simply love this place. Great food, experience and staff.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2016

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Good solid eating option in Central Square. Can be a little noisy and table service can be a bit on the slow side.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Fun, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2016

For some reason, Central Kitchen gets mixed reviews on OpenTable. We had a great experience and found their menu small but the four starters we shared were great. I highly recommend the Warm Spinach Salad and Grilled Octopus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2016

One of my favorite places. Always really good, nice people, really interesting wines. A good-to for many years.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2016

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2016

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2016

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.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2016

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2016

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2016

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2016

The food was great, but our server was not. Im sure if I went again, we'd have a better, different server, and would have enjoyed it more. The grilled octopus was great! Good wine selection and cocktails too. Nice place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2016

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2016

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2016

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 ...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Lovely room and good and friendly service but unfortunately the food is not as good as it has been in the past.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2016

We went to Central Kitchen for a small (6 people) graduation celebration. We shared everything we ordered and it was all delicious. The restaurant is a bit noisy so hard to hear a conversation at the other end of the table but all in all a nice experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2016

Great food and great ambiance and way less nosey then most places. Bar is is super nice as well!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2016

Delicious drinks and creme brulee. Also amazing deviled eggs, octopus, and burgers/steak. A ton of gluten free options without any problem. What really stands out though is the amazing staff!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Unlike most steak frites, this comes with an excellent, large piece of ribeye. Frites are even better if you asked for the aoli to accompany them.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on April 23, 2016

In a modest, modern space you will find surprisingly creative and delectable food. More like New York than Central Square

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2016

The food, drinks, service, atmosphere were all excellent. Interesting menu. Interesting cocktail menu and the beer drinkers in our group enjoyed that selection as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2016

I like the mix of new standards and updated classics. The secret burger was excellent. As was the chicken fricasse. I remember loving the cassoulet as well.
Everything is well seasoned and well considered.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on April 9, 2016

The place is overpriced and the food is not good. The paella is simply not a paella. It's rice with fish, but most definitely not a paella.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 30, 2016

Though small, the cocktails are unique are delicious. Their changing dinner menu never ceases to disappoint as well. Just be aware that the dishes are on the expensive side.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Very good food

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 7, 2016

Easily the worst paella I've ever eaten. Friends loved the chicken. Service was lethargic.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2016

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!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 26, 2016

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Very Nice place, really lovely atmosphere for a romantic dinner. Small menu but very good with great choices, food was very good, tasty and well cooked. Overall very nice.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2016

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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