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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 530p-10p
weds-sat 530p-11p

bar
sun-tues 530p-1a
weds-sat 530p-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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Fun (8)
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Fit for Foodies (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Casual (5)
Cozy (5)
Special Occasion (4)
Authentic (3)
Romantic (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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·Dined on October 15, 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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·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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·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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vip
 (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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·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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 1, 2017

While the food was outstanding and we had great options throughout our meal experience, our server was not the best.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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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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vip
 (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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