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Central Kitchen

4.5
218 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
feeding Central Square award-winning food, wine & cocktails
seven days a week | since 1998
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
kitchen
sun-tues 5p-10p
weds-sat 5p-11p

bar
sun-tues 5p-1a
weds-sat 5p-2a
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Phone number
(617) 491-5599
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pearl Street
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Parking details
Located next to Public lot #5 and Green Street Garage, as well as metered parking on Mass Ave and surrounding side streets.
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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
What 218 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Central Kitchen provided a great dining experience. The ambiance is perfect for a date night or dinner with friends. The food was delicious and the cocktails were well balanced. Service was fantastic - would highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Can always count on Central Kitchen for a wonderful evening!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I've been coming here for many years on a regular basis and I am always wholly satisfied with the whole experience - great food, service and ambiance.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

One of the most bizarre dining experiences I’ve had. The service was really terrible. We had to beg to get the attention of either the waiter or the manager just to ask for water, ketchup for the fries, etc. Not once did anyone check on us, not once did anyone come to our table voluntarily. Meanwhile the waiter and manager were going around to other tables, talking, asking if they need anything, making jokes, having a great time. Wtf?

Steak frites was👌 excellent however.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great food - original. Friendly, prompt service. A bit loud, but still ok to have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Single person dining alone, I was treated wonderfully by wait staff and the experience was great. I started with a cocktail upstairs at Brick & Mortar-- you can get the full cocktail list downstairs at Central Kitchen too! Excellent food. I definitely would come back here again.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

First timer, was surprised by how amazing the food and cocktails.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Still a wonderful little gem of a restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

yummy, easy to get to and super staff! we shared large and small plates -- the checken was HUUUUGE - and 4 of us shared 2 Belgian chocoloate desserts w van ice cream the birthday girl was surprised and thrilled. we'll be back - probably all four of us! thanks to the staff for making the night special.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was good, but not fabulous (for the price) (for one fish entree). Another person had a burger which was just OK, nothing special.
We sat at the table in front of the door and it was drafty, unfortunately.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Very nice, as usual.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Don't be put off by the outside, I was but when my partner made me go in and we were delighted. It is small and darkly lit inside a little treasure. The staff were very attentive and helpful and the food was an absolute delight. We had two appetizers Moules Mariniere , Warm Alpine Raclette salt baked potatoes, cornichons and pickled pearl onions and shared a main course of the Vermont Raised Berkshire Pork Chop green lentils de puy, rapini, baby carrots and grain mustard creme fraiche. This was cooked to perfection and very juicy (so glad we decided to share then we had bread pudding and White Wine Poached Pear
house made ricotta, caramel. both desserts were mouth watering and rich and delish.

I cannot recommend this place enough, the food, atmosphere and staff made for an excellent evening. 10 stars!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This was our second visit, we love the place. The food is outstanding, great service.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Lovely experience. Made a reso for my anniversary and post-V-day with my boyfriend. We were sat at one of the best tables, treated very well by our server, the food and cocktails were amazing and the night was ended with a sweet touch from our server. Definitely will go back!

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was great

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Interesting cuisine- great presentation
Perfect location

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Delicious meals. Great service.

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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