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About Commonwealth

Commonwealth Restaurant & Market serves local ingredients in a casual, family-style environment - our food is simple, but not simplistic. We use fresh, seasonal ingredients to create thoughtful savory and sweet dishes, as well as creative cocktails.

Visit our market and indulge in house-made delicacies, prepared meals, Fazenda coffee, and locally sourced meats and cheeses from our charcuterie case. Enjoy craft cocktails, rotating, local drafts, fun wines, and tasty snacks at our 13 seat bar or treat yourself to a three course meal in our main dining room. In addition to these spaces, Commonwealth also houses several private dining spaces - book your next party with us!

11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Restaurant, Monday through Saturday 11am to 10pm, Bar until 11pm

Market, Monday through Saturday 7:30am to 9pm

Closed Sundays

Cross Street:
Third Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 945-7030

Website:
http://commonwealthcambridge.com/

Parking Details:
Validated parking offered Monday-Friday after 4PM, all day on Saturday - $2 per hour for up to three hours.

Public Transit:
Five minute walk from the Kendall Square T Station on the Red Line

Executive Chef:
Nookie Postal

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-extravaganza-tickets-20064162450

Private Dining

Private dining room can accommodate 25 for a sit down dinner or 40 for a cocktail reception. The private dining room has a 75" TV that can be used for all presentations. We can also hold private events in the main dining room with seating up to 70 people or in our market for a reception.

Commonwealth Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (5)
Good for a Date (4)
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Great for Lunch (4)
Seasonal (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Casual (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quick Bite (2)
People Watching (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was creative, seasonal and delicious. The service was great as well. The twice-baked squash was incredible!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Fantastic food and excellent service. Definitely coming back when in Boston.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Date night with the hubby. Did not have high expectations but we were very pleasantly surprised! Would totally go back. Trying to plan our office's xmas party there.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great, fresh, delicious, well prepared meals served attractively. Wait staff was informative, helpful and appropriately friendly. It was a very good dining experience. We will certainly return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 18, 2017

If there's such a thing as honest food, the term can be used for this restaurant. The ingredients were very fresh and creatively prepared to capture the true nature of the ingredients. Since this was our first visit to Commonwealth, we made a point of trying several dishes. The steak was prepared as requested, rare, the pasta was al dente, and the lamb meatballs were complemented with a light sauce. The service was excellent as well, with several of the staff bringing dishes over & everyone was pleasant. The atmosphere was lively and casual. We look forward to going back. We walked with gps guidance & it took us in a circle. The restaurant is located just over the Longfellow Bridge on the Cambridge side. Broad Canal is behind the Red Cross building.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Fun relaxed spot for lunch. On a Friday in summer there are busy tables outside and plenty of cooler indoor tables if that's what you are looking for. We had a group of five and food was delivered in a timely fashion and was tasty. Our waiter didn't mention dessert, so we asked about cookies from the bakery. He checked on available varieties, then offered to have our choices cut up so we could share. Leave room for the cookies, they're yummy!

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2017

One of the best restaurant meals I've had in a while. We did the prix fixe -- fabulous mussels, the most amazing gnocchi in a tomato sauce, and a chocolate/caramel dessert. Really yummy. Service was prompt, helpful. The place was a little loud, but in a good way.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Have been for lunch a number of times and this place NEVER disappoints! Great menu selection for health nuts or not-so-health nuts.

Great spot to people watch at Kendall Square too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Organic, Great Beer, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Nice place with good food in a laid back area and friendly staff

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 10, 2017

The only downside was the long pause between first and main course.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Overall great meal. Food was very well done, fresh, creative. Predinner bread was best ever. Charcuterie was a very good portion size, and guacamole with seedy crackers very tasty. Entres awesome as well, only would have had a few more pieces of pasta with mine. Overall, best meal ( and most consistently good) in a while and certainly best value. Staff very nice, venue enjoayble. Only downside was accoustics ... there were a bunch of small kids and it got loud, but on other hand we'd feel very comfortable bringing our squirts here.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Great place to dine!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Menu is very creative, food exploding with flavors, great service, nice atmosphere. Overall:fantastic!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (Dublin)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Great family birthday dinner!service & food were equally commendable!

Tags: Good for Groups, Organic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We had lunch at Commonwealth and thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered (mole chicken sandwich, eggplant parm, burger, Equinox farm greens), though the French fries were a little disappointing. It's a fun, modern space with a market and also outdoor seating by the canal. Will definitely be back to try their dinner menu!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (London)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Food was delicious and service was outstanding!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Didn't think the entrees had much flavor, and they weren't served with much of anything - just a piece a fish with a tiny amount of spinach or a huge pork chop with a little potato cake. Neither had much flavor. There are sides available, but for the price of the entrees, I felt there should have been more balance on the plate.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I was worried when I walked up to the front door and the decor seemed a bit casual but when we were seated we felt very comfortable. The restaurant wasn't very crowded but as the evening went on tables filled up. They have a nice bar with lots of selection and are able to make specialty cocktails. Our server was very knowledgeable about where the food came from and had great recommendations. She told us that they butcher their own meat that they purchase from a local farmer. Seems like they purchase much of their food locally and support local farmers which is important to us. We will be going there again.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Delicious! Easy to order plenty of vegetables and a bit of meat to make it a nutritious meal as well. Grilled broccolini was nice and sweet, Thai-style fiddleheads were scrumptious, asparagus was tender, and oxtail fritters were the perfect amount with just enough spice in the jalapeño aioli. Wine list was approachable and carefully selected for everyday dining. I look forward to returning!

Tags: Organic, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Fastest lunch I have ever had, which was great! Food was awesome too!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Great restaurant- food is always fresh and creative- have Ben there numerous times and also for functions. They really meet and exceed your expectations. If you haven't tried Commoneeslth do yourself a favor and go soon. Especially now with patio weather here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Excellent, attentive service. We arrived earlier than our reservation and before our guests, but were seated right away and enjoyed a drink and appetizer. The food and cocktails were terrific and our server was absolutely great .

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Creative menu with very small bites, small bites, large bites and basic yet outstanding desserts. The trout, a mainstay on the menu, was expertly prepared, and the side of veggies we ordered (asparagus) was creatively prepared. Save room for dessert, because the ice cream is first rate and the toppings are a must have. A simply eloquent experience, Commonwealth is. They have their playbook down and they execute very well on it. The service was just right, knowledgeable and attentive but not smothering, and the ambience gives off a warm vibe.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Have been here several times and have not been disappointed, as the meals are made with fresh ingredients, often with a unique spin.
The Monday night Fried Chicken specials are tasty and affordable.
The weekend brunch has some great choices.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 6, 2017

This was my first time at Commonwealth. The menu is limited but there is something for every taste. I had the white bean soup and it was delicious... tomato based, lots of veggies, hearty. My friend had the spinach salad... lots of fresh spinach, topped with apple slices and granola... it comes with cheese but she had the vegan version. The sandwiches looked tasty too. Hip and trendy comfort food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2017

GREAT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE, WE'LL BE BACK, THANK YOU

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Not too many vegan options, but my carnivore husband wasn't a huge fan either

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Overpriced

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 (New England)·Dined on February 21, 2017

The cocktails were fun, chicken pot pie filling, and wow, the roasted octopus with white beans starter rocked!

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Lovely!!! Great option if going to Kendall Square Cinema afterwards.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 15, 2017

We had a fantastic time! Amazing food and service!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We went during Valentines Day but ended up ordering off the regular menu. All in all the food was good but not anything particularly unique. Preparations solid but my steak was overcooked and the portion was particularly small for a main dish. The main dish prices are on the high-moderate end but the appetizers and sides are incredibly pricey. $3/piece oysters and $13 appetizers. For the cost it wasn't quite as unique as expected.

Overall solid experience and very friendly staff with excellent service. Costs seemed quite high for the food creativity and portions.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2017

We started off with a dozen oysters. I then ordered the tartare for a second course but the waiter messed up and brought it out with our main courses so we sent it back. For entrees we had the steak and the duck with risotto special. Everything was wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Delicious and exciting menu options, as well as a great cocktail list!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 16, 2016

I've been here twice now - the food is tasty and the atmosphere nice. I'd go again, although I'd love to see them shake up the menu a bit more.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2016

The food and service was very good but the chairs were uncomfortable.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2016

The food has been really great both times I've eaten at Commonwealth. Dishes are inventive and varied, and the cocktails are wonderful. Last night, the duck mole nachos were delicious, and the pizza was also a surprise hut. But I will never eat there again because of the chairs. They seem to be anti-ergonomically designed: narrow, rock-hard, and without any back support. They took me back to my 1970s public school days, and not in a good way. It's really a shame, since the food is good, but the discomfort was a persistent distraction from the meal, and I found myself longing for a cushion.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2016

The food itself was very good, no denying that. The issue lies within the value of the food. Simply a bit overpriced for what you're eating. Entrees were ok, nothing special for what they were priced at. Duck Fat Fries were hands down the best on the menu and for a side price of $9.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2016

We had, based on the menus online, high expectations for this restaurant. The food was… ok. The service less so—we were never offered anything other than water to drink, and when we asked for a beer/wine list, the server seemed surprised we might want something else! We ordered a LOT of food, and there were some stand-out dishes, but still probably not good enough to warrant a second visit.

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 (London)·Dined on October 5, 2016

Overpriced for mediocre food. Service didn't make up for the shortfall.

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