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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!
Cambridge, MA 02142
American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Restaurant, Monday through Saturday 11am to 10pm, Bar until 11pm
Market, Monday through Saturday 7:30am to 9pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Validated parking offered Monday-Friday after 4PM, all day on Saturday - $2 per hour for up to three hours.
Five minute walk from the Kendall Square T Station on the Red Line
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:
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
I would love to give Commonwealth a true review but unfortunately I did not get to experience it. On a freezing windy January day, I walked there from Kendall, having made a reservation on Open Table, only to discover that it was closed for New Year's Day but hadn't notified the reservation website or their answering machine- they just had a sign on the door. Call ahead if reserving, and make sure to talk to a person to confirm you have the reservation before heading over.
They were listed as open on OpenTable, it let me make a reservation, and then when got there they were closed. Other people were showing up and finding the same. Don't want to give an outright bad review, because I have eaten there before and liked it, but frustrating they didn't disable it in OpenTable if they were not going to actually be open.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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