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Best Restaurants in Cambridge, MA

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated December 15, 2023

Over the past few years, Cambridge’s dining scene has progressively transformed into a vibrant, cosmopolitan culinary environment. The city boasts a large selection of unique restaurants, ranging from classic American comfort food to Chinese, French, and Italian. There is an establishment that serves food to suit every palate, whether it be a cozy cafe or somewhere that offers fine dining. Many of these enticing businesses also serve a variety of tasty wines and unique handcrafted cocktails, making it easy to grab a drink along with a meal, or head to happy hour before a dinner reservation.

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4.9
4.9 (1566)
$31 to $50
American
Cambridge
About the restaurant

Placed in North Cambridge, ​​Season to Taste is a charming neighborhood restaurant that is owned and operated by Chef Robert Harris. Some of the most popular items on the menu include dishes like seared duck breast, grass fed beef brisket, and house-made mezzi rigatoni. The interior features private wooden tables that are convenient for an intimate meal, while the exterior has a heated patio that is a nice place to sit no matter the time of year.

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AndyZvip
Dined 2 days ago
My wife and I ate inside on the early side. This was our first time at the restaurant. The wait staff was excellent and so was the food.
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4.8
4.8 (591)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cambridge
About the restaurant
A farm-to-table style restaurant, Urban Hearth was founded in 2003 by chef Erin Miller and has been wowing both locals and visitors with its tasty menu ever since. The menu is filled with diverse items such as goat cheese croquettes, big buttermilk biscuits, and ale braised pork cheek. The interior is light and airy, with bright colors and a welcoming atmosphere. For a particularly unique experience, opt for the Chef’s Tasting Menu, a five-course culinary experience that keeps diners on the edge of their seats.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
always so good and something I can't get anywhere else. great cocktails
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4.5
4.5 (509)
$30 and under
Pizza Bar
Cambridge
About the restaurant
A fresh and modern establishment, Source Restaurant is a mixture of a gastropub and pizza bar, owned by Daniel Paul Roughan. On the menu, there are options such as New York-style pizzas, carbonara bucatini, and wood charred chicken rings. The interior has a rustic and eclectic style that helps to make diners feel comfortable and at home. The restaurant has become quite popular for its brunch menu, so consider heading there on Saturday or Sunday mornings.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Service was great. Our waiter was attentive but not overly and answered any questions. Inside seating was just as pleasant as outside seating. The pizzas are the best in the Boston area! Tried the pasta and mocktails for the first time and they were outstanding. If you're cutting back or AF you won't be disappointed! The regular wine/beer/drink list is extensive. Something for everyone! Fantastic night!
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4.8
4.8 (2115)
$50 and over
American
Cambridge
About the restaurant
A mixture between a New American style restaurant and a classic Italian trattoria, Pammy's has been in business since 2017 when it was opened by Pam and Chris Willis. On the menu, there are tasty options like steak tartare, sea scallops, and pork chops. The inside of the restaurant is bright, with light colors, plenty of natural lighting, and numerous lush, green plants. Pammy’s is known for having a large drink menu, so make sure to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail before dining there.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
It is always an outstanding experience dining at Pammy’s. My girlfriend and I go on special occasions and our love for the place has never wavered. The food is excellent and we love the seasonal changes in menu items. But above all, we have a massive appreciation for the staff and service. Our waitress, Danielle, was friendly, efficient, and extremely professional. She took the time to fold my girlfriend’s napkin when she got up to use the restroom, and was very pleasant to chat with. She was never overbearing and always made sure we had what we needed. Thank you so much!! We can’t wait to go back.
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4.8
4.8 (1729)
$31 to $50
Italian
Cambridge
About the restaurant
For mouthwatering Italian food, head to Giulia Restaurant, which has been a local favorite in Cambridge since it was opened in 2012 by Michael and Giulia Pagliarini. The menu contains exceptional choices such as chicken liver crostini, marinated octopus, and buckwheat pizzoccheri. The inside features a large bar and is mainly decorated with unfinished wood. Enjoy a classic Italian cocktail during dinner, such as a spritz or negroni.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food, ambiance and staff! Will be back . Food was innovative and delicious !
A photo of Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar - Cambridge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (820)
$31 to $50
Cuban
Cambridge
About the restaurant
Known for being one of the best authentic Cuban restaurants in the city, Gustazo Cuban Kitchen and Bar opened its doors in 2011 and is owned by Patricia Estorino and Adolfo De La Vega. Diners will find a variety of dishes on the menu, including yucca fries, churros, and ropa vieja. The interior has Cuban-inspired decorations as well as wood paneling on the walls, giving the restaurant an authentic vibe. It’s known for having an extensive cocktail menu, so set aside some time for a drink before dinner.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
We had another excellent experience at Gustazo Cambridge. The service, provided by the excellent bar staff, was perfect. Our meal was two tapas plates (queso frito and chitlings), followed by arroz con pollo. The chicken (pollo) was excellent - but the tapas were outstanding. Everywhere I looked, tables were well serviced by numerous happy energetic staff. Prices seemed in line with similar Cambridge restaurants. Highly recommended.
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4.6
4.6 (49)
$30 and under
Thai
Cambridge
About the restaurant
A popular Thai restaurant located in Harvard Square, 9 Tastes was opened by Panja Lymswan in 2009. It has become synonymous with some of its most famous dishes, which include veggie puffs, mango fried rice, and lemongrass chicken. The interior of the restaurant is bright and airy, with an upbeat ambiance. There is also an extensive wine list, making it a nice place to taste some vino while dining.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
I have visited previously and was excellent then as it is now. I will return.
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4.8
4.8 (693)
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern
Cambridge
About the restaurant
An Afghani establishment named after the longest river in Afghanistan, the Helmand Restaurant was founded in the early 2000s by Mahmood Karzai. At this restaurant, divers can try a variety of both unique and traditional dishes, including mantwo, lamb lawand, and kebabs. The inside is characterized by bright colors and decorations, and there is also an outdoor patio where individuals can choose to eat during warm weather. Make sure to peruse the diverse wine list.
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Biff
Dined 4 days ago
We have been here many times over the years and it’s always great to! The ravioli, appetizer and pumpkin appetizer are truly one of my favorites of any restaurant
A photo of Chalawan Asian Eatery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (290)
$30 and under
Asian
Cambridge
About the restaurant
For tasty Thai and southeast Asian cuisine, head to Chalawan Asian Eatery, which has become a popular local restaurant over the years. On the menu, there are a variety of different selections, including seared Alaska scallops, Thai crispy chicken skin, and Sumatra wagyu beef cheek. With large floor-to-ceiling windows, an intricate wall mural, and comfortable booth seating complete with pillows, it’s guaranteed that diners will have an enjoyable experience when eating at Chalawan Asian Eatery. Vegetarians will be delighted to learn that there is a separate vegetarian menu, which is complete with a variety of salads and tofu-based dishes, using the best and freshest vegetables that are available in the area.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Not my first time to Chalawan, I had amazing food there every visit. And the expenses were not crazy at all. I definitely would come back for food.
A photo of Cloud and Spirits (Private Events Only) restaurant
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cambridge
About the restaurant
A Korean-inspired New American restaurant, Cloud and Spirits was first opened in 2021. On the menu, there are many diverse items, including pork belly adobo, mushroom ravioli, and ratatouille. With intimate lighting, unfinished wood, and modern decorations, this establishment has a chic and stylish ambiance. Try some of the restaurant’s craft cocktails, which include a selection of classic beverages and new, innovative recipes.
Top review
Jax7815
Dined on Apr 26, 2023
We loved the look of the restaurant but the tables were a tad small. There were 3 of us and the plates/drinks/water were tight. Each dish was quite delicious but the servings were definitely mid-size tapas. The server warned us. Nice modest sound level until about 7:30 when the music went on and the sound level became intolerable
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