EVOO

4.4
2245 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
At EVOO we serve eclectic, New American cuisine focusing on sustainable and local ingredients. EVOO is located in the heart of Kendall Square; MIT, Microsoft, Google, Sanofi/Genzyme, Biogen and the Cambridge Innovation Center are just a few of our neighbors. Chef Peter McCarthy's ever changing lunch and dinner menus offer EVOO classics such as our Chinese Box filled with Mustard Glazed Shrimp and Hoisin Braised Beef and our Garlic and Parsley Studded Beef Tenderloin. We even have a roof top garden!

At EVOO, we have three private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 60 guests, or the entire restaurant may be reserved for up to 100 guests. We are available for corporate events, weddings, bridal or baby showers, birthday celebrations or any other special occasions. We also have a great outdoor patio in the nicer months.

We are proud to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified. We hope to see you soon!

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dinner: Sunday closed
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Phone number
(617) 661-3866
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Peter McCarthy
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Private party facilities
EVOO offers a variety of private dining spaces perfect for parties from 15 to 150. Our LEED Gold certified space is ideal for business dinners and personal social events, including weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties and anniversary celebrations.
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Private party contact
Events Team: (617) 661-3866
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Broad Canal
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Parking details
Parking is available at a reduced rate after 4:00 pm in the Kendall Square South Garage located in our building. To be eligible for the reduced rate, please see the host to have your ticked validated. Street parking is also available (meters until 8:00 pm).
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Red Line - Kendall Square
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2245 People Are Saying
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JW
New England
66 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Highly recommend EVOO. We've been there many times and it's always been excellent. Everything we ordered on a visit in Nov. 2018 was outstanding, fresh, and excellent - masterly creations by the chef, interesting and creative, fish cooked perfectly, all the flavors of each dish worked together marvelously. Excellent wines, very helpful and cheerful service. Amazingly reasonable prices for the quality of the food. The noise level was quiet and easy to talk with everyone at our table. The interior design is fine, but could use a refresh.

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b
New England
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time there and just as enjoyable. The salads are huge and big enough for two. The ingredients are fresh, very flavorful and nicely combined. Should have asked for the burger to be cooked medium well.

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ME
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve kept coming back over the years and never are disappointed!

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V
San Antonio
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food good not great or exciting. Butternut squash soup very good, hint of curry. Green salad with beets....boring.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dan, our waiter, was extremely friendly and attentive. We even had the pleasure of meeting Steve, co-owner, who checked on us to ensure our experience was memorable. Quality of food was high - locally sourced ingredients make the difference. EVOO is highly recommended.

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CG
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was very good but service was slow. Menu was small but sufficient.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Burger was almost raw, salad uninspired. Waitstaff was very pleasant and attentive. Ambiance was pleasant but couldn't compensate for the disappointing food experience.

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DD
New England
34 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the wonderful folks at EVOO treated us like VIPs and made us feel like right at home! The food was excellent too!

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BM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 10. They were able to accommodate us with no problems. The food was outstanding. They were careful to meet the special and various food restrictions of several in our party. Overall, we had a fabulous time.

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. Staff was friendly and helpful, but service was quite slow -- perhaps they were short-staffed?

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WD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and all the staff were terrific. Love this restaurant every time I go.

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KR
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Can always count on EVOO for a delicious meal, good service, fresh locally sourced ingredients and an environment where you actually hear your dining companions. Also, easy parking.

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K
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this neighborhood place- casual, friendly and excellent food. The staff are incredibly professional, attentive and accommodating. We were a party of 7 people and started outside but eventually got cold. We were able to move inside with no problem. Food is seasonal, organic options and locally sourced. I had the bluefish dish that was excellent and others enjoyed the first course soups along with house made bread and breadsticks. Everyone loved the food, ambiance and excellent staff.

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GD
New England
41 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

EVOO is based in the bottom of our apartment complex alongside a number of other restaurants. We chose this particular place due to the interesting menu and convenience after we had signed our lease for the new space.

They boast being "Boston's Most Eclectic" restaurant for the past few years and I must say that is probably a well-earned accolade. They have a diverse menu that will have something for everyone regardless of your dietary restrictions or preferred cuisine. They pair that with an equally diverse mixed drink, wine, and beer menu so you don't feel disjointed during your visit.

We split the heirloom tomatoes as an appetizer and had the Bluefish Fillet and Chinese Box as mains. Everything tasted fresh, was full of flavor, and presented in a very appealing way.

We sat outside so were unable to experience the noise level and ambiance of the dining room, but their patio space was a fantastic experience. The servers were attentive and ensured our drinks were never empty or that we were never waiting too long for anything. While that may seem trivial, it has been a downward trend we've experienced in a number of restaurants over the past year or two so to have such an attentive server was a pleasant surprise. The noise level would be what you would expect for an outdoor area that has multiple patios adjacent to each other but never required any raised voices or yelling to hold a conversation.

If there is one area that EVOO lacks compared to the other experiences we've had in Boston and Cambridge it would be the value. While the individual dishes are moderately priced, it seems to add up more quickly than we would anticipated. That does not mean it is not worth the price being paid, it was just not one of the better values in the end that we have experienced over the past 3 weeks of exploration.

We will definitely be back to try the happy hour and lunch menus and are very pleased to have this option literally right downstairs from our residence.

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EV
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was mostly empty, which was a benefit to easy conversation (vs shouting over a crowd). Food was also delivered in a reasonable amount of time. My beef was cooked perfectly with a tasty Bernaise sauce. The mashed potatoes were blah and the green beans were a smaller portion that what I would expect for a $40 entree. The rest of the table had the prix fixe meal selection. All said the food was good. Overall a good experience, just not a "great" one.

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o
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I love EVOO, but this luncheon did not live up to my past experiences. We ordered from the "restaurant week" menu. I had the eggplant and it was very ordinary - plus I detest having to fish eggplant skin out of the dish (or out of my mouth). The salad was generous and delightfully fresh, but under-seasonsed. I had a busy afternoon ahead, so skipped a delicious cocktail. Somehow, the food was just not as good as past meals. Hope I haven't been overly influenced by the cocktails in the past.

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BE
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was bland and subtle flavors

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Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great choice

Chinese box and haddock were both outstanding.

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GT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great. Service, not so much; made us feel like he was doing us a favor & we were imposing on him

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f
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in our party was delighted by their food. The member of our part who ordered the burger said it was the best one he’s had in years.

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GL
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The staff wasn't super welcoming or friendly, but they were timely and professional. Besides that the food was outstanding and I would definitely come back. I was there with a group of 6 people and we weren't late for our meeting that was scheduled an hour after the reservation. Everyone left very happy.

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n
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for years... they are amazingly consistent. Food combos are creative and yummy!
Everything about this place is quality.

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p
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Interesting tasty food but indoor seating dark and oddly shaped room. Pretty expensive for overall experience

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DP
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to EVOO for a long time and it never disappoints. The addition of their weekly burger is a real treat. You may thinker's easy to make a good burger but you would be wrong! EVOO offers a juicy, delectable one that needs no addition (no ketchup, please). The side salad that came with out (you can also get fries) was fresh with just the right amount of vinaigrette. My friend had the famous Chinese Box and loved every bite. Good cocktails and wines. Pleasant high table near the kitchen. Go!

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A
New England
30 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the service was splendid and the food was delicious.

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CH
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

EVOO continues to be one of the most interesting restaurants, with creative locally-sourced foods. On nice summer evenings, the outdoor seating is a great addition.

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w
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was good, the food was okay. I only gave 3 stars over 5 (for food) since there was a fly in the ice water.

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KL
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great option for a business lunch. Easy access, great food, quiet and plenty of space.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended Evoo to us since we were going to be in Cambridge. Were with our two sons and had a great dinner! The service was excellent, the Evoo 20 IPA was delicious. Who knew that a chicken breast on top of some asparagus and fiddleheads could be so moist and delicious?!!! Excellent meal and service.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was great with two exceptions:
1. They ran out of halibut which 3 of us ordered
2. The food took forever and service was slow. It appeared they could have moved faster. We were seated by 7:15, didn’t order until 7:45, and food didn’t arrive until 8:40

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple and beautiful atmosphere. Pre-fix menu was a great option, everything was fresh and in season. Loooved the home made lavender lemonade! I already know what I want to try at my next visit!

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NM
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Mostly old waiters that don’t smile. Stern worn out faces. Not friendly at all.

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JM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the private room for a graduation celebration. The food was incredible as well as the service. We can’t wait to come back!

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b
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great place using local farms food and flavorful innovative dishes! Had a table where I could watch the chefs cook and even ask some questions on their dishes. Very friendly!
Server Hannah did a great job helping pair delicious and interesting wines with the meal.Very friendly!

I'll be back!

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitstaff were very friendly and attentive. The food was creative and well prepared. We've been to EVOO several times, and it has been consistently excellent. Its also a good value, comparing favorably with other high end restaurants that charge more. The wine list is extensive. Three of us dined for Mother's Day, and everyone was very happy with their meal and their overall experience.

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E
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Ambience okay. Neighborhood place. Will go back.

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, excellent service.

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CL
Charleston
43 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Although we have visited Evoo many times in the past, this time was made ever more special by our waitperson (Obie). He was there when needed, accommodating, but not intrusive.
We totally enjoyed the parsnip soup and Chinese Box...absolutley wonderful flavors in both.
Any time we are in Cambridge, Evoo is certain to be one of our visits!

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NB
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The rabbit confit salad is killer! I highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EVOO is amazing! I was there with a large group of girls (around 12) for a bachelorette dinner. Our server and the manager were super patient and accommodating with us and our requests. The food was outstanding, fresh, flavorful and creative! I highly highly recommend this place!

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