EVOO

4.5
2224 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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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Public transit
Red Line - Kendall Square
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

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2,224 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
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Very Good
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Good
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4.5
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4.4
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4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GL
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

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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New England
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

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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Washington DC
3.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

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

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DP
New England
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

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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New England
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

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

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CH
New England
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

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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New England
4.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

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

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 5, 2018

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
3.0
Dined on May 29, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

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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Las Vegas
4.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

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

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

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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New England
5.0
Dined on May 17, 2018

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
4.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

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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New York Area
4.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

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

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OT
New England
5.0
Dined on April 27, 2018

Excellent meal, excellent service.

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CL
Charleston
4.0
Dined on April 25, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

The rabbit confit salad is killer! I highly recommend

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OT
5.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

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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j
New England
5.0
Dined on April 13, 2018

Sat at one of the hi-top tables overlooking the kitchen. Outstanding service. We both had parsnip-shrimp soup, truly memorable, followed by haddock And tres leches cake with Maine blueberries for me and apple crisp with salted caramel ice cream for my companion. Both managers stopped by to chat and the chef said goodnight and thank you as we left. Couldn’t have asked for more. We will return soon.

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SP
New England
5.0
Dined on April 13, 2018

We had an amazing time. My husband and I were spending the weekend in Boston with his brother and his wife. All 4 of us are pretty big foodies, so finding something spectacular is hard. Everything we ordered was spot on! We loved the open kitchen and the farm to table menu. We will be back on another trip to the city.

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New England
5.0
Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was great! The haddock in Thai curry was so flavotful. Burrata and beet salad super fresh.

Hannah was such a fantastic server! I'll definitely be back.

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RM
New England
5.0
Dined on April 9, 2018

Food and service were outstanding. A really interesting menu that will allow you to explore new combinations of ingredients. Will go again!

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New England
5.0
Dined on April 7, 2018

Dinner was delicious, inventive and satisfying without being overwhelming. Every course elicited a "wow" upon the first taste, and a "that was SO good" upon completion.

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New England
3.0
Dined on March 30, 2018

We dined during the Dine Out Boston week, and although the restaurant wasn’t too full the wine pairing with each of the courses were served with delays. We were well into each of the courses when the wines were brought out for us. Other than that the food was fine, but I’m not sure if I’ll be going back to EVOO any time soon.

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Miami
5.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

Absolutely outstanding food. The pairing of wine was also very good.

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NL
New England
4.0
Dined on March 22, 2018

We ate there on a weekday and the place was not crowded. Good, fresh food choices with interesting ingredients. Liked the list of food suppliers on the menu along with the options. Will go back.

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Philadelphia
3.0
Dined on March 22, 2018

Although I've been there before and had a great meal, it was disappointing. Both meals were under cooked despite our requests. The waiter didn't offer to do anything about it.

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JD
New England
5.0
Dined on March 17, 2018

EVOO was superb as always. Each time we visit, there is something new and creative to sample, as well as the standbys which Peter has been making for years. Always a treat.

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New England
5.0
Dined on March 16, 2018

Nice evening

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n
New England
5.0
Dined on March 4, 2018

Original menu that never fails to delight!

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New England
5.0
Dined on March 3, 2018

We had not been to EVOO in some time and were thrilled to see that it was still the stand out it's always been. I could be buried in the chinese box and everything else was superb as well - especially our server. Thanks!

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DD
New England
5.0
Dined on February 17, 2018

Love that Chinese Box!!!! The parsnip Soup was also off the charts!!!
We will be back soon!!

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New England
5.0
Dined on February 15, 2018

My valentine and I were catered to PERFECTLY throughout our first experience at EVOO. Our server (I think his name was Tim or Frank?), the restaurant, and especially Kristen Smith provided us with the exact atmosphere that we were hoping for, catering to our every need (including combining the gnocchi and duck sausage + confit entres-slight up-charge, but WORTH IT!). I have written maybe 3 restaurant reviews in my life thus far, but I felt the need to take the time to thank the EVOO team for helping to create one of the most incredible dining experiences of my life, and though I don't relish the idea of not being able to book a table at a place I so thoroughly enjoyed, it's definitely worth the risk to tout their awesomeness.

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New England
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

Really good food! and fun service. Recommend for special occasions and romantic dinners.

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New England
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

We heard that Evoo had great food but we were pleasantly surprised to find just how wonderful it is. Perfectly sized portions so we could enjoy all the courses. Our server was a seasoned professional who took care of our every need.

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EV
New England
4.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

Like EVOO we are celebrating 20 years in Cambridge. I was happy to find the familiar quality experience while enjoying the creativity of there Valentine’s Day set menu.

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New England
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine Day with my Sweetie
Great choices for dinner, and good wine selection.
The staff is very warm and welcoming.
The special oyster appetizer is “to die for”.
Every dish is given special attention with amazing presentation by an “army” of dedicated, commuted chefs. Their wine pairings are carefully chosen by Dan
And are a great addition to the meal. Highly recommend for special occasions, or a night on the town.

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New England
3.0
Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was good but the main meal was average and unfortunately cold when served. Dessert was awesome however. Best bread pudding.

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