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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!
Cambridge, MA 02142
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dinner: Sunday closed
$31 to $50
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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).
Red Line - Kendall Square
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.
Private Party Contact:
Events Team: (617) 661-3866
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
EVOO Ratings and Reviews
Not an overly large menu but enough tasty options. Parsnip soup was outstanding and the baked Haddock was cooked perfectly in a delightful sweet potato sauce. The staff was friendly and the service was good. It’s a little pricey but I’d go back it’s that good.
The sweet potato pie was a standout. The pig's head was tasty, with a perfectly crisp coating which went divinely with the poached egg. The fettucine was okay but not my favorite. The server was very friendly and helpful. The staff is exceptional at this restaurant.
I have been going to this neighborhood gem for more than a decade, first when it was on Beacon Street and now at its location in Kendall Square and it never fails to surprise and impress me. I usually have the Chinese Box, a delectable tower of mustard shrimp, Hoisin beef, cashews, cole slaw, broccoli and rice layered and turned out from its Chinese take-out box so the sauces seep through its layers, but this time I also had a roasted pumpkin with a mole and cabbage slaw that was perfectly balanced between heat and spice. The duck confit salad is a favorite too. The ambiance is modern--stainless semi-open kitchen and wood tables. It can get loud but there are quieter spots so request one if you want conversation. We arrived at 5 and by the time we left, it was full.
The place feels a bit dated but is nice and lowkey for a networking dinner. We ended up with only 6 of our 7 guests showing, which I mentioned a few times but the extra place setting was never taken away which was a little odd. We were not asked if we wanted another round of drinks. But we were speedily brought our one late order for our late guest, and they happily split the bill six ways. They did not rush us and gave us space to chat. The food was just ok but something for everyone, and various price points.
Fresh ingredients, locally sourced and artfully prepared. The Executive Chef, Peter, is an artist at blending complimentary flavors. The staff are all long term employees which says a lot for how they are treated and how they treat the guests. Great wines as well. We got a surprise desert to celebrate our anniversary. Coleen, wife of the Executive Chef, runs the back of the house and does so very well.
There are very few fine dining restaurants in Cambridge that can handle reservations for 10 people on a Friday night with as much grace and ease as Evoo. We shared a large room with another party of 10 and when that other party finished we had the room to ourselves. We could carry on conversations with everyone at the table. And the food was outstanding. My husband and I shared the tenderloin and the smoked salmon. The tenderloin was as mouth watering as you'd expect but, as far as I was concerned, I hated parting with any of the smoked salmon.
A great place, rediscovered! Shame on me - my wife and I last visited EVOO at it's former location, and they had moved 7 years ago. Really glad a school chum suggested it for our evening starting with business and then having spouses join to hang out. I arrived early and wasn't sure why the app forced me to select 15 min later than I wanted, since it was only lightly patronized at the beginning. Anyway, I started with a drink - Catcher in the Rye - which the waiter told me would be delicious. It was. It also packed a HUGE punch. Wine list was thoughtful; we went with an Argentine Malbec.
My chum ordered the Corncob Smoked Bluefish Fillet with Grilled Zucchini, Sweet Corn Risotto and Tomato – Basil Relish ($29) which completely disappeared from her plate. Maybe I wasn't looking when she licked it clean? Obviously a hit. My wife and I ordered the Chinese Box. While the initial presentation was whimsical, the contents, though tasty, felt a bit like hashed kitchen left-overs. It wasn't, of course, but once the initial presentation deconstructs, you are left with a plate with no distinguishable destinations. Sigh. That all said, the wine was a perfect pairing given the shrimp and Hoisin Braised Beef and Gingered Vegetable in "the box".
The atmosphere and waitstaff were warm and not overly attentive. To/from the bathroom, I noted lots of little cubbies and nooks for intimate parties or sitting at the bar. We were definitely long overdue in being EVOO patrons, and we mean to make up for lost time.
It was busy in Boston and we had a larger group. I used open table and this was one of the few places that could seat eight at our desired time. We lucked out! It is a farm to table concept with great options and delicious choices! Three of our party chose the prix fixe menu and enjoyed all three courses. The serve was friendly and helpful. I will return on our next visit to Boston!
Excellent overall...the asian shrimp box was great.
Table was a bit small/cozy for 4 people for a working dinner.
The only negative was the coffee; we asked for decaf espressos and they were awful...still working the bugs out from the new machine apparently. Beware...(but they did deduct them from the bill without fuss)
EVOO is my favorite restaurant.. The service is absolutely fabulous, friendly efficient and very accommodating. But the real reason I go (and always bring out of town guest) is because the food is amazing. Everything is local and so fresh. The meals are creative and delicious. Everyone I have brought there (some in the restaurant business) have raved about the food, service and atmosphere.
We came here to entertain a young out-of-town relative, and figured if we're going to take the time and trouble to drive into Cambridge, we're not going to do it for pub food. Well, Evoo is definitely not pub food. We shared the goat cheesecake as an appetizer and the flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Both were excellent. Separately, we had the kingfish, the chicken breast, and the poblano relleno, all of which were very good. The atmosphere was subdued (it was a Monday evening), although the outside seating looked quite lively. Bonus: validated parking at the Kendall garage.
EVOO is an excellent guide experience. Everything you want in a restaurant is there, service, ambience, attentive staff. First and foremost is the creativity of the menu. From old standbys like the Chinese box to goat-stuffed peppers, you couldn't ask for anything better. The appetizers, ours was gazpacho, are top-notch. This restaurant is a long history of consistency, the hardest thing to achieve in the world of dining in cookery. I can't recommend it enough. On a more personal note, I am in a wheelchair. The staff could not have been more helpful and accommodating me. That means a lot.
First time diners at EVOO. We asked for a quiet table to have a good conversation and we were accommodated very nicely. The service and food were excellent. EVOO has a great wine list as well. We were 3 guests and asked our waiter whether we could share our meals and all the staff accommodated us very kindly. We enjoyed a very pleasant evening and will be back again.
Had a great lunch at EVOO yesterday catching up with an old friend. Food was outstanding.
I had the bluefish and corn risotto and enjoyed every bite:) Service was a little inattentive - took a while to take our order and get our bill, and as we both had to rush off to meetings made the end of lunch a little more stressful. Perhaps just a polite inquiry into whether or not the table has a "hard" stop would be appreciated. Will definitely go back
Good neighborhood restaurant. Usually the ambience is pleasant, but on Wednesday nights a band plays just outside the restaurant windows. It's not clear whether the band is meant to attract customers or drive them away. Perhaps it depends on whether one likes the music. At any rate, we think the restaurant is a great addition to the neighborhood. But, if you have a choice, we would suggest skipping Wednesday.
Creative and tasty dishes, good wine list, and attentive service. This is a good place for everyday dining. We especially liked the fact that the menu lists food in three different portion sizes --small plates, medium, and large-- so we each were able to select what piqued our interest according to our level of hunger rather than being stuck with a load of food on a single dish. Really liked the lavender essence panna cotta.
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