Best American Restaurants in Cambridge

Pammy'sPammy's
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American | Cambridge, Boston
Area Four CambridgeArea Four Cambridge
(400)
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American | Cambridge, Boston
CommonwealthCommonwealth
(323)
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American | Cambridge, Boston
Loyal NineLoyal Nine
(464)
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American | Cambridge, Boston
Russell House TavernRussell House Tavern
(1774)
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American | Cambridge, Boston
BISqBISq
(106)
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American | Cambridge, Boston
The SinclairThe Sinclair
(581)
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American | Cambridge, Boston
Frank's Steak HouseFrank's Steak House
(808)
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American | Cambridge, Boston
Champions - Kendall SquareChampions - Kendall Square
(108)
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American | Cambridge, Boston
Bambara RestaurantBambara Restaurant
(891)
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American | Cambridge, Boston
Abigail'sAbigail's
(189)
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American | Cambridge, Boston
ArtBarArtBar
(531)
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American | Cambridge, Boston
MoooMooo
(3097)
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American | Beacon Hill, Boston
Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel BostonBristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston
(1266)
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Contemporary American | Back Bay, Boston
Lincoln Tavern and RestaurantLincoln Tavern and Restaurant
(585)
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American | South Boston, Boston
Meritage Restaurant + Wine BarMeritage Restaurant + Wine Bar
(2083)
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American | Financial District, Boston
Alden and HarlowAlden and Harlow
(2556)
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American | Harvard Square, Boston
BeehiveBeehive
(5011)
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American | South End, Boston
City Tap-BostonCity Tap-Boston
(323)
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American | Seaport, Boston
The Glenville StopsThe Glenville Stops
(253)
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American | Allston, Boston
Cafe FleuriCafe Fleuri
(1563)
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American | Financial District, Boston
The BroadwayThe Broadway
(70)
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American | South Boston, Boston
Top of the HubTop of the Hub
(10188)
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American | Back Bay, Boston

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Giulia RestaurantGiulia Restaurant
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston
Amelia's TrattoriaAmelia's Trattoria
(877)
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston
Gran GustoGran Gusto
(637)
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston
VialeViale
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston
Sulmona Restaurant | BarSulmona Restaurant | Bar
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston
Trattoria PulcinellaTrattoria Pulcinella
(450)
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston
DanteDante
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston
SorellinaSorellina
(3593)
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Italian | Back Bay, Boston
Toscano RestaurantToscano Restaurant
(2227)
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Italian | Beacon Hill, Boston
Bar MezzanaBar Mezzana
(522)
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Italian | South End, Boston
Mamma MariaMamma Maria
(4022)
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Italian | North End, Boston
Davio's - BostonDavio's - Boston
(2012)
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Italian | Back Bay, Boston
PrezzaPrezza
(1728)
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Italian | North End, Boston
Cinquecento Roman TrattoriaCinquecento Roman Trattoria
(1039)
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Italian | South End, Boston
Capo RestaurantCapo Restaurant
(645)
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Italian | South Boston, Boston
SportelloSportello
(1986)
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Italian | Fort Point Channel, Boston
NicoNico
(2893)
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Italian | North End, Boston
MareMare
(907)
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Italian | North End, Boston
Euno RistoranteEuno Ristorante
(1259)
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Italian | North End, Boston
Scampo at The Liberty HotelScampo at The Liberty Hotel
(2194)
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Italian | Beacon Hill, Boston

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Cambridge Restaurants

The Table at Season To TasteThe Table at Season To Taste
577 reviews
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Contemporary French / American | Cambridge, Boston

Excellent pace to the meal. Server was helpful and vapored in with courses and wine pairings. The room allowed for an uninterrupted conversation and delightful experience. Back soon. More

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Pammy'sPammy's
625 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

We had a very good experience. Service was awesome, really enjoyed cocktails, and menu was perfect. Will be back definitely! More

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Giulia RestaurantGiulia Restaurant
930 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Good food and nice service. Coffee was bad though. And expensive. Impossible to make a reservation. More

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Puritan & CompanyPuritan & Company
1204 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Fantastic, professional service. Outstanding food. Energetic but not overpowering atmosphere. More

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ForageForage
556 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Two of us went to Forage for a special fixed menu dinner with wine pairings. My guest described the restaurant as her favorite in Cambridge after this occasion. The meal was spectacular. The wines were wonderful. The service was fantastic. We happily passed away three hours while dining without feeling as if time had passed at all. It's a small, cozy restaurant with a friendly, helpful staff that serves very interesting food. Go there! More

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Bondir CambridgeBondir Cambridge
700 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

They had a lovely hiramasa over pickled tomato that we are still raving about three days later. The wine pairing was outstanding. This is the kind of place where you think “we could go try something new ...but it’s so good every time and they’re always innovating, why would we go anywhere else?” More

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HarvestHarvest
3195 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Food and service was excellent. Be sure to make a reservation! More

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DaliDali
428 reviews
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Spanish | Cambridge, Boston

Great food service and great place. My clients loved the change up from the usual steak or seafood places. I’m going to become a regular whenever I’m in Boston More

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Cuchi CuchiCuchi Cuchi
363 reviews
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International | Cambridge, Boston

This is one of our favorite places! Great food, cocktails, and ambiance. It's our favorite date night place. More

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Little DonkeyLittle Donkey
1015 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Cambridge, Boston

Great food and service. We were running late for a movie and our waiter helped us get in and out without sacrificing anything. More

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Urban HearthUrban Hearth
103 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

The food is delicious and prepared with care and presented aesthetically. The room is very pleasant and attractively decorated, a cozy ambiance overall. The service is personal, attentive and not rushed. More

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Area Four CambridgeArea Four Cambridge
400 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Love this place. Good food, friendly servers, quick service. My only gripe is that it is a tad expensive for pizza (wood oven) More

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WaypointWaypoint
863 reviews
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Seafood | Cambridge, Boston

Great meal and great service! We had reservations (but could only get them at the bar) so when we arrived I asked if there was any table seating. They said no, but that we could sit at one of the chef's tables facing the kitchen - even better! Our waitress had plenty of recommendations and they did not disappoint. We got a pizza and 3 small plates to share (for 2 people) and it was the perfect amount of food. The crudo and lobster hush puppies were amazing! Also, the cocktail list had plenty of fun drinks. Another point to the great service - I left my scarf hanging over the chair and they immediately called me, left a voicemail, and had my scarf in the back when I came back a few hours later. More

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ShepardShepard
683 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Food and service was excellent as always. More

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Gyu-Kaku - CambridgeGyu-Kaku - Cambridge
323 reviews
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Japanese | Cambridge, Boston

Great food, fun for birthday party, totally recommended! More

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CommonwealthCommonwealth
323 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

We had heard that the fried chicken is one of the best in the Boston area, and while we don’t have a comparator nearby, it was the best fried chicken I’ve had! Not only that, the vegetarian appetizer and salad were also outstanding. As were the drinks! Definitely coming back for more! More

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Sulmona Restaurant | BarSulmona Restaurant | Bar
301 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Great place with a diverse menu. Highly recommend. More

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Gran GustoGran Gusto
637 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Consistently wonderful . . . Gran Gusto never disappoints. More

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Craigie on MainCraigie on Main
3512 reviews
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French | Cambridge, Boston

Great experience. The staff made us feel very welcomed and were excellent hosts. More

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VialeViale
508 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

I've eaten at Viale several times. The food is always delicious. The cocktails are tasty, too. More

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Sunset Cafe RestaurantSunset Cafe Restaurant
41 reviews
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Portuguese | Cambridge, Boston

I gave the food three stars because while most of our experiences were positive during the visit, my wife's meal was sub-par. The tuna steak was thin and when sliced into, the inside was grey and overcooked. Her plate was loaded with sauce as if to cover up the sad little tuna steak. Aside from this, we had a great experience but my wife is not keen on trying this place again. More

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The Hourly Oyster HouseThe Hourly Oyster House
453 reviews
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Oyster Bar | Cambridge, Boston

Lovely way to spend Sunday brunch. Friendly staff; outstanding service. More

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Central KitchenCentral Kitchen
243 reviews
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French American | Cambridge, Boston

We picked in for proximity to ImprovBoston - what a great find. Excellent food, presentation and service. More

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Amelia's TrattoriaAmelia's Trattoria
877 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Always a great experience at Amelia’s! Food is delicious and the service is very attentive and helpful when it comes to dietary restrictions/allergies. More

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UpperWestUpperWest
40 reviews
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Mediterranean | Cambridge, Boston

Unique place ... almost like you know something secret! More

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The MaharajaThe Maharaja
305 reviews
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Indian | Cambridge, Boston

Birthday dinner with friends - our waiter was friendly and the food was excellent! More

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Catalyst RestaurantCatalyst Restaurant
1283 reviews
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Contemporary French / American | Cambridge, Boston

Fantastic food in a fantastic atmosphere. The food was rich with flavor. More

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Mix-it Restaurant - Asian Cuisine & Sushi BarMix-it Restaurant - Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar
7 reviews
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Japanese | Cambridge, Boston

Went to Mix-It with extended family and everyone found something to eat on their extensive menu. I had the grilled shrimp appetizer - really good! - and the eel and avocado roll - also yummy. The edamame and seaweed salad also got a thumbs up, along with the all the other rolls folks ate. It was reasonably priced and really tasty. More

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Café ArtscienceCafé Artscience
370 reviews
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Contemporary French | Cambridge, Boston

Artistic food preparation. Delicious flavor combinations. Perfect portion sizes. Well thought out wine list and cocktail menu. Modern yet comfortable setting. Attentive staff. More

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Frank's Steak HouseFrank's Steak House
808 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Great service and food, prices are reasonable. I would definitely come back. More

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OléOlé
844 reviews
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Mexican | Cambridge, Boston

Party of 9 experienced excellent service by a single server. Beverages were kept full. She was knowledgeable about the menu and everyone was able to get their dish prepared exactly how they wanted. All of the food came out at the same time but 2 people said their dishes were a bit cold. Overall everyone enjoyed their meals and drinks. There is a small lot next door. Parking on cambridge street is free after 8. More

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Champions - Kendall SquareChampions - Kendall Square
108 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Right next to hotel. So convenient and great food. Loved watching the sports while eating More

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Temple BarTemple Bar
1349 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Great meal. Hidden gem. Will return again (and will spread the word). More

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BISqBISq
106 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Seriously memorable food - We will be dreaming of the Ceviche tangyness, the perfection of how the mushrooms were cooked - crispy yet meaty, and the grilled pounc cake was heaven. Don’t often write reviews but the delight of our taste buds at our table of 4 was unanimous!:) will be back ASAP! More

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Summer Shack CambridgeSummer Shack Cambridge
1600 reviews
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Seafood | Cambridge, Boston

Great service for a large meeting. The food was excellent as usual. More

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La Fabrica CentralLa Fabrica Central
238 reviews
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Spanish | Cambridge, Boston

Wow! One of my top dining experiences of the year (and I eat out frequently). This is the whole package - creative, delicious food; top notch service, inventive, tasty cocktails, and great jazz. Marco deserves commendation as an exceptional server. He is a passionate salesman of the restaurant and the food. Entertaining and engaging he is a staff member that can’t be forgotten. Run, don’t walk to enjoy this cuisine. More

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Trattoria PulcinellaTrattoria Pulcinella
450 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Excellent food and service in a quiet, cozy setting. Terrific neighborhood restaurant. Will definitely go back. More

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Loyal NineLoyal Nine
464 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

I found this off of Foursquare I think. The menu and pictures looked inviting. So we took the dive. The service from the host, to the server, to the bus staff were all very friendly and accommodating. The smiles never stopped. The food was "out there" a bit but, to be fair, the menu descriptions were spot on. I had a bacon and fried claim sandwich. You don't see that everywhere. The baked goods were excellent. The only negative is that, even for brunch, it was loud, making conversation at a table of four a bit of a challenge. But that is the only limitation. More

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Parsnip RestaurantParsnip Restaurant
266 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Our server Styles was excellent More

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Russell House TavernRussell House Tavern
1774 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

We shared a few small plates. Very nice to have. Lively atmosphere. More

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The Red House RestaurantThe Red House Restaurant
1156 reviews
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European | Cambridge, Boston

Went to dinner before a concert in Harvard Square-very convenient! We arrived early for our reservation and were happily accommodated. We came in out of the cold and were seated by a toasty fire where we started with drinks and apps...oysters were delicious. We then ordered a few small plates, the polenta with mushrooms was comfort food at its best! Everything was fresh, well seasoned, not overly prepared. Would definitely return! More

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DanteDante
1169 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Very Good pasta, Good options of wine. The service was Good, friendly More

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PARK Restaurant & BarPARK Restaurant & Bar
987 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Really nice atmosphere! Food was ok. Would go back for the experience setting but not necessarily for the food. More

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730 Tavern Kitchen and Patio730 Tavern Kitchen and Patio
28 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

The food is very good here. Much better than typical pub food. More

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NubarNubar
762 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Our waitress was friendly but a little overbearing; telling us that we might not be able to split a sandwich and just inserting comments here and there. It was weird. More

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Grafton Street Pub and GrillGrafton Street Pub and Grill
1410 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Grafton Street has been a staple in Harvard Square for many years and is always great. More

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Jose's Mexican RestaurantJose's Mexican Restaurant
345 reviews
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Mexican / Southwestern | Cambridge, Boston

the food was authentic and delicious. We had the Vegetarian platter including the tamales. The favorite was the Oxaca cheese with peppers appetizer. This was outstanding. The enchiladas were tasty as well. However the place was too small and the seating was too cramped. they have just one person bathroom so even if you want to wash your hands you have to wait in the queue downstairs. We recommend towlettes being offered to patrons. More

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Shaking Crab - CambridgeShaking Crab - Cambridge
66 reviews
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Cajun | Cambridge, Boston

The service is very kind and the atmosphere is cozy, dim, and great for a dinner out. Dark wood furniture and warm yellow lights make it an experience. The food is delicious. They have crab, shrimp, lobster, and other foods. My favorite was the fried corn and the shrimp. You can choose your rub and spice level. Highly recommend. More

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Wit's EndWit's End
52 reviews
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Gastro Pub | Cambridge, Boston

I really enjoyed the ambiance in Wit's End. I love the clever menu. the food and drinks are great and I will definitely be back with more people! More

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Bambara RestaurantBambara Restaurant
891 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

This is a nicer hotel restaurant. Cool vibe. Food and service were pretty good. Not crazy expensive. I would come back. More

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Bisuteki Tokyo Japanese Steak House - Marriott Hotel CambridgeBisuteki Tokyo Japanese Steak House - Marriott Hotel Cambridge
138 reviews
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Japanese | Cambridge, Boston

Will definitely visit again. I brought my daughter here for her birthday along a party of 13. Food was awesome, staff was friendly and they were eager to store her cake until after dinner. Great atmosphere for sure! More

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Zephyr on the CharlesZephyr on the Charles
363 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Awesome! Food was great, service was exceptional and the ambience was spectacular! Wonderful Thanksgiving Day meal with friends and family!!! More

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The SinclairThe Sinclair
581 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Good place for dinner and a show More

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Abigail'sAbigail's
189 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Everything was great - food, atmosphere and service! More

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ZuZu! - Middle East ClubZuZu! - Middle East Club
8 reviews
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Middle Eastern | Cambridge, Boston

Loved the freshly made warm stuffed grape leaves and the chicken bric. More

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Club PassimClub Passim
10 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Cafe Passim is a hidden gem. Especially for music lovers, this is a small space near Harvard Square on Palmer Street. It has a rich history of presenting music - so you can be sure they have cultivated the best acts. Primarily folk-bluegrass, although there may be some other types. The food for brunch was hearty and wonderfully presented. The peppered biscuit I would come back for alone. Try the Vermont sourced bacon - it is very sweet and tender. The vibe reminds one of a small Greenwich Village folk club in the 60s that serves great local food. Nice ambiance for families or a group of friends. More

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ArtBarArtBar
531 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Excellent for lunch! Can’t wait to try dinner. The lunch menu was varied and the food was delicious. Service was excellent! (Thank you, Dexter!) I’ll definitely be back, and I highly recommend. More

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P.F. Chang's - CambridgeP.F. Chang's - Cambridge
5 reviews
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Asian | Cambridge, Boston

P.F. Chang's is a restaurant concept that honors the 2,000-year-old Asian tradition of wok cooking and believes in making food from scratch every day in every restaurant. With a Farm to Wok™ food philosophy at its core, P.F. Chang's chefs hand-roll dim sum, hand chop and slice all vegetables and meats, handcraft every sauce and wok-cook each recipe, every day in every restaurant using wholesome, fresh ingredients. With roots in Chinese cooking, the culinary landscape at P.F. Chang's now stretches across Asia with diverse, culturally inspired recipes including hand-rolled sushi, Vietnamese-style soups and bowls, traditional Chinese dim sum, wok-fired chicken and beef entrées, and family style noodles and rice. All made from scratch every day.More

AmuseAmuse
100 reviews
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French American | Cambridge, Boston

The eggs used today were different than those I had the day before. Everything else was wonderful! More

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Boathouse 400Boathouse 400
10 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

This restaurant is ideal for a nice dinner before going to a jazz show at the Regatta Bar downstairs. More

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The Kitchen at NocaThe Kitchen at Noca
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American | Cambridge, Boston

All-day cafe with casual dining at night. Family friendly environment with a kid's menu and take-out available.More

Cambridge Diners' Choice Winners

Cambridge's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
The Table at Season To TasteThe Table at Season To Taste
577 reviews
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Contemporary French / American | Cambridge, Boston

Excellent pace to the meal. Server was helpful and vapored in with courses and wine pairings. The room allowed for an uninterrupted conversation and delightful experience. Back soon. More

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Giulia RestaurantGiulia Restaurant
930 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Good food and nice service. Coffee was bad though. And expensive. Impossible to make a reservation. More

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Pammy'sPammy's
625 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

We had a very good experience. Service was awesome, really enjoyed cocktails, and menu was perfect. Will be back definitely! More

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Bondir CambridgeBondir Cambridge
700 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

They had a lovely hiramasa over pickled tomato that we are still raving about three days later. The wine pairing was outstanding. This is the kind of place where you think “we could go try something new ...but it’s so good every time and they’re always innovating, why would we go anywhere else?” More

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Puritan & CompanyPuritan & Company
1204 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Fantastic, professional service. Outstanding food. Energetic but not overpowering atmosphere. More

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ForageForage
556 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Two of us went to Forage for a special fixed menu dinner with wine pairings. My guest described the restaurant as her favorite in Cambridge after this occasion. The meal was spectacular. The wines were wonderful. The service was fantastic. We happily passed away three hours while dining without feeling as if time had passed at all. It's a small, cozy restaurant with a friendly, helpful staff that serves very interesting food. Go there! More

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HarvestHarvest
3195 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Food and service was excellent. Be sure to make a reservation! More

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Urban HearthUrban Hearth
103 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

The food is delicious and prepared with care and presented aesthetically. The room is very pleasant and attractively decorated, a cozy ambiance overall. The service is personal, attentive and not rushed. More

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Cuchi CuchiCuchi Cuchi
363 reviews
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International | Cambridge, Boston

This is one of our favorite places! Great food, cocktails, and ambiance. It's our favorite date night place. More

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DaliDali
428 reviews
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Spanish | Cambridge, Boston

Great food service and great place. My clients loved the change up from the usual steak or seafood places. I’m going to become a regular whenever I’m in Boston More

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Discover Cambridge

The Pilgrims got their best recipes from Native Americans. Without their help, future chefs in Cambridge wouldn’t know beans about Boston baked beans. Chinese, Italian, and certainly Irish immigrants later added their two cents. In fact, the local cuisine is something of a hodgepodge. Peking ravioli is more common than you might think. Bostonian Ruth Wakefield invented the world’s first chocolate chip cookie. Never mind that the Toll House Inn was never a tollhouse or that it was established 108 years after the date on the sign. All is forgiven. Cambridge staples -- chowder, fish and chips, steamed clams, and maple syrup -- are as fresh and pleasing as ever. TV’s lovable barfly, Norm Peterson, perfectly embodied the spirit of a traditional Boston bar: “Women. You can’t live with them, pass the beer nuts.”