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Cambridge Restaurants

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

Never disappoints! The food, wine and service are just amazing and the cozy dining room overlooking the kitchen gives everyone a “VIP chef’s table”! More

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Giulia RestaurantGiulia Restaurant
961 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Great and interesting food with always surprising combinations that work. Great service. Recommend going. More

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

Lovely service and atmosphere! Expensive for the portions but such is fine dining. More

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DaliDali
497 reviews
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Spanish | Cambridge, Boston

Food was excellent. Great environment and lively, happy crowd. Service was a bit inattentive, but not to the point of being a problem. More

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Bondir CambridgeBondir Cambridge
710 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Had a delayed Valentine's Day dinner at Bondir. We enjoyed a nice fixed price 5 course meal. The preparation and freshness of the food was first-rate. The service was attentive and unobtrusive. The pacing of the first few course were a little fast for our tastes, but that is minor point. The only caution I have is that there is a single menu for each evening and there are (very) limited choice. You are getting a tasting menu based on what the chef decides to serve that day. My fiance and I are adventurous eaters and enjoy the surprise of new and interesting foods. If you like boneless chicken with a potato or in a Caesar salad this is NOT your place. More

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Puritan & CompanyPuritan & Company
1245 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

We had the tasting menu and were not disappointed. Very creative, delicious offerings. Superb service. More

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Urban HearthUrban Hearth
113 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Hands down one of the best restaurants in town 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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Little DonkeyLittle Donkey
1131 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Cambridge, Boston

Second time here. The food and service was just as amazing as the first time. I highly recommend the octopus. Hope to be back soon! More

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CommonwealthCommonwealth
327 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Food was excellent with good choices for a variety of diets. Service was great and attentive without being intrusive. Server was knowledgeable and offered very good suggestions. More

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

The food here is always great, and the service is just as good. We frequently eat here with our kids without any problems. You have to get the chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie with a scoop of ice cream for dessert ...it’s banging. More

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The Red House RestaurantThe Red House Restaurant
1186 reviews
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European | Cambridge, Boston

All four entrees for our party were excellent . Perfectly seasoned and cooked. Everyone agreed it was one of the best meals we've had in long time! More

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

Everything was great. Every dish was perfect. Exactly what you would expect from a small intimate restaurant. More

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LongfellowLongfellow
18 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

The space is really cool, they kept the original walls and the ceiling. I liked their drinks a lot, super creative cocktails, however, there are 0 healthy options. They were clear that this is bar food but throw a salad in there, because one can only eat so many fries and wings. More

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Cuchi CuchiCuchi Cuchi
406 reviews
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International | Cambridge, Boston

Awesome place, would definitely recommend and will definitely go back! More

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HarvestHarvest
3281 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Super happy with Valentine’s Day dinner! Exceeded expectations. Excellent dinner, great service, wonderful food, very nice warm ambiance, and great hospitality! All around great evening, not rushed. I really appreciated the conversation level and relaxing, but not intrusive music. Also there were all ages dining here which was nice to see. More

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ForageForage
607 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

We had the wine dinner experience, so it might be a little different when you dine à la carte. Staff was very knowledgeable and attentive, food was great and the wine pairings were spot on ! They even catered to our food/wine preferences. Love every minute of my dinner ! More

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

We met up with some friends at Gyu-Kaku Cambridge, one of our favorite restaurants, and had a great time. They had never been there before so we were very excited to introduce them to the restaurant. Our server was wonderful, and the food was great. Two of us had Bibimbap and the others are vegetarians who enjoyed lots of vegetables and tofu. More

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

First time trying oysters: the bartender was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and did an excellent job directing me toward good places to begin. More

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Gran GustoGran Gusto
654 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Consistently delicious food at this neighborhood spot. Terrific homemade pasta in just the right amount. I always feel satisfied but not stuffed. I love the spaghetti puttanesca. They also make a heavenly fettuccini with black truffles in season. Last night I had the stuffed calamari antipasto...tender and flavorful. Tuna crudo was also excellent. Tiramisu was delicious as was the pistachio gelato. . The tables are a little close together but not in a cozy way. They need to work on the ambience a bit. Some nights the service is great and sometimes it’s patchy. I go for the food. More

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BenedettoBenedetto
26 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Benedetto is an amazing restaurant. It's a great place for good conversation and even better food! More

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LuceLuce
722 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

We had a great meal at Luce. The fava bean dip was a tasty start and enough to share. We also shared delicious tagliatelle bolognese and prosciutto sausage with crisp polenta. All dishes were delicious! The almond- rosemary gelato was unusual and great! Our only comment about service was that we felt rushed. Each course came too quickly and our leisurely dinner felt hurried along. We will definitely return because the food was great! It is a lovely and casual dining spot. More

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BISqBISq
128 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Everything was wonderful from the moment we arrived until we left. We felt welcomed and enjoyed an incredible meal. I cannot wait to go back! More

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Central KitchenCentral Kitchen
250 reviews
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French American | Cambridge, Boston

Great ambiance. Reservation was ready when we arrived. Salad was substantially over dressed - smothered really. Other than that, great place! More

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VialeViale
540 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

My go to spot for all my business meals. Great location, phenomenal food. I don’t have to impress my clients, I let Vials do that for me!!! More

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The MaharajaThe Maharaja
325 reviews
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Indian | Cambridge, Boston

It was pretty quiet they served us our meal and nothing out of the extraordinary. Very simple restaurant More

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WaypointWaypoint
935 reviews
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Seafood | Cambridge, Boston

Everything was delicious and nice place More

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Craigie on MainCraigie on Main
3569 reviews
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French | Cambridge, Boston

Craigie on Main offers unique finds, quality service and decadent presentations. Highly recommend getting their prefixed four course option— where you can still incorporate a personal choice as you sift through their selections for first, second, main and desserts. More

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

The food and service are outstanding. Especially the house made pasta!! More

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Summer Shack CambridgeSummer Shack Cambridge
1635 reviews
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Seafood | Cambridge, Boston

The Summer Shack is one of the best seafood experiences in the boston area. More

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Temple BarTemple Bar
1370 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Good food, reasonable prices for the market and great service. More

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

Great time. More

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Café ArtscienceCafé Artscience
388 reviews
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Contemporary French | Cambridge, Boston

Soecial lunch place when I want to test myself. 4th visit. Consistently good. More

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

Pulled it out of a hat and made a reservation. Food and drinks were just great, very authentic. Will certainly go again. More

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Russell House TavernRussell House Tavern
1827 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Food was delicious, good menu and service was awesome! More

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OléOlé
856 reviews
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Mexican | Cambridge, Boston

Going away party More

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

Awesome food especially the lobster roll. Best clam chowder. Service was friendly and efficient. Would highly recommend More

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Catalyst RestaurantCatalyst Restaurant
1311 reviews
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Contemporary French / American | Cambridge, Boston

We ate at Catalyst before going to the theater and were delighted with the attentive service, calm yet warm atmosphere, and delicious food. Dishes we particularly enjoyed were the seared tuna appetizer on quinoa and the blue code main dish -- both had a host of interacting flavors that created more than the sum of their parts. We were seated near the window for dinner. and enjoyed watching the street, but on colder nights, the fireplaces looked very inviting. Highly recommended. More

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Parsnip RestaurantParsnip Restaurant
277 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Very comfortable dining room. Great service More

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Loyal NineLoyal Nine
490 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

We had gone for Valentine’s Day dinner. This time they missed the mark. The food was just blah, the menu was poorly setup. We asked for no shellfish for my date and they still had a very seafood heavy menu without fish. There were no rabbit or quail or even turkey or chicken options. The restaurant has been good for non special day dinners, I’m thinking they are not very well setup for that. More

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

Cant go wrong with $17 all you can eat brunch!!! More

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

Interesting menu, excellent tasty dishes and fine service. I recommend and will go there again as soon as possible. More

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

Came all the way from ct...had a amazing time food was delicious and music was on point More

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PARK Restaurant & BarPARK Restaurant & Bar
1018 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

I gave 4 on the food because I was hoping the tomatoe sauce was not much. Other than that, food was yummy. Ambiance was great! More

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The SinclairThe Sinclair
596 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

great server that acknowledged our show reservation and hooked us up with wristbands in advance. Food was great! More

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Grafton Street Pub and GrillGrafton Street Pub and Grill
1444 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

I had a great time and the food was really good! The service was perfect. More

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Bambara RestaurantBambara Restaurant
899 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Very good food, a pleasant venue, excellent value, seats available. The dishes, which were beautifully presented, seemed inspired by a modern fusion of European and Middle Eastern cuisines. Perhaps because of the hypercompetitive restaurant scene in Cambridge/Boston, Bambara has not gotten as much attention as it deserves. An excellent choice for a last minute, casual dinner. More

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

It was ok. I have experienced better at other Japanese restaurants More

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Trattoria PulcinellaTrattoria Pulcinella
454 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Wonderfully old school italian with delicious food. More

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NubarNubar
778 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

This is the perfect restaurant before or after one of the many concerts at the nearby (100 yards) 1st Church Congregational opposite the Cambridge Common. (It's one of the only close by) Food and service are fine and varied. More

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

Good solid sushi at a really good price. The maki dinner combos are a really good deal. The staff were very polite and attentive. However, it is very loud in the restaurant so this isn't a good place for the hard of hearing. More

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

Great steak salad! More

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

Very reasonable prices for delicious variety of brunch food More

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

The food is consistently good and the service is consistently friendly. Good value for your dining dollar, and you can't beat the view! More

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DanteDante
1178 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

One of my favorite restaurants. Very cozy place with an amazing view of the Charles and the city of Boston. I highly recommend the grilled octopus and the tuna tartare appetizers. A must try location!! 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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Bertucci's - AlewifeBertucci's - Alewife
10 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

We were a group of 9 (7 kids ages 10-14 and 2 adults). The wait staff was fantastic. The setting was great. Since we had a big group with a bunch of kids we were at a long table in the back and elevated, so I didn't feel so bad when the kids were loud (and I kept checking with the wait staff if they were being too loud and they kept saying no!). The food was really good. Thank you for a fun birthday evening for my daughter and her friends! More

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

We had a great time at Wits End. The brunch selections were excellent and our favorite was the scrambled eggs with truffles. Server was extremely friendly and generous with our time...we stayed fairly long and he kept filling up our coffees and drinks. Also, fun to play chess! We’re definitely going back!🌟 More

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ColetteColette
20 reviews
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French | Cambridge, Boston

Like eating at a bistro in the Marais district. Delicious food, beautifully prepared, in a lovely space. More

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ArtBarArtBar
540 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

It was a great experience; food was delicious and the waiter was kind and attentive. The meal did take longer than expected to come out which the waiter realized before we asked about the wait and told us that it was because a larger table had put their order in minutes before us but we should be served shortly. More

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AmuseAmuse
103 reviews
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French American | Cambridge, Boston

Apparently we were there off season and the dining room wasn't open. Food was good, service was great (thanks Liza) but we had to sit in the bar area. I would go back again. 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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P.F. Chang's - CambridgeP.F. Chang's - Cambridge
8 reviews
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Asian | Cambridge, Boston

P.F. Chang’s is pretty consistent...can’t understand why this restaurant isn’t packed! More

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The Black Sheep Restaurant At The Kendall HotelThe Black Sheep Restaurant At The Kendall Hotel
294 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

LOVE the Black Sheep and you will too! And the hotel is like none other. Perfect place to check out if you are visiting the area or if you're a local. Highly recommended!! 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
608 reviews
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Contemporary French / American | Cambridge, Boston

Never disappoints! The food, wine and service are just amazing and the cozy dining room overlooking the kitchen gives everyone a “VIP chef’s table”! More

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Urban HearthUrban Hearth
113 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Hands down one of the best restaurants in town More

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Giulia RestaurantGiulia Restaurant
961 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Great and interesting food with always surprising combinations that work. Great service. Recommend going. More

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

Lovely service and atmosphere! Expensive for the portions but such is fine dining. More

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DaliDali
497 reviews
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Spanish | Cambridge, Boston

Food was excellent. Great environment and lively, happy crowd. Service was a bit inattentive, but not to the point of being a problem. More

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Puritan & CompanyPuritan & Company
1245 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

We had the tasting menu and were not disappointed. Very creative, delicious offerings. Superb service. More

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CommonwealthCommonwealth
327 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Food was excellent with good choices for a variety of diets. Service was great and attentive without being intrusive. Server was knowledgeable and offered very good suggestions. More

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Bondir CambridgeBondir Cambridge
710 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Had a delayed Valentine's Day dinner at Bondir. We enjoyed a nice fixed price 5 course meal. The preparation and freshness of the food was first-rate. The service was attentive and unobtrusive. The pacing of the first few course were a little fast for our tastes, but that is minor point. The only caution I have is that there is a single menu for each evening and there are (very) limited choice. You are getting a tasting menu based on what the chef decides to serve that day. My fiance and I are adventurous eaters and enjoy the surprise of new and interesting foods. If you like boneless chicken with a potato or in a Caesar salad this is NOT your place. More

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ForageForage
607 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

We had the wine dinner experience, so it might be a little different when you dine à la carte. Staff was very knowledgeable and attentive, food was great and the wine pairings were spot on ! They even catered to our food/wine preferences. Love every minute of my dinner ! More

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Little DonkeyLittle Donkey
1131 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Cambridge, Boston

Second time here. The food and service was just as amazing as the first time. I highly recommend the octopus. Hope to be back soon! More

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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.”