Orleans Restaurant and Bar

4.1
111 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Orleans offers a unique fusion of downtown sophistication and neighborhood comfort. We think our restaurant is a gem among Cambridge and Somerville restaurants. Our menu provides an exciting variey of dishes that change seasonally to capture the freshest vegtables, meats and seafood.
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3.9
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3.8
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IpekE
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The 10 chicken tenders/wings for $5 on Thursdays is our go-to for a weekly after-work meal. They have all kinds of rubs, sauces and dips, as well as great cocktails. Awesome!

SG
StaceyG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I asked for a table on the patio. I showed up and was told the patio cannot be reserved. Ok, no big deal. But when I asked if they knew how long the wait might be, I was met with “I have NO WAY of knowing that information.” Uhhh yes you do. Take a walk around. But ok. “Can we sit by the window and open it?” “NO!!! It’s too hot out!” “It’s 75 degrees!” “Well the MANAGER (clearly the guy talking to me at the time) says it’s TOO HOT!!!!” - yes he is yelling the whole time. So, my date and I left. This place lost our business that night and maybe mine forever. What a poor attitude.

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MeeraB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. We were there to watch World Cup soccer finals.

LJ
LuckyJesus
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Orleans is a great spot, very large inside, honestly it is nice to go there with the kids because it is large and they kiddos can be a bit louder and it is fine. Food is great, good kid meal options. Beer line up is solid. Brunch is also great. Strongly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good place to watch the game, get a drink and a solid meal.

MN
vipMrsNelson
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

If they’re not ready to open at their opening time, they should change it.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The waiter was really nice and the food was pretty good.

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BrianS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a Sunday brunch there and it was very nice. The food was delicious and the cocktails were good. It was an extremely enjoyable experience while visiting family in Boston. The atmosphere was relaxed with good service.

MM
MateoM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an enjoyable meal at the bar. Service and food were on par. Good experience.

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vipNibs
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I hadn't heard of this place before but everyone I mentioned it to said they LOVE Orleans and they weren't kidding!! This place feels and sounds like your neighborhood bar. We went on a Friday night and it was packed and noisy cause of live music, which was great. Just enough energy when going out with a group of friends for dinner. THEIR FOOD IS AMAZING! I live on the north shore and would drive back to Orleans just to have their butternut squash ravioli again. Best I have ever had. Everyone in my party loved their food. You can tell all their food is fresh and really well done. Great beer menu too. It's just an awesome menu full of comfort food. You can't go wrong. It sounds like it is also an awesome place on game days.

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Ladybugnewman
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of 6 enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Didn’t feel rushed. GM came by and warned us about a rowdy group coming and said they be happy to move us. Very thought very cozy. Food was unbelievable. Must go back

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vipDave
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came with a large party and were treated very well. Good, attentive service and high quality food and drinks. They seemed to have no problems accommodating a party of 12. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was yummy. Parking across the street in metered lot was convenient. Only issue was that the music was soooo loud. Had to request 3 times for it to be turned down, and finally they did. Once they did, all was fine. We were meeting for business and it was very uncomfortable until they did.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience3

My friends enjoyed their mix of appetizers, but my salad was uninspired and disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. The dish I had was truffle gnocchi and it was really delicious. I recommend it to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun to have the sports games on while in the middle of a family dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had reservations and was seated underneath the TV. Just a table of two, we don't really need that much space but our seats were horrible and unsteady.

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viptndk
New England
161 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

stopped for quick bite, food and drink selection very good. Great job, thank you

GL
GreshL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservation for two for a business lunch. Great food and beer! Perfect atmosphere to chat.

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Benny
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Very loud classic rock and drunk men at the bar did not make for a great atmosphere. Food was ok. Cocktail was not very good.

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David
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there, it exceeded our expectations, all in our group were very happy with the meal, cocktails and prices

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AndrewF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience2

While the food was phenomenal, it took a while to get to us (30+ min). Our meals arrived only seconds after our appetizers and the waitress was regularly nowhere to be found (I regularly sat for 10+ minutes with an empty water glass). It made for a poor special occasion dinner.

I found it interesting that it was listed under "great for dates" since it was very noisy, particularly with the live music. My fiancee and I found it difficult to have a conversation, even when sitting right next to each other.

Much of this probably stems from a miscategorization of Orleans. It's not a place for conversation or special occasion celebrations. However, it would have been a phenomenal casual place to watch the multiple sports games on that evening. The bar area was crowded and there were TV screens throughout the restaurant showing the Sox, Celtics, and Yankees. The live music was decent, if a little loud. I'd go back, just not for the same reasons that I went in the first place and under very different circumstances.

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Durge
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

An early dinner on a Saturday night we made a reservation but didn't seem to need one at 6 PM. Moderately busy considering the location on the edge of popular Davis Square, this place is a fairly simple looking sports bar/pub with nice big booths and tables located outside the large bar area. Subdued lighting with a good number of TV sets visible from all seats throughout the restaurant and bar. Very clean and comfortable with lively music at a modest volume so you can talk easily. Crowd noise is also nicely contained which was a welcomed relief compared to some other popular establishments in the area. The menu isn't vast but it provides a good variety from interesting burgers and salads to flatbreads and salmon, fish n' chips and others. They also have some neat appetizers like the giant soft pretzel we all shared which was really good with a mustard sauce and a cheese sauce. My wife had the truffle gnocchi and I had the jalapeño bacon cheddar burger. We were both very happy with our choices. They have a reasonable craft beer list on tap but it's mostly the well known nationally distributed brands, good but not exciting. We also had a dessert which was a supposed chocolate soufflé but in actuality was more of a flourless torte. Nonetheless, it was tasty stuff. Coffee was also very good. Our waitress had a great attitude and made us all feel comfortable and well served. As a final kudos this place is located right across the street from one of the best public parking options in this high traffic area. Though nothing highly memorable, the food is actually very good and you will likely leave feeling highly satisfied all around!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Went for Easter brunch as a party of 10. This was my second time eating there. Food was pretty good but took a while, the service was slow to check in and rarely cleared the used dishes and cups but otherwise very friendly. Good place to grab a bite but not the place I would go out of my way for.

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Ladybugnewman
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch. Wonderful we will be back for sure. Service was outstanding. The cauliflower was out of this world

MR
vipMikeR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall3food1service1ambience3

The general setting is fun, but the food wasn't great and the service was very slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We booked a last minute Saturday night reservation for 7, including an infant. It was perfect. They seated us at a large table by the door, a little bit removed from most of the other tables. The atmosphere was loud enough that the occasional outburst from my daughter didn't disturb the other diners, but it wasn't so loud that we had trouble hearing each other, or to bother my daughter. Our waitress was fantastic. We ordered a side of sweet potato fries with no salt for the baby. They came out in just a few minutes and she loved them. Everything was delicous, including the steak tips - rare. It's so hard to find a place that can do rare steak right. All in all, not a thing to complain about. This will become my go-to place for group meals.

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jjhmolbio
New England
44 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a large group and they were able to accommodate us and all the variety of dietary needs of the group. The wait staff was fun and friendly, the live music was excellent and not too loud so we could continue our conversations at the table with no problem.

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Hurldogg
New England
30 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was able to get a last minute reservation for 6 and it was worth it! They had a good beer selection (though I suggest trying to get Trillium on their list) and a lot of choices on the menu. I just had a burger, but it was excellent, and the fries were awesome. Definitely a good go-to spot in Davis Square when everything else is booked up. Or even when it's not!

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vipnewtosomerville
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for brunch or getting a beer during a football game. They have a great $6 snack menu that is perfect for when you don't want a full meal. If you're there for brunch, they have live jazz music as well. Great selection on the menu too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2016
Overall1food3service5ambience4

Very slow service. When the food finally arrived, it was all wrong

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Came here for casual meal to watch the game - got a last minute reservation for 4 which was really convenient! Our server (Dave I think?) was great and so were the nachos!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I got to my reservation 15 min early only to be told that the kitchen is already closed. Very upsetting experience. Definitely will not recommend going forward.

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viplsss
New England
76 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great service and the live music makes this place outstanding!

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viptndk
New England
161 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Really good food, service spotty at times as server seemingly disappeared for 15+ minutes twice.

MC
vipMigliaC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This was my second time to Orleans Restaurant and Bar. Great place for the basic brunch cravings - eggs, bacon, toast, etc. There was live music that was a nice touch to my morning meal; not too loud or disruptive. The restaurant has a bloody mary bar with a wide selection of add-ons for their house bloody mary. The servers were a bit slow to fill our waters/coffees and take away our plates, not sure what the hold up was since the place was not very busy. Overall I'd go back because of their standard brunch menu and the bloody mary bar.

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vipB52hgf
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was ok but I'm not running back real soon. Food was fair. Only positive they had Downeast cider on tip.

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vipLisav
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The boy who was the entertainment Friday, 8/12/16 was so great!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2016
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We had a big group in for a brunch. The food was very good and we enjoyed the atmosphere. There was some light live music being played on a harp.

We didn't have a great experience with the service. Overall, the server was not very attentive. The biggest red flag when the server forgot to put in an order, he then blamed the kitchen for it being forgotten.

Mistakes happen, but own up to it and make it better.

HR
HeatherR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I picked Orleans as a nearby low key spot for a burger before a movie, but in celebration of my birthday. We were only three, not four as planned, and we were almost ten minutes behind due to a big event in the neighborhood, but were greeted cheerfully and seated right away. We advised our server that we were heading to a movie in just 50 minutes, so to please let us know if that wasn't doable ("no problem") and we'd be ready to order directly. She brought our appetizer within a few minutes, but we had to prompt her for silverware. Every ten minutes, she passed by to say that our order (a pizza and two cheeseburgers) would be "right out," but this happened two or three times until the food finally came to the table with barely 10 minutes to spare. The medium well done burger was cooked to medium, at best. They'd split my side fries and salad as requested, but stuffed the salad into a tiny bowl without any dressing - at that point, no time to fuss. She brought the check and a pizza to go box as requested. Technically, she was attentive, but the restaurant just wasn't getting it done. In retrospect, I wish I'd picked one of the many nearby competitors, like Boston Burger Company.

FAQs

Orleans Restaurant and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 591-2100.

Orleans Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 111 OpenTable diners.