BISq

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Enjoy creatively prepared small plates/tapas of American and International fare at BISq. Its contemporary design features wine bottle décor, as well as artwork from local artists on the walls and rich colors throughout. BISq serves a variety of tapas and small dishes as well a Whole Animal Fests. Guests can feast on a variety of delicious dishes with their award winner wine list . We welcome vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters

BISq was named America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2016 by Wine Enthusiast and Best New Boston Area Bar for Grown-ups by the Boston Globe. It also features reviews in the Improper Bostonian, UrbanDaddy and Boston.com. This eatery has an open kitchen for guests to watch the skillful chefs at work. Its bar offers a sizable selection of Old World-focused wines and a variety of beers. This restaurant welcomes reservations and walk-ins

BISq is located in Cambridge Massachusetts, right on the skirts of Inman Square and Union Square in Somerville
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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and wine are delicious. Our server knew a lot about wines, whereas I know little about wines. When I asked for something a little less tangy, she replied, "I thought you said you liked pinot noirs." That was embarrassing. She is enthusiastic about her knowledge, which I imagine is newly acquired. As she gains more experience, I am sure she will learn the appropriate response is to say, "let me get something else for you to try," and will refrain from pointing out the ignorance of the guest she is serving. I was with friends, who don't care that I don't know anything about wines, but had I been with colleagues or clients, my embarrassment might have lasted longer, and seemed more consequential. In any case, there is an art to wine, and also, an art to serving wine. I trust our waiter will continue to gain experience in both.

s
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible as always. Ricotta toast dessert is the best.

SD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was okay but certainly not worth the cost.

LC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The biggest impression that BISq left with me was how they handled food allergies. I left a note in my online reservation that I had a dietary allergy. I never got a phone call as other restaurants do, so I was expecting to have a long drawn out convo with the wait staff. However, our waitress had already been notified, had already talked with the chef to figure out what I could and couldn't have, and what substitutions could be made. It was a relief to not have to do the mental work when I got there and be able to just enjoy the (very very delicious) meal.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything is very tasty. Wait staff friendly and attentive. Nice decor. Menu is a bit small but enough variety and everything is prepared with care.

h
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely our favorite place in Cambridge. Quality food, responsible portions, locally sourced, and great service. Every person we interact with is friendly, knowledgeable and competent. We'll keep coming back.

C
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great but my only drawback was they advertised their whole animal roasts for larger groups (pig, lamb, duck, etc etc) yet they didn’t have any dishes on the regular menu using any of those animals. We were interested in hiring them for a private event in the future - but the fact that we couldn’t even try any of those animals in a regular sized entree was disappointing.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recomended

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

It’s a very nice cozy restaurant. I have been to once but this time I wasn’t satisfied with the food. The service is more than excellent,the appetizers were great but the food not as I expected. Not many main meal choices? I mean fried chicken? Hamburger?

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

We were there during the heatwave

k
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only regret was not coming here sooner. The food was fantastic. Small plates were delicious, and the fried chicken is an absolute must. Will definitely be coming back here.

TT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite Friday night treat! We usually sit at the kitchen bar, and get food handed over to us from the chef. The small plates are exquisitely inventive and delicious. The menu changes often enough there is always something new - but also some constant favorites. You can chow down on the burger or fried chicken if really hungry, or mix up small plates of veggies and scallops and cheese. Sooooo good! Service is also great!

B
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and cocktails.

t
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely wine bar with small plates food and also generous portions of fried chicken. Service was fantastic, the space is intimate and comfortable, local art is displayed on the walls. Perhaps my one suggestion would be that the food is overpriced ($8 for a single, relatively unremarkable biscuit was painful), but Bisq is located in a fairly expensive area so this is probably understandable.

D
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. The chicken liver pate combined with leek churros was an absolutely inspired pairing, though the proportions were off -- too much churro. The fried chicken was also incredibly flaky, though the chipotle bbq was a touch over spiced.

a
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent neighborhood spot. Food was perfectly balanced and the hospitality was perfect. I cannot wait to return.

d
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The small plates were all outstanding. Our waiter and servers were all very accomodating. We had a vegan in the group, and everyone who brought a dish explained whether it was vegan or how it had been modified to make it so. The carrots, grilled cabbage and snap pea dishes were all excellent. The non vegans loved the fried chicken, pork belly, and the soft shelled crab special!

YY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This place is modern and fun. Food is tapas style if you order from the menu - a lot of fun and innovative ideas. Our group of 6 loves the Ricotta toast and Burrata best, even the Fried Green Strawberry (I know, it sounds weird) is quite good.

Two things I think the restaurant can potentially improve
1) we are a group of 6 but our dishes come as one plate, then 5 mins wait, then another plate. The small portion and tapas style make all of us quite hungry and impatient.
2) our waitress was not quite attending - she was not nearby half of the time then we ended to try to get water by ourselves or our wine bottle.

Overall, I'd say if you want to try something fun and tasty, BISq is great. But if you are looking for fun food + good service, this is not your place (at least not in my standard)

K
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Great options here. Goodcuder in tap. The green strawberries are a delight as are the buttermilk biscuits.
TOO LOUD out front even at 9pm
need cushions on benches and chairs, fabric wall hangings etc.

SK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

We were meeting family from out of town, for dinner at Bisq on a Fri night. The staff were fantastic, couldn’t have been nicer, so helpful & accommodating with us even though we needed to arrive right when they opened and our party was very late and the staff could’ve made an issue of that but they didn’t (we finally ordered some appetizers because we felt bad for hogging one of their prime tables). Overall we and our guests enjoyed the experience, the food was good, interesting flavors/combinations (one of our guests loves chicken livers and hadn’t eaten it in awhile so it was great that Bisq served it). Thing is, it’s just that we weren’t blown away by the food, we felt it was ok. But with the great service, casual atmosphere, good wine/drinks, nearby street parking, etc all of those things are positives but maybe just focus on adding a bit more zing to the food.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we order was delicious. The staff was friendly and helpful. We will return again and again.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a joy to eat at BISq. The owner Servio warmly welcomes his costumers. I appreciate the care with which the dishes are crafted.

MG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only weird part was we were the only diners in the restaurant for a few minutes, having arrived early. The next group that came in was seated right next to us! You’d think they would seat us some distance apart. Fortunately the other diners asked to be seated elsewhere so they were moved.

CY
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered the roast duck dinner for 5 in advance, and they produced 3 courses: appetizers like their savory churros with chicken liver, shrimp main course roast duck with lots of seasonal greens and quinoa; dessert with flan and grilled pound cake with lemon curd. Delicious! They went out of their way to make it special. The vegetarian got to pick menu items to substitute for the chicken liver, shrimp, and duck portions. Everyone satisfied with drink menu as well, and we had 2 wine snobs in the group!

PK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food by a very talented chef, fun wine list. A gem of a restaurant!

j
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, really high quality small plates. Friendly staff and good service. Definitely worth checking out for drinks or dinner.

EC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very innovative and tasty. Octopus very excellent. Get a Pisco Sour to go with it.

AC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To me, BISq remains one of the most underrated restaurants. Full stop. The service is warm, but not suffocating, the beverages are great, the noise level is great for a group or for a date night, and the food is spectacular. It will remain one of my favorites for quite some time.

JM
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gotta be the best date spot in Cambridge right now - the food, the service, and the ambiance can't be beat.

BI
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience and delicious food.

EK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting at the BISq counter is a ton of fun. You get to watch the chefs in action. The Spanish octopus and dew drop cabbage were our favorite dishes. This is an intimate restaurant with loads of charm and hospitality.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bisq is the best.

SD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal - start to finish - that I've had in a long time.

WA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Interesting and flavorful small plates. Some great dishes (Spanish Octopus, Fried Chicken, Salad) and some not perfect dishes (Uni Avocado Toast was a touch fishy, Maitake Mushrooms were little oversalted) but overall great food. Good cocktails and a nice wine list. Good service.

SH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We arrived at 5:30, I know, early bird time but some of us were going to a birthday party after dinner. It was such a lovely beginning, the food is excellent with wonderful flavors (I could have just eaten the churros for my meal!), food crunched when they were suppose to, tender when appropriate. YUM! Around 6:30, there was a moment when the noise level jumped by 100%, or at least that's what it felt like. So noticeable that our 4 pair of eyes widened and we commented simultaneously. I don't know what happened, diners had trickled in over the hour we were there so it wasn't like a sudden influx of voices. YIKES, so much for the calm, lovely experience we were having. Also, our waitress was very nice but totally disappeared after the food was laid down. We kept trying to flag her so we could free up our table but in the end we had to catch someone else to bring our check. I'd go back but definitely sticking to the earliers hours!!

G
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great dinner at Bisq. We shared black-eyed pea hummus with chicken skin chips (yum!), roasted carrots, bbq shrimps, ricotta cavatelle, and fried chicken. All fabulous and very generous portions. Order less and get more if you need it. Drinks were delish and service attentive but not cloying. My only minor criticism is the sauce that accompanied the carrots and the chicken. BBQ sauce was very sweet and the yogurt based sauce was just not great. But minor compared with how yummy everything else was.

L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with two friends for the first time and we had a wonderful time. We ordered 4 of the tapas e two desserts, plus cocktails. Everything was outstanding! Service was fast and friendly, ambiance is inviting and lively but so loud that you can't have a conversation. One of the best tapas place I've been to in the Boston area in years. Our favorites were the toast with ricotta and honey and the grilled pound cake with lemon curd. The pisco sour cocktail was amazing too. Will go back many times!

J
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food. Creative small plates. Great wine. Didn’t feel rushed even on a busy Saturday night.

J
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the atmosphere, food, and wine list at Bisq. The vegetable and fish dishes are consistently excellent. I love that I always know I can get some oysters, a burger or fried chicken, and a great glass of wine. Looking forward to going back!

IM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

You can really trust the chef here. The food is outstanding. Service staff is knowlageable and can easily guide you though a wonderful evening.

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