BISq

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199 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the right mix of food and vibe.... fantastic!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is as good as any of Cambridge or Boston’s finest restaurants. Very attentive staff. Casual setting. Ideal for serious foodies who are neither stuffy nor fussy.
Beautiful and comfortable

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really memorable and enjoyable dinner. One of our group was vegetarian, which BISq accommodated well. The dishes were bursting with flavor. Wine suggestion was perfect. Loved our evening there.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food.

MD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and wine. Great Service and the waitress knew her wine! Great for any amount of people but always order 2 plates of a dish if you're with a group for everyone to try. A little sad that the pork belly was not on the menu but still left happy.

RF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dining experience very much. Friendly staff with great suggestions for pairings. Plan to visit again soon!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The creative dishes at this restaurant were impressive. You can tell the chef here loves to mix interesting flavors for a really special experience. My favorite dish was the Maitake mushrooms with savory spinach and cured egg. As soon as I finished the dish I wanted to order a second. I'm definitely going back here to see what the chef comes up with next.

PH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really good. Lots of interesting different small plates to share. Highly recommended

OT
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Really nice server and quiet environment for friends meet up. It’s a unique experience to try different ingredients mixed together which doesn’t match each other. The food are mostly over salted.
Food 1.5/5
Service 4/5

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The server was a disappointment.
The young man avoided looking at our table whenever possible constantly staying away
He wasn’t eager to answer questions and seemed annoyed when serving us.
It truly made our experience that night sad and disappointing

Additionally the food was well overpriced for the portions given.

TT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening for launch of a new work project. My husband and I love BISq for our Friday night relax-after-a-long week dinners, where we sit at the bar and banter with the chef. Sitting at a regular table for a 4-person business dinner cannot be beat as business dinners go. Our seminar speaker from out of town is a foodie, and the adventurous and well-crafted small plates here hit the mark with him. One of my colleagues who lives in Lexington and had never been here said he is coming back with his family. The space is warm and easy to navigate, and the whole ambience sparks creativity, fun, and optimism. We shared one dish of almost everything on the menu. The only one that got mixed reviews was the fried chicken - you either love or don't love their style (I love it, personally). The delicata squash tempura is amazing. The vietnamese wraps were superb....everything was sooooo good.

j
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to a lot of restaurants and Bisq is one of the ones I frequent the most. They have THE MOST friendly and hospitable staff and I cannot say enough kind things about the chef and the amazing dishes he comes up with! Get a bunch of friends, order everything, share, enjoy, and be merry!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Not worth the money compared to nearby options.

OT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very good. I felt like the food could have been a little bit better but overall it was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s amazing experience always!

WS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding dinner at Bisq with good atmosphere, interesting wine list, professional service and creative dishes. We will definitely return.

RC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very interesting food, and most of it pretty rich. Great wines. Service a tad slack.
Fried chicken was not enough chicken, mostly the crust—fried chicken sandwich what I really wanted, but not on the menu—have to ask.
Bathroom door lock doesn’t work.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, intimate space, sublime flavors, the ceviche a must! Can’t wait to go back! Alex is a talent! Thank you for making my anniversary dinner awesome.

Y
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What an absolutely wonderful time. Great wine list for different budgets. Outstanding service and delicious + interesting dishes. Very underrated neighborhood restaurant!

FS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was tasty and had interesting flavors esp the Grilled Squid and Chanterelles. The Fried Chicken was decent but we felt the batter was a bit salty and the meat was over-battered. Ambiance in the restaurant is really nice and it was cool to see the team in the open kitchen.

SP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Chicken was too salty. Ceviche was too limey. Burger is amazing though.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Meh, hostess gave us attitude for being fifteen minutes late. Was only willing to give us counter seats. Meanwhile the entire restaurant was empty and never filled during the time we were there. I love the food at Bergamot, but the ambiance is a little old/stuffy. Was hoping BISq would have the same quality of food with a a more relaxed vibe. Unfortunately, not the case. Good luck with this strategy.

LC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

sumptuous small dishes with a new menu every day, which celebrates the creativity of the chef.

NA
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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 on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The food was okay but certainly not worth the cost.

LC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
38 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recomended

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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
Overall3food5service5ambience1

We were there during the heatwave

k
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and cocktails.

t
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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