BISq

4.2
253 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 253 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
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4.3
ambience
3.9
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KaraO
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We all enjoyed our dinner at Bisq. The grilled eggplant, shishito peppers and quail were all delicious. The wine list was fun and we enjoyed trying the Baja mexican red! Great night we all thoroughly enjoyed

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EL23
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The atmosphere was nice, wish there were more people. The food was alright, wish there were a few more options.

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viphard2plz
New England
64 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're regulars at BISq for dinner, but this was our first brunch experience and we were not disappointed. Had the croque madam and shakshuka. As usual, the dishes aren't exactly what you'd find in a traditional recipe, and are better.
Street seating on the weekend was minimally noisy and staff are the embodiment of friendly and professional as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really had a great overall experience with service and food. Our server was helpful with our questions and made some great suggestions. We ended the night with a flight which was not planned and a lot of fun.

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Foodie12345
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance! We loved our dinner there! Everything was so good! We hope to be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not the best dining experience. There were several small issues and one big one. The big one was that one of us ordered a quail main that arrived under cooked. The surface was cooked but the inside was literally raw. No one does "rare" with poultry. They took it back, we had to start eating the other dishes so that they wouldn't turn cold, and then the quail finally returned but now over cooked and tasteless. If you're a foodie hoping for a unique dining experience, this was a huge disappointment. Smaller issues were that service was slowly (took half an hour between the bill arriving and our paying it), and they messed up one of our side orders as well, giving us fries but charging us for a salad.

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OpenTable Diner
Berlin
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding,

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Loud disco music outside. Had to ask them to turn it down at least 3 times.

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SaraE
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience2

Most of the food was great. The Moroccan wings sound more interesting than they are. The only issue was that we chose outdoor dining as we are still a bit hesitant to eat indoors and the traffic noise is significant.

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vipConferencelady
New England
22 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I hadn’t been to Bisq in a couple of years. Sadly, I thought the quality of our food had declined since our prior visits. Steak was on the rubbery side, quail was dry. Wine was fabulous and service friendly. Wasn’t a bad experience at all, just not a fabulous one as it had been on prior visits. Wouldn’t chose to go back because there are so many great food choices around but wouldn’t mind going back either if someone else wanted to. All in all, good but no longer great.

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vipJenr
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great time at Bisq last night. We loved the atmosphere and the drinks! Our bartender Fab was excellent and we loved their Amaro selection! We weren’t overwhelmed by the food but perhaps we didn’t order the right dishes. I would skip the expensive dishes and go with the burger and drinks next time!

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RachelS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the quiet outdoor dining. The staff were attentive and made a wonderful recommendation for a drink pairing with our dessert. The food itself was wonderful!

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vipDSFR
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome. I am so thrilled that the bar is back open for seating! Exceptional team and great food and drinks. We will be back often!

DP
vipDebbieP
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Good was not good- we use to enjoy this restaurant.

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ShawnH
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was delicious where the preparation was more traditional or inventive. Beautiful inside but outdoor space delightful as well. Will keep coming back!

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PatC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Our dinner at BISq was a big disappointment, The bartender seemed new and unexperienced. The manager wasn't all that nice. My meal went south when I asked to not have the broccoli. Eventually asparagus was substituted but was super overcooked. The wine selection was poor.

We won't be going back there.

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GeorgeR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Tiny portions of simple overpriced food. We ended up going to a local pub to get better fair much cheaper. Although the host was very enthusiastic, the wine and beer list was very unusual. The wine list was missing most common varietals and overpriced average beers were served in tiny pretentious glasses.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Incredible people. Operations were so smooth but never interfered with the overall ambiance even with covid restrictions still in place the weekend before Memorial Day. Definitely going to be a regular spot for us! Great to see the neighborhood so lively again!

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vipTooTiredToCookAtHome
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an uplifting and enjoyable experience (and safe!) with amazing cocktails. We dine here regularly, eating indoors even pre-vaccination due to very good layout of tables and staff attention to masks and other protocols. The cocktails never disappoint, and the food is inventive and diverse for all appetites and styles with a combination of small plates and entrees. I had quail and my friends had burgers. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The ambience is lovely. Indoor and outdoor dining available. Did I mention the cocktails?

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vipTammyF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

After dining at Bisq for years (and loving it) pre COVID I made this my second venture out to a restaurant after 15 months. From the start it felt like we were inconveniencing the staff. It took 20 minutes to get a drink, the bar staff was not willing to accommodate any deviations from the 5 drinks on the menu, the food took more than 45 minutes and was not only uninspired but cold. (literally COLD). Not a single person stopped by to see how we were doing, our glasses remained empty for much of the 90 minutes... not a good thing to be had. Bad service, bad bar service, bad food. Huge disappointment. I actually emailed the manager asking why the huge shift but he never bothered to answer. Skip it - plenty of places in Boston that need our support and want to stay in business.

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RobinO
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Three of us were quite happy with our entrees neutral the forth person found hers inedible.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Apps and drinks were great. Entrees weren’t as great. Service was awesome which made up for it. Would definitely go back.

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DThomp72
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed with the portion size. For my $19 entree, I only got 4 ravioli. The ravioli were quite good, but after splitting an appetizer and each ordering separate entrees, we both left BISq feeling quite hungry. It would have been nice if the server recommend that we order more items off the menu.

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JMJj
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Nice outdoor area to eat. The service was horrible. Had to ask multiple times to get napkin and silverware.. we ended up eating appetizer with the serving spoon. Waiter would barely ever come by and seemed annoyed every time we tried to get his attention to order another drink or if we needed something. He acted like it wasn't his job or something. The food was just okay and the fries were cold when we got the food which was disappointing but not surprising since it was a while since we had even seen our waiter. Would not go back here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Birthday - staff made us feel special

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We sat outside given the pandemic. Outdoor seating is well spaced and the heaters were strong enough for our full party of 6. The food was also good. However our dinner was unfortunately marred by our experience with our server. He wasn’t very nice, in fact he was fairly rude and extremely curt. He interrupted one of us many times when we tried to explain our dietary restrictions and was very awkward in a way that seemed like he was pressing us for time each time he came over to our table. It honestly felt like that is just his nature, however someone who is going to be that standoffish shouldn’t be waiting tables. Unfortunately the experience was negative enough that I don’t think it’s worth it to ever return.

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vipLyons
New England
33 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

BISq is a complete neighborhood gem. A great spot for good food, but a limited menu, and also a winebar.

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EmilyB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We sat outside far from the heaters and it was very cold! Our server disappeared for long periods at a time and our entrees came out over an hour after we sat down. Fries were great!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an absolutely amazing experience at Bisq. We sat outside under the heaters and were completely comfortable in the 40 degree weather. Our food was good, but the service and drinks were GREAT! We ordered a round of cocktails and then a bottle of wine. None of us knew about the wine we ordered, but our server was able to give us an in-depth background on the vineyard and the variety. Our server, Matt, was knowledgeable, fun, attentive, and really made the whole experience one to remember.

Half way through our meal the heaters went out. When this happened the staff quickly changed out the gas and ensured we were comfortable throughout our meal. The whole team was really focused on our experience and were true professionals.

We will absolutely be going back and would highly recommend.

BF
BostonFoodie
New England
24 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We sat outdoors. It was freezing. Our server seemed annoyed with us when we asked about lighting the heating lamps. The menu needed to scanned in order to see it and it was sealed on the outdoor table. It had been scuffed and marked, so was really difficult to scan . Our server made no attempt to help us. Finally the person who bought the water brought us another piece of paper so we could scan the menu. We ordered the burger, fries and the Brussel sprouts and one of us had drinks. Portions were really small and the food was good (nothing special). Unfortunately the food got cold quickly because it was so cold.
Overall a fair experience, thought we should try the restaurant as we want to support restaurants. Not sure the food was that special and the server who did improve over the course of the service might have put a damper on the experience but not sure we will be back

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KatieBoston2
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great COVID-friendly outdoor space, service and food also lovely. Would def go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so nice especially Barry the bar tender the food was amazing everyone checked on the table several times to make sure water glasses and drinks were filled it was one of the best experiences I’ve had at a Boston restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food and excellent service! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun spot in the Cambridge area!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place! Better if the night is more about the drinks than the food. The food is fine but the drinks are what keep me coming back

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LBeth
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been wanting to come here for some time and it did not disappoint. Since Valentines Day is typically horrible to dine out, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I can’t wait to return. The service was flawless. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. We were not rushed at all and really enjoyed the evening. The food and wine was so delicious. Looking forward to dining at bISQ again.

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Greg
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. The service was excellent and the food was even better!

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vipwilkie
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BISq has amazing ambiance and even better food. Unreal cocktails and portions that were the perfect size. We were treated with extremely friendly service and will absolutely be coming back again. Highly recommend the bolognese!

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vipMKav
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kitchen nailed it. Great flavor, unexpected comforts, delicious. Service is spot on: attentive, timely, smooth, knowledgeable. Beautiful space. Great experience.

DJ
DoriJ
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating in November was made manageable by heaters, the service and food was excellent! Will definitely be returning.

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PhilipO
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The house made ricotta was absolutely amazing. Great fries!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from BISq using the Order Online button. BISq also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 714-3693.

BISq is rated 4.2 stars by 253 OpenTable diners.

BISq does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1692/bisq-restaurant--winebar.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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