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Daedalus, Cambridge, MA

Daedalus

4.7
4.7
339 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Tucked in a converted greenhouse, Daedalus is a casual restaurant that serves New American cuisine and drinks in spacious surrounds. The restaurant's menu changes to reflect the season. Diners rave about the crab cake sandwich, the buffalo tenders and the Daedalus burger.

A neighborhood favorite, Daedalus boasts a roof deck that delivers a lovely view of Harvard square. It also hosts two bars (one located on each floor)

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Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Harvard Square

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizer

  • Tomato Bisque

    • Cup$5.00
    • Bowl$7.00
  • Steak Skewers$14.00

    Soy and ginger marinated steak skewers topped with scallions and sesame seeds

    • Tacos$11.00

      Barbecued pulled pork, roasted corn and tomato slaw, pickled red onions and sour cream in flour tortillas

      • Calamari$13.00

        Hot cherry peppers, lemon aioli

        • Bruschetta$12.00

          Burrata Cheese, roasted cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic fresh herb baguette, balsamic glaze

          • Buffalo Chicken Tenders$12.00

            Blue cheese dressing, carrots, celery. Fried or grilled

            • Fish Tacos$14.00

              Salmon, shredded lettuce, mango salsa, avocado, chipotle aioli, flour tortillas

              Salads

              • Grilled Spicy Steak Salad$20.00

                Angus grass fed steak, baby greens, roasted corn salsa, crumbled blue cheese, citrus vinaigrette

                • Roasted Pear and Brie$14.00

                  Dried Cranberries, toasted walnuts, baby spinach, Dijon vinaigrette

                  • Baby Kale$14.00

                    Baby kale, spicy cauliflower, toasted pine nuts, golden raisins, red onion, tahini dressing

                    • Shrimp Salad$14.00

                      Cajun spiced shrimp, cucumber mango salsa, avocado, baby spinach, citrus dressing

                      Entrees

                      • Steak$28.00

                        Grilled grass fed strip steak with garlic herb butter, mashed potatoes, sauteed garlic green beans topped with crispy shallots

                        • Salmon$24.00

                          Salmon fillet with creamy dill sauce, roasted fresh herb fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus

                          • Spicy Quinoa Bowl$16.00

                            Black bean and corn pico de gallo, avocado, sour cream, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, cilantro

                            • Chicken Kabobs$19.00

                              Peppers, onions, zucchini, cucumber tzatziki, French fries

                              • Risotto$19.00

                                Roasted corn, roma tomatoes, basil pesto, shaved parmesan

                                • Fish and Chips$18.00

                                  Fries, tartar sauce, homemade coleslaw

                                  • Gnocci$17.00

                                    Butternut squash, kale, sage brown butter, shaved parmesan

                                    Sandwiches

                                    All sandwiches served with fries or petite salad

                                    • Pork Sandwich$13.00

                                      Pulled barbeque pork shoulder, homemade coleslaw, toasted bun

                                      • Cuban$14.00

                                        Roasted pork, ham, chipotle mayo, dill pickles, red onions, swiss cheese, toasted baguette

                                        • Daedalus Burger$15.00

                                          Barbequed onions, melted crumbled blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, toasted bun

                                          • Veggie Burger$14.00

                                            House made veggie burger with melted cheddar, sliced avocado, red onion, chipotle aioli, toasted bun

                                            Sides

                                            • Roasted Spicy Cauliflower$6.00

                                              • Grilled Asparagus$8.00

                                                • Mashed Potatoes$6.00

                                                  • Truffle Fries$8.00

                                                    Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                    What 339 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                    4.7
                                                    4.7 based on recent ratings
                                                    • 4.6Food
                                                    • 4.7Service
                                                    • 4.8Ambience
                                                    • 4.3Value

                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                    1. M

                                                      Maracas

                                                      Unspecified

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                      Service was impeccable. Our server was attentive, pleasant. A real sweetie. We went on a busy night and she was unruffled.

                                                    2. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                      Needs more vegetarian options!

                                                    3. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                                      overall3food2service3ambience2

                                                      We asked for a table on the roof deck when reservations were made. The didn’t have a table to seat us when we arrived. The entire point of making reservations was the roof deck. The food was average. I’ll not return.

                                                    4. CZ

                                                      CambridgeZach

                                                      New England

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 16, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      A great place to spend a Sunday evening. The food and the service was excellent as usual.

                                                    5. MM

                                                      MadisonM

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                      overall3food3service3ambience5

                                                      We really liked the rooftop deck option. The food was pretty good. The drinks were really not good - everyone at the table said their drinks from the bar tasted watered down and flavorless. For $14 a drink I expect more.

                                                    6. O

                                                      Olive

                                                      New England

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Overall it was a great experience. Would love to go on the patio next time.

                                                    7. TP

                                                      TylerP

                                                      New England

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Such a gorgeous rooftop, with delicious food and drinks!

                                                    8. KK

                                                      KerriK

                                                      New England

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Upstairs bar has a great vibe - our server was energetic and great to chat with. Food was delicious. Will absolutely be back.

                                                    9. JB

                                                      JoBo

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Accommodating hospitality, well mixed cocktail, tasty and sufficient food, timely & polite waitstaff, reasonable value for all that in a good Harvard Square restaurant

                                                    10. S

                                                      Sydney

                                                      New England

                                                      13 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      13 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                      As always, food and service were good. Would like a less expensive wine!

                                                    11. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      San Francisco

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Such a perfect experience! Sat at the outdoor roof and was accommodated nicely. The ambience was fantastic, I didn’t even notice people talking near me. The food was spectacular, very delicious and tasted homemade. The flavors were amazing. Will definitely return.

                                                    12. AI

                                                      AyeshaI

                                                      New England

                                                      11 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      11 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      The duck and scallops were both good Entrees: the risotto that was a side for scallops was lovely! The very berry desert was perfectly delightful, crisp on top gooey yummyness topped with high quality ice cream: 10/10! Looking forward to outdoor terrace opening!

                                                    13. CZ

                                                      CambridgeZach

                                                      New England

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      As usual, another excellent dining experience with great specials and excellent food.

                                                    14. J

                                                      Jolie

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The ambiance was outstanding. Our party of 6 felt like we had the restaurant to ourselves though it was busy. The food was delicious and there was a generous amount so it was easy to share. We will certainly return.

                                                    15. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New England

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                      overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                      Great experience!

                                                    16. S

                                                      Sydney

                                                      New England

                                                      14 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      14 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                      So great to be out of the house for dinner again! The roof deck provides fresh air and moderate noise level, so we could breathe and talk easily. Food was great with decent-size portions; great service. Enjoyed the rack of lamb and salmon tacos. Would like a less-costly bottle of wine.

                                                    17. TS

                                                      TrevorS

                                                      New England

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on March 14, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great service and dinner for a group of 8. We will come back and recommend to others.

                                                    18. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on March 8, 2022

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                      Excellent vibe, attentive service, overcooked and lackluster chicken saltimbocca.

                                                    19. CZ

                                                      CambridgeZach

                                                      New England

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 7, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      As is ALWAYS the case, the service was excellent and they continue to offer the best selection of specials. They keep us coming back.

                                                    20. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New England

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 28, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great atmosphere, perfect service, all of our food was picture worthy and completely worth the hour trip down!

                                                    21. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New England

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great food and atmosphere! Friendly staff! Will be coming back

                                                    22. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      9 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      9 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                      Family dinner. mussels were so good my son ate them all, I didn’t get to try

                                                    23. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                      Family gathering

                                                    24. CZ

                                                      CambridgeZach

                                                      New England

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 16, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The weekly specials never cease to amaze us. It's just one of the reasons we keep coming back.

                                                    25. CZ

                                                      CambridgeZach

                                                      New England

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 28, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The specials were excellent as always and the service was fantastic.

                                                    26. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New England

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 22, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Matt was great!!

                                                    27. CZ

                                                      CambridgeZach

                                                      New England

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 20, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The food and service was excellent as usual. Great specials were available as well. Always a great experience.

                                                    28. CZ

                                                      CambridgeZach

                                                      New England

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 7, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Our meal was as delicious as always and the service was excellent. It’s always been a great experience to dine at Daedalus.

                                                    29. CZ

                                                      CambridgeZach

                                                      New England

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 20, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The great food and excellent service are just some of the reasons Daedalus remains one of favorites in town.

                                                    30. KJ

                                                      KatherineJ

                                                      New England

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 17, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Dallas never disappoints it’s a wonderful place in Harvard Square and I recommend it highly

                                                    31. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on December 15, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great as always

                                                    32. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Baltimore

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on December 14, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Kayla was AMAZING and so personable and attentive!! The service, food, and drinks were fantastic! I’ll definitely be back

                                                    33. CZ

                                                      CambridgeZach

                                                      New England

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 12, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great food and service superb as usual. The specials were extra special this week.

                                                    34. OT

                                                      OpenTableDiner

                                                      New England

                                                      16 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      16 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 9, 2021

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                      Had a meal inside first time this fall/winter. The ambiance indoors is good though I miss the rooftop terrace. The food is very good as always.

                                                    35. SJ

                                                      ShanJo

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on December 6, 2021

                                                      overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                      I perennially love Daedalus. My dish (trout fillet with risotto) was not my favorite thing I've ever ordered there, but the risotto was really nice. My drink was great, service was spot-on. I only wish they would make it clear when their rooftop and street-level window seating close for the season -- especially important during COVID times with all the waves of infection. It got loud after about 6:30pm, but this place is just generally reliable. I will be back.

                                                    36. CZ

                                                      CambridgeZach

                                                      New England

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 28, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      As usual, the food (including the great specials offered), the service, and the atmosphere were all awesome.

                                                    37. CB

                                                      CatB

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on November 28, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      One place where you will actually get your money’s worth, and plenty of great service as well.

                                                    38. CM

                                                      CharlesM

                                                      New England

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 20, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Visited Deadalus again for a birthday and as before everything was delicious and the service was fantastic. Think this one is becoming a family favorite!

                                                    39. DA

                                                      DavidA

                                                      New England

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 17, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      I hadn’t been to Daedalus in two years, and it was food to eat there again. Food was very tasty, service excellent, and ambiance quite pleasant

                                                    40. CZ

                                                      CambridgeZach

                                                      New England

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      116 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 16, 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Awesome as usual! The specials continue to be excellent as is the service.

                                                    Safety precautions

                                                    • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                      • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                      • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                      • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                      • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                      • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                    • 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

                                                    FAQs

                                                    Daedalus is rated 4.7 stars by 339 OpenTable diners.

                                                    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                    Booked 25 times today
                                                    Google Map for Daedalus

                                                    45 1/2 Mount Auburn St Cambridge, MA 02138

                                                    Additional information

                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                      Harvard Square

                                                    • Cuisines

                                                      American

                                                    • Dining style

                                                      Casual Dining

                                                    • Dress code

                                                      Casual Dress

                                                    • Parking details

                                                      Street Parking

                                                    • Payment options

                                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                    • Additional

                                                      Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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