Daedalus

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$30 and under
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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, the pulled pork sandwich and the Daedalus burger. Daedalus also serves a weekend brunch. Stop by early Sunday and enjoy a hearty dish of stuffed French toast, cheese, whipped cream and a Mediterranean omelet.

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) and a couple of TVs, which makes it an ideal place to socialize and share drinks with friends, while catching up on the game.

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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Casual feel but more upscale menu items. Their gnocchi is fantastic.

OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came with parents and friend while they visited

MB
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Host stand downstairs isn't used but bartender just glares rather than directing you upstairs--an odd welcome. Food was very meh (overcooked pasta/chicken special, gnocchi tasted like cardboard). Took forever to pay/get our card back. Annoying to have the owner fawning over an adjacent table when your own party feels ignored.
Have been going here for years, but were reminded Saturday night why we took a break a few years back.

JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch on the deck. Service was very attentive! We will be back.

MW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Everyone enjoyed their food. There was a small mix-up with one of the orders, so I marked down the service a bit, but otherwise everything went smoothly, and they got us the bill quickly when we needed to leave, so that was good. The spicy steak tips were more interesting than steak tips often are, and three of our four diners really liked the corn lentil curry soup. Salads were good.

TO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit
Great wait staff
Loved the appetizers!

L
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, it is a nice place to get a drink and a meal and catch up. The terrace is particularly nice.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Server was very helpful but not intrusive. Would prefer more quiet.

TL
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time there. Excellent service this time! Rooftop bar has a great ambiance.

N
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. There were six of us and we could hear each other talk. This may have been due to the fact that the students aren't around. But there was no music and the staff was efficient and unobtrusive. The food was very good - fresh and tasty. I'll come back.

JT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great roof deck for dining

KM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My best friend was in town from New Jersey and I took her to Daedalus last week for lunch. The rooftop deck was amazing - breezy and hearing all the bells ringing; the food was FANTASTIC! Burrata Bruschetta was the best I've ever had and I had the Spicy Quinoa Bowl, which was so yummy. Kayla (our server) was wonderful. Oh, and did I mention the Tirasimu we split for dessert? I was totally impressed with Daedalus!! Thanks!

a
New England
96 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great casual place in Harvard Square. Fun atmosphere with good food!

D
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daedalus was great as always. Food delicious and atmosphere friendly. Excellent service and a place "where everybody knows your name."

HH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food. Good atmosphere.

k
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, service was perfect and food was fantastic.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at the bar. Service was friendly and efficient. Good cocktail menu. I had a chicken risotto that was absolutely fabulous. My husband had grilled salmon and enjoyed it.

NO
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Apparently they table we reserved was inside so we couldn’t even enjoy the rooftop patio. The food was bland. My drink was weak and our server was absent. When he was around, he seemed like he had a problem with everything we asked (like can I have another drink or an after dinner coffee)

MB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The phrases “just ok” and “horribly average” come to mind for this restaurant.

Went in for a date night... great atmosphere, the service was slow at best, the food was eh... the hostess ended up calling me 45 minutes into my meal because he wanted to “make sure I was still coming to my reservation”...

Sub par at best was a meal and a drink is going to run $50 a head.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Double date with the stank bank and booty cheeks

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Have visited many times - usually without reservation. The place is great, the food is good and drink selection is decent. This time, made a reservation for a table on the deck, specifically mentioning it in the comments. When we showed up, were informed that the wait for the deck is 45min as they don't accept reservations. Would be great if someone the person accepting reservation would let me know at the time I made it.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I think I would go back here. It seemed like it wasn’t too busy even on a holiday. It has a cool looks to it and it seems to have a different vibe upstairs from their downstairs, which is totally cool. The food was good, though I only tried just my meal. The person I went with had been there before and she said that what she got last time was good. I did ask for a rooftop table through OpenTable, but they did not honor that. Not sure if you weren’t able to, but I would probably not try to reserve something like that again.

s
New England
80 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very loud place. Moderate service and moderate foods.

AG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, fabulous ambiance, excellent service! A dinner we won’t soon forget! Daedalus delivered!

b
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting pub menu with wide selection of cocktails and beers. Good experience.

CZ
New England
34 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As is always the case, we continue to be very pleased with the food and service we get at Daedalus. Along with a great menu, they have a great selection of specials each week. It’s become our regular favorite.

BS
New England
122 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good choices and menu. Noisy on weekends and service slow when busy.

SG
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food!

e
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous find! We loved everything about it ❤️❤️

A
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was on point and the food/cocktails did not disappoint.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the rooftop bar. The food is great!

l
New England
46 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice pub style food and ambiance. Outdoor roof terrace lovely in good weather

RC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sort of like a Gastropub. Service pretty attentive. Food is average for what one would expect.

r
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. My two friends had never been to Daelalus before and the three of us loved the food we ordered and loved out booth and our waitress. I'll be back again!

FM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We thought that Daedalus was going to offer a pub-like menu, but the food was creative, beautifully presented, and absolutely delicious. We will definitely be going back! Very relaxed and comfortable environment in which to enjoy a really lovely meal.

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted with warmth, and a complimentary glass of Prosecco for our special evening. The waitstaff were very attentive and the food was simply delicious. We will definitely be back!

BC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A bit loud upstairs but a solid option for dinner in the square. A menu to suit most tastes. Took a prospective student here, and except for the noise it was a great location. Love their deck when it's open!

CZ
New England
34 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu, specials, and the service were as good as always. It’s become our regular go to in Cambridge and definitely our place to go when we have guests in town.

JT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were warned that upstairs was loud, so we opted to eat downstairs, which was a good choice. We each got the beef stew special, which was outstanding on a cold night. Service was friendly but not intrusive. Our appetizer was not delivered, but we received a delicious dessert (chocolate cake - beautiful to look at AND to eat) on the house to make up for it.

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