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Drifter's Tale, Cambridge, MA

Drifter's Tale

4.1
4.1
14 Reviews
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
This globe-trotting menu, created by Executive Chef Scott McCarthy, offers comfort classics and dishes inspired by flavors from around the world, as well as an impressive list of local beer and thoughtful craft cocktails.

Although the atmosphere is very comfortable and casual, there are no details spared. From the sausage made in the Drifter’s scratch kitchen to the playful cocktail names (i.e. ‘Resting Spritz Face’), the team works to create a neighborhood environment without compromising the quality.

Located conveniently on Cambridge St. in Inman Square, in between Harvard Sq. and Kendall Sq.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–12:30 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Bar Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 714-5712

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Scott McCarthy

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 14 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. J

    Jack

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Burger was good but the roll was old. Fries needed to be cooked more. Friend’s medium steak frites was 1/4 rate. Server was really nice but then she disappeared then another guy said he was our server but then she came back so? It was ok. Really busy and very loud.
  2. J

    Jess

    New England

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, terrific staff, and a fun vibe.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    The music is too loud, the lights are too bright, it is not cozy at all. The food is good but overpriced.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service!
  5. P

    Pickymom

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was good and interesting choices. I wish they had more vegetarian options. I got vegetarian pot stickers and they were quite good. Drinks were interesting and good It was right after Christmas and it was pretty empty and kind of cold. I would have liked it to be a little warmer inside. The service was spotty. Nice enough, just for being kind of empty, not super attentive. Overall nice meal
  6. KM

    KateM

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Not sure how this place ended up in Eater. Food was good, cocktails were terrible (like, college-bar level sweetness and quality). Lots of TVs, just your average neighborhood bar - wouldn’t call it a “gastropub”.
  7. TA

    TATOT

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice little place. Very good staff. Bit too loud.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very casual ambience with simple food done well. Loved the paella (takes 25 minutes so be warned; we were in no hurry). Also loved sausage flatbread. Very pleasant waitstaff.
  9. LS

    LiaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good food, the waitress's suggestions were excellent. Service was great , attentive but not overbearing.
  10. MA

    MAry

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We ordered wings as an appetizer that took 30 minutes to come to the table. Our waitress didn’t check on us once and we had to ask a different waitress to check on our food. I ordered a margarita that took 20 minutes to come. The paella was good aside from the mussels which were nearly inedible because they tasted like sewage.
  11. L

    Lynn

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Menu has typical pub food but all was made in house including the sausage. Each bite was spectacular.
  12. EL

    EmilyL

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Loved the food and drinks! The service was extremely spotty, although the restaurant was very busy and the server seemed new. The staff was all working hard. The noise level, however, was really hard to tolerate. It was SO loud. I’d love to come back for a lazy Sunday afternoon of drinks and food at the bar!
  13. KH

    KevinH

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding
  14. IL

    InmanLady

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great, especially the paella. Only downside is that there weren't any great food options for kids. They do offer a pizza-like flatbread and a burger but they are both kind of fancy. I would advise them to offer a few very simple kids' items like buttered pasta and chicken fingers. Thanks!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Drifter's Tale offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 714-5712.

Drifter's Tale is rated 4.1 stars by 14 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Google Map for Drifter's Tale

1281 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA 02139

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–12:30 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Bar Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Scott McCarthy

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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