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Fat Hen Broadway East, Somerville, MA

Fat Hen Broadway East

4.1
4.1
393 Reviews
$31 to $50
Wine Bar
Fat Hen, sister to La Brasa, is a small fifteen table, thirty seat restaurant that focuses on Pasta. Our team focuses on guest experience and creating memories; from when you first walk through the door to when you take your final bite. Our passion for fine wines, thoughtful preparation, flawless technique and excellent quality local products is shown through our frequently changing seasonal menus. Please join us as we launch our new wine bar concept with small paired bites please follow us on social media @fathenboston for all me new menu updates

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Wine Bar, Italian, European
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 764-1612 ext. 2
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Executive chef
    Daniel Bojorquez
  • Private party facilities
    We are available for private dining. Please email Daniel@labrasasomerville.com to inquire.
  • Private party contact
    Katelyn Lewis: (617) 764-1412
  • Neighborhood
    Somerville
  • Cross street
    Glen Street
  • Parking details
    There is plenty of metered parking available on Broadway, and in the area of East Somerville around the restaurant. Limited parking available in the parking lot behind the restaurant after 5pm.
  • Public transit
    MBTA Orange Line T: Sullivan Station, Assembly<br />Bus: Broadway @ Michigan Ave Bus.<br />Close to: Union Square, Davis Square, Central Square, Kendall/MIT, Tufts University, Harvard University
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • $1 Oysters from 5pm-6pm

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    $1 Oysters from 5pm -6pm daily

    $1 Oysters from 5pm-6pm Photo

What 393 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 recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

393 Reviews
  1. Italianfoodie

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, thought service was lacking for menu offering. Waitstaff was not attentive, but was efficient. Pasta itself was good, but sauces were overly salted. Should have just gone to LasBrasas next door - place was hopping. Weird cubed steak tartare - covered with a heavy sauce - mayo based maybe?

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  2. LeeF

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food here was excellent but service was some of the worst I’ve ever had. Everyone we came into contact with (specifically server and hostess) seemed wildly inconvenienced by our presence. Our server was incredibly rude — no welcome, no help with the menu, no check ins, even a couple eye rolls. Would have been a favorite as food and ambiance were wonderful but won’t be returning due to terrible service.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ask for Eddie. He’s the best leader ever. He always takes great care of us

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  4. Jojo

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food itself was delicious, highly recommend the mushroom gemelli. However, the service was quite awful. I was there for Valentine's dinner but felt incredibly disregarded the entire time. The time it took us to receive any service was so long whereas the waitress would be holding friendly conversations with every other table.

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  5. JoanneG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a delicious meal on Valentine's Day considering it was busy on a weekday. Very creative selections. Enjoyed the cheese plate as an appetizer. Wine selection is very good. It's tight space with seating with winter coats so that's why it's a four for me . Go there for a great meal!

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  6. JonathanH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food did not come out in order. Food was over seasoned and expensive for quality received. Service staff was confusing and complained multiple times about their jobs.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great pasta and great ambience! Unfortunately I would not recommend the ribeye…it had uni on top which not only tasted very fishy itself (usually a sign of uni gone bad), but it made the rest of the steak taste fishy. It also had an unexpected bbq rub taste, and these flavors combined were a bit unpleasant. Still would go back though, for the pasta.

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  8. KatharineS

    Greater Boston

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I have never written a negative review before but had to in this case. I will say that the appetizers were great, especially the spiced carrots. But the pasta dishes were far too salty and the server was awful. She was not friendly AT ALL and was not attentive either. We have never left less than 20% ever but stick with 15% this time. There were 4 of us and not one of us left happy.

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  9. Jamie

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The Fat Hen was ok. The roasted carrots and gemeli were wonderful. The angel hair pasta was way too salty and the olive oil cake was burned on the bottom. When they brought us the wrong entree and we told the server she acted like we had made the mistake and left it in front of us as she went to speak to the kitchen staff. Not great, not bad.

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  10. Jenn

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Called ahead and was sold an experience that didn’t exist. Waitress was barely accommodating. Our appetizers were fantastic but duck tortellini was way overstated. Was a birthday dinner which was noted in the open table reservation but not one mention through our visit. It’s too bad, has so much potential but really missed the mark.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fat hen is so far the most intimate, charming and cozy place I’ve been in to dine in. Food was impeccable. Definitely a second date.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have a lovely dinner in the small dining room at the back. Our waitress was attentive and for sure will be back

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  13. Regina

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really lovely little spot, cozy and perfect for dinner date.

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  14. TamasP

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Joint restaurant with next door Las Brasas. Shared kitchen. Almost no one at Fat Hen but Mexican side half full. Food was quite good. Writer ver friendly and attentive but very new to restaurant and service industry. Limited wine selection. Kind of a one and done. Neighborhood in transition.

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  15. LindaD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    little gem of a restaurant. Nice ambience. My pasta dish was great

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice romantic place with attentive, chill staff. Had a chance to chat with the cook as well as the server. Nice people. Spiced carrots and broccolini are outstanding, and mushroom pasta is a knockout. This seems to be a place with a reputation for excellent wine, and our choice confirmed that. Homemade amaro was better than most out of the bottle, but cocktail list could be expanded.

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  17. RaymondG

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The mushroom pasta was very salty and the waitress was very flat.

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  18. rjgp

    Greater Boston

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous homemade pastas, wonderful fresh bread, a beautiful setting for a quiet meal with a friend or a date night! Definitely hope to return.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was amazing! I’m glad we celebrated the birthday here.

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  20. Wats

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty and creative dishes. We shared four plates to mix up the flavors. A beet carpaccio and salmon crudo to start, followed by wild mushroom gemelli and short ribs. Each was flavorful, well presented and served in a timely manner. A wonderful experience!

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  21. mk10cambridge

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food so good! Best bronzino I’ve had in ages. Crispy skin, large filet. Topped with delicious greens. Highly recommend. Duck tortellini was heavenly. We nearly licked the bowl. Beet carpaccio somehow tasted like carpaccio and the bread was delicious. Carrots were better last time. Caprese was amazing.

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  22. DanielM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Kinda quiet these days, but maybe that’s just how Wednesdays are now

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  23. Bruna

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner, amazing and very tasty food. Service as well!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Poor service. Waiter was rude and it was clear she didn’t want to be there. Food was severely subpar - especially for the prices. Tiny portions, arrived cold. Ordered the tagliatelle pomodoro which was cold and tasted like Ragu jarred sauce. Cocktail was good (italian margarita). Very disappointed overall. Save your $ and go elsewhere.

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  25. Zeda

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely restaurant with good food. The main dinners that we got were good (pastas were very good) but were really just a protein (delicious pork) but really just a slice of pork on a plate. We were hoping for a bit more - like some vegetables? Also, only two dessert options (both were tasty) and no decaf coffee was available. So - good and fun - but not great.

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  26. KevinW

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was great, and the food was amazing. I will definitely be going back.

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  27. Diner87

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I went to fat hen years ago and I loved it. There was a tasting menu of creative, interesting, delicious food! I think it may have closed down for a while?? Because I remember trying to go there again and not being able to. When I saw it was back open I got excited but I didn't love my experience there. We had a reservation but the door was locked. We went through la Brasa and the staff were sitting at the tables chatting. They led us to our seats (we were the only people). Afterwards the staff were great, loved our waiter. But the food was...not as I remember it. There was no tasting menu (fine), so we ordered pasta and an appetizer. The pasta was good, but with the heirloom tomato and burrata salad, the tomatoes came out ice cold. They just didn't seem ready for the diners who showed up. I'll give them another chance before giving up--it really was a fantastic spot when we went a few years back.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food! Loved the mushroom pasta and burrata was so good! Had an amazing time here, definitely recommend even though the menu is limited

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  29. ErinH

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 recommend. Food was amazing, pasta was decadent and the wine was excellent.

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  30. JessicaG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden gem in East Somerville!! Just bought a place around the corner and I will be back for more! Crudo was a highlight and the pasta was fresh and delicious. Wine list superb.

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  31. LindaM

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We first ate at Fat Hen when our son moved to Charlestown many years ago. We enjoyed it so much that we now have a tradition of going to dinner here every time we visit him. We’ve been happy with our meals and service every time and look forward to our next visit.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I think eating at Fat Hen was alright but nothing to die for. I don’t know that I’d even go back to be honest. And not because the food wasn’t good, it was actually really good food. But it feels overpriced for the portion size provided. They try designing the dishes as if they were No. 9 Park. Sure they look nice but At least the service at restaurants like that is 1% level which is why people are willing to pay so much for that food. I would, however, highly recommended the roasted beet with pistachio dish though as it was the best dish we had all night. Another order I made was beef tartare, which itself was pretty good but I expected toast or something to eat it with. I waited for about 2 min before deciding to eat the beef tartare with a fork instead. I wouldn’t say I eat in a hurry, especially when telling a story, but the toast for the tartare finally came as I was finishing the dish with a fork. I ordered a short rib for my main dish just to be told there they were out despite the restaurant being almost empty when we arrive at 7:15pm. All the dishes with the exception of 2 or 3 have dairy so if you have a dairy allergy, this might not be the place for you. And every time my girlfriend asked if there is dairy in a dish or if it can be removed, the waitress seemed almost annoyed. I really would say it’s just an alright experience dining here. Nice for when you can’t find reservations elsewhere or if you want to appear fancier than you are.

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  33. Somervillen

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fat Hen is unique and worth your time. Attached to its sister restaurant La Brasa, it's an entirely separate experience that combines a cozy space, a limited but thoughtful wine list and an adventurous chef who presents a modest, eclectic and well-executed selection of starters, entrees, pastas and desserts. The information online needs to be updated; Fat Hen offers a complete menu and full service from a young and enthusiastic staff. It has also just started Sunday dinner service; it's an experiment that deserves to succeed.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    42 reviews

    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very chilly and asked for heat. No response. Excellent food. Will return in the summer.

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  35. Sebo

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and atmosphere! Portion size is just right.

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  36. mk10cambridge

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every single thing we ordered, 4 apps and 4 dishes and 2 desserts were delicious. One sorbet was watery. Wine and italian margarita were great. Service very attentive. We loved it!!

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  37. Lulu

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was tasty but the experience was poor and portions super small. I understand the challenges with restaurant staffing but for the prices the service was unacceptable and diminished the whole experience. Specifically- one entree arrived 15 minutes (!!) after the others so one person at our table was basically their eating entree alone. And out of courtesy others waited 10 mins before eating but that meant eating food that got cold. Terse treatment from waiter and barely any acknowledgment of the delay. We didn’t want to add to the staff stress level so we didn’t say anything but we would not go back. And the pasta dishes were good but way too small to be an entree but still priced as such.

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  38. LynneB

    Greater Boston

    224 reviews

    2.0

    224 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    When we arrived, the doors were locked and we were there 10 minutes early. Finally a few minutes after 5, they came to open the doors from the restaurant next door. The portions are small for the prices they charge. When we left the restaurant, another couple was trying to get inside the restaurant. We told them they had to go around. You would think the restaurant would put up a sign. Overall, I don't recommend this restaurant as there are much better ones in the area.

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  39. SteveH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food, but better service! I appreciate the experience and ambiance.

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  40. DonJuan

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Between the staff’s friendliness and their knowledge of the menu, the wine selection, and the incredibly simple yet elevated cuisine, Fat Hen is a real gem for us all.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Fat Hen Broadway East offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 764-1612 ext. 2.

Fat Hen Broadway East is rated 4.1 stars by 393 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Fat Hen Broadway East

126 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Glen Street
  • Neighborhood
    Somerville
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Wine Bar, Italian, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There is plenty of metered parking available on Broadway, and in the area of East Somerville around the restaurant. Limited parking available in the parking lot behind the restaurant after 5pm.
  • Public transit
    MBTA Orange Line T: Sullivan Station, AssemblyBus: Broadway @ Michigan Ave Bus.Close to: Union Square, Davis Square, Central Square, Kendall/MIT, Tufts University, Harvard University
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Executive chef
    Daniel Bojorquez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 764-1612 ext. 2
  • Private party facilities
    We are available for private dining. Please email Daniel@labrasasomerville.com to inquire.
  • Private party contact
    Katelyn Lewis: (617) 764-1412
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