La Fabrica Central

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331 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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New Spanish Caribbean Restaurant to the City of Cambridge! Celebrity Chef Giovanna Huyke... http://www.giovannahuyke.com/about.html
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Kitchen Sunday to Thursday 11:30am - 10pm Friday and Saturday 11:30am to 11pm Sunday Brunch 11:30am - 2pm Lounge Sunday to Thursday 5pm - 11pm Friday and Saturday 5pm to 12am Club TBD After 11pm Parking Street parking o Green st Parking lot Valet Parking Friday and Saturday 8pm to 2am
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Phone number
(857) 706-1125
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Giovana Huyke
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Catering
Available
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Street Parking
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Public transit
MBTA Bus 1
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Entertainment
Live music from 7pm-10pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Brunch Saturday 11am to 3pm Viva La Brunch Sunday 11am to 5pm Club Night Available...
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Special events & promotions
Available
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0
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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu is very small. It would be great to have a bigger selection

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J
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Server was extremely slow to get to our table. We were seated but never approached by a waiter until we asked someone for service.

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ZR
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Fábrica Central was a great place to go and eat, drink and dance. Had a really good time there:)

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We stopped in after a festival in Cambridge. We each got a cocktail and those were delicious. I would highly recommend their drinks. We ordered a few appetizers. It took a little while to get our food, but we were enjoying the ambiance. I can say the food is okay and possibly a bit overpriced. I would definitely return.

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CF
New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very expensive and poor quality food. We arrived 15 minutes earlier for our reservation, there is no waiting area and the guy on second Bar was very rude when we tried to seat to have a drink while waiting for our table. It was my first and last experience at La Fabrica.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

La comida excelente, el ceviche de camarón y los tostones de lo mejor, el sandwich de carne, la carne estaba dura... En cuanto al servicio, la mesera solo vino a tomar la orden y ordenamos un coquito y una piña colada, después la mesera vino a nuestra mesa con las bebidas y nos dijo que no habia piña colada y que nos habia preparado un frozen coquito (pésimo), nunca se acercó a preguntarnos si estaba todo bien... con la mesa grande que estaba a lado nuestro la mesera se porto un amor!! volveríamos pero al bar.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the restaurant. We were able to sit outside on their patio.
All the servers were helpful and warm.

I will be back!

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DN
New England
50 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Not a good first impression as the hostess was rude. But the place was crowded and hopping with large groups. Very noisy. The rest of the service was attentive. I loved the chicken empanada. I also liked the shrimp with risotto. My husband did not love the arroz con pollo but he is picky. Very convenient to the Central Square Theater We’d go back before theater but prob not otherwise.

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DD
New England
43 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the food here.

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e
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Caribbean and especially Puerto Rican restaurant in New England bar none. Chef Giovanna Huyke, a veteran and celebrity Chef, puts tremendous attention to the quality and uniqueness of the cuisine and gastronomic experience. I am Latin (Cuban & Puerto Rican) and I can tell you that after 30 years as a Boston resident who has tried many Latin outfits, this is the REAL Thing!

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect have a good time and good food the club was to pack

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KT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing and the staff is so friendly! The music and dancing are great - the perfect way to end the evening!

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RH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I'm willing to try it again, but I would not recommend it to anyone until I see that the service could be improved. Our waiter disappeared for long periods, took forever to take our drink order, prompting us to hurry to order food while we had him there. Some of the food was delicious, some was so-so. But because we had to rush to choose - figuring it would take even longer to be served because it would take so long for him to take the order - we didn't always make the best choices. We noticed that almost everyone at tables along the wall was waiting. But the waiter failed to let us know if there was a problem in the kitchen, if there was. VERY DISAPPOINTED. We've been many times before and liked it. Now? Not so sure.

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B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We are repeat customers and have usually loved the food. This last time the food was less flavorful, the salad came without the cheese- we think the kitchen may not have heard the waiter correctly and the panda cotta was not as eggy as on previous occasions. But, based on prior good experiences we expect to eat there again.

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a
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is a bit expensive but the cocktails are good and so are the small plates. I wasn't a big fan of the main plates, everytime I tried something, it was overcooked and dry.

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food, music, atmosphere was great. Great place to have drinks and dance.

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JB
New England
96 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice Spanish Caribbean food.
Good flavor, tasty, nice presentation and service.
Energetic ambiance. Front room is bar with live music; gets loud. Back room restaurant.
Red snapper ceviche was good served with plantain chips.
Mariscos Rice was very tasty.
Red snapper fried whole fish was moist and very nice presentation. Served with sweet potato purée.

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GL
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - lots of it gluten free - with delightfully helpful staff. Good sized portions. Nice beer and cocktail list.

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D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

It seemed we did not have a waiter assigned to our table. We sat for 25 minutes with no service and finally called over a waiter who was walking by to ask what the situation was. My husband wanted to leave at that point. The waiter was very courteous and took the liberty of taking our order and providing a good service. 5 stars to him but not the restaurant. Will not return or recommend.

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B
New England
22 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a 6:00 reservation for 3 people. 1 member arrived on time. 2 of us got caught in terrible traffic and didn’t arrive until 6:30. Restaurant was great, and saw our food arrived quickly and we made our 7:30 curtain at the Central Sq Theater next door!

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, great place to go! -----------------

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AC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was expensive, very underspiced, and very underwhelming. If you have Puerto Rican or Dominican food more than once a year, this place is not for you.

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LJ
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I arranged this as a birthday dinner for my partner, It would have been a nice touch to get some sort of acknowledgement since this was the first time visiting and eating at restaurant. Ambience good, food ok, not great. Drinks were a mix up and it took a while to get correct drink for my table. Ok experience. May visit again for lunch sometime, not dinner. Definitely not for a special occasion. Every guest should feel extraordinary, whether its 2 people or 20 people on special occasions. What made it a nice visit? The customers we were seated next to. Vey jovial without being intrusive.

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C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely gem in Central Square.
Interesting ambiance: bar with music in front restaurant in back but good separation so one doesnt kill the other's vibe.
Very tasty food - attentive service - a whole lot to like

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c
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible food .... inexperienced waiters ... stale food

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JG
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

For me, the main selling points here are proximity to the (adjacent) theater and the discount for ticket-holders. The main dining room is dark & windowless. The front windows have no table near them, & there's only a long communal table by the side windows. Not to my liking.
My entree was tasty & nice looking, but the $25 price of most main courses is on the high side.

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R
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was On and Popping..... Great Food, drinks and atmosphere. Oh My!!!!

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FC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

I saw this restaurant on the Phantom Gourmet and went to the restaurant on their recommendation.
I WILL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN. I DROVE FROM RI AND THE EXPERIENCE WAS HORRIBLE.
THE FOOD WAS NOT WORTH THE DRIVE!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in the rear of the restaurant, far from the noise and crowds, (though close to the kitchen door) and were there on the early side, so at least at that hour and location, we could actually converse. The 4 of us started with some small plates, and then moved on to small or shared entrees. Everything was delicious, with unusual components, lovely sauces and dips, and appealing presentations. The service was pleasant and unhurried. We gave it 8 thumbs up and will definitely go back.

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KD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Congratulations event for friend’s new job

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AR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good latin food (mostly Puerto Rican) with excellent service. Worth going to with a date. very nice interior atmosphere.

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T
New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was not authentic& services was very slow. Not what I was expecting. This place is more for people that have never tasted Spanish food before.

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FD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent in terms of quality, quantity, presentation, and value. Lovely brunch.

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VP
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The appearance is nice! The food is delicious and the music is great. Definitely I will back.

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VV
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Me and my family went around 4pm. We've been eyeing the menu on the website for weeks. When we got there they had a limited menu different from the website menu. We were all disappointed and the food we did order was not that great. I must say the bartenders were great and the wait staff.

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AV
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food and drinks felt very rushed on my girls night birthday dinner

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RW
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fun place, very good food and cocktails. Service was a bit of a bummer, waiter kept whisking things away and couldn't wait for us to leave. We were there early and there were plenty of tables so I'm not sure what the rush was...overall very good, but annoying to be rushed.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing. I would definitely recommend visiting this restaurant and I will be visiting again.

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M
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I LOVE LaFabrica -- the food is amazing, the drinks are delicious (best mojitos!), staff is so friendly, and the commitment to jazz, and especially high-quality Latin Jazz is absolutely phenomenal. When a bunch of us go to hear our jazz musician-friends perform at LaFabrica, we love to reserve a seat at the large, communal table in the bar area to allow us to eat the delicious food, and have a perfect place to sit and listen to/watch the music. The only downside to this spot is that the servers tend to overlook us, so it can take a long time to place drink and food orders (but once placed, food & drink come out fast!). In the scheme of things, it's not a big deal, and no one at La Fabrica minds if we have to gently remind someone to take our order. At our favorite table, all of the waitstaff and host/hostess will step in to help. Thank you La Fabrica for your commitment to jazz, the Latin community, and students too -- we will support you 100% with our customer loyalty!

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Had the rice with seafood. The flavors were muted. It seemed like it was from a Goya box.

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