La Fabrica Central

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274 reviews
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New Spanish Caribbean Restaurant to the City of Cambridge!

Celebrity Chef Giovanna Huyke...
http://www.giovannahuyke.com/about.html
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MS
New England
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent - we ate a lot, but since it wasn’t heavy, we didn’t feel sick afterwards. The cocktails were tasty. They had a live band in the front part of the restaurant, but the volume was perfect in the bath.

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m
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food had clearly been sitting under a heat lamp for a long time, but was of decent quality. Outside of that, service was excellent. I just wish the food wasnt dried out

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JW
New England
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been to La Fabrica Central 3 times for dinner and once for lunch. Each meal was delicious. The friends who joined me all complimented the food and one said that the salmon was the best he had ever had. The staff are friendly and helpful. The cocktails are excellent. I highly recommend this lovely restaurant for both the food and the ambiance.

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DG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is outstanding—unusual, beautifully presented, and very tasty. Great Central Square vibe.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Vejigantes is way better. Free valet. Sangria is more expensive here and not as good. Less options here. Didn't see much Cuban options. Went there for the Cuban empanadas and didnt see it on the menu.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

It’s an overrated restaurant. The greeting and service I can complained. But they need to evaluate portions and improve their recipes.

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JG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very noisy but wonderful food

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JL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time !!!

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OT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had read a review and wanted to try it to celebrate a family get together.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The service was good and attentive. The food all just felt really one note (and perhaps that's because we ordered all vegetarian and pescatarian items). We shared a sangria which was way too sweet. I'd love to check out the nightclub in back another time but wouldn't return for dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff and menu options
I’m shocked I’m a very positive way at the authentic flavors of the food. It felt like eating mamis cooking

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it here! Food/drinks were on point!

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R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is my 2nd visit. Each there’s been at least 6 of us. However this time 3 of us got the skirt steak . Poor choice . No flavor , tough and red in the middle. Each time I’ve gone I try what looks like an interesting drink . Each time I have returned it . We spend over $400 each time and am unsure if we’ll go back . Decent place for appetizers, mojitos, signature martini and pina colada!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I was disappointed with the overall experience. I came to this restaurant specifically for their “Noche en Argentina” event. I drove from Worcester, about 45 minutes away for this and I wouldn’t be able to tell you what about their menu was Argentinian. If I wanted typical Hispanic dishes, I would have been better off staying in Worcester. They had live music which I believe played some Tango music but overall it was salsa. Honestly I felt somewhat ripped off and felt that it was false advertising to call that event “Noche en Argentina”.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and the music during dinner. Will visit again. Prefer not to have another table so close with two very loud patrons. Made me uncomfortable and difficult to have a conversation.

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l
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, waiter was able to adjust options to suit lo-cal diet, and great price ($10 lunch special!)

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JS
Chicago
166 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive, delicious, different, fun. Can’t wait to go again.

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AW
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

It has been a while since I’ve been to a restaurant where the service was just utterly horrible. Our server just disappeared after we gave her our drink order. Another server had to take our dinner order, and I had to flag done someone every time I needed more water, to check on why our food was taking so long, for the actual check. It wasn’t the best experience, unfortunately. Solely on the service, I probably won’t be back.

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time dining there. Great atmosphere and friendly informative servers. The food is the chef’s approach to Puerto Rican cuisine. The empanadas - steak and chicken - were delicious. The band played out front, but it wasn’t so loud that you couldn’t have a conversation. My only complaint would be no way to protect the diners from the elements when the front door is opened. Although you are tucked into a tropical environment, it was 7 degrees outside and anytime someone opened the door to the restaurant, we all received a chilly reminder.
We thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was not that flavorful.

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H
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time visiting La Fabrica Central. We can't wait to go back. The first was for a birthday party with a large group. The second time was for music on a Tues for the fabulous jazz jam and this time was for a casual dinner with a friend. It was again, fabuloso! It is a fun place to dine. The service was wonderful. We had Juan Pablo from Columbia who could not have been or attentive and professional. We each had a signature cocktail from the impressive bar. Both were made perfectly. We also each ordered small plates. My friend had empanades de pollo and a salad. I had cerveche de camerones and cerveche de setas (both with lime juice). I also ordered sweet plantains. The dishes were presented beautifully and were delicious. We ate everything. Next time we will save room for dessert!

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LC
New England
27 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu changes and the new options are not all great. Do not get the pork chops, it is a lot of fat and not very tasty. Cocktails and dessert were by far the best part of the meal, and the my were great.

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L
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Fabrica has friendly and responsive staff along with an excellent dinner menu. I had the arroz de marisco and my wife had the special which was red snapper. Both the presentation and the flavor were outstanding. We listened to some jazz by the bar before we left which made for a wonderful evening.

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M
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and service!

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CD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I was disappointed in the food quality; this being my second visit the 1st time was a lot better food quality. The salmon was good but the vegetable as stated on the menu were not as described I received mostly roasted potatoes (I am not a fan of potatoes) and the vegetables were very hard; I don't mind vegetables that are sauted but these were way underdone.

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P
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been meaning to get in here for quite awhile and was not disappointed. Fantastic service, creative menu with excellent food, and a really fun environment. Can’t wait to come back and want to try brunch. Highly recommend.

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SG
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC food! Everything we tasted in our group was exceptionally flavorful and delicious. The ambiance was a tad loud but the LIVE music was really good.

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BH
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were lucky to be at LaFabrica on a quiet night. Cool atmosphere, authentic & tasty food. And conviviality— the waiter was friendly and helpful, and better yet, we had a fun conversation with people at neighboring tables. Very much enhanced by the delicious appetizers and drinks

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This place is more like a club than a restaurant, if you plan on getting a drink or two at the bar before hand don’t even think about it, had to wait outside in a line for 30 min even though I had a reservation, I had two extra people in my party and even though they initially said the couldn’t accommodate and made my friends pay 10$ to sit at the bar, they totally could have and did. Just too many lines, people for it to be a restaurant and serve a meal. If they want it to be a lounge club they should do so and not take reservations, would have totally gone somewhere else, prob won’t go back unless I wanna party with twenty year olds and not eat dinner for an hour, that being said food was ok, just don’t expect this to be any kind of restaurant on a Saturday night you can chill and have drinks at, this is a club

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We made our reservations for 7:30 & was told by the hostess when we arrived that we would need to leave by 8:45 because there was another reservation coming in at 9:30. It was a very unpleasant feeling rushed the minute we walked in before even sitting down. The waitress, service, & food was great so it’s unfortunate that the host gave us a time limit because we won’t be going back now.

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DS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

I drove up from Providence after seeing it on PG. Was really excited about checking it out as we don't have many casual PR/DR restaurants like that here. My drink was made with Passion Fruit which I loved. Had the Octopus Escabeche and it was okay, I was expecting great. Entree chuleta kan kan and it was a little on the salty side for me. Service and atmosphere were great. They had a live band and I found that to be awesome. Music playing before band began was great too.

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l
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

La Fabrica has beautiful ambience. The food is unauthentic Latin food. The churrasco steak was chewey. It was my sisters bday and they forgot to sing happy birthday to her as we discussed they would.Drinks and ambience is nice.very commercialized Hispanic atmosphere not authentic at all.

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c
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Drinks were great! The food was okay. I enjoyed the food better at their other restaurants, which were more flavorful.

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W
New England
22 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful, friendly server who encouraged us to try one of Fabrica’s signature cocktails and we were not disappointed! Great food and friendly ambience...next time I’ll stay for the bachata lessons!

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GS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enthusiastic server shared special of the day - enjoyed amazing mahi mahi presented as a tower of treats over potato topped with coconut and slaw, avocado. Paired nicely with a mojito. Almond tart with guava and an espresso topped off the evening meal. Of course our conversation flowed easily with attentive service and so much delicious food. Wish we could have stayed longer for the live music.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went for lunch on a Friday. Food was tasty but the service was spotty and took forever to bring the food. I will go back again and hopefully the service will be better next time.

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MD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Went there with a group of 8 for lunch. Place was practically empty, but it took 45 minutes for all our orders to come out. Food was "OK", hard to get past the lousy service. They did take a percentage off the bill, but would expect better service.

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e
New England
25 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Latin America food and very friendly and efficient service

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AO
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been here twice, once with friends and once for a family birthday dinner. The food is spectacular (although the pork belly is not to my taste) and the service very good. Love: the ceviche, the camorrones and the churasco. They have live music in the bar area which is delightful, but not so loud you can't have a conversation in the adjacent restaurant area. Apparently there is also a nightclub in the back of the restaurant, although we didn't go there. I highly recommend La Fabrica for the food, music and friendly wait staff.

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JS
Chicago
166 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! One of my top dining experiences of the year (and I eat out frequently). This is the whole package - creative, delicious food; top notch service, inventive, tasty cocktails, and great jazz.
Marco deserves commendation as an exceptional server. He is a passionate salesman of the restaurant and the food. Entertaining and engaging he is a staff member that can’t be forgotten.
Run, don’t walk to enjoy this cuisine.

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