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La Fabrica Central, Cambridge, MA

La Fabrica Central

4.7
4.7
794 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin / Spanish
Welcome to La Fabrica, where life is celebrated through our Spanish Caribbean cuisine and lively atmosphere! Feed your soul with Chef Giovanna’s flavorful dishes of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Dominican Republic. Our passion for Spanish Caribbean cuisine is tasted in every bite, from small plates of ceviche to signature entrees such as the Fried Red Snapper, Chuleta Kan Kan and Mofongo. Experience Latin inspired flavors fused with Japanese sushi and a touch of Peru at our new SuViche bar. With our flavorful and colorful cocktails in hand, unwind to the sultry sounds of live Latin music. Immerse yourself in the culture with our rustic, industrial charm and festive ambiance. See your colorful self in the street art that adorns our walls. There’s always a seat for you “en nuestra casa” in the heart of Central Square, whether you join us on one of our beautiful patios or in our decorated dining room! Enjoy live music in the front lounge Thursday-Saturday evenings!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin / Spanish, Caribbean, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (857) 706-1125

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Giovana Huyke

  • Catering

    Info@lafabricacentral.com

  • Private party facilities

    Corporate and Private Events: Info@lafabricacentral.com

  • Private party contact

    info@lafabricacentral.com: (617) 293-5361

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Brookline St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking: Green Street Garage: 260 Green St, Cambridge, MA 02139Le Meridien Hotel Parking Lot: 20 Sidney St, Cambridge, MA 02139

  • Public transit

    MBTA Bus #1Red Line - Central Square train stop.

  • 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...

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 794 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston / New England

    Hot spot

  • Boston

    Hot spot

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  1. MM

    MMSMMS

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food with friendly service, tasty cocktails. We've been many times and will keep visiting.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank you! We look forward to serving you again in the future. - La Fabrica Central

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing puertorrican food and great service!

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank you for dining with us here at La Fabrica Central - our team takes great pride in the food and service we provide. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to serving you again in the future. - La Fabrica Central

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I made a reservation last month for a salsa brunch today Sunday 22, is even advertised on their website we get there the place was closed.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoWe are so terribly sorry to hear about the trouble you experienced. We're are working with our marketing team to correct this issue immediately. If you could please send us your name and mailing address we would be happy to send out a gift card for a future visit. Again, we apologize for this error and hope you'll give us the opportunity to welcome you back for the 5-star experience we love to provide. - La Fabrica Central

  5. P

    Phudie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service !!!! Food and drinks were delicious! A little pricy for portions.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank you for dining with us ! We hope you had a wonderful experience. Feedback like yours will help us continue to improve the quality of our service and ensure that we provide an enjoyable dining experience for all our guests. Thank you again for choosing La Fabrica Central.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love it here! Always such a great time

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank you! We love having you! - La Fabrica Central

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite Latino restaurant! The ambiance is outstanding! Great for dinner and drinks and then dancing at the lounge

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank you for your wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon for another exceptional experience with our team. - La Fabrica Central

  8. LC

    LaurenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dine. Definitely on the expensive side but we’ll worth it!

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank you for joining us, Lauren! We really appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again soon. -La Fabrica Central

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Unbelievable that you cannot go to the club free of charge after spending money on dinner. Different mgmt. was the response I recorded after asking…ridiculous.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoWe do our best to accommodate all that want to dine and dance at La Fabrica Central - we do apologize for your dissapointment and hope you'll return in the future for another great evening. - La Fabrica Central

  10. EO

    ElsO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, I had the pastelon. The ambience was really nice. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank you for choosing to dine with us at La Fabrica Central, ElsO! We're so glad you enjoyed your meal and found our atmosphere to be relaxing. It's wonderful to receive such a positive review and we hope you'll visit us again soon. Thank you for recommending us to others. - La Fabrica Central

  11. YA

    YAP93

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great ambiance and nice niche location. Platano Roll and Pescado de Samana were excellent dinner choices!

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank you for dining with us and taking the time to provide your feedback! We value and appreciate hearing from our guests and hope we can welcome you back again soon for another great meal. Cheers! - La Fabrica Central

  12. TM

    TamaraM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ! Definitely will go again

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoSee you again soon, Tamara! - La Fabrica Central

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    great place, good food, options to dance, eat or lounge… what not to love.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank so much for spending an evening with us! - La Fabrica Central

  14. MM

    MoniqM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Fabrica is a great place for a delicious meal and great music. Great for date night or celebration. Service is outstanding. And the music electrifying! Put on your dance shoes!

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank you for choosing to celebrate your special occasions with us, Moniq! We're thrilled to know that you enjoyed our delicious food and music. Our team takes pride in providing exceptional service and we're glad that you had a great experience. Thank you for the kind words and we hope to see you again soon! - La Fabrica Central

  15. MS

    MarciaS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    You get everything here, good food, great drinks, live music, and a club.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank you for your feedback, Marcia! Thank you for choosing to spend your night out at La Fabrica Central! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, drinks and atmosphere. Our team strives to create a fun and lively environment for our guests and we're glad that we were able to do that for you. Thank you again for your patronage and we hope to see you soon. - La Fabrica Central

  16. SL

    StephanieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Delicious multilayered flavors. Traditional yet elevated dishes. Shrimp mofongo, crab sushi favorites. Fun yummy cocktails. Live Latin music was a welcomed addition.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank you for choosing to dine with us at La Fabrica Central Stephanie! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience and our Latin-inspired cuisine. Our team takes pride in preparing each dish with layers of flavor, and we're glad that you appreciated it. Thank you for recommending our cocktails and music as well. We hope to welcome you back soon! - La Fabrica Central

  17. L

    Linda

    New England

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ah…such a delightful dinner! Every evening out has become a “Special Occasion”! When we arrived & were shown to our table, I felt that it was too crowded by adjacent ones. The hostess graciously seated us further back, at an intimate banquette with a great view of the sushi chefs! It was quiet, no one was nearby, our service and food were superb. Yes, it’s a bit pricey, yet worth the indulgence to be treated & fed so nicely. We’d return. It’s right next to the Central Square Theatre and there’s plenty of street parking too!

    La Fabrica CentralResponded 3 days agoThank you for choosing to dine with us at La Fabrica Central, Linda. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience and found our service and food to be superb. Our team takes pride in delivering an exceptional dining experience each and every time, so it is wonderful to know that we were able to exceed your expectations. We hope you'll visit us again soon! - La Fabrica Central

  18. j

    jess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good time over all. Late diners are a good option if you're planning to go dancing after. Tell your waiter you're staying after and $20 cover entrance to the back or vibe no charge with everyone outside too. Lots of fun!
  19. L

    Lovefood

    New England

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Such a fun place with amazing Latin American dishes. Don't hesitate to come and try. We will be back for sure. Thank you!
  20. ES

    ElleS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    First we were very disappointed with the food but that s not the worst part, They also double booked our table so we had to leave before we finished our drinks, the club wasn't even open yet which is was part of the plan. They took our table and we stood there thinking we can wait for a few min until the club is open but the bouncer came and rudely kept asking us to move, there was nowhere to stand so we left !!! My birthday was ruined thanks to you!!!!
  21. CH

    CHUCKI

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was ok , drink orders a nightmare, server was nice .
  22. JH

    JulioH

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Service was excellent.
  23. ER

    EladioRafyC

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Caribbean food in the Boston area, bar none! Chef Giovanna Huyke never disappoints. The mofongos here are the real thing and the best in the Boston area. But everything in the menu is really good. Try the beef pastelón, made with ripe sweet plantains. The combination of the sweet and savory is to die for. This last time I had the passion fruit salmon, and it was fabulous. You really can't go wrong with anything here. Highly recommend La Fabrica to anyone looking for a different, extremely good meal, or for anyone, like me, longing for the food that you used to eat years ago while living in the Puerto Rico.
  24. C

    Carmencita

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Appetizers arrived at the same time as main course. Food was blend. They did not have 1/2 of the dishes we wanted. Chicharrones de pollo were mini chicken fingers, no chicharrones at all, and at the time to pay the system was down and we had to pay in cash. At least one of us (6 guests) had the money to cover the bill for everybody. Not a big deal of a restaurant. We were expecting better having Giovanna Huyke as executive chef.
  25. AR

    ArleneR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite Latino restaurant in the Boston area. Can’t wait to go back!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went there for dinner while visiting Massachusetts. The food was amazing. Everything was just so good. Portion size was large. The flan was so good. Highly recommend
  27. J

    Jiji

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, atmosphere and live music were all incredible! Beautiful interiors and excellent service. Would go back again and again and again.
  28. NV

    NaiV

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    They Ran out of chicharrones by 7:20 on a Wednesday after driving for 45 min to eat here..
  29. E

    Elena

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bartender drinks were magnificent, I haven't had a real "Old Cuban" in a long time and the Sangria (with Prosseco) was to die for. The food is 100% authentic and the waiter's disposition very friendly. This is why I keep coming here over and over again. In my 3 plus decades as a resident in Boston, I have not found such an authentic Spanish Caribbean Restaurant dining place until La Fabrica Central opened its doors lover 5 years ago.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded on November 1, 2022Wow, Elena! Thank you so much for your support and glowing review. Chef Giovanna makes us proud every day to serve her menu to our guests. We really appreciate your kind words and look forward to your next exceptional visit to La Fabrica Central!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ilove this place every time

    La Fabrica CentralResponded on November 1, 2022And we love having you! Thank you for the 5-star rating. See you again soon. - La Fabrica Central

  31. BC

    BCroce

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!!!

    La Fabrica CentralResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you for the 5-star rating! Can't wait to welcome you back for another delicious meal. - La Fabrica Central

  32. J

    Jenny

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the food and the people ! Our girl Francheska took care of us very good ❤️

    La Fabrica CentralResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you so much for joining us, Jenny! We really appreciate your kind words and shout-out to Francheska - we will be so pleased to know her service helped make your experience exceptional. See you again soon. - La Fabrica Central

  33. d

    diner

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We were kind of disappointed last night. La Fabrica is a cool place with a great vibe, but service was slow (though friendly), the Latin "sushi" was great but chicken chicharrón was horribly dry. The booths in the back are a nice idea but weird how they face the sushi chefs. A more normal seating arrangement would be better.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your experience. We are always striving to bring the absolute best to our guests and it doesn't sound like that was your experience. We sincerely hope you'll give us another try and have the 5-star experience we are known for. - La Fabrica Central

  34. f

    fudipr

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Caribbean and Latin American food! Service is outstanding.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit and we can't wait to serve you again in the future! - La Fabrica Central

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my third time here and simply enjoyed my dinner. The waitress was amazing. She was so patient and kind which made all the difference. The food is amazing so be prepared to work some of that off with a little bit of salsa afterwards because they have full dance floor with a DJ. Be sure to make a reservation it’s the best way to get seated and ensure a wonderful experience. On the most recent night I went they had live music! Say what???! The beverages are equally wonderful as well. Pace yourself with the food, beverage and music. You’ll surely enjoy. I went on Saturday.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you so much for your kind review and taking the time to share you experience. We love welcoming back guests time and time again for the exceptional dishes from Chef Giovanna - and to dance the night away. Hope to see you in again soon for another great visit. - La Fabrica Central

  36. l

    lunch

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time celebrating our friend’s birthday. The food was delicious, the drinks superb and the live band- outstanding.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you for coming in to celebrate your guest of honor! We are so happy to have provided an exceptional experience and we can't wait to welcome you back. - La Fabrica Central

  37. C

    Cabby

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our first time eating at this restaurant, since we were just visiting Cambridge. We were the first party in the place at around 5:00, and the next party was seated right next to us, even though the whole restaurant was empty at that point. The tables are extremely close together, and it was uncomfortable at best. We also were not told the specials by our server, but heard them when another server came to the table next to us. This was frustrating, since we had already ordered our food. The food was very good, but the other factors affected my overall impression.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you for dining with us, Cabby. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We appreciate the feedback and will use it to improve the experience for all our guests. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back for a 5-star visit. Thank you again for sharing. - La Fabrica Central

  38. G

    Gast

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Visiting Boston from Europe, this is a place where you easily feel home even if far from home. Caring staff, delicious food, and good life music. Every visit is highly recommended*

    La Fabrica CentralResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you so much for your recommendation and kind words, Gast! We are so honored to show you a great time during your visit to boston. We hope to have the chance to welcome you in again should your travels bring you back to our neighborhood. - La Fabrica Central

  39. E

    Expat

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We have had several meals at La Fabrica Central and all were good. Especially nice are the whole red snapper and the short ribs. Our most recent visit was on an evening of live jazz, and although a bit noisy, the sound level was acceptable. Service was very efficient. We enjoy this restaurant and would return.

    La Fabrica CentralResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you for choosing to dine with us, Expat. We are so happy you've enjoyed multiple meals at La Fabrica Central. We look forward to your next visit and exceptional experience. - La Fabrica Central

  40. G

    crisalidaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    buen ambiente muy buena comidas, excelente calidad humans de los empleados

    La Fabrica CentralResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you for the wonderful review, crisalida! We hope to see you again soon. - La Fabrica Central

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

La Fabrica Central is rated 4.7 stars by 794 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 27 times today
Google Map for La Fabrica Central

450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Brookline St.

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin / Spanish, Caribbean, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking: Green Street Garage: 260 Green St, Cambridge, MA 02139Le Meridien Hotel Parking Lot: 20 Sidney St, Cambridge, MA 02139

  • Public transit

    MBTA Bus #1Red Line - Central Square train stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Giovana Huyke

  • 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...

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (857) 706-1125

  • Catering

    Info@lafabricacentral.com

  • Private party facilities

    Corporate and Private Events: Info@lafabricacentral.com

  • Private party contact

    info@lafabricacentral.com: (617) 293-5361

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