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About Les Sablons
Les Sablons inhabits the iconic Conductor’s Building at 2 Bennett Street as a metropolitan restaurant in Cambridge’s historic Harvard Square. Somewhere in the bustle between London and Paris, the kitchen reveals a culinary worldview both bold and familiar. Open for lunch, dinner, and brunch on Sunday mornings, Les Sablons welcomes reservations and walk-ins.
Enter the rambunctious, first floor, neighborhood cocktail party with Jackson Cannon. Walk-ins are always welcome to sit at the downstairs bar and enjoy a glass of wine, a selection from the bar menu, or some of the regions best oysters from the raw bar.
Ascend to the modern, 17-foot wide upstairs dining room to touch and taste the elegant craftsmanship of Chef Jeremy Sewall. There's no mistaking Garrett Harker's higher form of hospitality. Wine Director, and recently named Best Sommelier In Boston, Lauren Daddona’s work will feature wines that have stood the test of time.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contemporary French, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday
Dinner Street Level: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Dinner Upstairs: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Dinner Street Level: 4:00PM-11:00PM
Dinner Upstairs: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Brunch Upstairs: 10:30AM -2:30PM
Midday Street Level: 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Dinner Street Level: 4:00PM- 11:00PM
Dinner Upstairs: 5:00PM- 11:00PM
Brunch Upstairs: 10:30AM -2:30PM
Midday Street Level: 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Dinner Street Level: 4:00PM- 10:00PM
Dinner Upstairs: 5:00PM- 10:00PM
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Validated Self Parking ($12 for dinner) is available at the Charles Hotel garage located directly across the street. Additionally, The Charles Hotel offers valet parking at published rates.
Harvard Square off of the Red Line.
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Les Sablons Ratings and Reviews
Service was lower than expected for a restaurant this quality. Waitress was slow and perhaps working too many tables at once. 1) Food was served before wine. 2) Had to request wine bottle list multiple times. 3) She would disappear for very long increments. Once the restaurant emptied service drastically improved.
Food and wine was otherwise fantastic. Really great beef tartare and scallops were amazing.
I thought the wait staff and the setting were lovely. But sadly the food was bland and definitely not worth the high price tag. The winter vegetable risotto lacked flavor and reminded me of something a college student might make. The flavors in the salads did not come together. And sadly the potato pancake was also amateurish. The smoked salmon plate was nothing special and failed to impress. The best dish was the mushroom Agnolotti. Overall the food was a C- with a setting and prices that deserved at least B+/A- food.
We went for brunch on a Saturday and were impressed by the decor, ambiance, food, drinks, and friendliness and attentiveness of the staff. It wasn’t particularly crowded, which was nice, making it easy for quiet conversation. The very narrow building makes for an intriguing interior but by no means feels cramped. Playful touches like the wall of Play-Doh juxtaposed with a portrait of David Bowie were an added plus. Will certainly visit again.
Eating at Les sablons for the second time was as good or better than the first time we went last year. went out for a special occasion with friends and the service was impeccable, friendly from the hostess station where they took our coats to the to the last course of dessert with courteous knowledgeable treatment throughout, the meal was an extremely memorable one and les sablons is a great place for a special celebration.
You can’t help but fall in love with the vibe at Les Sablons. The fare was disappointing, however...
1. The Duck Confit Strudel was a bit too salty. The huckleberry sauce was a nice compliment, but it’s tart sweetness did not offset the salty duck. This dish is definitely shareable.
2. The Roasted Chicken was underdone. There was pink meat on both the leg and breast sections. The flavor was excellent.
We will return because we just live being there and feel confident that another time we could have an excellent meal.
This was our third visit. We like the ambience and decor above all; it's uncrowded, relatively quiet, with a hint of elegance. The kitchen is very good, although not the best in Cambridge or even the Square. With wine by the glass, the servers tend to be stingy. So, if wine is your main interest, it makes sense to go with friends and order by the bottle.
New year's eve dinner. Very pretty, service probably the best in Boston. Efficient and well coordinated but not rushed. Food very good, wfe's potatoes a little undercooked but otherwise well seasoned and presented. Food hot and cooked to specifications. Wine list too expensive, 250% mark-up but good choices if you have the wallet. Boston has many restaurants but not many memorable ones. This restaurant rates a try.
My wife and I recently went for the first time on a special occasion. To begin, I was simply bowled over by the architecture and decor. Upstairs, high-tech, with exposed brick and metal, but nevertheless warm and inviting. The lighting was extraordinary and lent to the welcoming ambience. The service, from the outset, was friendly and attentive, without being intrusive. The raw bar (a l'etat brut) was fresh and flavorful, and we enjoyed two of each offering for a fun comparison. For petite assiette, my wife had the young greens, which wore a superbly balanced house dressing, while I sampled the duck confit strudel. The foie gras was not offered that evening, but the strudel was light and flaky and a suitable substitute. For the principal course, my wife enjoyed the rohan duck, while I tucked into the grilled prime strip, which was delicious and prepared exactly as I asked. We traded bites several times and couldn't decide who had chosen better. Wine by the glass, since we were driving, and the serveuse suggested a wonderful accompaniment, since I was unfamiliar with the list. My only complaint is that they did not offer Bombay Sapphire gin for my martini, so I had to settle for Hendrick's -- a good, but not my sentimental, choice. All in all, a nearly perfect evening. We shall return!
We went to this restaurant for my birthday, and I had such high expectations due to my previous experiences with Row 34 and Island Creek Oyster Bar, and Les Sablons definitely delivered!! Amanda, our server, was amazing, as well as the rest of the staff. They were incredibly friendly and easy to interact with. The food was outstanding and we all finished our plates. There are too many great things to recommend!
My only complaint is that the food took a little while to come out, but it was kind of nice to have some time in between courses.
I'll definitely be back to eat!!
We went to Les Sablons for our wedding anniversary. The person who was serving us asked if this was a special occasion and I responded, yes. Shortly thereafter the manager came with two glasses of champagne, which we thought was a nice touch. The food was good but not special. The space is very nice, which made for an enjoyable evening. When the bill came we saw that the two glasses of champagne were added. When we asked the person who served us she gave us a convoluted answer but did not offer to take them off. I then spoke with the manager who told me,”good catch” and corrected the bill. I don’t anticipate returning and advise to check your bill.
We enjoyed a fantastic brunch with my son and his girlfriend on Christmas Eve day. Plump, freshly shucked oysters, a nice grower’s champagne, followed by terrific omelettes and lamb ragu - everyone was delighted with their entrees! The service was friendly and solicitous throughout, and the lovely surroundings completed the delicious effect.
We left feeling thoroughly happy, and eager to return. It was everything a special meal should be!
Wonderful location of course. Nice to have a choice other than Harvest in the neighborhood.
The meal was good although mine was cold when it came to the table.
The service at the table was excellent , and there were (I believe) complimentary courses presented so that nobody at the table sat with nothing in front of them which was thoughtful.
Beautiful rooms I thought. One of the parties with me is one of the top decorators in the city, and she said the white draperies are wrong (if you care...I wouldn't know about those things..)
Thanks and have a good Holiday.
We'll be back.
We stopped by on Sunday for brunch. The decor was nice and they did a good job with the renovations of this old building.
The food was average. The lobster hash was mostly undercooked potatoes, one lonely egg and crumbs of lobster. The soup was tasty but the size was tiny. The French toast was a winner. The initial interaction with the wait staff was quite warm but we were completely forgotten after we placed our orders. All in all, I liked the vibe of the place but the food and service are certainly not the strong points of the restaurant.
Les Sablons is absolutely amazing! The food is creative and delicious, the spaces are elegant and artful. Service is the top. Professional and friendly. The chef gave us several small plates as a gift which were delicious and thoughtful. The food, what can I say so very intelligently and artfully prepared and delivered. The dining room is beautiful and the restaurant is housed in a unique historic building that has been dramatically enhanced by the updated, contemporary restoration. It's my favorite restaurant in the Boston/Cambridge area. We are looking forward to going back again and again. Cheers to Les Sablons!!
Review is for upstairs dining:
Did ask that the music be turned down, other than that the seating quite comfortable. the portions were particularly small relative to pricing, will try a second time to see if consistent. will also try the bar dining before final evaluation.
Great food and terrific, attentive service. The building is fantastic, and the menu exciting and creative.
My only issue—which the staff resolved promptly—was the side of bacon that came with my brunch meal. Bacon wasn't listed as part of the dish on the menu, nor an add-on to it, and I'm a vegetarian. Kind of an odd problem to have. But, again, our waitress was immediately apologetic and ended up (without our asking) taking the item off of the bill.
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