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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.

2 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday
Dinner Street Level: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Dinner Upstairs: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Friday
Dinner Street Level: 4:00PM-11:00PM
Dinner Upstairs: 5:00PM - 11:00PM

Saturday
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

Sunday
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

Cross Street:
Eliot Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 268-6800

Website:
http://www.lscambridge.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
Harvard Square off of the Red Line.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Les Sablons Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (53)
Special Occasion (52)
Good for a Date (46)
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Romantic (42)
Creative Cuisine (40)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
Bar Seating (32)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Business Meals (27)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Notable Wine List (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Cozy (20)
Hot Spot (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Local Ingredients (14)
Authentic (13)
People Watching (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Seasonal (9)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Casual (5)
Organic (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food, stunningly beautiful setting, perfect service (Matthew is the best waiter ever), incredible "mocktails" (non-alcoholic). Pricey, but excellent and very very comfortable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

The Sunday brunch was perfect- interesting and tasty food, attentive waitstaff, quiet elegant ambiance. Not all that expensive, either.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Felt as thought I got lost amongst the shuffle. Service was so slow from
Start to finish. Waiting for drinks and then all our food - to
Receive it then cold. Decor is beautiful just wished it was a lot better

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Food taste and variety was excellent. Preparation and appearance was excellent.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Sad to see the fish is not sustainably sourced - we must as consumers hold restaurants to account - if the moral argument hasn’t moved them perhaps the commercial one will?

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Attractive restaurant hidden away in Harvard Sq.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Awesome meal, overall wonderful time. Christina is a terrific server.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Start to finish, service was inefficient and staff indifferent. Food was okay, nothing special, and one side dish was forgotten. We won’t be back.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent food. Very well meaning service-- extremely friendly, professional-- but slow. Nice decor. Long, thin floor plan seems to minimize noise. Small problem with an order led to immediate intervention by captain that more than made up for the error.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

A new favorite. Superb food, excellent service, and delightful ambience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

A perfect, informal meal with friends downstairs in the bar area. Excellent steak frites, cocktails, and wine. This is becoming my favorite go-to restaurant in Cambridge! Quiet, excellent and friendly service -- in a lovely setting.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Wait staff friendly, helpful and willing to listen. Very clean and fresh decor. Food came quickly and was hot. One entree, the rabbit, was too salty, but 3 others were good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

What a wonderful place. Food and service are amazing.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was beautiful atmosphere for brunch. I had the lobster and my husband had the ham Benedict. Delicious!!

And we had the chocolate tart and posset for dessert.

Will definitely come back to try the other items on the menu (as well as dinner)

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food and outstanding service. Highly recommended

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our first time and we really enjoyed Les Sablons. We’ve been to Eastern Standard many times and fine Les Sabrina follows the great dining experience. Well done!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Simply one of the best dining experiences I’ve had this year.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Outstanding experience, as usual. This is such an addition to Harvard Square dining!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

It was a very nice experience and we’ll certainly be back. Our service was outstanding, food was great, and the wine list had a great broad selection. We were here for a friends night, but I could see it being a great date spot too.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Grandson from London

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My second time at this restaurant and the food is superb! My party couldn't decide on a favorite because each appetizer & entree were explosions of flavor! The chef is a culinary delight !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I was curious about Les Sablons and was happily surprised. Excellent food and service. Welcoming. Humbly elegant.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Wonderful food and wines. One of Boston's best. Great decor. A place to go back to on date night. Downstairs less formal, dark bar. If you can stay upstairs, even if at bar. It is airy and fun. P.S. it is hard to find. Next to bus alley with tiny sign.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Refined and timeless Décor, comfortable setting and relaxed atmosphere. Cool bar and dinning room.
Creative menu which makes Les Sablons stand out from other recent new restaurants.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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