Little Donkey

4.8
1738 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Little Donkey is the latest restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette of Boston’s beloved Toro and Coppa. Located in the heart of Cambridge’s Central Square, less than a mile from Harvard, MIT, Inman's Square, Kendall Square, Harvard Square, Porter Square, and Lesley University. Little Donkey is Oringer and Bissonnette’s first Boston-area restaurant in over six years, offering a welcoming, day-to-night dining experience that features market-driven, global small plates, inspired by the chefs’ world travels such as the Pickle Brine Fried Chicken Sandwich, General Tso Chicken Wings, Caviar Sandwich, as well as many Vegetarian and Vegan options which are always on menu and available.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
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
What 1738 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DennisZ
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Except the cheap silver wear it’s back to where it was pre Covid, excellent!

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amozed
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was unusual, perfectly prepared and delicious. The service was efficient, friendly and informative. Our server was so knowledgeable and steered us to a post-Covid dining experience that was worth waiting for.

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Pmit24
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great presentation, excellent service!

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TexasplusBostonfoodie
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was fantastic & our waiter was great too! We received 3/4 of our meal right away (tapas style), but then had to wait over 45 minutes for anything else. We ended up having to take the last 2 portions & dessert to-go. Fun vibe & atmosphere + easily accessible from the T.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about our experience at Little Donkey. Definitely a favorite spot. Our favorite dishes were the crab spring rolls and octopus casino. The seafood was so fresh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great besides asking to sit at empty tables near a space heater and being told no even though we also had a reservation

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We love the Lil Donk. Happy to be back after such a long time away.

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vipTBoudie
New England
35 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and creative dining menu. Always fun.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was too cold and windy outside unfortunately

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DavidM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small plates but very well balanced flavors. Surprising to have each plates of different cuisines meld together.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was SO good. We got the burger, Bangkok noodles and the ghost king fried chicken. It was delicious!

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ShqipeL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, variety of food. Delicious! We had a great time.

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vipBobL
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was quite good but the portion is quite small. The hostess was not particularly friendly when we checked in. We sat outside and waited 15 minutes before a server came. It was quite chilly and we went there because of the heat lamps but none of them were working. They ran out of propane over the weekend.

I was disappointed as I expected a lot more.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Burned food, cold burgers, terrible service

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vipKeithH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Menu looked ambitious but the the flavors did not match the menu!

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blueberries99
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent and our server was incredibly friendly and helpful with food recommendations. The food came out rather quickly, but there was a strict 1.5 hour policy and the waiters kept reminding us of that, which made us feel rushed and pressured to leave.

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MAC87
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Donkey is the best – including their employees! I felt safe there, too, during this (sort of) post-pandemic time.

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kimb
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great- fun, socially distanced and great service!

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SriT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The Gin and Tonic was a hit! Food wasn't exceptional, but good: we ordered empanadas, Bangkok noodles, and spicy chicken sandwich. There weren't a lot of vegetarian options unfortunately!

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KLS1234
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Not as tasty as I’m used to. Thinking they’re just getting back in the swing of things. I look forward to going back.

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vipKWSend
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What’s not to love about Little Donkey?!?! Everything from the oysters to the cookie dough was delish!

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vipGeorgeK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Awesome food. Had to eat in the parking lot, so the ambience was clearly subpar, but that’s not the restaurant’s problem. When covid goes away it will still be an awesome place to eat overall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timer. Food was wonderful. We got the Octopus casino, oysters, Mantai, Empanadas, and the crab spring rolls. It was to die for. The octopus was my favorites. Along with the once in a grapefruit cocktail. Which was literally served in a grapefruit. Would definitely come again.

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HeatherC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dining experience if not one of the best!! Service was 15/10. Can’t remember the servers name. We dined on 4/19 at the bar at 6:15p. Friendly, efficient and most of all attentive!! Food came out just at the right times. We finished one plate and voila, the next plate would arrive. Every single dish was exquisite and I was on a Little Donkey high until the next night. My friend and I that I dined with kept reminiscing about how amazing the entire night was. Will definitely be back! And hopefully I can figure out that servers name !

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Sophia
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful night at Little Donkey! So happy they’re open again. Ate outside and although it started to rain, the staff was quick to get us covered by umbrella/tent. I forget the cocktail but the vodka/fruit punch one was delicious! The food was so flavorful and bright. Our server George was awesome and was knowledgeable about the wine list. Only distraction was a noise that happened every 6 mins but I know it was out of their control.

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fud4thot
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was great to be back despite the chilly weather. The outdoor space heaters were much appreciated.

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vipKCH2021
New England
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Little Donkey - so happy to return. The food is amazing. The Caviar McMuffin is one of the best dishes on the planet, the Kalbi or Galbi (Korean short rib) is extraordinary, and service always great... I was sad they altered the perfect chicken sandwich but was still delish. I love this place so happy you are back!!!

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LauraM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal -- innovative, exciting, and flavorful ingredients!! Great service too -- attentive, helpful, and energetic.

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vipGBHBrookline
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Lots of choices, and a great dessert. Service is impeccable.

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SirWilliam
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing spot!
So sad to see it go into hibernation and was waiting with bated breath for it to reopen.
Simply put...it did not disappoint!! It was great to see familiar faces working the dining room from servers to bartenders, all with smiles on their faces and happy to greet customers upon arrival.
The food, OMG the foooooooood. Get the fat rice, get the duck mole, and it would be a huge mistake if you don't get the sundae.
This made me so happy. 1,000,000 stars for Little Donkey

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vipSierra
New England
28 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this place. The vibe is great. The staff is fantastic. The food is rich and flavorful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The portion sizes are pretty small, and the menu is pricey. That being said, the food was tasty and the atmosphere was nice. My main complaint: our server kept trying to upsell us and trying to get us to order more dishes. A little is fine, but he was way overdoing it. Ugh. Also, they charged me $2 more tip than I had actually written. Annoying.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome back! It was their first night back and they knocked it out of the park! The team behind Ken and Jamie are always top notch! Both cocktails and food were amazing. Forgive me, I don’t remember our servers name, but he was great...good banter with the group, attentive without being overly so, and great at helping us with portioning. Even with Covid, the space still feels welcoming and vibrant. We aren’t in the area often but I can’t wait to return!

JP
vipJanpaulP
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was fantastic.

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Karloff
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very pleasant pandemic dining experience.

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vipAnnie
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

waiter was so nice and helpful, food was amazing— just as good as i remembered despite the slightly chilly outdoor dining experience ;) nice touch that they have blankets for sale if you need a little extra insulation, too!

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CarolA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Good was too salty and service was seriously lacking. I won’t be returning

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vipClover60
New England
41 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. The cauliflower was amazing, plus the chicken sandwich and burger are always amazing!

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KatieF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Donkey is doing a great job with covid safety. We felt very comfortable dining there last week. The food was incredible and well paced. Service was great as always.

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Miss
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Headed over to Little Donkey with my BFF for their $1 oysters. Food was great and service was great!!! Definitely making this my go to spot!

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You can order delivery directly from Little Donkey using the Order Online button. Little Donkey also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Little Donkey also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 945-1008.

Little Donkey is rated 4.8 stars by 1738 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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