Little Donkey

4.6
1293 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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ML
New England
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. Food was even better. A little pricey for tapas, but food was worth it! Will go back many times!!

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DD
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu items and every one is delicious (we had 7 dishes)!! Good wine pairings. Excellent and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend this (as well as Toro!).

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch

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

Pricey but about right for the quality of the cooking.

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G
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was well prepared and tasteful. Would recommend to anyone visiting Boston!

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KD
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time I went to Little Donkey with a picky eater, but we were still able to find a few options to share that weren’t too spicy or exotic, so it was another great meal and I got to have the whole plate of tuna poke to myself!

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C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitstaff was great in making recommendations for both wine and small plates. Truly a great food experience and just the right amount with 4 small plates for 2 including cucumber salad, long green bean, ravioli and waffles w/crab. Great atmosphere for samplings; can’t wait to go back for more!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On point as always

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BS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at this restaurant tastes so good! Cocktails are solid too. You get what you pay for.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little donkey was excellent! Very friendly staff, excellent food, and good service. Would especially recommend the crudo and hummus. The cookie dough dessert was good too. 10/10!

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M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Brunch at Little Donkey is always fantastic. The menu is fun and inventive and the execution is great.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shout out to the tall hostess on Pride Saturday who helped my party by pushing back the reservation and still accommodating us when my sister and I arrived early after all! (Sorry I forgot your name!) The portions were good, not too much yet not too little. The Turkish brunch pizza special was so good and breakfast pizza will now be the new quiche in my life.

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AQ
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent. Service was a mix of patronizing (waitress) and surly (bar staff)

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great as always

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OE
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

All was great! The food for Dinner was Exceptional! Service: Friendly and spot on! Don't miss The Wok Fried Long Beans! Everything was perfect....except when I picked up my fork and knife. The "silver ware" could have been from a kids summer camp cafeteria, or from the dollar store. It bent when I used it. Not a deal breaker, but I was surprised since everything else was so good!

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EM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent amazingly unusual foods. Great sharing tapas. Welcoming attentive and accomadating staff. A little loud for my old ears. But would not stop me from return visit. Fun experience.

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MB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Nice place. Not very much available for vegetarians but I enjoyed what I had, burrata/salad and hummus with warm bread. Good cocktails.

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A
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a Brunch on a Sunday. Food was good, service was good.
The reservation was scheduled for 2:45 just prior to closing the brunch and an hour before opening the dinner service. I would suggest that someone not book at this time, everything seemed rushed as employees were trying to wrap up for the next service.

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AK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my fourth time at Little Donkey and it never disappoints! Service is always great and food is out of this world.

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WO
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Wok cooked green beans were outstanding. Other than that the food was just good, not great. The risotto was terrible.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food but too loud to have a conversation

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet friends for dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The bartenders are great and the interior is sleek but that’s about it. I told the busboy I wasn’t finished and he took the half finished plates away Anyway. One minute later another woman came by to clear the plates. Isn’t there a floor manager? Food is nothing special compared to sinners and saints or Barcelona or lots of other tapas places. Small portions without much imagination in flavors or presentation.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food I’ve ever eaten in my life. HANDS DOWN. Food is savory and well crafted. Fire playlist. On point staff. Exquisite ambiance.

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CW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate lunch there. Multiple appealing choices. The service was friendly and efficicient and the food was exceptionally tasty creative twists on common offerings.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner. Nothing by good things to say. Couldn't possibly recommend it higher.

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EP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Of the four dishes I shared, three were outstanding. I loved the sea bass, the scallops and the beef tartare. I don’t remember the name of the fourth. It was under Salads. It certainly wasn’t a salad and reminded me of Fluff. It was not that good either visually or taste-wise.
The chocolate and peanut butter dessert was unpleasant for me because I do not enjoy the “spiciness” that characterizes it.
Overall the experience was good. However I am an octogenarian and the noise level was too much for me. Would I go again? Yes, definitely for the food but NO for the overall experience.

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r
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Tooloud

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a
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food, stimulating to the palate

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CS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This place is the best! So many good tapas options. Amazing drink menu

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a
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service great...but super noisy and at a table for 4, you can barely hear the person next to you, so you are forced to talk loudly... I literally came home with no voice.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing drinks!

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MA
New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s always too dark

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CG
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Lunch with a friend. Pretty noisy from the beginning and seated at the table next to a very loud person, but they could change our seat. They messed up our order but comped for the wrong item and gave us free appetiser for the long wait. Food was really good. Will return to try other lunch items.

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RC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a delicious late lunch and enjoyed the inventive menu and each of the various dishes we tried. Our favorite was the fried squid and the ceviche but we devoured every dish we ordered (including the fried chicken sandwich) and the creative drink we had was tasty too. We arrived for lunch after 2pm on a Tuesday so it was very quiet but I imagine it can be loud when the restaurant is full; who cares when you are eating such delicious food though. Run, don't walk, to Little Donkey.

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DP
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Impeccable food and service. It is however so dark I could barely see the food, and given how nicely plated it would behoove the restaurant to put a candle or dim light at each table. The tap water also tasted like chlorine.

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n
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Dinkey is a nice place to have great Tapas. I was traveling alone and wanted something “Boston.” I was pleased with the service - everyone seemed the know their roles and helping each other with ordering, serving and bussing.
The Oysters, Yuzu Uni and Foie Gras were fabulous.
I left satisfied that I experienced Little Donkey - a great representation of great food, people and “Boston”

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best brunches I have ever had. In particular, the pastry basket, torta, french toast and smoked salmon latkes were amazing. The white russian cocoa puffs were a perfect way to end the meal as well.

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AG
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I liked the online description of this restaurant. I found it too loud to talk to my dinner date. Also, there were several people who serviced our table and none of them were particularly friendly. One tried to take our plate away twice (we weren't eating slowly) we just wanted to savour the little bits left in the dish. My brine chicken fried sandwich was over cooked with the coating too tough to enjoy an way too much boring uninventive hot sauce. The other dishes we tried were good.

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