Little Donkey

4.7
1810 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 1810 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VandK
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Global Creativity. This place offers a fascinating use of many individual interesting ingredients, herbs, spices from every cuisine in combinations which provide the diner with choices of surprising and well balanced little plates of treats, savory and sweet. Not for the eater of plain food, but for those who delight in trying something new, interesting, and delicious in order to make a bad day better or celebrate an occasion.

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AnnieKB
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful night at Little Donkey! Fantastic cocktails and wine list, food was spectacular. So happy to come back and celebrate after the long year we’ve all had.

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Jenna
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food! Definitely a good time. You are absolutely paying more for the names and i'm not sure if tha'ts worth it.

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Leona
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the Bangkok noodles, spicy chicken sandwich, and the snap peas and everything was absolutely delicious! Service was attentive and consistently checked in on us, I would definitely recommend this spot and look forward to dining at Little Donkey again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We were greeted by an excellent staff who asked us where we wanted to sit, which was awesome. And our waitress took our drink order, and since we knew what to order, it got delivered pretty quick, which was nice.

Ordering food took a little more time. The lights were slightly dimmer than usual. I had to use a flashlight to see the menu and to order food and drinks. Then an hour after our drinks were done, we hunt down a different waitress to order more drinks.

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MGF11
New England
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our visit to Little Donkey! The menu is amazing, wish we could have tried one of everything. Will definitely be back to experiment a bit more. Service was fantastic.

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vipAnonymous
New England
211 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fantastic food. Great vibe and music. The best servers anywhere!

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Mary
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience1

The ambiance sitting at a tiny table in the back parking lot staring at trash barrels was not enjoyable. Waiter was slow and not too attentive. The food was very good, but the portions were smaller than I remember during my pre-pandemic visits and a bit overpriced. Not a terrible experience but I'm not rushing to visit again. Would definitely recommend sitting inside - atmosphere is much better.

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MerveE
New England
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is cool, I recommend it. The ambiance is really nice.

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vipomercank
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is delicious, however yesterday at least two of the dishes we ordered were already gone around 7:15-7:30pm when we were ordering. The management did a good job comping two dishes, but it's still sad when one cannot even get the thing they would like to order.

MM
MeeraM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food- different but very very tasty! Not too many options for vegetarians but if you ask them to make it vegan/ vegetarian they are good about this

Was hot inside though!

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Phyl
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very eclectic menu. Great flavors and good size portions of different plates to share. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

AC was out and it was too hot

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Little Donkey is a great place for drinks and small plates for sharing!!! My husband and I were in town for our honeymoon and Little Donkey was suggested to us by our friends from the area. It did not disappoint. The drinks were great and the cauliflower stole the show! We will come back the next time we are in town!

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vipStefanN
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic. Cookie dough desert was over the top! We ate outside and at one point in open air and at one point it started to rain. Staff quickly moved us to another table under the tent which was very much appreciated. Can’t wait to go back

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vipMarkinBoston
Belgium
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad your are back and the food is better than ever! Maybe because we missed it!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome!

BM
BarbaraM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at Little Donkey on a Tuesday night. Great table next to large open windows. Our food was all delicious. We especially enjoyed the tune poke and octopus dish.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The food was fantastic, but the portions were really small. Spent $200 and never got full. The service is the worst in Boston. 10 mins to get greeted, 10 mins for first drink to arrive. Wasn’t even busy. Not going back.

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Ross
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Great view and smell of the dumpsters. Had to constantly flag down wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was wonderful!
Delicious cocktails

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Derek
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was amazing, with great drinks as well. One thing to know going in is that it is not air-conditioned, but the meal was well worth the heat on the night we went.

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EdwardE
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

It was 95 degrees outside on the day of our visit. We intentionally booked an indoor table because of the heat. When we arrived it was 90 degrees indoors because the AC was broken. So we sat outside where it felt slightly cooler due to a breeze. We would never have come to eat there if we were told about the broken AC.

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OliviaD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Every dish was phenomenal. Would go back in a heartbeat

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remrem
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok. Nothing special. Service was good and efficient.

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vipfanny
New England
25 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sitting on the back patio was a treat and less noisy and hectic than inside

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EmilyL
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere, music and drinks! Thought food was just average!!

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vipChuckB
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service food and drinks were all outstanding! Looking forward to trying the “sister” restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got engaged and fiancé got a new job

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! Always is the service fantastic with everyone working together. I am obsessed with the octopus casino and crab spring rolls but the manti and short ribs surprised me with being out of this world. Can’t wait to come back

OT
OpenTable Diner
East Texas
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Terrific food. Menu is very eclectic, drawing on many different cuisines. Slightly loud and a little warm in the restaurant.

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CSquare
New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great tasty and innovative food; price on the high end for small portions.

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mamaduck
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is overpriced for what your getting. Barely no chicken entrees. Menu is super trendy and not easily identifiable.

MB
MariaB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I would say overall it was disappointing. Especially the rib meat and the service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Everything was fine but nothing was amazing. Great service!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and good service. A little pricier but fun to celebrate with great drinks!

MM
MatthewM
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been waiting to dine here for months since we moved to Cambridge, and it absolutely did not disappoint. Everything we ate was fantastic - particularly the tuna poke, scallop ceviche and lamb lollipops. Our server George was a total pro - he was very informative and attentive without being overbearing. He’s an asset to your restaurant. This was our best dining experience yet in the Boston-area. Kudos to the whole team!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening on the patio. It was raining and the staff did everything to make us feel comfortable. Ambiance was amazing, music outside, cars rolling by. Need another excuse to go back.

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Anna
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We dined outside when it was raining and the staff really made a point to make sure that all of the heat lamps were on. We REALLY appreciated that, they were also super nice!! I will 1000% recommend a friend. AMAZING food, great people and all in all would stay at the restaurant well over the 90 min :)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Spectacular food, huge list of can’t go wrong items... great service to guide you through that list... they move you through quick!!

FAQs

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 4.7 stars by 1810 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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