Little Donkey

4.8
1712 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 1712 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.4
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4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Sophia
New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
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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vipKCH2021
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGBHBrookline
New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSierra
New England
26 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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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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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
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!

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vipJanpaulP
Miami
5 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
40 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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vipSuzy
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

We are regular and longtime customers and love the food here but our experience was marred by the extreme cold.
Although we had indoor dining it was colder than outside. No heating and All doors were deliberately kept wide open and ac was full on cold. It wasn't just cold -it was windy! our menus were blowing around and the pendant light fittings were swinging. We were freezing throughout our dinner. when I asked if they could close the doors they said no.
While we understand the need for adequate ventilation re Covid this was taken too far. This was no accident either as they listed blankets for sale on their food menus for $8!!
Customers be advised - come bundled up and bring blankets!

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MariaG
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great flavors in each plate and great service. Good set up for safe outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The flavors fell flat and got lost amongst the fusion. I’m sure the ingredients are high quality but for the price I would expect them to be paired together better and the dish be brought to life. Nothing stood out or left me wanting to come back.

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EmaA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious. Perfectly prepared food. Exciting flavors and textures. We ate ourselves sick.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Standard seating is NOT indoor seating. There needs at be specifics between the choosing of outdoor and standard seating on here

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal! I love small plates and all the pricing was very fair for the quality!

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Alison
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Food was good but service was rushed and a little rude

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vipMLisa
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall I enjoyed the Little Donkey experience. We started with yellowtail and salmon crudo which was okay but a bit over seasoned. Also oysters and little necks which were nice. Then shared lobster pasta, a hamburger, ghost pepper fried chicken and something else which I can’t remember (couldn’t have been too memorable). Overall the food was respectable, good but not great. We did have some drinks, really enjoyed the Bette Davis. In summary, Little Donkey is a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there!

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shaylac
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Little Donkey! Yummy interesting food and cocktails.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was SO salty. My fiancé ordered the kimchi fried rice with shrimp. $25 fried rice and barely made a dent because it was inedible. My food was also very salty, but not as so we nibbled on that. Drinks were great. Service was weird. The waitress was really unfriendly. Our nachos came out before our drinks, literally within 2 min of ordering. Bill came out to over $200 for the two of us. We left pretty disappointed. We come here often but after that, I’m not sure we will.

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MichelleB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is hands down my favorite place in town! The servers are awesome; the food is SO yummy; and the cocktails are always delicious.

And for right now, they have tons of space heaters and the tables outside are far apart and I felt totally safe and comfortable during our meal!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is inspiring and delicious and the atmosphere the staff is able to create one of celebration. Just trust that everything on the menus is fun, fantastic quality and so creatively executed. A real labor of love

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ImogenM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though the portions may seem small, you’ll get full quickly. The food is amazing from presentation to deliciousness. I would definitely recommend the manti and the jerk chicken. I will comeback to try more items on the menu because the ones I’ve tried so far was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating only at the time but it was very cute. Can’t go wrong with the food at little donkey

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pkspin
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting outside with plenty of room between tables--ask for a seat under the lights. Food was outstanding--inventive and delicious. We ordered 8 between 3 people and it was almost too much. Favorites include Korean short ribs, Phat, Octopus and Chicken nachos!

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LauraP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Donkey is always amazing but especially right now, they were diligent and very safe while still serving up incredible food!

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ketchupstain
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Request Dana to be your server, he’s great at his job and makes you feel like you’re eating a homies house. We had a great time and were recommended really good choices to share and eat individually. We’ll definitely be back soon!

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GarrettH
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, and great service! I would highly recommend!

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AbbeyB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Great and interesting food. Good COVID precautions and lots of space heaters.

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lizs
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

they are doing such an amazing job in this nightmare of covid. i sat outside in the rain and 38 degrees but everyone was kind. helpful and upbeat. good as always. amazing

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SaMe
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outdoor seating. Amazing cocktails! Seating is at the backside of the restaurant, you have to walk through the restaurant to get there.

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MaryR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner outside under the open-air tent. Food was excellent as always--interesting dishes and high-quality ingredients. Nice natural wine list. Service was great. Highly recommend if you're trying to find somewhere to eat outside.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a foodie and this place is one of my favorites. The food is delish and unique I definitely recommended

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vipBostonfoodie21
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great outdoor setup for Covid (and very clean), but it was a chilly day...we were under a tent and there were no heat lamps nearby. The service and food were excellent, as always, though our food wasn't hot by the time it made it to our table. As far as COVID dining is concerned, it was one of our better experiences, but not quite up to par with our usual Little Donkey experiences.

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SarahL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a fun vibe. Kudos to making the most of the current situation and allowing us to have a nice outdoor dining experience during the pandemic.

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You can order delivery directly from Little Donkey using the Order Online button. 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 1712 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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