Little Donkey

4.7
1865 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 1865 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fab to be back. We love LD and missed the food and the service. We sat outside under twinkling trees. We’d never tried the BLT before and damn! Also I’m still thinking about that Ine sundae.

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LindaL
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imaginative, tasty food, great ambiance and service.

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vipRichardP
Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic restaurant! Everything was creative and delicious. Go now!

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Satisfied
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food with a nice atmosphere. Lots of options for food and drinks.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was awesome and the food was great

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Wanda
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Little Donkey is one of the better food options in Central Sq. The food is ok but with the exception of the octopus, none of it was especially delicious. It was all good, though.

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vipHannaS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dana always creates the perfect dining experience. 12/10 every time

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LUCI
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Little Donkey was recommended to me. It was a very unique menu and i was not disappointed.

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vipfiggy
New England
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our entire meal from start to finish. The staff are excellent and recommended some amazing dishes. Beautiful night to be on their great patio

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emily F was AMAZING!! Loved her and her recs

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Adam
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I liked the ambiance, casual Cambridge sheik.

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lynnt
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gotta try the fried cauliflower and lamb bacon BLT!

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ahscruz
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great. Fun music. Good vibe for a night out with friends

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vipJenr
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fun night out at Little Donkey. I’ve been here before and loved it but maybe we just ordered the wrong dishes this time. The octopus was just so so and a very small plate for the price. The cold ramen was good but not something I liked so much that I’d get it again. Tune poke was delicious and so was our ice cream desert.

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vipBruceZ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food as always.

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john
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food is not good anymore. Service is below average. And it’s overpriced. Was very disappointing

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Michelle
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and amazing service! Our server was kind enough to recommend a variety of items for our party and his choices were spot-on.

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TravisP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Amazing! Great food, great service. We had a little bit of everything!

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MaryA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Donkey never disappoints. From our drinks to our last bite of dessert, everything was perfection!

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jnbcambridge
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having eaten here many times before it was a pleasure returning and having dinner outside under an umbrella. Every course was delicious and the service was excellent. Will definitely return.

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fud4thot
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Their seasonal changes in the menu make each visit interesting

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JanN
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hit out of the park. Eclectic delicious seafood and tapas. Great lively atmosphere. Nice server. Only sides a little dark and loud so maybe not a business meeting spot but social. My eats:
There lamb pops were amazing, oysters great, king crab, asparagus cold salad, salmon crudo. All good. I would put salmon last. Nice flavor

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Woodlanders
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Wonderful and creative food. Great drinks. Slightly slow service but perhaps it was just that night.

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JohnP
Mississippi
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little noisy for us. Otherwise great. Our waiter was wonderful guiding us through the menu and, as it was our first visit, commenting that our order seemed a little "robust".
He was terrific!

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Owen
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and atmosphere! The waiter was also very nice and prompt.

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Luca
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The food is okay. Nothing memorable for the hype of the place. Very noisy and dark with miniature font menus. My eyesight may not be at the level of 20 years ago but still good and it was hard to read.

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vipKimberly
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food did not wow us which was surprising since we heard such good reviews. Nice service overall and they seated us even though we were late.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was good, ambiance was hip and upbeat. Service from our server was rather slow and perfunctory - support staff was on the ball, though. If the food is going to come out so quickly, the speed of service from waitstaff needs to match!

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vipChristianH
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic per usual, the staff was on top of it and soo attentive and the food was absolutely delicious!!

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Devon
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice waiter, food was quick and delish! Would definitely come here again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single dish (we had 13 in total) was delicious. Amazing!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The restaurant’s layout is very packed and their vibe is a little weird. Decent music and good service. The food is delicious and creative. The biggest downside is that their drinks are bad and they don’t accept a lot of types of credit cards. I don’t know why they have to be cheap like that.

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KatieW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, amazing service. Overall an awesome experience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal at Little Donkey! Love how diverse the menu is. Would come back to try more dishes and reorder our favorites from this past time. Very intimate environment too (dim lighting) - perfect for date night!

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Recommend
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding restaurant where the food is amazing!! Highly recommend for a special night out!

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MelG
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic menu, great cocktails. It can be loud inside. Great outdoor seating in the back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place! Great food, lovely drinks, friendly staff.

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dinner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very pricey and food was lack luster, sadly. Service wasn't the best either.

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Ceshio88
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent atmosphere and always fun!!!

JC
JohnC
New England
32 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Our waitress was great by providing us recommendations.

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 1865 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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