Little Donkey

4.7
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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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New England
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were great. It would have been perfect if we could have seen each other, but the lighting is so low that I was tempted to ask for a candelabra for the table.

OT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We waited till 9pm to make a reservation cause they’re always busy. My friend had work but still wanted to go for me cause I just came back to town for a funeral. We were there until 9:20pm for a table we had booked for 9pm. I kept asking for a manager and they kept deflecting till they could seat us. They could’ve at least comped us for the drinks we got at the very crowded bar while we waited but again they refused to get the manager. Never again, very disappointing.

AV
New England
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, all around!! Menu choices were superb and the quality of the food we ordered, outstanding - everything from the Parker House rolls with truffle butter, the Green Beans with fermented black beans and the Grilled Branzino with Thai Chili Vinaigrette. The ambiance was lively and casual. It was an extremely busy Sunday night (holiday weekend), but all restaurant staff were pleasant and unflappable (given the # of people they had to serve!) We have been wanting to try this restaurant for quite some time and now that we finally have, we know we will definitely return!! Kudos to Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette for their exquisite collaboration.

D
New England
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was outstanding. I only wish that the noise level was a little lower. There were 5 of us and I was at the head of the table and I couldn't hear my friends at the end of the table.

SW
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was some of the best and most creative I’ve had in Boston. Drinks were also top notch as was service. Only negative is it was so dark I could barely read the menu.

m
New England
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Great food. Glad we got a reservation

JH
New England
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is amazing. BLT lettuce wraps are incredible. Tables are a little close together. Otherwise, can't go wrong.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Little Donkey a few times now. Each experience has been nothing short of fantastic. Unbelievable food, super friendly staff and great atmosphere. Perfect spot for a first date, or for routine tapas. The tuna poke is to die for!

ES
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Unbearably loud

MP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

always so loud, makes it hard to talk to friends.
wouldn't recommend the burger. very thin patty and topped with too much "stuff" to even distinguish the tastes from one another. tuna poke is very good

p
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Amazing food. Very creative chef! service was poor and food was served in a rush...I would have enjoyed it more if they had paced the dishes.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Overall it was a great experience. The food was a little on the salty side, but still good.

A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite place in Boston and our birthday go-to. It's fun to bring 4-5 people so you can make a big dent in the menu and try all the things. King crab nachos, Pok pok cauliflower, and phat lao were the winners for us this time. The flavors and variety of items are everything.

B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was really good and s unique brunch menu that's a bit out there. It's definitely worth checking out for a yummy meal. That being said the service was very focused on turning tables and wasn't attentive. I hadn't even swallowed the last bite on my plate before someone whisked it away. The server then immediately popped up to o offer us our check, we'd barely been seated for 30min.

AB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. It was definitely crowded and loud. The tables are packed right on top of each other so there's not a lot of privacy.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A phenomenal food experience.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun place with great energy and superb food!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing!!

D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was inventive and beautifully done without being too gimicky. Service was very good, and the timing of delivery of tapas was right on. However as the evening advanced the noise level soon got out of control, and we were shouting at each other, taking the edge off of a very good meal. The bill was very high. We had just eaten at an equally interesting small plates restaurant in Cambridge a week ago for 1/4 or 1/3 less...

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I've wanted to go here for awhile now and I loved it! I came with a friend before a Celtics game to avoid the restaurant crowds around TD Garden. Little Donkey has a rustic/hip vibe to it and would be a great spot to grab drinks after work or a place to start your night out! I definitely recommend sharing plates, so come with a companion you are food compatible with.

The menu here is very unique! They offer a variety of dishes from all around the world, very cool. The portions are small so definitely order a decent amount (2-3 dishes per person)! Beware, it is a bit pricey for what you're getting. For starters, we ordered the burrata and BLT lettuce wraps! Both were great, but the BLT lettuce wraps were our favorite of the two. They come deconstructed, so it's fun putting them together with your own customized sauce ratios. The bacon was SO good as well as the fancy house made ketchup. This isn't the most filling dish in the world, so I would order it if you're looking for a lighter, healthier option. For our main dishes we ordered the Manti and the Branzino. The Manti was awesome! The red pepper garlic sauce is to die for.

I ordered an Australian Pinot Noir because of a fundraiser they were having but definitely want to come back to try their cocktails! I have also been eyeing their brunch menu. Overall, great time here and great service! I recommend.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portions were decent and wait staff were friendly and helpful. The craft drinks were on point. Definitely a great dining experience. We loved the variety of dishes to choose from.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, energetic environment and great service!!

r
New England
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Really, really, really need to invest in better silverware. That is embarrassing to charge those prices and have the worst of the worst cafeteria grade silverware.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for making it such a great experience. Appreciate the attention to detail and the friendliness of the staff.

OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Incredible food. The prices were a bit high for the incredibly small portions. Also the place should look a little more upscale if they’re going to charge upscale prices.

AD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! So unusual and delicious. Service was perfect too! Will definitely come back.

p
New England
29 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly amazing!!! Every dish is beyond sophisticated, the floor pairings, the textures, the variety is unmatched. Can't wait to go back! We had a great evening, thank you so much! Keep up the great work!
Also, we loved our "person"! She was knowledgeable, pleasant, extremely helpful and made the experience fantastic!

e
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is creative and delicious. It’s very loud in the restaurant and that’s my major complaint. That said, d go back again and again

TF
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I basically enjoyed the food however the sausage was too scorched and we ordered vegetarian Vietnam crape but the pork was put inside. Hole staff asked us if it is okay or not however it would have been better if the order correctly followed.

l
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Too dark. Please turn the lights up a bit to stop the glare from everyone's cell phone flashlights!

D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Donkey is the best - they consistently serve beautiful and interesting food with the freshest ingredients AND excellent cocktails and wine. Wonderful servers make it an experience and the vibe is both lively and intimate.

MW
New England
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anytime I end up in the Boston area, I try to hit little donkey. It never disappoints, and I always leave wishing I had more room to eat even more food..

JG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic, interesting, creative food - loved it all

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Too loud. But delicious and fun.

OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great brunch spot. I think their quiche is the best in town. The oysters are tasty and served with a spicy sauce, as well as a jelled mignonette. Good bloody mary, too. Friendly service at both table and bar.

SC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great brunch in a fun and cozy venue. The food is tapas style to plates are small, and though things are not really easy to split/share, the dishes are really enough for a light and not too expensive meal. Excellent service and very delicious.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a fun environment!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at little donkey are the absolute best in Boston. The food is so good and varied. Always recommend LD to anyone looking for a new spot

EC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great service combined with an eclectic menu of fabulous dishes make for a really solid experience in Central Square.

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