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About Little Donkey

Little Donkey is the latest restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette of Boston’s beloved Toro, Coppa and Toro in NYC, Bangkok and soon to be Dubai. Located in the heart of Cambridge’s Central Square, 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.

505 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, International, Café

Hours of Operation:

LUNCH
Monday- Friday 11AM-3PM
Dinner 5pm daily
Weekend Brunch: 10am-3pm

BAR
Sunday-Wednesday till 1am
Thursday-Friday till 2am

Cross Street:
Norfolk Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 945-1008

Website:
http://www.littledonkeybos.com/

Parking Details:
Currently street/meter parking. There are also parking lots on our block that are incredibly convenient.

Public Transit:
RED LINE CENTRALSQUARE

Executive Chef:
Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Little Donkey Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (107)
Tapas (98)
Creative Cuisine (97)
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Hot Spot (79)
Good for a Date (74)
Fun (71)
Handcrafted Cocktails (63)
Neighborhood Gem (61)
Special Occasion (45)
Vibrant Bar Scene (42)
Casual (40)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Bar Seating (33)
Good for Groups (31)
Great for Brunch (29)
Worth the Drive (28)
Local Ingredients (24)
Spicy (24)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Authentic (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Cozy (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
People Watching (17)
Romantic (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Seasonal (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Great Beer (10)
Healthy (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Business Meals (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Vegan (3)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (New England)·Dined a day ago

Will be back again

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·Dined 3 days ago

AMAZING food and drink. Loud and expensive, but a cool setting and unbeatable food and cocktails.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Oysters were beautifully prepared and the lamb bacon BLT was nothing short of decadent. Loved the corn salad and fried chicken sandwich, wished the octopus was more tender though the flavors were outstanding. The service was friendly but I felt a little overlooked with my pretty chill six year old. Will back with friends

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a wonderful time! Our waitress was great; weighed in just enough but was very easy going and attentive! Each of the dishes were very generous portions and perfect to split. This would also be a nice option for groups because there's such a variety of flavors to choose from and food comes out fast. Definitely will be back! Great addition to the area

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Mostly too salty, and portions were a bit on the small side. Service was excellent though.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food has great visual appeal but the taste is subpar. Not the best tapas by any means. The restaurant is always packed and has a long weight. It was worth the experience but not sure I’d go back

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Interesting menu but nothing we tried was something I’d go back for. Loud and crowded. Friendly helpful service

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Eclectic menu. Octopus was fabulous, but steak tartare over spiced and ramen under spiced. Wait staff friendly, helpful and efficient. Will definitely go again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I heard it is a good place but it was the Best - innovating, tasting food I had in a long time! Wonderful flavors for each dish. The octopus was melting in my mouth — you need to be a magician or top chef to do the magic! Each plate we had had a different story to tell - and a very very good taste!
Thank you for amazing dinner!

Tags: Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Still here. The Balls.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was okay (a bit cold). Expected a little more

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a good time at Little Donkey. The food was on the expensive side but the portions were pretty big, we had leftovers to take home. Our waitress was unbelievably nice but I don't think they had enough staff on for the day, so we were left wondering where she was and confused about who to ask for what when we needed something. I would definitely come back to try the dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Enjoyed our evening. Pakora and Matzo ball ramen probably the two favorites. Spicy chicken wings are truly spicy. Churro icecream sandwich was supposed to be switched to banana icecrea. We were excited to try that but still yummy with the vanilla icecream and of course everyone loves cookie dough.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Loved everything we ordered - especially the BLT lettuce wraps with lamb bacon, tuna poke, and duck confit nachos. Would return in a heartbeat!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for Groups, Cozy, Tapas, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was delicious but FULL of sodium/salt. It took two days of guzzling water before we recovered! It’s too bad because the menu items are Interesting and otherwise well prepared.

Tags: Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food at Little Donkey is outstanding. Very imaginative creations, not afraid to use spices, and the flavors are fantastic! The seafood was ultra-fresh and absolutely delicious 😋. One criticism: they desperately need better descriptions of the dishes on the menu. Service was impeccable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Hot Spot, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food, creative mixing of flavors. Well worth a visit. Attentive and informed service. Quite noisy,as expected from a mostly young crowd. Poorly illuminated; bring your smartphone light. A bit pricey for what you get but within reason. We will return

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Little Donkey is a worthy companion to another Oringer fav, Toro. The design, spacious layout, warm greeting, timely seating, great service, delic food, diverse drink options, pricing and romantic ambiance combine to provide an A+ experience. We were totally delighted and will return, SOON!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Healthy, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Fun, Spicy, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, People Watching, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Matzo ball ramen wasn’t as good as its hyped up to be - broth was pretty flavorless.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Little Donkey has an interesting and unusual menu. Everything is delicious. It definitely is a local hot spot, so make sure to get a reservation.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

All of the tapas style dishes I had were very good! The Parker house rolls, duck confit nachos and the Agnolotti were all amazing! The pizza bagel was good, but much too spicy. The cocktails were very well crafted and the chocolate chip cookie dough was an excellent dessert. This place is a bit pricy, but it’s worth it for a special occasion!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Our food was delicious - I loved trying many of the dishes, tapas style. Food was fresh and creative. I highly recommend. Service was also outstanding. Just enough attention paid, while leaving us along to chat.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

AMAZING! Chef Oringer was at Coppa with his family when I ate there last month, and was at Little Donkey with his family this past Sunday when we were there for brunch. love that he is so present. LD is so so good -food phenomenal and ambiance just so fun. Definitely one of the best places in Boston. Highly recommend and can't wait to go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Fun, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Really interesting takes on international dishes. Go with a friend (or many) and share a bunch of dishes. The occasional dish will be off, but overall delicious stuff

Tags: Organic, Fun, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Leaders in the Boston industry right now! Five stars all around.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our server was absolutely fabulous. He made great recommendations and was readily available without being annoying. I would have liked if the lights were turned up just a little bit brighter as it was very dark.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. They were overly generous to make up for when a few dishes didn’t arrive, but that hadn’t bothered us as we had ordered many small plates. A bit dark and loud but otherwise a great place!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our second visit. Another great meal and great service. One member of our group is a vegetarian and the waitress, without us asking, suggested substitute ingredients for several items on the menu. Hassle free, great food and service, with a good vibe. Check it out.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Nice location, great service, and delicious food. Definitely would recommend the octopus to any newcomers, it's awesome!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

really good!

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Little Donkey was a wonderful experience. They took the extra care and attention to make our anniversary special. The cocktails and tapas were unique and delicious.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I wish I could remember our food servers name. He was fantastic—Since he does a lot of fishing, he had great details about the seafood. As many reviewers have said, the lobster Rangoon was out of this world, as was the Hamachi collar. Would definitely return.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Great Beer, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food. Friendly and knowledgeable waitress. Will definitely be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was good, service good, and generally a fun time. I'd recommend to those looking for a fun place to eat around central square! Would go again.

Tags: Tapas, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Had a reservation for 8 but wasn’t seated until 8:15 - a bit frustrating

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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great food and even greater service. The meatless burger was not on the menu for dinner, but our waiter convinced the chef to make it for us anyway. So gracious. But the noise level is so high that we could barely hear ourselves. Great spot for young professionals with good ears. Not so much so for us senior citizens.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food is really inventive and tasty. Experience hampered by it being too dark to see the menu and too loud for conversation. Maybe some people like it that way, but I do not. A previous visit for lunch was better.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Always a great place to enjoy a casual evening out with friends and family.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Casual, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The menu was very unique with dishes and flavors inspired from all over the world. Very tasty! It was slightly dim and loud, but a great experience nonetheless.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Solid brunch option in Boston, creative menu. Coffee is awful, the Bloody Marys are fantastic.

Tags: Comfort Food
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