Little Donkey

4.6
1184 reviews
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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
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Bissonette’s mere presence is stimulating and exciting. His staff are amazing, his food ridiculously well thought out and unique.

I would make love to that pickle brine chicken sandwich and let Chef watch if it was permitted.

The Lao noodles were also an awesome addition. Food is delicious. Service informed and thorough. Drinks are satisfying.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service!

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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good but the menu wasn’t cohesive at all.

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VS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food as always. Food menu changes from the last time we were there, but everything we had was amazing. Love the fussili pasta with truffles. Tuna poke was awesome too. Laksa ramen and lobster stir fry was all amazing. Tuna tartare was ok.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing! Dana was our server and he was fabulous! Food was great! Would absolutely go back and try more...so much to taste1

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MO
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was terrific. They surprised us with two glasses of rose for my girlfriends birthday. Super nice!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Overly efficient service.

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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had been waiting to go to Little Donkey for ages and my expectations were high. In the end, I was disappointed - too many of the dishes tasted the same; the service was uneven, with some food coming out really fast and other dishes lagging, three of our party got their drinks right away, the fourth had to order a second time; and though we were clear about our timing to get to a concert with an hour and a half, which seemed ample, the slow service at the end bringing our check meant we left late. Loved the crudo and the ceviche, but won't be rushing back.

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HM
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Donkey is one of my favorite restaurants, all the food is delicious! However, the ambiance is loud and dark so typically I find my parents or people 40+ don't enjoy the atmosphere.

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M
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It can be a special place to go or it can be for everyday. We haven’t had food like this in a long time that we can rave about. We ordered the BLT lettuce wraps, the foie gras....which was unbelievable, crab leg, and the byryani.....Delicious. Wine was great, service, can’t say enough.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Quite good, but I would recommend considering the cohesion of what you order due to the widely varying nature of the food.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a chance on this place and absolutely loved it. Food food and superb service. We’ll go back next time we’re in Boston!

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Poor food quality. Service ok. Wouldn’t go back. W

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service! The king crab nachos were unreal.

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New England
48 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Went last year and wanted the ramen again. It was on the menu but totally different and the coconut milk broth made it too thick and creamy and was a huge disappointment. Flavor of tuna completely missing in tuna tartare on crispy rice. I liked the hamachi tartare but husband said his piece. Not good. Think we are done w Little Doneky.

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JE
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and service, interesting combination of plates, they were good at accommodating gluten free alternatives.

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MO
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great, but not really, really great. What you pay for in food, you get in ambiance. In other words, the food and drinks are creative, but over-priced. The ambiance is great, with no cover charge.

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ER
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious small plates and cocktails! On the expensive side but that’s what we expected so it wasn’t surprising.

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NL
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very noisy, service was exceptional and the food was fantastic!

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LG
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

LOVED the food. Loved our waiter. We had to request to turn the music down because we couldn't hear a thing. Apparently, this request is asked a lot. And I heard the same thing from friends who have been. Please turn down the music!

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j
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this place is money !

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really interesting food. Best to go with a few friends and share several dishes. Get the cookie dough dessert.

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AC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful, her suggestions were incredible, the food was unbelievably created and did not disappoint. Flavorful and delicious!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Food, great service and overall quite accommodating

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a chef from NY and was told that I had to check this place out on my visit. This was the highlight of our Boston trip. Amazing tapas! We had the blt, black truffle pasta, vietnamese bologna, parker house rolls, stroganoff, and octopus for dinner. Each one was better than the last. Each course’s flavors were so on-point and beautifully presented. For dessert we did the candybar and the cookie dough. The candy was great but the cookie dough was next level. Will absolutely be back on my next visit.

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K
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great selection of tapas-style dishes that are perfect for sharing with others. Also a great mix of cuisine styles. Would definitely go back for another dinner!

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, and food came out quickly. Order the cookie dough dessert - it was to die for!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hip, great atmosphere, excellent menu. Superb choice of small plates, with varied choices of different flavors and types of food. Very unique and would definitely go back!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food and interesting cocktails. A little pricey for some of the plates.

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San Diego
72 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We just lunch at the Little Donkey, and enjoyed the creative items that we selected from the lunch menu including the fresh raw oysters, tuna poke, patatas bravas, baby kale salad, crispy lamb tips, pickled brine fried chicken sandwich, and the grilled cheese avocado toast. Our table favorites were the chicken sandwich and the crispy lamb tips. Our server was outstanding, and we loved the overall vibe of the restaurant.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for Bday brunch for my wife. Everything was absolutely amazing! This place is so uniquely special.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot when I come to the city!! I’m in foodie heaven at this place!

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AC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal food, great drinks

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DV
New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Little Donkey at any time of day, but it's become a go-to for Brunch, where the choices are interesting, varied, not the same-old same-old brunch fare--and where you can also enjoy a good cocktail with the meal if you wish. (I always get "the one in the grapefruit.")

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for an anniversary dinner ma dot was wonderful. They even noticed the occasion tag on the reservation and wished us a happy anniversary. Such a great night with wonderful food!

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PM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Food different and delicious

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CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food, very slow service. Either our order was missed or kitchen got backed up but staff did not do a good job communicating the slowdown

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Heard great things, just had a grilled cheese with avocado so it wasn't an exceptional meal. I would go back for dinner.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. Some plates were better value than others. The restaurant was too dark - hard to read menu.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food very interesting, strong flavors. It is important to choose the right combinations as our dishes were very delicious each but did not work very well together. A bit too noisy, a bit too dark for us - a candle on each table could help view the menu. The table next to us used a torch to be able to see the menu :)

But overall I enjoyed

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