Pammy's

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1062 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Pammy’s is a New American restaurant inspired by the feel of an Italian neighborhood trattoria. Perched between Cambridge’s Central and Harvard Squares, Pammy’s is a cozy yet sophisticated neighborhood destination. For husband and wife team Chris and Pam Willis, who live right up the street, Pammy’s is an extension of their living room. They’ve brought together their love of great food, easy hospitality and chic vibe to create a lively space that is welcoming to all looking for a memorable meal. With dishes that lean heavily on Italian flavors but are not restricted by any rules of the cuisine, the food is unpretentious and delicious. A dual-opening fireplace wrapped in white ceramic, an oversized salvaged communal table designed for side-by-side dining and rich leather banquets are just some of the design elements that make up Pammy’s charm.

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come ring in the New Year at Pammy's! For NYE we are offering a 4-course Pre Fixe menu for $85 per person with optional wine pairings for $45. Dietary restrictions? Fear not, there will be choices for each course. Celebrate the waning hours of 2019 with us at Pammy's and start 2020 off with a bang!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1062 People Are Saying
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AB
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This super trendy Italian eatery has a great atmosphere - and because it's always crowded, you can count on it being noisy. The food is fine, which I know sounds like faint praise. But honestly, as someone raised in Italy, I will continue to search the city for a truly authentic culinary experience. This isn't it. The food is fine at Pammy's, it's just nothing beyond the usual American-urban take on Italian food: small bowls of pasta that are slightly too fussy for $28. The chicken under a brick was delicious. The service was adequate if a bit indifferent. But it is popular, so maybe I'm missing what all the fuss is about.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We sat at the bar for my birthday dinner and had fantastic service and food.

MR
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 4th visit. Wonderful atmosphere, great menu selection. Will come again!

c
New England
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The noise level is very high, and you will spend a lot here, but it's worth every penny.

Inventive combinations of flavors you won't find anywhere else - on a recent visit, Nantucket Bay Scallops w/ California Uni, and Tagglierini with a generous shaving of white truffle. Great cocktails and desserts as well.

BP
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took wife and 2 kids. Spectacular and memorable dinner, but expensive. Lots of unusual dishes, but all tasted great.

MT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here is impeccable! Couldn’t recommend it more!

k
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I guess, we are the last people in Cambridge to discover this superb restaurant. It was long overdue to have a classy, urban tavern in "our fair city". Great wines, sophisticated (not gimmicky!) food, excellent atmosphere and outstanding service*



* I miscalculated the tip (under the spell of the place...and the wine) that I will correct next week. Sorry.

p
New England
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time here and I was celebrating with a friend. Did not know what to expect so I was pleasantly surprised.
The tall drink of water (our waiter) was super nice and friendly with out overdoing it.
I never felt rushed or uncomfortable at the "family" table.
Noise level was reasonable for such a large room and we could converse with ease.
My glass of wine was perfect with the delicious beautifully seasoned pork chop. Bread was fresh along with the premium olive oil.
Other pleasant things like removing our plates when done, refolding our napkins and wiping the table of crumbs all added to the nice atmosphere.
Overall a great evening. I would definitely recommend Pammys for any occasion.

W
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pammy's is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston, the food and ambiance is great. The menu changes seasonally and always features exquisite items. Love the communal table as well!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent, and

RH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We've had better meals at Pammy's. The ambiance is always great, but this time the service was a bit lackluster. The waiter didn't ask me how I wanted my chop cooked or tell me what the chef recommended - or even what the default was. It arrived uncooked (as in: gelatinous inside so less than rare). When I asked that they cook it more, he still didn't ask how I wanted it; it was returned "medium well" (according to the server) but was really only medium.

N
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great ambiance.. awesome service. Food is fancy but good if you’re a foodie. Lights are too dim so hard to read menus. Space is really tight so every time a server walked passed, they bumped into my chair. Got a bit annoying after the 8th time! Gotta train the staff a bit.

s
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always! Wonderful service and a great staff!

DK
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Get the barrata and bolognese!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly and helpful waiters; lovely ambience, very romantic.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal. Mussels are amazing

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is the best restaurant in Boston!

JF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around
A little too noisy for intimate conversation but overall excellent

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED it!! Fabulous interesting dishes, warm atmosphere. Met the owner and she was lovely.

KS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, as always — superb food, attentive but not annoying service, hip but lovely atmosphere — but wow, is it loud.

TR
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Communal Seating was nice, Very busy restaurant and loud- deafening. Food was great Service good but a little slow. Younger hip crowd. Overall, great dining. Would return/recommend

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pammy’s is always a great culinary experience and I sincerely like the waiters who are very attentive and seem to be around for long... keep up the good work, my favorite spot in my hometown

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s the little things about Pammy’s that keep me coming back. The bread–a starting morsel really–is perhaps the best bread I’ve ever had. I haven’t exhaustively

s
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!! Best lumache

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K
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pammy's is a favorite! Casper + Antipasti + Adam + Pinot + Bolognese + Branzino + Apple Crostata = the perfect evening. It's simple math!

LK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner at the large communal table. The food and service were excellent. I highly recommend the branzino, although given what I saw from the other diners at the table, I don’t think you could go wrong with whatever you order.

KW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pammy’s was spot on from start to finish! Thanks for making my birthday dinner special!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was great but it took 20 minutes after my reservation time to get seated after we arrived 15 minutes early.

F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, excellent food, service was amazing and the vibe of the space is incredible. We loved.
Our new favorite Italian restaurant in town.

s
New England
73 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was terrific. There were four of us and we shared dishes, each of which was excellent. The flavors are not overwhelming, but nevertheless unusual. The table was late, but the service recovery was also great--a light cocktail and a complimentary appetizer. Highly recommend this restaurant for a wonderful meal, even if the atmosphere might be better for a friendly, rather than formal, occasion.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing!

K
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always - best pork chop ever. The front of the house staff was really accommodating and helpful. Great restaurant.

B
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, helpful staff. Delicious food. Great pacing on when the food arrived.

GH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my very favorite restaurants in the Boston area. Cozy and romantic with amazing food and cocktails.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The restaurant was great, but our server was less than interested in engaging with us about the menu or our experience. She wasn't horrible, but she seemed annoyed all evening...we ended up talking more about the mediocre service than the delicious food :-/

I'll try Pammy's again, but hoping for a better dinning experience.

FS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess sat us early which was really helpful and so nice if her.
All was fabulous. Only complaint was the time it took between courses. It was a busy Friday night but still waited quite a while.
Wonderful time and will return and recommend!

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Good was very good. Drinks were OK and wine selection was limited (should be more high-end options). Seated us at an awkward table; one person had to sit on the fireplace. Wasn't very comfortable.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really great spot, amazing pasta!

BK
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Wish it were a bit quieter. Sometimes music is too loud: in my opinion.