Pammy's

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1009 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 England
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very close seating and a bit louder than my taste. Staff was outstanding, knowledgable about everything on the menu and the wine list. Food excellent.

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

Waited to visit restaurant with my sister Pammy. Was not disappointed! We loved everything ...food,service and ambiance was great!!

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

It was a pretty busy night for a Monday and the wait was expected. The food was AMAZING. Pretty pricey for the small portions but the quality and service is definitely worth it.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent on top of a charming atmosphere. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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

Food is always first rate, as is the service. Lively room, beautifully done. I just wish the room was 20db quieter so I could hear all of the 5 people at my table

S
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Standout dish was the black bass with eggplant. Italian bitter selection was incredible. Price was pretty steep.

Don't trust the "been on our menu the longest" recommendation of the gochu bolognese, that was the only dish we regretted ordering, it was super heavy with cream and oil and there was absolutely no kick from the gochu so really we were just eating a heavy subpar bolognese.

LM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pammy's presents a beautiful restaurant -- great mix of warm wood, over-sized gilded mirrors, white walls, beautiful foliage and a glowing fireplace -- without being stuffy. It is loud and the room is vibrant, but conversation is still possible. Banquet seating was very cozy and fun. Service was efficient, pleasant, attentive and well paced.
Cocktails provided interesting twists on classics, but not standouts. Mixed bases were a bit off-base. Why a mixed martini with both gin and vodka? Different and just OK.
The octopus appetizer was wonderful, though small in portion and lardo is not a favorite. Snap pea and Jonah crab was somewhat bland in comparison. The black bass, striped bass and lamb chop entrees were each excellent. Apple crostata and sorbet desserts, coffees were fine, but not standouts.
Reservations a must even on weekday nights in this "go to" destination.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food but I wish they’d bring back pasta 2.0.

CF
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall everything was great, food, ambiance, service, without being pretentious. However it is frustrating to have to dine so early 5PM when they were plenty of tables still available by the time we left 7PM. While I understand reservations are a balancing act, and that this restaurant is popular, it is hard to believe that having made reservations 2 1/2 weeks in advance, we could not be accommodated for a slightly later time. Will think twice about going back due tp this constraint.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pammy’s was great! My co-worker and I celebrated achieving a work goal, and everything tasted great. Loved the ambiance, service was great, and we even got a seat by the real wood-burning fireplace. Desert was the highlight for me!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Scrumptious and unique food!

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DT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Servers are superior ... every time we’ve been they have been super!

KC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I went to Pammy's once before and really enjoyed it. This time, I ordered the Bolognese which was super salty and too spicy. The atmosphere is lovely and the service was great. I just didn't feel so crazy about the food. Lots of odd combinations of things, and too much salt.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Los platillos son buenos pero bastante pretenciosos y el servicio regular

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LW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING MEAL AND ATMOSPHERE... WOULD DEFINITELY COME HERE AGAIN. HAD BURRATA AND SNAP PEA / CRAB APPETIZERS WHICH WERE GREAT. FOR ENTREES, WE ORDERED THE BERKSHIRE PORK AND 2 OF THE PASTAS WHICH WERE ALSO AMAZING. HAD AN APPLE CROSTATA FOR DESSERT WHICH WAS PERFECT FINISH.

L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, except for the noise level and the price: if your music is loud (even in the bathrooms!!), the costumers will have to speak loudly, and the combination is most unpleasant. The food was excellent but a bit overpriced.

TH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were fortunate enough to get a reservation for four on a Friday night. Dinner was excellent. Pammy's never disappoints.

r
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I totally adore Pammy's . But. I think the fish mains could be tastier and .. are a little on the small side for the price.

EL
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Most beautiful and perfect place to commemorate our wedding day!

FK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great experience - food was delicious and the service wonderful. The only possible drawback, the noise level was pretty high - not the place for a romantic date but totally fun for what it is.

BF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Pammy's! Yummy and inventive dishes and attentive waitstaff. This neighborhood gem is our favorite!

AG
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food - really memorable. Awesome service.

e
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unusual food to match the decor. Appetizers are a bit small for the price and it's a bit noisy, but overall the food was delicious, the wine list top notch, and the service attentive without being intrusive.

NY
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Bolognese is not to be missed, so are the mussels. Rib eye was among the best we ever had. Wow!

a
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation but arrived early and ended up sitting at the bar for dinner. Service was perfect and the food outstanding . The portions were just right, the presentation enticing and the flavors outstanding. Who thought a mesclun salad could be amazing and have layers of flavor, we couldn’t get enough of it. And the pasta dishes are to die for! This chef and team have talents that need to be honored. Where are the Michelin scouts?

SS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous black bass with Italian eggplant and cream of wheat! So flavorful and interesting! As always, the house made bread and olive oil is divine. Thank you.

JB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level was problematic. It was more than energetic, it detracted from the experience

JM
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Cambridge with the most creative menu. Always something interesting to try. I had eth best Milanese in the city a couple of months ago. Last night my friend had a pasta with oxtail ragout, coco and horseradish! Great wines by the glass and Pam always seems to be at the front which makes a difference. Plus they have they have Privateer the best rum in New England!

a
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent

AZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional! So many amazing tastes and textures. We will definitely be back :) Great way to celebrate our 5th anniversary.

OT
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and attentive, wonderful service. The only comment I’d add was the sound level was so high that it was almost impossible to hear each other without raising your voice to a shout. Sadly, it hampered the sense of communal celebration we’d hoped for, it was a drawback on our experience, I’m sorry to say, as I love Pammy’s.

CM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The octopus is a must! Great restaurant with creative and delicious dishes. Fit for foodies.

W
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was one of the best meals we’ve ever had!

CM
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The risotto app was to die for!! Always a good time at Pammy's!

CH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm and friendly staff. Accommodating and delicious food.

a
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious

m
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent everything! We sat down at the 'comunal' table and the experience was great! It still felt intimate, we were able to chat with my wife, and dinner was amazing. The experience is great from the time you come in to check in with the hostess, to the bar, to the wine list, service and of course, food!

T
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! Exceptional service, great cocktails and tasty dinner. Absolutely going back.

AH
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pammy's is without a doubt the best new restaurant in Boston. Every single dish exceeds expectation. My favorite combo - Snap Pea as well as Burrata appetizer followed by the Pork Chop for entree. TRULY EXCEPTIONAL.

PG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal, excellent service and important to get a table to properly enjoy the quality of the food and experience. Sharing the panna cotta with crushed meringue and sliced fresh figs together with an excellent sweet Sicilian desert wine from Lipari was the perfect conclusion.

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