Pammy's

4.8
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1135 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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C
New England
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service was excellent. Favorite item was the red snapper.

SC
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we'd ever had. Everything was unique and so well done. We are already trying to figure out when we can go back and try more of the menu.

JW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic. I called in advance about having a gluten allergy and while the waiter was somewhat knowledgeable, I felt like he kept forgetting and I was somewhat disappointed at the lack of flexibility with some of the dishes - the specials and things that may have been prepared in flour that could have been grilled, etc. , no alternatives to a bread basket (possible crudites, etc). Overall though, what we did eat was fantastic.

SJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The dishes were inventive and most were a great mix of creativity and taste. The shared table was a bit awkward and the noise level was very high, but overall a good experience.

KM
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were exceptional.

v
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

We went at 6.15 thinking it would be less crowded and noisy, since we had heard about the high noise level from friends. When we entered, the music was so loud, I felt I had entered a discotheque, not an expensive restaurant.
Although, they did lower the volume a little in response to my request, we were all glad to be outside after our meal, and get away from the noise.
Other than the noise, everything was wonderful. Unfortunately, unless the noise is reduced, we won't go back.
I once heard from a restaurant owner that the function of loud music is to get people to drink more and leave sooner. I really don't know anyone who likes loud music if they want to talk, but many restaurants do it.

JT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Delicious food. Best meal in several years. The restaurant was packed so service may have been a little slow. It is an attractive space but EXTREMELY noisy, so much so I would have second thoughts about coming back. There are things they could do to dampen the sound, but they are so successful they probably won’t bother.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Just perfect. Every time. My favorite spot in Boston.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cutest place! So cozy inside. We sat at the communal table but didn’t feel overcrowded with strangers. The flavors in the food were outstanding. We took our waiter’s recommendation for a starter (the lamb) and it did not disappoint. Can’t wait to go back!

MR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. They were extremely busy and everything was done in a timely manner. My husband and I loved How the servers all worked together. We never even had to poor our water into our glasses... they were all just so on top of it!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great wine paring with food!

LM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazon Valentine’s Day dinner!!

JB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time. Thank you! Everything from service to innovative food. Definitely going back.

MH
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pammy's is absolutely one of my favorite places in Cambridge and one of the best places to eat at in and out of Boston proper.

j
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I loved the place and the food was amazing, very rich and flavory.
Although we had to wait for around 15-20 mins to get our table (after the time of our reservation), it would've been nice to get a free drink or a compliment for making us wait. Our waitress was nice at the begging but then she was not so, didn't even say goodbye when we left, so we felt bad for not leaving a great tip.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bread!!!! Aakakakskjaja

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service set the tone for an excellent evening. Loved everything about Pammy’s.

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love the atmosphere at Pammy’s! The food is always fantastic and the service is excellent.

e
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fourth time here. I love it every time, and always find new things to try out.

j
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service and food.

C
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fantastic food and service. The pasta in particular was unique and delicious, but I enjoyed it all. Nice space, modern yet comfortable. My only complaint was that it was quite noisy and hard to hear other people in my party.

h
New England
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pammys is great. The octopus appetizer is one of my favorite dishes. All the food was delicious. Went after an ART show and it was a great way to end the night

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our meal portions were tiny and overpriced. I would recommend ordering at least two courses to leave satisfied and be prepared to spend well over $200 if you should also order drinks. While the branzino dish was tasty, we also ordered a bolognese pasta dish that was salty with undercooked pasta. The best part was my drink and the dessert. I would spend my $150 elsewhere and leave with a full belly and try more variety. Service was good but we will not be back.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Pammy's is an absolute gem. The ambience and service could not be better. My only quibble is that the (vegetarian) pasta portions seem to be getting smaller and smaller and just don't compare to the Casarecce.

DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, terrific!

SC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service at Pammy's! My wife is very pregnant, and they said they couldn't seat her until other guests arrived. It was for a reservation for 2 people, and plenty of open seating all around when they said that to her. They did offer a bar seat but typically high seats are uncomfortable for pregnant people to get in and out of. I can understand why they do the policy (because Pammy's is hopping!) but I would ask Pammy's to reconsider having a hard stance on their seating policy.

F
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails were above reproach. However we thought the wine list was overpriced. Trying to go low end we chose a red that came with a pop-top and had no flavor whatsoever. For $52. Sent it back and promptly had the general manager offering us advice on the list. Chose well and still relatively low end on this list at $64. I feel they should look at this mark up on the wines and give customers more of what they are paying for without breaking the bank. Good service and once we got good wine thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

LF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pammy’s consistently captures “special” - the food, the environment, the engaging staff. Whenever we have a questions about the wine selection, we always have a knowledgeable team member address our questions, including frank comments about a wine’s downside. We tried an innovative starter with polenta, endive, and radishes and it was wonderful - a great palette expander. We had the Berkshire pork chop and the venison, both equally lovely; the flavors were savory, complex and new. Even the side dish compliments were excellent. Thanks for a lovely evening!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pammy and the staff were excellent! Food was top notch.

E
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot recommend this place enough. I feel like I’m bringing it up in the middle of a conversation that has nothing to do with food or restaurants. You walk in to Pammy’s and feel like you’ve been there before. Not because it looks like other restaurants but because of the warm ambiance and combination of vintage but rustic decor, that makes you feel like you’re at the home of a friend. The staff make you feel like you’ve known them for years with their attention to detail and caring demeanor. At that point, the food could have been mediocre and I would have gone back. But it wasn’t. It was delectable, fresh, and memorable. Easily the best mussels and pasta I have ever had. Pammy’s will be hard to beat for best dining experience I’ve ever had.

k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Rushed service and the food was good, but overly fancy and very expensive. Not bad, but also I was hoping it would be a bit different!

w
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fav restaurant in Boston. Best service, best food, always amazing.

KC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere are all outstanding. Can’t wait to go back

K
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was magnificent experience. The bolognese changed my life. Go here, you will be happy.

JB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food - Great People
The staff and Ownership at Pammy's only enhanced the whole experienced. Their attitude, helpfulness and warm personalities made great food even better.

GM
New England
53 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and it did not disappoint. The menu provides lots of variety—both small plates to share and large plates for yourself. The food is delicious, the wait staff is helpful and the beverage options are great. We look forward to returning.

R
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We had heard great things about Pammy’s and were looking forward to a special night out for my wife’s birthday. The waiter was cheerful and the ambience was fun. But the food was nothing special. There were many exotic ingredients listed on the menu - which sounded wonderful, but it did not translate into great cooking. The portions were so small we went home to get enough to eat. The prices seemed high for the quality of the food.

K
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Per usual, Pammy’s was exceptional. I have been several times and never been disappointed with the food, atmosphere and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, we went for a birthday!