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Pammy's, Cambridge, MA

Pammy's

4.8
4.8
2091 Reviews
$50 and over
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 vibes 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 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.

We're currently serving a Prix Fixe menu for all reservations. A la carte dining is available for walk-in guests at our bar and in our lounge.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Italian, French
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (617) 945-1761
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Christopher Willis
  • Private party facilities
    We offer full buyouts of the restaurant on a limited basis throughout the year. please email us at info@pammyscambridge.com for more information.
  • Neighborhood
    Cambridge
  • Cross street
    Hancock street
  • Parking details
    Ample Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Redline Central Square and Harvard Square, 1 bus, 63 bus
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • $79 Prix Fixe Menu

    $79.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    All reservations in the dining room are currently served our "Choose your own Adventure" 3-course experience. $79 gets you any combination of three dishes on our menu. We are also offering a $45 Wine Pairing: a glass of wine paired with each dish chosen. If you would prefer to order a la carte, please join us at the bar or lounge (walk-ins only). IMPORTANT NOTES *We reserve the right to withhold seating for incomplete parties* *We will honor reservations until 15 minutes past due (including incomplete parties). Anything later could result in loss of reservation.* *If you choose counter seating, you will be seated at our side-by-side communal table*

What 2,091 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

2,091 Reviews
  1. IreneM

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend! The food was amazing along with the service.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Possbily the best food I have had! It says "small plates" but amazing amount of food!

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  3. Tornado33

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just as NYT Best of Boston restaurants article indicated, Pammy's is exceptional on all counts. Deliciously unique culinary artistry. Low key, very tasteful dining setting. On-their-toes appropriately attentive and warm staffers. We plan on returning. 5 star experience.

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  4. KenT

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I have a visceral dislike of the 6% "Kitchen fee" It is written in very fine print on the menu, and all a kitchen fee does is to drive down the base wages of kitchen staff. Restaurants should just pay the kitchen staff a reasonable wage and cover it out of the list price of the menu. The restaurant was very noisy, they could use some sound dampening features. The food was good, it seemed like most was sous vide and all covered in the same foam.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this place out does itself time and time again, such great value - great wine, even better food that had us audibly gasping and ooing and aahing to our server. specifically the lamb tartare and duck were to die for, i cant wait to come back

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  6. JenniferP

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unbelievable menu choices - everything was outstanding!

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  7. JQQJ

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, interesting wine list and friendly service. The wine director is phenomenal. She was very helpful and knowledgeable.

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  8. SFGreekTurk

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious! Pammy's did not disappoint. The standout for me was the octopus and the duck, but everything was fabulous. I would definitely go back next time I'm in Boston.

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  9. Matt

    Limerick

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Magnificent. Great food, lovely vibes, and terrific service. Can’t recommend enough

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  10. stevez

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite spots. The Noise level is too high. They need some acoustic modifications.

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  11. JPEater

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was SO NICE—nothing was rushed, everything was so carefully paced, it was packed but we could hear each other just fine. The duck was INCREDIBLE and the cherry/averna cocktail was delectable

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  12. LouiseA

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    consistently fabulous food and service. Love this place

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, amazing food, amazing place! I went there with my wife to celebrate our first anniversary and had a perfect experience. We recommend it!

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  14. PatrickS

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, great service. I wish we ate here very night.

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  15. SEA96

    Miami

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a 9:45 reservation and had to wait for over half an hour at the bar for our table to be ready. we didn’t even get to eat our 3rd plate before we had to leave to make it on time to the next event we had scheduled that night. So we packed our food and left. On our way to the next place, we gave it all to the homeless, so i’m not sure if it was good or not. Was pretty much a waste of money.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    It was too slow and the waiter wasn’t nice. We were seated 15 min late. The food was great but the overall service diminished from it.

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  17. KrisPC00

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious. Inventive vegetarian options, superb pasta courses, and service was excellent (kudos to our great waiter, Keith). Can't wait to go back and eat through more of the menu. Experience-wise I did not love being seated side by side at a communal table. The hostess knew it was our wedding anniversary (likely due to our open table profile) and sweetly wished us a happy anniversary upon our arrival for our 5:15 reservation. Unfortunately we were then seated at the large communal table in the center of the restaurant. The table itself is quite gorgeous, stunning as is the entirety of the decor and atmosphere at Pammy's -- but not quite what I was hoping when dining out with my husband for our anniversary dinner. It just felt weird to be seated side by side and not facing one another - and quite literally in the middle of the space. If you're not a fan of communal tables, I suggest if you'll be eating here as a party of two you might want to specify that you'd like your own table. Another option is to just walk in early and sit at a table for two in the lounge and order a la carte.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    enjoyed a lot. food was good and service was good. better value than the other restaurant I took my girlfriend to.

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  19. MaeveK

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious. Service was lovely and knowledgeable. Great wine list. Will be back!

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  20. Matt

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pammy's was exceptional top to bottom. The three course tasting menu choose-your-own-adventure was something I'd never done before, and everything from the service, drinks, food, and atmosphere was top notch. This was truly the best meal I've had in Boston for the past few years. Very proud of the team at Pammy's and what they've accomplished! Thanks for making our night so special.

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  21. AmandaR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best cocktail: - The cocktail of the week with beet shrub. Very refreshing! The best dishes: - Octopus (tender, beautifully fried, great pork addition) - Lumache Bolognese (pasta was perfect al dente, gochujang was nice addition) - Duck Breast (very flavorful, tender) Our least favorite: - Asparagus (cold) - Porcelet (poor presentation, not the greatest fusion with the congee, cabbage was too roasted/charred, food elements didn't go well. However, pork was tender and cooked well. ) Dessert: - We had a birthday. they put a candle on an empty plate, despite having ordered dessert. Major ambiance issue: - We were seated on the outside corner by the fireplace. This was an issue for a couple reasons: 1. We had a reservation. Birthday dinner was noted. This seat should be used only for walk-ins, not reservations. 2. One of the seats was along the fireplace with a cushion underneath. The MAJOR issue with this is that they sat folks waiting to be at the same corner... the people were so close they often touched/ bumped into me. If I wanted to be that close, I would have reserved the communal table. The service was WONDERFUL. Attentive, timely and pleasant.

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  22. MatthiasK

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience overall with very interesting compositions and ingredients. Loved the cocktails and wine list, too!

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  23. FiFi

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten here many times over the years and have enjoyed the food, service, ambience and company. This week was no different, except for a bitter taste left at the end of the meal. Unfortunately, we arrived 15 minutes late for our 2-hour time slot (Boston public transport). Our waiter allowed us to stay longer, which was much appreciated, however, one server told us to leave while we were still finishing our desserts and wine. We would not have minded if we had been informed while ordering our dessert that we only had a certain amount of time to eat before having to leave. Instead, we felt pressure to gulp down the wine and hurry the dessert while leaving the table.

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  24. Foodie

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food favors with delicious sauces. Wish is was quieter though.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice ambiance, vibe and service. Food unfortunately missed the mark a few time (both appetizers way too salty, etc).

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  26. Hausi

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Convenient location Very attentive staff Nice selection of dishes - Had Octopus, Mushrooms, Bozini and Veal Nice selection of wines

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  27. CourtneyD

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional service - friendly, knowledgeable and incredibly accommodating to a food allergy. The food is creative and exciting while perfectly balanced. Portions of pasta dishes are very generous, we left full. Great wine list and creative cocktails. Ambiance is lively and communal. Our new favorite special occasion spot - hard to beat!

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  28. SusanP

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time eating at Pammy's and I felt even more so that everything was outstanding. We eat out a lot, and the inventive, tastiness of all of the dishes really stood out!

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  29. PatrickB

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I found ourselves stuck in Cambridge as a result of certain family entanglements. We were feeling glum with no bright options for spending the evening. THEN.... we stumbled into Pammys and things went technicolor. We were seated at the southeast end of bar and were almost immediately sipping a 29 degree Martini and an Oaxaca Old Fashioned. In addition to being a really great bar full of fashionable, chatty and probably interesting local people, Pammy's also has a full menu of really great food including asparagus served with a cured egg yolk and a circle of something very tasty that resembles a large egg white cut into a slice. We also tried crispy mushrooms, some fish, pasta, bread pudding and some really delicious bread (which is offered free of charge, at least at the bar.) The staff of the restaurant, including a woman who I believe was the Eponymous Pammy of Pammys, were all very friendly and made us feel welcome being in Cambridge. We met a very nice person from Maine which was another exciting wrinkle to the experience. We will definitely go back the next time life throws us a curveball and we are stuck in the Boston metro area. A big thanks to Pammys for salvaging our night!

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  30. statusk

    Washington DC

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun restaurant with great food. Great to have a few people so you can share bites. Great value including the wine pairing. Their wine list OSS quite reasonably priced as well. One note we tried to get in earlier but they were packed and couldn’t even get a spot at the bar. Not a problem we hung out at the Dunkin’ and there’s an Irish pub down the street but on a busy weekend night don’t expect to be able to hang out earlier than your time.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing experience. Staff is very nice and very good at helping make suggestions. Will continue to come back!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing experience! an unassuming and laid back fine dining adventure. love the freedom of choice with the menu & how much variety there is - everything bursting with flavor. michelle, our waitress, was also so personable and knowledgeable.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Pretty restaurant. Interesting menu. Several dishes too salty. Much too loud/poor acoustics.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great experience at Pammy’s celebrating my partner’s birthday! The food was delicious, truly nothing we didn’t enjoy. The waiter was so kind and helpful! Would definitely recommend!

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  35. Lexi

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience every dish that we tried was better than the previous!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    $79 is egregious for poorly curated flavors, slow service, and overall bad food. The duck was too smoky, the fusilli was overcooked, and the bluefin tuna crudo didn’t taste fresh. On top of that, the fusilli took 20+ minutes to come and we saw other tables that arrived later than us get served earlier. Would never recommend to dine at Pammy’s; how this place is highly rated is honestly beyond me.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. Stacemasterj

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Presentation of the food is pretty but every dish was salty and I was left with the feeling they had put Curly's bbq sauce in everything as their "secret" ingredient. And the front of house hospitality reeks of unearned pretentiousness, as if *you* are there for the restaurant, not that the restaurant is there for you.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in the Boston area by FAR. Do yourself a favor and eat here. If Michelin star restaurants were in Boston, this would absolutely be one.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Servers pleasant. They kind of rushed us along. Did it used to be 4 courses? Averages $27/plate before wine or dessert.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Tuna was flavorless; pasta was overly salted; drinks were good; foie gras was highlight of meal

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FAQs

Pammy's is rated 4.8 stars by 2091 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Pammy's

928 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hancock street
  • Neighborhood
    Cambridge
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Italian, French
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Ample Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Redline Central Square and Harvard Square, 1 bus, 63 bus
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Christopher Willis
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 945-1761
  • Private party facilities
    We offer full buyouts of the restaurant on a limited basis throughout the year. please email us at info@pammyscambridge.com for more information.
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