Pammy's

4.7
551 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Italian, French
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday 5:30PM - 1:00AM
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Phone number
(617) 945-1761
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christopher Willis
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Cross street
Hancock street
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Parking details
Ample Street Parking
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Public transit
Redline Central Square and Harvard Square, 1 bus, 63 bus
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Naples
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family was in town visiting from Florida, and my mom requested to go to Pammy's. We loved our experience, dining, and service (by Angie.) Ill keep coming back!

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JK
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally scored a reservation here & it was worth the wait! Great ambiance, sensational food & wonderful service. We came to celebrate a birthday but I’d come back at any time! I’d love to think we could just walk in & grab a seat at the bar.. but due to Pammys popularity that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon. Plan ahead, get a reservation & enjoy a phenomenal meal at Pammys!!

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NP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambience at Pammy's is wonderful. I had been looking forward to eating here for weeks.
I sadly did not enjoy my meal.
I expected to be able to choose from at least more than one vegetarian entree.
Perhaps Pammy's is better suited for meat eaters.

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

Dont know why I waited so long to get here because so many of my friends have recommended I go. So glad I did. It was everything and more. Pasta for days. All the meat. You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the buzz!

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b
New England
91 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Too noisy; heavy food

Was looking forward to trying Pammy's. Lots of kudos from the critics and press. Great space but way too noisy. We basically had to shout to get heard. The bass crudo was wonderfully light and tasty. Good botle of wine. But the three pastas we ordered were uniformly heavy heavy heavy. A big disappointment. We ordered the Lumache and the Malfaldine pastas. The sauces were over-thought out, thick, no finesse. Really couldn't finish them.

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AK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I had really high expectations for this place being that it has a little hype going. The service was pretty slow, the portions were small, and the food was just OK but nothing to write home about.

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SS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently great food and wine choices. Will be back

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food in a beautiful setting with great service. Only complaint was that it was too loud for us to be able to comfortably talk to each other.

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H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Italian at its core, but ever changing influences from different cultures -- currently some southeast Asian influence. Mains tend to be fairly daring and complex with some surprising ingredients. These come together pretty well, though some of the "simpler" dishes like the mussels with squid ink arancini were just amazing.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was awesome and the staff treated us as if it were fine dining. Can't speak highly enough of Pammy's. Definitely a must try!

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BP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Remarkably good (especially the cucumber and crab soup)
Nice decor and service
Extremely loud however. Almost impossible to have a conversation without shouting. Should explore solutions for better acoustic and reduce the music level too

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EL
New England
46 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was one of the best meals I ever had. The bass crudo was so fresh and the layers of flavor were just amazing. The lamb belly could have been my entire meal- delicious. The malfedine pasta with rabbit was rich and velvety. The branzino was the best I ever tasted- the skin stayed crispy, the polenta was silky, and the eggplant was great. Quite pricey but worth every penny!

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b
New England
119 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We sat at the Communal Table and enjoyed talking to the people seated next to us very much. My husband thought the wine list was a little too expensive for wines by the glass. We split the cavatelli with mushrooms for an appetizer and that was absolutely terrific! I had the skirt steak for my main course and thought it was good but the portion was very small (and one of the most expensive things on the menu if not the most expensive). My husband had the pork chop Milanese which was a huge portion and he thought it was very good and a little different. We had some sort of almond pastry with strawberry foam for dessert and thought it was just okay. Not sure we are rushing back..........

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GC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Our server was incredibly rude to our table. It was a disappointing experience.

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j
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a really good meal. Creative menu and great service. Something for everyone. Ambiance is fun. Very trendy place.

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JA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the ambience. Kudos to some very inventive and knowledgeable chefs. Thank you for what will be a repeat stop with friends and family.

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EB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good experience - good food but also think I can get the same food in the north end.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely environment visually. Very noisy and with dim lighting which would be romantic for some but looking around meant people had to use their cellphone to read the menu. Very pleasant service which was impressive considering how busy they were. Starter and main were both excellent with nuanced flavors. Great wine. This place is all hard surfaces so any noise and there is a fair bit when its full is amplified. Good for a date if you are a bit awkward with each other as is a lively atmosphere but not romantic in my view. Didn't feel like they were trying to turn tables which is welcome as this isn't a cheap meal and is best savored. I'd go again with pleasure.

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Pammy's for our anniversary this past weekend. The food, booze and service were all outstanding. Don't expect any standard fare - picky eaters should proceed with caution - but foodies rejoice!

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Pammy's and we loved the decor and ambiance right away. Found a seat at the bar and decided to have dinner there. The cocktails were fantastic, loved the Negronis on draft, and each dish we ordered was better than the next. The Pork Milanese was outstanding!

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C
Tampa
49 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

From drinks to starters to entrees, everything was delicious, creative and interesting. Especially enjoyed the raw brussels "salad" and the branzino. Too bad we didn’t get to try the desserts, but we were too full! Next time, for sure.

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Noise Level very high and uncomfortable! Don't understand the small round marble tables. Tiny.
Food and wine were great!

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The acoustics make it hard to NOT hear surrounding conversation, our waiter was very good, the wine stewarding sincere—if not a bit carried away, and some of the busboy service bizarre entitled.

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KZ
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect setting for 5 friends, seated at u-shaped table! Friendly & knowledgeable staff, exceptional wait staff!! Wonderful food, especially good pasta dishes, perfectly al dente!!!

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MR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Fantastic bar tender - mixed a customized gin cocktail that my entire table decided they wanted.

Three of us sat at a round table. Perfect because one person has a slight hearing problem.

Food was delicious.

My only complaint - too noisy.

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ID
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pammy's is an amazing spot. Their homemade pasta dishes are to die for.

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BK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant with beautiful decor and great food! Loved it!!!!!!!

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PB
Dublin
35 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best of 2018. Great meal from start to finish. We can’t wait to return.

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YS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was as billed: interesting and delicious - there were multiple choices I would have been happy with. My companion ordered the pasta with rabbit and there were tiny bones in his sauce, which could have been a big problem, but they were caught and the pasta was delicious. I had the vegetarian pasta option, which was also delicious although I would have been happier had there been just a couple of bites more in my bowl. The service was good, although not as attentive as other restaurants that this price point. As with other hip restaurants nowadays, the place seems to think that low light somehow makes for good ambience - it doesn't. It just makes people whip out their super bright phone flashlights to look at the menu and the bill. Please turn up the lights!

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HC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great location. Expect to be here for a while- it’s a nice cross between casual and fine dining, so the food does take a while to come out. But totally worth it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This is the first review I have ever written as I spent my entire career on the recienving end of these being in the bar and restaurant business for the past 20 years, but I could not let this one go. After our initial drink order took almost 30 minutes, when the drinks finally arrived at our table the server slipped and spilt them all over me. It didn’t really bother me and I felt bad for the girl, but after no one came to visit the table and at the end the drink was still on the check, it made me realize how little focus there was on guest experience, the most important part of success. Along with many other little things that I could have let slide, this situation that could have easily been rectified ruined our entire experience and none of us will be back.

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MK
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming, knowledgable and kind team, amazing food, killer cocktails, stunning space, dope vibe. All without an ounce of pretension. Pammy's nails it. Will delight even the most particular of diners.

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SA
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here before going to the show at the Oberon. The bartender and wait staff were excellent. They were welcoming, attentive and responsive to our time constraints, and made excellent food and drink recommendations. The food was exceptionally good. The appetizers--asparagus and lamb pianini. Both were very tasty. The mains -- the branzino with eggplant and hummus and the swordfish with corn. Both were excellent. The swordfish with corn sauce was especially good. I had a mixed drink from the bar, which was very good, and the bar tenders were really fun to talk to. The wines were excellent and a bit unusual. It's a very comfortable place to eat. We will definitely be back when we don't have to go to a show!

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M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole staff was absolutely wonderful and knowledgeable and made our evening extra special. The pastas were delicious. We’ll definitely be back.

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e
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were blown away with the service from the moment we walked through the door! We came only once before for an anniversary dinner 2 months prior, the hostess greeted us, "Welcomed back!" We were shocked that she remembered us, then we had the same food server as the last visit, Ryan, and he remembered how I liked my mocktail + what we had ordered last visit! The food was sooo delicious, we ordered the asparagus with fried smoked mozzarella + meyer lemon citronette, the swordfish with New England corn, habanero sofrita +wild agretti + for desert the blueberry crostata with mascarpone ice cream. All were exceptionally delicious and tasted even better surrounded by the welcoming staff, beautiful decor + fun atmosphere. We felt like guests at a really entertaining party!

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KR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and I love their wine list. Very much looking forward to going back.

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MB
New England
30 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Order the tomatoes and garlic toast. They salt the tomatoes and the toast--just like I like it. The drinks are lovely--the bartender even figured out a way to make a non-alcoholic Negroni for my husband (it was the essence of the Negroni without the booze). I preferred my appetizers over my main course (the halibut). The fish was good but didn't wow me, like the tomato appetizer. (I had recently had a fish in a smoky broth with beans at Short & Main that was better, IMHO.) I love the wine list--and that's definitely a bonus for this spot. The entire place feels like a party!

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JS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic -food, exceptional wait staff, really nice energy in the dining room. We will visit again and again.

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IT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Superb Italian core but creative. The lamb belly piadina with green papaya + wagyu with xp sauce had really vibrant, fresh Asian flavors.

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