Pammy's

4.7
424 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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 Dining
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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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Neighborhood
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 424 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Drinks and food were unbelievable, some of the best food in boston

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

Amazing. Period.

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nate is the best! Food and wine suggestions were the best. Yum!

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

A thoroughly enjoyable experience! The food and service were outstanding. The design is fun. Having just spent a few days forced to dine (on business) in the incredibly overpriced and overhyped Seaport District, Pammy's was a great pleasure. Not cheap but absolutely worth it. Cocktails were also special, delicious and not silly. All four of us loved it. The one drawback, on a primetime Friday night, was the deafening noise level. The classic high ceilings/hard surfaces noise generation design. We were hoarse at the end of the meal. Use some noise-deadening surfaces, Chris and Pammy, and you will have perfection.

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IT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences we've had in the greater Boston area. We will def. come back!

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

Delightful in all ways--warm attentive service, spectacular food, perfect cocktails and wine, and a room that glows. Just wonderful.

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

Loved everything about the restaurant. The food was amazing. Great ambience a very pleasing dining room and the food was outstanding.

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KB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding all around! Beautiful atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff, fantastic food and wine!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good but overpriced. Wine list fine, but seemed intentionally obscure. So noisy conversation was nearly impossible.

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KG
New England
68 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We've been to Pammy's several times. The room is beautiful. The food is very good. The service is lovely. But the noise level is more than energetic, is positively abusive. We sat at the communal table, on a corner so we were inches from each other and we were the only two at our side of the table, and we still could barely hear each other over the loud music. The room has no sound deadening materials and is designed to be all marble, stone, and wood. The music is phenomenally loud, especially when the room is half full and there are no human bodies to absorb it. We won't be back and we have reconsidered inviting friends--what would be the point? We couldn't hear each other talk at a table for two, let alone a table for four or six. Unfortunate.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

we have been several times. Booked for my birthday. A few items that makes this occasion a points off moment, but overall really like Pammy's and will come back.

Noise level so loud that some patrons are projecting so loudly that between the music and them we couldn't hear ourselves or the waitstaff etc. We asked both the staff to turn the music down and one patron to be quieter - ouch our bad!

Food was very good. One dish took exception, yes the waiter offered to 'do something' but didn't actually do anything - so when four people are eating entrees and one is needing something to be done, just do it, or remove it from bill or something. I think that way, I work in service, it is what I do.

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TB
New England
27 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Food and Staff

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed Pammy's since their opening in Cambridge. The decor is lovely; staff are cordial and well-informed; great cocktails and delicious and inventive food_ but not overly so!
Wonderful evening out! Make reservations in advance.

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b
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had in Boston this year. Really wonderful food, great drinks, excellent servers and loved the vibe here. Serious food served casually. We will be back as soon as we can get another reservation.

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AZ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants I've been to in Boston! Food is creative and melt in your mouth!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pros: Good ambiance and Great device. Cons: No AC, warm water

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VD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pros: Great food, beautiful decor, charming and knowledgeable staff.
Cons: The temperature outdoors was over 90 and the restaurant was very hot inside. If this was a choice made in support of energy conservation and the environment, then that’s great. However, Pammy’s should alert patrons in advance sow they can plan and dress accordingly. Also, twice the waitstaff rushed my companion and me; twice attempting to remove plates that we had not finished.
A great restaurant, the above comments notwithstanding.

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CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time at Pammy's and it just gets better everytime. I love their Negroni's on tap and their Spaghetti 3.2

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PS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food - a little too loud to comfortably talk with your companion.

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J
New England
36 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. A tad noisier than I like.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Having Air Condition put a damper (literally) on the dining experience. Other than that, food and service was great.

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JH
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Service a little slow. Seating too crowded together. Green salad weak and boring but pork loin best I ever had.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta here is better than in Italy. I can’t wait to go back!

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I love this restaurant, but it was too loud to enjoy the amazing food and beautiful ambiance. With the high ceilings and packed room, it was impossible to hear the people I was dining with and the wait staff. We ate our (delicious) food without much conversation because it was too much effort to hear over everyone else. If Pammy's installed sound dampeners on the ceiling and around the room - discretely, of course - it would make the dining experience infinitely better. They're already so close to perfect, but it's the only reason I won't be going back any time soon.

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1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Turn the damn AC on higher.

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. A little noisy but overall very pleasant

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner from start to finish! Mussels were unquestionably the best we ever had. Wild forged mushroom pasta was amazing too. Wagyu steak melted in your mouth. Our waiter was super cool and chill. Ambiance was fantastic. This place looks like something you’d see in a design catalog.

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KO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The loveliest dining experience I’ve had so far in Boston.

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V
San Antonio
31 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

REALLY NOISY
Mussels were great. Served with lime creme. Very interesting,tasty combo
Pasta with mushrooms boring
They also add a kitchen gratuity onto the bill. I would rather they upped their prices and did away with tipping

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LD
New England
47 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The homemade pastas are outstanding! Love the space and decor. Excellent wait staff. Another great meal.

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K
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am always skeptical when a new restaurant gets hyped everywhere, bit this place exceeded the reviews.

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GS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great, but it was way too noisy, impossible to talk to the other members of the party.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Pammy's has been on my list for a long time. it was just ok. The specialty drinks were delicious. Pasta very good. The main entree was good but nothing over the top. We waited quite a while for our main dish and the reason that was given was because it was a new item.... It was pretty pricey which I don't mind paying when the food is memorable. The atmosphere and waiter kept this rating at a good.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We were very much looking forward to dining at Pammy’s as we have read much about it. Unfortunately our experience did not match the on line reviews. The atmosphere is great but that was only thing that was great about the entire evening. The service we received was fair. It took forever to get our round of drinks .... both times! Our appetizer was very good but overpriced for what we got. 25 dollars for a very small antipasti platter. Our meals were average at best. I ordered a pork dish... almost flavorless with tons of garlic. The meat was tough or over cooked or both. The breading was flavorless and it was topped with a bed of greens. My husband basically ordered a bowl of spaghetti. The meat sauce was somewhat tasteless and the pasta very thick and chewy. With two drinks each the meal came to 200 dollars and they charged a kitchen fee? We may try it again but overall we were extremely disappointed in the entire evening.

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PB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is very loud but the food is worth it

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere. But the unique cuisine can not be beat

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have read wonderful reviews and had high expectations. When I finally had dinner there, I found the meal to be just OK. The space is one large room and quite lively - noisy for some people. The service was pleasant. Now the food - mussels tasty but I've had better. The asparagus was good. The halibut was dry and way too salty - a big disappointment.

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant with great vibes and a beautiful aesthetics. Good place to eat healthy--I had no problem staying on my regime. Wonderful service--good tips on wine for my friend.

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Upscale, hip restaurant serving relatively simple but outstanding food. Very good service staff. Extremely popular so reservations a necessity. Highly recommended. Only negative is that it is quite loud so don't plan intimate or complex business conversations.

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