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About Puritan & Company
Puritan & Company serves modern American cuisine, with particular emphasis on traditional New England fare, and not without occasional excursions into other ethnic ingredients and styles. Our mainstays are ingredients sourced from farms we know and locally to the extent possible, and always a sense of fun.
Our dining room is a casual and fun place to dine. We love to share our excitement about the food and wine we serve like we would in our own home. Guests and their friends should feel comfortable in our friendly and even familial environment as we make our food and guest the number one focus.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Oyster Bar
Hours of Operation:
Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm
Mon, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am
Tuesday - Thursday
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer valet parking service on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for $10.
Please watch out for Cambridge-only residential parking areas.
Closest public parking lot (meters) - on Windsor St. off of Cambridge St. (across from Harvard Glass)
Cambridge Street parking (meters) - Free on Sundays, Holidays
MBTA bus stops 69, 83, 91 CT2, 64, 68, 85 (ordered by distance of stop from restaurant)
MBTA Red Line: Central Square and 12-minute walk
Private Party Facilities:
Puritan & Company’s beautiful open dining room, full bar and ample seating, make it ideal for any special event. Your guests can enjoy our old farmhouse accents and seasonal cuisine prepared by Will Gilson and our award winning culinary team.
Private Party Contact:
Rebecca Millette: (877) 255-2417
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
~ Day-time or night-time wedding ceremonies & receptions complete with cocktail hour and a multi-course meal in our urban farmhouse setting.
~ Private company lunch, brunch, or dinner service
~ Celebratory brunches, bridal/baby showers, and rehearsal dinners
~ After-work cocktails with hors d’oeuvres for up to 40 guests
For questions, fill our simple form online at: http://www.puritancambridge.com/private-events
Puritan & Company Ratings and Reviews
We adored the atmosphere. Our server, Colin, was a delight. The staff was extremely friendly. The wine list and our selected wine was fantastic (Peter the wine director). We found the Prime Rib Special to be a disappointment. 1/3 of my serving was pure fat. Same with the other diners. The side dishes (Caesar Salad/Creamed Spinach/Carrots/Potato Galette) were very unexceptional. I will try this place again for oysters and wine.
Four of us went for brunch. The quiche was dry overcooked bad. The hash horrible tou gh no flavor. Pankakes ok. We couldn't order poached eggs. Not doin that today. Seems everything was pretty made dry serv r 100 people move on. Worst brunch ever.
Need to fix it.relying on volume customers.
It was bad. Wish it wasn't. You can fix this. Just ask me.
This was, by far, the best brunch I've ever had. We ordered a basket of four pastries—maple bacon muffin, cinnamon roll, orange and thyme scone, cashew croissant—and I had the breakfast croissant with bacon, eggs, cheddar, and potatoes. The food sounds simple enough on paper but the flavours are spectacular, and everything was perfectly done. The bacon was smoky and just crunchy enough, the potatoes were salty and wonderfully crisp, the pastries were sweet without being toothache-inducing. The croissants were no limp, crescent-shaped dinner rolls; they were true croissants, buttery and puffed up with layers of crisp, delightful pastry.
Service was great as well, very polite and quick. The restaurant was packed (understandably so; if I lived near Cambridge I'd probably be queuing up outside this place every weekend) so make sure you book a reservation in advance. Floor plan is open and there's not much space between tables, so while it's no place for a hushed, intimate chat, it's not obscenely loud either. But to be honest, even if Puritan was filled with rude waiters and smelled like a dumpster fire, I'd still patronise it often because the food is just that good.
My boyfriend and I came here for brunch, and it did not disappoint. I ordered the croissant breakfast sandwich, and it was SO buttery good. He ordered the pancakes and enjoyed those too.
I would definitely recommend this place for brunch. The only downside is that without a reservation, it's almost impossible to walk in and get a seat on the weekends.
Puritan never ever disappoints, and that is why we chose to celebrate my mother's 60th birthday at the restaurant. The staff is so kind and friendly, and carefully took the time to review the menu and the night's specials with us as we were making our decisions. We had a wonderful dinner, and will certainly be back again.
This was our first time at this restaurant. I have no idea if it is always this “busy” but people were rushing past our table regularly during our meal. Made it hard to settle in and just absorb the experience.
Granted, it IS Valentines Day and I am quite sure every table needed to turn as quickly as possible, but I would have preferred a bit slower pace.
Had 5:30 reservations on a Sunday night. Didn’t realize that it didn’t open until 5:30. It was pouring rain and they did not open the doors to let us wait in the hallway and yes, they saw us outside as well as other folks. That started the night on a bit of a sour note but we were excited to try the wonderful menu. Once inside the decor is rustic and charming and the staff were super friendly and helpful. We were seated along a wall that had a long cushioned bench. The bench was very uncomfortable. Loved the menu choices and our appetizer-mushroom toast was fabulous. The roasted chicken I was served however, was burnt on the outside and dry on the inside. I do like a crisp skin but this was burnt, as were the potatoes which were unevenly cooked. Roasted chicken seems so simple but I love to order it as there is an art to a great roasted chicken. This one was not good. My husbands meal was wonderful as was the salad. So very mixed reviews. We really wanted to like it but don’t know if we’ll return. And having us waiting outside when there is a sectioned off entry way was very off putting.
This was my fourth visit in the last few months, always for Sunday brunch. Based on past experience, I made sure to make a reservation. Unfortunately, this wasn't very helpful -- we showed up on time, and had to wait nearly 20 minutes to be seated. Oddly, the staff was not at all apologetic for this delay.
The food was, as usual, very good, and the service attentive without being disruptive. I have noticed that the menu doesn't change very much -- some of the ingredients for the quiche and the hash seem to be the only variables. You might keep this in mind if contemplating repeat visits. Regardless, a very good brunch!
I was sadly disappointed with Puritan & Company on my most recent visit. My girlfriends and I wanted to go out to Brunch for 'Galentine's Day' and decided to reserve a table at Puritan & Co. since we've all been there before and enjoyed it. When we arrived, we were told that despite having a reservation from 11:00 - 1:00, we now had to be done by 12:30 because there was another table coming in. We were not expecting to stay super long, but didn't enjoy feeling rushed. On top of that our waitress had to be asked multiple times for things like creamer for coffee and visited our table very infrequently. We were wondering why the service was so slow if we had been told by the hostess that we had a time limit on our brunch. When we were waiting for the check, we saw the staff go over to another table and inform them that they needed to go because they needed the table (even though they had sat down after us). It all made for an uncomfortable experience and, as we have all worked in food service at some point, we were surprised by the poor customer service due to what was poor planning by the host.
The mushroom toast was excellent and the mushroom pasta was also good, albeit a little on the salty side. No fresh ground pepper was offered, had to ask for it and if was left on the table for us to self grind. Our server was a little slow, but that worked for us this time as it didn't interrupt our conversation, otherwise I would have been more upset about it. With a more engaged server, the experience may have been better.
The best thing about this restaurant during brunch is the sourdough pancakes and their pastries. The egg croissant is to die for. Outside those specialties, the rest is forgettable, they have a broccoli scramble egg that is not very savory, the salmon is regular, nothing exceptional.
Moreover, their servers should smile more and they look like they hate to be there.
The food was very good. We all enjoyed our meals. The hostess was super lovely and even gave us a dessert at the end for my dad’s bday.
The service was not good. It took over an hour to get our food and no one came to explain or apologize. We sat at 8:30 and didn’t get our meal until 10pm. The waiter seemed very unhappy to be there and didn’t tell us about the specials.
The food at Puritan is very rich and on the bland side. It is well prepared but needs more pungency and complexity. I had a dry and tasteless salad and a wonderful piece of fish that needed an innovative, herbal sauce but instead had a dull pastry shell. At this restaurant and so many others, there is an over-reliance on smoked pork products to flavor everything. What about herbs, spices, vegetables, reductions, wine, and other methods to enhance and amplify the flavors of the food rather than smothering them in bacon?
We just had our first experience here -- very relaxing, good food and pleasant ambience. It is a large room and it was easily conversational with some general background noise (no need to shout). Service was excellent and. The food was interesting and consistently good. High point of the evening was the lamb belly to start -- exceptionally well done!
I've been to Puritan and Co many times before. I love the vibe here, rustic but clean, good lighting, doesn't feel cramped. They have a great selection of wine and house cocktails, the food is absolutely delicious, and the servers are very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu, overall they provide great service, until this evening…
Our server didn't greet us, he quickly poured our water without a "hello" or an attempt to make eye contact, and darted away. He came back 10-minutes later, and only asked "So what drinks you having?" with more of an attitude than a smile. We ordered cocktails and he snatched our wine glasses with one hand so they clanged together, stacked our side plates on the table, scooped them up with one hand, and tossed our menus back at us.
Our drinks, appetizers, and entrees came and went, all delicious and well timed. Our utensils were cleared and table decrumbed between every course and water glasses were constantly filled. But this was all done by other staff members. We only saw our server once during the course of the meal, when he asked if we were enjoying the entrees and we were basically finished.
Our server eventually asked if we would like dessert, and he noticed that I had placed my credit card on the table. He asked if we wanted the check, and returned a few minutes later, without a word, placed the bill on the table, and darted away. We waited at least 10-minutes for him to return, and watched him chat with other staff members, casually walking in and out of the kitchen without plates, all while making it impossible to get his attention without waving him down. Eventually we gave up and asked another staff member to run our card, and we left.
We love the food here, and the other staff members were very helpful and provided great service, but the experience was heavily marred by our server. We will return to Puritan and Co., but we were extremely dissappointed and wouldn’t return if this was our first time here.
What a wonderful place! Fine dining-level food and service in a casual, neighborhood restaurant. We were familiar with Will Gilson from the Herb Lyceum in Groton, and really enjoy his continued commitment to fresh ingredients, even in the middle of winter. We had the tasting menu which were all wonderful, our favorite being the first course of burrata, pesto, beets and endive. We also had the wine pairings which were somewhat hit or miss, but the best was an Oregon Alsatian-type off-dry blend paired with a course of poached egg, Romesco sauce and salsify chips. Can’t wait to go back again and try more innovative dishes from this amazing chef. This restaurant is a gem!!
This was my third time having Sunday brunch at Puritan. The food choices are always interesting, and the pastries are simply amazing. (Even the quiche crust is remarkable!) Service is attentive. Reservations are highly recommended around lunch time, at which time things can get a bit noisy. The drinks menu looks interesting, but I haven't tried it yet (I'm not a brunch-time drinker).
Wonderful wonderful food. Our server chose an amazing wine for us. Puritan is our go-to place and we took a friend there to celebrate a 'big birthday,' but we also decided we should come back to Puritan and just eat an appetizer and a glass of wine on any night of the week.
Went on X-mas eve and had a 3-course tasting which was very good the homemade burrata, crudo, braised short ribs, pecan tart and buche du noel paired with some nice red wine all made for a good celebration. The only quibble was we also ordered oysters and just as we finished our first ones the first course came but the bartender apologized and things were much better paced after that. Kudos for delicious cocktails and the special after dinner treat. We will be back to try the regular menu.
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