Shy Bird

4.6
95 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
An all-day neighborhood rotisserie and cafe. We are located in the heart of Kendall Square in Cambridge, surrounded by the MIT campus. We are best known for our rotisserie chicken, sandwiches in addition to great coffee, wine, beer, and cocktails.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 95 people are saying
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4.6
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vipEleanorG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a GREAT experience here. We tried both the rotisserie and fried chicken and both were so good. We loved the pecorino ranch sauce. Our friends liked the chicken sandwich as well.

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vipNYEater
New England
87 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg the BEST FRIES EVER!! We loved our dinner and drinks. Son loved his burger and Ranch chicken sandwich was delicious. Fried chicken needs some more slices but Polynesian sauce was finger licking good!!

The staff did a sweet birthday tribute and provided a delicious dessert. Worth a revisit and trying EVERYTHING on the menu!

Did I mention the BEST FRIES???

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vipMetalOx
New England
52 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This restaurant is always solid, from breakfast to dinner. The staff is really pleasant, and the heat lamps are great! I like the Shy Bird benedict and the warm veggie bowls.

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SallyA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, friendly staff, convenient location, fair prices.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute place! The service was amazing and the compliance with COVID guidlines made me feel very comfortable eating here. The food and drinks were great! Definitely would recommend this place to a friend or anyone new to the area!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

really delicious brunch!!

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LAAA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Given that ShyBird is known for their chicken, I ordered a fried chicken and egg sandwich. Which is what it was. Rather lackluster presentation although the chicken was tasty. Needed some sort of sauce to "connect" the piece of chicken sitting atop a folded piece of scrambled egg on a portuguese muffin. Thought the "hot honey" was sticky rather than tasty. No sides. Maybe their dinner menu is better?

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can not say enough good things about the food, and staff. Also the cocktails are amazing. Support this awesome local spot. You will not be disappointed.

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DestinyNC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We got the chicken, which was mediocre. The texture was good, but it was somehow... just not quite what you would expect a rotisserie to be.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy outdoor dining with cozy heaters and even warmer staff. This is how we are going to get through the pandemic, people. Straight up awesome food, wine list, cocktails, with the most affable and informed staff. Eating outside in mid-40* temps and feeling as comfortable as can be. Shaun, manager of Shy Bird and owner Andrew Holden, have precisely the right formula to see us through Boston winter and beyond.

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vipMac5
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Tasty menu with good variety of choices. I felt safe dining there. Will definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality and variety of food and beverage. The staff was on the ball. Nice vibe and solid value for the money.

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vipMichele923
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time here and we had a reservation to sit on the patio. The food is so reasonably priced and everything was very good! Felt like the staff was taking safety precautions and saw lots of yummy dishes going by us:). The design on the hot chocolates and coffee are a very nice touch! We will be back!

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vipLizzy
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect way to see a friend outside for brunch.

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MeanWolverine
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Checked out Shy Bird for the first time Fri night. It was a good experience and I'd consider going back. Sat on the patio. It was chilly, but it's got a number of heaters. It was busy outside...and inside despite covid. Took a while to get served, but once we did it was fine. Interesting drink and food menu, and most of it sounds appealing. Shared a couple of apps and a main. Tried a couple of cocktails. We liked it. You will too.

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CliffordR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Fried chicken was mushy

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good COVID setup and service.

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vipCaroline
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been loving Shy Bird since I first went in May! My boyfriend and I always share the SB Dunks, regardless of the main dish we get. This past week, I tried their butternut squash soup which was perfect for an outdoor meal on a fall day. We have also enjoyed the Shy Burger (&fries) & espresso martinis. Their open air set up is absolutely perfect for COVID. Even if you are seated "indoors", chances are the whole wall is open to the outside and you are getting fresh air. They also have heaters outside :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shy bird is amazing!!!!! The food and service are exceptional. Everyone there makes us feel like family and we love coming back every few weeks. 10/10 highly highly recommend for delicious cocktails and dishes — shout-out to Sean and Casandra! They are incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic !

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vipTaraa
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor seating options with heat lamps! Delicious food and great service also!

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JohnTaylor
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food. Good drinks. Great service. Nice ambience. The flavors and seasonings were delicious. The food is slightly on the expensive end considering the specialties are chicken, but fairly priced for the location.

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PeterK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A welcomed new restaurant! Wonderful menu, great food, excellent service, and fair prices! And you are a short, pleasant walk from our Beacon Hill home. You will become a regular with us!

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Rudy
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food and service with pleasant outdoor setting. We will return.

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BLS2
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great for a workday lunch and on days with good weather. Open air was perfect. Service was good not great, as was the food. The Fried Chicken and Egg sandwich was drenched in honey making it too sweet to finish. The Peach and Cucumber salad was quite nice, though the peach wasn't quite in season. When I go back I'll definitely be doing an order of the SB Dunks and the aforementioned salad.

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KatieT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic. We went with the dinner for two for my boyfriend's birthday, and everything was SO delicious! They even threw in a cookie with a candle to help us celebrate.

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vipScubaCat
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a going away dinner. COVID protocols were on point: indoor and outdoor dining, well spaced tables. Service was excellent, as was the food. I requested an off menu cocktail and the bartender happily obliged (it was delicious).

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MegM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

We were very disappointed with this restaurant. The breakfast was very subpar and we were expecting better.

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MMLyons
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really good! Was a little bit loud because of the construction--but that's not their fault.

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rickb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Fun place, good food, basic menu. We sat outside, was surprised they didn't have heaters. Really nice staff.

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ByeBird
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Overpriced average food. Fried chicken was dry and unsatisfying, apps were lackluster, and drinks were not worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks are sooo good!

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Maxwell
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience5

The food wasn’t bad but the service was terrible. In these COVID times you have to make a reservation to eat anywhere, so I made one through open table for 8:45PM.

When we got to the restaurant, we were greeted and handed menus and the server left. After about 10 minutes another server came to ask us what drinks we decided on, to which we relied we’d like to put in the whole order at once. Her eyes opened up wide and she told us the kitchen was closing soon, which would’ve been nice to know before giving us the menus, or anywhere within the ten minute time span between giving us menus and coming back to take our order.

As a result, we could only order chicken from the menu, and nothing else. Which was fine, but definitely not what we wanted.

The food was good! And came pretty fast, but why allow an 8;45 reservation for dinner when the kitchen closes at 9 and can only make chicken?

After our meal, a waiter came over with two dessert menus for my partner and I, which we both thought was odd considering we were told the kitchen was closed, but nonetheless we both chose our desserts, and when the server came back we told her our orders, to which she looked exceptionally confused, and reminded us that the kitchen was closed. Why give a dessert menu if the kitchen is closed? Why allow reservations this late if you cannot accommodate the customers? Why give a dessert menu if you can’t provide any of the desserts?

Bit of an inconvenience, but the two things we ordered weren’t bad!

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vipKatieN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food! Nice patio!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely cafe vibe. The chicken dunks and rosemary fries are to die for.

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JeffS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very satisfied. Lots of good options. Chicken parm sandwich was excellent

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vipMarkT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating, plenty of space, nice location in Cambridge, always enjoy their food. Nice and quiet, easy to talk. Service was attentive and professional. Great time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Shy Bird because we knew their sister restaurant Branch Line was awesome, plus they had covered outdoor seating and it was a rainy night. What a great choice!! The food was great but the service really stood out! The staff worked so hard to make everyone comfortable despite the driving rain. Our waiter was soaked but I could tell he still put on a big smile under his mask. We can’t wait to go back!!

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vipByronN
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice meal on their patio. One of the better restaurants I've tried in Kendall Square. Would recommend.

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vipWatermap
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent evening sitting outside. Great food and very helpful/nice waiter. Will return for another visit!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Shy Bird using the Order Online button. Shy Bird also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. Shy Bird also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 714-4200.

Shy Bird is rated 4.6 stars by 95 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.