Shy Bird

4.6
256 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
An all-day neighborhood cafe, rotisserie, and bar offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch. We are located in the heart of Kendall Square in Cambridge, at the corner of Third and Broadway. We are best known for our rotisserie chicken, SB Dunks, vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options in addition to elevated coffee, an approachable and adventurous wine list, great beer, and classic/fun cocktails.

Date night, Business Meals, Large Groups, Solo Dinners, Kid/Family Approved, and Dog Friendly

We are available for reservations, walk ins, takeout, delivery, catering, large parties, events, and monthly subscriptions.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 256 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Krissy
New England
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful cocktails, simple delicious food, lovely patio

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KaylaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, accommodating hostess, kind waitstaff - can't wait to go back

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vipjess
New England
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Service was good but good unfortunately was underwhelming especially the chicken dish. It’s rather dry and not appetizing. Truffle fries are not crispy and you can’t waste the truffle oil at all.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Greeted upon arrival. Service was good. The waitress was very friendly. We were not able to get a few items we would have wanted from the menu but overall great experience.

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Skozhail
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious little gem! Best prepared chicken ever. The veggie grain bowl with rostisserie chicken was incredible! Everything is so flavorful. Service was quick, waitress so nice and attentive, and the atmosphere was inviting. The restaurant is on the loud side but the ambience and offerings are a great addition to cambridge.

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EileenB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing with soy and nut allergies! They make nearly everything from scratch and in house, one of the best places in the area for delicious and allergy friendly food at a great price point!

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DeirdreA
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much team Shybird for another amazing dinner. We will miss you all (but maybe you’ll open something in Chicago one day?)!!

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vipGeorge
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun but a little loud. Our server was cheerful. The food was good but needed some explanation from our server on how it was prepared.

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vipSAEZ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was creative and excellent, with the exception of a mediocre sundae for dessert.
Our cocktails were also well done. The waiter was very helpful and attentive. The only drawback was overly loud music (and maybe a speaker very close to where we sat?).

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent brunch Sunday with a friend. Great ambiance, delicious food and fantastic value. Looking forward to visiting again soon!

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livetoeat
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Was so disappointed. First, though, service was excellent - no complaints, EXCEPT they did clear plates on the table before I was finished eating. Was that because there was an hour and a half maximum to occupy table - perhaps. If so, that is forgiven but maybe a gentle reminder. Food - I am only commenting on what I had and also prefacing it by saying perhaps not the best test item - however in a place called "Shy Bird" the touted rotisserie chicken is presumed king when in any chicken related dish. I ordered a Caesar salad with the addition of aformentioned rotisseire chicken. The salad consisted of the yellow part of the romaine, paltry croutons and most importantly sad amount of small shreads chicken that were mostly dry. I was with people I hadn't seen for awhile and did not want to be the person who returns their food. I am also trying to show a little grace to restaurants given the difficulties they have sufffered over the past year. Since the server was so lovely - it took the edge off. I did not mention it to her and tipped her very well knowing it was not her fault. Again, not the best test item, but If the chicken can't shine on a salad in a restaurant called "Shy Bird" don't know what to say. Was really looking forward to "Shy Bird" given all the positive views - so worth a second chance - don't know.

Shy Bird
Responded on July 17, 2021

Hello! My name is Shaun. Thanks for providing feedback from the service to the meal. We appreciate your thoughtfulness with your words. Your feedback is important to us as we strive for consistently and quality. We are making note of your concerns with our team. We hope to see you again soon and provide a stellar chicken Caesar salad.

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CatherineD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gideon and Lily provided us with the best service! I tried ShyBird to celebrate my boyfriends birthday and we had the best possible experience. We can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, quality food, nice outdoor area, and friendly staff.

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Alice
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff always takes great care of us. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and incredibly patient with our weekly large group. The food is always good and comes out incredibly fast. There are too many reasons to count why we are regulars here!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. One of our favorite spots!

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Kathy
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place to eat with very friendly staff. Drink menu was nice. The truffle fries are a must try.

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BitOut
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Large portions. Good service. Nice outdoor seating.

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GordonW
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service friendly and attentive. Food excellent. Great all around.

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vipHazyBoston
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I first went to Shy Bird in early June and had a delicious lunch. Yesterday I returned and met one of the people I'd initially had lunch with - we both ordered the same meals as they were so delicious the first time. Sad to report the menu had changed and the salads we ordered - same names - had their ingredients switched up. Definitely not as delicious as the first time. Both of us were disappointed. Mine was ok, she chose not to finish her lunch.

With that said, I do think it's a good casual lunch spot. They have a patio which is nice too.

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ME021
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Part of a coworking space. Coffee orders got mixed up (not really an issue), the food was good, service was good, but nothing outstanding. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it, but I wouldn't tell someone not to go either.

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vipregulareaterouter
New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot all around. Great good, fun atmosphere, great outdoor or indoor seating options. Service is exceptional. Highly recommend!

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ChrisS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A great brunch spot and love the ambiance of the place. Menu is everything you could ask for

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Fipe
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It's a great place for lunch or after office with friends, but I wouldn't recommend it for dinner, though. The prices and food are good, and the service is great! I love the Porter beer they have on draft; I recommend it if you like ales.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The table was next to the kitchen and extremely noisy

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Not allergy safe- would not recommend if you have a severe allergy.

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vipSheryl
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent spot for sunday brunch! Food was fantastic and we loved eating outiside!

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ClareM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food is so salty but the ambiance and setting is great! Really delicious drinks too. Just the food is way too salty

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service good, food good, but not superlative. Don’t like the 5% “sustainability fee” the add to the bill.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always really good, today was no different- went in for lunch with a friend to show off food in the area, was not disappointed

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Athena
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Decent brunch spot with some vegan options. Only wish they had breads for vegan!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was delicious. Iced coffee was so good!

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Noodles
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Staff were awesome, the food was okay. Quite expensive for simple food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here for my friend’s birthday and the staff heard us talking about it and brought us a candle in her dessert and all said happy birthday! I love this place. The staff is so friendly and the food is delicious!

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DavidA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE enjoyed our dinner out at Shy Bird very much! The wait staff is cheerful and responsive and made us feel right at home. We sat outside although with their open walls the difference between in- and outside wasn't great, but it was fun to watch people go by on the sidewalk and on bikes, as well as in the restaurant. My wife had one of the bowls with shrimp and I had the pea salad and fried chicken sandwich, along with mojito mocktails, delicious. A fun night out for us as we venture out again.

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Berries
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Way too loud and way too windy, but the food was scrumptious.

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NicoleDerosiers
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gideon was AMAZING! He was so patient with our table and made excellent suggestions! When I come back he HAS to be my server! The food came out so quick (maybe too quick??) and our drinks were great! Thank you for making my birthday so special!

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AshleyC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was a sweetheart and food was excellent. We will be back!

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ToddR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Servers were friendly and knowledgeable.
A unique take on traditional plates & cocktails.

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Mari
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rotisserie chicken for two was a good value. Everything was flavorful and fresh, and the cocktails were strong. We got the Shy lady and the Isla del Oro. Both delicious!

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Anri
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great environment! I had the ranch fried chicken sandwich with regular french fries. Yum! Loved sitting outside, and the food arrived quickly. Will go back again.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Shy Bird using the Order Online button. 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 256 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.