Shy Bird

4.5
344 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 344 people are saying
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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, amazing food and very helpful with an accommodation we needed. Staff is extremely friendly and professional.

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vipSeemaT
New England
59 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A friend and I had a very nice lunch there. The chicken, as every notices, is really fabulous. The salad I had, pear and pecan, was tasty but they shaved everything - all the fruits and veggies. It was all hard to get on your fork and all a bit oversized. Very messy to eat. But again, as I said, tasty. The service was very friendly and good and the ambience was nice - I really nice mix of students and profs. I will definitely go back, but maybe just stick to the chicken!

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vipNYEater
New England
91 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Second year in a row for my birthday. Wish I had more room to eat the chicken but opted for the quinoa bowl. Kids burger was good and nuggets were enjoyed. When seated my chair had a large puddle of water unbeknownst to me and my Burt was wet for the whole dinner.

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conmuchogusto
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I ordered the savory grain bowl with chicken - excellent and the serving generous, in my case enough for two, though in my case I generally eat half of this kind of entree. My husband was quite pleased with his baked salmon - a nice thick piece. The drinks menu offered cocktails new to me, which led me to conclude that generally, little known combos work!

The diners were probably college- graduate-school age and quite lively, a sharp contrast to our ages. We are retired.

I loved the music - contemporary hip hop/rock. The waitstaff enjoyed the music, at times moving to the beat, but not while they were carrying orders to diners.

It was noisy, but in a good way. Next time, I'll asked for a table in an area adjacent to the main room.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was awesome :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service… Sharon, the bartender, is awesome too!

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christinee
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location near Kendall T stop. Great atmosphere, food and drinks - we will definitely be back!

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vipYhhhhh
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brunch was out of this world delicious! Portions are a bit small but that just means you can try more menu items. Why not get the breakfast sandwich AND salmon hash browns? Restaurant was lively and fun.

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MargaretC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and awesome service! Had an awesome vibe - not too crazy/busy but energetic and fun!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Pricey but location justifies the added expense

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SamFish
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service - the heat lamp beside our table was moved closer, but not turned on. Luckily the sun kept us warm for a while. Amazing servers with friendly demeanor, delicious food well worth the price point. 10/10 would recommend.

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LocalFriend
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great spot in Kendall Square for a quick after work drink.

MW
MargaretW
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service was wonderful! We had a great time eating on the patio with the heated lamps.

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Foodie22
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for Sunday brunch with family. It was Halloween and our server was in costume. Food was brought to table right away! Lovely fruit bowl. Very enjoyable experience. Can't wait to go again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The quinoa was amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday brunch

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KesavanM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice place, was really happy they had many vegetarian choices and would recommend for brunch on the weekends

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Kairys
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu and outdoor dining experience exceeded all of my expectations! I was so happy with my meal and how fresh it was, as well as the fact that there were so many outdoor heating lamps, which made the space really comfortable. Definitely will be one of my go-to outdoor spots as the colder weather picks up!

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KimB
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Good food, nice staff.

KB
KimB
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was extremely kind and efficient

The food was spectacular

Thanks

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StephanieR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place for a 1st indoor dining experience. It was really pleasant with the doors able to be open to outside and the heaters! Great service and food. A little pricey but really great.

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vipLuis
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great affordable brunch in Kendall Square with indoor and outdoor sidewalk seating options.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Went for brunch. It was pretty slammed! My friend got the Benedict and said it was cold and the eggs were under poached. I just got a burger and it was totally fine and tasty. The hash browns are awesome. I do hate when my food arrives before my cocktail though. We watched our drinks die at the service bar right near us for quite some time while we ate.
Service was spotty and unpersonable, which I can get over since the restaurant industry is severely understaffed and over worked these days. Good luck seeing a person if you need an extra condiment, have a question, or anything really. Check gets dropped, thankful for QR code payment with toast because we knew we weren’t going to see that server again for a while.

I would definitely like to give this place a try again for a better experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was ok. Some stuff we ordered was really good, other stuff not so much, so it lands in the middle with “ok”.

Service is really poor. I never leave reviews, but I felt pretty bummed out about our experience here. I dunno, I guess I just don’t want other folks to experience the same, so try it at your own risk.

JP
vipJohnP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The food was delivered out of sequence, dinner before apps, and the food was cold and not very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very accommodating and pleasant staff!

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TheresaV
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shy Bird is the perfect answer for when you want delicious but not too fancy food in a relaxed environment. The inspiration seems to be a modern bistro that serves chicken, salads, and other standard foods that are well-prepared and always tasty, but not fussy. A great go-to for every day or a casual Friday or Saturday night dinner. T

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service, highly recommend the fries and fried chicken sandwich. Drinks were lovely - simple yet delicious!

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Mayflower
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Was disappointed, food was lukewarm and mediocre, I had really hoped for it to be better. Wait staff were lovely and attentive, so the people were very good.

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vipAndy
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great outdoor seating. Very efficient service and the food was quick and great. Definitely be back.

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SimonR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The impossible burger at Shy Bird is one my favorite vegetarian burgers in the area!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Horrible service by wait staff and food was not done. Terrible experience and don’t suggest to anyone

JM
vipJamesM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well designed layout with outstanding food and beverage choices. Obviously caters to a young professional crowd, but we Seniors felt welcome as well.

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Malabar
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like many aspects of the restaurant but I am a bit bothered by the music. It is too loud for me to chat with friends.

MB
vipMelanieB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was a bday celebration and the Shy Bird team pulled out all the stops. It was so fun! And the food and service was great as well!

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Sara
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Although Shy Bird always looks busy, with extensive outdoor seating and cool nano walls, the dining experience was decidedly subpar. The spicy chicken bits were lukewarm and definitely not crispy. The whole chicken we ordered was slightly burnt and also lukewarm. Overall the decor and vibe were nice, but the music was a tad too loud to be a comfortable dining experience.

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AnthonyPericolo
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The atmosphere and the food was great. I enjoyed the music that was playing

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MSDeMott
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Just average. Do not order anything other than chicken. It’s called Shy Bird for a reason. This is our second visit. One of my colleagues had beef the last time, and it was practically inedible. The roasted chicken was good, and healthy, if a bit dry. The chicken sandwich was pretty good. The service was responsive, and they were able to accommodate our special request quickly. And it is one of the few middle tier restaurants in the area that do dinner, but you will have to put up with the noisy “drinks only” crowd too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very disappointing
What was on the menu on the web was different from the restaurant
I had a hamburgers because there was no other good option for me
Very mediocre
Another in our party had the ribs also said it was mediocre what are
Ordered s garlic bread to start and they never brought it
Just an apology and did nothing about it

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food at shy bird was great. I am always a fan of places that have great meat options, but have put just as much thought and effort into vegetarian options. Cocktails had some unique twists and we're very tasty! Great value in Boston standards; an app, entree, and 2 cocktails will cost you around $50 per person. Conveniently located across from the Kendell T stop.

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 4.5 stars by 344 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.