Shy Bird

4.6
231 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 231 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Fipe
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The table was next to the kitchen and extremely noisy

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

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

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vipSheryl
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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ClareM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Noodles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
11 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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Anri
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.

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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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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I would have come here earlier.
We are from Miami and the food here was great!
Avocado toast was savory and delicious, I ordered Huevos Rancheros and the poached eggs were on point plus the pickled onions and jalapeños completely made my dish even more tasty. French Toast sticks great idea and also we’re good, my kid loved them. Phoebe our server was great and had a great smile and very attentive. Sorry we hugged the table for a bit too long but have been to a lots of restaurants here in Boston and so far this place made the best Old Fashion I’ve had so far. Props to the bartender. Overall everything was great and we will definitely come back.

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ChristineT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great variety and well prepared food. Not ordinary. Will definitely go back.

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SamanthaL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their menu is focused and really sell executed. Very good ambiance!

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Mindy
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would Highly recommend Shy Bird!! One of the diners with me needed her food blended due to surgery the next day. The servers and staff not only made her feel welcome and prepared her food perfectly, they also wished her good luck with a handmade card, balloons and a dessert!!

I recommend making a reservation - Shy Bird is very popular. Also, call ahead of time if special needs are required with the food, such as the woman who needed her food blended. Thanks to the head's up the staff and servers were able to help us out and make our dinner together go extremely well!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Reservation for four was on patio, but we decided to eat inside and we’re easily accommodated for Sunday brunch. Great booth, incredible cocktails (perfectly spicy Bloody Mary). Food was delicious, especially the chicken bites with multiple dipping sauces.

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BLau
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nothing special on Sunday brunch, but the atmosphere was good.

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vipMichelleC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing brunch here. The breakfast wraps were incredible as were the huevos rancheros. My friend got the sugar snap pea salad as well which was very delicious. Service was very attentive and quick. We sat outdoors and the patio is great, but we had direct sunlight for most of the meal, but most tables do have umbrellas. I was very pleasantly surprised by how good this brunch was, especially since most people rave about their chicken. We'd definitely recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drink and service. Awesome place for brunch outdoors!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place

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vipNewtonL
New England
27 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outdoors and enjoyed a great lunch - BLT and the chicken sandwich with egg. We ordered a side of fries that were delicious but just a bit too much food on a warm day for us to polish off.

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Tori
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food, service, and design! Would highly recommend and could easily become my favorite restaurant in Boston!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their Fried Chicken Sandwich is delicious

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around!

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vipAnge
New England
26 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice newish location in Kendall square with outdoor seating, reasonable prices, good service and yummy food. Only miinor drawback is that the traffic coming off Longfellow bridge is right there next to you so it gets pretty noisy with trucks idling at the traffic lights.

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clydesdale66
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Chicken came out instantly but wasn’t hot/crispy. Felt like it had been sitting in the kitchen. Disappointing.

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vipLISA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great night out! Food and service were fantastic. Great location and seating variety is wonderful. Yummy cocktails!

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vipfranchescaw
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was lightening fast! Staff very nice! Food good but a bit pricey for what it was. However, I would go again.

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vipAmyL
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved Shy Bird. The staff was amazing and so cheerful which is must needed in these times getting back to normal. It was so refreshing and exciting to see their smiling faces. I brought my seven year old son and he loved it as well. The chicken was delicious and we loved the atmosphere too. And they gave my son a balloon and honestly that entertained him for much of the weekend! Thank you.

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conorg
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the staff couldn't have been nicer!

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TedW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance for a business dinner, we'll definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best experience. We had just gotten in from a long drive after my son’s graduation. The staff noted it and surprised him with cookies, champagne and a personalized card. We will definitely be back when we are in town!

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vipCharles
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best outdoor patio spot in Kendall Square, hands down!

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vipDRWILLIAMW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff there is very friendly, accommodating, which created a very pleasurable experience overall. Kudos

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 231 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.