Sarma

4.7
1417 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern

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About

Since its opening in October of 2013, Sarma has been Somerville's go-to neighborhood spot for Middle-Eastern and Eastern-Mediterranean inspired cuisine. Here, Chef/Co-Owner Cassie Piuma serves up casual & carefully constructed small plates that pack in bold flavors and highlight Piuma's exquisite culinary command of spices, textures, and colors. Sarma's bar opens daily at 5 PM- drop by to try one of our house cocktails, or to sample our range of craft beers and eclectic wines. Walk-ins are always welcome and are greeted on a first-come first-served basis. Please note, reservations are highly encouraged. Also, don't forget that Sarma offers a late night menu option Sunday-Thursday at starting at 10 PM, and Friday & Saturday starting at 11 PM.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
7 days/ week. Dinner Only.

Bar: Opens at 5 pm daily
Kitchen: Opens at 5:30 PM daily

Sunday-Thursday…
we serve the regular menu until 10 PM
we serve the late night menu until 11 PM

Friday & Saturday
we serve the regular menu until 11 PM
we serve the late night menu until 12 AM
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Phone number
(617) 764-4464
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cassie Piuma
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Catering
Sarma does not offer catering at this time. Dine-in only please.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Medford
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Parking details
Available after 6 PM in the lot located on School Street between Medford & Highland. The lot is located on the left hand side of the street before the red brick building. It is the municipal lot.
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Public transit
The closest T stops are Wellington Station (orange line) and Lechmere (green line) and from each stop about 1.5-2 miles from the restaurant. Please plan for alternative transportation; car, taxi, uber, or bus.

Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.7based on all time ratings
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New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We liked the service and ambiance. Drinks were creative. Some of the small plate items were quite good. But the rest had a cacophony of flavors that did not work well. Some dishes were too sour. Main entrees took a long time to arrive so several people in our party had finished while others were waiting. Not many options for dessert.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is fantastic. We have never had a bad dish and each one tasted like it was just prepared especially for us. Our waiter was a little grumpy, though, when we asked about the special plates that are brought around. We were also informed that there was already a reservation for our table at 8:00 and we needed to be gone by then.

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GM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sarma never disappoints. The food is superb, our waitress was attentive and had a great personality. This is my favorite place to eat

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OS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite resultant. I love everything about this place because it’s how I envision the perfect dining experience. Small plates to share, delicious food, warm ambiance and great service.

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great eclectic food. Good service. Try the BBQ duck and beef schwarma.

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JA
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply very, very good food and lots of it, also quite diverse. Overall very enjoyable.

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A
New England
73 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! I now know why it's so difficult to get a reservation. Sarma is really special with very unusual, absolutely delicious food. Every dish was a surprise, every dish was beautifully prepared and unique. I can't wait to go back.

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JV
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sarma is our go to celebration spot and is always incredible with their selection. Love the rotating menu that plays on seasonal foods & the incredible wine list.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with very good food and service. A little pricey but worth it. Definitely try the chef specials.

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LC
New England
38 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at Sarma's. Everything was very good but not as outstanding as our first time. I think this has to do with the Waitresses recommendations. We ordered different things this time and they weren't as "wow" as the first time but still very good.

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PO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the single best restaurant in the Boston area. The crazy amount and range of flavor is unreal. If I were dying tomorrow, I would be at Sarma tonight.

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AH
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is fantastic, but a dinner for two with cocktails can easily run around $200. Take a Lyft, don't drive, parking can be tricky and you'll want to sample at least one cocktail. Our table felt too close to our neighbors and it was very loud for a Monday night and completely packed. Sitting across from each other and so close to others felt less intimate than we'd have liked for an anniversary dinner. If only there were a way to dampen the noise and space tables a bit more, it would be much nicer. It took booking two months ahead just to get a Monday night reservation. Too popular to give people more space. Very unique cocktails and delicious food. The harissa duck was my favorite.

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j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

As in previous visits, pure pleasure. Creative delicious small dishes to share, excellent cocktails and great atmosphere.

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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely unbelievably good.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Very rude waiter

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was so happy they had dairy free options. 🙌🏼 Service was great and so was the food.

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SH
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time at Sarma and the service and food/cocktails were as good as the first time. The tapas are really small but packs a great taste. There are many food options for vegetarians as well. Cocktails (Urfa and Walk with rhythm) were great. Planning to visit again soon!

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JJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have eaten all over the world and Sarma is our favorite. The food is really out of this world. It is perfect for vegetarians & meat eaters. The food is spot on in terms of flavor profile, spicing, presentation and everything in between. Whenever I go to sarma, I always wonder why I eat out anywhere else as no where compares to the deliciousness of Sarma

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AR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have gone to Sarma 7 times. We have always absolutely loved it. This time it was disappointing. It was 4 of us.We ordered 10 dishes and 4 of them were mediocre. We didn't even finish them and they are small portions. One of them, the octopus, was really bad and the waitress kindly took it off the check. 3 of them were really good, to be expected. The other 2 were just ok. I want to think that this bad experience was due to making reservations at 22:15 and having the cooks and the chefs tired.
Hopefully next time it will be back to normal.
Thanks

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t
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Probably one of the best restaurants in Boston area with unique dishes.
I would highly recommend this place for vegetarians and meat lovers as they blend things that I would never eat outside otherwise. Their lamb sliders, pea falafel, parsnip fritters are some of my favorite and their daily special as well are worth it. A little expensive , but an experience to remember. Their frozen yogurt with different toppings is just the perfect way of ending a meal. Overall, a nice place to celebrate a special occasion or a date.

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GA
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Large menu with a good variety of tapas-style dishes. Plenty of good options whether you like veggie, meat, fish, etc.

Highly recommend the lamb köfte sliders and champagne mango shirazi from the standard menu. They also bring around nightly specials throughout the meal that you can elect to try (ranging from ~$8-15 depending on what it is). We have really enjoyed those, with our favorite being the sesame fried chicken. Be sure to save room for dessert!

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, will definitely be come back! You could probably order just a couple plates at a time. They come out fast and that would allow you to try the chef's specials.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

so many unique options, execution was a bit off.. Some dishes just needed a touch of salt
to balance while others were overly salted, ie: the trout, which was very dry and salty. Stand outs were the snap peas, bright flavors, seasonal and balanced and the lentil nachos were a hit.

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B
New England
23 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I had an extremely disappointing visit to Sarma after waiting almost three months to find a reservation that worked for us. The service was possibly the worst I have ever had. Not once did the waiter ask how we were enjoying our meals, recommend something to order, or do anything to make us feel like we were an appreciated patron. On top of this, it was one of my guests birthday's and instead of keeping it a surprise he said I know its your birthday when we sat down and then threw a candle with no desert at her to end the night. Many better places in the area if they do not learn to train their staff better. When we asked for the manager he did not even follow through.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Very small portion size ! My food was very salty, ordered cauliflower dish and got broccoli and it was burned. Other than that it was good.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal but table wasn’t ready for our reservation time

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Ever dish was delicious.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding.

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KC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the best food in Boston. Lots of choices for vegetarians.

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JB
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They continue to provide delicious and interesting combinations of flavors. Brought relatives from out of town this time and they loved it!

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T
New England
19 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Sarma is always a favorite, the food is inventive and memorable. Our latest visit was an off night, with some of the most disinterested service I've come across at this level of restaurant.

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DJ
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner with 6 dishes, all with incredible flavor and thoughtful presentation.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too salty for most dishes
Tables need a cloth
Nice waiter

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavor! I am difficult to impress, and I was impressed. The lamb sliders may have been my favorite. My only criticism is the seating can be uncomfortable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Surprisingly poor service attention and enthusiasm. Would come back in a heartbeat.

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IY
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of a kind very creative food

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BF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had another great meal at Sarma this weekend. Wonderful spices, terrific food, and they've added at least one new wine that was very good--- AND not that expensive, too!

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome and tasty as always ! Our favorite place in town.

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LQ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! Make sure you leave room for the specials!!

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a
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Boston. Sometimes tricky to find parking - but what place in the Boston area isn't? Just allow time for finding parking. You won't regret it!!

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