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About Sarma

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.

249 Pearl Street
Somerville, MA 02145
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean

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

Cross Street:
Medford

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 764-4464

Website:
http://sarmarestaurant.com/

Catering:
Sarma does not offer catering at this time. Dine-in only please.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Cassie Piuma

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sarma Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (75)
Fit for Foodies (71)
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Good for a Date (61)
Special Occasion (55)
Good Vegetarian Options (53)
Neighborhood Gem (45)
Handcrafted Cocktails (39)
Worth the Drive (36)
Hot Spot (35)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Fun (34)
Bar Seating (28)
Authentic (27)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Casual (26)
Healthy (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Romantic (19)
Spicy (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Cozy (18)
Local Ingredients (15)
Seasonal (13)
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Great Beer (7)
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Quiet Conversation (7)
Vegan (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Business Meals (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

I have been wanting to try Sarma for quite some time, but it is hard to get a reservation. I finally went for a 9:45 reservation last friday night. It is in a pretty deserted part of somerville and knowing where to park was a bit of a challenge with mostly resident parking in the area. We started off with 2 cocktails, which were both quite good. Everything on the menu looked delicious, so we ordered 5 or 6 different small plates to try. They all came out very quickly, so perhaps it is best to order 2 at a time. The pumpkin fritters were taste bites, but I wish they were a bit crispier and less mushy. The favorite of the night was the halibut. Really full of flavor and deliciously prepared. The crab kibbeh was also good. Our disappointment was the harissa bbq duck (which to me sounded the best on the menu), but it was quite fatty (as duck can be) and the flavor (like on a lot of the dishes here) was a bit overpowering. I like and appreciate strong flavors and spice, but in a few of the dishes we tried there was not much subtlety or layering of tastes. We liked the brussels with chorizo, but they were not extra special in any way to me. We enjoyed the sun chokes more than we expected to, nice flavor and texture. All in all it was a good, tasty meal and I would give this place another try. But I was not too blown away, which I had hoped to be after the reviews and word of mouth.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Went to Sarma with my teenage son. We absolutely loved the food, especially the venison wrapped dates and brisket shawarma. There were specials passed around and we loved two of those too. Desserts were delicious. Great, friendly service. I had a bourbon cocktail that was yummy. Would definitely return!!

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

just amazing food.....lots of choice and very creative. we will be back

Tags: Spicy
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing. Great tastes and flavors- a gastric Mecca!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Birthday celebration. We had a terrific meal. Thanks!

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 6 days ago

One of the best restaurants in Boston area. The food was outstanding - lots of unique concoctions! Highly recommend!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Sarma is wonderful. The food is so inventive, the spicing amazing. There are always too many plates you want to try!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We always have a great time at Sarma. Everything is delicious!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fun, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Overall, I had a really positive experience at Sarma. Few things that stood out:
1) we got messaged by the restaurant that they had earlier availability if we wished to do so
2) they had excellent display of daily specials that were rotated by the waiters and brought to each table as an additional option for purchase . However, alt ought I liked it, it could be annoying as they made at least 4 stops by our table in 1 hr... so felt slightly pressured to buy it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Casual, Seasonal, Healthy, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We try dining here every trip to Boston. The food is always delicious! Great staff. Can wait to return and share the experience with friends.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing food as always, unique combinations with wonderful spices, and love that the menu is seasonal and always changing (plus the specials each day).

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

overall excellence, one of the best in boston. our favorites tonight: 7-layer hummus, pumpkin fritters, crab & lentil kibbeh, steak tartare, kohlrabi cacik. and be sure to order BOTH desserts and LOTS of toppings!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Absolutely delicious! My partner and I came here for our anniversary and we were very pleased. Everything on the menu sounded fantastic and we were really happy with the 5 dishes we ordered. Drinks were great too. The waiter came over with a champagne toast at the end because I had mentioned on Open Table that it was our anniversary. Such a lovely surprise :) Will come back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Best restaurant in Boston!
Food amazing!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We made a reservation here because we saw this restaurant rated as one of the nations top on the EATER website. The dishes, one after the other, amazed and surprised us. I have never had anything like their french fry chraimeh - OMG crazy delicious. The crab kibbeh, the halibut, the shrimp skewers that they were offering as a 'special' - flavors are out of this world. everything was amazing. next time in boston, this will be #1 on my list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Fun, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Tapas, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Spicy, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great for catching up with people you haven't seen in a while, the food comes out as it is ready, so their is plenty of time to talk. Interesting cocktails.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was AMAZING!! Every dish was like a flavor explosion in my mouth! The service was pretty lacking, though. Not sure if we were in between sections but there was a long stretch of 30 min when we were sitting there without drinks or food, asking if we could order drinks, but everyone kept saying they would send over our waiter. Hopefully that was just a mix up. We will def be back for the food! We hope the service is better at that point!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Sarma definitely lives up to expectations. Halfway through our meal we were already planning out what we’d get next time! Be aware that they come around offering special dishes at random times throughout the evening, so it might be best to not over order right after arriving.

The only negative for me was that the chairs were rather uncomfortable, but I suppose that leads to more turnover?

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This is our second time there and although most of the food was still very good the overall experience was a lot less amazing than the first time. The waiter was slow and constantly forgot what we ordered. The food was way too spaced out and brought up at odd times. Only two specials came by and they were both not very exciting, in July we couldn't stop picking up the many specials that kept coming. The lighting and atmosphere was not pleasant, too bright and somehow unfriendly. I feel that it's like Oleana's all over again, started really great and then fizzled out.

I don't think I'll be going back there any time soon. The fact that you also have to make reservations two months in advance for a Friday 6 p.m. spot is another unpleasant detail. If only it was worth the effort but it really isn't anymore.

Last but not least - I feel that deep frying was used excessively in almost all dishes. The three of ordered 9 dishes and by the end of the meal I had a very uncomfortable feeling in my stomach which lasted until next morning. And the ricotta donuts had way too much cinnamon, it was overpowering the whole dessert.

Maybe this was all because it was the day after Thanksgiving but I felt in general that the feeling was not of excitement and food celebration but a general feeling of lethargy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Let's just say that this should not be a target destination for people with celiac. We asked for the gluten free options and the waitress brought out a cross out menu that had maybe 3 options out of 50 choices. So, we left.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Truly blown away by the unique cuisine. This has to be one of my top meals ever. Would recommend to anyone passing through town.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. Every one of the dishes we tried so packed with complex flavors, and yet the ingredients themselves never got lost. We are longtime fans of Oleana and expected some similarities. There are, but this place definitely has its own identity. It is informal and funky (in a carefully curated kind of way) and while the food shares many ingredients and influences, it is much more assertive (maybe even aggressive) in a good kind of way. cheese saganaki in shishito peppers, brussels sprouts bravas, calamari, spanakopita, harissa bbq duck, and braised lamb dumplings were fantastic. And the turkish coffee and frozen yogurt with sesame caramel were perfect at the end.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent tasty food - will definitely be back. Service was great and food was full of flavor.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Delicious! I love Sofra, Oleanna, and now Sarma!!!

Tags: Healthy, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fun, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Sarma always surprises with new wonderful dishes. The food and service are superb. We can't get enough of Sarma!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Took my college student out for dinner and enjoyed the best food I have had in the Boston area. The small plates were unique and full of flavor, loved the focus on vegetables with a bit of meat or fish. The wines by the glass were unusual and delicious. The room was vibrant and full of happy patrons. Service was stellar. We are going back again tonight!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great service. Delicious and interesting plates . Booked our 2nd reservation while we were paying the bill. Can't wait to go back

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is hands-down the best meal I have had in Boston. It was the kind of dining experience, where it is difficult to choose which dish was the group's favorite because everything was exceptional in its flavor, complexity, and preparation. We were already looking for another reservation on our way back to our parking spot at the end of the night! The only downsides are that weekend dinner reservations require 1-2 months of lead time, and the service was average (it did not match the caliber of the food).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tapas, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Everything was great except the fact we had to wait half an hour to be seated, although we booked a table.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We visited Sarma for my birthday and it did not disappoint. The food on the menu was delicious and waiters brought around portions of the chef’s specials that you could add to your meal right then! The cocktails were great and the donuts for dessert were delicious.
I would definitely go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Sarma is always a great time - great food and friendly, timely service. Menu that night was updated since last visit - enjoyed many of the new creations. Plus, ricotta doughnuts are always a crowd pleaser! I'll be back. Again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, People Watching
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food! I love the optional chef creation dishes that are offered.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and service were outstanding. Every bite was a delight. We can’t wait to come back!

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Authentic, Spicy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Would highly recommend. Interesting and unique drink menu followed by variety of delicious small plate meals.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I use to love Sarma but recently I just find that a lot of their dishes are just too rich, there is no need to have 10 different types of salsa on simple dishes.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Having been to Oleana, I was expecting a similar level of service and food. Unfortunately, our server would not provide any recommendations, simply told us the menu changed so often that we just needed to read it and make choices. The food was good - and some dishes were very good - but overall didn't have the level of dining experience I expected. I would not go back again.

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I brought my friend there for a big birthday. The tapas were delicious, the food was freshly prepared and so creative. We loved seeing what they were coming around with to surprise us. We drove over an hour from NH and will do it again!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Casual, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Every dish was unique and delicious, and the service was above and beyond. Loved the sambusek and kofte sliders, plus the seasonal sour that was described perfectly by our server. Will definitely go again

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

As always the food was great. We shared the brussel sprouts, lamb dumplings and one of the specials, spinach apricots and lemon. It was all superb. Lamb had some zing to it. Good service

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Fantastic as always. Never disappoints. One of my favorite spots in Boston.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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