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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (46)
Handcrafted Cocktails (39)
Hot Spot (39)
Worth the Drive (39)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Fun (34)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Bar Seating (31)
Authentic (31)
Good for Groups (28)
Healthy (25)
Casual (24)
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Seasonal (19)
Cozy (17)
Romantic (17)
Local Ingredients (15)
Spicy (15)
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Quick Bite (6)
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Great Beer (5)
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People Watching (4)
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Business Meals (2)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2016

Perfect restaurant. Amazing drink list and food menu. Staff very well versed on the menu items. Host staff very friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Sarma: Reliably an adventure in spectacular food.
Reservation: Worth the wait.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Everything was downright delicious, easily one of the best restaurants I have been to in the greater Boston area. I actually preferred this restaurant over Oleana and Sofra – it was the perfect in between for a fun yet intimate family dinner. Every dish was distinct, complex and layered, so everything that came out was a fun surprise.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Exceptionally creative food. We thoroughly enjoyed everything we had and can't wait to go back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Wonderful food, drinks and service. Looking forward to going back again soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2016

I took my daughter here during Parents' Weekend of Tufts University..we were staying at Holiday Inn in Somerville. The place was perfect. Very fun vibe, artful and colorful decor, and an innovative menu and style of serving (waitstaff bring batches of different entrees to tables and you can elect whether you want to try it or not on the spot ....alongside ordering small plates off the menu which they bring out as they are ready). My only complaint was the temperature of the restaurant was cold (I had to keep my coat on the whole time), which always dampens one's mood. My daughter is a vegetarian and the menu was absolutely delectable for every palate. A true find.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2016

This was our third time at Sarma, and probably our last. The first two visits were epic - the menu items were great, and the kitchen surprise items came out in great variety with reasonable frequency. We came back a third time to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, expecting to be wowed yet again, and they fell far short of the mark. First, the good - our drinks were very good. Otherwise, nothing to recommend. We had the cauliflower dish (as it was exceptional the first two visits), which had been modified since out last visit. Not sure why the new recipe made it to the menu - it fell far short of the old one. As for the kitchen items, we saw deviled eggs at the beginning, and nothing else until we were being served dessert 1.5 hours later. It was the fried chicken, but by that point we were done. Our waitress seemed to want us to leave, and was in fact in such a hurry that she didn't notice she charged us less than half the amount of our bill. When I pointed it out, it was almost like it was my fault. Bottom line, while it was good for awhile, and perhaps could recapture some of its glory, it has gone down hill.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Love Sarma! Have been many times but this was the best! Great food, full of flavor- we always hope the fried chicken will be one of the specials and we were lucky this time! Delicious!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2016

I love Sarma, their Mediterranean dishes are so tasteful! I have been twice there and should be thinking about it more often when wondering where to have fantastic meal!

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2016

As always, the food was superb; it was the second time in two weeks we had been there and still enjoyed it. The food is always creative, well spiced,and hearty. This time we chose two items that were much too rich for us so we took them home; some of the food can indeed be quite rich. The menu seems to be a bit shorter or contain fewer items that we find particularly appealing, but the items that were carried out by the staff were generally excellent on both of these last two occasions. Two fish items we had were superious--totally outstanding--and we don't usually like fish prepared any way but simple and grilled.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Spicy, Fun, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2016

Sarma is a gem in Somerville. Thrilled to finally get over there. Food was like heaven, drinks were amazing. What a great place to celebrate a birthday.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2016

My boyfriend and I have tried Sarma twice and each time we felt that the food was too salty or acidic / vinegar-tasting to actually taste all of the distinct ingredients. I've seen this written on other reviews and I couldn't agree more. Each dish we got was covered in spices and different flavors that it was hard to tell them apart. Everything was very salty and oily and heavy. I walk away feeling like I could use a fresh light Mediterranean salad. Or tabbouleh that isn't very heavy like theirs was. We live very close but unfortunately we won't be returning.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2016

My wife and I eat out several times a week and enjoy great restaurants. We do this in our home town of New York, but we also do it when we travel. I've been to Sarma twice. It is one of my two favorite restaurants in the Boston metropolitan area.

If anybody tells you this isn't some of the best Mediterranean food that they ever tasted, then they are wrong....that SIMPLE!

Sarma's dishes are tapas size portions of some of the most interesting interpretations of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean dishes. The staff encourage sharing. The waitstaff knows the dishes and the ingredients. The menu as a whole represents a common theme while the dishes themselves provide an amazing contrast of flavors.

The cocktails are also inventive, but if you order a traditional cocktail, they get that right as well.

I only have good things to say about this restaurant !

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 12, 2016

The most delicious meal I have had in Boston/Somerville! Incredible menu. Great drinks. Food was out of this world. Didn't want the meal to end!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Fabulous! Special! Flavors buried and constant surprises...all good

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2016

The food is sublime! Well worth a visit. Service is also excellent.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2016

Our 2nd time here & it wasn't that impressive. Ordered variety of dishes for 3 people in the party, some of them were over salted & none were unforgettable to remember

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2016

Best restaurant in Boston.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2016

Enjoy Returning Each Time!

We look forward to bring friends who have never dined at Sarma and each time it is a memorable dining experience filled with great food and layers of flavors! We repeat many things , like the beef jerky, the brussel sprouts, the duck, soft serve frozen yogurt with assorted accompaniments, the most incredible carmel, our favorite! Did we mention the assorted evening surprises that are not on the menu but offered through out the evening.
Save room when you order to add a few on to your meal. A special one that Sarma is well known for: the fried chicken! Don't let it pass you by! I guarantee you will return each time asking for it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 3, 2016

One of my all time favorite restaurants. I make a reservation whenever I'm in Boston!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2016

This was my second time going to Sarma. The food was once again wonderful. There were unique flavor combinations that danced in my mouth. The service however was only fair and even boarded on rude. It was difficult getting the wait staff's attention and they seemed to forget basic things like bringing us our complimentary bread. In addition, we went for a special occasion, a birthday. When we asked to have fresh plates for our cake they told us we weren't allowed to eat the cake there due to Somerville Health Code. While we understand this policy, the waitperson literally scoffed at us which was totally unnecessary.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2016

My husband and I had our 20th Anniversary dinner at Sarma. From the moment we walked in the door, we were extremely well taken care of and most importantly, the food was fantastic.
We shared 4 plates between us (Tunisian steak tartare, mushroom mousaka, blackened shrimp, and one of the special meze). Each dish was a blend of unique and complimentary tastes. We ordered the donuts with caramel, for dessert. The staff sent a complimentary dessert as well, canolli in a jar, which was a fabulous deconstructed canolli...I wanted to lick my plate!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2016

This was a top notch restaurant. Aside from the delayed seating at the beginning, it was a very memorable dining experience. My girlfriend and I didn't even bring it up after we were sat down. Cocktails were great, food was awesome, and the ambiance was perfect. We ordered 6 plates and had leftovers. Great portion sizes considering the prices. I highly recommend trying this place.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2016

It was time for Sarma again, and it was just what we wanted!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 19, 2016

Every experience at Sarma has been phenomenal. Make a reservation early, they fill up fast. Be open minded and try as many things as you can, the food is unique and fun. A great place to share. Don't forget the daily specials- they come out of the kitchen and are offered tableside. You never know what is coming!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Sarma is hands-down my new favorite restaurant. The food is AMAZING, and every single dish I've had there is scrumptious. I recommend it to everyone I know, and its great for bigger parties because you want to try everything on the menu. Reservations are hard to get, so book ahead.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Terrific dinner to celebrate my daughter's 22nd birthday! The Brussels sprouts were sublime!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Incredible flavors - very, very varied dishes...has something for everyone. Great place to share and taste. We loved it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Quick Bite, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Spicy, Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Sarma is my go-to place to bring people from out of town. The space is awesome, with a large open bar that makes waiting for a table seem like a breeze, the staff are all very nice, and the menu is unique, delicious, and always changing.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2016

This was my third time eating at Sarma, and I've never once been disappointed. The food is creative, the atmosphere lively, and the price reasonable. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike will rejoice at this modern Turkish-inspired fare.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Bar Seating, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2016

Great food, everything I've tried is delicious, great ambience. One of my favorite restaurants in the Boston area

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 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2016

We loved dining at Sarma! After eating at Sofra and Oleana, we were dying to try the chef's other gem of a restaurant. Sarma's Turkish dishes are tapas style and one the spicy side -- but nothing unbearable. The ambiance is great -- so is the decor. We went for date night and ordered 5 dishes. 2 were meat-heavy and we could've done without one.

Tip: Sarma brings around specials to order on the spot/try! Order a couple tapas, then see what comes around before ordering too much more. :)

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Food was great but service was very slow. We have been to the restaurant multiple times and this was the first time we were disappointed with the service.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2016

We found the restaurant too noisy and the food to fussy. We have dined at Sarma several times, but this time it seemed even louder and the food so complicated that one could not taste the ingredients.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on September 6, 2016

A broad selection of excellent Middle Eastern-style foods. Small dishes allow one to order multiple items and share them with table mates.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 5, 2016

Amazing Mediterranean-inspired tapas, delicious cocktails and great wine.

Tags: Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Although the food was excellent the noise level made it difficult to appreciate. The noise level was unbearable and we ended up with a headache. For some reason the crowd was very loud. The service could be more friendly -- there was a certain "we are better than you" type of an attitude from the staff.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2016

I love Sarma. I have enjoyed food and ambience every time I've been there. Unique menu and spices just make your day. Not too loud and very nice staff. Highly recommended to everyone who wants to enjoy company and food. Thank you Sarma, and please keep up being great!

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy
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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2016

One of our top 10 restaurants of all time.

First, the service is excellent! helpful, there when you need them and gone when you don't.

Next food. Think Tapas, think sharing and tasting, next thing better than the last. Calamari, corn cakes, fried feta, cauliflower, the list goes on. And wandering servers with chef specials presented for your choosing. Think of every flavor combination and then some you couldn't think of. Warm comfort food, spicy, and just plain yummy.

While still in our food induced delirium we murmured "dessert?" The choice of ricotta donuts and frozen yogurt seemed ho-hum compared to dinner (silly us), but wait, there are toppings, Baba Rum, ginger and spices tapioca, berries, OMG you need the plain "desserts" as a platform for the delightful topping, in the end we just ate the toppings with a spoon, after we devoured the yogurt and the wonderful donuts (which did help get the goodness out of the corners of the topping cups.)

The mock-tail were addictive, the wine list OK, the park was a challenge.

We'll be back and we're bringing friends

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2016

The food here is unique and tasty but certain dishes were overly rich. We left feeling uncomfortable despite keeping to the number of dishes they recommend. Overall, a good experience but not somewhere I would return frequently.

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