Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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.
Somerville, MA 02145
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
7 days/ week. Dinner Only.
Bar: Opens at 5 pm daily
Kitchen: Opens at 5:30 PM daily
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Sarma does not offer catering at this time. Dine-in only please.
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.
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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Sarma Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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. :)
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.
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!
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
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