The Black Sheep Restaurant At The Kendall Hotel

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Situated in the lobby of the historic Kendall Hotel, the Black Sheep Restaurant is dedicated to the building’s past as a Victorian firehouse and to fine dining in Cambridge, Mass. The firefighters of Engine 7 considered themselves the “black sheep” of the Cambridge Fire Department, and the Kendall honors their memory with our restaurant. The menu offers daily selections created by our chef using organic and locally grown produce. Our cozy dining room creates a welcoming atmosphere, with a menu offering both classic and innovative American home-style cooking. Our philosophy is simple: purchase the finest and freshest ingredients and let the food absorb them. We offer a full bar and specialize in a selection of locally brewed beers and selected wines from wineries around the United States.

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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 11:00PM

What 313 People Are Saying
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MP
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, romantic, and attractive restaurant.

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JL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was a great place to meet colleagues for a quiet dinner after work.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Disrespectful staff for business lunch.

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Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh food well prepared and seasonal. Terrific steak frites

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DJ
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Fine food of a Continental gastropub-type vibe. For lunch, I had the quinoa-cruciferious salad, figuring I'm a sucker for multiple diphthongs and multisyllabic words in my dish names, but the dish actually came out well balanced, very tasty, and not merely hipster fodder. My dining companions were happy with their sandwiches, chili, and salads, as well.

Pricing is up the middle for a restaurant of this type; I just feel they're all overpriced for what they are. Especially when we had difficulty tracking down our server and getting what we wanted, when we wanted it during the tail end of a slow lunch hour.

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C
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We did not have a very good experience. The service was very slow and it was noisy. We had a few problems. We had to ask several times for one of our desserts. It took a long time to get our bill. When we did, we asked for it to be split three ways. It came back in a very unequal split. Because it had taken so long, we decided it was better not to ask to have it split correctly as we would have to wait even longer. All in all, it was very disappointing. I had chosen the restaurant online as a nice place to meet with some family we had not seen in awhile. There were some older folks in the group and I thought it would quiet which was not the case. While the food was good, the service was too slow.

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EK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had never heard of this restaurant but wanted to find a place convenient to where friends were staying. We were all delighted. The food was great. We had crab cakes that were the best I ever had, crispy and flavorful and no shell pieces. Cauliflower in panko crumbs was superb. The chili bowl appetizer was delicious with a nice kick but not too spicy. Our server Beatriz was excellent and helpful. We will definitely be back and highly recommend this little restaurant.

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AC
New England
61 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tonight was a very nice dinner at a very quaint place. The prices are, definitely higher than 2 $ signs, but good food and wine choices.

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AM
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cozy restaurant in the heart of Kendall Square. Delicious food and fantastic wine selection.
And the service was exceptional!

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Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant was amazing. The lighting, decor, and food were all great. Will definitely take a date or close friend here.

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B
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I invited a friend who has never been to the Black Sheep Restaurant and she raved about it! Not only was the food fabulous, the portions are plenty for the price. The ambiance is relaxing, she loved that we were able to have a conversation without talking over the noise of the restaurant. I too enjoy this. The service was prompt but with excellence and personal attention. Very informative as I have food allergies so they helped guide me through the menu! Big shout out to the Wait staff, Santos, Odier and Cheryl! Also, to Brenda Anderson, GM, who's personal attention and outstanding customer relations to each and every guest who walks into the Kendall Hotel! I work and in the city and that has now become my home away from home, to regroup and meet with professional collaborators and friends. One of the Best in Cambridge! OK, one more thing.ahahhah The Quinoa Bowl with Salmon was the BEST!! The salmon was perfectly cooked best I ever had, and I've hand thousands of salmon dishes, perfectly cooked the flavor on the outside crisp and perfectly seasoned and it melted in my mouth...OMG its lunch and I am hungry now! ahahah I rate it above a 10!!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the quaint , boutique style ambiance of the hotel and restaurant. Surprisingly excellent menu ...porcini mushroom ravioli was rich and flavorful and filet mignon tender and succulent... items are priced so there is no tipping .. waffles, lemon pound cake and homemade granola stand out at breakfast at the hotel ...

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak I’ve ever had!

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DL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was lovely and the food absolutely outstanding. Everything we order was perfect, the appetizer of warm nutss and olives was delicious, the arugala salad dressed perfectly, and the prime felet migno(medium rare) melted in my mouth. In a word, spectacular...!!

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MO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food at the restaurant and take only my favorite people here.

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EB
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

The prices were outrageous since the no tipping rule went into effect. The increase in the prices was significantly higher than a normal 20% tip. A salad should not cost $19. There are so many good restaurants in Kendall Square. I will not be coming back. I

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I attended a business dinner at the Black Sheep and found the perfect location for a business conversation to have. The food - I had the New England cheese plate as appetizer, the rib eye steak as entrée and the Crème Brûlée as desert - was great and delicious, the service was pleasant and discreet, the ambiance was calm and relaxed - overall a great experience.

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J
New England
27 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent and the service was excellent. Service is included in the price of the food, a point I noticed on the website when I went to look up the menu. When we got the check, there was a space to add a gratuity, and no notice that the service was already included. I had to ask, and indeed it is factored in to the price so the tip area on the check is if “you want to add something extra”. The restaurant should be clear and shouldn’t put servers in the awkward position of having to answer this question. It should be made very clear on the bill.

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always an enjoyable lunch but it is a bit noisy if you want to have a business conversation. Quieter after 1PM..

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE the Black Sheep and you will too! And the hotel is like none other. Perfect place to check out if you are visiting the area or if you're a local. Highly recommended!!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food here. Delicious soups, salads and sandwiches. Nice outdoor patio seating. My favorites are the grilled cheese sandwich and the kendall salad. Their homemade potato chips and salad dressings are scrumptious. Nice place for a relaxing lunch.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I happen to love this restaurant. I brought some of my team members the other night for dinner. All exclaimed how delicious everything was. We loved the ambience and we were able to have a nice conversation without a lot of noise. The service fine. We felt a bit rushed by the server even though I had said after she brought us our bottle of wine, that we needed to enjoy our wine for a bit before ordering. In any event, the food was wonderful and the wine a Pinot Gris a favorite!
Thank you.

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BS
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Santos and his team did a nice job of supporting our celebration.

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E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been waiting YEARS to visit The Black Sheep, and I was not let down! Small (but good variety) menu of delicious fresh, local, New England comfort food.

Service was phenomenal! Everyone was pleasant, attentive, and prompt. I can't wait to go back!!!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 6 for a graduation. 22-62 age... Food was truly excellent in quality, quantity, and taste. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We each had starter/appetizer, Entree, then split dessert. We ate in the front dining room. Waitress and servers were all attentive and polite.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual, the staff was friendly and attentive. Although the menu is limited, it is tasty and consistently good.

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MS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have stayed at the Kendall many times, but this is the first time we have eaten at the Black Sheep. We will definitely go back whenever we are in Cambridge. The staff at the hotel and the restaurant are excellent. The client is clearly their priority. Both our meals were excellent.

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NJ
New England
55 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely time at this adorable restaurant in Cambridge!
Thank you for a very enjoyable experience all around!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous little restaurant with great food and service. Loved the outdoor patio.

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D
New England
44 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Black Sheep is a wonderful place for lunch. A great menu, very good food and excellent service.

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B
New England
55 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best ever!!

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New England
55 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this Resturant

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black sheep is small but doesn't feel crowded. The wait staff are very attentive and seem to share tables,so you're never trying to catch someone's eye.
The food was tremendous.... not wildly unusual but prepared perfectly. My son and I had a steak special and it was everything a steak could be.

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LJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great intimate restaurant that is casual with great food.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been disappointed with this restaurant. It is small, intimate, warm and subtly elegant.

Food is great and service is excellent.

And, you can hear without shouting.

This is my go-to place for special events.

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BC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Black Sheep was a standard, fine place for dinner but did not possess much excitement of choices for food. The food was good. Nothing to complain about - but nothing to be excited about either. Portions sizes were good.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

all of the times that i have been at black sheep there has never been a time that i was disappointed and neither has my guest.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I LOVE the Kendall! This restaurant is on the first floor and is one of my favorites. We go there for valentine's dinner every year. (a few days before to avoid the crowds) The filet mignon cuts like butter and tastes amazing. The wait can seem a bit long for certain dishes.... but it is so worth it!

For desert my favorite is the molten chocolate cake. Yum!

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New England
26 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy space within the lobby of the hotel but warm and private. Not too many tables and not crowded on a weeknight. Great wine by the glass (try the rose) and her swordfish and my scallops were both prepared perfectly, with delicious sides, all very creative without being pretentious.

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L
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a lovely little gem of a place, warm and cozy and the food is spectacular!

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