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 - Sat 5:00PM - 11:00PM

What 330 People Are Saying
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t
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was very slow. Cheese plate was lovely. Very good assortment and choices. Quinoa salad...not great but the grilled chicken was super tender and tasty.

M
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality bistro, ambience unmatched. Like having a drink and meal in your own living room. Staff very engaged. I order food with all kinds of modifications (no gluten, no dairy) and they always get it right.

NL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

a fine place to meet a friend with whom I wanted to catch up (which is to say talk without shouting). Food was fine and it's a lovely cozy space. Only down side was the price - I was unhappily surprised to pay $60 for half a share of two starters, one main and splitting a half bottle of wine.

M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always!

TA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Was there with a party of 8. Service was INCREDIBLY slow, inattentive and not what I would expect for a restaurant at this price point.

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made my res. through Open Table and confirmed it early this week with OT by e. mail, but when I got to the restaurant, there was no record that I had a res.

N
New England
53 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Grilled Salmon and crab cakes with accompaniments were both excellent meals. Service was very attentive, seating comfortable and had weather been warmer we would have sat outside. Will definitely be back!

DQ
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Kendall Square. Food and service are spectacular.

R
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very loud guests that were using profanity . The manager eventually moved my teenager daughters and I outside and checked on us regularly. I was very grateful. The food and service was superb.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The portions have gotten smaller. Although the meal was still good.

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the space, especially the patio in warmer weather, and the food is also very good. Sipping ice tea over a business lunch is divine!

DE
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite lunch places in Kendall Square. The outdoor patio is really nice when the weather is warm. Great food and attentive service.

JE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I ordered the burger, each having it cooked a different way. they all came perfectly done and for me who likes it rare,, it was spot on and delicious. Service was excellent, price reasonable and as always, the Black Sheep continues to be an excellent choice. Great menu and atmosphere.

RM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been to the The Black Sheep on many occasions. This occasion was a birthday dinner for my son. It is fairly expensive but that is the neighborhood.

AS
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my daughter to lunch. We had a lovely time. Service was wonderful and the food was delicious. My only concern was parking. We circled Cambridge for an hour before pulling into a lot and paying $31 for the privilege of parking.

DD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! Not pretentious but very high class presentation. I highly recommend the Black Sheep.

AW
New England
27 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I always enjoy eating at The Black Sheep. Sometimes it is very noisy but this time, perhaps because we had to eat earlier (six-ish) the noise level remained very low until about 7:30. Loved the food and ambience.

MP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, romantic, and attractive restaurant.

JL
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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

Disrespectful staff for business lunch.

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

Fresh food well prepared and seasonal. Terrific steak frites

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.

C
Washington DC
35 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.

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.

AC
New England
68 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.

AM
New England
20 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!

S
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.

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!!

Q
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 ...

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

Best steak I’ve ever had!

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...!!

MO
New England
5 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.

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

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.

J
New England
29 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.

A
New England
25 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..

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!!

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.

D
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.

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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