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Permanently Closed - The Blue Room

1941 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The Blue Room is simple casual comfort. Housed in a renovated woven hose factory, this nationally acclaimed restaurant is composed of bare wood beams, brick and granite walls, cozy suede banquettes, soft lighting and zinc-topped tables. Chef Joe Guarino makes good use of the wood-burning grill to work creating dishes that are both hearty and wholesome. Along with the lively atmosphere comes an interesting, eclectic and affordable wine list. Stop in on Sunday nights for "Retail Wine" night, where 40 or so wines are offered at retail prices. Good & Friendly since 1991.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, European, Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(617) 494-9034
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joe Guarino
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Private party facilities
The Private Wine Room holds up to 12 people and is available any night of the week.
The Semi-Private Dining Room holds from 12 to 45 people and is available any night of the week.
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Private party contact
Melissa or Josie: (888) 789-2106
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Cross street
Hampshire & Portland
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Parking details
We validate parking in One Kendall Square parking lot directly behind our building on Binney Street.
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Public transit
Red line: Kendall/MIT stop
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Artwhirl (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 29, 2017

only the great staff exceeds the fabulous food! delicious options including hand made pasta or tender flavorful steak paired with interesting sides. wonderful wine list, knowledgeable staff who serve in a relaxing manner. more more more!

vippaul (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

Farewell to The Blue Room ... we will miss you! Farewell to The Blue Room ... we will miss you! Farewell to The Blue Room ... we will miss you!

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2017

My husband has a dairy allergy and we always struggle to find places that truly know what that means. Our waiter was fabulous. He was knowledgeable and accommodating and the cook even made up a replacement side that suited our restrictions. I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice date night.

vipNonicknamestoppedreviews (New England)
1.0  Dined on May 28, 2017

The Blue Room was closed at 6:30 PM on May 28. No dining to be had.

hbankstoo (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

As creative and innovative as always. Made a meal of interesting, taste-tempting starters. Yum.

vipjoshhm (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

As always a terrific meal. Everyone loved the food and service.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

I haven't been to the Blue Room for years. Glad to see it's still incredible. Best brunch I've had in a very long time.

Naur (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 25, 2015

I am someone that usually always has leftovers because portion sizes are usually too big at restaurants for me. I got the restaurant week special here and everything was good except my main was tiny, like tiny tiny, so I was still hungry after with one other person we had paid $140 (including tip and 3 drinks). I got this mussel/clam/chorizo thing which was supposed to have potatoes in it. It had approximately a tablespoon of a potato in it, the stew was more like broth with several mussels and clams in it. It wasn't bad but I just don't think this should be a main dish, it was like a very light app or a snack.

James (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 24, 2015

The appetizers sounded so good that we ended up just ordering a bunch of them and skipped the entree entirely. The drink menu was good with some creative beverages that tasted great, and the portions on the appetizers were big enough to leave us stuffed.

Definitely recommend whether you're just popping in for a snack or making a reservation for a special occasion.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on August 21, 2015

Had a cramped table in a corner. The waitress forgot about us several times and the food was not great. Pork was very dry and desert not inspiring. I expected better.

TechThule (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the menu and the experience. Waitstaff were attentive but respectful.
Appetizers were eclectic and fun. Watermelon salad to goat cheese on toast.
Mackerel was awesome!
Trifle was really good, as was the fresh fruit pastry.
Loved the use of local produce in the repertoire.
The decor is loft/mechanical, which is okay, to my taste, but meh.
The chairs and layout are very comfortable, which means a lot to my long frame.
But i go out with friends to eat well and be able to converse. At the Blue Room we ate very well indeed and had a great time.

luv2eat (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2015

The Blue Room used to be one of our favorites - when I worked in Cambridge many years ago we used to go there for lunch - they had the best fusion style lunches around and I still remember the delicious noodle dish they served. And we loved their Sunday brunch. But we had not been there for a long while. We went there this time with some friends on one of the Boston restaurant days. It was a Monday so the restaurant was not too busy and it was quiet. 3 out of the 4 of us had the beef short ribs appetizer, the pork shoulder entrée, and the mixed berry crisp dessert. The short ribs were tasty and came with a healthy portion. The pork shoulder was also good, but nothing that special. The dessert was outstanding. The service was very good - friendly, efficient, attentive. We enjoyed a good dinner and evening. I wish Blue Room can be a bit more creative with its food and be not just good.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2015

The Blue Room is my "Go To" spot in Cambridge and my co-workers and clients live it. The have a good wine list and do a wonderful job with pairing wine with food. Ambiance is hip but elegant. Service is always stellar.

vipsammy (New England)
1.0  Dined on August 16, 2015

The food was average enough, but it took us a whole three hours to finish this dinner. It seemed like each of the few staff that it had had it's own idea of who ordered what, making for a discombobulated dinner. And, when food and service came, came at a snail's pace; they didn't have enough servers per head, and the house did not communicate well enough for a cohesive dinner. Having the bartender also act as our waitress even though we were not seated at the bar was awkward. And to reorder drinks one of our guests had to physically walk to the bar and order the drink for the table. For the food itself, entrees came one at a time rather than together, making our other guests wait.

Overall, the food was average, but the service was friendly, but terrible.

vipRayWeil (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 21, 2015

We enjoyed sitting outside in early evening on their lower patio. The wines were fine. The only issue we had with the food was the second appetizer - a "pizza" - mislabeled. It was a pretty bad flatbread with very little taste. Avoid the pizzas. If you want pizza go to Area Four on
Main St.

BillMc (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2015

Everything from the bread all the way through to dessert was delectable. And we particularly appreciated the sweet surprise of champaign to help us celebrate a special birthday. Thank you!

yenlin9 (New England)
4.0  Dined on May 21, 2015

Friendly waitress made our meal that much more enjoyable. Food was delish! The bluefin was a real catch. A little more high end.

hadex (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

I will definitely go back. The food is great, on the mid-upper price range. Worth every penny. Great service, everyone was really nice! Which is becoming very uncommon.

vipme1ny (New England)
3.0  Dined on May 4, 2015

Have frequented Blue Room very many times over the years and found this time to not be up to the standards we have come to expect….The service was terrible for an early dinner on a Monday evening when the place was near empty….Server was inattentive, had to ask several times for bread & then brought 4 small slices and one little pat of butter for 4 people to share. Had to ask again of course. Before the main course was served she disappeared and we were entreated to 2 different waitstaff asking if everything was alright. Turns out our server was told to go home as it was not busy & this was her first week at the job The braised chicken was flavorful but it was to have 2 different chicken parts prepared differently…. we received only the thigh…Shallot was difficult to eat as the long stem could not be cut even with the sharp knife ….Three appetizers were fine once we finally got them….. octopus in couscous, grilled asparagus and steak. We asked if the ownership had changed---it did not

Gourmet1 (New England)
2.0  Dined on April 24, 2015

The Blue Room was once a real gem when Jorge Lopes was in charge of the kitchen. That was just a few years ago. Today, after having gone back a few times, one can no longer hope for anything special. Our last experience there was disappointing in every way. The food was super average, even our overpriced Rib Eye steak ($ 36) was of average quality and presentation. The Vegetable dish ($ 19) was really flat and boring. The ice cream for dessert also of really low quality. The service was polite but uninspired, flat again. Expectation is the problem here, maybe to a first time goer, the restaurant is still a fine experience but to us who knew the place when every waiter was well trained and could go over every detail of the menu or when every dish was brilliantly prepared, dining today at the Blue Room is just an average experience. Even the host let me move the table which was too close to the kitchen to accommodate the 5 of us and never offered to take our coats, something that in the past would have never happened. The bread is still quite good and the overall ambiance is also still fine. This last experience was the fourth time we had a disappointing experience there. Nothing truly horrible to the point where you send things back to.the kitchen but not a single dish worth talking about or raving about. I would not recommend this place anymore except to someone trying to grab a bite before going to the movies around the corner.