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About Permanently Closed - The Blue Room

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.

Hampshire and Portland streets
(in Kendall Square)
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, European, Italian

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

Cross Street:
Hampshire & Portland

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 494-9034

Website:
http://www.theblueroom.net/

Parking Details:
We validate parking in One Kendall Square parking lot directly behind our building on Binney Street.

Public Transit:
Red line: Kendall/MIT stop

Executive Chef:
Joe Guarino

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.

Private Party Contact:
Melissa or Josie: (888) 789-2106

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Blue Room - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

service

3.9

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3.9

value

3.9

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2014

Been here several times. Were going to the movie theater and told the waiter so. The food was very slow in coming--so much so that we had to ask for it a couple of times and when we finally got it, it was not hot and we had to rush through it so we would not be late to the movie. Not sure we would go back any time soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2014

Have been coming for years; love the eclectic menu, presentations, and taste, of course!
Many friends, family members, and dates have accompanied me and have been equally impressed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2014

Food was great. I loved their octopus appetizer. We ordered several desserts and we were told that the whole desserts were on them because their ice cream that was supposed to be on top of the desserts we ordered was not perfect. I was really impressed that they are such a perfectionist with their food!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2014

Went with a group of friends and was an amazing experience. Great selection: brunch, lunch and desserts.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2014

My friend and I ended up eating here on A Friday night (we'd made reservations on OpenTable). When we arrived the place wasn't too crowded. For some reason we were seated in the back corner near a door (where they kept the wine) on a fairly chilly evening, which meant that we were both a bit cold throughout the meal. To make matters worse, we were seated very close to a rather noisy group. In fairness we could have asked to have been moved, so I won't dwell on that point too much. In contrast to the seating, the food and service were both excellent. Our waitress was attentive, and there was always someone around to attend to any requests. The grilled octopus we had for an appetizer was stellar - chewy but not rubbery, and not overly salted. I had the hanger steak for an entree, which was perfectly cooked and served with great Brussels sprouts cooked in duck fat. My friend ordered the pork shoulder, which was good but a little fatty (this may have just been characteristic of the cut of the meat, so my fault if that's the case. The only thing I would suggest as an improvement would be the beers on draught - there is only one rotating selection. Perhaps I'm spoiled living in the Boston metro area, which has such a variety of places with huge draught beer selections. Overall, would definitely eat here again and would recommend it to anyone looking for great meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2014

The Blue Room has been a favorite for years. The entire staff is friendly, the seating comfortable, and the food, of course, delicious. Savory and creative. Great place for any occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2014

Was seeking a nice post-Thanksgiving brunch spot to connect with family I couldn't see on T-Day.
Got a reservation for 5 for their 11:00 am seating. (They do 2 seatings for brunch 11 and 1:30)
Parking was plentiful in the area and free on Sunday. We were seated quickly and had a nice round table in the center of the action. When the food was put out along a long counter top between the kitchen and the dining room, things got a little crazy. Several patrons bull rushed the now open buffet, crowding into a small area that our table defined near the beginning of the buffet line. It was a bit unsettling to be seated while a crowd jostled for position inches from you. Request a table off to the sides and nowhere near the buffet if you can! Once the initial rush subsided, things settled down and I must say their selection of buffet items is quite impressive! I would advise that you take a stroll along the line to view the choices so you can keep some room on the plate for your favorites down the line. Favorites from our table included the pulled pork, mac and cheese, 2 great salads, and the breads and desserts were quite popular as well! Staff was great, clearing plates promptly, serving water constantly, ready with answers or requests. There was no rush and it was a leisurely brunch full of family chatter and updates. Perfect for our post T-day brunch!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2014

Cambridge abounds with brunch options, but I haven't found any that are better than Blue Room. The food is uniformly excellent. Despite the buffet-style dining, each dish is prepared as if it were the highlight of a meal. The grits are up to a Southerner's standards, the poached eggs are cooked perfectly, and the cranberry-pumpkin bread pudding is a revelation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2014

A very warm, rustic basement place with a comfortable atmosphere. We went early on a Friday night and were asked immediately if we had any time considerations. We said, no, we were going to take our time enjoying our meal. Our server kept that in mind throughout & we had a wonderful, leisurely meal. The Gnocchi, Pork, and Papardelle with duck confit are highly recommended, as is the Pear Crisp for dessert. The wine & drinks list is impressive & comprehensive. Thankfully, the knowledgeable staff is very helpful in narrowing down your choices, even to the point of bringing samples of the wines for comparison. One of the hallmarks of a fine restaurant such as this is not just the food/wine/beverage aspect but how it handles itself when something goes wrong. There was a mix-up with our bill which was handled promptly & courteously. We can't wait to come back in warmer weather to try dining on the patio!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2014

The food was really good! Plenty of it. The familiar music of Oldies but Goodies from different decades added to the joyful ambiance. (It wasn't too loud.) The huge choice at the buffet made it hard not to want to try a little bit of this, a little bit of that. It was delicious.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2014

We went out for an evening with friends and tried this place for the first time. Very friendly greeting, but we were seated too close to the door on a cold evening, so every time the door opened we were chilled. The service was very good, and the food was tasty and well prepared. What really interfered with its enjoyment was the VERY small portions at high prices. I have a smaller appetite than my husband, and I was left unsatisfied. Not a good feeling.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2014

It's not the most outstanding food you will find, but everything is very well prepared and almost reasonably priced for what is in the food and for the effort behind it.

The menu makes sense, which is something you cannot say about a lot of places.

The drinks are very good: the bar is an excellent place for having a good time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 14, 2014

Sand in two of four salads. Pork was old and dry. Wine and rest of food was outstanding but the staff seemed annoyed that we wanted a clean salad and fresh meat! Really? Place is either "off" or headed downhill.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2014

There is a dearth of restaurants around Kendall Cinema so one is forced to choose among such establishments as Blue Room, Tommy Doyle's, Friendly Toast, Hungry Mother, Cambridge Brewing Company, etc. etc. most are truly pedestrian.

Hungry Mother is the best, but quite pricey. Blue Room tries to be upscale, but is just OK. Meats tend to be overlooked; vegetables slightly overdone. The mussels were dry. The pasta was tasty, but warm, not hot. Too bad the Think Tank had to close.


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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2014

Dependable good food and very good service. Always appreciate effort to accommodate need for a quieter table.
Wish there were more green salad and green vegetable choices

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2014

Have been there serveral times, but this time was asked if we had after dinner plans then told we couldn't have entrées. We were going to leave, as we had come in large part for the entrees. The server came back and told us he had misread the clock and we did have time for entrees. Would generally recommend to people but with caution.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2014

My boyfriend and I went for dinner there on a Friday. It was busy but wasn't packed, so you didn't feel like it was over crowded. We were trying to not drink much so he got one glass of wine to last the meal and I didn't have any. He LOVED the wine, and we also started with a cheese plate and the pappardelle with duck. Both were amazing. As cheeseplates go, not as overpriced as most are, and it came with nuts, bread and a good hunk of cheese. For entrees, the menu is limited but it's all that's needed. I got the roasted chicken that came with plenty of food and he got the steak. We didn't get dessert as we were very full, but the list sounded delicious. I think we had a different server almost every time we needed something, but it didn't detract from the experience. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a nice date night!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2014

It is just outside my office and I use it often for business dinners and well as when my wife and adult children have a meal out. Consistently good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2014

It was a rainy snowy Sunday and we arrived early for our 11 a.m. reservation to be greeted a welcoming hostess. Come in out of the cold while we finish setting up, she said. And from that moment on it was a great brunch. Our server was outstanding , including taking our family picture and sharing the history of the building with us. The food was outstanding - something for everybody. We can't wait to go back and highly recommend the brunch!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2014

We were going to the movies, and had a little under an hour for dinner, so we were advised that we could not get anything from the main menu past the appetizers except the gnocchi. I was disappointed, however my date and I ordered the lamb skewers, cheese plate and mussels, and they were all so delicious we didn't even need to order from the main menu. Wine pairing was delicious, and service was good - waited a while for the check, but still made the movie on time. I do recommend this restaurant for something interesting and well prepared with a fabulous atmosphere and delicious food. Next time, we'll go earlier and try something off the main menu, and I do appreciate the kitchen staff's concern for us to make it to our movie on time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2014

This has always been on our list of favorite restaurants and we've always had a good food experience. This time, I hope, will be an exception.
We were comped for the long delay in getting our food and for the salad that was too salty to eat, so we appreciate the acknowledgement that this experience was substandard.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 25, 2014

Great food and creative ingredients
Server brought down the experience.
She never introduced herself, and entrees orders were taken 15 minutes after they pulled our appetizers.
The bill took 10 minutes to process.
Other servers looked great.
Also wine steward brought the wrong wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2014

We usually love this place but this time sand was in my salad, no pomegranate seeds as advertised. My husbands soup watery and bland.
Service uneven.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2014

I went to The Blue Room for lunch and had never been before. It was cold, but in warmer months the outdoor seating area looked lovely. They make certain dishes seasonally so there is no set menu. There was a wonderful buffet - all freshly made, nothing sitting out for too long like some buffets - filled with both breakfast and lunch options. All the food is wonderful, but you have to save room for dessert! They also had a dessert table filled with delicious and unique mini-desserts such as pear butter macaroons (I highly recommend). A little pricey at 27$ a head, but worth it for a nice brunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 19, 2014

I had brunch here last weekend. Great fresh food and I loved the fact that everything is prepared in small pans, so foods always come out fresh. Price is 1/2 of that of another buffet place in the same area, but food is definitely better. My only complaint is I wish you could get salads WITHOUT dressing or dressing on the side. Otherwise perfect Sunday afternoon, I will come here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2014

Took our son out for a special birthday dinner and The Blue Room did not disappoint. Excellent service - attentive,friendly, and let us take our time - and seriously delicious food. Not our first visit and certainly will not be our last!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2014

We had to wait for 10 minutes before we could get anyone's attention in order to seated for our reservation, which was not a good start to the evening. The waiter was knowledgeable and the wine was good but both the branzino and pork were a disappointment. If the wait person does not know how to bone a fish at the table, it should be done in the kitchen. From our perspective, this restaurant was definitely overrated.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2014

From 1996, when I first went to the Blue Room, it has been invariably excellent. I "had to" eat at the Blue Room 3 nights in a week on this trip - NOT a hardship. It was 3-for-3 on all counts. The cuisine is well balanced, interested, local and excellent. Wait staff are great hosts, well informed and considerate. It's a great spot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 17, 2014

The food was very good. Very impressed by the octopus appetizer and the kale side I had was incredibly delicious. We appreciated the server asking whether we had a movie or any activity to get to, but didn't think by saying no it meant we were going to get incredibly slow service. The food was very delicious but we spent a lot of time just waiting, the restaurant wasn't busy & the kitchen team seemed very at ease, so they might just be much more respectful of diners who enjoy taking their time...something to keep in mind next time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2014

I found the food choices somewhat limited, 7 entrees in all, just one seafood choice. I had hanger steak, ordered medium rare. It was nicely crusted on the outside but raw in the middle, an unusual method to prevent toughness. Service was slow, somewhat appropriate for a social evening, but a bit slow, nonetheless. I've had many better meals there. The section of the restaurant near the open kitchen gets a bit smoky in the course of the evening. I would ask for a table on the bar side of the restaurant, away from the kitchen.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2014

A bit disappointing. Nothing special. Service was on the slow side.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2014

The Blue Room has been doing the same thing for decades - making exceptionally good, locally sourced and inventive cuisine. It is always good. It's a great space - comfortable, warm and friendly. Staff is always knowledgeable and friendly. And they have a great selection of wine - never same old stuf, always good old world wines that are well selected.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2014

The Blue Room use to be a place we went to for special occasions, which is what Sept 30 was. We met as a family to celebrate a 60th birthday. All of the dishes were ok (salmon rillette, salt cod, squash soup, chicken, hanger steak and swordfish) but nothing stood out, However, the pork schnitzel was a disappointment, greasy, salty, dry and too much mustard. The desserts were nothing to comment about either (crisp and mousse). The wine list was extensive and affordable, mostly European and unfamiliar, but the service staff was helpful in making a selection. The draft beer selection was limited. Overall we are used to being wowed by at least one dish but these meals were far from previous experiences.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2014

I LOVED the place in the 90s. Great food. FANTASTIC drinks: my fav was a vodka, chambord, w/ rose petal - maybe something else? BR did not have chambord - and were really only staged Gin drinks (on cocktail menu). I had a side car - which was not bad - but was not great either. Too the limited liquor choices.

The food: pork. It was greasy in places and dry in others: overcooked. The spatzel was fair - but it was not incredible - too much mustard for my taste. The broccoli was salty - as if it had been dredged through the Red Sea. The dessert - blueberries and peaches - a crisp - boring - and the iced cream on top - tasteless.

The waiter was kind and tried to accommodate - but acted anxious to get us in and out. Will not return

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2014

Very good service, good wine list and help choosing an appropriate one. Would like to have seen shellfish on the menu--aren't the autumn months the best?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2014

Hadn't been to the Blue Room in years, and it's fine but not as good as it used to be. Of our 2 appetizers, the heirloom tomatoes were fine but ordinary, the cheese/peach jam/nuts were disappointing. Of our 3 main courses, the bluefish was excellent; the hanger steak and roast chicken fine but not up to the level of the lavish food of the old days. We missed the garlic mashed potatoes; the roast potatoes were fine, but ordinary. The single best thing about the place is the ambiance and quiet -- it was really lovely to be able to have a conversation without shouting. I'd choose it for an ordinary meal, but not for a special occasion. Service was pleasant.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2014

Blue room has right ambience, quality and price for a work dinner. I often bring teams to dinner here to celebrate after face-to-face meetings. Everyone always has great things to say about the food and atmosphere.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2014

The selection of small plates was outstanding. No need to order entrees here. But the service was a bit sketchy. It seems like they were training a couple of new servers and despite the extra help, the service was spotty. The server was not sure what was in one dish when asked and even gave us the wrong response. A busser started to take a plate away that still had food on it. For dessert, we ordered the Pavlova, which the server remarked was an excellent choice. She brought a Crostata and announced that is was the Pavlova.

If not for the spotty service, the evening would have been terrific.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2014

I have dined at this restaurant before a movie. The wait staff is attentive and very courteous. The food and atmosphere are very good. It is one of my regular places when I am in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2014

Good and unusual food, good service and ambiance. We use it for before or after Kendall cinema.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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