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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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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.