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Permanently Closed - Self Portrait (T.W. Food)

514 reviews
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$50 and over
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Self Portrait is an elegant French Bistro located at 377 Walden St., Cambridge, in a lovely residential neighborhood just a few minutes outside of Harvard Square. It’s a tiny and super-creative restaurant that presents Chef Tim Wiechmann’s (Best Outstanding Chef by Boston Magazine in 2015) elevated Paris bistro cooking with modern interpretations of classic Cuisine Bourgeoise like Whole Duck Roasted for Two with Lychees or Charcuterie Soup with Pistachio Mousse. The menu draws further from greater France with dishes like Foie Gras and Pork Jowl Rillettes or Swordfish with Provencal Sauce Raito. A Prix Fixe and Tasting Menu are available, with options for vegetarians. The restaurant is hidden and tucked away from the mainstream, like a true Paris “boîte”, and emanates a romantic, creative and artsy feel. Self Portrait has an exciting World Music Brunch on Sundays and also features the highly popular “Wine-Series” on Tuesdays that highlights different wine regions of France.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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French, Modern European, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday 5:30 - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday 5:30 - 9:30 pm
Sunday Brunch 10:30 - 2 pm
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Phone number
(617) 864-4745
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tim Wiechmann
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Cross street
Concord Ave
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Parking details
On-street parking is available on both Walden street and on Concord avenue labeled as ‘visitor parking.’
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.6  based on all time ratings
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vipjr2204 (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2017

Always terrific, last wine dinner (Burgundy) especially so.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Amazing dinner from start to finish. What a neighborhood gem.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

We went for the delightful mushroom dinner and each course was made with a different mushroom so it was educational as well. Glowing review of the food and service. My only constructive feedback is we did not find these new modern chairs comfortable for a long sit down dinner.

RubySu87 (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

We read another review praising the restaurant on its full bar. We should have dug deeper, as this referred to the offerings, not an actual bar. Not a big deal usually, but it's pretty far out of the way, and we got there earlier than expected, figuring we could sit and grab a cocktail while we waited. It's so small in reality that we were told to go away until our reservation time. It was mild night, so we walked around the quiet, dark, residential neighborhood for a while, then sat on the lone bench outside until we were welcomed inside. It would have been nice to know in advance that there's literally nowhere to wait before your table is ready.

The small room is packed pretty tight with tables, so it got noisy and I felt a little bit like an eavesdropper.

The hostess was lovely, but the other server seemed in an obvious rush to move us along.

The food was fantastic for the most part. Inventive, flavorful, fresh. If you're in the neighborhood, I can see this as being a favorite.

CambridgeFoodie (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 3, 2017

This place always exceeds expectations on the creativity and quality of the cuisine, as well as the service (which never fails to be sincere and impeccable.

Our favorite place to dine in Cambridge!

mnop (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 3, 2017

Lovely atmosphere and service. Good food, but feels too pricey for what you ultimately get.

Juli (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Self Portrait replaces T.W. Foods (run by same folks) with a more trendy atmosphere but still wonderfully imaginative food. I found the ambience brighter than before, though the trendy music is not easy for a classical music fanatic. In all, a terrific place, and I am sure I will dine there many times.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

We had the "celebration of the tomato" tasting menu with paired wines. Every dish was sublime, and the wines perfectly paired. A thoroughly brilliant restaurant.

LincolnSK (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

Self Portrait (and previously, TW Food) is always consistently great or really great. We come for the Tuesday night wine pairings, which is a great way to try different wines over 4 courses. Overall our meal was delicious, although the cheese course didn't sit well on our palate, but we did hear other tables really enjoy it. And while the restaurant is small, we had the unfortunate luck of having a boisterous group choose the table right next to us, so it was challenging to have a conversation among ourselves. Not all tables are like that in the restaurant, just the way the cards fell that night. I highly recommend this restaurant if you enjoy wine and deliciously made food.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

I was a fan of TW and remain a fan of Self Portrait. The food is consistently excellent and beautifully prepared. The service is always friendly and first rate.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2017

Amazing as usual! Self portrait never fails to impress! The chef is one of a kind and you can tell he takes pride in his work!

Tuesday wine tasting course was perfect!!!

John (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

I was looking for great food and drinks in an environment that wasn't too fussy, noisy, or fancy. This was perfect! Everything was perfect.

Lollo (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

Outstanding food and service! French inspired from the chef of Bronwyn! Fine dining in a very comfortable enviroment! Will definitelly go back!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2017

I'm happy to report that the transition from TW Food to Self Portrait has not changed anything about the food. Sure, the chairs are weird, but the new cocktails are great, and the food is, as always, outstanding.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

Liked 3 out of the 6 tasting courses, disliked the dessert... wine paring was pretty good. In general a good experience, but expected even better food for the price.