Zephyr on the Charles

3.9
361 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Zephyr on the Charles is located along the Charles River overlooking the Boston skyline. Featuring a modern ambiance that is both inviting and friendly, guests are welcomed to this New England style restaurant where local cuisine and fresh flavors are celebrated.

With a locally inspired menu serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails, Zephyr on the Charles is a classically inspired New England cuisine restaurant with great views. The restaurant offers New England regional cuisine inspired by the bounty of our local fisheries, farms, and dairies in the area. Enjoy three-hours of complimentary self-parking.

This summer, visit our new venture with Cape Ann Brewing Company, Under the Hops. Offering seasonal craft beer tastings, creative cocktails and an artisanal pizza menu, all on an outdoor patio overlooking the Boston skyline and Charles River, Under the Hops is open each Thursday night from 5:30PM-8:00PM.

Director of Outlets & Restaurant: Pedro Astupinaro
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am
Sat 6:30 am–11:30 pm
Sun 6:30 am–12:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am–5:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Cocktails
Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am
Limited Menu
Daily 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(857) 352-8778
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Grant Cummings
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Catering
The cuisine is prepared on-site, using the freshest of seasonal ingredients. To enhance your experience, we will customize menus for your special event in order to make your vision a reality.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Amesbury
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Parking details
Private lot is available. Validation includes three-hour complimentary self-parking in the hotel parking garage. Posted parking fees will apply beyond the three-hour threshold.
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Public transit
Boston University Cental on Green Line, Kendall Square on Red Line.
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Special events & promotions
Zephyr offers Easter Brunch, Mothers Day Brunch, and Thanksgiving Day Brunch. We also offer Special Menus for Valentines Day, July 4th, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Zephyr on the Charles & Hyatt Regency Cambridge are the perfect venues for all your special occasions, whether intimate or grand. Enjoy authentic hospitality for events of every size & taste with an array of unique indoor & outdoor spaces –many with breathtaking views.

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What 361 People Are Saying
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New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1 year anniversary

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Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Request a nice table with views in advance if that's the experience you'd like.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We sat for ten minutes and watched staff walk by us multiple times without acknowledging us. We finally left without even getting a water.

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MC
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The view was beautiful. I would have loved to sit outside but it was too windy. The waitress was friendly and accommodating. The food was good and I liked that they had small plates we could share.

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DN
Naples
27 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We needed to eat near the Hyatt and were pleasantly surprised at the quality and service at the Zephyr. Their servers are very professional, friendly and accommodating. The food was exactly what we were looking for for a late dinner after arriving at the hotel late. We never felt rushed though the place was pretty busy. The view of the Charles and the Boston skyline is outstanding. Outdoor eating in such a spectacular setting is a real treat.

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J
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

We arrived late so we ended up in the lobby restaurant. Really boring venue in a tired hotel, but the food was surprisingly good nearly everything we ordered.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for a business meeting — quiet, great views of the city and the Charles, and a casual, not-rushed ambience along with high-quality food selections.

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YK
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Dishes were too salty and unhealthy. Cooks should taste their dishes themselves to check how salty they are.

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AD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The waiters were great. They saw to it that we were satisfied with our meal.

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GD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Awesome shrimp and grits! Lovely views!

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for dinner following my granddaughter’s graduation at BU. In making the reservations we noted it was a special occasion. We were given a wonderful table by the window with a great view of the Charles River and Boston skyline. The service was excellent. The food was very good. Couldn’t have asked for a better evening. Thank you Zephyr staff.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

great view of the Charles river and Boston
unfortunately food was mediocre

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KM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the Mother's Day brunch here. The service was extremely attentive and friendly. The food was good, too. The desserts were much better than previous years - we come almost every year and this year was the best. The duo playing acoustic music was fun - they did a lot of favorite cover songs but they didn't play so loudly that we couldn't enjoy conversation.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Went for Easter brunch. It was just okay. The live music/ playlist was just weird considering the holiday scene.

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CD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great staff! Attentive, positive and they know their menu.

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff was extremely accommodating. We had two 3 yr olds with us.

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I ordered a burger rare without the bun and asked for extra greens. I got a pathetic looking well done dry burger and a few pieces of lettuce, slice of tomato and some pickles; not even close to being worth the $17 price. I asked to get something else and was not charged for burger. The Hyatt used to have the most amazing salad bar and good tasting selections but have done away with it. The menu never changes, the quality of the food is fair.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Of all Hyatts I stayed in, and dined in, this is the far worst. We stayed there overnight from Saturday to Sunday for the family gathering, and had an early dinner and breakfast the following morning.

Dinner menu was extremely limited and food quality was mediocre at best. Bread was not brought to the table until we asked. Bread plates were not even offered, until we asked. Sword fish was hard to touch, accompanying broccoli was over-salted. Short rib was just "OK", nothing special. But red potatoes with it were so hard, as if it was prepared a day before. There was no ice cream, and the restaurant manager found the leftover scoop of vanilla to smooth our disappointment. Thank you very much. Servers were not neat at all, the uniform was not at all Hyatt-like.

Next morning breakfast was again a disappointment. Egg station was manned by two chefs, one of them was an apprentice who tried to do his best. The other simply grab omelette condiments with his hands - very unsanitary and really a turn off.

I should mention that the place is quite expensive - $100 for two of us for a dinner and $50 for two buffets for breakfast. But because there is nothing else in a close proximity, the restaurant gets away with this. If only it were like I'd expect from Hyatt!

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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Most wonderful staff--so nice, accommodating, and friendly! The restaurant exceeds expectations for a hotel restaurant. food good!

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TD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had the Bolognese which was very good. Also I recommend the Bourbon Negroni. Had two of those with dinner and thought they were excellent.

If you're staying at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, where Zephyr is located, there is a nice bar as well that is nice to stop by on your way back from a night out.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, limited beverage menu. Getting the order right was a challenge due to a language barrier.

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Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Horrible service. Food sub Par. Would not eat there for free

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TM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant is a bit dated, although the view of the river is such a positive.

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BD
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Try the New England Clam Chowder. It is very hearty!

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I thought the food was fresh and tasty, but pricey.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We arrived for a 7:30 reservation and waited about 10-15 minutes before being greeted. They had the number of people in the party wrong and then had to find us a new table. While the food was overpriced but good, the waiter rarely came over and we couldn't get their attention when we needed.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was ok. For the price which is about the same as the great choices in the local area, you would expect the food to be better quality but it is far from it. Very slow service even with only one or two tables.

Only positive is the view of the Charles. Very disappointing that the manager Tim told us that they are not seating people at the empty exterior seating (young daughter was freezing in the ac so we requested outdoor seating) because of the season/too busy/ only seat people there for dinner. 30 minutes later a table of three was seated right outside of the window we were sitting in front of. He offer a BS half apology and that was all. Will never go back because of this. You can deal with ok food but terrible service is unacceptable.

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MB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Hotel restaurant. Went there for a birthday thinking it was a nice place for a special occasion. There were people in their pajamas at the bar. Not at all the atmosphere that is advertised online.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Nora our server was just awesome! I'd go back just to say hello to her! She was friendly, amazing and went out of her way to make our evening wonderful! The veg corn based soup was very good!

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I know you're tempted to go here because of the view. Let me save you your time and money and tell you that the view isn't all that great and that's all this restaurant has to offer. The food menu is mediocre at best, restaurant itself is like an old hotel lobby, and the service is poor (we reserved a table and staff didn't honor it). In addition the to the lackluster experience, the restaurant wages 2 additional fees (fees for tables over 5 people and hotel fee). Overall, the overpriced menu, poor quality of food, views, and service ranks this as a mediocre location to spend your evening/afternoon. Plenty of other restaurants with a view that are better than this, listen to the reviews on here- trust us! (We wouldn't take the time to write it unless we meant it)

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good food & service. Outstanding view of Boston & the Charles River

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately, I wasn't as impressed with the food as I had hoped, the menu was different than what I read online (smaller selection, less variety), and the wine glasses were small. The service could've been better also, but I'll chalk that up to (possible) inexperience. Finally, I made my reservation about 30 minutes beforehand, to ensure we had a table. It appeared to me the fellow who sat us took (very slight) offence to that, saying the reservation was made 15 minutes beforehand and he almost dropped us as we were 5 minutes late.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Could not have been more disappointed. The menu was online, yet I was told, in a voicemail message shortly before I was about to leave, that the meal was a buffet because the kitchen was closed on Saturday ..?! I thought that meant a good, nice, decent buffet, but it was like going to a school cafeteria, the food was awful, the soup was cold, and the desserts were nearly inedible. It should have been an embarrassment, if anything, for them to have this -- I mean, I am talking about egg salad, American cheese, potato chips .. really?? I was flabbergasted, and beyond disappointed.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

I went alone for lunch. Server was friendly, very attentive, came by regularly to refill my drink without having to ne asked, and was timely with the check.

I was told that the kitchen was under remodel and regular menu wouldn't be available for any meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) for the next 2-3 weeks. Buffet was lackluster and was comprised of bread, cold cuts, salad items, and soups. Clam chowder offered was great and the sandwich I built was fine, but overpriced at $16. Hotel garage parking was validated, which was nice.

Tables on the left side of the dining room have good views of the river and skyline. Some seats have an obstructed view, but I didn't check the views from the bar. Overall it was an overpriced lunch with a nice view. Might come back when they get a kitchen back up and running.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good location and nice ambience. Would have preferred more vegetarian and gluten free options.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. The Bolognese dish was delicious. And the staff was so nice to us. The atmosphere was very quiet and the seating was comfortable. The view of the Boston skyline is spectacular.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Mediocre food, shockingly overpriced. And the live entertainment was awful. Like, distractingly bad. The average busker in Harvard Square is a lot better.

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New England
58 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The view of the Charles River is diminished by the parking lot and road. This feels more like a hotel coffee shop than a destination restaurant. The food and service were fine, but I wouldn't go out of my way to return.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Decidedly mediocre and overpriced. The clam chowder was very light on the clams - mostly broth, and over salted. The Bolognese sauce on fettuccine was served far too hot and was heavy on the palette. (I tend to order Bolognese on pasta as I travel) My wife's burger was adequate, but she left hungry. Two tables away an older woman, travelling alone, was giving her server an earful about her dinner - which apparently was cold. As hotel dining experiences go, this was about a 3.

I will say that our breakfast experience was far better - both in terms of service and food quality. THough the price was high and portion small, it tasted good!

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a same day reservation for a group of 9. They put us in a private room with a tv and put the World Series on for us (we're from Chicago)! The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding. This restaurant made our night!

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