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About Zephyr on the Charles
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.
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Director of Outlets & Restaurant: Pedro Astupinaro
Cambridge, MA 02139
Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30AM - 11:00AM, Saturday - Sunday: 6:30AM - 12:00PM
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Dinner Monday - Thursday: 5:00PM to 10:00PM, Friday and Saturday 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Cocktails Monday through Saturday: 11:00AM to midnight.
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Boston University Cental on Green Line, Kendall Square on Red Line.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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.
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.
Zephyr on the Charles Ratings and Reviews
The waiter was professional, but the service was not good, in that it took forever for the
food to arrive. I have eaten at Zephyr many times and this was the longest it took. There
really is no excuse for this, as the restaurant was not full (at all). Other colleagues have
complained about this as well. We can't continue to support you, when you don't address
our concerns. We will need to go to Kendall Square...
Great views if you are seated by the windows overlooking the Charles river. In the summer, it would be great to dine outdoors. New Year's Eve was busy and they didn't seem to have enough staff around. Overall, it was still a very good dinner, more reasonably priced than other Boston hotel restaurants
Zephyr is a go-to if I want to get together with friends on a Sunday. It's easy to get to, free parking, you can almost always get an Open Table reservation even close to the date. The food is good -- in winter I often go for the fish and chips, the fish is moist, the batter is lightly crisp and delicious, the fries thinnish and not too heavy. My dining companion usually has the caesar salad with grilled shrimp which is fresh and comes in a large bowl. Service is prompt and attentive, and everyone is pleasant and non-intrusive from the host to the busboy. The view is awesome -- across the Charles River to the BU skyline. I'll add that in summer there is a balcony with tables that are a delight as long as it is not too hot (shading depends on the angle of the sun) and buggy, although the sounds from Memorial Drive may bother some (it didn't take a lot for me to tune it out.)
We booked for Thanksgiving dinner at Zephyr on the Charles. The view was lovely and the service was friendly and attentive. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre. The dinner started promisingly with a delicious parsnip soup., but it went downhill from there. The entrees were both underwhelming and the dessert buffet looked like it needed refreshing and nothing looked very appetizing. All in all, we were pretty disappointed in the food.
A big thank you to Zephyr staff and some patrons who helped a family member up after a fall. People couldn't have been nicer and more reassuring. Fall had NOTHING to do with anything out of whack at the restaurant. Just an accident. A great lunch followed. Kindness came from all corners, especially the hostess. Thank you!
Many restaurants with good views get by with uninspiring food. Zephyr is a notable exception. Every dinner that I've eaten here has been simply delicious. Consequently, I keep coming back. My child attending college nearby also really likes the food here, so dinner at Zephyr has become a part of every family visit.
My wife and I ate at Zephyr t celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. It was a beautiful night, so we opted to dine at one of their outdoor tables. Our waiter was excellent; attentive and friendly. I had the pork chop, my wife had the flank steak. We both had the clam chowder as an appetizer, and the waiter offered a delicious pretzel roll with a honey mustard dipping sauce. The food was very good, and the cocktails were also delicious. I highly recommend Zephyr.
the food was OK, the setting is tired and oddly laid out, and the hotel within which the restaurant sits is a dinosaur, but the worst part of this meal by far was the service. plus side: very friendly servers (only reason for 2 stars). down side: the servers spend more time talking to one another and wandering around aimlessly than they do serving customers. it took forever, on a # of occasions, to get someone's attention. then the waiter starts offering suggestions ("my favorites") without asking me what i like (as it happens, i don't eat red meat and his two suggestions were red meat). anyway, mediocre food and a bad service experience in a dated setting make for a NO recommendation; there are WAY too many great restaurants in Cambridge to spend time and $$$ at this one.
We feted the start of summer with 2/3 triplet coed granddaughters at this old favorite on the Charles. Plentiful overly chunky ingredients in the lobster cob salad; haddock special wasn't; lobster roll was excellent; ; superior ice cream and cheesecake deserts. Slow, forgetful wine service. Perhaps the staff was distracted by the large formal dinner downstairs.
Booked this out-of-the-way spot through searches for brunch, because of the reviews on their buffet brunch. When we got there at 12.45...there is no brunch!!!
Food was mediocre, asked for medium rare chicken in my sandwich and it arrived dry as bone.
Overall, not at all satisfactory.
Beautiful views overlooking the river. Our server was very attentive and kind.
The facility however is drab and dated.
My boyfriend and I came here the last night of Restaurant Week and enjoyed ourselves. I ordered the lobster bisque, duck with blueberry sauce, asparagus and quinoa, and the key lime tart. He ordered the fried calamari, steak and mashed potatoes and key lime tart. The food was delicious and filling. We ended up having to take our desserts home because we were stuffed. The only critique i would make, the wait staff needs to be more attentive. I shouldn't have to track someone down to refill my water, especially when I didn't order a drink. But she was very nice when she did finally come around. It was a very nice experience. I was born and raised in Cambridge, but never had been to the Hyatt. It was exciting finally getting an opportunity to ride in those lit up elevators that I've seen from the road many of nights. I felt like a tourist when we went to the top floor and took pictures out the window at the amazing view. :-)
We tried this on restaurant week in March. We were given a semi-private room to ourselves with a great view of the Charles River. The restaurant week choices were great, but the rest of my party ordered off the menu...also great. I quite enjoyed this venue for their food and their great service.
My husband and I joined friends for "Dine Out Boston" at Zephyr on a Friday evening. Even before we entered the restaurant there was a lot of buzz with the Air Force Ball attendees gathering in the vestibule, which was fun to witness.
The staff were friendly and ready to take us to our seat, despite our few minutes tardiness. The view for three of the four of us looked out on the Charles with the Citgo sign beaming across the river, and really was lovely.
The options on the Dine Out Boston menu were almost identical to what we had seen on their website, with the exception of the mussels that my husband had been eager to order. He went with the calamari instead, which was good, though a little heavy on the oil in the frying process, I think.
I had the lobster bisque, which was quite delicious, though lacking in any significant chunks of lobster meat, one of my favorite parts of a good bisque.
We both had the Sweet English Pea ravioli, which had a nice light sauce and pesto. The pasta was fairly good, but the pea stuffing was barely tolerable. The peas were almost on the crunchy side and were it not for the fact that I was "eating for two", I likely would have eaten much less than I managed.
The key lime pie I had for dessert was passable, though rather heavy, and the additional chocolate straws on top and pool of condensed milk next to the slice didn't seem to fit with the rest of the dish.
This was the first time we had been to Zephyr, and were really hoping for great things, since this is the hotel we booked a block of rooms for our wedding guests back in August. We only hope that any of them that dined at Zephyr during their stay had a better meal than we experienced on Friday.
WAAAY over priced. Service was nice but awful at their job. Good came out quickly but portions were extremely small. Dinner for my fiancé and I came to 150 dollars and we had to order a pizza after because the good was not nearly enough to fill a 2 year old never mind 2 adults. I will never go there again. Food however was tasteful but not 150 dollars tasteful all in all my experience was a awful not reccomended. DO NOT EAT HERE IT IS NOT WORTH YOUR TIME!
The meal service and atmosphere were mediocre at best. The hotel management was very professional and generously payed for the meal and then some. They also let us know they would be sharing our comments with the restaurant to help improve things going forward.
This was supposed to be a New Years Eve celebration dinner. The Hyatt Regency webpage boasts a specialized dinner menu with a chefs "amuse-bouch" and a champagne toast. What we got were very limited menu choices (should have read the on line menu more closely), the amuse bouche was a tiny scallop sitting on a small spoon, and there was no champagne toast. In fact the place overall had almost a ghost town ambience. Some years ago, we went to the Hyatt Regency for a New Years Eve dinner celebration, and the place was hopping, with decorations everywhere, music, balloons waiting to drop from the ceiling and a superb menu. Must have been too many years ago, or an alternate universe. No decorations, music, just a typical quiet evening meal in a hotel, everyone must have gotten the message except us and gone out somewhere else for the celebration. The food selections were prepared well enough, certainly not worth $48 though, and the service was cordial, friendly but painfully slow. Very disappointed, lesson learned.
My sister and I (both in our 20s) went to Zephyr on the Charles because we were staying in the hotel. We were seated immediately by a friendly host. The waitress was attentive and was helpful with answering questions and recommendations. The view was fantastic and was probably the best part. There deserves to be a top notch restaurant in a location with such a view. The restaurant was empty but the setup/design of the seating areas and decor don't contribute to a romantic or cozy or "date spot" atmosphere.
The cocktails were very tasty, and we both enjoyed our appetizers (mushroom risotto and endive salad). I found my entree - lobster tortellini- just "okay" to "good", and for the price, it wasn't worth it. The lobster was fine, the pasta was okay, the sauce was very plain and didn't add anything. I would come again for cocktails and an appetizer but not for an entree.
While traveling through Boston, my family and I had Christmas Dinner at the Zephyr. It is in the Hyatt hotel.
First, there was a mixup in our reservation and we were seated an hour after we arrived. We made a reservation on OpenTable for the prix fixe 3 course dinner at 4pm, but when we arrived they said they didn't start that service until 5pm. Now we had hungry kids to deal with for an hour. not sure where the breakdown was.
We were seated right at 5, the second table to sit in the dining room. Our waiter was ok, but we waited a long time for our first course. Tables around us that were seated much later were already eating. Arrgh... more hungry kid problems. They brought us some bread but we had to ask for it.
The food overall was good. The quality of ingredients limited the flavors a little, the quality of the cut of steak, the freshness of the fish, the preparation of the lamb. Some parts of the dishes weren't very deep, i.e. the brussel sprouts had nothing on them, not even salt.
The first course was good, the main course was good, the desert was so so. At our table we had enough people to try all the dishes in each course, and a pretty good sampling of the desert buffet. It was good overall but not memorable.
The ambiance was ok, its a hotel restaurant... It has a nice view of the river. The service was ok, the waiter was nice but this isn't white glove silver service. We waited a long time for some of our food.
Its typical restaurant service where they clear your utensils on one course but don't bring more with the next course, and don't seem to be near when you need something.
Did we get our money's worth at $75 ea? Not sure... I felt like we could have had a decent dinner for a lot less but chose this because it was convenient. I don't know what their regular menu is like but I would expect regular hotel restaurant food and service.
We always love our visits to the Zephyr, but being served by Alyssa makes it all the more special. She is very attentive, efficient, and knows exactly what we want in advance since we are regulars. We look forward to our twice a month visits in the New Year.
The menu is a little expensive but the food was good, as was the service. I ordered the cob salad and had to modify it becuase of dietary restrictions. The kitchen handled the special order correctly with no resistance. There are multiple options for vegan and gluten free diners. I would return.
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