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Best Restaurants in Cambridge, MA

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated December 15, 2023

Over the past few years, Cambridge’s dining scene has progressively transformed into a vibrant, cosmopolitan culinary environment. The city boasts a large selection of unique restaurants, ranging from classic American comfort food to Chinese, French, and Italian. There is an establishment that serves food to suit every palate, whether it be a cozy cafe or somewhere that offers fine dining. Many of these enticing businesses also serve a variety of tasty wines and unique handcrafted cocktails, making it easy to grab a drink along with a meal, or head to happy hour before a dinner reservation.

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4.8
4.8 (1492)
$31 to $50
American
Cambridge

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About the restaurant

Placed in North Cambridge, ​​Season to Taste is a charming neighborhood restaurant that is owned and operated by Chef Robert Harris. Some of the most popular items on the menu include dishes like seared duck breast, grass fed beef brisket, and house-made mezzi rigatoni. The interior features private wooden tables that are convenient for an intimate meal, while the exterior has a heated patio that is a nice place to sit no matter the time of year.


Top review
Joel
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
Spectacular food and great ambiance. The new (one-year old) restaurant location is incredible, but the food has been great for years. Robert is an amazing chef who makes even cabbage taste awesome. Seriously, cabbage. We did the tasting counter, which was a steal at that price. We were both full by the time we left and loved all the dishes. Can't wait to go back!
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4.7
4.7 (556)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cambridge

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About the restaurant
A farm-to-table style restaurant, Urban Hearth was founded in 2003 by chef Erin Miller and has been wowing both locals and visitors with its tasty menu ever since. The menu is filled with diverse items such as goat cheese croquettes, big buttermilk biscuits, and ale braised pork cheek. The interior is light and airy, with bright colors and a welcoming atmosphere. For a particularly unique experience, opt for the Chef’s Tasting Menu, a five-course culinary experience that keeps diners on the edge of their seats.
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Bairsmom
Dined 4 days ago
I have a colleague who is in town about once a month and we like to try different restaurants. Urban Hearth has been on our bucket list and did not disappoint. The attentive service was perfectly timed; each course was amazing, and while we could have ordered more, the amount we chose suited us well and was absolutely delicious. Great wine selections topped off the experience.
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4.5
4.5 (459)
$30 and under
Pizza Bar
Cambridge

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About the restaurant
A fresh and modern establishment, Source Restaurant is a mixture of a gastropub and pizza bar, owned by Daniel Paul Roughan. On the menu, there are options such as New York-style pizzas, carbonara bucatini, and wood charred chicken rings. The interior has a rustic and eclectic style that helps to make diners feel comfortable and at home. The restaurant has become quite popular for its brunch menu, so consider heading there on Saturday or Sunday mornings.
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ChristinaO
Dined on Feb 11, 2024
The food is always incredible and the service was amazing! They were very accommodating, friendly, and gave us a “just ‘cause” treat this past weekend! Such a good family, date, or friend date spot.
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4.8
4.8 (2031)
$50 and over
American
Cambridge

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About the restaurant
A mixture between a New American style restaurant and a classic Italian trattoria, Pammy's has been in business since 2017 when it was opened by Pam and Chris Willis. On the menu, there are tasty options like steak tartare, sea scallops, and pork chops. The inside of the restaurant is bright, with light colors, plenty of natural lighting, and numerous lush, green plants. Pammy’s is known for having a large drink menu, so make sure to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail before dining there.
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LexFoodievip
Dined 4 days ago
As always, amazing. The variety of choices and presentation never disappoints..and yummy too. Don’t skip the wine pairing which always opens up new grapes and combinations.
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4.8
4.8 (1692)
$31 to $50
Italian
Cambridge

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About the restaurant
For mouthwatering Italian food, head to Giulia Restaurant, which has been a local favorite in Cambridge since it was opened in 2012 by Michael and Giulia Pagliarini. The menu contains exceptional choices such as chicken liver crostini, marinated octopus, and buckwheat pizzoccheri. The inside features a large bar and is mainly decorated with unfinished wood. Enjoy a classic Italian cocktail during dinner, such as a spritz or negroni.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Everything was absolutely fantastic, from the moment we sat down until we paid the check. Perfect and only restaurant I would like to eat again and again when I visit Boston.
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4.6
4.6 (813)
$31 to $50
Cuban
Cambridge

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About the restaurant
Known for being one of the best authentic Cuban restaurants in the city, Gustazo Cuban Kitchen and Bar opened its doors in 2011 and is owned by Patricia Estorino and Adolfo De La Vega. Diners will find a variety of dishes on the menu, including yucca fries, churros, and ropa vieja. The interior has Cuban-inspired decorations as well as wood paneling on the walls, giving the restaurant an authentic vibe. It’s known for having an extensive cocktail menu, so set aside some time for a drink before dinner.
Top review
Irene
Dined 7 days ago
Seated at 8:45PM at our reservation time and were able to put in our orders 15-20 minutes later. First food dish appeared on the table at 9:30PM, a long time after. We ordered 4 total tapas and didn’t receive our following 3 dishes until about the time the kitchen was doing their last call for all food orders, including the dessert. We have had positive experiences at the Waltham location and this location a few years ago, but this wasn’t exactly worth our time after this visit. The seating was at 70% capacity at the time and both the tables and kitchens were probably severely understaffed. We finished the bottle of water on our table during our meal and did not get a replacement until our check was brought out. Food was great otherwise, but the lack of service unfortunately left a negative impression on us.
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4.3
4.3 (43)
$30 and under
Thai
Cambridge

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About the restaurant
A popular Thai restaurant located in Harvard Square, 9 Tastes was opened by Panja Lymswan in 2009. It has become synonymous with some of its most famous dishes, which include veggie puffs, mango fried rice, and lemongrass chicken. The interior of the restaurant is bright and airy, with an upbeat ambiance. There is also an extensive wine list, making it a nice place to taste some vino while dining.
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localbuzzvip
Dined on Jan 30, 2024
New pumpkin curry was delicious. The Tom yum seafood soup is also great on cold days.
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4.7
4.7 (644)
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern
Cambridge

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About the restaurant
An Afghani establishment named after the longest river in Afghanistan, the Helmand Restaurant was founded in the early 2000s by Mahmood Karzai. At this restaurant, divers can try a variety of both unique and traditional dishes, including mantwo, lamb lawand, and kebabs. The inside is characterized by bright colors and decorations, and there is also an outdoor patio where individuals can choose to eat during warm weather. Make sure to peruse the diverse wine list.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Food was delicious - great middle eastern flavors - pleasant, knowledgeable staff/service. Memorable great dinner.
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4.6
4.6 (286)
$30 and under
Asian
Cambridge

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About the restaurant
For tasty Thai and southeast Asian cuisine, head to Chalawan Asian Eatery, which has become a popular local restaurant over the years. On the menu, there are a variety of different selections, including seared Alaska scallops, Thai crispy chicken skin, and Sumatra wagyu beef cheek. With large floor-to-ceiling windows, an intricate wall mural, and comfortable booth seating complete with pillows, it’s guaranteed that diners will have an enjoyable experience when eating at Chalawan Asian Eatery. Vegetarians will be delighted to learn that there is a separate vegetarian menu, which is complete with a variety of salads and tofu-based dishes, using the best and freshest vegetables that are available in the area.
Top review
JohnGvip
Dined on Jan 14, 2024
Excellent spot in Cambridge with very reasonable prices. I highly recommend the snapper dumplings, duck red curry, and banana cake for dessert.
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4.2
4.2 (158)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cambridge

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About the restaurant
A Korean-inspired New American restaurant, Cloud and Spirits was first opened in 2021. On the menu, there are many diverse items, including pork belly adobo, mushroom ravioli, and ratatouille. With intimate lighting, unfinished wood, and modern decorations, this establishment has a chic and stylish ambiance. Try some of the restaurant’s craft cocktails, which include a selection of classic beverages and new, innovative recipes.
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Jax7815
Dined on Apr 26, 2023
We loved the look of the restaurant but the tables were a tad small. There were 3 of us and the plates/drinks/water were tight. Each dish was quite delicious but the servings were definitely mid-size tapas. The server warned us. Nice modest sound level until about 7:30 when the music went on and the sound level became intolerable
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