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The Table at Season To TasteThe Table at Season To Taste
621 reviews
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Contemporary French / American | Cambridge, Boston

Every dish in the course was very tasty and beautiful. We’ll be back soon!! More

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Urban HearthUrban Hearth
117 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Wonderful small intimate open kitchen atmosphere. Delicious menu More

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Giulia RestaurantGiulia Restaurant
972 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Great place. Very good value for the quality of food you get. Pasta was amazing. Both of us got venison which was tender and delicious. Already ready to go back More

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Pammy'sPammy's
739 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Charming ambiance, delicious food with unique flavor and texture combinations, nice knowledgeable service, they do not rush you. More

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DaliDali
516 reviews
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Spanish | Cambridge, Boston

First time. Everything was great! Tapas portions could be a little larger. Good sangria. Will return! More

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Area Four CambridgeArea Four Cambridge
439 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Do it. Great location, nice staff, great food, pizza is on point More

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CommonwealthCommonwealth
328 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Food was excellent with good choices for a variety of diets. Service was great and attentive without being intrusive. Server was knowledgeable and offered very good suggestions. More

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Puritan & CompanyPuritan & Company
1267 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

From the BBQ beet salad to the Scottish Salmon to the salmon toast, all was superb. Our server (Sarah?) was so friendly and helpful! The side tables were a little close for privacy, but overall it was a wonderful experience. We will be back to try other things! More

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HarvestHarvest
3312 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Food was delicious, wine recommendation was great. Service was excellent. Parking is very easy if you use the valet. We're definitely coming back! More

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BenedettoBenedetto
37 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Inventive, delicious food, fantastic wine list, and friendly, helpful service. A favorite place to celebrate special occasions! More

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Central KitchenCentral Kitchen
254 reviews
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French American | Cambridge, Boston

Food was great, tried the tuna tartare which was really good. Arman, our waiter was on the ball and provided great service! More

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Bondir CambridgeBondir Cambridge
719 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Incredible place! We always go back to Bondir More

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Gyu-Kaku - CambridgeGyu-Kaku - Cambridge
373 reviews
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Japanese | Cambridge, Boston

Great place with great food! A group of nine of us went for my boyfriend's birthday and we had tons of fun!! More

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ForageForage
628 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

I had a spectacular meal at forage a few months ago and returned there to enjoy your restaurant with a friend. Unfortunately this time I was a disappointed. the fish stew seemed bland, and the deserts were ok, but not wonderful. More

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The Hourly Oyster HouseThe Hourly Oyster House
499 reviews
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Oyster Bar | Cambridge, Boston

Excellent! The oysters are fantastic and loved the fried clams. Our serving staff was very attentive. Would definitely come back! More

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Little DonkeyLittle Donkey
1172 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Cambridge, Boston

Quite good, but I would recommend considering the cohesion of what you order due to the widely varying nature of the food. More

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Craigie on MainCraigie on Main
3581 reviews
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French | Cambridge, Boston

Great food and superior service. Wonderful combination. We will be back! More

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Cuchi CuchiCuchi Cuchi
417 reviews
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International | Cambridge, Boston

If you're in Boston, this is a place you don't want to pass up. Everything was amazing. We couldn't have asked for a better night. More

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Gran GustoGran Gusto
668 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

The food was excellent and owner was very attentive. More

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BISqBISq
138 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Fantastic food. Creative small plates. Great wine. Didn’t feel rushed even on a busy Saturday night. More

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The Red House RestaurantThe Red House Restaurant
1200 reviews
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European | Cambridge, Boston

Really enjoyed meal. Had the oysters they were fab and great deal. We all shared small plate menu items. All of the were tasty. Only wish things had been served a tad warmer. Great place More

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Jose's Mexican RestaurantJose's Mexican Restaurant
359 reviews
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Mexican / Southwestern | Cambridge, Boston

The food was absolutely delicious, service was great, restaurant clean, and yes, we will return with our friends. More

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730 Tavern Kitchen and Patio730 Tavern Kitchen and Patio
44 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Delicious food, great service, fun atmosphere - all at a great value! More

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The MaharajaThe Maharaja
338 reviews
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Indian | Cambridge, Boston

The Curry’s we had chicken tika masala and Goan fish curry were superb. Home made and very fresh. Prices are reasonable and there were lots of Asian people dining in to - a very diverse clientele in fact. Worth a trip If in the neighborhood. Well above average all round. More

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Amelia's TrattoriaAmelia's Trattoria
910 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

This is a great small restaurant. They have really good Italian wines by the glass. Awesome! More

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Temple BarTemple Bar
1380 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

The atmosphere, mixed drinks, appetizers, and main courses were amazing and the service was wonderful. The only thing holding back five stars was the dessert, we ordered one of each option for the table and none were very good. More

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Café ArtscienceCafé Artscience
391 reviews
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Contemporary French | Cambridge, Boston

Great food, went with a group of 6 and everyone enjoyed their dishes. We had wonderful service! And fun drinks! Will definitely go back! More

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WaypointWaypoint
960 reviews
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Seafood | Cambridge, Boston

The food was good, nothing special. An example are the lobster fritters. There was barely any lobster in them and you would not guess it was a lobster fritter if you didn't know. Some of the other dishes were tasty and the portions were small, not great for sharing. More

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VialeViale
557 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Very tasty food! The service was great, our waiter let us taste 2 different wines before choosing which was nice. Able to carry on a conversation easily. I would go back. More

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UpperWestUpperWest
40 reviews
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Mediterranean | Cambridge, Boston

Unique place ... almost like you know something secret! More

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Sulmona Restaurant | BarSulmona Restaurant | Bar
374 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Pleasant room. Good food. Interesting menu. Not too noisy. More

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LongfellowLongfellow
33 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Great menu and ambiance, very friendly waitstaff! We'll definitely be back to visit this place again soon. More

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LuceLuce
747 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Excellent food (truly outstanding risotto), great space, good service. The menu is short listing appetizers, pizza and pasta dishes with two alternative main courses ... but this is more than compensated by the quality of the dishes (we had one pizza, gnocchi and the risotto). More

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Parsnip RestaurantParsnip Restaurant
283 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Unexpectedly wonderful! More

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Bisuteki Tokyo Japanese Steak House - Marriott Hotel CambridgeBisuteki Tokyo Japanese Steak House - Marriott Hotel Cambridge
150 reviews
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Japanese | Cambridge, Boston

It was a great venue for a family gathering to celebrate my nephews 14th birthday. More

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Summer Shack CambridgeSummer Shack Cambridge
1659 reviews
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Seafood | Cambridge, Boston

This is one of my favorite seafood restaurants. You can always count of the fish, clams, oysters etc. being fresh and well prepared. I find the atmosphere to be terrific for a causal business lunch or dinner and for just getting together with family and friends. And the parking is plentiful and easy. Also right on the red line. More

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Catalyst RestaurantCatalyst Restaurant
1320 reviews
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Contemporary French / American | Cambridge, Boston

Excellent!! They serve Charles Krug, an excellent family winery. The service was amazing, and the staff made it perfect. I would come back for date night, business, girls night...the restaurant appeals to all of the above. More

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OléOlé
863 reviews
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Mexican | Cambridge, Boston

Had a very good meal and a terrific waiter. This was my first time there. Will be back. More

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Mix-it Restaurant - Asian Cuisine & Sushi BarMix-it Restaurant - Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar
12 reviews
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Japanese | Cambridge, Boston

Food came quickly, had plenty of space to spread out. I was happy with my pad see lew with crispy chicken and my husband really enjoyed his sushi! The scallion pancakes were just so-so. The veggie gyoza was great! More

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Russell House TavernRussell House Tavern
1846 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

I got their daily special eggs Benedict with salmon and it was DELICIOUS. The food tasted incredible and great service. I think the price is fair for the quality of the food. More

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Frank's Steak HouseFrank's Steak House
895 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

This restrant is the best in Boston area. More

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Loyal NineLoyal Nine
499 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Really good food and an attentive staff. The menu had a nice mix of veg friendly dishes, and everything tasted fresh. The brownie was to die for! More

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Champions - Kendall SquareChampions - Kendall Square
114 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Awesome food especially the lobster roll. Best clam chowder. Service was friendly and efficient. Would highly recommend More

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Trattoria PulcinellaTrattoria Pulcinella
457 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Wonderful food. Excellent service. A real gem. More

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ColetteColette
57 reviews
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French | Cambridge, Boston

All the food was excellent. Favorites were the scallop ceviche, the roasted cauliflower, the lobster risotto, the Brussels sprout salad. Good wine. Attentive friendly staff. Fun ambience. More

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The SinclairThe Sinclair
603 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

🤙🏼👍 food was rullllll good More

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Shaking Crab - CambridgeShaking Crab - Cambridge
82 reviews
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Cajun | Cambridge, Boston

It was great and food was good. We will come again! More

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La Fabrica CentralLa Fabrica Central
294 reviews
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Spanish | Cambridge, Boston

The food and service were amazing. I would definitely recommend visiting this restaurant and I will be visiting again. More

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Grafton Street Pub and GrillGrafton Street Pub and Grill
1460 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Really great food and service. Dishes are well made and tasty. I ordered a Margarita pizza and didn't really like the kind of cheese they had, it seemed to be a low-quality mozzarella or perhaps not even mozzarella. More

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PARK Restaurant & BarPARK Restaurant & Bar
1032 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Yes, I would highly recommend this spot! And I will be returning very soon! More

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Bambara RestaurantBambara Restaurant
901 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

We went to Bambara for brunch on a Saturday. The restaurant is spacious, but not cavernous, and bright. Pleasant decor, noise level is low, so one can easily carry a conversation. The menu has several unorthodox items, including duck confit hash with poached eggs, as well as salmon ceviche, which varies from week to week. French toast was made out of an Armenian bread called choereg, which is closer to a brioche and makes the dish quite rich. The wild mushroom omelet actually did have wild mushrooms in it. The service was very attentive, but not intrusive - a rare combination these days!! More

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NubarNubar
790 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

We had a lovely dinner st Nubar earlier this week. The menu was varied, and our dinners were delicious. The desserts were excellent. Overall a great place for a great meal. More

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Abigail'sAbigail's
197 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Overall, the food and service was good but on open table, it says they validate parking at the garage across the street. This parking is NOT complimentary but discounted. They should state that!!! More

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ArtBarArtBar
545 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

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The Black Sheep Restaurant At The Kendall HotelThe Black Sheep Restaurant At The Kendall Hotel
296 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Always an enjoyable lunch but it is a bit noisy if you want to have a business conversation. Quieter after 1PM.. More

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Zephyr on the CharlesZephyr on the Charles
367 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

The food is consistently good and the service is consistently friendly. Good value for your dining dollar, and you can't beat the view! More

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DanteDante
1180 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

The food is consistently delicious at Dante's and this visit was no exception. The server was very accommodating, attentive without being intrusive. It's a great place for a business discussion as our request for a quiet table was answered. I'd recommend Dante's and will certainly return. More

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ZuZu! - Middle East ClubZuZu! - Middle East Club
14 reviews
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Middle Eastern | Cambridge, Boston

Very reasonable prices for delicious variety of brunch food More

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Wit's EndWit's End
65 reviews
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Gastro Pub | Cambridge, Boston

Great place to hang with friends and I enjoyed the food More

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Bertucci's - AlewifeBertucci's - Alewife
13 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

The service was excellent and the waitress was very accommodating to our request for separate checks. The portions were very generous so don’t be alarmed at the calorie count. I enjoyed two more meals from the leftovers I brought home! More

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Boathouse 400Boathouse 400
12 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

I did not like that me credit card was charged at the time I made the reservation The meal was s gift and because you charged me thusly, it spoiled the whole meal. You shouldn’t presume the person making the reservations is the person who will pay! More

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P.F. Chang's - CambridgeP.F. Chang's - Cambridge
10 reviews
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Asian | Cambridge, Boston

P.F. Chang’s is pretty consistent...can’t understand why this restaurant isn’t packed! More

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AmuseAmuse
103 reviews
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French American | Cambridge, Boston

Apparently we were there off season and the dining room wasn't open. Food was good, service was great (thanks Liza) but we had to sit in the bar area. I would go back again. More

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Club PassimClub Passim
10 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Cafe Passim is a hidden gem. Especially for music lovers, this is a small space near Harvard Square on Palmer Street. It has a rich history of presenting music - so you can be sure they have cultivated the best acts. Primarily folk-bluegrass, although there may be some other types. The food for brunch was hearty and wonderfully presented. The peppered biscuit I would come back for alone. Try the Vermont sourced bacon - it is very sweet and tender. The vibe reminds one of a small Greenwich Village folk club in the 60s that serves great local food. Nice ambiance for families or a group of friends. More

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Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & BarGustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar
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Cuban | Cambridge, Boston

Coming soon, Gustazo!
The word Gustazo means great pleasure and “darse or dar un Gustazo” means to treat oneself or someone else to something special. Gustazo aims to bring authentic Cuban flavors to the vibrant Boston restaurant scene. Its festive and original decor embodies the spirit of Havana, with elements of Spanish colonial architecture, reminiscent of the 1950s with colorful Cuban modern art. In the kitchen, modern interpretations of classic Cuban dishes are crafted daily with the best available ingredients.
When visiting this lively neighborhood restaurant, savoring our authentic Cuban fare and listening to our carefully selected compilation of Cuban music, we aim that you our guest, will have a Gustazo!More

The Kitchen at NocaThe Kitchen at Noca
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American | Cambridge, Boston

All-day cafe with casual dining at night. Family friendly environment with a kid's menu and take-out available.More

Cambridge Diners' Choice Winners

Cambridge's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
The Table at Season To TasteThe Table at Season To Taste
621 reviews
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Contemporary French / American | Cambridge, Boston

Every dish in the course was very tasty and beautiful. We’ll be back soon!! More

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Giulia RestaurantGiulia Restaurant
972 reviews
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Italian | Cambridge, Boston

Great place. Very good value for the quality of food you get. Pasta was amazing. Both of us got venison which was tender and delicious. Already ready to go back More

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DaliDali
516 reviews
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Spanish | Cambridge, Boston

First time. Everything was great! Tapas portions could be a little larger. Good sangria. Will return! More

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Urban HearthUrban Hearth
117 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Wonderful small intimate open kitchen atmosphere. Delicious menu More

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Pammy'sPammy's
739 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Charming ambiance, delicious food with unique flavor and texture combinations, nice knowledgeable service, they do not rush you. More

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Bondir CambridgeBondir Cambridge
719 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

Incredible place! We always go back to Bondir More

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Puritan & CompanyPuritan & Company
1267 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

From the BBQ beet salad to the Scottish Salmon to the salmon toast, all was superb. Our server (Sarah?) was so friendly and helpful! The side tables were a little close for privacy, but overall it was a wonderful experience. We will be back to try other things! More

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CommonwealthCommonwealth
328 reviews
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American | Cambridge, Boston

Food was excellent with good choices for a variety of diets. Service was great and attentive without being intrusive. Server was knowledgeable and offered very good suggestions. More

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ForageForage
628 reviews
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Contemporary American | Cambridge, Boston

I had a spectacular meal at forage a few months ago and returned there to enjoy your restaurant with a friend. Unfortunately this time I was a disappointed. the fish stew seemed bland, and the deserts were ok, but not wonderful. More

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The Hourly Oyster HouseThe Hourly Oyster House
499 reviews
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Oyster Bar | Cambridge, Boston

Excellent! The oysters are fantastic and loved the fried clams. Our serving staff was very attentive. Would definitely come back! More

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Discover Cambridge

The Pilgrims got their best recipes from Native Americans. Without their help, future chefs in Cambridge wouldn’t know beans about Boston baked beans. Chinese, Italian, and certainly Irish immigrants later added their two cents. In fact, the local cuisine is something of a hodgepodge. Peking ravioli is more common than you might think. Bostonian Ruth Wakefield invented the world’s first chocolate chip cookie. Never mind that the Toll House Inn was never a tollhouse or that it was established 108 years after the date on the sign. All is forgiven. Cambridge staples -- chowder, fish and chips, steamed clams, and maple syrup -- are as fresh and pleasing as ever. TV’s lovable barfly, Norm Peterson, perfectly embodied the spirit of a traditional Boston bar: “Women. You can’t live with them, pass the beer nuts.”

Discover Cambridge

The Pilgrims got their best recipes from Native Americans. Without their help, future chefs in Cambridge wouldn’t know beans about Boston baked beans. Chinese, Italian, and certainly Irish immigrants later added their two cents. In fact, the local cuisine is something of a hodgepodge. Peking ravioli is more common than you might think. Bostonian Ruth Wakefield invented the world’s first chocolate chip cookie. Never mind that the Toll House Inn was never a tollhouse or that it was established 108 years after the date on the sign. All is forgiven. Cambridge staples -- chowder, fish and chips, steamed clams, and maple syrup -- are as fresh and pleasing as ever. TV’s lovable barfly, Norm Peterson, perfectly embodied the spirit of a traditional Boston bar: “Women. You can’t live with them, pass the beer nuts.”