Pammy's

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1033 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Pammy’s is a New American restaurant inspired by the feel of an Italian neighborhood trattoria. Perched between Cambridge’s Central and Harvard Squares, Pammy’s is a cozy yet sophisticated neighborhood destination. For husband and wife team Chris and Pam Willis, who live right up the street, Pammy’s is an extension of their living room. They’ve brought together their love of great food, easy hospitality and chic vibe to create a lively space that is welcoming to all looking for a memorable meal. With dishes that lean heavily on Italian flavors but are not restricted by any rules of the cuisine, the food is unpretentious and delicious. A dual-opening fireplace wrapped in white ceramic, an oversized salvaged communal table designed for side-by-side dining and rich leather banquets are just some of the design elements that make up Pammy’s charm.
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New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, excellent food, service was amazing and the vibe of the space is incredible. We loved.
Our new favorite Italian restaurant in town.

s
New England
70 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was terrific. There were four of us and we shared dishes, each of which was excellent. The flavors are not overwhelming, but nevertheless unusual. The table was late, but the service recovery was also great--a light cocktail and a complimentary appetizer. Highly recommend this restaurant for a wonderful meal, even if the atmosphere might be better for a friendly, rather than formal, occasion.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing!

K
New England
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always - best pork chop ever. The front of the house staff was really accommodating and helpful. Great restaurant.

B
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, helpful staff. Delicious food. Great pacing on when the food arrived.

GH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my very favorite restaurants in the Boston area. Cozy and romantic with amazing food and cocktails.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The restaurant was great, but our server was less than interested in engaging with us about the menu or our experience. She wasn't horrible, but she seemed annoyed all evening...we ended up talking more about the mediocre service than the delicious food :-/

I'll try Pammy's again, but hoping for a better dinning experience.

FS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess sat us early which was really helpful and so nice if her.
All was fabulous. Only complaint was the time it took between courses. It was a busy Friday night but still waited quite a while.
Wonderful time and will return and recommend!

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Good was very good. Drinks were OK and wine selection was limited (should be more high-end options). Seated us at an awkward table; one person had to sit on the fireplace. Wasn't very comfortable.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really great spot, amazing pasta!

BK
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Wish it were a bit quieter. Sometimes music is too loud: in my opinion.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time around and loved it all over! I went with a friend who is very fussy and he loved it !!!! Food and service excellent, coffee was excellent too

KC
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table in the corner was perfect for our small family gathering - we could hear each other and enjoy the scene while indulging in fabulous food. It was a lovely evening1

JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt great just walking into the place, the energy, the aromas, the happy vibe. The unfiltered Arneis, delicious, even with that amazing artichoke salad (artichokes kill a wines), so simple, but so much work to prepare. The super delicious yeasty, gluteny house bread with the artichokes might have been enough to satisfy us, but the two pastas were superb, especially mine: the house bolognese with an unusual addition (go find out). The house made pastas themselves cooked perfectly. An excellent bottle of Nebbiolo didn't hurt. Smart, knowledgeable, funny, sensitive people facilitating the experience. We're going back soon, this Friday.

JB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great, awesome food. They also recognized my girlfriends birthday which was great! I plan on coming back.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, food, ambiance and I’ll definitely go back. Awesome cocktails, fresh and unique starters and entrees. Highly recommend the lamb shoulder and wagyu oxtail pasta.

AJ
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love the service and bantering away with the waiters over the meals as well as scrumptious food with wonderful subtle but complex flavours.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

It was fine. The food was very tasty but small portions especially for the price. It was less than an hour between sitting down and leaving, with a glass of wine and an entree each - It felt like they were just trying to flip the table. Not the waiter's fault, he was lovely!

R
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service, somewhat aloof in a hipsterish sort of way. Food was nice, creative and well-conceived, simple enough. Sort of a cool date atmosphere; Were lots of young couples. The room is beautiful and evocative, but too dark for my liking. So dark that photos don’t reveal their true hues, which is a shame to the multitudes of flowers decorating the space. We had two (well-behaved) kids if 12 and 17, and we felt comfortable, as we eat out a lot, but it does have a romantic and private feel in the dining room, so some families might not have the same comfort level.

MH
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, cocktails and service were all on point. The decor is gorgeous and the building is in a fun, lively location.

MR
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant I've been to in a long time and I can't wait to visit Boston and go back!

M
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!! Wonderful!!

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D
New England
60 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very close seating and a bit louder than my taste. Staff was outstanding, knowledgable about everything on the menu and the wine list. Food excellent.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waited to visit restaurant with my sister Pammy. Was not disappointed! We loved everything ...food,service and ambiance was great!!

CM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pretty busy night for a Monday and the wait was expected. The food was AMAZING. Pretty pricey for the small portions but the quality and service is definitely worth it.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent on top of a charming atmosphere. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

KO
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always first rate, as is the service. Lively room, beautifully done. I just wish the room was 20db quieter so I could hear all of the 5 people at my table

S
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very good. Standout dish was the black bass with eggplant. Italian bitter selection was incredible. Price was pretty steep.

Don't trust the "been on our menu the longest" recommendation of the gochu bolognese, that was the only dish we regretted ordering, it was super heavy with cream and oil and there was absolutely no kick from the gochu so really we were just eating a heavy subpar bolognese.

LM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pammy's presents a beautiful restaurant -- great mix of warm wood, over-sized gilded mirrors, white walls, beautiful foliage and a glowing fireplace -- without being stuffy. It is loud and the room is vibrant, but conversation is still possible. Banquet seating was very cozy and fun. Service was efficient, pleasant, attentive and well paced.
Cocktails provided interesting twists on classics, but not standouts. Mixed bases were a bit off-base. Why a mixed martini with both gin and vodka? Different and just OK.
The octopus appetizer was wonderful, though small in portion and lardo is not a favorite. Snap pea and Jonah crab was somewhat bland in comparison. The black bass, striped bass and lamb chop entrees were each excellent. Apple crostata and sorbet desserts, coffees were fine, but not standouts.
Reservations a must even on weekday nights in this "go to" destination.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food but I wish they’d bring back pasta 2.0.

CF
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall everything was great, food, ambiance, service, without being pretentious. However it is frustrating to have to dine so early 5PM when they were plenty of tables still available by the time we left 7PM. While I understand reservations are a balancing act, and that this restaurant is popular, it is hard to believe that having made reservations 2 1/2 weeks in advance, we could not be accommodated for a slightly later time. Will think twice about going back due tp this constraint.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pammy’s was great! My co-worker and I celebrated achieving a work goal, and everything tasted great. Loved the ambiance, service was great, and we even got a seat by the real wood-burning fireplace. Desert was the highlight for me!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Scrumptious and unique food!

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DT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Servers are superior ... every time we’ve been they have been super!

KC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I went to Pammy's once before and really enjoyed it. This time, I ordered the Bolognese which was super salty and too spicy. The atmosphere is lovely and the service was great. I just didn't feel so crazy about the food. Lots of odd combinations of things, and too much salt.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Los platillos son buenos pero bastante pretenciosos y el servicio regular

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LW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING MEAL AND ATMOSPHERE... WOULD DEFINITELY COME HERE AGAIN. HAD BURRATA AND SNAP PEA / CRAB APPETIZERS WHICH WERE GREAT. FOR ENTREES, WE ORDERED THE BERKSHIRE PORK AND 2 OF THE PASTAS WHICH WERE ALSO AMAZING. HAD AN APPLE CROSTATA FOR DESSERT WHICH WAS PERFECT FINISH.

L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, except for the noise level and the price: if your music is loud (even in the bathrooms!!), the costumers will have to speak loudly, and the combination is most unpleasant. The food was excellent but a bit overpriced.

TH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were fortunate enough to get a reservation for four on a Friday night. Dinner was excellent. Pammy's never disappoints.