Pammy's

4.8
740 reviews
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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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, delicious food and cocktails. Ambiance was wonderful, helped in part by the stylish decor. Only disappointment was that our choice of wine wasn't available and the bottle we did order was good but not fantastic value for money. But will be back for more!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience, food was excellent, drinks a little slow but the place was busy so to be expected. Will look forward to going back sometime, really a tremendous dining experience!

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MD
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is so unique and has such high quality flavors

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NM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
58 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Second foray here- it takes that long to get reservations, after all. This time it worked to find a time _after_ theatre/movie, although the place was packed to the gills when we wandered in for our 9:30 cover. We helped close the place at midnight, after polishing off a whole slew of choices, all of which were delightful. The plates are honest, if a bit pricey, with a slight nod to pretension, although with a wink, not a smirk. The place is small, and loud, sometimes from the music, more often from the crowd. It's a sad fact that when a place becomes loud, it takes a louder voice to be heard, so most people end up screaming at each other here. Then again, there are worse caverns of din. Let the food speak for itself.

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RD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was unique and good. I had the sweetbreads with grits. The breading on the sweetbreads overpowered the meat's delicate flavor. The duck and pork dishes were good. The bread pudding was excellent and worth the wait. I went on a Saturday night and while the atmosphere was lively and fun, it was too loud for me. I'm glad I went but I wouldn't go back as I felt it was too loud and expensive for the quality of the food.

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LS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised to learn that counter seating really meant seating at the communal table. Open table needs to find a way to better handle this issue.
Loved the food, loved the vibe. Nick our server was very knowledgeable and attentive. It is best to go here as a couple. More chances of getting in. Can’t wait to go back. Loved the Brussels sprout salad - a little lemony. Loved the American unagi. Had skate and shrimp pasta dish. Both great layered textures. Portions are not huge. Can’t wait to go back.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we stepped into this Parisian Victorian throwback, I knew Pammy's was going to be a different experience. A strip of vases filled with flowers graced a long farm table, while crystal orbs which were once Paris street lamps twinkled at us from above.

The food surprised us with tastes we could not decipher, from pasta and shrimp with an umami sauce and crunchy noodle mixed in with soft ones. The mussels were delicious as was the cod. The Brussels salad shaped in a circular mold was eggy and delicious as well.

Last came the bread pudding. Fab as well! Thanks for treating us to such a delightful evening. We will definitely be back!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were great, but the restaurant was far too loud to enjoy our experience as we would have liked.

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AH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food but really small portions!

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KG
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful first time dining at Pammy's. Warm and inviting and the staff goes out of their way to make you feel at home. We loved the menu. So many wonderful choices and interesting flavor combinations. We had the Crispy Sweetbreads to start. Unlike any other sweetbreads I have had before. The grits make the dish and the sweetbreads were tender and delicious. We also had the Mussels with Kaffir Lime broth and Squid Ink Arancini. Delicious! Mussels were local from Chatham and nice and meaty. For the entrees we had Pork Milanese and one of the pasta dishes Casarecce with Wild Mushrooms, Swiss Chard and French Butter Pears. My husband enjoys foraging for mushrooms and appreciated the maitake mushrooms in the mix. And we topped it all off with a wonderful Bread Pudding! We look forward to returning again to Pammy's.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We'll be back soon. The food was outstanding, and so was the service. It is a beautiful restaurant, relaxing, aesthetically pleasing, elegant without being pretentious.

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good excellent, from warmed dishes to interesting wine

Noise level too high but otherwise great

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1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GreT anniversary dinner. Always a great place to be.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always! Really quite exceptional!! Great food and service! Thanks always for a great dining experience!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish more delicious than the last. Terrific sense of cozy, elegant intimacy. Just hope they stay in the neighborhood, as the talent in the kitchen is first class.

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JR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful neighborhood feel with expertly prepared food. The mussels appetizer was superb as was the duck entrée (best cooked duck breast I've ever had). The tables are a bit small so seating can be cramped but the staff is extremely helpful and inviting, making the overall experience great. If available, get the bread pudding for dessert - exceptional. Can't wait to return.

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New England
31 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! I’ve been here several times and it’s always great. The bar tenders are really great!

The food is truly outstanding.

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M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

A beautiful and comfortable space but way too much undisciplined "concept." Simplifying and sharpening flavors might help. More important to raise preparation skills. Two different fish main courses were cooked to the consistency of custard.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I had put in my reservation that it was my anniversary, but no one asked or mentioned. In addition, my in-laws called to surprise us and pay for our meal but somehow there was a disconnect and husband and I paid.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience. The food was wonderful and the service was exceptional.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were excellent!

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MP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. Ambiance is excellent.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Boston!

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good, all of it. Fun wine list, inventive menu, great service, delicious cocktails, charming dining room.

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MD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sry good and fast service. Food was excellent, small portions, but gave you a chance to sample more.

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Beautiful interior. Food was creative and delicious!

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PH
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be my favorite restaurant in Cambridge/Boston. They don't have a bad item on their menu, and their service is impeccable.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was so friendly, very well educated on the menu! The ambience was amazing and the food was delicious, I can't wait to go back!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious. Our servers were very nice and helpful. I really like the decor.
2 things I would have to say are: the noise level is VERY high. Music was loud which makes things worse because people have to speak up in order to be heard. Not a good place for a date. Even though our meal was delicious, it was very expensive. Overpriced I would say...

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J
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The ambiance is lovely, the food is delicious, they have a cute fireplace and bar. The service is also great. Only downside is that its a little bit pricey but honestly worth it!

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J
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pammy's decor echoes the trendy California Cool we see in contemporary magazines with a mixture of potted plants, brass fixtures, and wood/tile furniture. The staff gives full descriptions of the food and wine menus. The food itself showcases a new blend of rich and savory with a strong value on salt to enhance flavor. The brussels starter reflects an innovative twist on a classic American favorite. You pay for what you get: Luxurious food.

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EB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable and a delightful surprise in Cambridge - exceptional service, interesting, delicious and unique menu, and great wine list.

Ambiance is lovely, sophisticated and luxe - fireplace seats are a cozy treat when it's snowing out.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service and atmosphere! Expensive for the portions but such is fine dining.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They went out of the way to give us a nice seat for our anniversary, and the food was excellent! The octopus and duck especially. Highly recommend!

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pammy’s was fantastic! My boyfriend was visiting from out of town for the long weekend, and he said Pammy’s was the highlight of his whole trip. The food was truly spectacular. We started off with the shaved Brussels and the risotto. Both were amazing. Then we ordered the bolognese and the duck. He said the duck was the best he’s ever had, even compared to places where it was two times the cost. The bolognese was also incredible, with rich and deep flavor development. It was all around a wonderful evening and I look forward to returning!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Was so excited for this place because of the amazing reviews, but this placed started off on a bad foot. We ran late due to an unexpected road closure, but a call was placed to let the restaurant know and we were exactly 6 minutes late for our 7:30pm reservation time. Not sure what happened, but we ended up waiting until a little after 8pm for our table. We got a cocktail while we waited, then we were sat. This place is very cute and has great atmosphere, but all dishes we had were super underwhelming. Everything was too salty, and we just left with no wow... Despite the 30 minute wait and the fact we didn’t finish most dishes served to us, none of the service staff reached out to ask how we enjoyed everything, nor did they even comp the one drink I had at the bar for the wait. Overall, cool ambiance- but I would not recommend this place for the lackluster food and service.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at Pammy's! The atmosphere is amazing, the staff was so helpful, down-to-earth and personable and the food was outstanding! Pammy's does communal dining right!
We will definitely be back!

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S
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say ? Between the chimney, the amazing brick wall and the amazing food. Everything was perfect. The food is another story. You just have to try it because there are simply no words. Maybe one. Amazing.

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LL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 of us had a fabulous experience at Pammy’s. Beautifully designed, very cozy with a chic vibe. We were seated right on time and the service was super friendly and knowledgeable. Sat at one of the very comfortable leather banquets, easy to have conversation and plenty of room. The communal farmhouse table is gorgeous and looked like lots of fun to be with a group weather you knew each other or not. Tables around the 2-sided fireplace looked special too. Food was outstanding, familiar with a twist of unusual flavors that added to the balance, texture and taste. For starters our table had crispy sweetbreads and cod fish cheeks and entrees were duck, bucatini and lumache with bolognese sauce with gochujang. Every dish was delicious. Can’t wait to return. I only wish they offered a simple green salad for a starter....some dishes are served with lovely fresh greens as part of the dish but some not. And 2 more choices for entrees would add to the menu.

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