Pammy's

4.8
669 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

Amazing experience as always st Pammy’s! Came to celebrate a friend’s birthday and it was a winner! Delicious food, great drinks, and the best service.

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t
New England
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It couldn't have been better. Really vibrant setup with a cool vibe. Music just loud enough to be overheard over the din of people enjoying themselves. Waiter was helpful in selecting wine and the restaurant made bread was outstanding. After an appetizer of sweet bread my wife had branzino (thankfully for her there was no head on the fish) that she loved. I had duck which was cooked just right and just the right vegetable to accompany it. Worth noting while there were only 4 entrees to select from there were a couple of additional specials to choose from as well.

We will definitely be back.

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EB
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the Greater Boston area. The food, service and drinks are always perfect.

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, fun and friendly staff, lively atmosphere, would certainly go back again.

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CW
New England
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Limited menu but interesting. Very "energetic" noise level and we were dining on the late side. Good selection of amaro after dinner drinks. Convenient location between Central and Harvard Square.

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ST
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience, the service was like a ballet: perfectly timed, elegant, leaving you very happy! Cocktails are a must, the menu is small bu packs a flavor punch. Can't go wrong with anything. And as insignificant as it might sound...the bread was outstanding. Perfect crumb, perfect crust, so soft and delicate inside. Great job Pammy's!

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

This is my second time at Pammy's and it didn't disappoint. The place was packed when I arrived, but I was seated promptly. I ordered the casavecce and the tiramisu. Both were excellent and had a very interesting mix of flavors and texture. Service was very attentive. Oh, and did I mention that the decor simply transports you to different world with mix of retro meets Italy. I am so happy to have finally found a place for special occassions in Boston that consistently provides great food and service. If you are thinking about eating here, stop thinking and book now! You will not be disappointed.

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S
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was extremely gracious and helpful. We tried a number of different dishes and everything was beautifully prepared and delicious

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

Food is terrific. Noise is really overwhelming. And we waited over twenty minutes for our table, a recurrent problem with this restaurant, which doesn’t seem to know how to manage its popularity.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Culinary perfection with impeccable service. If you're tall, avoid the communal table.

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JO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Waiter was outstanding-very knowledgeable about both the food & wine. Noise level was very high. It was impossible to have a conversation even though we were seated at a corner or the communal table.

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish on the menu is phenomenal. You need to experience everything about this place, the food, the drinks, the atmosphere, everything. I have been with friends for a cozy meal and with my husband for our anniversary. It is a great spot for any occasion.

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a good time. We were a party of six and the staff did everything they could to accommodate us. The restaurant was late to seat us for our reservation but acknowledged it on their own and more than amply made up for it with an appetizer, sides and dessert on the house. We thought it was a kind gesture and it went a long way in making us feel valued. Between us, we got the duck, the casarece, bucatini, branzino and the specialty pasta with truffle - the food was exquisite. I very much recommend the restaurant and will be back.

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MW
New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

There's one, four-letter word to describe Pammy's.

Wait for it.

LOUD!!!

Creative, interesting food, excellent cocktail and wine lists, super service and really fun dessert options.

But the noise level made conversation, even between two people seated across from each other, just WAY too difficult.

Granted, this was a Saturday night between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., and we were seated near three banquettes of six people each, but the sheer noise level makes me unlikely to return anytime soon.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience was perfect, the specialty drinks superb and the food was delicious.

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F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pammy’s did not disappoint - the food was delicious and perfectly portioned, and the service was extremely attentive. We never refilled our wine or water glasses ourselves because the staff beat us to it. Can’t wait to go back!

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing home made pasta and beautiful cozy atmosphere

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c
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

quite good friendly service excellent waiter.
pricey place but would eat there again.

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

food and service were very good. Quality exceptional. Almost perfect. The only thing I would change would be to inform guests of the price of any non-menu specials. Not doing so puts the guest in an awkward position of having to ask or order blindly. While the special was delicious, a $45 price tag for a few ounces of pasta colored the entire experience. Sure I could have asked, but I shouldn't be forced to. With the level of detail that went into all other aspects of the restaurant, it's hard to think it was not a conscious choice. If you're not aware that it's awkward.... well, now you know.

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CM
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!

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R
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, festive and very delicious! The raw Brussels sprouts are a gem. Good tunes, not too loud, and a warm and twinkling ambiance were perfect compliments to a really excellent meal. The only let down was dessert - 2 coffee-flavored choices and some sorbets... ended up skipping the sweets. Still, a first-rate meal!

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pammy’s ambience is so perfect for a dat- lively but wuiet enough, food is great and menu specials are always surprising. I also love their wine service and how knowledgable all the wait staff is about the selections.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pammy's was a comfortable dining experience, but we were a little disappointed in a couple of items. One of us ordered the Bolognese pasta but asked that the heat of the spice be cut since we didn't care for it and thought it takes away from the taste of the food. However, the pasta was still very hot and not what we wanted. We ordered the pork main dish, but were surprised that it was breaded and fried, like wiener schnitzel in Germany. It wouldn't be our first choice.

The wines by glass are over priced. The wine list by bottle was also high. It's really disappointing that restaurants in the US charge so much for drinks. We have been spoiled by our stays in Italy, Spain, and France.

The Malfadine pasta dish was superb. The service was excellent.

The menu was quite limited. We're not sure that the food lived up to the ambience or the hype.

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TM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food had great moments - raw Brussels, crudo, shrimp pasta - but some not so great. Chicken dish ok, schnitzel was too oniony and garlicky, overwhelming a tasty cutlet.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

very disappointed in the food. The pork milanese breading was filled with garlic and my son couldnt eat it.
My husband and I both had severe heartburn during the night and the next day. Not sure what could have been the cause of that.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

At the group table, the experience doesn’t lend itself to a leisurely experience, especially considering how wonderful the food is.

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KH
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and drinks. Staff is friendly and attentive. Stefani drink was great. Antipasti was great. Shrimp pasta was out of this world. Espresso ice cream was delicious. A superb meal.

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JB
New England
89 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding kitchen and service.
Creative cuisine, flavorful, tasty and great presentation.
Nice modern twist to Italian cuisine incorporating seasonal flavors.
Mussels with squid ink arancini balls are a must.
Octopus dish is always wonderful.
Menu is great for all tastes: From veggies to fish (branzino) to meat (pork milanesa) were all great.
Ambiance is a bit loud but worth it. Very energetic.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic! From awesome staff (Pammy herself, bartender, server) to ridiculous craft cocktails to insane food to the decor / ambiance...even the bathrooms are cool. Worth the treat.

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EE
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food!!! Interesting combinations of flavors and textures that come together deviously.

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IM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant, dishes and ambiance! Must-go!!

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RB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant

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KA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner for 3 at Pammy's was awesome! We sat right by the fire and enjoyed premium cocktails and excellent food - above all was the service. Our server did a great job of "reading the table" and truly provided us with excellent service while not making us feel at all bothered or interrupted. As an ex-server I know how difficult that can be - it is a true art form! Thank you to everyone at Pammy's for making our dinner so incredibly special but also for providing us the time and space to catch up with one another.

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KS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time! Everything was delicious, our server Blake was fantastic and knowledgeable, and we will definitely be going back soon.

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When eating food at Pammy's, it is advisable to pick up a little bit of everything off your dish, close your eyes and take a bite. The chefs are obviously experts when it comes to mixing flavors -- it's heavenly. Also do not be afraid to sit at the communal table if you have a party of two. The way the table is arranged -- it never felt like we were sharing a table with other people at all -- it felt private.

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P
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and original food preparations, high quality ingredients, lively and buzzy environment. Staff was exceptionally attentive and enthusiastic with a real passion for wine and great advice. A great addition to Cambridge's dining scene.

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding on all fronts! Tremendous and courteous staff. I was part of a large party at the end of the night. Everyone was thoroughly pleased to see us, help us with bags/coats, wanted to make sure we were happy and comfortable throughout the meal. The barkeep is wonderful. I highly recommend the Negroni on tap. The food is amazing. Because I was part of such a party I was able to sample lots of items. The octopus: amazing. The sweetbreads: incredible. The pasta w/rabbit: heaven. I could go on and on. You should just go!

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VD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to Pammy's. It's quickly become our special occasion place, and I feel like everything is so thoughtful there, both in terms of the food and the atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!

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DP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, Pammy’s is fabulous! We had a perfect experience on our first visit. Every bite of food was wonderful. No wonder Bon Appetit raved about how much they enjoyed their visit. The Veal Osso Boucco
Bruchetta is amazing! Each course simply added to the enjoyment. The noise level is pretty loud, but
It didn’t interfere with our conversation . Pammy’s is perfect for a special occassion

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