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Shy Bird, Cambridge, MA

Shy Bird

4.6
4.6
470 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
An all-day neighborhood cafe, rotisserie, and bar offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch. We are located in the heart of Kendall Square in Cambridge, at the corner of Third and Broadway. We are best known for our rotisserie chicken, SB Dunks, vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options in addition to elevated coffee, an approachable and adventurous wine list, great beer, and classic/fun cocktails.

Date night, Business Meals, Large Groups, Solo Dinners, Kid/Family Approved, and Dog Friendly

We are available for reservations, walk ins, takeout, delivery, catering, large parties, events, and monthly subscriptions.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 714-4200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Available at shybird.com

  • Private party facilities

    We would love to host your family gathering, holiday party, rehearsal dinner, or any other celebration here at Shy Bird!

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    at Broadway

  • Parking details

    There are multiple private lots as well as limited on street parking.

  • Public transit

    Kendall Square Red Line

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 470 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. TB

    TonyB

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was good and reasonably priced. Would definitely go back.
  2. G

    Gail

    Atlanta

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had a very nice table and our server was outstanding. The food was great as we ordered a few things and shared them all. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We were sitting down for over 40 minutes before our food was brought over. Prior to that, the waiter came over and asked us what we ordered 30 min after he had taken our orders the first time. I received the wrong entree and didn’t even care because we just wanted to eat and leave because it was so loud. When we finished eating and asked for the check, the waiter came back and tried to take our order again! He looked at us as if we hadn’t been sitting there for over an hour. When we told him we were trying to leave he goes “Ooohh.” Definitely not a place we’ll be returning to. Not worth it at all.
  4. TS

    TaraS

    San Antonio

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I love shy bird but the food was not good this time. The chicken was dry and the menu was boring
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Servers had no personality. Other staff were friendly. Fast service for cocktails bring delivered by staff other than server. Was charged for a side that was supppose to come with the sandwich
  6. S

    Stephanie

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Had brunch to catch up with a friend I hadn't seen in a while. Food was great. Server was patient and accommodating to my allergies. Only downsides were sitting outside in the direct sunlight - it was too windy for umbrellas. Towards the end of our meal, a strong gust of wind also swept up a bunch of dirt and debris that was notable in our water glasses. Overall, would definitely go back to try other items on the menu.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    everything was great and staff were super nice! they moved a table outside for us since outdoor tables were full! food tasted great and wasn’t too expensive! definitely recommend this place!
  8. i

    ironhydride

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place for a work lunch. Fried chicken was excellent.
  9. AC

    AliceC

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff always takes excellent care of our group, many times going above and beyond. We love Shy Bird!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my daughter here for father daughter brunch and had a great experience.
  11. Z

    Zzzz

    West Palm Beach

    59 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Went for breakfast. No one in our party of 3 finished their meal. We won’t be back.
  12. RP

    RandP

    New York Area

    153 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    153 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great neighborhood spot with wonderful food/drink choices. Their salads/bowls were satisfying & specialty drinks hit the spot! Watch out for spicy ranch dressing on chicken sandwich: it was smoking hot🙃 Best option: not in a sandwich , choose on greens and/or with brown rice & lentils. Or just order an extra Shady lady or margarita!
  13. WF

    WalthamFoodie52

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fried chicken! Drinks are also delicious. The portions are pretty decent for lunch. Fries can be better (crispier). The servers were very friendly - loved the atmosphere! A bit pricy but the overall quality is good.
  14. HC

    HoratioC

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Snacks were mediocre. Beer menu was limited. Expensive.
  15. CG

    CourtneyG

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food! Definitely get the burger and the garlic bread. Great prices - we will be back!
  16. MK

    MadelynK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such lovely ambience and great food! The drinks are awesome.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was a nice, casual dinner.
  18. RT

    RyanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a whole chicken with fries and garlic bread. The garlic bread was a bit odd with cheese that only barely melted and and whole pieces of garlic cooked onto around it. But the chicken and fries were great!
  19. TA

    TropicANA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice drinks and food but GREAT staff. Everyone is super kind! Love it there!
  20. J

    Javierd

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best chicken sandwich in Boston
  21. DN

    DfromNewton

    New England

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fine. We did not realize that there was a limited midday menu not lunch or dinner. It was a little limited for us. Plus black iced tea should not be minty!
  22. VL

    ViviLuna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is always delicious, made with great ingredients. Drinks are expensive and small, I will recommend to stick to beer or coffee.
  23. MD

    MimiD

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Experience was good Lindsey was amazing.
  24. MR

    MirkoR

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family had great time at Shy Bird as usual. Kids love the menu, there is always something for adults to enjoy as well, and draft IPA was excellent. Service awesome as always.
  25. JH

    JulieH

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience2
    Feels like you’re in a hotel lobby coffee shop. Pick your own table, take a number. Breakfast sandwiches very disappointing, don’t compare to offerings at chains like Flour or Tatte. No outdoor seating, all packed up on a perfect day. Fruit plate was very good. Not sure why this is on open table when it’s counter service!
  26. r

    runr986

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal. Piri Piri Chicken, 1/2 chicken, chicken sandwich, sb dunks, cucumber salad, fries. Chicken was moist & tasty. Loved the drinks, feel like they took great pride in concocting the drinks. Friendly good service & nice vibe
  27. MQ

    MQNorthEnd

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server, Meghan, was awesome and attentive!!!
  28. DV

    DVSINDY

    Indiana

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. Fresh ingredients, healthy salad options. Friendly staff and cool vibe.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great except too noisy
  30. m

    marsbar

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food! Portions were a bit small for the money. All sides are extra $. Fried chicken sandwich is tasty and rosemary fries are delicious!
  31. MB

    MelindaB

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    This was a good choice for a casual meal with a unique taste. Of course, the fried chicken pieces were juicy and flavorful. Honestly the coating could have been crispier. The cucumbers were good - I make more flavorful ones though - they should add onions and sweetener. The Harrissa bowl was terrific! The Carrot Ginger soup was also terrific. Beer choices are plentiful. We would certainly go back. There is outdoor dining.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the new harissa bowl. So great that you offer such tasty, interesting vegan options too!
  33. FF

    FoodieFoodie

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Shy Bird is the perfect destination with friends. The Chicken and fries are delicious, the vibe is energetic, and the service was fantastic. Perfect midweek social dinner.
  34. CK

    CambridgeKitKat

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    I keep trying so hard to love Shy Bird, but it just isn't doing it for me. The food menu is limited with a decent range. The cocktail doesn't inspire, but they have an impressive array of zero-proof drinks; you can tell someone really put thought into them. The food... it seems there is always "too much" of something. The salmon and vegetables were in soy sauce soup, nothing to mellow the pungent soy flavor. The marinated olives aren't anything to write home about. The cucumber salad didn't seem to have any seasoning, it was just cucumbers marinated in vinegar, making for a sharp taste without relief. Dessert is a disappointment. The menu is sincerely lacking. The one cookie is on the small side and comes lonely on its own. The ice cream sandwich is a giant scoop of ice cream between two of the aforementioned cookies. Unlike a typical ice cream sandwich though, the cookies were frozen hard and impossible to bite into or cut without squishing out all of the ice cream. I will go back, reluctantly, because it's convenient and the patio is pretty much the bomb. But I won't pay for cocktails or appetizers, or for dessert. Although I cannot speak from experience I've heard good things about the Mac and Cheese. I anticipate it tasting like a cheesy salt lick, but I will give it a try. That's how much I want to love Shy Bird.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was really accommodating with our large group.
  36. C

    Charlie

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really nice indoor/outdoor space, excellent food, friendly service, good value. I'm a big fan of the QR code on your bill that allows you to pay on your phone!
  37. c

    catmandu

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food. Nice outdoor seating area. Service was quick and friendly.
  38. DT

    DanaT

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Food was great, as always. Greeters we’re very nice and welcoming. We were seated, then waited over 15 minutes before our server showed up. Just in time as we had just stood up and were about to go find a manager to locate our server. Her excuse was she had a “hair malfunction in the back”, then said “well I’m here now, what can I get for you”. We ordered 4 drinks, 2 appetizers and 4 entrees. The appetizers showed up AFTER our entrees as did our drinks, with the exception that we only received 3 drinks and had to reorder the 4th. Halfway through the meal, the children drinks were completely empty and it took quite a while for our server to show up again and take another drink order, which then took a long time to arrive. We usually receive good service, however last night was the worst. I understand it’s hard to find people that want to work right now, but this server definitely needs some training.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was a little slow but it was fun sitting on the patio and people watching.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe - tasty food - friendly service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Shy Bird using the Order Online button. Shy Bird also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 714-4200.

Shy Bird is rated 4.6 stars by 470 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Shy Bird

390 3rd St, Cambridge, MA 02142

Additional information

  • Cross street

    at Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are multiple private lots as well as limited on street parking.

  • Public transit

    Kendall Square Red Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 714-4200

  • Catering

    Available at shybird.com

  • Private party facilities

    We would love to host your family gathering, holiday party, rehearsal dinner, or any other celebration here at Shy Bird!

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