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Urban Hearth, Cambridge, MA

Urban Hearth

4.7
4.7
370 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

Farm-to-table dining in the comfort of our home: that is the unique experience you will find at Urban Hearth. Located in a cozy North Cambridge storefront, our intimate dining room, knowledgeable, friendly staff, and exquisitely crafted menu are the heart of our dinner service.

We share a story of culture, community, discovery and home. The globally-inspired, locally-sourced dishes we serve celebrate our rich and complex connection with food.

The table is set, whether marking a special occasion or the end of a busy day, we look forward to sharing the evening with you.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 682-7295

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Erin Miller

  • Catering

    There is much to be learned and joy to be had when we gather around the table together. Urban Hearth specializes in bringing people together, whether in our space or yours. Contact us at info@urbanhearth.net for more information about our large party and offsite catering services: -private events and large parties in our dining room -custom catered events at your home or business -corporate lunch and event services

  • Private party facilities

    Our dining room is yours. Host a party or group dinner at Urban Hearth with exclusive use of the space.​ Comfortably seating 24 guests in our open dining room. Choose from prix fixe or custom menu. Contact us for more information. ​

  • Private party contact

    Erin Miller: (617) 682-7295

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Dover Street, May Street

  • Parking details

    Our neighbors at Century Bank, one block north of the restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue, kindly allow Urban Hearth guests to park in their lot after 6pm.

  • Public transit

    Davis Square Red Line

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Counter

    $120.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our chef's counter offers 4 seats with an exclusive view into the kitchen. 5-course chefs menu with optional wine pairing. An outstanding farm-to-table meal created right in front of you while you chat with our team of talented chefs.

What 370 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Fit for Foodies

  • Boston

    Healthy

  • Boston

    Contemporary American

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  1. JK

    JohnK

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been pretty much everywhere in Boston. This is now one of my new favorite restaurants. Looking forward to repeat visits.
  2. G

    Goodler

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Urban Hearth twice now, and it is already one of our favorites for a nice night out. The food is thoughtful and exciting, and the ambiance is wonderful. It's a cozy and fun experience to eat here. We are especially thankful for the friendly staff who seemed genuinely invested in making sure we enjoyed our meal.
  3. TC

    ThomC

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We splurged and had the ‘Chefs Counter Experience. Awesome! Each dish was delicious and perfectly executed. Such an amazing experience to talk with the chef and have the sommelier explain each wine & why it was paired with that course. I’d go back and order any one of these courses and be happy. And you must end your meal with the popcorn & peanut ice cream terrine. Divine!
  4. LS

    LindaS

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Staff was very friendly and excellent service. The string of lights (outside) on our side of the area never went on, so it was dark. The food was ok-not spectacular. We had higher expectations from what we had read. We are an older couple and one of us is a really exceptional cook, so maybe our review is a bit skewed. :) Anyhow, pleasant evening. thank you for being there!
  5. C

    Cantabridgian

    New England

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Our food was delicious, but the menu itself makes it difficult to order. Both the Land (meat) and Seafood categories had only one item that is dinner-size in each section. The appetizer-size items are expensive if one is to order two of them rather than one entrée. Our waiter was very pleasant, but was extremely slow, perhaps because of limited staff? We ate outdoors for safety reasons, so it is difficult to talk about the ambiance.
  6. S

    Syzygy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Chef’s Table was outstanding! Only the dessert was a little disappointing; still excellent but didn’t reach the heights of the 5 courses that preceded it. Wonderful meal, many thanks to the chefs for the food and the show.
  7. S

    Sheila

    New England

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday Dinner was a lovely experience. Food was delicious and beautifully served Ambiance is great yet very close tables Service was excellent
  8. SI

    SeeItGo

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really interesting, dishes, all good — and they fit together well. Fine selection of drinks. Excellent, friendly service. A terrific neighborhood restaurant, and worth a trip too. Suitable for an informal get-together or a (not too formal) special occasion.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and delicious!
  10. K

    Kadeer

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff are wonderful and friendly. The chef always provides a unique and refreshing set of culinary options. The biscuits are always to die for.
  11. PC

    PC1953

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I know the restaurant well, and came specifically for a particular dish. It did not disappoint. The combination of flavors and textures were over the top. Presentation was beautiful. My server, Maddie, was attentive, but never overbearing. I also enjoyed chatting with Abby. This is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant where one can always count on farm fresh food, presented in innovative ways.

    Urban HearthResponded on September 10, 2022Thanks so much for your great review! Please join us again soon.

  12. NA

    NapsterAlum

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The environment is small and intimate, and the food is outstanding. There are combinations of food that you are not likely to have somewhere else, that originality makes this dining experience that much nicer. The staff seem to really want to make sure you are pleased with your food and your experience. I appreciate the attention paid to all the aspects that amount to a terrific dining experience. Keep up the good work, and thank you!

    Urban HearthResponded on September 10, 2022Thanks for joining us and for the kind review. Hope we see you again soon!

  13. SJ

    SandJ

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A nice outdoor evening and dining was so pleasant. My only critique is that I’d like a few more menu options.

    Urban HearthResponded on September 10, 2022Our menu changes often and seasonally. Definitely join us again soon!

  14. S

    Seakille

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place in so many ways, the imaginative and fresh menu, the fact that so much of the produce and meat she uses is locally sourced, the small, open kitchen, and how approachable Erin is as a chef. She really has incredible talent and has a great crew working with her so that she stands out in a class of restaurants that are otherwise rather boring reinterpretations of each other. Tip: have them choose the wine for you! They are very well stocked with interesting bottles that you might not otherwise try.

    Urban HearthResponded on September 10, 2022Thank you so much for the great review. Hope we will see you again soon!

  15. S

    Steve

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Intimate atmosphere, amazing food, and great service.
  16. CH

    ChristopherH

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still the most creative restaurant in the Boston area. The size of the dishes vary, although most are quite generous. We have found that the best strategy is to tell your server which dishes you find intriguing and take her advice as to whether that's a good quantity. Then share everything because you don't want to miss a chance to taste every dish. And order some biscuits to take home with you. They are perfect for breakfast the next day and will remind you of the lovely evening.
  17. JP

    JosephP

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fantastic dining experience. The focus on local product was evident. Everything was fresh and flavorful. Execution and presentation were great as well. Nice service too. It’s a small space so it gets a little warm on summer days with the kitchen so close but it was manageable. Great in the spring, fall and winter I bet!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very creative and delicious dishes
  19. JL

    JohnL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Inventive, menu changes frequently. Lovely ambience and excellent service. Outdoor seating available.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food in cambridge!
  21. p

    parispani

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The biscuit is a must. Wine (chardonnay blend; good value) paired excellently with the food, which was interesting and well-executed overall.
  22. EN

    EdwardN

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    The food was interesting and tasteful, but the choices both for food and wine are very limited.
  23. LR

    LyndaR

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a light/bright tasting meal. Unique, creative and delicious. We had a nice bottle of spanish white wine. We had the roasted carrots, which brought out amazing flavors and unique way to serve them. I have the tuna tartar, and my husband had the cavatappi -both just amazing dishes. The biscuits are mouthwatering and should not be missed. We sat outside and enjoyed the evening and so there was not too much noise. This is a must go to restaurant in the Boston area. Menu refreshes regularly.

    Urban HearthResponded on August 12, 2022Thanks so much for your great review. We're so glad you joined us. See you again soon.

  24. L

    Lauren

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Love Urban Hearth; great food and wine. Service was very slow on recent visit and menu limited by 730pm

    Urban HearthResponded on August 10, 2022Thank you for your review. We will take your feedback seriously. You caught us on a tough night last night. We were experiencing issues with our upstairs kitchen refrigeration and had to store most of our prep items downstairs, which significantly slowed down food service and menu choices. We hope you give us another chance soon.

  25. IK

    InezK

    New England

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    I have eaten here a half a dozen times/ food is fabulous but tonight something was up with the service. Over an hour between courses. We were taking friends out for their anniversary at what is one of our favorite restaurants and we’re kind of mortified by lack of explanation for why the kitchen was so slow. Hoping it was just some kind of anomaly these evening because frankly a restaurant cannot charge what this restaurant does and fail to deliver dinner in a timely manner. Whole evening left a bad impression on us and, no, two gratis biscuits along with our well over four hundred dollar check just doesn’t cut it. Buyer beware if this is a trend.

    Urban HearthResponded on August 10, 2022Thank you for your review. We take feedback seriously & appreciate that you took the time. You are correct that we were having a tough night. Our dishwasher was a no show. We were experiencing issues with our upstairs kitchen refrigeration and had to store most of our prep items downstairs, which significantly slowed down food service. We apologize that our service staff wasn't able to translate this to you during service. We will address that with them. We hope you give us another chance soon.

  26. b

    bk77

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Urban Hearth is such a gem. The food is creative, seasonal, and delicious. The cocktails are thoughtfully crafted, infused with flavor, and delicious. The service is warm and friendly--it combines the feel of a neighborhood joint with a special occasion restaurant. The staff is really what puts this place over the top for me--every time we go we are welcomed like old friends and treated to a wonderful experience. Care is evident in every element of the experience.

    Urban HearthResponded on August 10, 2022Thanks so much for the kind review, friends. We will see you next time!

  27. MK

    MichaelK

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 51st anniversary at Urban Hearth last night. First time there. Had the 5-course tasting menu at the counter, and enjoyed talking with Erin. A small, no thrills restaurant with spectacular food and great service. We will definitely return

    Urban HearthResponded on August 10, 2022Thank you so much for joining us. It was a joy spending time with you.

  28. N

    Notafoodie

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We chose to sit indoors on a hot night, and the air conditioner wasn't working. Most everyone else was sitting at tables outside on Mass Ave, but it was still noisey on the street at 7 and my husband didn't want to sit there. We were with another couple, who were kind enough to dine inside. I ordered two appetizers--a vegetable of the day which was a green bean with anchovies and a sauce, and a grilled peach, cornbread,cheese concoction. The green beans were disappointing. But the peach dish was very good! A metal bar protruded from the seat against the wall and I kept moving around to avoid it, as we were sitting with another couple and I didn't want to get too close to my friend. It was clear that everyone in the restaurant was working very hard, and I respect that! I asked for a simple salad and was told there was none to be had. I don't know if I would go back. I guess I prefer what's called "clean food" these days. But the friends I was with seemed to really enjoy it.
  29. DH

    DHughes

    New England

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience, fabulous and creative food and drinks, terrific service!
  30. A

    Andrea

    New England

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb meal and service in a pleasant outdoor setting.
  31. W

    Waylandtraveller

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and innovative. Sidewalk dining was next to a bus stop, which dampened the vibe. Waiter was excellent and helpful. And I loved the flavors.
  32. S

    Steven

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is exquisite! Very charming ambiance. The service is top notch with just the right level of advice and check in cadence through the meal. I highly recommend coming here and plan on returning myself!
  33. LS

    LouiseS

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a delight this place is - the food made my tongue feel like it was dancing. This is a very small unique place where the food is fresh and festive and creative. The service felt personal and helpful. We had a wonderful time sitting at the bar and watching the compact kitchen turn out plate after plate.
  34. AW

    AlyssaW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delicious food but the place was extremely hot inside!
  35. NW

    NehaW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    Portion for a bass dish wasn't as the order taker had suggested it would be. It was suppose to be an entree serving but it was exactly the portion size of the appetizer duck wings that we ordered. Also the flavor of the bass did not lift the dish to its deserving place and left so much to be desired unlike the duck wings. The fudge dessert was also quite beautifully described on the menu just like the bass entree but the actual dessert did not live upto the anticipation nor expectation. We did not find it deserving to order another entree for a restaurant that cannot justify its dishes to the price point it desires itself to command. If a restaurant wants to sit on Mass Ave in Cambridge and boasts about paying living wages to its staff and source ingredients locally from farms then the least it can do is to give the taste buds something it desires especially to discenerning well traveled and well heeled patrons.
  36. L

    Lomloneanda

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Service, food was fabulous. Delicious, beautifully constructed, super creative. Lovely, warm, friendly, attentive servers. Only complaint was the fact that we had reserved outdoor seating, and it was 96 degrees that evening, so once the sun started to go lower, we were no longer protected by the awning, and truly roasted until the sun finally set.
  37. n

    nontourists

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It would have been fair to complain about the a/c on the hottest date in the summer
  38. HA

    HeatherA

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Extraordinary food served by knowledgeable staff. Really appreciate that this is a place that lets you take your time. Just one problem: it is hot as hell in there. The four of us were full-on sweating by the time the main course arrived. Is there really nothing to be done to help that situation? Anyway, I'll be back in the fall.
  39. S

    Seakille

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had been here once before with my husband and he is out of town for the month so I decided to try the chef’s counter by myself. I didn’t realize that the restaurant had just received a favorable write up in Best Of Boston and it was really busy! But Chef Erin and her staff handled it all in stride and worked so efficiently and elegantly to put out some of the best food I have had in New England. Her ingenuity and enthusiasm for what she does is so refreshing. The freshness and seasonality of her ingredients and skill in putting it all together is so impressive.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at Urban Hearth as usual. I wanted to mention that this time the team managed to keep the experience at the highest level through an unexpected bloc-wide electricity outage that happened during our dinner!

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Urban Hearth is rated 4.7 stars by 370 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 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Urban Hearth

2263 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140-1212

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dover Street, May Street

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Our neighbors at Century Bank, one block north of the restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue, kindly allow Urban Hearth guests to park in their lot after 6pm.

  • Public transit

    Davis Square Red Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Erin Miller

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 682-7295

  • Catering

    There is much to be learned and joy to be had when we gather around the table together. Urban Hearth specializes in bringing people together, whether in our space or yours. Contact us at info@urbanhearth.net for more information about our large party and offsite catering services: -private events and large parties in our dining room -custom catered events at your home or business -corporate lunch and event services

  • Private party facilities

    Our dining room is yours. Host a party or group dinner at Urban Hearth with exclusive use of the space.​ Comfortably seating 24 guests in our open dining room. Choose from prix fixe or custom menu. Contact us for more information. ​

  • Private party contact

    Erin Miller: (617) 682-7295

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