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567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139-4030 (Pearl Street)
+1 617-491-5599
17:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Westminster, Colorado
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94 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I was in Cambridge for an event and stopped by the Central Kitchen with no reservation. I was able to get a table quickly. The place has a little bit of a local hang out vibe, may have just been the evening but there were a bunch of people at the bar that all knew each other, they were some... More 

Thank jjp333
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Reserved a table, took the walk to the restaurant only to find it in darkness and closed for staff appreciations. No warning on their website and open table let me book. Poor show central kitchen!

Thank Anthony A
Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

Cambridge has too much experimentation and the places with really actual good food are too scarce for my taste. Central Kitchen may not be the most fancy but it has flawless execution and great service. It is also reasonably priced. Thumbs up and keep doing what you do guys.

Thank Vadim B
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Had an early dinner at Central Kitchen - we were the first party seated. Waiter gave a slightly confused description of the differences between the oyster choices, but cogent enough to guide my choice. He was charming without being unctuous. Oysters were excellent, the bread outstanding, and my request for cocktail sauce and butter rather than the vinegary oyster dressing... More 

Thank Andy G
Milan, Italy
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251 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I was here with a friend after dinner, and I must confess that we selected it just because it was possible to have a seat at the bar, and to talk without having to shout! The place is nice, and cocktails are quite good... not sure that I'll come here again, but in case it happens it's not a bad... More 

Thank Pece_77
United States
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Described as a mediterranean restaurant online, we were pressed to find much on the menu that fit that description. Onion soup, caesar salad? Not what we expected. A very limited menu (1 page of food - 3 pages of wine) but very friendly staff, good atmosphere and ambiance.

Thank Basia241326
Cambridge, MA
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

We've been going to Central Kitchen for dinner for many years. An excellent small neighborhood gem. Consistently great food, well-prepared. Fine bar. A bit noisy, so we usually go as a two-some and sit at the bar. But at our visit last week, the new "in" thing is for the bartender to fill your drink glass with ice cubes well... More 

Thank dbhr
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47 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Visiting my son in Boston for only two days and wanted the best eats! Not disappointed. We walked from his apartment along the lake, across the bridge into Cambridge. 5 mile walk built up a good appetite. Nice, unassuming restaurant. Great cocktails. Nice service. Good food. We wanted to try a few appetizers so shared a bunch of things and... More 

Thank SteelyJan
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

The five stars are for Central Kitchen's small plates. In particular, the grilled octopus is a little piece of heaven. For main courses, the steak frites is exquisite, mainly due to the fantastic quality of the beef, which is purveyed from Savenors....

Thank Kathryn S
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Another great meal here! Food is outstanding! The service is helpful and attentive. If you haven't discovered this restaurant yet -- do yourself a favor and find it.

Thank Tom V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 40
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139-4030
    (Pearl Street)
  • Public Transportation: We are located on the Central Square stop on the Red line. There are also numerous buses that come through Central Square.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-491-5599

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?