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472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
+1 617-864-3278
11:00 - 01:45
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 00:45
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 01:45
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We love Mediterranean food, and found this small dive bar / restaurant / nightclub while out walking and decided to try it. We weren't sure if we were in a bar or restaurant but took a small both. The waitress was very friendly and answered all of our questions. We started with a spinach pie that was crisp fillo dough... More 

Thank AmyoMichigan
San Antonio, TX, United States
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116 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

I had been wanting to visit this place for years. I was not disappointed the lamb was exquisite, service was super friendly and atmosphere was excellent

Thank Yorka V
Boston, Massachusetts
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98 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

I've been going to shows at the Middle East for years. It's still good for that. It had been some time since I had eaten there, and I decided to give it another try. The food is average at best. This is fine if you just want to get something pretty inexpensive, quick, and casual before a show. If you're... More 

Thank Gamberioni
Framingham, Massachusetts
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147 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

The service was very friendly. I tried the pumpkin Kibby. Very good with rice. Don't get the Kibby with yogurt sauce since it overwhelms the entire piece. Good variety of middle eastern dishes at prices between 10-15 bucks. My friend really liked the chicken kabob. No frills kind of place right in the heart of central square.

Thank PrinceMacK
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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611 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

The atmosphere is weird and funky but if you do not mind it you can get good service and fantastic food! It is also cheap! They have live music and some performers at times. During the day it is nice and quiet. At night it is filled with young people drinking and having fun, so if you are on a... More 

Thank Danuza
seattle, wa
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140 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

Met an old friend for lunch on a recent trip to Boston. Food was just fine, service was lovely and the dessert was really great. I am a baklava fiend, very critical and very, very picky and theirs was perfect. In fact, while all the food at our table was quite good I might just eatting dessert first, maybe second... More 

Thank fredSeattle_Wa
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317 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015 via mobile

Three stars for good. Four would be great, five excellent. Spent a lot of time in Turkish eating mezze. The chicken kebab was excellent, not fatty or greasy. The hummus more bland, missed the zing of tahini or hello smack of garlic. Falafel very nice too. But husband less impressed with his lamb. Service okay, they seemed a bit confused... More 

Thank Maggie_Oakshot
Ringoes, New Jersey
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151 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2015 via mobile

Came here for a late dinner. Sat at the bar to watch the NBA final. Bartender was friendly and attentive. Food was rather ordinary. Nice selection of beers. But overall, same as what it was like the last time I visited 20 years ago.

Thank CannotEatPrestige
Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2015 via mobile

Went on a Tuesday afternoon for an exceptional brunch. The bartender, Jeremy, was attentive, accommodating, & all around delightful

Thank Leila E
Oslo, Norway
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75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2015

The staff was friendly and the interior nice, but the tables with sofas were quite cramped. Very little elbow room and leg space. Two of us ordered the steak, and it was incredibly tough. My first bite was a bit large, and I had to chew for at least half a minute, my friend was even more unfortunate. The rest... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 20
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:45
11:00 - 00:45
11:00 - 00:45
11:00 - 00:45
11:00 - 01:45
11:00 - 01:45
11:00 - 01:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-864-3278

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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?