Restaurants in Cambridge
Reasonably priced New American cuisine and inventive cocktails make West Side Lounge a popular choice for both Sunday brunch and late night dining.
Originally established as a bar in 1955, Casablanca has long been a gathering spot for locals, particularly Harvard students and the neighborhood’s literary set.
Hunting for the entrance to this unpretentious French restaurant—it’s hidden in the basement of an apartment building, a 10-minute walk from Harvard Square—is part of the fun. Once you've taken a seat among the red banquettes and vintage French posters, though, the real delight begins.
A kitschy remix of a shoreside seafood joint, takes fish and chips, fried clam rolls, and corn dogs to unexpected heights.
This eclectic Harvard Square eatery contains two distinct yet equally colorful dining rooms. The first, the Monday Club Bar, is decorated in jewel tones, with a rose-colored bar, green-and-gold walls, and two fireplaces.
Though it has undergone changes in management and location since its debut in the 1960's, Emma's Pizzeria in Kendall Square continues to create the same thin-crust pizzas that made it popular.
A short walk from Central Square, Craigie on Main serves French-American cuisine with a focus on local ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking.
Inspired by the 1920’s and 30’s, this eclectic restaurant combines a whimsical bohemian style with old Hollywood glamour. The museum-like interior contains 19th-century stained glass; photographs of famed pinup girl Dita von Teese; Henri G.
Chef Patricia Yeo cut her teeth working alongside Bobby Flay before turning her attention to Southeast Asian cuisine, and, eventually, to Om Restaurant in Harvard Square.
Middle Eastern flavors are the focus of this West Cambridge bakery and café, which specializes in pastries and mezze, or savory small plates. Sofra also sells stuffed flatbreads, shawarma wraps, and several breakfast items including olive oil granola and spiced Persian donuts.
Known for its flavorful North African cuisine, Baraka Café is a small, unassuming eatery located near Central Square. The homelike interior is simple but inviting, with an old hardwood floor, an eclectic variety of artwork and knickknacks, and exposed brick walls hung with photos of Africa.
At any given time, a young crowd of students and locals can be found lounging in armchairs, armed with laptops and java, at this Harvard Square cafe.
Salts, located in Cambridge along the edge of the MIT campus, offers French-inspired American cuisine under the supervision of co-owners Gabriel Bremer and Analia Verolo, who proudly note on their menu that much of the produce comes from their own farm in New Hampshire.