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567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139-4030 (Pearl Street)
+1 617-491-5599
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17:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Milan, Italy
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219 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank Pece_77
United States
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Basia241326
Cambridge, MA
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank dbhr
Brooklyn,N.Y.
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47 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank SteelyJan
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5 of 5 bubbles 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....

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Thank Kathryn S
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Tom V
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

We had dinner at Central Kitchen two days ago. The food was very mediocre, the wine pours rather stingy and the prices high (for what we ordered.) The paella we ordered was almost tasteless. They did not seem to use saffron but some colorant. Also we got two tasteless shrimp and two small pieces of meat. When we complained the... More 

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Thank jeanpolgar
Massachusetts
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319 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

Central Kitchen is cozy and comfortable; it is a calm oasis from the bustling Mass Ave outside (the fact that we we were there on a cold Friday evening may have something to do with it). Never the less, we liked the decor and the service. They had a small menu for dinner (not much for vegetarians or vegans) but... More 

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Thank Dhanan
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

I really want to like this place - it's beautiful, great music, fancy drinks that are not too pricy. But every time I'm there I'm disappointed with the food. In our last visit the two entres we ordered were sub-par. The chicken was way, way too salty and had a weird unpleasant flavor. The trout was much better, actually very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Cuisine
American
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 23:00
Monday
17:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 23:00
Thursday
17:30 - 23:00
Friday
17:30 - 23:00
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?