Thursday, Jun 08, 2023 7:00a -
Sunday, Dec 31, 2023 10:00p

Cambridge, MA

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Cambridge is a huge town and nearly every neighborhood offers a host of fantastic bars and restaurants. It was a tough choice but we whittled it down to some of our favorite spots for dining out, coffee & breakfast, cocktails, and an experiential night out. Cheers!

by Celina Colby

Been there ate that? Check out our guides for Somerville, Back Bay, and the South End.


Neighborhood: Harvard Square


Info: This swanky seafood restaurant cooks with fresh, local seafood and changes the menu according to the daily catch. 


Info: Experience authentic Italian cuisine at this neighborhood restaurant specializing in fresh pasta and cozy ambiance. 


Info: This vibrant wine and tapas bar is a favorite in Boston with other locations in the South End and Brookline.


Stoked Pizza

Info: Indulge in handcrafted pizzas and cocktails at this buzzy spot that also offers a vegan menu.


Felipe’s Taqueria

Info: Felipe’s is an old standard in Harvard Square for casual Mexican eats, breakfast, and a popular roofdeck. 

Wakuwaku Ramen & Sake

Info: Enjoy innovative ramen and a robust sake list in a space decorated with bright murals and neon lights.


Info: Snack on pizzas, pastas, and Italian-inspired small plates at this industrial-style joint.


Info: This upscale, veteran restaurant draws on New England flavors with a contemporary spin and features a stunning courtyard fireplace.

Neighborhood: Inman Square 


Info: Dine on inventive Eastern Mediterranean small plates inside or on a beautiful plant-filled patio.

Puritan & Co and Puritan Oyster Bar

Info: At Puritan & Co and the neighboring Puritan Oyster Bar you can eat beautifully plated, seasonal New England cuisine.

Neighborhood: East Cambridge

Lone Star Taco Bar 

Info: Lone Star is a vibey spot for Mexican street eats and mezcal and tequila cocktails.

Neighborhood: Central Square


Info: Inspired by the coziness of a neighborhood Italian trattoria, Pammy’s serves a prix fixe menu, cocktails, and Italian wines.

Si Cara 

Info: Savor from-scratch pizzas with simple but luscious ingredients and a menu of natural wines. 

Little Donkey

Info: This chef-driven spot serves up globally inspired tapas, craft brews, and cocktails. 

Shojo Cambridge 

Info: Shojo’s creative, modern Asian cuisine results in unique cocktails and dishes like the Wu-Tang Tiger Style Ribs.

The Dial

Info: The menu and cocktail list at this trendy spot pull on global flavors and there’s live music every Sunday June-September.


Info: Japanese and Spanish flavors come together at this upscale tapas bar that also boasts a culinary market and a pop-up bartender series.

Neighborhood: Kendall Square 

Sumiao Hunan Kitchen 

Info: This contemporary Chinese restaurant focuses on Hunan cuisine during lunch and dinner.

Neighborhood: West Cambridge


Info: Delve into Middle Eastern sweet and savory bites at this charming bakery. 

Neighborhood: Davis Square 

Urban Hearth

Info: Farm-to-table cooking is at its best at this cozy American restaurant with an open kitchen.

Neighborhood: Porter Square

Sugar & Spice

Info: This modern restaurant serves up a large menu of Thai favorites for lunch and dinner. 

The Abbey (between Davis & Porter)

Info: Enjoy late-night pub-style American bites and a robust scotch list at The Abbey. 


Neighborhood: Harvard Square 


Info: Fuel up with unique, ethically sourced coffee beverages and a selection of pastries in this Instagram-friendly space.

Broadsheet Coffee Roasters

Info: Start your morning at this small batch coffee roaster with a menu of espresso beverages and pastries.

Neighborhood: Porter Square 


Info: Have your handmade bagel at this local spot with schmear, butter, or as a sandwich. 

Neighborhood: Inman Square

1369 Coffee House

Info: Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and coffee beverages at this space that focuses on creating a welcoming community.

Neighborhood: North Cambridge 

Revival Cafe + Kitchen

Info: Stop by for unique breakfast, lunch, and coffee offerings like a toasted coconut latte and a crispy eggplant sandwich.

Neighborhood: Central Square


Info: This delectable Vietnamese cafe serves up coffee and pastries alongside bahn mi and noodle salads. (Keep an eye out for their new concept The Eaves, opening in Bow Market this year).

Brookline Lunch

Info: Brookline Lunch offers an unforgettable Mediterranean breakfast and lunch menu. Here’s a teaser: Baklava & Kanafeh Pancakes. 

Neighborhood: East Cambridge

Elmendorf Baking Supplies & Cafe

Info: Here you can buy tools for your next baking project as well as sandwiches made on fresh bread and other cafe goodies.


Neighborhood: Central Square

Lord Hobo Brewing Company

Info: Head to this modern day saloon for an extensive craft beer list and a hearty menu of American comfort food.

Blue Owl Rooftop Bar

Info: Overlook Central Square while you sip craft cocktails and sample globally inspired eats at Blue Owl.

The Mad Monkfish

Info: In addition to sushi, cocktails, and a wide selection of Japanese whiskey, The Mad Monkfish offers regular live jazz music for perfect night-out ambiance. 

Neighborhood: East Cambridge 

Lamplighter Brewing Co. CX & Broadway

Info: Lamplighter Brewing Co has two Cambridge locations where you can sample locally made craft beers in a bright, cafe-style setting and enjoy bar snacks.


Neighborhood: Central Square

Roxy’s Arcade

Info: The Roxy’s Arcade is a perfect balance between restaurant (serving up Roxy’s famous grilled cheeses), arcade, and cocktail bar. 

Neighborhood: Inman Square 

The Lilypad

Info: At this intimate music venue you can hear everything from jazz and classical to punk concerts. On show nights you can snag a glass of beer and wine to sip during the concert.

The Druid

Info: Transport yourself across the Atlantic with traditional Irish pub fare served at The Druid. Three times a week they also host live bands playing Irish music.

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