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Bambara Kitchen & Bar, Cambridge, MA
Bambara Kitchen & Bar, Cambridge, MA
Bambara Kitchen & Bar, Cambridge, MA
Bambara Kitchen & Bar, Cambridge, MA
Bambara Kitchen & Bar, Cambridge, MA

Bambara Kitchen & Bar

4.3
4.3
931 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Bambara Kitchen & Bar is nestled on the Charles River Canal, and is right where you need it: close to MIT, Tech square, the Museum of Science, and adjacent to the Hotel Marlowe. Here, Executive Chef Adam Resnick's menus explore different cuisines and flavor profiles bringing seasonal American fare beyond the traditional with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and subtle global influences. Come enjoy our vibrant, welcoming atmosphere for indoor dining.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 7:30 am–1:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 868-4444
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Adam Resnick
  • Catering
    Or, let Bambara create enticing menus for an event at the adjacent Hotel Marlowe, which offers three beautiful rooms with views for your guests to enjoy. The flexible and beautifully appointed rooms can accommodate intimate ceremonies, gala Cambridge wedding receptions, chic holiday parties, and other special events of up to 350 guests. <br /><br />
  • Private party facilities
    Bambara is happy to accommodate semi-private groups. Indoor seating is limited to 6 guests per table. We can seat up to 20 people with proper social distancing in our semi-private space. Masks are required unless you are seated at your table during events. Let us customized a menu for your gathering!
  • Private party contact
    Amanda McBride & Denis Allain: (617) 868-4444
  • Neighbourhood
    Cambridge
  • Cross Street
    28 (McGrath Highway)
  • Parking Details
    Garage parking available at the adjacent Cambridgeside Galleria mall, parking validation available for up to 3 hours after 5pm.
  • Public Transit
    Green Line to Lechmere, or Red Line to Kendall Square
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Brunch

    May 12, 2024 only
    Celebrate Mom with a special Mother's Day Brunch from 7:30AM - 1:30PM.

Offers

  • $1 Oysters

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Thu - 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.,Fri - Sat - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Every day is Shuck Day! Join us for $1 oysters every day from 5PM - 7PM.

    $1 Oysters photo

What 931 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

931 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Short of the long- by the end of dinner I had one disappointing arancini , a bit of pita and hummus, a take home container of food which I couldn’t eat because of a menu change which we were not told about and had to get our desert to go because of the poor service… and that cost $55+ tax and took well over an hour so we missed our actual plans as you can’t arrive at a MoS show in the planetarium late The best thing about the experience was the food runner. Super nice and honestly would easily make a better server just on service and attitude. Our server (and the manager) obviously didn’t want to be there and couldn’t care less.

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  2. james

    New York City

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is average. The wait staff is pleasant and attentive. The restaurant is comfortable. The location is rather isolated from Cambridge and Boston proper. Prices are high for what is being offered. The best value is the free parking in the Galleria mall.

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  3. Ipanema

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tonight we had the most amazing meal at Bambara. We were warmly greeted by our waiter Andres. He was a perfect example of what an excellent waiter should be, friendly and attentive. Next our food, it was delicious. My husband ordered the clam chowder soup which he thought was excellent, but his main dish was the scallops on top of farro risotto with butter squash was a 5 star dish! My order the salmon with crispy Brussels sprouts on a tahini sauce was wonderful too. We both highly recommend this restaurant. Not to be missed if you are in the Cambridge area.

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  4. CassyA

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great overall experience. I took my fiance out for her birthday and our server accommodated perfectly by bringing out dessert with a candle on top.

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  5. JamieM

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Location wise its difficult because of the parking situation but also the food options are limited and the quality of the dessert menu is poor

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  6. LMorales

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Bamabara was a very nice setting. Had a date night there. Seats by the window in the evening. The atmosphere was dimly lit and elegant. The food was tasty. Both all food ordered were healthy options. I would definitely go back.

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  7. JonM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Horrible inedible food Extremely salty Limited menu and no good choices

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner. Food and drinks were incredible. It was my wife’s birthday and they went all out. They were also great with our kids and we had a great booth. Highly recommend!

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  9. lc123

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food / service / ambiance was very good; however, the portion for their Statler Chicken was smaller than what I anticipated.

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  10. TheresaF

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Bambara to celebrate a birthday for one of our group. We were able to get a cozy table in the corner. Brianna was our server, and she was AMAZING! So pleasant and helpful! She took extra good care of us! The food was delicious! We will definitely be back. Thank you, Brianna!

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  11. KatyB

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Honestly, has not been back in years and now I recall why. Absolutely the worst service, from reception, to the bar, to the actual meal. Priced like standard Cambridge, with fast food restaurant level service.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of 3 and our experience was extremely pleasant. We were seated promptly by friendly and attentive staff. The food was delightful and the drinks exceptionally done well. We are looking forward to our next visit already.

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  13. Chris

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went to Bambara for a client dinner, and I have nothing but great things to say. Attached to the Marlowe hotel, it is located down the hall from the entrance (which is lovely!) Our server Andres was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly, as was all the staff there. The food was amazing. We had oysters to start. The pork chop was done perfectly over delicious sweet potato puree, cinnamon baked apples, and savory sauteed kale. I enjoyed every bite! The recommended red wine was also a perfect pairing. My business partner had the salmon, which she said was outstanding as well. Highly recommend this place and would absolutely go back!

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  14. beeeee

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Perfect spot for oysters and a lovely pork chop close to my hotel Service great

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  15. Emandlilsmom

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great spot! We were staying at the Kimpton Marlowe and at at Bambara several times. Their BLTA was delicious! There was a sweet aioli that blew me away. The burgers are tasty as well. The only component that I wasn’t happy with was the side of thick fries. The flavor wasn’t good and they were very thick and dense. You might want to swap for another side. Service was great and I’d definitely return.

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  16. PeterM

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and the ambiance is very relaxed. Service was kind of slow and disorganized but not a disaster.

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  17. BaltCity

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the most amazing server - attentive but giving us space, and made great recs for wine and pairings! We will certainly be back!

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  18. upmyalley

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Staff seemed annoyed when we asked for the Dine Out Boston menu and proceeded to mess up our table’s order, and charged extra. Took ~30 minutes to rectify the charge and it was still wrong… so we gave up and just paid the extra charge. Overall, food was good, but not as good as expected

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  19. Jp13

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went during restaurant week and the menu was great! The chickpea appetizer was one of the best appetizers I’ve had in a while. The frozen yogurt dessert brought me back to childhood with the strawberry shortcake pops from the ice cream truck.

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  20. NicoleF

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It cute, part of a hotel at the Cambridge side galleria. You have to park either in the Cambridge side parking lot or on the street (not near the restaurant) Either way you have to walk quiet a bit to get to the entrance. Food was good. nothing special to say "omg go get this". Our waitress was nice. Noone greeted us when we walked in so we had to go and stand infront of the bar and wait for someone to look at us..that was weird. I, personally, wouldn't go back since there are alot of brunch spot to check out

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  21. BBojana

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Use the offered daily menu, worth a try! We enjoyed with all our sences!

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  22. MichaelC

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The place seems quiet and hard to reach without going inside the hotel garage. Food is great and service is excellence

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  23. ElaineC

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I've never viaduct a bad meal here. There's something for everyone.

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  24. Jmom

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Bambara gets better each time! When we stay in the hotel we always dine here. This time we were delightfully surprised by the delicious lobster roll!

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  25. ALittleDisappointed

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Depressing brunch experience. We thought we were trying an exciting spot, but didn't do enough research. Appears to be a business in crisis.

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  26. family4

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had oysters, beet salad and fusilli. Everything was delicious. As always. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything here that I didn’t absolutely love.

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  27. VickiA

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dining experience on a Saturday night! From the fresh Barnstable oysters, to the calamari, arancini, then on to cod with lentils and wagyu brisket with polenta - everything, including the professional service, was outstanding.

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  28. Justsixtyfive65

    Greater Boston

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The salmon dish was delicious! My husband enjoyed the lobster roll and the staff is very very solicitous to us elderly!

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  29. Booker

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The hamburger and the apple tart were delicious. The thick cut fries should have been picked over before they were sent to the table: some were burnt and inedible. The Caesar salad contained some old, brown lettuce: again, it should have been picked over before it was sent to the table. The service was slow and the noise made normal conversation almost impossible.

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  30. CarolR

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I shared my birthday dinner with friends at Bambara on Sunday 4/30/23 at 6pm. The service was outstanding! Our server was friendly, engaging and so helpful (wish I could remember her name!) John, the manager was amazing! Without asking they brought desserts with a candle and Prosecco to add to the celebration. So fun! The food and wine were delicious! They really know how to make their customers feel special. Can’t wait to go back to Bambara!

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  31. DRHG

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was extremely slow, even though the restaurant was empty. No one came to take the order for 10-15 min, forgot the drinks we ordered. Food was decent though.

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  32. AlJC

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were in town for the Boston Marathon and made a reservation at this restaurant due to the unlimited pasta deal for marathon runners. We went with a party of four. The other two in our party ordered meals from the regular dinner menu. 1 hour into ordering food, the pasta came out with the wait staff telling us our other food was on the way. 2 hours into ordering our food, we had not received our other food. We didn't want to risk getting more pasta from fear of more long waits. 1 hour seemed acceptable for a busy kitchen, but nearing the 2 hour mark with no food was unacceptable. It seems like the restaurant was prioritizing take out orders as others in the restaurant were also not receiving their dinners. I think your best to look other places if you're looking for a nice restaurant when eating out to celebrate special occasions.

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  33. Anon

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were able to accommodate a large party, 13 of us, on short notice. Great food and service.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Frankfurt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place, very friendly service, tasty food

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  35. John

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a nice breakfast and enjoyed the French toast. Service was attentive and prompt.

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  36. JayV

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food was very good , especially fettuccini. our server, Maria, was very attentive. I did notice a $2.50 service charge on bill- no clue what that was for- unfortunately I had already left Bambara so could not question it

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  37. DJH720

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed BOGO oysters and apps for New Yeats Eve. No explanation for a $4 service fee. Didn’t notice until we got home.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat at the bar. Bartender and food were both amazing!

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  39. DawnH

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious breakfast, service was friendly and professional

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and drinks!

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FAQs

Bambara Kitchen & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 868-4444.

Bambara Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 931 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bambara Kitchen & Bar

25 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, MA 02141

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    28 (McGrath Highway)
  • Neighbourhood
    Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 7:30 am–1:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Garage parking available at the adjacent Cambridgeside Galleria mall, parking validation available for up to 3 hours after 5pm.
  • Public Transit
    Green Line to Lechmere, or Red Line to Kendall Square
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Adam Resnick
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 868-4444
  • Catering
    Or, let Bambara create enticing menus for an event at the adjacent Hotel Marlowe, which offers three beautiful rooms with views for your guests to enjoy. The flexible and beautifully appointed rooms can accommodate intimate ceremonies, gala Cambridge wedding receptions, chic holiday parties, and other special events of up to 350 guests. <br /><br />
  • Private party facilities
    Bambara is happy to accommodate semi-private groups. Indoor seating is limited to 6 guests per table. We can seat up to 20 people with proper social distancing in our semi-private space. Masks are required unless you are seated at your table during events. Let us customized a menu for your gathering!
  • Private party contact
    Amanda McBride & Denis Allain: (617) 868-4444
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