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56 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-4906
+1 617-354-6900
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“empanadas” (23 reviews)
“parrilla” (2 reviews)
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Latin, Venezuelan, South American
$$ - $$$
56 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-4906
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of those places that you would walk right by and miss out on. Located in the Harvard Square area, it's tucked down a corridor and doesn't have very good signage from the street. However, it's worth searching out. We ate inside, but...More

Thank CMRieck
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience. Food was good and service very friendly and helpful. The fig/bacon plate (Datiles) we had, showed up burnt and that was a disappointment, but the house made Sangria was yummy, as was the steak sandwich. The spices and sauces are really...More

Thank Ann N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth the hunt, although talking it up too much may mean having to wait for a table when we want to go! Every meal we have had has been delicious, and if you're lucky to meet the delightful owner, it becomes clear why this...More

Thank AnitaNewportBch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My son and fiancée took us to Orinoco for Father's Day last weekend. It has become one of their favorite restaurants, and they know how much my wife and I like to try ethnic foods. It has Venezuelan cuisine, which I would say is. Similar...More

Thank mls_lux
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our dinner here tonight! The offerings pleased both the carnivores and vegetarians in our group. The empanadas were tasty and the accompanying salad refreshing. Great sauce on the ribs. A nice Colombian cerveza rounded out the meal. The back patio was a great...More

Thank Dorothy C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Good place, but no reservations. The food was solid and I enjoyed the half chicken and spinach. I think the prices are slightly over priced, but overall a good place to visit.

Thank mdh95070
Reviewed 3 June 2017

STAY AWAY from this place!!! I got food poisoning from the salad with greens, goat cheese,baked beets,pine nuts and ended up suffering for three day with nausea, dizzines,fever 102.5-103.3, skin rush.Poor hygene, not folowig the rules for separate utensils.

Thank dora709
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Orinoco feels like an intimate escape from the constant traffic-jam that is JFK Street in Harvard Square. The dining room is slim and long, with a lovely outdoor terrace. I've now made two visits there, and enjoyed the occasion both times. What was good both...More

Thank James D
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This place is adorable and delish! It's tucked in an alley in Harvard Sq. Made you feel like you were in Europe. Stuffed dates were excellent as were the other 2 appetizers we tried. They make their own hot sauce which you can purchase-it's extremely...More

Thank WorrywartBoston
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Pelua Arepa (venezuelan-style stewed shredded beef with Edam cheese) to start, mahi-mahi (plantain crusted Mahi-Mahi with “Rabo Encendido” and tomato escabeche), Parrilla Caraqueña (orinoco’s grill plate with a seasoned 4oz strip steak, 1/4 marinated chicken, grilled chorizo, guasacaca, and yuca frita with signature mojo), and...More

Thank Andrea T
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 56 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-4906
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-354-6900
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