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Central Kitchen

567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139-4030
+1 617-491-5599
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good41%
  • Average24%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“steak frites” (8 reviews)
“oysters” (4 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
$$ - $$$
567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139-4030
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Having heard lots of good things about Central Kitchen, I invited some friends visiting from Seattle to have dinner with me there. It was a huge disappointment. The food was just average, and the service was pretentious. There are so many great restaurants in Cambridge...More

Thank TFisher425
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Central Kitchen is an underrated gem in Central Square. It has a casual and unpretentious vibe and I find the limited choice menu refreshing - fewer choices but all of excellent quality. I had the monkfish and my guest are the bouillabaisse and we both...More

Thank Unclegus621
Reviewed 14 August 2017

The food they serve here is good quality, but on the back end of that, they don't have huge array of options. Be sure there's something that appeals to you or you may feel trapped. That said, we were pleased with everything we ordered. In...More

Thank Gamberioni
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Styled almost like a speak-easy, Central Kitchen doesn't have many large signs up front so they're easy to miss. They have a great food menu, and they're drinks are pretty awesome! We got the "Four Tons of Glitter" and the "Crush on a Stripper" shot...More

Thank 733stevek
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We ate here on our first night in Boston, while staying in Cambridge. They had a good cocktail menu and beer and wine selection, an interesting, if small menu, and a nice ambiance. The food was very good. The service was so so. The waitress...More

Thank Mom2kea
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I was in Cambridge for an event and stopped by the Central Kitchen with no reservation. I was able to get a table quickly. The place has a little bit of a local hang out vibe, may have just been the evening but there were...More

Thank jjp333
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Reserved a table, took the walk to the restaurant only to find it in darkness and closed for staff appreciations. No warning on their website and open table let me book. Poor show central kitchen!

Thank Anthony A
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Cambridge has too much experimentation and the places with really actual good food are too scarce for my taste. Central Kitchen may not be the most fancy but it has flawless execution and great service. It is also reasonably priced. Thumbs up and keep doing...More

Thank Vadim B
Reviewed 31 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...More

Thank Andy G
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...More

Thank Pece_77
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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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