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Baraka Cafe

1728 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1804
+1 617-868-3951
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good33%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible7%
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CUISINES
French, Tunisian, Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1728 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1804
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Would have given 5 stars if Moroccan pastries we offered. Unfortunately they do but offer them. B'stilla to die for I ate a whole one by myself. Couscous was a little dry at first, but when i asked the sauce, issue was solved. Rose lemonade...More

Thank OlivierAZ
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Having lived near Cambridge for the past 12 years, we recently stumbled upon this place by chance and are now wondering how have we not known about cafe Baraka before. The food is delicious, flavorful and authentic, the atmosphere is cosy and the service is...More

Thank Nina628
Alia M, Chef. at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear and honorable customers, I wish I could really do more for you! Customers like you both and kids gave me a sense of family gathering and I remember clearly the kindness and sweetness of your kids! This world should be fully w people like...More

Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

First time eating here. Exceedingly friendly service, wonderful menu, fantastic mint tea, heavenly baklava.... Did I mention the lamb, chicken and kofta sausage kebab with delicious couscous? I will definitely be back many times.

Thank cant83
Alia M, Chef de cuisine at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We thank you so much! We wish being better and never to disappoint you.

Reviewed 8 December 2017

I found the food to be excellent (I keep seeing Moroccan but think it is Tunisian?) and in generous portions. The hummus was the best I have had. Super friendly service and great Arabic soundtrack. Lemonade was to die for.More

Thank TravelinRobT
Alia M, Owner at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Hello. We want to thank you so much for your feed back. We are Morrocan Tunisian Algerian and more... owners trying to combine recopies together. In some site on the internet there is no Tunisian for description only Morrocan. Like help I think. Any way...More

Reviewed 27 November 2017

Big menu of Moroccan specialties, tagines, shwarma, roasted meats with lots of ethnic appetizers. Large portions and very tasty, all around.

1  Thank snhandel
Alia M, Chef at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so much!

Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

The menu at Baraka Cafe is very specific and descriptive. The food and portions are outstanding. Must try the Lemonade and the Lamb Tajine. Closest I have had outside of Morocco. A great place to practice speaking Arabic too. Wonderful atmosphere.

Thank awhF3185PS
Alia M, Chef at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We thank you so much!

Reviewed 11 October 2017

I lived in Morocco for research for about a year, so I am accustom to being able to tell what authentic Moroccan cuisine should be like and what to expect. This restaurant and the food we ordered exceeded my expectations. I was pleasantly surprised how...More

1  Thank Ali515253
Alia M, Chef owners Omar and alia. at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Dea customer. I pray this response finds you in peace. I don't know much people like you that ever wrote us such amazing review but believe me it brough to me hope in people and strength to continue this hard at the same time delight...More

Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

YUM. Baraka is perfect for lunch, date night, casual dinner, or introducing parents and friends to beautifully authentic Moroccan cuisine. Baraka makes outstanding chicken and lamb tagines. It tastes like being in Morocco, and the charming decor and music always bring me back. Their chicken...More

Thank ClareVanderbilt
Management response:Responded 24 September 2017

I thank you so much and we pray not to disappoint you and see you in the very near future. Best

Reviewed 17 September 2017

Ever since the burrito shop closed down at this location, we were wondering if another restaurant would move in. Baraka Cafe did. Apparently their previous location in N. Camb. was a tiny space. We never ate there, but tried them at the new spot near...More

Thank Michael W
Management response:Responded 19 September 2017

Thank you so much for your sincere and positive critics also pleasant compliments. We are trying hard to find a better system to aerve you faster. Can you tell me if it is lunch or dinner were you find the service bit slow? So we...More

Reviewed 27 August 2017

I have been going to Baraka Café since 2004, when they were a tiny place on Pearl Street near Central Square. Finding it felt like finding a hidden gem. I first went with a friend, when we were poor students, and we shared the lamb...More

Thank aallen2002
Alia M, Exécutif chef alia meddeb. at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Good morning. So sorry to responded little Late. We appreciate all the positive and kind words and welcome all critics. Thank you so much. Looking forward seeing you soon and not disappoint you. Alia

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1728 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1804
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-868-3951
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Description
A Cambridge institution for more than two decades, Baraka marries the intense flavors of French gastronomy with North African regional cuisine. Caramelized onions rest atop Berber flatbread; brioche is crusted with toasted fennel seeds; flourless chocolate cake is infused with Moroccan and Tunisian spices. Inside you’ll be charmed by handcrafted brass lamps, colorful Moroccan drapes, and banquettes fitted with pillows. On the plate you’ll find aromatic, Moroccan-style tagines served in earthenware dishes, couscous prepared according to ancient methods, and savory-sweet b’stilla tortes with chicken, almonds, and honey. The varied menu easily accommodates vegetarian, pescatarian, and gluten-free diets
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