Where to Eat in Cambridge

Filed in Food & Dining by on May 22, 2009 0 Comments

miracle_science_cambridge‘Tis the season for graduations. Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, Lesley University, and several other area colleges have already had their commencement ceremonies. MIT and Harvard’s ceremonies are slated for early June (Harvard’s is June 4 and MIT’s is June 5, so good luck getting a hotel in Cambridge at this point).

Since lots of friends and family members will be flying into Boston for their graduate’s big day, I thought I’d make some recommendations on where to eat. Whether you’re looking for a quick, cheap bite or a four-star affair, Cambridge has you covered. Here are some of my favorite places.

If you’re dining on a dime…
Miracle of Science Bar and Grill: With a menu cleverly arranged in a periodic table (see above) and lab tables as décor, this Central Square spot offers casual grub like burgers and pints of beers but with a fun, nerdy twist.

Grendel’s Den: This Harvard Square haunt has been a Cambridge institution for decades. If it’s nice weather, you might be able to snag an outdoor table, but I should note that it does fill up quickly. Menu includes basics like sandwiches, pastas, salads, and burgers. Everything is half price from 5pm to 7:30pm daily.

Pinochio’s Pizza and Subs: Harvard students refer to this hole-in-wall pizza joint as “Nochs.” Their Silician pizzas are cheap but deliciously filling. There isn’t much seating, so if it’s nice weather you could take a few slices and enjoy them in Harvard Yard.

If you’re looking to splurge…

Rialto: This upscale Italian restaurant is in the Charles Hotel.  Whether you’re enjoying oysters and cocktails in the lounge or a three-course meal in the dining room, the staff really makes sure you feel thoroughly pampered.

Oleanna: Serving Arab-influenced dishes from the Mediterranean, this Inman Square restaurant is simple and upscale. Whatever you do, be sure to try the Baked Alaska.

Upstairs on the Square: Located in Harvard Square (right near Grendel’s Den), this restaurants servces New American food in a fanciful and upscale environment.

If you want something more mid-range:
Cuchi Cuchi: A few blocks from the heart of Central Square, Cuchi Cuchi is the kind of place you’d go when you want to dolled up and order some fun, feminine cocktails. Waitresses dress up in elaborate costumes and serve tapas.

Wagamama: This popular noodle restaurant is one of only a handful in the United States. Wagamama is known around the globe for its inexpensive but hearty noodle dishes, communal tables, and chic, contemporary vibe.

Cambridge 1: This upscale pizza parlor is run by the same people who own Miracle of Science, but it’s a very different vibe. All of their charcoal-grilled pizzas are available in full or half sizes.

Photo courtesy of LaughingSquid.com

Tags: , , , , ,

About the Author ()

A contributing writer/blogger for DirectoryofBoston.com, Susan Johnston lives and writes near Fenway Park. She loves exploring the city and has also contributed to The Boston Globe, DailyCandy.com, and many other places.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.