Restaurants in Cambridge


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  • Shabu-Ya
    Continuing an age-old Japanese culinary tradition, Shabu-Ya specializes in shabu-shabu, or hot pot––a modern take on the steaming soups historically eaten by Genghis Khan and his armies. The café's sleekly modern interior is designed to evoke the colors and shapes of this signature dish, from vegetable-green couches to round hanging lights that recall bubbles in boiling broth. Meals can begin with seaweed-encircled sushi while diners decide which meats and veggies to simmer in a choice of shabu-shabu broths such as Korean kimchi and vegetarian mushroom. Kitchen specials also offer Black Angus rib eye or chili-marinated pork bulgoki to build hearty hot pots, and are flavorful ways to change up an all-mayonnaise diet.
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    57 John F. Kennedy Street
    Cambridge, MA US
  • The Sunset Cafe
    In spite of its serene-sounding name, the Sunset Cafe is all about vivacious cuisine that enlivens the palate. Mediterranean-inspired ingredients populate the menu, such as braised goat, Portuguese sausages served over flames, and shrimp simmered in spicy sauce. Chefs stuff clams with parsley and onions and crown pan-seared steaks with fried eggs, creating flavor profiles even more harmonious than the bossa nova soundtrack. Diners can subdue spice with sips of wine, beer, cocktails, or Sumol—a fruity Portuguese soda.
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    851-857 Cambridge St
    Cambridge, MA US
  • Oxford Spa
    Stain sorcerers at Oxford Laundry whisk away heaps of dingy garments from their source, returning them the next day freshly folded and sparkling clean. Treating each frock and sock as if it were their own, laundry professionals will transport a minimum of 20 lbs. of clothing ($1.29/lb.) to a sudsy dimension from which even the murkiest muck flees in terror. After slipping into eco-friendly washers for a soapy cotillion of cleanliness, wearables emerge as pristine as the day they were sewn, with tennis whites bleached to a snowy finish and historically accurate reenactment garb retaining every tat of lace and tasseled fringe. As garments tumble in carefully adjusted dryers, fabric softener cuddles up to fleecy folds for ideal comfort. Dry-clean-only items, such as pea coats ($9.99+) and comforters ($28.99+), receive equally gentle treatment from organic, perc-free solvents.
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    104 Oxford St
    Cambridge, MA US
  • Mexicali Burrito Co.
    The San Francisco–style taqueria's menu specializes in the large, Mission-style burritos perfected in NoCal. The MexiCali Burrito ($6.52) comes with one filling, two toppings, rice, and beans. Available fillings include grilled chicken with red chili sauce, citrus-marinated achiote chicken, spicy pork, slow-roasted beef, marinated-and-charbroiled steak, and three daily options of seasonal vegetables. Add even more flavor with the toppings, including pico de gallo bursting with fresh tomato flavor, delicious guacamole, a mozzarella / Monterey jack mix of shredded cheese, and more. For a bigger appetite, try “Boston’s biggest burrito,” the Big Sur ($8.33), and make your snake-father proud by dislocating your jaw to eat it.
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    500 Technology Sq
    Cambridge, MA US
  • Tupelo
    Ninety-five percent of Urbanspooners like Tupelo, and nearly 200 Yelpers give it four out of five stars:
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    1193 Cambridge St
    Cambridge, MA US
  • Koreana
    There’s nothing quite like savoring a sizzling morsel of bulgogi straight from the tabletop grill at a Korean barbecue joint, and Koreana is consistently rated among the city’s best. The grills feature custom smoke ventilation, so you can breathe easily as you pair freshly grilled meats with a bounty of side dishes. Newbies, never fear: the staff is quite accommodating to first-time grillers.
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    154 Prospect St
    Cambridge, MA US

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