795 Main St, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0213942.363330 -71.097162
Mon. - Thu. 5:30pm - 11pm;Fri. - Sat. 5:30pm - 11:30pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Area IV
Fun Atmosphere – This is a really fun place for a date or a small group dinner party. The atmosphere is fabulous! There is a really great selection of drinks and small plate dishes. We have been here a couple of times and had a few amazing experiences and a few pretty good ones. It seems the kitchen can be a bit inconsistent, as we have had the same dishes and they have ranged from tasting out of this world to overcooked. The service is the same, sometimes they are spot on and sometimes they make you feel that they just wished you had never walked in the door. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend giving this place a shot. And if your first experience isn't amazing, go back, because Cuchi Cuchi is bound to impress.
Worst dining experience...ever. – We went to Cuchi Cuchi to celebrate a friend's birthday, her choice of restaurant. Looking back, we wish that we had used our dining expertise to reccomend somewhere else. After getting lost just finding it, we were a half hour late for the group reservation and had cost the group a table. Quel dommage! Hoping that the hostess would understand, knowing their obscure locale, we attempted to explain so that our high-rolling party of 10 could leave the packed bar and be seated. We were met with a scathing gaze, a scornful attitude and a fake accented "No. You are on the end of the list."
An hour and a half and two VERY expensive (though delicious, a small victory) cocktails later, we were crammed into the coat hangers and doing everything we could to get out the way of gaudily dressed waitresses. We were pushed around, spilled on, shoved, and cursed at. When we were finally seated, we were told to "hurry up and order", and to "order a lot, because everything is very small." It seems that every staff member has the requisite fake Gypsy accent, as we overheard one waitress tell a suitor at the bar that he could meet her after her shift, "in the pahkin' lawt". I was rushed into ordering the two least expensive items - marinated mushrooms, which came out last and were marinated in only white vinegar and pepper, and pork roulades, which were small for $12. Other plates tried were the risotto, gluey and heat-lamp warmed on top and cold beneath, baked brie with a metallic aftertaste, chicken liver pate with a strange grit, and worst of the worst, tuna tartare "ice cream cones" which were so lacking in texture that it was like eating a cone of slime. The taste was relatively close to that of bile. We were all so turned off that dessert was out of the question, though our perky waitress shoved menus into our hands. We left as soon as we could and will never, ever return! I'm considering calling the management to inform them what a waste this was of our hard-earned money.
terrible bartender – My first review on city search, I signed up just to share my experience from drinking at the bar last night for a friends birthday gathering. All I want to say is that the bartender we had was a d****-bag. I would use a different word, but that explains him so well. The answers to my simple drink questions were responded in a demeaning attitude. Other than that I really enjoyed the music and the smell of fresh flowers that were placed throughout. The menu looked great, but after my first time experience, I might consider a different restaurant.
Excellent cocktails, best food around – We LOVED Cuchi Cuchi! The service was great, people extremely friendly, unique drinks and fun cocktails. they had a great caipirinha, and pisco sour, which I have not seen on any menu outside of Chile or Peru! But the food is really something to scream about- everything we ordered, from the skirt steak to the garlic shrimp to the mushroom risotto was fabulous. Their small plates let you try more items on the menu!! I live in new york and was just visiting Cambridge/ Boston for the weekend.... but am already thinking of my next trip back just so I can go back to Cuchi Cuchi. This was the best meal (food, drinks, fun) I have had in a long time.
Bad service and very mean owner... – I went to Cuchi Cuchi in Feb. of 2006 and everything was spectacular - the food was amazing and our waitress was attentive and fun. I went once again last night (June of 2007) and it was terrible! The food was not as good as the first time, our waitress barely paid attention to us (we had to ask for bread and wave after waiting for a while to finally order) and at the end of the night I hated the Oysters and asked to send them back (first time I ever asked to send anything back at a restaurant!). Our waitress called over the owner who said that she will not take the Oysters of our bill. I was not there to argue and said that that's fine. The process of the owner coming over and arguing (instead of apologizing) about the oysters took about 25 minutes and my boyfriend and I just wanted to leave at that point. I am never coming back and I have no idea what happened to this restaurant! By the way, the owner is a very unpleasant person and has never heard of customer service.
The best place in Boston – In the past month, I have been twice in Cuchi Cuchi and it is now officially my most favorite place in Boston. My GF and I like good eats and have frequented Grille 23 and other top rating City Search places. Guchi's menu is simply better offers better value and better food than all of them.
While it is not the best place to go if you feel like a big steak, the plates are absolutely fantastic and you will definitely not be hungry if you order 2-3 plates per person. My favorites are the Rissoto with Truffle Oil (just amazing), the eggplants with goat cheese, the avocado with crab and some other dishes. If you're vegeterian/kosher this place is perfect for you.
The drinks are also fantastic but since we're not big drinkers we only had 2 cocktails. The ambience is lovely, great staff (although our waitress didn't smile much at the end for some reason) but really what makes it all worthwhile is the terrific food.
I read some reviews here and in other websites about the place which were not impressed with the food - I guess it's a question of whether you're a steak 'n chips type of person or whether you like the fusion/tapas/non-American food. This is NOT a Spanish tapas bar, so the comparison to Dali and the reviews commenting that it is an insult to Spanish cuisine are simply st*pid. The only resemblence to tapas is the fact that you got several dishes, and not a main entre.
If you're international/European in Boston you'd make Cuchi a second home.
The perfect spot for those who love to order dinner off the appetizer list. – The Scene
A glass brick wall between the dining room and bar produces space for two different scenes, one focused on food, the other on chatter. The decor mixes design cliches -- half Art Nouveau bistro, half PoMo bar -- but decorating sins are swept away by convivial drinking and dining.
Cuchi Cuchi points to tapas dining for its inspiration, and a handful of dishes (garlic shrimp, grilled asparagus) are classic. But most plates show more finesse than your average Spanish bar food. A couple of plates per person makes for a fine meal; it's up to you if you're willing to share the braised duck shank or the fruit-stuffed pork tenderloin slices with your tablemates. The wine list is artfully chosen, and the designated driver can drink sparkling Normandy cider.
wide variety of interesting choices – In three visits, some items were a bit dry or otherwise less good, but most of them were great. The menu and the huge cocktail list offer many different possibilities. On our visits, the beef stroganoff and white (almond) gazpacho were great, as were the shrimp dumplings and the scallop ceviche. The baked Brie with bacon was both tasty and filling. I didn't taste the grilled eggplant Napoleon that someone else ordered, but he was very impressed. Even the couscous that I expected to be boring had a very tasty sauce. The fried zucchini with ham and cheese was tasty, but not as good as the other items; same for the seared tuna and the risotto. The pork bracioletta rolls were tough. The duck crepes should have more of a sauce. I don't like liver pate myself, but it looked very attractive. A couple of more carnivorous people seemed to like the lamb. For sizzling garlic shrimp, Dali does that dish much better. Dinner at Cuchi Cuchi tends to be expensive, but no more so than a restaurant like Rendezvous, and you get a wider variety of choices with a more la*d-back funky atmosphere [stupid site won't let me spell the word].
Should have gone to Taco Bell! – If this title doesn't describe the menu then you need to read further.
International cusine is a flop. Fusion attempts seem like they came out of the test kitchen at Taco Bell headquarters. At least the staff at Taco Bell is trained to be nice too!
wow!~ – this is by far the best meal of my life. the food was so fresh and tasty. i am vegetarian and i loved it so i can jst about imagine how good the other stuff might be! the interiors are facinating and the food is simply an unexpected delight
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