14 JFK St, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0213842.373132 -71.119675
Neighborhoods: West Cambridge
This place is a nightmare. – I went here once and will never go again. I encourage you all to save yourself some money, aggravation and a ruined evening.
They seated us over an hour late for our RESERVATION.
They served our birthday cake, which was supposed to be a surprise, to another table!
When the food finally came it was terrible. Raw potatoes in chowder, dry pork chops, undercooked veggies, over salted dumplings, under seasoned meat, cold polenta, missing or improperly substituted sides... the list goes on and covers everything we were served.
Because we were seated and plated so late, we were still trying to choke our dinners down when they dimmed the lights and started thumping out bad techno and letting people in for the "club" portion of their night.
They utterly failed to do anything right or adequately fix any of the mistakes they made.
I seriously question some of these 5 star reviews for this place. If you look at them, some have this place as their one and only review or only have "Z" related restaurants on their list.
Best food tasty and healthy too!!- – First, I go to a restaurant for the food-What I love about the z-square food is that it is always tastes great and it "feels healthy" too. I can sit with friends and have apps, dinner and desert and I am not troubled by salt or "food hangover" when I eat there. The food is interesting but not pretensious, healthy but not sprouts and tofu. The price is fair and affordable, great for a crowd. It is always great. It is my favorite either for dinner or drinks and a nibble at the bar. btw- solid drinks- some interesting new ones and they make a great vodka martini.
Upstairs, for lunch, the sandwich of the day is a great pick. or I really like the chaccaro with the fresh green beans and while it sounded a bit wierd it was wonderful! I like the soups too.
The atmosphere is clean, classic, upscale euro. The focus is creating a setting not a distraction (I hate places with signs and shirts and old instruments or whatever hanging on the walls. )
Try it-nothing else like it around.
Fun but inconsistant. – This is a nice place to go on a casual night out. My husband and I have gone to Z Square on three different occasions. Once we both found the food and drinks to be great. A second time I was still pleased, but my husband was less enthused with his dish and the server messed up the drink order twice. The third time we went with another couple and I would say we all left happy. Service seems to be inconsistant. They have a fun and pretty varied menu selection. They do get 5 stars from me as far as being flexible goes. My friend has some pretty severe allergy issues. The chef came out to our table, wrote down what she could and could not eat, and then created a dish just for her that was outstanding. She had not had a good experience eating out in months until we went to Z Square.
Sorely Lacking... – After reading about this place, I would have thought it would be much more interesting at the very least aesthetically. However, the attempt at modern design was pretty awful, and worse than that was the wretched and completely horrendous 80s soft pop they were playing. At one point, I commented to the bartender about it, and she said that others had complained about the music as well, but she liked it. Unless you have a thing for really lame 80s soft rock/pop, avoid this place!
very mediocre – The upstairs cafe area is fine. Nothing spectacular but good enough for a quick bite. However, the service downstairs is terrible and the food is only mediocre. I've gone back more times that I'd like to admit because they have a reliable Belgian waffle, but the coffee is often a little off and the wait staff is terrible about refilling. Other breakfast items are often too salty. Moreover, twice now I've heard other patrons very upset over their experience at nearby tables, whether it's not getting their drink order or getting the wrong order. The location is good but I usually leave feeling disappointed.
Be prepared for rude patrons – My date & I went to Z Squre about 2 weeks ago. It was a Friday night but early - about 6:30. We walked in & were told we could wait for 45 min. for a table in the dining room or sit in the bar area and eat - not a problem. There are two large tables in the bar area as well as plenty of counter seating at the bar as well as all around the room. We grabbed one of the tables since we wanted to have drinks, apps, & dinner. The apps were excellent (asian dumplings & scallops) and the drinks were good (martini list to choose from). We were having an great time until the bar area started to fill up. Really it was just one party of 6 people that then began to expand by twos every 10 minutes for about an hour. Despite there being counter seating all over the room they sat in the corner at the end of our table and then proceeded to take over half of the table!! Putting their dirty glasses on it, etc. while we were trying to eat our dinner. I could see if we were just sitting there having drinks but when you see two people having dinner at a table would you seriously throw your napkin with gum wadded in it on the table?! The bartender had to come over to repeatedly bring them drinks and never once said a word to them about encroaching on the diners at the table (at one point one of them was actually leaning on the back of my date's chair!) that were paying over $100 to have dinner there. Although, he did comp my drink when he forgot about it. The herd left before dessert but by then I was so irritated we went elsewhere to finish out the night. Which was sad because dinner was cooked to perfection (steak with onion strings) so I bet dessert would have been tasty.
All-purpose eatery sits at the heart of Harvard Square and offers a trio of distinct dining environments. – In Short
Z-Square's ground level cafe provides sleep-deprived Harvard students and international tourists with a quick, casual spot for a filling breakfast or a light bite (soups, salads, sandwiches and crepes dot the menu). Downstairs resides a relaxed, minimally decorated dining room and bar in which patrons enjoy creative cocktails and inviting, modern comfort fare (curried crab cakes with orange-pineapple relish, whole grilled rainbow trout, turkey burger with cranberry chutney). A shaded sidewalk patio rounds out the seating options. Young, pleasant servers patrol all corners.
wonderful everything – Z-square contains everything I love in a restaurant. There are so many options to choose from on the menu, both for food and drinks. The atmosphere is great, we were seated in the downstairs section which was set in a very comfortable lighting. Our waitress was a sweetheart and treated us great. There is also a patio and upstairs cafe area, both looked light different restaurants, but its all the same. I don't know why I never knew this place existed! Highly recommended for anyone visiting Harvard Square for dinner and drinks.
very firendly service – I liked most things about this place, friendly service, nice atmosphere, nice menu and wine list. However, I was disappointed to notice that service was slow and some of the food was not as good as I thought it would be.
A lovely surprise! – We happened upon this beautiful and comfortable restaurant in Harvard Square and can't say enough about what a lovely dining experience it was! It's always a nice thing when traveling to find a gem. Great service, great food and a beautiful ambiance. Highly recommend you stop in when in the area!
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