1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0213942.366519 -71.090469
Mon-Thu 5:30pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm; Sun 11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Area IV
Most horrific experience - rude and unaccomodating hostesses, terrible atmospher, esp for business meals – If you want to be jamped into tables where you practically sit on the your neighbors' laps and be part of their conversations, or vice versa, then this is the place you. My colleague and I met for dinner after work and requested a quiet table. The hostess gave us a table in the booth where we were 2 feet away from the neighboring table. It's either we talk and they listen to our conversation or we shut up and listen to them talk. We requested to move to the next booth where there is no one. They moved us, however, two minutes later, they sat another couple in the same booth. We complaint to the manager and the respsonse we got was that is all the table that they have... although I pointed out to him that there are plenty of 4 tops in the middle of the dinning room that are not being used. He told us that those are for party of 4. By the end of our meals, the tables for 4 remains empty.
This is bad business practice. I will not go back there again if it is the only restaurant open. As matter and fact, I will let all my colleagues know NOT to go to the Blue Room. They could have had a repeat customer on business account!
As for the food, it's decent, but with that kind of atmosphere and treatment, it can transform any decent meal into a horrible experience. I would not eat there again even if they pay me.
Visit Reggie at the bar ! – The Blue Room has been a haven for Boston area foodies who seek creative, beautifully prepared Mediterranean specialties and stylish comfort food in an atmosphere that seems to be all things to all people. You can be dressed up or casual, you will always fit in. The appetizers are sublime...the wine list changes often and is always a good value. The dining patio is a great experience. The wait staff is professional and knowledgable, the managment are accessible and friendly. The back dining room is ideal for a company party or rehearsal dinner (in my case).
I was disturbed by the apparent lack of sophistication exhibited by some of the other reviewers. Anyone who refers to the BR's food as "too gourmet" is not qualified to dine in a restaurant like the Blue Room. It is, in fact, the understated nature of the menu and the venue that distinguishes the Blue Room from many of its Boston competitors. We current and former Cantabrigians have always marveled at the desire of some patrons to rush downtown and spend $150 per person for dinner, when they can dine in casual elegance in the Blue Room for less than half that cost.
some good, mostly bad – I was very dissappointed with my experience. First, we had the short rib served on polenta. The rib was fantastic, but the polenta was far too buttery to the point where it felt you were sucking down a stick of butter. I ordered the duck for dinner. The duck itself was well prepared as were the brussel sprouts. The "chieftan's" wild-rice, bonded together by some mysterious substance was terrible and the thin port reduction seemed unreduced. Worst of all was the presentation, a parsley sprig jammed into a mishapen cylinder of rice. My girlfriend ordered the cassoulet, and given that it contained three meats!, was amazed to note its incredible blandness. The breadcrumb topping disintegrated into a undelicious paste. The server threw in a free creme brulee to make up for the disappointing meal, which was nice.
A great place – I ate at the Blue Room with a group of 15 coworkers and was blown away by the service, ambiance, and quality of the food and wine. The staff made great recommendations, and saw to it that we had everything we needed and more. I'll definitely be back here again.
Drunk on dessert – Stopping by the Blue Room for dessert may be a good idea, as the entrees tend to be slightly expensive. Their cognac parfait is ethereal, with prunes soaked in cognac and their chocolate pot de creme is delicious. Definitely a must for dessert.
Cuban influences – I've been here for breakfast and dinner and both are great. For breakfast, they have a lot of Spanish influences with black beans and guacamole and egg burritos. For dinner, the chicken is excellent as are the fried plantains.
just say no – I went back and had terrible service. Certain people got served before others, and we were forced to stand in a corner until we were served.
Excellent Dining Experience – This is one of my favorite spots in the Boston area. The service is always pleasant; the food is always delicious, hot and interesting. I especially love the wine tasting nights! It is always a safe bet to take a menu recommendation from the staff, they are all very knowledgeable on all of their menus, wine and food. This is a very well run dining experience!
Skip the lamb – I was promptly seated even though the restaurant was near capacity. Choice of entrees was limited and had some unusual sides. The wine list was extensive and had many good wines priced in the twenties. The scallop appetiser was excellent, the wild boar rillette passable. We waited another 25 minutes for the main courses...a cold rack of lamb atop a mound of dry buck wheat 'salad' and dates. Terrible, although recommended by the server. I wouldn't go back.
Never been disappointed! – Very good and reasonably priced. The only draw back is parking.
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