Whatever sort of night you’re seeking—a cozy date, a wild party, a tasty meal—Cambridge, MA has got you covered. This lively neighborhood offers every sort of restaurant ranging from hearty and homey to contemporary and upscale. Below you'll find some ideas to help you become more familiar with the Cambridge area and jumpstart your nightlife.
Cambridge, MA Dining
If you're a foodie, you're definitely at the right place. Cambridge comprises a number of separate squares: Central, Porter, Inman, Harvard, Davis and Kendall. With each square serving up a variety of exquisite cuisine, it would be unfair to pick a favorite square for dining. From sophisticated meals, to local inns, coffee houses and smaller joints, each of the squares will spoil you for choice!
The opulent Kendall Square is lined with posh eateries featuring the cuisines of celebrity chefs who made their name in Boston and then crossed the Charles River to do the same in Cambridge. These include well-known favorites such as the Cambridge Brewing Company and Legal Sea Foods. Some great budget options for dining in Cambridge include Anna's Taqueria, Ma Magoo’s Pizza and Basta Pasta.
Still not finding what you're looking for? We've highlighted a few local favorites below:
For authentic Lebanese food served close to home, look no farther than Café Barada. First opened in 1985 in a small storefront in suburban Arlington, this hummus heavyweight has survived 24 years of changing locations. Now situated in the heart of Cambridge, Barada serves classic Lebanese dishes including lentil soup, falafel, and grape leaves. Fans say no meal is complete without a piece of baklava to seal the deal.
If wining and dining ism’t your thing, then skip the white tablecloth and head over to Toad. While it’s not technically a restaurant—the burgers come into the bar from the restaurant next door—this live music joint is the best kept secret of Cambridge, MA nightlife. Every night of the week boasts at least one local act, and the best part is there’s never a cover! Hydrate from a night of wild dancing with a rotating selection of craft beers. People say this place is hands-down one of the most fun things to do in Cambridge, MA.
More Nightlife in Cambridge, MA
Harvard Square and Central Square throw a party like no other in the Boston metropolitan area. The former is especially known for its flare and the ceaseless zeal of the youth in the area. Harvard Yard is always lively and the nightlife epicenter. Club Passim on Harvard Square has been the launch pad of several folk musicians who went on to earn big name and big bucks.
For live jazz, Ryles Jazz Club is the go-to place. Dance away the night at Ryles on Saturday and treat yourself to its fabulous Sunday brunch before heading home the next day.