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Sofra Bakery & Cafe

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1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4404
617-661-3161
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tue - Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout

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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
One of the best bakery spots in the area

The sit-in area is rather cramped, never stayed for a meal, but have been doing take-outs for a while now. A bit on the expensive side - for the neighborhood - but the baked goods are good indeed. Sofra's version of creme brulee is great, as is the lamb pie on the savory side. In fact all of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
gordonsmc
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Brooklyn, New York
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  • Local cuisine
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English first
Brooklyn, New York
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The sit-in area is rather cramped, never stayed for a meal, but have been doing take-outs for a while now. A bit on the expensive side - for the neighborhood - but the baked goods are good indeed. Sofra's version of creme brulee is great, as is the lamb pie on the savory side. In fact all of the things... More 

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Haverhill
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65 reviews 65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I stopped by for a quick bite as I had just finished up with an appointment next door. I live approx 1 hour away and don't know of many places where I could go on a nice warm afternoon and sit outside. The atmosphere is pleasant with vibrant colors and limited outdoor seating. I'm a sucker for great customer service,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Mezze are delicious, varied and a good healthy lunch option... Shakshuka is one of my brunch favorites, although it could have been a bit more fully-simmered on my last visit. Still one of my tops in Boston/Cambridge!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Sofra is a modernist take on middle-eastern food, but taken to an entirely new level. Their lamb shwarma is two delicate roles of crispy, thin pastry, with delicate seasoning. It's served with whipped garlic sauce (but not too garlicky) and pickled cabbage. Baklava to die for, but lighter than the usual. I was there a while ago for breakfast, which... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Tried the kunefe, which I've had at other bakeries and restaurants several times. The dessert was cold and therefore the traditional cheese filling was not the gooey consistency it should be, nor was the cheese itself tasty. I tried the apricot halwa previously here and left equally disappointed.

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Boston
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

It's one of the best mezze plates because you actually get to choose the 5 items that go on it! Additionally, you can choose bread or lavash crackers. The last time I was there, we ordered creamy labne, beet tzatziki (my favorite!), Moroccan style carrot salad, cauliflower and currant tabbouleh (my favorite), and squash skordalia with pumpkin seeds (wait, my... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The cramped layout is easily forgiven once you've tasted the lovely food items on the menu. We enjoyed the cheese tobek and the chicken shawarma as well as a delicious bird's nest for dessert. I can't wait to go back and try some of the other interesting offerings.

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Boston
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

See and be seen, and eat what the beautiful people are eating. It ain't cheap, but it sure is good. Breakfast to late afternoon. Middle Eastern theme. Cooking classes. If you're a guy, stop by and pick up something for your gal. You will certainly make points.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I've been here a fare share. Food is so-so, hot food always too salty. Safest bet for consistency is the Mezze bar, best on the menu. The drinks are amazing. This is why I come back. Please though change the set-up. It's quite awkward to shuffle around the store when there are more than a few people. Seats are cool,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Ana Sartun and Co's best spot, for me. I love the flavors, variety, and presentation of the food. The mezze are incredible, and I highly suggest them. If you are there for cooking supplies. take a chance on a spice blend and go home to experiment. All of them perk of so many different dishes, both savory and sweet. Also... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4404
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 617-661-3161

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 7:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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