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80 1/2 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139-4046
617-868-3951
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11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious flavors of north Africa

It may seem to be out of the way on a residential street in Cambridge, but Baraka is a few blocks' walk from Central Square and well worth the visit. The food is very special. We had chicken tagine, lamb couscous and melkha, stuffed eggplant (vegetarian). Plus an appetizer of fresh dates (on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

It may seem to be out of the way on a residential street in Cambridge, but Baraka is a few blocks' walk from Central Square and well worth the visit. The food is very special. We had chicken tagine, lamb couscous and melkha, stuffed eggplant (vegetarian). Plus an appetizer of fresh dates (on the stem!) with labne cheese. It's small,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

While the food was good we waited much too long for everything, it is very stuffy kind of musky and just very very dark as a whole. Would have been better if they opened a window and had more then one server working

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New Paltz, New York
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

First of I love going to ethnic restaurants and am always looking for interesting new places to try. We came around 8:30pm, the tiny restaurant was still very crowded. After a short wait we were able to sit down. Service was good and three of us decided to eat a mixed grill sort of plate. (Merguez, lamb sausages and chicken)... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The quality of the food was inconsistent. The appetizers were wildly overpriced, e.g. dates with goat cheese for $7! Dates were nothing special and the goat cheese was actually Greek yogurt, inexplicably. The Couscous was pretty good but the chiclet brochette was dry and stringy. I ordered the M'Katef, lamb chops in a very nice mint sauce, which was quite... More 

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We were ignored for 15 minutes when we first sat down. Service was poor. The food was unusually spiced and interesting. It was so hot and dark In there, that I couldn't wait to leave. They only take cash. It's not a place I'd want to go back to.

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

On a quiet side street in Cambridge is this cozy Tunisian restaurant dripping with atmosphere. The owner is incredibly friendly and loves to talk to all the customers about her country, her food and everything else. Having been to Morrocco, I ordered a braised lamb shank tagine. It came so tender it fell off the bone and was surrounded by... More 

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Tunis, Tunisia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Being Tunisian, when i knew there was a tunisian algerian restaurant i wanted to try it out of curiosity, just to see how it compares to tunisian food in tunisia. what a great surprise! i had a couscous brochette and that was one of the best couscous i ever had! they also serve a local lemonade made with rose petals,... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Went there with family to celebrate our daughter's graduation from college. I had an eggplant dish and others took chicken and lamb. We all enjoyed the food. Owners are working in this restaurant. They can be a bit overwhelmed with a crowded place and that was one of those busy nights. However, it was OK and we were not bothered... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

Great selection of authentic Algerian/Tunisian dishes, moderate prices, quiet location, vegetarian friendly meals, generous portions and great service! Will be back for sure.

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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We wanted a different cuisine that we could walk to from Central Square. The food was delicious, the atmosphere welcoming. The cheesecake specialty was worth savoring.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 80 1/2 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139-4046
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 617-868-3951

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24
  • Cuisine: French, African, Mediterranean
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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