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Rendezvous in Central Square

502 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139-4029
617-576-1900
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Ranked #4 of 535 restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Moroccan
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: We are located steps from the Central Square T and bus stops.
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English first
Newbury, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Coming in out of the rain last night, thankful for valet parking, we were warmly greeted by the host and hostess and then by the welcoming tones of gold throughout this handsome space. After an interesting chat about artisanal gins, our server Jim brought me a sampling of an herbal variety along with my pomegranate cocktail, which used a more... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Some good friends recommended we try Rendezvous when we were in Cambridge, so we made a point of having them join us there. We were very happy we did. Our table was for 6pm, and we are glad we booked an earlier time, as there was not an empty seat by 7. Not bad for midweek! The service was exceptional,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

As unpretentious as it is consistently excellent, Rendezvous is the place to go for imaginative, tasty local food served in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The longevity of the kitchen, bar, and wait staff is testimony to owner/chef Steve Johnson's leadership and generosity of spirit. Influenced by Mediterranean flavors and preparation, the vegetable, seafood, and poultry dishes shine; servers are... More

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Highland, Maryland
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121 reviews 121 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I went to Rendezvous last July with a Cambridge local and it was mighty good. Food was excellent, service as well and the wines were diverse, reasonably priced and very good. Overall an interesting addition to my Boston/Cambridge area restaurant array.

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I've been in Boston 9 nights from the UK, and this was the best meal I've had, by some margin. The food was inventive and tasty with "lots going on", and despite being stupidly full I had a delicious dessert too. Will definitely be back when I'm next in Boston. The food wasn't presented as pompously as it could have... More

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Rockport
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Two couples shared about half of the 15 or so tapas choices and they were all tasty. We got seconds on the cassoulet and especially liked the blue Hubbard squash and the lobster fritters. Too bad the tapas are not every night!

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Boston
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193 reviews 193 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Along with the Chicken and triple Duck, we had a very fine dinner in Central Square. With easier free street after six, and modest parking lots charges, a very good restaurant near to the local theaters and clubs is a treat compared to downtown Boston. We enjoyed this meal with reasonable wine prices and plenty of time for the 7... More

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LexGSR
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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We chose this for a "date night" meal. In general, it was a good experience... the food was good, the service was good, the ambiance was good. It was not spectacular... there are perhaps better places to go for those of us already in a car... but if you're in/around Central Square, it is an excellent choice. Food: The chowder... More

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Washington, DC
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187 reviews 187 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Dined here in early October, 2013. The service was very nice. The food was delicious and well prepared and the menu was inventive... though I'm not really sure I saw "Morocco" in it. We had great fresh oysters, a beautifully prepared chicken, good blue fish and wonderful deserts. My only complaint/qualification is that the atmosphere is just blah. It is... More

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Cambridge
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Sophisticated and inventive food in a neighborhood restaurant with a hip vibe. We dined here last night with an out-of-town friend who was hankering for seafood. And, boy, were we pleased. Try the seared scallop appetizer for tender, sweet, and perfectly cooked lovelies that are accented with a fresh herb pesto and fried capers. Then go for the swordfish with... More

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