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“rafiki restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
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Rafiki Bistro
1682 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803
617-354-1944
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Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hudson St
Transit: Near Harvard Square and Porter Square stops on the Red Line. We are also on 77 bus line and accessible from all bus routes to Harvard Square.
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3 restaurant reviews
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“rafiki restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

delicious food, very good service, good surroundings

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Good food interesting service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Good Food Interesting Service, Went there for dinner on 5/21 and had sat down at 7:45pm had apps at 8pm and main meal came at 8:50! late!!!!

Visited February 2012
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Love at first bite!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

First off - I might be in love with this restaurant. Clearly it has a small staff that are truly invested in making this place succeed. The drinks were fantastic. The ambiance is fantastic - intimate without feeling tiny. Specialty cocktails were great (Cinnamon Apple White Sangria was a stand out). Started with the NE Cheese & Charcuterie Board full of favs, new things, weird stuff - LOVED IT. Pan Seared Duck Breast was perfect and Potato Croquettes surprisingly light. The Scallops with melted leeks and kumquat salad was not as stellar - felt like two different dishes crammed together. I look forward to heading there again! One note: the larger table for a group is in the back...and the bathroom doors opens directly behind the chairs.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Average to Good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

I agree with some of the comments from other reviewers.
It can be quiet during the week.
Thought the bartenders were excellent! Knew their stuff and made great drinks.
Sat at the bar and got the Charcuterie and Cheese board. Chees and meets all very, very good but did not come with crackers or bread - had to ask for some. How do they expect you to eat the cheese?
Music at first was a little weird then went to jazz which was better.
Metered parking only

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Made me feel like I was in an out-of-town hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

This restaurant is in the middle of a strip of favorite Cambridge restaurants including West Side Lounge, Chez Henri, Temple Bar, Chang Cho, and Cambridge Common. So, you have to stand out somehow and Rafiki does not. We've tried it several times and always been just a little bit disappointed. The problem is not with the food which was adequate if not inspiring. The problem is more with the atmosphere. There are very few customers even when the neighboring restaurants are full, so it is a bit quiet. The staff are dressed in suits and ties which makes it feel like an Embassy Suites in Charlotte or Omaha. With the lack of customer noise, the music is very noticeable and it is jazz standards--a choice that adds to the business trip hotel ambiance. Of course, if you are reading this, maybe you are on a business trip and you will feel right at home here.

Visited March 2012
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