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“Great Place to Eat with a Great Feel” 4 of 5 stars
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Middle East Cafe
472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
617/497-0576
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Ranked #229 of 554 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $15 - $20
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Knoxville, TN
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Place to Eat with a Great Feel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Three of us visited for lunch. We had Chicken Kabab, Makhlouta, Mjudra, Falafel and Hoomis (their spelling).

All dishes were authentic (in an Americanized sense) and very good. I particularly enjoyed the Mjudra, which had a nice lentil mix and came with a side of some serious spice. Not just hot, incredible flavor. I highly recommend. The Hoomis was the weak link of the food family, but still good. I would keep my ordering focus on the other Vegetarian offerings, which all rocked.

The meat was good as well.

The atmosphere is great and the service friendly. The location is right by MIT, so the crowd is fun. I would go again for sure when in the area.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Somers, New York
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“OK Place for Lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We had lunch here: food was OK, and prices certainly reasonable. We watched one of the World Cup games on their TV while we had lunch, which was a nice way to spend a couple of hours. They have a bar on the first floor, and also tables for enjoying a meal, so something for everyone.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Moscow, Russia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Interesting food, cheap prices, awesome music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I really (really) liked the food that they serve here. It is done flawlessly and besides, it is extremely cheap. The initial reason for my visit was a show by a very rare music band, so that gives this place much more extra points from me.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
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132 reviews 132 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Decent food, fun people-watching!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Met a friend here for an early dinner -- she said it was one of the few places left from the "old Cambridge," and I can't argue with that! It wasn't the best Middle Eastern fare I've ever had, but it was tasty, portions were decent, and there were plenty of choices for me, a vegetarian, and her, an omnivore. Service was friendly but not overbearing. We were there on a Friday night right after Halloween, and it was really fun to see folks come in dressed up -- in some cases, we couldn't tell if it was their regular club wear, or they were headed for a Halloween party!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“More of a scene than a place for great food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

The food here is definitely only OK, although the grape leaves are a good way to go in general. But it's super cheap for the amount you get, and the people watching is good. Something is always going on, so it can be a fun place to hang out for sure.

Visited July 2013
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