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“Good food, nice service, bad decor ...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rendezvous in Central Square - CLOSED

Rendezvous in Central Square
502 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139-4029
617-576-1900
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Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: We are located steps from the Central Square T and bus stops.
Washington, DC
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242 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
“Good food, nice service, bad decor ...”
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 a strange sort of mish/mash fern bar (I'm told it was once a Burger King). No coherence, no charm and a bit on the loud side. Considering how good the food is, the atmosphere/decor seems so mismatched and charmless. But you can live with bad decor so long as the food is good... and the food and service was very good. Recommend a reservation... at least on weekends.

  • Visited October 2013
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Cambridge
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fabulous!”
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 the smoked paprika sauce and leeks. Again, absolutely fresh and perfectly prepared. The wine list is deep and the restaurant is a tad noisy but we'll be back soon!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Boston
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Worth Trying Again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

First time visit on a Sunday so the Prix Fixe menu applied. Nice atmosphere , can carry on a conversation without shouting even though it is an open restaurant design. Great variety on the menu and overall, well prepared and presented. Two ordered the braised pork and veal meatball selection; the server did a fabulous job explaining how it was prepared so we both were excited when the dish arrived. Alas, though flavorful the dish was over salted. The pasta finished in a stir fry to provide some "crispiness" to the pasta really didn't add to the dish. I would have preferred less salt and regular pasta. Another diner ordered the Moroccan chicken and thought it was very well prepared and seasoned. (She had specifically asked for no salt!) The salad offerings were outstanding; the Boston leaf salad with apple, cheddar, and spiced pecans was exceptional. The chocolate cake dessert was more brownie than cake but was appropriately sized and garnished with just the right amount of chocolate sauce and cinnamon spiced whipped cream. The sorbet and vanilla ice cream desserts were rated excellent. Will visit on a regular night and next time will be certain to ask that the chef "hold the salt" on our meal.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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US
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Hit on all cylinders”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Very happy with our experience. We ordered 8 plates and 3 cocktails between us. Menu was varied, food was attractively plated and delicious. Large appetizers meant it was possible to do perfectly well with 2 appetizers instead of app + entree. Bread freshly made and scrumptious. Made their own ginger beer for the Mamie Taylor cocktail. Service prompt and cheerful. Would return in a heartbeat.for a casual night out with friends.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Plano, Texas
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Neighborhood gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

A surprise. Wonderful food in a casual but kinda sophisticated atmosphere. Good service. Must have the lemon buttermilk dessert--sort of soufflé like, sort of mousse like.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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