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“Terrible imitation of an Italian restaurant”

Stazione Restaurant & Coffee bar
Ranked #166 of 733 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $4 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Stazione Restaurant A Relaxed Italian & Mediterranean Restaurant in the centre of Cambridge, option of al fresco dining, excellent wine cellar, attentive waiting staff.
Reviewed October 31, 2010

The first time I went there the food was overpriced but average. Since then the quality decreased. The food is absolutely horrible and a really bad imitation of Italian food (like the staff that tries to look Italian while they are not).

It looks more like a trap for tourists that find themselves in the centre of Cambridge at lunch or dinner time. I cannot believe in the authenticity of some of the reviews here. How can you say that a place with tables outside in one of the most crowded places in Cambridge is a local secret?

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2  Thank mbf82
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Reviewed October 10, 2010

Had lovely meal in Stazione last week - second visit while on trip from Ireland. Great ambience, very friendly staff - well worth a visit. Half portions are such a good idea - plenty to eat at great value. !

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2  Thank GeraldineM53
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

When we walked down the stairs to this basement Italian restaurant, admittedly it was with some trepidation - we were walking into the unknown as visitors to the city. However, as soon as we entered this restaurant, we were pleasantly surprised. The interior is rather chic with an understated elegance to it - deep reds mix with chocolate browns to create luxurious appeal. In fact, this restaurant is a perfect space for couples; romantic and stylish.
Price-wise, our meal was incredibly reasonable, considering the quality of the food we were given - we enjoyed a delicious L'angoustine salad and melt-in-your-mouth pasta dish with a bottle of good-quality wine, which were accompanied by excellent service and a highly efficient manager who was friendly and attentive. But don't expect to pay with your credit card at the end - they don't accept them! Not that it would have mattered as there are plenty of banks nearby.
We were lucky enough to enjoy a jazz band on the night that we visited - a Friday, which definitely helped to set the tone and next time we visit Cambridge, we will definitely return.

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Reviewed August 27, 2010

Ate here recently on a Saturday night when they had a jazz duet playing - created a nice atmosphere in its cellar settings. The meal was tasty and well presented. Most of the mains come with the option to have a half portion, this meant it was easy for everyone in our party to enjoy three courses.

However, I'm not likely to return in a hurry because the service was amateur. Amongst other issues were - waitress spilling a drink on me and then not apologising (she said "should be OK as only tonic water", I said "it is dry clean only", she made no comment). Having to chase up our wine order, having to ask for a cooler for the white wine while at the other end of our table the red wine had been put in an ice bucket. Young waiter leaning across the table to serve people on the other side (with a touch of BO).

The prices at Stazione suggest that you will be enjoying a silver service rather than cafe standard, however the reverse was the case. And you'll need plenty of cash on you - they don't take credit cards. Pity.

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1  Thank CultureVultureCamb
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Reviewed July 27, 2010

Hi

We have been last month to Stazione to have dinner.
I have been stroken by this restaurant which offered a really bad experience: the food is tight, the employees don't seem happy to serve you, and you feel all dinner round observed by the management which doesn't help to have a good and romantic dinner.
I hate going to a restaurant where i am being asked on the bill to pay tips for this kind of service level. I would not be surprised if it doesn't go in employees pocket considering how the management treat the employees! Also, I had to go out to find a cash machine because they wouldn't take cash! I think that shows how this business is hold !
morality: despite the lovely location, i would recommend to avoid!

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2  Thank jerem86_10
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