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“Just O.K.”
Review of Tampopo

Tampopo
Ranked #341 of 636 Restaurants in Cambridge
Cuisines: Japanese
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Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Just O.K.”
Reviewed June 29, 2014

I was expecting something special, since all previous reviews were 5 stars. But, instead, I was disappointed. I ordered the deluxe fried fish plate. Nothing was really tasty—just O.K.

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English first
Cambridge Ma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Love this place”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

I recommend the healthy nasu bowl, shrimp tempura, steamed dumplings. Suitable for all ages
This place is inside Porter square exchange mall. From the outside of the building all you can see is Citi Bank and City sports and a Coffee shop. There are several other Asian restaurants beside Tampopo that are also good but Tampopo is the best IMHO. A local secret.

The staff are very nice too and will keep refilling your hot tea! If you see a big sumo type guy behind the counter definitely eat there. He is the owner and the best chef.

Its cash only but theres a bank of america ATM in the building.

  • Visited August 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect little place”
Reviewed March 7, 2011

If your looking for a great little inexpensive restaurant, you came to the right place. The place is small so the waitress will always notice if you need something. Sometimes it might get packed so seating might e a problem since it looks like it can only seat 15 max. Overall the food is great. I love spicy mayo and they had plenty of that. The fried foods are delicious and to crave for. For under ten bucks with tip, I can be full for the rest of the day.

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Westford, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Authentic and inexpensive Japanese agemono”
Reviewed November 5, 2009

I eat at Tampopo regularly and have travelled all over Japan. The restaurant is small and the furnishings are bit dated but the food is ALWAYS great. Their specialty is agemono which means fried foods. So if you go here for sushi, you are in the wrong place. However, if you want the best freshly prepared tempura, tonkatsu, and croquettes in town, Tampopo is the place. Try the "Matsu bento" with a cream croquette (with tonkatsu bbq sauce on it) or the Nasu Soboro (eggplant and ground pork/chicken). They also serve good Udon noodle dishes.

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“Great rice bowls.”
Reviewed March 4, 2008

Great rice bowls.

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