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“Wonderful food, beautifully presented; flavors, textures, structure” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ranked #103 of 611 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: French, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Concord Ave
Urbana, Illinois
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, beautifully presented; flavors, textures, structure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

We had one of the best meals we'd ever had at T.W. Food. We went early and it was very quiet and a beautiful room. It's a small place with brick walls, so as it filled up over the evening (and one large celebrating group was pretty happy), it got louder. The food was exquisite: the mix of flavors, things cooked to perfection, low-key efficient and attentive (but not intrusive or obsequious) service. All around, a truly spectacular dinner on a night that we were tired and cranky--it sure turned around our evening. What a pleasure. We had the three-course menu and it was a great value: the fois gras creme brûlée was exceptional, the lobster bisque and the duck were fantastic, and the mix of appetizers was interesting, well-presented and truly lovely. The desert course was the least of the meal, and two of our three deserts were fantastic. A great, great evening and wonderful value.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and great food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

It is deceiving when you look at the place from the outside. Although the place is quite simple, the lighting and atmosphere are really nice for an intimate meal. The food was awesome! We went for the Chef's improv and surprise menu and all dishes were spectacular. The price is very reasonable considering all the courses provided and the quality of the food.

Visited August 2013
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new york
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant, especially Tue. nites”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

Tue. nites there is a 4-course fixed menu with 4 wines for $55. You can't beat it! Each week the menu is based on food and wine from a particular European region. Last Tue. it was Northern Italy. First course was a 2-part: crispy striped bass and shrimp fra diavolo -- excellent. (You could have had a salad instead.) 2nd course: fresh tagliatelle w/ wild mushrooms -- delicious. (or brisket). 3rd course: cheese plate. Dessert: a d'acquoise with fresh peach and raspberries. The wines were wonderful.

Visited August 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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226 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Should have been better”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Based on six of us experiencing their 7-course tasting menu, I reluctantly give T. W. Food 4 / 5. In large part, I do so because I don't want to put it below an East Side Friday's Grill that gets a 4 / 5 because it is in a different league that anything big box. But for a restaurant that is in the discussion online as perhaps one of Boston area's top ten, and as a place that sits you for a $100 /person meal (before drinks), it's reasonable to actually expect something excellent... maybe even exception: T. W. Food wasn't. It was only one experience, but it was average for a very fine dining experience. Nothing was wrong, but you don't book a week or more ahead and drop $$$ for nothing wrong - you want a great meal - and 5 of the 7 courses just weren't anything special. The best was the first, the soup course, and the rest just weren't great. Too bad.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WmFerguson
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Big Letdown”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

I was expecting so much more. Came here with my son (who is a really foodie from Manhattan) and my husband expecting a true dining experience..similar to what we have had in some of the chef owned restaurants in New Orleans. This did not even come close.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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