Across the Street at the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall
World of Beer – Casual. Entrée price range: $10 - $17
At World of Beer, they've got 60 craft beers on tap, 500 in the cooler, and a menu of mouthwatering tavern fare crafted to go perfectly with beer. And whether you're a beer master or just getting started, their insanely knowledgeable staff is here to help you through every last pint, pour and pairing. There's no better place to go around the world, one sip at a time. 617.945.5107
The Cheesecake Factory – Casual. Entrée price range: $10 - $29
The Cheesecake Factory serves much more than just cheesecake! A unique restaurant offering over 100 menu items; Avocado Eggrolls to Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad and Specialty Pizzas to great Steaks & Fresh Fish, Pastas, Omelets, Sandwiches, and Classic Burgers. Enjoy the breathtaking, high-energy atmosphere for lunch, dinner, late night supper and Sunday brunch, but save room for dessert!
CambridgeSide Galleria Mall: 617.252.3810
PF Chang's - Informal. Entrée price range: $10 - $18
At P.F. Chang’s you are surrounded by a unique environment combining influences of Chinese and American cultures. A panoramic, hand-painted mural depicting 12th century China is visible from the main dining room and commands attention as the restaurant’s centerpiece.
CambridgeSide Galleria Mall: 617.250.9965
One Block Away (5-minute walk)
Helmand – Casual. Entrée price range: $9 - $16
The city’s only Afghanistan restaurant promises a warm atmosphere and savory dinners cooked in a large brick oven including Ma He Dagee (sautéed swordfish) and Aushak (Afghan ravioli filled with leeks). Turkish coffee brewed at your table.
143 First Street, Cambridge: 617.492.4646
The Similans – Casual. Entrée price range: $10 - $18
The Similans is housed in the same building as Helmand. This attractive, friendly restaurant is a great option for lovers of Asian food and, although it has many upscale touches, the meals at The Similans are surprisingly affordable. The dinner menu at The Similans is extensive, filled with authentic Thai entrées such as Striped Bass with hot chilis, diced mango with chicken and yellow curry, and sliced pork in garlic oil.
145 First Street, Cambridge: 617.491.6999
Kendall Square (15-minute walk or short cab ride)
The Smoke Shop– BBQ. Entrée price range: $24 - $28
The Smoke Shop’s menu is not designed with one style of BBQ in mind. It reflects a modern competition-style barbecue, or what chef Andy Husbands likes to call “City Q." Guests will notice elements from Memphis, Kansas City, and Texas style barbecue along with Asian influences and New England seasonality in the menu. The menu is complemented with a substantial bar program with a foundation in its American Whiskey selection. 617.577.RIBS (7427)
Area Four– Pizza/American. Entrée price range: $24 - $28
Pizza dough fermented for 30+ hours, hand-pulled mozzarella, expertly brewed coffee, and even homemade pastries. The industrial interior of their flagship restaurant is perfectly suited for Technology Square. 617.758.4444
Oleana– Elegant. Entrée price range: $24 - $28
Outrageously inventive food, including chickpea crêpe with smoked cinnamon aioli, or lamb steak with Turkish spices & fava bean moussaka. Small producers comprise the wine list at Oleana and are carefully chosen to complement the style of spice. Oleana has been nominated for multiple James Beard Awards.
1 Hampshire Street, Cambridge: 617.661.0221
Catalyst– Casual. Entrée price range: $15 - $32
Catalyst Restaurant is a reflection of Chef/Owner William Kovel’s passion for simple, delicious food delivered with warm service in a comfortable, modern environment. The modern American cuisine begins with exceptional products centered on locally grown organic produce and wild and farm raised food from sustainable practices. With an ever-changing menu, Catalyst celebrates each season by featuring the best ingredients from a wide range of farms and food producers in the region.
300 Technology Square, Cambridge 617.576.0505
Cambridge Brewery– Casual. Entrée price range: $11 - $24
Their adventuresome spirit plays out in their kitchen where the finest local ingredients are crafted into creative American cuisine. Paying particular attention to pairing food with beer their chefs prepare fresh seafood, meats and produce with an emphasis on bold flavors and interesting combinations.
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge 617.494.1994