GQ's Alan Richman has named West Bridge in Cambridge one of the '12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013.' What makes a restaurant outstanding according to Richman? West Bridge and the others are "redefining fine dining" and are "aware of what we want in a perfect night out." He writes that West Bridge, which serves French-inspired food and opened in May 2012 in Kendall Square, "looks like a cross between an Ikea and a casual college dining hall." Also:
It's both a restaurant and a refuge, a jumble of slouching students, oddball decorative touches (is that really rope wrapped around the chandeliers?), coats strewn across unoccupied spaces, and, unexpectedly, pristine food and drink.
"Nothing is low-key about the kitchen or the cocktails," he says, noting that the Love and Fear cocktail is "meticulously assembled." Mmm, meticulousness! West Bridge's legendary, controversial Egg in a Jar gets a mention but no judgement other than being called "a tiny tower of food," though Richman "loved everything liquid at West Bridge, including a honey-and-thyme vinaigrette and a chowder with clams and smoked pork." A companion calls is "the best damn college bar I ever went to" (gosh, where did she go to college?) and the 2010 François Chidaine Vouvray Les Argiles and black Tuscan kale and duck confit salad make the short list of items that shouldn't be missed.