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The Fall 2017 Restaurant Opening Guide: Cambridge and Somerville

Boston’s across-the-river buddies got some new restaurants this season

Food at Momi Nonmi
A dish at Momi Nonmi, now open in Cambridge’s Inman Square.
Hien Nguyen for Momi Nonmi

Here’s the rundown on fall 2017 restaurant openings for Cambridge and Somerville.

New this season: a Japanese izakaya with a touch of Hawaii, a neighborhood bar that encourages “witty banter,” an Assembly Row brewhouse, a French patisserie with North Shore roots, and more.

Read on for the details, and click on the name of any restaurant to be taken to an archive of previous Eater coverage about it.

(Looking for fall 2017 openings elsewhere in Massachusetts? Here’s the full index. Or jump directly to Boston proper openings here. North Shore openings are listed separately here; openings for the MetroWest and Central Massachusetts regions are here; and everything else in Greater Boston is here.)

This guide was originally published on October 23, 2017, and updated throughout the season; the date of the most recent update appears above. Something missing? Email

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Bon Me food
Food from Bon Me, which debuted its new flagship location in East Cambridge this season.


315 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge

This tea bar is popping up for a yet-to-be-determined amount of time — at least through mid-2018 — during the days at Middlesex Lounge near MIT. Drinks include a three-tiered strawberry, mint, and matcha concoction called the Godfather; a green tea lemonade with mint and honey; coffee topped with sea salt cream; and more.
Opened: Late September 2017

Bon Me

60 Binney St., East Cambridge

The ever-growing food truck and restaurant group is referring to this new location as the flagship of the company, with an expanded menu of Vietnamese-inspired dishes and, pending approval, beer and cider. (Another Cambridge location is in the works, opening around fall 2018 in the renovated Smith Campus Center at Harvard.)
Opened: October 19, 2017

Chick Chick Boom

80 River St., Cambridgeport, Cambridge

The Thelonious Monkfish team opened a restaurant in the former Frozen Yogi space, featuring many flavors of chicken wings alongside fried rice dishes and Thai entrees.
Opened: December 1, 2017

Highland Fried

1271 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge

The owners of Highland Kitchen and the third incarnation of East Coast Grill closed ECG this fall and quickly revamped it into Highland Fried, focusing on fried chicken, barbecue, and Tiki cocktails.
Opened: December 15, 2017

Momi Nonmi

1128 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge

Christopher Chung, chef-owner of the now-defunct Lincoln gem Aka Bistro, opened a new restaurant in the cozy longtime East by Northeast space, which most recently briefly housed WuBurger. Momi Nonmi is inspired by Japanese izakayas and also has some nods to Chung’s Hawaiian roots. There’s lots of sake and Japanese whisky, not to mention shochu. Brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night service.
Opened: October 10, 2017

Shaking Crab

1815 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge

With locations in Newton and Quincy, as well as Flushing, New York, Shaking Crab features Cajun-style bags of boiled seafood. This location took over the recently vacated Tavern in the Square space in Porter Exchange, which means it has 50 draft lines. (It’s also expanding to the original Troquet location by the Boston Common and to Brookline’s Coolidge Corner.)
Opened: December 15, 2017

Wit’s End

1248 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge

Located in the former Hops Test Kitchen space, Wit’s End is a “casual, neighborhood place for those wishing to be with their friends, have a fun drink, dine on some small plates, play some games and engage in witty banter, friendly debate and perhaps win (or lose) an argument.” The menu features two different preparations of each dish — two dueling types of macaroni and cheese, for example.
Opened: Late November 2017

Field & Vine
A sample dish from Field & Vine, as shared during the restaurant’s crowdfunding campaign. It’s now open in Union Square.

American Fresh Brewhouse

490 Foley St., Assembly Row, Somerville

Somerville Brewing Company, the maker of Slumbrew beers, closed its almost-three-year-old Assembly Row beer garden down in October and then opened its new permanent Assembly Row brewpub, which has a full kitchen, beers brewed in-house, and seasonal outdoor seating. The brewpub is family-friendly, and the outdoor seating will be dog-friendly.
Opened: December 1, 2017

Caffe Nero

375 Assembly Row, Assembly Row, Somerville

This London-based, Italian-inspired cafe chain has been expanding rapidly around the Boston area, and Assembly Row is the latest addition.
Opened: October 10, 2017

Caramel French Patisserie

233 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville

This is the second location for Caramel; the original is in Salem. Owned by siblings Dimitri and Sophie Vallier, who hail from southern central France, Caramel serves a wide variety of French pastries, including macarons, kouign amanns, and more.
Opened: September 30, 2017

Field & Vine

9 Sanborn Ct., Union Square, Somerville

Located in the former Journeyman space, Field & Vine features a seasonally evolving menu that relies heavily on local sourcing. Owners Andrew Brady & Sara Markey both worked a couple doors down at Bronwyn and previously hosted pop-up meals under the name Company Picnic. Field & Vine also provides food for the adjacent cocktail destination, Backbar.
Opened: September 13, 2017

Kor Tor Mor

24 College Ave., Davis Square, Somerville

A restaurant serving Bangkok street foods in the former Golden Light space. The signature dish is khao na kai, a Thai chicken, gravy, and rice dish. Takeout and delivery are available.
Opened: December 19, 2017

Snappy Kitchen

234 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville)

Formerly known as Snappy Ramen. Just a slight relocation across the square from 420 Highland Ave., along with a new name and expanded menu (sushi, gyoza, and more — and still ramen). The new space — which is larger than the old — was formerly home to Iyo Bistro.
Opened: December 6, 2017


355 Revolution Dr., Assembly Row, Somerville

Fast-casual gyros and more. There are also locations at Faneuil Hall and Government Center, plus a food truck called Zo on the Go. The Assembly Row location is open seven days a week and has a full liquor license.
Opened: Mid-November 2017

Get weekday updates on all the latest restaurant news:

Wit's End

1248 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139 (857) 259-6168 Visit Website

Field & Vine

9 Sanborn Court, , MA 02143 (617) 718-2333 Visit Website

Shaking Crab (Cambridge)

1815 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02140 (857) 259-6147 Visit Website

Momi Nonmi

1128 Cambridge Street, , MA 02139 (617) 945-7328 Visit Website

American Fresh Brewhouse

490 Foley Street, , MA 02145 (800) 428-1150 Visit Website

Caffe Nero (Assembly Row)

375 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA 02145 Visit Website

Bon Me (Binney)

60 Binney St., Cambridge, MA 02142 Visit Website

Chick Chick Boom

80 River Street, , MA 02139 (617) 945-2977 Visit Website

Kor Tor Mor

24 College Avenue, , MA 02144 (617) 666-9822 Visit Website

Middlesex Lounge

315 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02139 (617) 868-6739 Visit Website


355 Revolution Dr., Somerville, MA 02145 Visit Website

Snappy Kitchen

234 Elm Street, , MA 02144 (617) 625-0400 Visit Website


315 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 Visit Website

Highland Fried

1271 Cambridge Street, , MA 02139 (617) 714-4662 Visit Website