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25 Restaurants to Try in Cambridge’s Porter Square

There’s a high concentration of excellent dining options in the neighborhood

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Churros at Gustazo in Cambridge
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Though Porter Square is a fairly small neighborhood nestled between Harvard and Davis squares, it boasts a high concentration of exceptional restaurants — some right in the square and some tucked away on side streets — all ready to meet breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert needs.

Whether you’re seeking a bagel slathered in honey rosemary cream cheese, a local craft beer, French onion soup, a taste of Southeast Asia, or a heaping bowl of ramen, Porter’s got it all and then some. Here are 25 outstanding options, including several just over the border into Somerville, mostly located at the end of Beacon Street nearest the Porter T station.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar

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2067 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(855) 487-8296
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Open since early 2019 (but with an older sibling in Waltham), Cuban restaurant Gustazo quickly made a splash in the neighborhood thanks to its bustling ambiance, flavorful small plates, and a cocktail list by the acclaimed Sam Treadway of Backbar in Somerville. Gustazo was a finalist for Eater Boston’s 2019 awards.

Two empanadas covered with poppyseeds and other seeds sit in a wooden bowl on a table with a surface that looks like newsprint. A thick orange dip sits next to the empanadas.
Empanadas at Gustazo in Cambridge
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2. Shine Square Pub

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2046 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 945-7115
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Shine Square Pub functions as sports bar and neighborhood hang, with a pretty ecclectic menu to boot. The bar has rotating specials for food and drinks, with regular selections of craft beer, cocktails, and spirits.

3. Newtowne Grille

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1945 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 661-0706
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A classic sports bar open for over half a century, Newtowne Grille is known for its New York-style pizza and beer pitchers — and very cheap combo deals for the two. While the Porter restaurant is a reliably good takeout option (go in the door on the far right), it’s fun to dine in as well. There’s also a second location in Billerica.

A close up of a slice of cheese pizza with a cup of beer
Newtowne Grille
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4. Sugar & Spice

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1933 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 868-4200
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Sugar & Spice has long been a neighborhood standby for good Thai food (not to mention its colorful seasonal patio), and recently it upped its game even more with a menu revamp that dives deep into several specific regional cuisines of Thailand, including a few versions of khao soi from the north, some Isan-style dishes from the northeast, and more. Don’t miss the guay jub, a rolled noodle five-spice soup packed with crispy pork belly, and the vegan khao yum, a multicolored rice salad with fried tofu and herbs.

A gold bowl of Thai soup with pieces of pork belly, an egg, and rolled rice noodles visible, as well as crushed chile flakes.
Guay jub at Sugar & Spice
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5. Yume Wo Katare

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1923 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

Be prepared to wait in line for this hot ramen spot. Also be prepared to stand up and state your dreams for the crowd if you finish your full bowl — Yume Wo Katare founder Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants to make everyone’s dreams come true. The simple menu features “Jiro-style” ramen, with a heavy emphasis on pork and garlic. There’s a counterpart in Japan, too.

Yume Wo Katare’s udon-filled sibling, Yume Ga Arukara, is just as worthy of a visit (and the inevitable wait, as it also attracts long lines). It’s right down the street, inside the Porter Exchange building on Massachusetts Avenue.

Ramen noodles and slices of pork are stacked impossibly high in a white bowl, topped with ample garlic
Ramen at Yume Wo Katare
Yume Wo Katare [Official Photo]

6. Colette

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1924 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 576-2222
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A newer addition to the neighborhood, Colette opened in early 2019 on the ground floor of the Porter Square Hotel. A sibling to the South End’s popular Frenchie, Colette serves a range of French dishes and has a major weekend brunch that lasts nearly the whole day.

A black cast iron bowl of French onion soup, with a sheet of bubbly browned cheese across the top
French onion soup at Colette
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7. Christopher's

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1920 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 876-9180
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Christopher’s has been around forever (well, since 1981). Its cozy sidewalk patio is popular, as is its comfort food and craft beers. The Buffalo tofu is a favorite among vegetarian diners, and the various burger options are all-around crowdpleasers (there’s an Impossible burger and a veggie for those not eating meat.)

Overhead view of a table of American comfort food, such as a burger and fries, with hands reaching in to grab food and drinks. There are also cans of beer and cocktails on the table.
A spread of food at Christopher’s
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8. Shaking Crab

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1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(857) 259-6147
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One of several locations in the Boston area, Cambridge’s Shaking Crab is the place to go for spicy Cajun seafood. Get ready to get messy — you’ll be given a bib and gloves for a little help — but tuck into some crab, shrimp, lobster, and more.

A wooden bowl filled with Cajun-seasoned seafood
Cajun-style seafood from Shaking Crab
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9. Sapporo Ramen

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1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 876-4805

Located inside Porter Exchange, Sapporo Ramen ranks among the region’s top options for ramen, with 10 recipes made with yellow noodles and slow-cooked broth. The small restaurant can get crowded at peak times.

A brown bowl filled with miso ramen, springled with red spice, corn, and a soft egg, with a white spoon resting in the bowl
Spicy miso ramen at Sapporo Ramen
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10. Ittoku

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1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 608-3630
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A recent transplant from Allston, where it had quite a following, Ittoku expanded its izakaya menu upon moving to Cambridge, offering skewers, sushi, and much more alongside sake and sochu. The restaurant sits inside the Porter Exchange food hall in the largest space.

A skillet of onokomiyaki (eggs, noodles) with sauce and mayo bottles behind it
Okonomiyaki at Ittoku Cambridge
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11. Cafe Mami

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1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 547-9130

Another restaurant in the Porter Exchange food hall, Cafe Mami also serves Japanese dishes, including donburi and more. Try one of the hamburg steak sets, which feature a marinated hamburger patty with rice, a salad, and miso soup. Note: Cafe Mami is cash only.

12. Bagelsaurus

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1796 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(857) 285-6103
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A widely popular breakfast destination in Porter Square, Bagelsaurus serves bagels with cream cheese and other spreads, bagel sandwiches, and coffee, with occasional specials. There’s likely to be a line, so be prepared to wait.

A close-up of a bagel with cream cheese, sliced in half
A Bagelsaurus bagel
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13. Chalawan Asian Eatery

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1790 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 547-8888
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A newcomer to the square, replacing Pho House, Chalawan Asian Eatery tackles a broad range of Southeast Asian dishes, with numerous standouts. Try the seared scallops and the steamed snapper dumplings, or any number of the flavor-packed entrees. There’s also a full vegetarian menu, plus a few Thai beers and a nice selection of wine. Chalawan was a finalist for Eater Boston’s 2019 awards.

Several shrimps in a dark brown sauce sit on a yellow plate, garnished with fried herbs
Tamarind prawns at Chalawan
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14. The Abbey

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1755 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 714-4944
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This cozy spot in Porter has a subterranean bar with a nice selection of craft beer, wine, and spirits. For food, find an array of new American dishes that includes flatbreads, bison Bolognese, short rib Reubens, salads, and more. It’s open until 2 a.m. every night, with the full menu available until 1:30 a.m. The Abbey also has a Brookline counterpart.

15. Baraka

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1728 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 868-3951
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Baraka — which relocated from a somewhat hidden location outside of Central Square to Porter Square in 2016 after almost 20 years — serves Mediterranean and North African dishes, plus beer, wine, and aperitifs. Try the cherbet, a non-alcoholic rose lemonade, with your meal.

Overhead shot of a table full of North African and Mediterranean dishes. The table itself has a blue and brown tiled pattern.
A spread of dishes at Baraka
Baraka/Official Site

16. Forge Baking Company

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626 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 764-5365
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Bread is the name of the game at Forge Baking Company, sibling business to Forge Ice Cream (next door), Diesel, and Bloc Cafe. The cafe serves coffee and tea beverages as well as sandwiches, pastries, and more treats. Look out for seasonal galettes, or just get a bread plate with jams and butters. Try to save room for some of the irresistible ice cream next door.

A white mug of hot chocolate and a small maroon plate with a cookie on it sit on a light wooden table. A chalkboard and a pastry display case of a cafe are visible in the background.
A cookie and hot chocolate at Forge Baking Company
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17. Pho 'n Rice

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289 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 864-8888
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Pho ‘n Rice has some great soup on the menu. Try the Vietnamese sweet-and-sour soup canh chua: You can dine in at the cozy space, or take your food to go, with the broth packaged separately to avoid sogginess. Delivery’s available, too.

A soup, packed with broth in a plastic container and ingredients in a separate white takeout container.
Canh chua, packed for delivery from Pho ‘n Rice
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18. Petsi Pies

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285 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 661-7437
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The last shop remaining of what was once a multi-location family, Petsi Pies offers classic fruit pies but also goes above and beyond with seasonal offerings of treats like butternut squash and gorgonzola; apple, pear, and cranberry; and chocolate bourbon pecan. Stop by for a slice of quiche for a nice mid-day lunch, or grab a whole pie to take home and share (or not).

One slice of a nut and sugar pie sits on a white plate with a fork laying alongside
Chocolate bourbon pecan pie
Petsi Pies/Official Site

19. Manoa Poke Shop

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300 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 945-1042
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Back in action after a hiatus and better than ever, Manoa Poke Shop currently only operates Saturdays and Sundays, running pop-ups and offering catering services on the side. Yes, the poke itself is excellent, but go for the mochiko fried chicken as well.

A plate of fried chicken, white rice, mac salad, kimchi, greens, and a chile-glazed piece of salmon belly
Fried chicken plate with a chile salmon belly special at Manoa Poke Shop, now open again in Somerville
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20. Zoe's

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296-298 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 864-6265
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One of the best Chinese restaurants in the area, Zoe’s is a great spot to visit if you’re craving dumplings: Get the spicy Sichuan dumplings with peanuts or try the steamed juicy pork buns. Zoe’s delves into both Sichuan and Hunan cuisine, with dishes like a dry-fried whole fish in a spicy brown sauce (Sichuan) and steamed frog with chile pepper (Hunan).

A hand, holding metal tongs, reaches into a steamer basket full of soup dumplings
Steamed juicy pork buns at Zoe’s
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21. Honeycomb Creamery

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1702 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 714-3983
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Honeycomb Creamery is the place to go if you’re craving ice cream in Porter and also want to try some funky flavors — or perhaps a choco taco. Ice cream flavors range from sweet potato and maple mallow to apple cider doughnut with caramel, honey lavender, and cold brew coffee chip, and there are vegan varieties available as well.

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A s’mores choco taco from Honeycomb Creamery
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22. R.F. O'Sullivan & Son

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282 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 491-9638
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R. F. O’Sullivan & Son is the area’s resident Irish pub. Known for its burgers, it also serves classic bar fare like grilled sandwiches, steak tips, fried fish, and chili nachos. There’s also a location in Lynn.

Burger topped with pineapple, plus a side of onion rings
A burger at R.F. O’Sullivan
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23. Giulia

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1682 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 441-2800
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It’d be simple to say “go to Giulia and eat all the pasta,” but that wouldn’t be enough to explain the care taken in the menu here. Made fresh daily, the pasta dishes show off seasonal ingredients, and the menu also features sfizi and antipasti that go well with the pastas. Pair dinner with a recommended wine or cocktail and enjoy the cozy atmosphere. Note: Book far in advance; this is one of the trickiest reservations in the area.

Thick pasta noodles covered in red sauce and grated parmesan cheese
Giulia
Giulia/Official Site

24. Cambridge Common

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1667 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-1228
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Casual Cambridge Common has a big central bar that doles out a rotating lineup of exceptional craft beers. It has some hearty and comforting dishes (like mac and cheese, a long list of burgers and sandwiches, and classic tater tots) and a filling brunch menu. Be sure to check out the music venue downstairs, Lizard Lounge.

Burger on an English muffin, topped with bacon, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. A side of tater tots is visible in the background.
A burger at Cambridge Common
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25. Luce

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1 Shepard St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 714-5295
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Reborn in place of Shepard, from part of the same team, Luce reflects a bend toward Italian dishes made with New England ingredients. A food menu of starters, pizzas, and pastas made in-house complements a wine list emphasizing European wines. It comes from the same family that runs Hi-Rise nearby.

A gnocchi dish topped with lamb, breadcrumbs, sauce, and parsley sits on a white plate on a light wooden table
Gnocchi with lamb at Luce
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1. Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar

2067 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Two empanadas covered with poppyseeds and other seeds sit in a wooden bowl on a table with a surface that looks like newsprint. A thick orange dip sits next to the empanadas.
Empanadas at Gustazo in Cambridge
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Open since early 2019 (but with an older sibling in Waltham), Cuban restaurant Gustazo quickly made a splash in the neighborhood thanks to its bustling ambiance, flavorful small plates, and a cocktail list by the acclaimed Sam Treadway of Backbar in Somerville. Gustazo was a finalist for Eater Boston’s 2019 awards.

2067 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

2. Shine Square Pub

2046 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

Shine Square Pub functions as sports bar and neighborhood hang, with a pretty ecclectic menu to boot. The bar has rotating specials for food and drinks, with regular selections of craft beer, cocktails, and spirits.

2046 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

3. Newtowne Grille

1945 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
A close up of a slice of cheese pizza with a cup of beer
Newtowne Grille
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

A classic sports bar open for over half a century, Newtowne Grille is known for its New York-style pizza and beer pitchers — and very cheap combo deals for the two. While the Porter restaurant is a reliably good takeout option (go in the door on the far right), it’s fun to dine in as well. There’s also a second location in Billerica.

1945 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

4. Sugar & Spice

1933 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
A gold bowl of Thai soup with pieces of pork belly, an egg, and rolled rice noodles visible, as well as crushed chile flakes.
Guay jub at Sugar & Spice
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Sugar & Spice has long been a neighborhood standby for good Thai food (not to mention its colorful seasonal patio), and recently it upped its game even more with a menu revamp that dives deep into several specific regional cuisines of Thailand, including a few versions of khao soi from the north, some Isan-style dishes from the northeast, and more. Don’t miss the guay jub, a rolled noodle five-spice soup packed with crispy pork belly, and the vegan khao yum, a multicolored rice salad with fried tofu and herbs.

1933 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

5. Yume Wo Katare

1923 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Ramen noodles and slices of pork are stacked impossibly high in a white bowl, topped with ample garlic
Ramen at Yume Wo Katare
Yume Wo Katare [Official Photo]

Be prepared to wait in line for this hot ramen spot. Also be prepared to stand up and state your dreams for the crowd if you finish your full bowl — Yume Wo Katare founder Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants to make everyone’s dreams come true. The simple menu features “Jiro-style” ramen, with a heavy emphasis on pork and garlic. There’s a counterpart in Japan, too.

Yume Wo Katare’s udon-filled sibling, Yume Ga Arukara, is just as worthy of a visit (and the inevitable wait, as it also attracts long lines). It’s right down the street, inside the Porter Exchange building on Massachusetts Avenue.

1923 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

6. Colette

1924 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
A black cast iron bowl of French onion soup, with a sheet of bubbly browned cheese across the top
French onion soup at Colette
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

A newer addition to the neighborhood, Colette opened in early 2019 on the ground floor of the Porter Square Hotel. A sibling to the South End’s popular Frenchie, Colette serves a range of French dishes and has a major weekend brunch that lasts nearly the whole day.

1924 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

7. Christopher's

1920 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Overhead view of a table of American comfort food, such as a burger and fries, with hands reaching in to grab food and drinks. There are also cans of beer and cocktails on the table.
A spread of food at Christopher’s
Christopher’s/Official Site

Christopher’s has been around forever (well, since 1981). Its cozy sidewalk patio is popular, as is its comfort food and craft beers. The Buffalo tofu is a favorite among vegetarian diners, and the various burger options are all-around crowdpleasers (there’s an Impossible burger and a veggie for those not eating meat.)

1920 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

8. Shaking Crab

1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
A wooden bowl filled with Cajun-seasoned seafood
Cajun-style seafood from Shaking Crab
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

One of several locations in the Boston area, Cambridge’s Shaking Crab is the place to go for spicy Cajun seafood. Get ready to get messy — you’ll be given a bib and gloves for a little help — but tuck into some crab, shrimp, lobster, and more.

1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

9. Sapporo Ramen

1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
A brown bowl filled with miso ramen, springled with red spice, corn, and a soft egg, with a white spoon resting in the bowl
Spicy miso ramen at Sapporo Ramen
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Located inside Porter Exchange, Sapporo Ramen ranks among the region’s top options for ramen, with 10 recipes made with yellow noodles and slow-cooked broth. The small restaurant can get crowded at peak times.

1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

10. Ittoku

1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
A skillet of onokomiyaki (eggs, noodles) with sauce and mayo bottles behind it
Okonomiyaki at Ittoku Cambridge
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

A recent transplant from Allston, where it had quite a following, Ittoku expanded its izakaya menu upon moving to Cambridge, offering skewers, sushi, and much more alongside sake and sochu. The restaurant sits inside the Porter Exchange food hall in the largest space.

1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

11. Cafe Mami

1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

Another restaurant in the Porter Exchange food hall, Cafe Mami also serves Japanese dishes, including donburi and more. Try one of the hamburg steak sets, which feature a marinated hamburger patty with rice, a salad, and miso soup. Note: Cafe Mami is cash only.

1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

12. Bagelsaurus

1796 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
A close-up of a bagel with cream cheese, sliced in half
A Bagelsaurus bagel
Katie Chudy/Eater

A widely popular breakfast destination in Porter Square, Bagelsaurus serves bagels with cream cheese and other spreads, bagel sandwiches, and coffee, with occasional specials. There’s likely to be a line, so be prepared to wait.

1796 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

13. Chalawan Asian Eatery

1790 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Several shrimps in a dark brown sauce sit on a yellow plate, garnished with fried herbs
Tamarind prawns at Chalawan
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

A newcomer to the square, replacing Pho House, Chalawan Asian Eatery tackles a broad range of Southeast Asian dishes, with numerous standouts. Try the seared scallops and the steamed snapper dumplings, or any number of the flavor-packed entrees. There’s also a full vegetarian menu, plus a few Thai beers and a nice selection of wine. Chalawan was a finalist for Eater Boston’s 2019 awards.

1790 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

14. The Abbey

1755 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

This cozy spot in Porter has a subterranean bar with a nice selection of craft beer, wine, and spirits. For food, find an array of new American dishes that includes flatbreads, bison Bolognese, short rib Reubens, salads, and more. It’s open until 2 a.m. every night, with the full menu available until 1:30 a.m. The Abbey also has a Brookline counterpart.

1755 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

15. Baraka

1728 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Overhead shot of a table full of North African and Mediterranean dishes. The table itself has a blue and brown tiled pattern.
A spread of dishes at Baraka
Baraka/Official Site

Baraka — which relocated from a somewhat hidden location outside of Central Square to Porter Square in 2016 after almost 20 years — serves Mediterranean and North African dishes, plus beer, wine, and aperitifs. Try the cherbet, a non-alcoholic rose lemonade, with your meal.

1728 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

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16. Forge Baking Company

626 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
A white mug of hot chocolate and a small maroon plate with a cookie on it sit on a light wooden table. A chalkboard and a pastry display case of a cafe are visible in the background.
A cookie and hot chocolate at Forge Baking Company
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Bread is the name of the game at Forge Baking Company, sibling business to Forge Ice Cream (next door), Diesel, and Bloc Cafe. The cafe serves coffee and tea beverages as well as sandwiches, pastries, and more treats. Look out for seasonal galettes, or just get a bread plate with jams and butters. Try to save room for some of the irresistible ice cream next door.

626 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

17. Pho 'n Rice

289 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
A soup, packed with broth in a plastic container and ingredients in a separate white takeout container.
Canh chua, packed for delivery from Pho ‘n Rice
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Pho ‘n Rice has some great soup on the menu. Try the Vietnamese sweet-and-sour soup canh chua: You can dine in at the cozy space, or take your food to go, with the broth packaged separately to avoid sogginess. Delivery’s available, too.

289 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

18. Petsi Pies

285 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
One slice of a nut and sugar pie sits on a white plate with a fork laying alongside
Chocolate bourbon pecan pie
Petsi Pies/Official Site

The last shop remaining of what was once a multi-location family, Petsi Pies offers classic fruit pies but also goes above and beyond with seasonal offerings of treats like butternut squash and gorgonzola; apple, pear, and cranberry; and chocolate bourbon pecan. Stop by for a slice of quiche for a nice mid-day lunch, or grab a whole pie to take home and share (or not).

285 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

19. Manoa Poke Shop

300 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
A plate of fried chicken, white rice, mac salad, kimchi, greens, and a chile-glazed piece of salmon belly
Fried chicken plate with a chile salmon belly special at Manoa Poke Shop, now open again in Somerville
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Back in action after a hiatus and better than ever, Manoa Poke Shop currently only operates Saturdays and Sundays, running pop-ups and offering catering services on the side. Yes, the poke itself is excellent, but go for the mochiko fried chicken as well.

300 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

20. Zoe's

296-298 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
A hand, holding metal tongs, reaches into a steamer basket full of soup dumplings
Steamed juicy pork buns at Zoe’s
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

One of the best Chinese restaurants in the area, Zoe’s is a great spot to visit if you’re craving dumplings: Get the spicy Sichuan dumplings with peanuts or try the steamed juicy pork buns. Zoe’s delves into both Sichuan and Hunan cuisine, with dishes like a dry-fried whole fish in a spicy brown sauce (Sichuan) and steamed frog with chile pepper (Hunan).

296-298 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

21. Honeycomb Creamery

1702 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
A hand holds up a choco taco
A s’mores choco taco from Honeycomb Creamery
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Honeycomb Creamery is the place to go if you’re craving ice cream in Porter and also want to try some funky flavors — or perhaps a choco taco. Ice cream flavors range from sweet potato and maple mallow to apple cider doughnut with caramel, honey lavender, and cold brew coffee chip, and there are vegan varieties available as well.

1702 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

22. R.F. O'Sullivan & Son

282 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143