Little Donkey

4.7
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1543 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Little Donkey is the latest restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette of Boston’s beloved Toro and Coppa. Located in the heart of Cambridge’s Central Square, less than a mile from Harvard, MIT, Inman's Square, Kendall Square, Harvard Square, Porter Square, and Lesley University. Little Donkey is Oringer and Bissonnette’s first Boston-area restaurant in over six years, offering a welcoming, day-to-night dining experience that features market-driven, global small plates, inspired by the chefs’ world travels such as the Pickle Brine Fried Chicken Sandwich, General Tso Chicken Wings, Caviar Sandwich, as well as many Vegetarian and Vegan options which are always on menu and available.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Too loud. But delicious and fun.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great brunch spot. I think their quiche is the best in town. The oysters are tasty and served with a spicy sauce, as well as a jelled mignonette. Good bloody mary, too. Friendly service at both table and bar.

SC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great brunch in a fun and cozy venue. The food is tapas style to plates are small, and though things are not really easy to split/share, the dishes are really enough for a light and not too expensive meal. Excellent service and very delicious.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a fun environment!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at little donkey are the absolute best in Boston. The food is so good and varied. Always recommend LD to anyone looking for a new spot

EC
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great service combined with an eclectic menu of fabulous dishes make for a really solid experience in Central Square.

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet a friend for lunch and dine on their eclectic menu

VL
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I’d recommend this place as an after work spot for drinks and shared appetizers. Kind of a hipster place. Thought they tried too hard to put a twist of the small plates and The selection is limited if you have dietary restrictions.

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I took my college student son and his friend to Little Donkey based on the strong ratings on open table and because they like tapas. Dinner was delicious. It was not typical tapas, however, and it is pretty expensive - especially the wine (really nothing under $60/bottle). We all enjoyed the meal.

CC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing as usual. Have been here quite a few times and it’s always a great experience.

K
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is good, especially if you like spicy dishes. Portions were good to share and reasonably priced for the area. Downside was the service- very slow to get food we ordered and they forgot one of our dishes. It is a very loud environment and hard to hear others. Also pretty dark.

HK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about Little Donkey: the food, the service, the music, and the overall vibe. Long may it live.

BG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

While the overall experience was positive, I thought several of the dishes were too salty. The mix of flavors was great, but the dishes were overpowered a bit by the sodium content. Cocktails were good, and our waiter was fun and engaging.

RF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was great about the restaurant the food seem wait her, but the hostess is horrible. She’s a terrible attitude

H
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

good food and service.. smoke from the kitchen was an irritant.

C
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Dishes have too many flavors that take away from the protein.

R
New England
25 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and service as usual! One of the best brunches in the city!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there on New Years Eve for dinner. Food and service was on point. Will return for sure.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an AMAZING experience at Little Donkey on New Years Eve. I’m allergic to Peanuts & Tree Nuts and the staff was INCREDIBLE about accommodating me and making me feel safe about every item we ordered. I will definitely be back and I will be recommending this restaurant to friends and those with food allergies!

MS
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu, food, service is spectacular!

YG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Global tapas make for a globe trotting experience in one dinner. Everything we ordered was amazing, but the highlights include the king crab nachos and the manti (Turksih dumplings). Our server was the best that I have ever had, helping us navigate the menu as well as providing much appreciated positive reinforcement in our choices. Will definitely need to come back!

AS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Delicious brunch! Food does not come out all at once - concept is table sharing. So order a lot for everyone! Wide variety of food worth getting a bite of everything.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in all of Boston, hands down

BC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delish. Great staffing levels and kitchen pacing for small plates.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite in Boston!

BN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my best dining experiences in a while. Superb customer service, excellent excellent food. Now one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. I will certainly be back.

s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoy Little Donkey but, since we live on the North Shore, tend to save trips for special occasions. Food and drinks are always excellent.

JJ
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was ok, nothing out of the ordinary but the drinks were very good and unique. I’m not sure if the smoke extractor were working but you could see the smoke all over the place and when we walk out we were smelling like food and out cloth were smelling bad because of that.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as ever!

L
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I am not sure how often the menu changes, but I think offering a greater variation can be positive.

RG
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent cocktails. Trendy and noisy. So not a good place for a quiet relaxing meal.
1/2 of the dishes were really excellent. None were bad.
Overall very good but not great.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really warm inside

MD
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always great at Little Donkey, inventive, yet not over-the-top. I wish it weren't quite so dark, and a lot less loud--I know that's the fashion these days, but surely a little padding wouldn't be out of order. Go for great food; don't expect intimate conversation.

c
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktail selection was great and the ones that we had were quite tastey! The food was all tapas style with the nachos being our favorite! I would highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time to Boston and I was really hoping to enjoy some eclectic food from a local establishment. Went for brunch, which was amazing! The pumpkin bread, cheese bread, and burger were so delicious. Only thing that could have helped the burger would have been a better bun; however maybe the flavors of the burger wouldn’t have shone through as much if that were the case. Favorite item though was the sausage. This was closer to an andouille or bratwurst than a typical breakfast sausage and was so delicious I had to save part of it for the end of my meal just to enjoy again. Heartily recommend this place!

TT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been a fan of Jamie Bissonnette since his time at KO Prime. He made me one of the best meals I have ever had there. I was thrilled to be able to experience Little Donkey and taste how his collaboration with Ken Oringer has advanced his creativity. The food was exceptional, as was the service. I especially loved the long bean dish, of which I could eat weekly and never get bored. The noise level in the restaurant made it a bit difficult to converse with my husband, which would be my only critique. We were also celebrating my husband’s birthday. He (very inconveniently) went to the bathroom as they were about to bring his birthday dessert, and the server was kind enough to bring the dish back a few minutes later. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and we’ll be back!

ME
New England
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the ceviche and the burrata. The drunken noodles are also excellent, if you like spicy food

ER
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing!! Service was excellent. Ambiance is nice but super dark. Everyone in the place was using cell phones just to read the menu!

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. Drink are equally as great as the food! Tapas style so my flavors to choose from!

JP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

WOW!
Food is amazing as always!
Your team has skill.
Great service.

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