Pammy's

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$31 to $50
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American
Pammy’s is a New American restaurant inspired by the feel of an Italian neighborhood trattoria. Perched between Cambridge’s Central and Harvard Squares, Pammy’s is a cozy yet sophisticated neighborhood destination. For husband and wife team Chris and Pam Willis, who live right up the street, Pammy’s is an extension of their living room. They’ve brought together their love of great food, easy hospitality and chic vibe to create a lively space that is welcoming to all looking for a memorable meal. With dishes that lean heavily on Italian flavors but are not restricted by any rules of the cuisine, the food is unpretentious and delicious. A dual-opening fireplace wrapped in white ceramic, an oversized salvaged communal table designed for side-by-side dining and rich leather banquets are just some of the design elements that make up Pammy’s charm.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent everything! We sat down at the 'comunal' table and the experience was great! It still felt intimate, we were able to chat with my wife, and dinner was amazing. The experience is great from the time you come in to check in with the hostess, to the bar, to the wine list, service and of course, food!

T
New England
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! Exceptional service, great cocktails and tasty dinner. Absolutely going back.

AH
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pammy's is without a doubt the best new restaurant in Boston. Every single dish exceeds expectation. My favorite combo - Snap Pea as well as Burrata appetizer followed by the Pork Chop for entree. TRULY EXCEPTIONAL.

PG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal, excellent service and important to get a table to properly enjoy the quality of the food and experience. Sharing the panna cotta with crushed meringue and sliced fresh figs together with an excellent sweet Sicilian desert wine from Lipari was the perfect conclusion.

BC
Denver
75 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding neighborhood restaurant with some unique menu items. But, the steak is much better than fancy steak restaurants. We’ll definitely return when in Boston.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best octopus I’ve had, but the place is just so incredibly noisy

l
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food is outstanding, truly top notch.
Our server had a bit of an attitude (no, could not put in an appetizer order without the full order as the kitchen needed the full picture of what we wanted to order, etc).
Very noisy, shouting level. Need to work on sound.

GF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a very late reservation on a very very busy evening. While we waited for our table we ordered a glass of wine apiece which did not emerge until well after seating. Service is always gracious if a little slow or lopsided, food was outstanding—we will never return on a Saturday. evening! Far too loud for conversation.

h
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal as always. Black bass, octopus and squid ink pasta all delicious. Highly recommend Pammys !

c
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Most creative menu in Boston.
Great wine list.
Loud, but bearable.

LB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pammy’s never disappoints. Amazing meal - the octopus is the best I’ve ever had; swordfish tacos were delicious and the peach cobbler special with cinnamon gelato was the perfect end to the meal.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service with very well curated wine list with some good values

MU
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent everything! Cocktails are great. Service staff is very good at their job. Atmosphere is very cozy.

BF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've dined at Pammy's several times and have always had a wonderful meal! Pam is a gracious and welcoming host and she and her chef husband have created a fabulous restaurant. Special occasions or casual walk-ins work here!

S
New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The creativity in the ingredients and preparation is outstanding! The flavors are complex and surprising! We thoroughly enjoy Pammy's and always look forward to our experience. And the staff appear to enjoy their work as well.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Trendy - the bar was reserve only - not a good customer atmosphere

KA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food would be 5-star but for dessert.

AF
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal I've had in a while in the Boston area. Great wait staff, fun atmosphere. My only issue (and one that would stop me returning) was the very high noise level. It was a strain to hold a conversation between 4 people and really spoiled the evening for me. In ever other way, a very strong recommendation.

IF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just wish the music was a little softer. Hard to have a conversation....

c
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I rarely write reviews, but I had to for this one. My wife and I are both in the food industry and spend a lot of time at restaurants all over the world. Pammy's was a distinctly memorable experience. The service and decor are what you would expect from a nice new American restaurant – attentive and tasteful. The food was a real surprise though. While we expected a good meal, we weren't expecting the best meal we'd had in years. In fact, both of us had to travel three years back in our memories to our anniversary dinner at Sushi Nakazawa in NYC to remember something comparable. A true masterpiece, from start to finish. The 'Chilled Corn Brodo', Cavatelli, and dry-aged Ribeye were standouts. As we do most of our eating in Providence – which has a very different economy – it is hard for us to be objective about 'value', but in the context of the Boston food scene, this is a tremendous value and worth every cent.

MS
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good dining experience. We will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Great wine & cocktails. Apps came a little slow. Service could be tighter overall.

PV
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t stop recommending Pammy’s. Excellent food, great service and will be back soon.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Pammy’s on Friday night for the first time. We sat in the lounge at a small table by the white tiled fireplace. Our first impression was “wow this place is cool” as we looked around and got situated. Although the table was small, our server was mindful of how our food would fit and helped us make proper choices that were also delicious. The food was unique and yummy- an interesting modern twist on high end Italian. The drinks were also delicious and came with guidance from our friendly attentive server. Try the “Spanish Steps!” We had a great time and will definitely be back!

SK
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious. Creative. Fun place to eat

h
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, always have an exceptional meal. wait staff attentive. Everything we tried was delicious, especially love the pasta dishes.

DH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Pammy's seems a perfect restaurant with great food, well presented, excellently served and it's nice to see Pammy herself present so often.

a
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

I would maybe recommend Pammy's but it would depend on how much the noise would bother friends. Too noisy! Really difficult to hear my friend whom I was sitting right next to. With the brick and glass walls, the noise just skates around the room, and I could hear people's conversations sitting at the end of the table. Really, can't you do something? Because the food is wonderful. This was my second time at Pammy's, but I think I can't return, I"m so sorry. Thank you.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive menu and absolutely delicious meals. Excellent servers.We will be back.

GG
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Gnocchi was undersized and it was difficult to hear in the restaurant. Pork chop was incredible.

j
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Atmosphere is very nice but get too loud when more than half the seats are filled.

Food was terrible -I could barely lick the plates clean. Kidding: Excellent, imaginative, fresh, creative and truly enjoyable food. Well done.

D
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly an outstanding meal with excellent food and wine and impecable service. This is a place I'd go back to again and again

JB
Phoenix
83 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fave new restaurant in Cambridge and Boston area for sure. Amazing in every regard: service, menu, bar preps, all the staff, atmosphere and even the food - yes esp the food. Worth any extra effort no matter how far away in the city.
We had artichoke marinated, corn brodo, cavateli with anchovies, pork chop with turmeric and spicy pepper, then a strawberry surprise. The after dinner Bully Boy amaro was so good we have scheduled a brewery tour tomorrow night after dinner!!!!

MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I take anyone in from out of town who appreciate great food and atmosphere. We had an amazing meal and so many laughs. Wonderful place.

SB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is and has been for a long time my favorite place

KS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was both creative and delicious. The space is lovely. The staff was welcoming, professional and attentive. This was our first visit. We will be back.

a
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Just too damn loud. Food was very good to excellent. Antipasti board was good but not very creative -- nothing unusual or new here. Other apps and the entrees were better. Service was outstanding -- servers take a team approach and our water glasses were always full. Did get a bit pricey -- $420 with tax and tip for 4 of us. Yes, two bottles of wine, but they were reasonably priced around $70 each.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had opted for counter seating, and were placed at the large open format dining room table that occupies the middle of the restaurant. Overall the aesthetic is very well done, chic but relaxed - diners were dressed from sport jackets to t-shirts, depending on age, which ranged from college/grad to late professional.
Food was not insanely adventurous but extremely well balanced and well executed, overall very delicious and every plate satisfying. Surprisingly not too precious, and the portions were generous relative to the current trends in shared plates around town.
The room is loud! And the food was expensive (compared to other "high-end-but-casual-atmosphere" dining experiences like Sarma or Field & Vine). Overall we had a great first visit, and would definitely go back if invited and recommend to someone who hasn't been before, but not on my personal repeat list.

MP
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gurl walks into a bar..... two friends already there yucking it up with the bartender. Jokes and smiles were shared as we were escorted to our table. A booth no less!!

More drink orders were taken, apps shared, more laughter and stories told. Lots of sharing of experiences and food. Our server a delight. As we exited the bartender called our friend over by name! She remembered her drink choice as well. The owner thanked us and we thanked her with a promise to return soon. A lovely fun experience hitting high marks all round. Thank you Pammys. See you soon.

ML
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love Pammy's, but this was a special occasion (my wife's 30th birthday) and I was hoping they would do something to make it feel special. They did not. Not sure I'll recommend for special occasions.

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