Pammy's

4.7
878 reviews
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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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New England
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We eaten at pammy’s 4 times now and we are always treated to a fabulous cocktails and food. It’s a great place to bring friends so you can watch them be amazed over the meal too. The flower arrangements are always amazing and worth mentioning as one of the servers does them and the are the best I have ever seen anywhere and adds to the fun vibe of the place. One note to be aware of is there is a long family table you get seated at if you are Two or less in your party. I’ve never eaten at that table but would want to now ahead of time.

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PL
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unusual setting, exquisite food and service -- we have eaten around the world and this is an amazing place with a friendly neighborhood vibe. We will be back !!

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Austin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved Pammy’s! Beautiful restaurant, good service, and outstanding food. Just a little loud, but we would definitely go back!

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AC
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

There’s a great ambiance here and the servers were very attentive. However, the portion sizes are tiny and the bucatini was literally drenched in oil. The risotto we got to start was delicious as was the bread but we got a huge side of judgement from the waitress when we requested more. The gnocchi was 20 dollars for maybe 8 or 10 pieces. The texture of the gnocchi was not good and the flavor was ok. I was really excited to try this place but was not impressed. I’m not sure that I would go back.

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New England
42 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We thoroughly enjoyed a dinner for four at Pammy's. Although we were not seated for 45 minutes past our reservation. We chalk that up to the good time and great food the diners before us were having. An 8:30 pm reservation is late enough. We didn't get out until after 11pm. But the food was so delicious, we have forgiven them already. We had the bolognese, the pork, the skate and the gnocchi. The appetizers were equally fun to taste and the desserts were scrumcious! Highly recommend for a special evening but, book early to get a better reservation time.

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EC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal and our server was amazing. Very friendly staff that is super knowledgeable about the menu. We had the octopus and ribs to start, bucatini for our main, and the zeppole for dessert - all suggestions from our server and all delicious! Will definitely be back to Pammy's again soon!!

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MF
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pammy's is a lovely restaurant. The aesthetic is beautiful. Our service was great. Food was amazing with the exception of 1 dish, which is why I wouldn't rate 5 stars. We had the rib appetizer, as well as the risotto. The meat fell right of the bone. And the risotto was unbelievably flavor. Portion sizes were small, so it was good that we got 2 starters. My wife had the pistachio, shrimp pasta dish and it was delicious. So much flavor. A nice touch of heat. I had the pork chop. A nice sized portion that allowed for left overs, but it was fairly salty. The salad on top was just arugula and onion. So that was a little disappointing. Everything other dish made your eyes open at how good it was, but the pork chop did not live up to that. Still good, but I wouldn't get it again.

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New England
46 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had heard about Pammy's from many friends, especially for it's outstanding list of affordable unique wines by the bottle. My food items were superb. My friend was disappointed in one of her items, the deep-fried soft shell crab which she felt was too breaded and unattractively presented. The service is excellent and the atmosphere is fun although too loud when the restaurant is full. The wine list is indeed outstanding: a really well "curated" list for thoughtful wine lovers (ie not those just buying the big names). I checked Very Good Value, not Outstanding because the plates are on the small side. But for genuine foodies, that's the way it should be. After all, it is an Italian cooking oriented restaurant. Italy is a big country with many cuisines. It's not all pasta plates piled high with tomato sauce. I think Pammy's is one of the best "foodie" restaurants in the Boston area. Highly recommended.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From cocktail through starters, main course and dessert, everything was delectable and beautifully prepared. The service was exceptional. We’re always impressed at the quality of the experience at Pammy’s and consider it our favorite dining choice in Cambridge.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love Pammy’s. The shrimp bucatini was a dish like no other. The crab appetizer was also just amazing. Where it fell short for me was the fact I felt slightly rushed. We had let Ryan know it was my birthday and we wanted time in between the appetizers and the entrees. The food came out so fast in between despite being told otherwise. It also felt like our dishes were cleared very quickly even to the point that we still had a bit left in the dish and we were taking our time and they tried to take our dish. It wasn’t even that crowded for them. There’s efficient service and theirs being rushed. My feeling was slightly rushed. I will return but my experience -esp for my birthday dinner fell a tad short

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PL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love my shrimp pasta dish, the skate was excellent, everyone enjoyed their food and service was great. We will definitely come back.

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KR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW. Great food, great atmosphere, great cocktails, and great service. The octopus appetizer was one of the best dishes I've ever tried.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Awesome good, nice ambiance, super friendly staff. Would definitely recommend!

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MS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails were beautifully presented, and the food was outstanding. I had soft shell crab and potato gnocchi with peas, both absolutely delicious. The service was friendly, attentive, welcoming. My new favorite.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The starters and cocktails were wonderful! The mains we had were on the salty side. If we go back we’d probably just stick with the starters or small plates for the meal.

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KW
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son flew in from CA and this is his favorite restaurant in Boston.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Tiny portions. Tiny tables.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Myself and my husband live nearby and love this place. The staff are friendly and the food is some if not the best in Boston.
The soft shell crab is a seasonal favorite and simply wonderful!
Booking is essential.
Get Rich behind the bar to make you an old fashioned not on the cocktail menu but absolutely beautiful!
We will miss this place when we leave Boston!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Some dishes were great--fresh, creative and flavorful. Others missed the mark. The terrible acoustics didn't bother me--its akin to any loud NYC restaurant. Unusually well designed for a Boston restaurant so the ambience and crowd were great. The food is way too expensive for what it is. For $200 for 2, I probably won't be back. But overall I enjoyed it. Just not great value.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pammy's was absolutely delicious. The venue is light, airy and one-of-a-kind. Our waiter, Ryan G excellent. He was was super knowledgeable and funny. The lamb chops were some of the best ever.

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DM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy place, nice decor, the food was delicious! First time there, definitely we’ll be back!

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pammy’s never disappoints! The ambiance, warm and inviting service and incredible food makes Pammy’s a wonderful place to dine at time and time again.

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Atmosphere is great!

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AC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing across the board! Great service, delicious food!

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GW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another of many delectable meals in a lovely setting and served by a warm, engaging, and knowledgeable server.

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JL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant experience (food, service, ambiance) in Boston and Cambridge area. They take a new twist on Italian food and are extremely conscious about all the details that matter in a dining experience.

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R
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a transformative experience being at Pammy’s. Our all time favorite!

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M
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall everything was great!

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food & service. We ordered bucatini, skate, gnocchis and bluefin tartare and octopus appetizers. The bucatini was a little oily but still tasted great

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my sister’s birthday and everything was amazing! Will definitely be back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Amazing food amazing selection of wine from the wine director. Service for food was terrible she was not existent food took forever to come then it all came at once. Desert never came was offered a different dessert as an apology and still the desert we ordered never came. We took the check and left. Very rare experience here as we have always had exceptional service.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the hottest restauarant in town! Super delicious

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It feels like Pammys is trying too hard. The food missed the mark for us. So many interesting ingredients, but the flavors didn’t stand out. And very small portions that cost an arm and a leg. The best part of the meal was the cheese and meat board we got in the beginning.

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B
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we have had in years. The food was fresh, well flavored, and delicious. We were glad we chose a starter dish and dessert. Everything was delicious from start to finish.

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute favorite restaurant. Best bucatini pasta EVER. Drinks are amazing -- including but not limited to the delicious cocktails on tap. Ambiance is a dream -- it's basically my dream home as a restaurant. Can't say enough good things about this place.

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LZ
New England
22 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb and the service was friendly and efficient. It is very noisy but not more than other places in the neighborhood.

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JK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service! Highly recommended. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exciting, vibrant, cozy spot. Fantastic food with great variety and panache. Cannot wait to go again. Ribs, artichokes and pasta all outstanding.

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m
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Considering the price range, Noise level coupled with the closeness of table layout not the best.

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