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Ten Tables Cambridge

5 Craigie Cir, Cambridge, MA, 02138
(617) 576-5444
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Restaurant Details
Cuisine
$$ ($15 - $30)
Price
Recommended
Reservations
Non-smoking
Features
Hours
Sun 5-9 p.m.




Mon-Thurs 5:30-10 p.m.




Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Payment
Mastercard, Discover, Visa, American Express
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CRITICS REVIEWS
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(no rating) April 22, 2009 - Boston.com - Devra First, Globe Staff

By any rational measure, 5 Craigie Circle should be one of those cursed locations where restaurants always fail. It's in the basement of an apartment building, off the beaten path, with few parking spaces and a cramped kitchen that could test the most organized chef. But it seems surrounded by a karmic glow. Here, the Peacock had a run of nearly two decades. Cafe Celador and Butterfish won critical acclaim (though didn't match the Peacock in longevity). Craigie Street Bistrot grew and thrived, making a sow's ear into a tasty, fried sow's ear. And when the Bistrot became Craigie on Main and decamped to its new location, in moved restaurateur Krista Kranyak with a second branch of her Jamaica Plain restaurant, Ten Tables. Once again, 5 Craigie Circle attracts good food - and, on the nights I was there, plenty of people to eat it.

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Nov 01, 2011 - XZ7Brighton
Great Dinner, Affordable

My husband and I went to Ten Tables for our anniversary. We had the tasting menu - not only was the food delicious, but the server was attentive and knowledgeable, recommending good wines to pair with our food. We had a great time, ate great food, and we thought the price was very reasonable.

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Apr 23, 2009 - tamatash
Crumby Table

Although the acclaimed Ten Tables restaurant premiered in Cambridge in the old Craigie space having more than 10 tables there still wasn't enough space in the dungeon-like basement. Luckily we didn't have to wait long in the cramped entranceway on this cold Wednesday night. At first the warmth was welcoming but the dining room's brown palette and décor was all too much of a reminder of the plumbing pipes running above our heads and what might be running in them. Brown paper lined tables and orchids brought on a morbid feeling that contrasted with loud esoteric music that seemed to require belly dancing and so they seem to be pitching for a Turkish theme that got lost in translation.
The bathroom, painted red was going for an oasis theme being all the way down a cramped dark alleyway past the kitchen and whatever else went on in a damp dark alleyway. Service was prompt though the waiter seemed tired and uninterested. Their one page menu offered meager pickings compared to the novella sized wine list. The price to portion ratio was lopsided but there was no making up for it in quality. Steak Tartar was fresh and spicy but a carafe of house red wine tasted like sour grape juice.
We each ordered something different but only the seafood offering of scallops; although boring in flavor; was closer to being edible. My friend's steak was rarer than medium well, chewy and lacking natural flavor. This didn’t say much for the local produce purported to be served. I had what looked like chicken and vegetables but I might as well have ordered a plate of salt.
There was an eclectic crowd and one woman seemed to be wearing sleigh bells for a necklace but the gentleman one table over seemed like a regular as he was smart enough to order the cheaper pasta dish. My friend said she often judged a restaurant by their dessert so there was hope but it was not to be for all three dessert orders fell flat. Chocolate cake with basil ice cream was heavy on the basil. The rice pudding and crème caramel (There's your Portuguese) were both uneventful and unsurprising. Overall this “established fancy restaurant” lacked imagination. Oddly enough the décor made a lasting impression as reaching a ‘pipe’ dream but not one you’d want to eat in.

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