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Little Donkey, located in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a Tapas Restaurant and bar serving brunch, lunch, dinner and late night eats. The menu is influenced by dishes around the world. This ever-changing menu gives guests the chance to try food from different parts of the world. To complement the menu, there are excellent selections of wine, cocktails, and beer. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday and late-night food menu's available as well.
PRICE RANGE
C$21 - C$41
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
American
FEATURES
Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Delivery, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So the concept of this place is, they’re all about the rules! So the most interesting part is, there are no rules when it comes to the dishes. From gluten free options, vegan, an amazing raw bar, etc, This place is great. I’ve been here...once before and the experience was just as good. This time around, I bumped into my industry beloved friend Whitney. I haven’t seen her in a while. Seeing a familiar face in such a an equally amazing place doesn’t surprise me. Little Donkey simply has the vibes, and Whitney tuned right in with their dishes inspired from all around the world. The bartenders are attentive and have no problem giving you the breaking-down on the menu, should you need their help, or clarification. Again, remember there are no rules and you’re venturing out into the wilderness when you visit Little Donkey. A farm to table experience is a great analogy for this place. Keep in mind, there is a dress-code, and again there are no rules. The Little Donkey, along with their amazing team truly deliver the only diverse culinarily experience in the Boston metro area. I went alone, but wish I went with my crew.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed April 14, 2024 via mobile

1 cup coffee+ 2 bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches+ 1 banana pudding+ tip= $67. Breakfast sandwich comes as is no side of potato, no fruit, no greens. That’s steep even for the Boston area. Food was definitely tasty and service was good. Can’t get past...the prices for what you get.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed October 12, 2023

Service was horrible. Waited forever to order and forever to pay. The food was good, small portions.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed July 17, 2023 via mobile

If you are interested in sharing plates, this is a great place to go. Food was very tasty and unique. Give it a try when you're in the Cambridge area.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 21, 2023

A trendy fusion restaurant just off Central Square. We had brunch on Fathers Day, which was a much limited menu than dinner. The hamburger, biscuits and gravy, and the sliced flank steak were tasty and very well seasoned. However we can not comment on the...full dinner menu. Pricing was good and the service very good.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 18, 2023

If you ever gonna be in the Boston area go over there for the dinner. Food was really delicious.Presentation of the food was beautiful. Staff are really friendly and nice. I truly gonna recommend this restaurant to everybody.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed May 14, 2023

This restaurant offers a fun and casual dining experience with delicious fusion tapas. The crispy squid is a must-try, and the atmosphere is relaxed and inviting. The service is a bit slow, but the food is worth the wait. Overall, I would highly recommend this...restaurant to anyone looking for a great meal in a fun and relaxed setting.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed April 1, 2023

This place doesn't really need another 5-star review, but it was so good, it's hard not to sing its praises. The drinks are amazing, the food spectacular, and the service super quick and attentive. I allow myself about one hamburger every year, and am often...disappointed... Little Donkey's burger does not disappoint, let me just say that. Onion soup mayonnaise - brilliant! So good, I wish I hadn't been sharing it! The tuna/salmon crudo on crispy rice was another hit. We almost ordered another "round" immediately after the first bite. The place is quite loud, but not so bad you can't hear people at your table, and there was a sudden dimming of the lights, so it's also dark... but it's a fun place, with great energy and a lovely variety of people of all ages. We'd stopped in for a drink a few weeks earlier and the bartender was so nice (and drink so good!) we decided we needed to come back for a proper dinner and are so glad we did! Can't wait to go back! Honestly, may just move to Cambridge to go there all the time!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 20, 2023

The menu here features tremendous variety. We had a scallop ceviche, an uni tostada, a Brussel sprouts dish that was more like a tasty salad, a Thai noodle dish, and some Istanbul meat ravioli/dumplings. It's the kind of place where you order a variety of...small dishes and share. Dishes varied in size. The ceviche and tostada were smallish, but the noodles and dumplings were bigger. Five dishes left the two of us with barely enough room to split a dessert (cookie dough), which we didn't finish. Cocktails were also excellent, creative. It's a bit noisy, but not so much that we could not hear each other. Service was efficient and courteous.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed January 1, 2023 via mobile

Had previously been to Coppa and was looking forward to trying Little Donkey. Place was packed and so happy we got a reservation. Sat by the open kitchen and yes, we did need our phone flashlight to read the menu as it is dark in...there. And just like other reviews, music is too loud. But we really came for delicious food and Chef Jamie Bissonette and his crew did not disappoint. Had uni (sambal had some heat), foie gras, empanadas, sticky ribs and ravioli (my favorite). Is it pricey? Yes..but we don't mind paying for good food. It was great chatting with Jamie again too, he is an awesome guy!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 11, 2022

My partner and I travelled all the way from Ottawa, Ontario and called ahead when we realized we were going to be late for our dinner reservation (we were seeing a concert right after dinner). No problem - they could move the reservation 15 minutes....Unfortunately, they also moved it from inside to outside - in November, in the rain. And expected us to sit there. When asked if anything could be done, the manager literally laughed and said, "Yeah, you can go right at the top of our waitlist! Oh wait - there is no waitlist! It's just you, waiting ninety minutes." My partner is terminally ill and on active chemotherapy; it was a "bucket list" trip. Never seen anything so utterly cruel in my life.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 7, 2022

Right near Central Square, this terrific tapas restaurant has many different kinds of food, all wonderful. We had a great time!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 23, 2022 via mobile

Great service and we got food and drinks quickly. The donkey punch was fun and ok, it just taste like a margarita out of a can and the ranch water was fine too. The wontons are more like dumplings and the bread was nice but...honestly crazy expensive considering you literally get two rolls like Hawaii style roll for $9 lol regardless it’s such a cool vibe and I’m sure there are other things that would have been more exciting.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed May 31, 2022 via mobile

This is a large and very busy restaurant. In addition to the usual noise from other diners, there is constant loud music with a heavy beat. Altho we sat at a corner table near the entrance, the noise was horrible. The portions of the items...we chose were much larger than I had expected, and I wish our server had suggested we order less and see how it goes. After 2 dishes were served together, I asked for our service to be slowed down, and restaurant complied. It was still too much food for us to enjoy or finish. Perhaps we saw our server once after our initial order. We were never provided clean plates, and the various sauces from our dishes just blended together on the tiny plates provided.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022

Went to Little Donkey with my (grown) kids for a Saturday night dinner. Little Donkey did not disappoint. Awesome food and excellent service. One of my daughters has some special dietary needs, and they were ready to help out. This was our second time at...Little Donkey, and I imagine it will not be our last. Well done Little Donkey!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Little Donkey is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4