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56 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-4906
+1 617-354-6900
Sun 11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Moultonborough, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A little tough to find since the building is setback from the street, but well worth looking for. Great casual atmosphere, moderate prices, and tasty fresh servings. I had the empanada verde and a spinach side. Our server suggested a vegetarian special for my wife which was excellent. Initially we were a bit worried about finding vegetarian options but there... More 

Thank nhnorman
North Brunswick, New Jersey
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Just as advertised good service, very good food and apps and beer to get you started. Nice atmosphere and set back.off street. Awesome!

Thank licdac1
Montevideo Department, Uruguay
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Every time I went was great! Arepa Reina Pepiada, Empanada verde, maracuchitos, all perfect. Only thing to notice, they close early, around 9pm I think.

Thank veroveroadvisor
Berwyn, United States
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Orinoco was a great find suggested by a friend. The food & sangria were wonderful, we ordered several small plates and shared, finishing everything off. The ambiance was lovely and the service was great. I can't wait to go back on my next trip to Cambridge.

Thank Julia F
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159 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We sat outdoors on the 12-table patio on a pleasant, late summer evening. The waiter was patient and friendly in explaining many unfamiliar items in this small Venezuelan restaurant. Everything was very tasty; the bacon-wrapped dates and the baby back rib appetizers were delicious. Particularly delicious was the sauteed spinach, mushroom, corn and garlic side dish. The Argentinian chardonnay was... More 

1 Thank casey234
Lexington, Massachusetts
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74 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

The restaurant is hidden at the end of a small alley, although the sign is plainly visible on JFK Street. The building looks quaint and inviting from the outside- a true hidden gem in Cambridge. The inside is dimly lit and cozy. We arrived when it opened at 5:30 and were the first ones there; it filled up in an... More 

Thank tripdjd
Portland, Oregon
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195 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Don't get me wrong. I liked this place, and the service was fantastic--friendly, informative, and attentive from the moment I walked in the door, which is something you don't always get when you are a solo diner. I just wasn't overwhelmed by the food. Mind you, I've never had Venezuelan food before, so I don't know what I was expecting.... More 

1 Thank MoseyOn
Boston, Massachusetts
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116 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Would return to this restaurant. As a couple, we decided to split an appetizer, an arepa (small corn flour sandwich) and a main course to really test drive the menu. We were really satisfied with all three. Lots of flavor, fresh, and filling. House sauce that accompanies most dishes is good enough to drink. You could eat on the cheap... More 

1 Thank Gamberioni
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Hands down the best restaurant I have been to in Cambridge/Boston. Every dish is interesting and tastes like heaven!

Thank Sophie W
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

The food here is pretty good- some dishes are better than others, but still pretty good. It's not too expensive, and the location is great. The decor is charming. The service was slow when I went- it may have been a bad night, but our drinks arrived after the food did, and the food took longer than it should have.... More 

Thank LivSordo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Latin, Venezuelan, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 56 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-4906
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-354-6900

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?