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Baraka Cafe

1728 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1804
+1 617-868-3951
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Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good36%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“couscous” (12 reviews)
“chicken” (8 reviews)
“baklava” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
CUISINES
French, Tunisian, Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1728 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1804
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

This s a small storefront restaurant between Harvard Square and Porter Square. The atmosphere and food are Moroccan, Tunisian and French African. The menu is very limited; there are a number of small plates as starters but only 5 entrees - one vegetarian, one chicken,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Michael M
Reviewed July 19, 2018

We had such delicious North African food - lamb with great sauce and flavor, couscous, merguez. I've had a lot, and this was among the best. We wanted to have pretty much everything on the menu. The waiter was very engaged and charismatic, perhaps the...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank 469camillek
AliaM221, Chef/ owner. at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Camille. I hope you are well. Thank so much for The positive input. We just got an email today from trip advisors that we had unread reviews!!!! So sorry for the delayed! We are finally BEER AND WINE! And have made changes in the...More

Reviewed May 22, 2018

This feels like a hidden gem even though it's been in its new location between Harvard and Porter for a while now. We were never at the old location, but the current one has a lovely ambience. The seating is fairly limited, but the only...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank BootsMadeforTravelin
Alia M, Executive chef. at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2018

Dear Cusromer. Let me begin by thanking you so much for your honest critics that apparently brings concern to us and need to be address at the same time share with you our side of the story....We are very busy at time you probably IS...More

Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

2nd lunchtime visit. I love the food: we had couscous and really appreciated all the great vegetables. Very tasty. Unfortunately no baklava, but instead we settled for the most amazing buckwheat crepe dessert served with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank cant83
Alia M, Chef at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2018

Thank you. It is Morrocan/ Tunisian fusion south of Europe. Cuisine. Mediterranean.

Reviewed January 31, 2018 via mobile

Would have given 5 stars if Moroccan pastries we offered. Unfortunately they do but offer them. B'stilla to die for I ate a whole one by myself. Couscous was a little dry at first, but when i asked the sauce, issue was solved. Rose lemonade...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank OlivierAZ
Alia M, Chef at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2018

Thank you so much. Pastry of MORROCO Tunisia and France are offered in various time.

Reviewed January 15, 2018

Having lived near Cambridge for the past 12 years, we recently stumbled upon this place by chance and are now wondering how have we not known about cafe Baraka before. The food is delicious, flavorful and authentic, the atmosphere is cosy and the service is...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Nina628
Alia M, Chef. at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2018

Dear and honorable customers, I wish I could really do more for you! Customers like you both and kids gave me a sense of family gathering and I remember clearly the kindness and sweetness of your kids! This world should be fully w people like...More

Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

First time eating here. Exceedingly friendly service, wonderful menu, fantastic mint tea, heavenly baklava.... Did I mention the lamb, chicken and kofta sausage kebab with delicious couscous? I will definitely be back many times.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank cant83
Alia M, Chef de cuisine at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2018

We thank you so much! We wish being better and never to disappoint you.

Reviewed December 8, 2017

I found the food to be excellent (I keep seeing Moroccan but think it is Tunisian?) and in generous portions. The hummus was the best I have had. Super friendly service and great Arabic soundtrack. Lemonade was to die for.More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank TravelinRobT
Alia M, Owner at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Hello. We want to thank you so much for your feed back. We are Morrocan Tunisian Algerian and more... owners trying to combine recopies together. In some site on the internet there is no Tunisian for description only Morrocan. Like help I think. Any way...More

Reviewed November 26, 2017

Big menu of Moroccan specialties, tagines, shwarma, roasted meats with lots of ethnic appetizers. Large portions and very tasty, all around.

Date of visit: November 2017
1  Thank snhandel
Alia M, Chef at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2018

Thank you so much!

Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

The menu at Baraka Cafe is very specific and descriptive. The food and portions are outstanding. Must try the Lemonade and the Lamb Tajine. Closest I have had outside of Morocco. A great place to practice speaking Arabic too. Wonderful atmosphere.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank awhF3185PS
Alia M, Chef at Baraka Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2018

We thank you so much!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Monday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1728 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1804
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-868-3951
  • E-mail
Description
A Cambridge institution for more than two decades, Baraka marries the intense flavors of French gastronomy with North African regional cuisine. Caramelized onions rest atop Berber flatbread; brioche is crusted with toasted fennel seeds; flourless chocolate cake is infused with Moroccan and Tunisian spices. Inside you’ll be charmed by handcrafted brass lamps, colorful Moroccan drapes, and banquettes fitted with pillows. On the plate you’ll find aromatic, Moroccan-style tagines served in earthenware dishes, couscous prepared according to ancient methods, and savory-sweet b’stilla tortes with chicken, almonds, and honey. The varied menu easily accommodates vegetarian, pescatarian, and gluten-free diets
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