The Blue Room
1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139
I definitely would recommend the Blue Room and would go back, though it's not at the absolute top of my list due to a few inconsistencies in our night. The dining room is quite pleasant, but the awkward layout means there are a lot of bad tables... from booths that make for strange pairings of couples who don't know each other within close proximity and facing each other, to tables near the very cold front door and others near the multiple kitchen and bar entrances, it seems like your odds are pretty good of getting a so-so table. We were close to a service area and the kitchen, but it wasn't so bad. The service was pretty good, most of the time, but some staff were terse (including the hostess) and not even that receptive to my party's ""thank yous."" Our waitress was very friendly and did a good job, though the kitchen was slow in getting our desserts out,and annoyingingly, two of our four dinner entrees came a few minutes later than the first two. The menu offered a delightful array of seafood and a pretty good selection of meat. My medium rare muscovy duck breast with wild rice was just as i expected. Not overly innovative, but incredibly rich and dependably good. My friend's cod ""tasted kind of like fish sticks."" But the other two fish entrees were very well received. The goat cheese pizza with roasted nuts was a good starter, as was the perfectly seasoned venison sausage. We waited for a long time for our desserts, but agreed that they were very well made albeit unoriginal. The creme brulee was actually made interesting with some cardamom, and the cream cheese tart thing was quite sweet and good, especially well paired with a rich caramel sauce and graham cracker cookie crust. As I've found with many Boston restaurants like this, the food is very good and somewhat creative, but it's not earth shattering. It would have been in the late 90s, but not now. Would be nice to have seen some more innovation, but the quality was top notch.