45 1/2 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0213842.371293 -71.116499
Two words: roof deck – It's not cheap for the quality of the food (good but not great), but man, if you can get a seat on the roof deck at Daedalus and grab a beer and a sandwich for lunch or dinner, you've got yourself a killer evening. Large, open, friendly, and set high enough above ground level to feel above foot and vehicle traffic, this is a great place to be on a beautiful day. This is not your typical cramped sidewalk patio, or trashy beer garden. This is a spot with good food, good beer, and great looks. If it's quiet, you can even just grab a snack and a caipirinha, a perfect refresher on a hot summer day.
A warning, it gets really busy up top, so on a sunny day you'll probably have to wait for a while, but it's totally worth it.
All about the ambiance – I'm not usually one for advocating a place where I don't love the food, but it doesn't get much better than the Daedalus patio in the summertime. I've only tried their bar food-- salads, nachos--which, as per usual, only order if you absolutely need sustenance with drinks. I've smelled their burgers during lunch though (the patio is literally right next to my old office) and if I ate meat, I'd totally be enticed. But if you need somewhere to go for drinks and it's a nice day, definitely stake out a table on their patio. Be prepared to wait though, it's popular and there are not a ton of tables.
Favorite Place in Cambridge!!! – I love Daedalus! They have perfected their menu, but also offer daily specials. The lower level is cozy and intimate, and the upstairs is fun, and perfect for big groups. Gorgeous rooftop patio, away from pedestrians and cars with great views. And on top of it all, the waiters and bartenders are so nice and helpful.
Good location, but quality has declined... – I have lived in Harvard Sq for nearly 8 years now, and I remember when Daedalus first opened - it was a welcome addition to the few bars in Harvard Sq with good, cheap wine and decently OK American food. However, I went for dinner there about a week ago and noticed some furry critters scurrying across the floor. We were seated upstairs on the patio, and informed our waiter who said "oh, yeah them..." (as if it were not a problem) and continued (paraphrasing) "I think that they come through the wall of the place next door, but do not worry - they are not in our kitchen." Regardless of where they came from, they were running across the floor of the restaurant! I absolutely cannot recommend an eating establishment that whose staff seems to think that it is not an issue even as multiple customers complained about the critters running underneath their tables. I imagine that any decent proprietor (or health inspector) would deem this unacceptable. Definitely did not make me feel like continuing with my meal.
Great atmosphere, frustrating service, good wine, AWFUL side dish – The first visit was quite enjoyable. Patio was fantastic, great wine, nice service.
The second visit still had great scenery and wine... but we felt like we had to beg for attention.. and for the first time in my history of dining out, I ate mashed potatoes that I refused to finish. I could not comprehend how a nice restaurant could screw up such an easy important side dish. And the worst part... my boyfriend and I were CONVINCED they were from a box. There is no way they served us real potatoes. Looking at the bill was so depressing after eating potatoes from a box.. I wish I had said something but the waitress was never really around or attentive.
Attitude, and not in a good way – Ah, sadly, I have been a frequent customer of Daedalus for a while now. I always excused the somewhat vapid waitstaff and the completely ignorant host/hostess because they do have some great bartenders (how they earned one star), but it has gone too far.
They act elitist and entitled, like they're the gatekeepers to something amazing. The food is okay, the drinks depend on the bartender. The patio is beautiful but only if you pass their test to be seated out there. I'd love to teach the hosts a simple lesson - people who only order appetizers because they want to have four or five drinks each end up making you WAY more money than the people who order the meal and drink water.
I'm tired of being looked down upon by their smug employees who can't comprehend how to treat people who are there often, who have money to spend, and who tip well.
The only bright spot would be the bartenders, who actually get it...but because of the attitude of the rest of the staff, the place has changed so much and draws a like crowd - who then talk down to the kind bartenders.
This place used to be a gem, now even the patio isn't enough to get me there.
Horribly overpriced and poor, rude service. – I went to this restuarant when I first moved to Harvard Square back in early 2004. At the time it was a decent restaurant and I felt like I was getting what I paid for. All of that has changed. I think it has changed so much that the postive reviews below should have to be removed because they are giving an unfair impression of the establishment as it now stands. After a short wait at the bar, the host took us to a table upstairs. As he was escorting us to a table outside, a member of the waitstaff stopped us and told rather rudely that we were using the wrong door and that we had to go around the bar to the other door. The host had to step in and explain that he was personally taking us out to the deck, even though we were all walking together and it should have been obvious he was taking us. The food was terrible. I got a rib-eye special and ordered it medium-rare. When it came it was very well done and very poor quality meat. There were also so many carmelized onions and globs of blue cheese on it that I could not taste the meat. Even after I wiped all of the toppiongs off the steak it was still all I could taste. The mashed potatoes did not taste like they were real potatoes and the brocolli was drenched in oil and salt. I would have been dissapointed by this meal at a chain restaurant if I had paid $12 for it, so the $23 price tag was offensive. My fiance ordered the trout special, which said it was grilled on the menu, but was fried when it came out. It was covered in a salsa of avocado and corn, but the avocado was not ripe and was actually quite hard. I gave no hesitation to giving this restaurant one star. If you try it you will be very dissapointed by the extremely overpriced food and poor service.
Worst service and bad food – When I see the good reviews from 2003, I can only imagine that the management has changed for the worse. We were to have a 10 min wait, so we went to the bar. The bartender took 15 mins to mix 2 drinks. I have never seen a slower bartender on my life. The wait extended to 30 mins and only after the pointing out an empty table to the spaced out waiter, we got our table. All the waiters seem fresh out of high school, with no training at all and high on dope. Our waiter had no idea what the specials were. He did bother to ask me how I wanted my steak. After I told him medium, he proceeded to get me an extra well-done piece of meat. They get my oysters which were not chilled and without the coctail sauce, and was not sure what cocktail sauce was. The tables are set real close to each other. The lady on the next table asked one of the food servers for another glass of wine, and he was short with her, saying you have to ask the waiter as he is not allowed to handle alcohol. Huh! I guess dope is fine. Anyways this is such a waste of a beautiful deck. I cannot see why people go there inspite of the bad service. If they stay away, maybe this place will go bankrupt and a decent one will take its place.
WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE - BEWARE! Deadalus Does Not Care about it's Customers – My boyfriend and I arrived at Daedalus went upstairs but it was (per usual) way too crowded and loud so we went downstairs. I wasn?t to the end of the stairs when the hostesses were practically screaming ?goodnight? ?have a good evening? basically ushering us out the door. We sat at the bar for ten minutes with no bar tender in sight. He finally sauntered out; he was balding, average height, medium build with an accent. I ordered a captain & coke, water, and a menu. My boyfriend ordered a vodka tonic. The bartender placed my drink on the bar. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed the hostess whispering to the bartender. I checked out her dress (as girls often do!) as it was quite unique. She was wearing a black sheath dress fully covered w/ sequins a brightly primary colored geometric pattern. I?m looking at it and the next thing I know the bartender grabs my drink and dumps it out yelling ?I don?t know what?s going on here (pointing back and forth between the hostess and myself) but I?m not going to serve you!? He repeated this again and again in a hostile voice practically shaking with anger. He then turned to my boyfriend and asked him if he still wanted his vodka tonic my boyfriend calmly asked what the problem was and the bartender raised his voice and yelled ?DO YOU WANT A VODKA TONIC?? It was clear that his goal was to humiliate/punish us, for what? I have no idea? We had come from a movie, neither of us had consumed a drop of alcohol. The bartender seemed enraged and on a power trip. I don?t know if he is dating the hostess and thought I was giving her a bad look but even if I was (which I wasn?t!) that doesn?t award him the authority to refuse to serve me. I?ve never written a review like this in my life but the experience just floored me. I don?t know how a business can survive with employees like that. I don?t plan on ever returning. DON?T go unless you want horrible service, over priced drinks, and to deal with staff on a total ego trip. BEWARE.
Worst customer service ever. We were practically thrown out! – Just had dinner at Daedalus tonight. We were three and had a great time initially. After less than two hours and shortly after ordering the 3rd bottle of wine we were told there was a time limit! (of no more than two hours) on the table and we should please move to the bar. The intervals between the reminders to please leave the table were around every 5-10 minutes. If they don't want customers to enjoy dinner and a glass of wine (or two) they should let you know upfront. This was ridiculous and one of the worst experiences in Harvard Sq. in 6 years! Never going back!!!
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