40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0214242.366887 -71.075206
Monday-Thursday, 5:30-10:00 PM
Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11:00 PM
Sunday, 5:00-9:00 PM
2:30 PM - close (Monday-Sunday)
Neighborhoods: East Cambridge
Ever changing menu – dante's. If you haven't run into Chef Dante around town yet you haven't been looking. The man inspires the same personallity in his menu as he does hosting a 7 deadly sins NYE Blow Out!
I've been visiting the restaurant since August, it seems the cocktails are always changing, keeping me comming back.
The menu changes seasonally though often features nightly additions. Catch a White Alban truffle dish if your lucky.
Best way to experience Dante is with a Pre-fixe tasting. Extra special when Chef is in the house.
Great food! – Fantastic food, well-prepared. I went for restaurant week, and everything was delicious! Good location.
Great experience – My friends and I had a wonderful experience at Dante for my recent Birthday dinner. The manager, Seth was very accommodating and the staff was very knowledgeable and friendly.
I have been to Dante several times and have had a great experience every time. The food is great, the ambiance is nice and I can't wait for the patio to open.
Oh, and the gnocci are delicious!
Stylish hotel restaurant serves creative fare (andouille sausage corn dogs, homemade "potato stix") on one of city's largest riverfront patios. – Dante de Magistris, formerly of the The Sports Club/LA's blu, opened his first restaurant in the Royal Sonesta (in the former Cambridge Davio's), serving all three meals with flair. More than 200 seats are spread throughout eight different seating areas, including two lounges and a large outdoor patio that sports views of the Charles and Boston's skyline. Dante's lengthy menu consists of creative, Mediterranean-tinged dishes like escargot with truffle whipped potato spuma and andouille sausage corn dogs.
Great food, amazing patio – I'm a frequent diner at "Dante". Our meals have been consistently awesome. I enjoy the ambiance and dining experience provided by "Dante". The waiters tend to be very kind and know the menu in detail. And the patio is fantastic come summer time.
3 things: 1. About the previous review: my family had brunch on Mother's day, and it was very busy at the restaurant. I understand the previous reviewer may have been unhappy with her service, but sometimes when you go to a restaurant on such a busy holiday, things can happen due to the high traffic flowing in the restaurant. To judge "Dante" just on a mothers day brunch experience is ridiculous. Try going on a weekend or weeknight to really see what's it's like. 2. They don't have a kids menu. I brought my little bro once and the servers offer choices for kids. I don't know why this past reviewer was mentioning having to ask for a kids menu, when they don't have one. 3. Their patio is "first come, first serve". You can't make reservations for it, you can only request it when you call to make a reservation, and if you show up without a reservation on a busy night, good luck, because you will be forced to wait. I learned the hard way, so just call in advance!
Try it before it is too busy to get in! – We've been twice to this upscale Italian restaurant in the Royal Sonesta. Each time the food has been outstanding. The original draw was that were able to get a reservation on a weekend night. If word gets out on how good the food is that shouldn't be true for long. We dined with our two children. Each of us loved every course of our meal. To start we were treated to an amuse bouche of risotto cakes, which made my children swoon. The waiter could see how much we enjoyed them and promptly brought us another plate of them. My son declared his steak frite the best meal he had ever had anywhere. The service was excellent. I highly recommend Dante.
Delicious and creative menu. Lovely atmosphere – Our family was looking for a special restaurant in Cambridge to celebrate a birthday and enjoy Sunday brunch. We thought of Dante after having many delicious dinners there. We really enjoyed the brunch service and want to highly recommend it.
Our group was seated at a comfortable banquette overlooking the Charles River on a beautifully sunny morning. We all agreed the atmosphere was perfect. Our waiter was a familiar face to us and, as always, could not have been friendlier. His stories and knowledge of the kitchen gave the meal a more personal touch.
Some of us began the birthday celebration by ordering Dante's Inferno, the house version bloody Mary. Although the name might sound intimidating, we agreed it was an excellent Bloody Mary with just the right combination of spices. Others at our table enjoyed the Bellinis with peach nectar.
When the entrees arrived, we made sure to sample each other?s choices. All the food was delicious, however, the big cut brioche French toast got our vote for the favorite breakfast entree. It was served with spiced butter and fresh Vermont maple syrup -- from the chef?s family farm -- and it just melted in your mouth! I made a mental note to order that on our next visit. My entree was the classic eggs benedict on whole-wheat English muffins, with honey roasted ham and grilled lemon hollandaise. The presentation was lovely and the dish perfectly cooked. Other guests had the olive oil & rosemary basted organic eggs, with sauteed spinach, Parmigiano Reggiano, roasted potatoes and toast. Scrumptious. Everyone cleaned his or her plates.
In addition to the great cuisine, we love the convenience of the Sonesta Hotel. It?s a scenic, easy drive along the river and the restaurant validates parking. Enjoy a weekend morning at Dante. You won?t be disappointed.
Great Place for an Event – I recently discovered this new gem... perfect for a rehearsal dinner, shower, or brunch! It was recommended for my engagement party...and the food and service were exceptional! I thought it was going to be price-prohibitive, but it wasn't at all. The space is beautiful and because they have many different areas, dante can accomodate a party of any size. The best part was their gorgeous patio over-looking the charles river and boston skyline. I plan to coordinate my friend's baby shower on it this summer.
Check them out...it's SO worth it. Very impressive, friendly, and reasonable!
A sophisticated New England 21st century version of the great Italian classics my Nonna in Rome used to make. – I recently had the great pleasure of dinning at Dante de Magistriss new restaurant at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge (across from the galleria). I am a native Italian who can count on one hand the number of Italian restaurants I have been to in 20 years in the US that have not disappointed, at the top of my short list is San Domenico in New York. After having tried the fare at Dantes I now have another addition to that short list.
After a crisp dry prosecco we opened the meal by sampling the Oysters, and the raw calamari, peppers over brioche, salad. The oysters were fresh and came with a very well balanced sea salt based seasoning mix, and the calamari were exquisite and oh so delicate (may have been med calamari as they tasted too delicate and sweet to be north Atlantic). The pairing of the calamari with a nice Trebbiano worked very well.
After a lovely little amuse bouche ( some type of fish sashimi drizzled with olive oil and topped by a very light cream based spuma, or foam) we moved on to a selection of cooked appetizers. Here too Dante hiit all the high notes and avoided the pitfalls of other chefs who fall prey to sensory dissonance when trying to play fusion with traditional Italian dishes. The New England clam bake take on traditional Italian zuppa di pesce worked very well indeed with the andouille mini corn dog adding a very flavorful accent to the dish. The other dishes we tried all showcased the refined sense of balance that Dante has in pairing foods and flavors, not over loading on any one particular flavor and in this way allowing the organic synergies to play out to perfection. This clever pairing of flavors was showcased again with the sweetness of the caramelized onion tart paired with the slightly tart goats cheese and the mildly acidic aged balsamic.
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Horrible service. – I will never go back to this restaurant! Besides the nice views of the river and city, dante's is HELL!
Servers are rude and extremely slow. It took over 45 minutes after being seated that our waitress asked for our drink orders - and then another 20 minutes for them to actually arrive. Food was bland, and thoughtlessly prepared. Later, when we stupidly decided on an after dinner drink - we were chased down by the bar-tender when he thought we were trying skip out on the bill, (when we were only trying to get a better view of river by sitting closer to the rail). It would have been an acceptable mistake, had he not made a scene and tried to portray us as being cheapskates. Unbelievable. Do NOT go to this restaurant!
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