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Shy Bird, Cambridge, MA

Shy Bird

4.6
4.6
444 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
An all-day neighborhood cafe, rotisserie, and bar offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch. We are located in the heart of Kendall Square in Cambridge, at the corner of Third and Broadway. We are best known for our rotisserie chicken, SB Dunks, vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options in addition to elevated coffee, an approachable and adventurous wine list, great beer, and classic/fun cocktails.

Date night, Business Meals, Large Groups, Solo Dinners, Kid/Family Approved, and Dog Friendly

We are available for reservations, walk ins, takeout, delivery, catering, large parties, events, and monthly subscriptions.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 714-4200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Available at shybird.com

  • Private party facilities

    We would love to host your family gathering, holiday party, rehearsal dinner, or any other celebration here at Shy Bird!

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    at Broadway

  • Parking details

    There are multiple private lots as well as limited on street parking.

  • Public transit

    Kendall Square Red Line

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 444 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. r

    runr986

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal. Piri Piri Chicken, 1/2 chicken, chicken sandwich, sb dunks, cucumber salad, fries. Chicken was moist & tasty. Loved the drinks, feel like they took great pride in concocting the drinks. Friendly good service & nice vibe
  2. MQ

    MQNorthEnd

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server, Meghan, was awesome and attentive!!!
  3. DV

    DVSINDY

    Indiana

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. Fresh ingredients, healthy salad options. Friendly staff and cool vibe.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great except too noisy
  5. m

    marsbar

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food! Portions were a bit small for the money. All sides are extra $. Fried chicken sandwich is tasty and rosemary fries are delicious!
  6. MB

    MelindaB

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    This was a good choice for a casual meal with a unique taste. Of course, the fried chicken pieces were juicy and flavorful. Honestly the coating could have been crispier. The cucumbers were good - I make more flavorful ones though - they should add onions and sweetener. The Harrissa bowl was terrific! The Carrot Ginger soup was also terrific. Beer choices are plentiful. We would certainly go back. There is outdoor dining.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the new harissa bowl. So great that you offer such tasty, interesting vegan options too!
  8. FF

    FoodieFoodie

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Shy Bird is the perfect destination with friends. The Chicken and fries are delicious, the vibe is energetic, and the service was fantastic. Perfect midweek social dinner.
  9. CK

    CambridgeKitKat

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    I keep trying so hard to love Shy Bird, but it just isn't doing it for me. The food menu is limited with a decent range. The cocktail doesn't inspire, but they have an impressive array of zero-proof drinks; you can tell someone really put thought into them. The food... it seems there is always "too much" of something. The salmon and vegetables were in soy sauce soup, nothing to mellow the pungent soy flavor. The marinated olives aren't anything to write home about. The cucumber salad didn't seem to have any seasoning, it was just cucumbers marinated in vinegar, making for a sharp taste without relief. Dessert is a disappointment. The menu is sincerely lacking. The one cookie is on the small side and comes lonely on its own. The ice cream sandwich is a giant scoop of ice cream between two of the aforementioned cookies. Unlike a typical ice cream sandwich though, the cookies were frozen hard and impossible to bite into or cut without squishing out all of the ice cream. I will go back, reluctantly, because it's convenient and the patio is pretty much the bomb. But I won't pay for cocktails or appetizers, or for dessert. Although I cannot speak from experience I've heard good things about the Mac and Cheese. I anticipate it tasting like a cheesy salt lick, but I will give it a try. That's how much I want to love Shy Bird.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was really accommodating with our large group.
  11. C

    Charlie

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really nice indoor/outdoor space, excellent food, friendly service, good value. I'm a big fan of the QR code on your bill that allows you to pay on your phone!
  12. c

    catmandu

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food. Nice outdoor seating area. Service was quick and friendly.
  13. DT

    DanaT

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Food was great, as always. Greeters we’re very nice and welcoming. We were seated, then waited over 15 minutes before our server showed up. Just in time as we had just stood up and were about to go find a manager to locate our server. Her excuse was she had a “hair malfunction in the back”, then said “well I’m here now, what can I get for you”. We ordered 4 drinks, 2 appetizers and 4 entrees. The appetizers showed up AFTER our entrees as did our drinks, with the exception that we only received 3 drinks and had to reorder the 4th. Halfway through the meal, the children drinks were completely empty and it took quite a while for our server to show up again and take another drink order, which then took a long time to arrive. We usually receive good service, however last night was the worst. I understand it’s hard to find people that want to work right now, but this server definitely needs some training.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was a little slow but it was fun sitting on the patio and people watching.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe - tasty food - friendly service!
  16. m

    ms123456789012345667889

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always, amazing service, delicious food and drink, 10/10!! Great outdoor space and super chic indoors.
  17. JL

    JanetL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent; especially fried chicken. It was very loud and service was good, not outstanding.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive waiter, great cocktails and apps
  20. SK

    SarahK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an exceptional time at brunch at Shy Bird. I booked a reservation for outdoor seating on a 95 degree day, and we were slated to sit at a table directly in the sun. I asked the host (a tall guy - I'm sorry I didn't catch his name) if we might be able to sit in the shade, given that a member of our party has some medical concerns, and he quickly adapted and offered us multiple alternative options, even while the restaurant was crowded. Our waiter (a guy with tattoos of a butterfly and the words "I am enough" on his arms) was attentive and nice, and the whole team of servers at Shy Bird jumped in to make sure we had a constant stream of water. The food was great - juicy fried chicken, crisp fries, and somehow not too heavy on such a hot day. We will definitely be back - thanks to all who made our experience a great one!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing spot and ridiculous food
  22. DD

    DeeDee

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Welcome lunch for new hire. Food was great. Service was great but waitress was a little rude at first and then she was better. Ate outside. Very nice! Will be back!
  23. LM

    LMartin

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal. Wait staff was not very knowlegeable of the food ingredients, but made sire to check with the kitchen staff when needed.
  24. YN

    YNKb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great tasting food, prices are a little high but what you would expect in Cambridge.
  25. A

    Andy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2 business breakfast there on the same day. They both went well and enjoyed the food
  26. SA

    ShaliniA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Popped in for breakfast and was pleasantly surprised. Eggs were perfection and the hash brown was huge. My brother-in-law had a protein bowl and said it was very good. Staff were friendly and helpful. Looking forward to the next visit!
  27. SG

    SouthieGirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were both top notch at Shy Bird!!
  28. V

    Vpalo

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was good but the service was overall very poor. Our entrees were never cleared off the table, even after our dessert came. Eventually we stacked the dishes ourselves.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly service!
  30. TE

    TomE

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and a great location in Kendall Square
  31. EJ

    ElizabethJ

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great! Our table got the shy Benedict, hashbrown, and shared the SB Dunks- all really good! Only downside was that the tables were so close together that it felt a little cramped.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good vegan options, despite all the chicken.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Poor service. We sat with no napkins, no silverware. Ordered beverage and only coffee were delivered and other items were forgotten. Asked for black pepper and the shaker was empty. Asked for hot sauce and given an empty bottle as well. Server was not attentive. Ordered smoked salmon plate but came a smoked salmon benedict. Food was ok but lots of other better choices in the area. Celebrated a birthday, notated in open table and also zero acknowledgment. Huge disappointment!
  34. SO

    SOShea

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is the bee’s knees. Best in Cambridge, and has killer breakfast. I recommend anyone ever.
  35. CW

    CWL7

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    A warm welcome, attentive service, delicious salad. A perfect spot to meet. The music seemed to get louder the more crowded it became…other than that, we were very pleased.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The rotisserie chicken meal here is a good date deal for a weeknight. Even though it's a bit more expensive than your typical super market deal, it's still a good option for dining out. The chicken comes with awesome fries and salad. Add a couple of cocktails and you can't go wrong. Shy bird has other offerings and we enjoyed them all. This place also has a nice outdoor setup which is really nice during the warmer weather. We look forward to going back there again.😊
  37. VD

    VeeD

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Chicken was delicious and the atmosphere was fun and alive!
  38. AM

    AaronofMedford

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and drinks, quick service. Would recommend!
  39. GG

    GriffinG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience1
    Food was great and our server was very kind but we were sat behind a huge container/wall and our table had no setting. The ambience was lacking and we couldn’t enjoy the vibe cause we were placed away from the general area and in the back of the restaurant.
  40. j

    joel

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their roast chicken is delicious.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Shy Bird using the Order Online button. Shy Bird also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 714-4200.

Shy Bird is rated 4.6 stars by 444 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Shy Bird

390 3rd St Cambridge, MA 02142

Additional information

  • Cross street

    at Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are multiple private lots as well as limited on street parking.

  • Public transit

    Kendall Square Red Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 714-4200

  • Catering

    Available at shybird.com

  • Private party facilities

    We would love to host your family gathering, holiday party, rehearsal dinner, or any other celebration here at Shy Bird!

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