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The Local Lowdown on Graduation Dining

In honor of the class of '19, here are 19 restaurants sure to make your festivities memorable.

To those celebrating a Cambridge graduation: happy graduation week! Read on for hidden gems in our city’s rich culinary scene. We made a handy, alphabetized list of them.

1. ArtBar
Food is art at the Royal Sonesta’s warm, intimate retreat for foodies. ArtBar is all about creative American cuisine. (Its inviting, riverfront patio is pictured above.)

2. The Automatic
Comfort food, delicious drinks, no attitude - that’s what you can expect at this neighborhood favorite highlighted on Phantom Gourmet.

3. Bondir
Bondir is a cozy farmhouse-style restaurant recognized by Best of Boston for its New England fare (Diners’ Choice Award).

4. Catalyst
Catalyst’s bright, simple dishes are a product of serious French technique and an appreciation for details.

5. Christopher’s
Christopher’s scrumptious comfort food is made from fresh, naturally raised, sustainable ingredients.

6. Cuchi Cuchi
Cuchi Cuchi is known for international plates with a twist. Its atmosphere personifies early Hollywood and the age of Old World beauty.

7. Dumpling House
This cornerstone in the Cambridge community has been recognized for its modern interpretation of classic Chinese dishes.

8. Forage
Thanks to partnerships with farmers, foragers and fishermen, this bistro delivers a local, seasonal ingredient driven menu.

9. Giulia
Giulia is an intimate Italian restaurant with a focus on the craft of cooking and the transformative power of hospitality.

10. Little Donkey
This global tapas restaurant boasts an ever-changing menu that lets you sample food from all over the world.

11. Luce
Luce is a family-owned restaurant that offers timeless, regional Italian dishes in a comfortable dining room and bar.

12. Mad Monkfish
This is the place for lovers of live jazz and Asian cuisine, especially sushi. Mad Monkfish jams on many Asian culinary themes.

13. Nirvana
The Indian restaurant, Nirvana, specializes in aromatic dishes. Each are cooked with several delectable spices, notably saffron.

14. Oleana
Through vivid flavors and produce from its own farm, Oleana celebrates the cuisine of Turkey and the Middle East. They also have a killer patio for outdoor dining.

15. Pammy’s
Pammy’s dishes lean on Italian flavors, but are not restricted by the rules of any cuisine. They are delicious and unpretentious.

16. The Smoke Shop
The Smoke Shop is the culmination of two decades worth of competition-style barbecue from a world champion pit master (Andy Husbands).

17. The Table at Season to Taste
This open-kitchen restaurant uses French techniques to showcase local ingredients and international flavors. They offer excellent wine pairing suggestions with each course too.

18. Talulla
Talulla is a twelve-table restaurant focused on hospitality and culinary creations inspired by foods from an array of cultures.

19. Waypoint
Their menu reflects a forward-thinking approach to coastally-inspired fare. Ingredients are combined with exciting, unexpected elements.


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