wagamama

★★★☆☆
  • 57 John F. Kennedy St

    Cambridge, MA 02138

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  • 617-499-0930

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Hours
Sun 12pm-8:45pm; Mon 11:30am-8:45pm; Tue 11:30am-8:45pm; Wed 11:30am-8:45pm; Thu 11:30am-9:45pm; Fri 11:30am-9:45pm; Sat 11:30am-9:45pm

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I like to stop in here for a quick meal when I'm in Harvard area. The food is good and the location is big, so you can get in easily.

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★★★☆☆

I like to stop in here for a quick meal when I'm in Harvard area. The food is good and the location is big, so you can get in easily.

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The service at this location versus the others in Boston is a bit more frenetic, but the food quality is just as good, and the window seats provide an optimum place for Cambridgean people-watching!

The variety of ramen, udon, and meat dishes, coupled with delicious gyoza (a few varieties), good sticky white rice, and garnished japanese pickles, makes for an easily enjoyable meal!

Good value, and authentic to what I had in Japan. I recommend the Chicken Katsu Curry. Mmm!

4
★★★★☆

The service at this location versus the others in Boston is a bit more frenetic, but the food quality is just as good, and the window seats provide an optimum place for Cambridgean people-watching!

The variety of ramen, udon, and meat dishes, coupled with delicious gyoza (a few varieties), good sticky white rice, and garnished japanese pickles, makes for an easily enjoyable meal!

Good value, and authentic to what I had in Japan. I recommend the Chicken Katsu Curry. Mmm!

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Wagamama is a fantastic restaurant. They have lots of different types of noodles and amazing fresh juice. It's a very modern restaurant with no frills and consequently good prices. I like it a lot.

4
★★★★☆

Wagamama is a fantastic restaurant. They have lots of different types of noodles and amazing fresh juice. It's a very modern restaurant with no frills and consequently good prices. I like it a lot.

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As a single woman who occasionally dines alone, Wagamama is a great spot for a good meal and glass of wine. I?ve struggled to find a restaurant where I don?t feel intimated eating by myself. The Wagamama Staff were friendly without being too intrusive. The nice thing about Wagamama is that they have an actual bar along the window-- perfect for sitting and people watching.

In terms of the food, I would describe my meal as healthy and eclectic (I ordered the fish salad). I can?t actually pronounce most of the dishes on the menu, but if you are in the mood for rice, noodles, soup, or salad this is where to go! The waiter was helpful and thoroughly explained what my dish would contain. I?ve heard Wagamama is known for making necessary food modifications for people with allergies, diabetes, etc. They also have an unusual chocolate plum cake on the dessert menu which I can see becoming addictive!

2
★★★★★

As a single woman who occasionally dines alone, Wagamama is a great spot for a good meal and glass of wine. I?ve struggled to find a restaurant where I don?t feel intimated eating by myself. The Wagamama Staff were friendly without being too intrusive. The nice thing about Wagamama is that they have an actual bar along the window-- perfect for sitting and people watching.

In terms of the food, I would describe my meal as healthy and eclectic (I ordered the fish salad). I can?t actually pronounce most of the dishes on the menu, but if you are in the mood for rice, noodles, soup, or salad this is where to go! The waiter was helpful and thoroughly explained what my dish would contain. I?ve heard Wagamama is known for making necessary food modifications for people with allergies, diabetes, etc. They also have an unusual chocolate plum cake on the dessert menu which I can see becoming addictive!

Pros: Friendly Waitstaff, Healthy Dining, Reasonable Prices

Cons: A bit hard to find--on 2nd floor

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My friends and I (all vegetarians) exhausted all the veggie options in their menu, and honestly found all the dishes to be very tasty. The ginger cheesecake was also very good. All of us were happy with the food. The service was efficient and friendly. And it is economical too. I see myself frequenting this place in the future.

2
★★★★★

My friends and I (all vegetarians) exhausted all the veggie options in their menu, and honestly found all the dishes to be very tasty. The ginger cheesecake was also very good. All of us were happy with the food. The service was efficient and friendly. And it is economical too. I see myself frequenting this place in the future.

Pros: Food, service, cost, close to public transportation

Cons: parking

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Fast & fresh is the theme here. I had a great yaki soba with a fresh squeezed apple juice for lunch. Inexpensive and delicious.

2
★★★★★

Fast & fresh is the theme here. I had a great yaki soba with a fresh squeezed apple juice for lunch. Inexpensive and delicious.

Pros: Fast service, vegetarian options

Cons: parking

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I looked forward to the opening of a stateside Wagamama--despite several disappointing experiences in their London outlets--as I love their atmosphere. The layout in Cambridge is equally enjoyable, but similar to the UK Wagamamas the food is simply not acceptable. It is beyond bland and does not even register within the range of asian taste categories.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I looked forward to the opening of a stateside Wagamama--despite several disappointing experiences in their London outlets--as I love their atmosphere. The layout in Cambridge is equally enjoyable, but similar to the UK Wagamamas the food is simply not acceptable. It is beyond bland and does not even register within the range of asian taste categories.

Pros: atmosphere, crowd

Cons: food

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Wagamama was interesting, a different dining experience. Atmosphere is casual, but not chill. It kinda felt like I was eating at an IKEA cafeteria because of the decor and the noise. The food was okay, not super memorable, but it was good enough to go back and try something else on their menu, if I'm in the area and feel like some noodles. The food, although asian-inspired is definitely catered towards the non-asian tongue. If you've never been, I'd go once just to check it out.

1
★★★☆☆

Wagamama was interesting, a different dining experience. Atmosphere is casual, but not chill. It kinda felt like I was eating at an IKEA cafeteria because of the decor and the noise. The food was okay, not super memorable, but it was good enough to go back and try something else on their menu, if I'm in the area and feel like some noodles. The food, although asian-inspired is definitely catered towards the non-asian tongue. If you've never been, I'd go once just to check it out.

Pros: Service was prompt

Cons: Noisy cafeteria-feeling atmosphere

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My first experience with Wagamama was in Kingston, UK - just outside of London - and wished we had these places in the USA. I was amazed to see it open in Boston and immediately took friends. I think the menu variety is great and am impressed with the presentation and freshness of ingredients. Items are served as they are finished, which can be awkward when eating with others, but fun to give everyone a taste while their's is being served up.

I really like the Chicken Kare Lomen; the combo of coconut and cilantro is refereshing. The Udon Noodles are a great added "extra". The prices are very reasonable and its nice to have other options for Asian cuisine.

2
★★★★★

My first experience with Wagamama was in Kingston, UK - just outside of London - and wished we had these places in the USA. I was amazed to see it open in Boston and immediately took friends. I think the menu variety is great and am impressed with the presentation and freshness of ingredients. Items are served as they are finished, which can be awkward when eating with others, but fun to give everyone a taste while their's is being served up.

I really like the Chicken Kare Lomen; the combo of coconut and cilantro is refereshing. The Udon Noodles are a great added "extra". The prices are very reasonable and its nice to have other options for Asian cuisine.

Pros: Great prices, interesting foods

Cons: Fun for a first date, no ambiance for a romantic date

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I had heard about Wagamama from a coworker of mine so I went to the new Harvard Sq location to check it out. I must admit I was quite disappointement. First of all the ambiance was loud with no privacy at all and reminded me more of a high school dining hall than a restaurant. The minimalist design didn?t allow for any sound-absorbing material and the bench seating meant I was overwhelmed by the food (and BO) of the man sitting next to me. The food was mediocre, which normally I?d excuse for a "fast food" place, except it was ridiculously priced. Over $11.00 for katsu curry chicken?? I could get the same thing for half the price down the street at one of the Japanese cafes in the Porter Exchange. The chicken was edible but the proportion of the spices was all wrong and so it didn't taste authentic. My dates ramen was so spicy she could hardly eat her meal. There really isn?t anything special about Wagamama. They are simply taking Japanese fast food: ramen, udon, nabemono, etc. and giving it a hipster-spin in order to charge exorbitant prices. Their ?gimmicks? such as no appetizers -- only ?side dishes? (I?m sorry, edamame and gyoza are appetizers, I don?t care whether you serve it with the meal or not), food being delivered as it?s made (so the rest of your party can sit and stare at their food while you wait for your dish to arrive), and bench seating are more annoying than they are helpful. No thanks.

1
★★☆☆☆

I had heard about Wagamama from a coworker of mine so I went to the new Harvard Sq location to check it out. I must admit I was quite disappointement. First of all the ambiance was loud with no privacy at all and reminded me more of a high school dining hall than a restaurant. The minimalist design didn?t allow for any sound-absorbing material and the bench seating meant I was overwhelmed by the food (and BO) of the man sitting next to me. The food was mediocre, which normally I?d excuse for a "fast food" place, except it was ridiculously priced. Over $11.00 for katsu curry chicken?? I could get the same thing for half the price down the street at one of the Japanese cafes in the Porter Exchange. The chicken was edible but the proportion of the spices was all wrong and so it didn't taste authentic. My dates ramen was so spicy she could hardly eat her meal. There really isn?t anything special about Wagamama. They are simply taking Japanese fast food: ramen, udon, nabemono, etc. and giving it a hipster-spin in order to charge exorbitant prices. Their ?gimmicks? such as no appetizers -- only ?side dishes? (I?m sorry, edamame and gyoza are appetizers, I don?t care whether you serve it with the meal or not), food being delivered as it?s made (so the rest of your party can sit and stare at their food while you wait for your dish to arrive), and bench seating are more annoying than they are helpful. No thanks.

Pros: hipster-appeal, waiters with mohawks and tattoos

Cons: crowded and loud, uncomfortable seating, no privacy, mediocre food

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Greasy and flavorless, uncomfortable seating, bad acoustics and overpriced

Pros: good location

Cons: everthing else

0
★☆☆☆☆

Greasy and flavorless, uncomfortable seating, bad acoustics and overpriced

Pros: good location

Cons: everthing else

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Greasy and completely devoid of flavor. Food comes out at different times for a table of people, which leads to awkward serving of one person eating while the rest of the table watches.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Greasy and completely devoid of flavor. Food comes out at different times for a table of people, which leads to awkward serving of one person eating while the rest of the table watches.

Pros: casual atmosphere

Cons: overpriced with greasy but flavorless food

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I love this place. Never heard of it before but apparenlty huge overseas. The service was great. Speedy and friendly!! Try the grilled chicken. Definitely recommended for quality and freshness as well as price.

2
★★★★☆

I love this place. Never heard of it before but apparenlty huge overseas. The service was great. Speedy and friendly!! Try the grilled chicken. Definitely recommended for quality and freshness as well as price.

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We've been to a number of wagamama's london locations and are pleased to see the chain come stateside. On a recent family vacation we stopped in at the new location in Harvard Square. The Katsu chicken curry was excellent-the portion very generous and this sauce is a favourite- creamy and flavorful but not too hot, and the chicken has a nice panko breadcrumb crust that's crunchy/toasty and not at all oily. Also shared the ebi kare lomen, a noodle in a coconut broth with some shrimp. The noodles and broth were delicious, the shrimp on the small side (I recall them bigger at the Quincy Market location which I went to in June on a business trip) but there were enough of them. Our four year old had the kid chicken noodle meal, and happily wiped it out.
The service was speedy and friendly, this store has just opened but the staff knew the dishes by name and item number and were able to recommend a nice glass of wine to complement the meal. Loved the apple lime juice we got the kid, too!
Didn't have the dessert as we walked a couple blocks for ice cream on our tour...
The restaurant was a bit loud, but in a buzzy cheery way.
A good meal delivered quickly, savored and we were on our way.

2
★★★★☆

We've been to a number of wagamama's london locations and are pleased to see the chain come stateside. On a recent family vacation we stopped in at the new location in Harvard Square. The Katsu chicken curry was excellent-the portion very generous and this sauce is a favourite- creamy and flavorful but not too hot, and the chicken has a nice panko breadcrumb crust that's crunchy/toasty and not at all oily. Also shared the ebi kare lomen, a noodle in a coconut broth with some shrimp. The noodles and broth were delicious, the shrimp on the small side (I recall them bigger at the Quincy Market location which I went to in June on a business trip) but there were enough of them. Our four year old had the kid chicken noodle meal, and happily wiped it out.
The service was speedy and friendly, this store has just opened but the staff knew the dishes by name and item number and were able to recommend a nice glass of wine to complement the meal. Loved the apple lime juice we got the kid, too!
Didn't have the dessert as we walked a couple blocks for ice cream on our tour...
The restaurant was a bit loud, but in a buzzy cheery way.
A good meal delivered quickly, savored and we were on our way.

Pros: well prepared food quickly delivered, but not rushed out the door

Cons: a little hard to find, but what isn't over there?

 

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