Darwin's Limited

★★★★☆
  • 148 Mount Auburn St

    Cambridge, MA 02138

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  • 617-354-5233

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I just enjoy it here. I like the way that they arrange the items and the meat section always has something new. This place makes living pretty easy.

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I just enjoy it here. I like the way that they arrange the items and the meat section always has something new. This place makes living pretty easy.

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Darwin's has this vaguely hipster/organic vibe going on -- it's a market but also has a counter where they'll make sandwiches, etc. I liked their (somewhat) eclectic selection, and the sandwich was definitely a winner.

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Darwin's has this vaguely hipster/organic vibe going on -- it's a market but also has a counter where they'll make sandwiches, etc. I liked their (somewhat) eclectic selection, and the sandwich was definitely a winner.

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Darwin's use to be a great place to hang out. Grab a coffee/tea and use the generous free wifi but during the summer months it turns into a hang out for local foul smelling homeless and politically obsessed cranky old women. I'd advise waiting for the fall and for the students to return before going to the shop on Mt. Auburn.

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★★☆☆☆

Darwin's use to be a great place to hang out. Grab a coffee/tea and use the generous free wifi but during the summer months it turns into a hang out for local foul smelling homeless and politically obsessed cranky old women. I'd advise waiting for the fall and for the students to return before going to the shop on Mt. Auburn.

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I've been going to Darwin's sandwich shop for many years now because it's one of Harvard Square's remaining neighborhood gems. I've watched it evolve from a little corner take-out place, into 2 popular community hot-spots. That's because in this society of corporate largesse and sameness, Darwin's remains independently owned and original, serving inventive, high quality and super tasty food. The word is out about this place and it does get crazy busy in there during lunch hours. But the places hums along, and they couldn't fit any more employees behind that counter if they wanted to. Generally they're friendly, hard-working, and doing the best they can. I get to know some of their names, I ask what the 'specials' are that day - it gets me through the line quicker, and I enoy my delicious, authentic Darwin's experience in their crowded but lovely cafe eating area. Or I sit on the bench outside and then I go back to work - nourished and energized. I highly recommend it, but not for the weak at heart.

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★★★★★

I've been going to Darwin's sandwich shop for many years now because it's one of Harvard Square's remaining neighborhood gems. I've watched it evolve from a little corner take-out place, into 2 popular community hot-spots. That's because in this society of corporate largesse and sameness, Darwin's remains independently owned and original, serving inventive, high quality and super tasty food. The word is out about this place and it does get crazy busy in there during lunch hours. But the places hums along, and they couldn't fit any more employees behind that counter if they wanted to. Generally they're friendly, hard-working, and doing the best they can. I get to know some of their names, I ask what the 'specials' are that day - it gets me through the line quicker, and I enoy my delicious, authentic Darwin's experience in their crowded but lovely cafe eating area. Or I sit on the bench outside and then I go back to work - nourished and energized. I highly recommend it, but not for the weak at heart.

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The sandwiches at Darwin's really are some of the best in Cambridge. Fresh ingredients, excellent bread, interesting combinations. However, the service is absolutely terrible. Last time I went there, I waited 45 minutes for my sandwich. 45 minutes! For a sandwich with three ingredients at an over-the-counter deli. The time before that, there were hardly any other customers in the place, and I stood at the counter for 5 minutes, completely ignored, waiting to place my order, only to be given a completely condescending and sarcastic attitude from the person taking the orders. Unfortunately, Darwin's is so popular in the neighborhood that they have no incentive to improve their service. Terrible.

1
★★☆☆☆

The sandwiches at Darwin's really are some of the best in Cambridge. Fresh ingredients, excellent bread, interesting combinations. However, the service is absolutely terrible. Last time I went there, I waited 45 minutes for my sandwich. 45 minutes! For a sandwich with three ingredients at an over-the-counter deli. The time before that, there were hardly any other customers in the place, and I stood at the counter for 5 minutes, completely ignored, waiting to place my order, only to be given a completely condescending and sarcastic attitude from the person taking the orders. Unfortunately, Darwin's is so popular in the neighborhood that they have no incentive to improve their service. Terrible.

Pros: Good food, fresh ingredients.

Cons: Terrible service, ridiculously slow, horrible attitude

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Sometimes when I'm at work, lunch calls for something better than what the adjacent Shell Gas Station has to offer. Sometimes, I head over to Darwin's Cambridge Street location. The sandwiches are deeelish and the staff serves you with a friendly smile but when it comes to finding a seat you're pressing your luck. Group tables are peppered with nerd-surfers and data-darlings who all know the game: one laptop user per table, and take up as many tables as possible, and when a sea of patrons stare at you surfing, kindly smile and remember: surf away, look away. This little restaurant is best summed up as a cyber cafe, with some tasty takeaway if you're hungry. So without a laptop, I am stuck sipping my sanpel and chomping on my sandwich back at the office.

1
★★★☆☆

Sometimes when I'm at work, lunch calls for something better than what the adjacent Shell Gas Station has to offer. Sometimes, I head over to Darwin's Cambridge Street location. The sandwiches are deeelish and the staff serves you with a friendly smile but when it comes to finding a seat you're pressing your luck. Group tables are peppered with nerd-surfers and data-darlings who all know the game: one laptop user per table, and take up as many tables as possible, and when a sea of patrons stare at you surfing, kindly smile and remember: surf away, look away. This little restaurant is best summed up as a cyber cafe, with some tasty takeaway if you're hungry. So without a laptop, I am stuck sipping my sanpel and chomping on my sandwich back at the office.

Pros: I get cucumbers on my sandwich and they have a nice crunch

Cons: No good if you are a lap-topless loser

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The sandwiches are great, albeit a little expensive. Although, don't ever hope to sit down in Darwins, because at 9am, 25 laptop-wielding wifi squatters rush the doors and take all the seats. They don't buy anything, and don't acknowledge the desires of paying customers to _auctually_ eat the food they purchased at the same location. If you can get beyond all those idiots and the staff that won't simply turn the wifi off during lunch or ask people to leave, then its a fine sandwich shop.

1
★★★☆☆

The sandwiches are great, albeit a little expensive. Although, don't ever hope to sit down in Darwins, because at 9am, 25 laptop-wielding wifi squatters rush the doors and take all the seats. They don't buy anything, and don't acknowledge the desires of paying customers to _auctually_ eat the food they purchased at the same location. If you can get beyond all those idiots and the staff that won't simply turn the wifi off during lunch or ask people to leave, then its a fine sandwich shop.

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Lousy staff, no seating because of laptop-losers and strollers

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I used to go the mt.auburn location during the last few years until they opened the new shop on cambridge street last spring! Further way from harvard square than the other (and closer to me), friends and I cannot keep ourselves away from the place!! Like the original it is still a great place to meet up with friends, grab a coffee, read the paper, do some studying, and of course grab one of their delicious sandwich creations, although now with different sandwich names than the original (confused me at first). I have not found a better sandwich bite for money spent in the cambridge area yet! I am especially a fan of the vegetarian sanwiches. Will admit sometimes the service is a bit slow, but they are sandwich craftsmen, meticulously layering in each ingredient (as most creations ahve quite a few), like scooping fresh avocado out onto your sandwich...unless you're a regular, speak up and let them know your're there and hungry and want a sandwich or you might be ignored as they tend to other business...nonetheless, it's a great spot for the lunch or dinner hungry sandwich-lover (+other fresh options).

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★★★★★

I used to go the mt.auburn location during the last few years until they opened the new shop on cambridge street last spring! Further way from harvard square than the other (and closer to me), friends and I cannot keep ourselves away from the place!! Like the original it is still a great place to meet up with friends, grab a coffee, read the paper, do some studying, and of course grab one of their delicious sandwich creations, although now with different sandwich names than the original (confused me at first). I have not found a better sandwich bite for money spent in the cambridge area yet! I am especially a fan of the vegetarian sanwiches. Will admit sometimes the service is a bit slow, but they are sandwich craftsmen, meticulously layering in each ingredient (as most creations ahve quite a few), like scooping fresh avocado out onto your sandwich...unless you're a regular, speak up and let them know your're there and hungry and want a sandwich or you might be ignored as they tend to other business...nonetheless, it's a great spot for the lunch or dinner hungry sandwich-lover (+other fresh options).

Pros: Good value, Delicious

Cons: Slow service, Often busy

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I have been going to Darwins for about a year now and enjoying their delicious sandwiches, the gourmet beer and wine and the fine selection of salads to go and desserts, not to mention the coffee. Delicious! I must say all of the bad reviews about the staff are undeserved. I have found them to be more than friendly and always willing to accommodate my sandwich or coffee demands. I think the only reason one might think that they are being rude is because the person feels a little left out because the staff knows so many of the regular customers by name, like myself, who come in there and make small talk with them. It might seem as if they are not working or they are giving special treatment to people, but the thing is thats Darwins! Everyone knows everyone there and yes if you come in only once in a blue moon you might feel a little left out, but, its a community that they foster which is very easy to get into just come by more often and start chatting, after all they do offer free wireless ;)

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★★★★★

I have been going to Darwins for about a year now and enjoying their delicious sandwiches, the gourmet beer and wine and the fine selection of salads to go and desserts, not to mention the coffee. Delicious! I must say all of the bad reviews about the staff are undeserved. I have found them to be more than friendly and always willing to accommodate my sandwich or coffee demands. I think the only reason one might think that they are being rude is because the person feels a little left out because the staff knows so many of the regular customers by name, like myself, who come in there and make small talk with them. It might seem as if they are not working or they are giving special treatment to people, but the thing is thats Darwins! Everyone knows everyone there and yes if you come in only once in a blue moon you might feel a little left out, but, its a community that they foster which is very easy to get into just come by more often and start chatting, after all they do offer free wireless ;)

Pros: the food, the staff, the atmosphere

Cons: no place to sit for sandwich buyers :( darn that free internet!

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I always go to the "other" location because it's near my doctor. The sandwiches are large, and really are fresh and delicious. The dining area is always crowded and people are averse to sharing tables or cleaning up after themselves. The wait staff leave something to be desired.... my friend tried to place her order three times, but the person taking her order kept getting distracted by the personal conversations going on behind the counter. There were two people at the register. While I was paying the person not helping me was going through my private papers which I had to lay down on the counter in order to pay. WHAT? The staff definitely think alot of themselves for working here, but I was not impressed by them.

1
★★★☆☆

I always go to the "other" location because it's near my doctor. The sandwiches are large, and really are fresh and delicious. The dining area is always crowded and people are averse to sharing tables or cleaning up after themselves. The wait staff leave something to be desired.... my friend tried to place her order three times, but the person taking her order kept getting distracted by the personal conversations going on behind the counter. There were two people at the register. While I was paying the person not helping me was going through my private papers which I had to lay down on the counter in order to pay. WHAT? The staff definitely think alot of themselves for working here, but I was not impressed by them.

Pros: Delicious food

Cons: Staff

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I recently discovered Darwin's and love the sandwiches, so I was thrilled to find a new neighborhood spot, even if it can be a bit pricey. Unfortunately, every time I have been there, the service has been either indifferent or downright hostile. I am not expecting much, but basic civility really doesn't seem like too much to ask. I have decided that I won't be going back because I don't want to give my money to a place where the staff seems to be put out by having to actually interact with customers.

1
★★★☆☆

I recently discovered Darwin's and love the sandwiches, so I was thrilled to find a new neighborhood spot, even if it can be a bit pricey. Unfortunately, every time I have been there, the service has been either indifferent or downright hostile. I am not expecting much, but basic civility really doesn't seem like too much to ask. I have decided that I won't be going back because I don't want to give my money to a place where the staff seems to be put out by having to actually interact with customers.

Pros: Interesting food, Cozy interior, Great tea

Cons: Terrible service, Terrible service, Terrible service

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The prices are way too high for the quality. The staff talks too much to each other instead of focusing on making sandwiches. They are polite either.

1
★★★☆☆

The prices are way too high for the quality. The staff talks too much to each other instead of focusing on making sandwiches. They are polite either.

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Yummy sanwiches, reasonable prices. I want to try their dessert next time!

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★★★★★

Yummy sanwiches, reasonable prices. I want to try their dessert next time!

Pros: food

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Lovely little sandwich shop although the location in Cambridge is not the most pleasing. Complimentary wireless internet service makes it a wonderful place to go and get some work done. The sandwiches are all fantastic, but my favorite has got to be The Irving. Hot pastrami topped with coleslaw and russian dressing. Yummmm.

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★★★★★

Lovely little sandwich shop although the location in Cambridge is not the most pleasing. Complimentary wireless internet service makes it a wonderful place to go and get some work done. The sandwiches are all fantastic, but my favorite has got to be The Irving. Hot pastrami topped with coleslaw and russian dressing. Yummmm.

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Words cannot describe how delicious Darwin's sandwiches are. They are the best sandwiches I have ever had. Moist and juicy, flavorful, wonderful & interesting taste combinations. You can request small sandwich sizes too. I live around the corner from the new branch on Cambridge Street and cannot stop myself from going a couple of times a week. Nice comfortable sitting area inside & shady benches outside too. Only drawback is that they are cash only - this can be a real pain when you have a pang for a delicious sandwich but have no cash, especially because the only ATM nearby is often out of service. Also, it is not cheap, but trust me, it's worth it.

2
★★★★★

Words cannot describe how delicious Darwin's sandwiches are. They are the best sandwiches I have ever had. Moist and juicy, flavorful, wonderful & interesting taste combinations. You can request small sandwich sizes too. I live around the corner from the new branch on Cambridge Street and cannot stop myself from going a couple of times a week. Nice comfortable sitting area inside & shady benches outside too. Only drawback is that they are cash only - this can be a real pain when you have a pang for a delicious sandwich but have no cash, especially because the only ATM nearby is often out of service. Also, it is not cheap, but trust me, it's worth it.

Pros: taste, location, service

Cons: cash only

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A little bit of a stroll from the center of Harvard Square, but well worth the walk. Sandwiches to die for with fun names like Mount Auburn. Sweets to drool over. Great neighborhood vibe. Meet a friend, read a paper, good for chilling out.

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★★★★★

A little bit of a stroll from the center of Harvard Square, but well worth the walk. Sandwiches to die for with fun names like Mount Auburn. Sweets to drool over. Great neighborhood vibe. Meet a friend, read a paper, good for chilling out.

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The great Sandwiches and comfortable coffee shop make me come back for more every week. Check it out.

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★★★★★

The great Sandwiches and comfortable coffee shop make me come back for more every week. Check it out.

Cons: parking

 

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