There's nothing you can't find to whet your appetite at nearby Cambridge restaurants, which range from upscale Italian and elegant dining rooms serving prix-fix menus to casual bakeries and coffee shops. These are Freepoint Hotel Cambridge, Tapestry Collections' top picks for cafes and restaurants in Cambridge.
Freepoint Kitchen & Cocktails
Our onsite restaurant comes from chef Matt Gaudet, known for his slow-fermented dough pizza and hailed as one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs of 2013. The Kitchen is poised to be one of the most popular restaurants in Cambridge. The Kitchen at Hotel Freepoint: 220 Alewife Brook Pkwy, 617-491-8000.
In Kendall Square, you'll find pizza crafted from 30-hour fermented dough, and topped with everything from Wellfleet clams and bacon to banana peppers and hand-pulled mozzarella. Area Four: 500 Technology Square; 617-758-4444
Steps from Davis Square station is Diesel Cafe, the best coffee option for visitors who want something a bit more exciting than the standard cup of joe. Try a latte blended with house-made orange-vanilla syrup, or the Tuck's Turtle: hot chocolate with hazelnut, whipped cream, and a salted caramel made in house. Diesel Cafe: 257 Elm St., Somerville; 617-629-8717
Five Horses Tavern
Beer aficionados will find a rotating bar menu of at nearly 160 drafts and bottles. The only thing more impressive than this tavern's beer menu, however, is its whiskey list (more than 150 selections strong). Five Horses Tavern: 400 Highland Ave.; 617-764-1655
Flour Bakery and Cafe
Chef Joanne Chang's third iteration of Flour Bakery and Cafe is around the corner from MIT. Her pecan-studded sticky buns and sour cream coffee cakes are breakfast pastry revelations. Flour Bakery and Cafe: 190 Massachusetts Ave.; 617-225-2525
Less than a five minute's walk to Freepoint Hotel Cambridge, Tapestry Collection, Genki Ya serves creative, organic sushi at excellent prices. In addition to classic California rolls and Spicy Tuna rolls, Genki Ya creates such innovations as the Honey Roll (sweet potato, banana, cucumber, carrots, cream cheese) and the Boston Flower Roll: salmon, shrimp, cucumber, fish roe, mayo, and assorted green vegetables. Genki Ya: 231 Alewife Brook Pkwy.; 617-661-8200
An ambitious new addition to Cambridge's competitive scene, Juliet-run by Joshua Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri-is our favorite new spot for brunch. The couple's first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Somerville serves soft-cooked omelets with wild mushrooms and fresh herbs and toast with cured salmon topped with tamarind and yogurt. Juliet: 257 Washington St., Somerville; 617-718-0958
Since 2001, Oleana has been serving artful Arabic dishes on a quiet corner near Central Square. Try the chicken with Za'atar sauce and Turkish-style profiteroles with nutty nuances like halva and sesame caramel-especially in the summertime, when the fig tree-framed patio is open. Oleana: 134 Hampshire St; 617-661-0505
The Table at Season to Taste
A collaboration between two top Cambridge chefs, The Table at Season to Taste is a newcomer serving French, prix-fixe dinners in a rustic, country-style space. Make reservations well in advance for a special night out: there are only 20 tables. The Table at Season to Taste: 2447 Massachusetts Ave.; 617-871-9468
At the edge of Harvard Square is this cozy, European-style restaurant with exposed brick walls and tables dressed in white tablecloths. Nightly prix-fixe menus feature refined (yet surprisingly unfussy) plates like ricotta agnolotti, pork rillettes, and brie fermier. T.W. Food: 377 Walden St.; 617-864-4745