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Bukowski's Tavern

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American, Bar, Pub
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1281 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1338
+1 617-497-7077
11:30 - 01:00
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Sun - Wed 11:30 - 01:00
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We waited 10 minutes for a server to come over after we sat down. The server was unhelpful and rather snooty, and forgot my daughter's drink. Food selections were limited and nothing stood out as appealing. You can get a "Hobo Delight" which consists of a plain hot dog with a 40 oz Colt 45 or PBR...wry hipster irony that... More 

Thank Susan41569
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

They have a bunch of wild game burger on the menu like elk, camel and kangaroo. They also have good ol' beef and duck burgers. My server recommended the antelope burger. Delicious! A great, casual atmosphere for relaxing and unwinding with friends over beer and burgers.

Thank Kristle G
boston, ma
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Great food for the meat-eater as well as the vegetarian-vegan. Many esoteric meat options like elk, bison, kangaroo, etc. The Brisket burger was delicious. Vegan options were numerous but more straightforward - different vegan burgers as well as a hot dog option. The vegan hot dog was tasty and substantial. Will definitely go again.

Thank otto
Northampton, Massachusetts
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266 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Stopped here for lunch on a Saturday, and had a burger and an amazing golden stout. Ate at the bar, and enjoyed the atmosphere. Inman Square is very laid back and cool without being overly trendy. I really enjoy hanging out here instead of Harvard Square. Central Square has come a ways since the shabby old times, and Inman seems... More 

Thank PFandtheFlyers
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

Bukowskis has almost always been a really incredible experience. We love their selection of burgers and appetizers (The poe-tots are really great, as are their wings). The burger options are really diverse and fun to try out. I always stick with the antelope burger, which is always perfectly prepared. Feeling a bit trashier? They have the hobo special, which is... More 

Thank Joe Y
Thohoyandou, South Africa
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

Came here once for drinks and it was great. Cool setup and selection. I like their effort with different burgers on their menu like camel and elk. Would definitely return here with some friends.

Thank Sean4476
Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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126 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Went here for dinner after a long work day and it was a great stop. The atmosphere is relaxed and the food is awesome. The peanut butter burger is worth trying!

Thank K8errm24
Montreal, Canada
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

I went to dinner last night at Bukowski Tavern/Cambridge with my best friend and initially I was expecting a good experience. Lists of draft (and bottled) beers were everywhere and it looked like it could be a good place. I WAS WRONG. My friend and I waited more than 10 min. (once we reached our table) to be approached by... More 

Thank egb67
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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633 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

Not a great place to have dinner but nice enough to drink beer and eat some fast food. It is great for large groups interested in drinks and snacks. Not very good for families. Mostly young and single people hanging around drinking beer.

Thank Danuza
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

When i got there by myself there was a free table that they didn't want to offer me, so I say at the bar. In the end there was a smaller table available and order some food. From the 2 dogs that I ordered I only got one. And after waiting for 25 mins,I had to cancel it and ordered... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1281 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1338
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-497-7077

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?