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“What happened to Clover?” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Clover Food Lab

Clover Food Lab
Ranked #45 of 623 Restaurants in Cambridge
Cuisines: Fast food
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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116 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“What happened to Clover?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

I gave this place high marks a couple of years ago when I used to eat lunch here about twice a week. Back in Harvard Square for the summer, we dropped in last weekend for more good cheap veggie eats and were very disappointed. Let's start with what was good: the rosemary fries and the tomato/cucumber chopped salad. That's it, everything else was middling to downright awful. I ordered my usual, the chickpea platter. This dish used to be served with a good amount of smooth hummous topped with the chickpea fritters, a drizzle of tahini sauce and some good pickles, a perfect combination. The sides (little salads including chopped tomato and cucumber, grated carrots, red cabbage, etc) were separated from the hummous/chickpea fritters. This time, everything was thrown together into the container, the hummous, the fritters and the sides all one soupy mess. The hummous was tasteless and grainy, not smooth. There didn't seem to be any tahini or garlic in it. The fritters were room temperature, not even lukewarm. One of the sides was a chickpea salad (and really, chickpea salad when you've already got hummous and falafel on the plate? ) the chickpeas were so undercooked as to be inedible. My husband's falafel sandwich was also a soupy mess and completely fell apart after 2 bites, oozing lots of liquid from the toppings. Our server happened to ask us how our food was as we were leaving and I did share my thoughts with her. She seemed concerned and promised to pass my comments on to management. I realize that some of these issues might simply be training issues, maybe new people in the kitchen? But the quality of the food has definitely deteriorated over the past two years and it makes me sad to cross this place off my list of go-to eateries in Harvard Square.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hyderabad, India
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109 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Good food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

Loved the food, the ambiance and everything about this restaurant. It was a food truck earlier but now a restaurant.

Visited June 2014
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Thank arorareshma
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London
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent value, excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

Great choice of vegetarian food, beer and excellent value for money. Service fast. Washroom clean. Very enjoyable. Please come to the UK soon.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WeOnlyHadAStarter
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Concord, New Hampshire
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“No frills, filling vegetarian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

Reasonable prices for hearty vegetarian fare. I tried the egg and eggplant sandwich on homemade pita with a savory cilantro sauce. Even my picky granddaughter finished every bite. The quality of the food makes up for somewhat chaotic service and noise amplified by hard surfaces (floor, seating, walls, ceiling). Buy your food here, then find a shady chair in the nearby Harvard Yard for the best experience.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Brussel Sprout sandwiches!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Clover Food Lab (and its food truck) offers unusual new tastes to the adventurous eater. Everything is imaginative and delicious. The Rosemary fries are not to be missed. Come discover new tastes. A great place.
PS our kids (not fussy eaters) love it too.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Andy A
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