Shy Bird

4.6
188 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

Top tags:

Casual
An all-day neighborhood rotisserie and cafe. We are located in the heart of Kendall Square in Cambridge, surrounded by the MIT campus. We are best known for our rotisserie chicken, sandwiches in addition to great coffee, wine, beer, and cocktails.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 188 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBeverlyB
New England
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I love their menu. A great lunch spot for meeting friends and workmates.

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vipbgourmand
New England
276 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Since Shy Bird is owned by Branch Line in Watertown, they specialize in rotisserie chicken too. I had a Caesar salad with chicken, which was okay - nothing special. The chicken was served on it in cut up small pieces. There are other items on the menu too. We were there for lunch, so I don't know what it is like for dinner. We sat outside on the large outdoor sidewalk area, which was nice - but there was no shade/no umbrella, which I would have appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good food, excellent service. Definitely a louder setting, a little on the expensive side for what it is.

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PeterK
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a great restaurant that has adapted to the times and provides delicious food and great service. I will be back again and again!

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Kate
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

I indicated that our reservation was for a special occasion and we wanted indoor seating. That communication didn't appear reflected when we were asked if we wanted to sit inside/outside. We were seated in a pretty undesirable section of the restaurant. Food was good though!

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HeleneT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent and timely service. the servers were very gracious and accommodating. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Mother’s Day Brunch

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JR5434
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We came to Shy Bird on Mothers Day. We had our dog Cash with us, which was great to have our dog on the patio. Service was fantastic, everyone came and said hello to Cash. Everyone was very friendly and service was quick. Great brunch drinks too. We will definitely be back especially with our dog.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

All the waiters and waitresses are so kind and great. The food is nice and reasonably priced. Ambiance is fun and cute

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing. We had the chicken for two and each had a cocktail and a glass of wine each. From the beginning of the dinner, our server Samantha was extremely rude and cold to us, while she was overly nice to the other tables around us. She never came to check in on the table, and the whole situation was uncomfortable and awkward. We don’t believe we did anything to offend her but she ruined the night.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seriously some of the best staff I’ve ever encountered! So welcoming to me and my pup! Have gone back three times in two weeks, highly recommend!

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LaurenH
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great lunch! Amazingly affordable, kind staff, lovely patio.

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GandG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and experience. They offered a taste of beer, to help me make my selection. Prices above average.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was GREAT. The entire staff was super friendly. Drinks and food were awesome, too!

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FrequentBostonDiner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor alternative to the crowds at Newbury St and the street noise around Central Sq. Many options for vegans and meat lovers alike.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were amazing!!

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vipAllisonW
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really cool little spot in Kendall Square. We ordered the chicken bites (I think they were called Dunks?) for an appetizer and were so full for the rest of the meal. The staff was great and the ambiance was lively and fun! I’d recommend and would go again.

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Steve
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food is good a d grateful to eat outside. Unfortunately it is on a busy traffic corner so louder than optimal for relaxed dining. Would go back.

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joand
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was made very welcome even though I had an open table voucher, waiters were great, service was wonderful, we had a table outside in the sunshine, they were in no hurry to move us on, the ladies who lunch, definitely will be going again. Food was also good, I took half of my sandwich home, it was very plentiful

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful, accommodating staff. All were very sweet & fun with our baby!

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Dinner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good wine, friendly and efficient service from nice people.

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KarenV
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Nice spot for an outdoor lunch. The food was good. Service was fast. Would return.

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vipCambridgeRo
New England
42 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

The staff was very friendly and welcoming! I was very excited about trying the Shy Bird Benedict. It reads very exciting on the menu, but I was disappointed. The eggs were perfectly poached, the bread was tasty, but the chicken was cold and no real rotisserie flavor. The two pieces in the huge plate seemed lonely. Maybe add some home fries or just a few greens to cheer it up?
My friend had the veggie burger and it was very tasty for sure. Based on the friendly service, I would go again and try something different for sure.

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vipMjgboston
New England
38 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Nothing to write home about.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

There was construction with loud machines and workers laying tar Unfortunately not the most peaceful lunch, but will try again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

I love the ambiance. Nice for a casual night out with friends or a date. Food is good for sharing and nice selection of alcoholic drinks

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Vani
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food with good company, definitely recommend! It was chilly though so would've been nice if the outdoor heater was on near our table.

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vipHD33
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I went the first few weeks of opening and wasn't impressed.

I just went back a really enjoyed it!

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vipVivianM
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We go to shy bird often, which speaks volumes!! The food and service are great, and h the outdoor space is lovely.
The heaters do a great job

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vipDerrickA
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very helpful staff. Good solid food with perfect portions. I even learned of a new favorite type of wine!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great food!

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AvidTraveler
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always good here, but the ambiance is even better thanks to the terrific waitstaff and comfortable outdoor seating.

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RICHARD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall2Food4Service5Ambience2

Was a nice place but not for a family dinner out with your teenage child. More for adults.

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vipStanW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were excellent! I would definitely recommend Shy Bird to friends.

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vipAndrew
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Great food but service was a mess. The staff were nice and patient, but it was very disorganized for Saturday brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

10/10 all around!! Sean (Manager) is the best!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

William was an amazing waiter! We had such a great experience! Will definitely return! Everything was perfection!

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RussellF
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic half-chicken and fries. service was great..

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Robyn
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not knowing what to expect, walking into a trendy coffee-shop-looking restaurant was a pleasant surprise. Although known for their chicken, there was a large amount of vegetarian options as well as a delicious drink menu. The staff were extremely accommodating and friendly. I would recommend Shy Bird to anyone.

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zadel
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Fried chicken sandwich is great and beer selection as well

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Shy Bird using the Order Online button. Shy Bird also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 714-4200.

Shy Bird is rated 4.6 stars by 188 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.