Permanently Closed - Bergamot

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Bergamot, in Somerville, serves progressive american cuisine with a focus on fresh and seasonal produce in a warm and relaxing environment. The brainchild of Chef Keith Pooler and Servio Garcia, this restaurant's priority is hospitality. The wine list is diverse, meant to show off unsung winemakers from all over the world doing amazing things in small quantities and our cocktails are expertly crafted by our bartenders. Bergamot restaurant is located right on the city line of Somerville and Cambridge Massachusetts in between Harvard Sq, Inman Sq., Porter Sq. and Union Sq. Bergamot welcomes vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters, our chefs are always willing to accommodate any dietary restriction that you might have. Our restaurant can host your next private event for up to 78 people.

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.0
service
4.3
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vipBostonJeff
New England
53 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service with great presentation equals a perfect evening out. Highly recommended!!

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Olga
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thank you, Bergamot for the wonderful evening, delicious food, nice people... Will definitely come back

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vipEganross
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Only complaint was the low-sinking seating of the wall banquette. Starting off with fantastic Iggy’s bread and smoked rosemary butter let us know we were in for culinary perfection!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the chef’s choice tasting menu! It was exceptional. The service outstanding. We could not have asked for a more delightful dining experience.

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vipRobS
New England
45 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One of our favorite places, for special occasions or just a nice night out. Food is consistently delicious (note the menu is somewhat limited in the sense that there are 5or 6 entrees and a similar number of starters), the staff is gracious, low-key, and accommodating, and the atmosphere is blessedly conversational with interesting music and decor, although I would tell the restaurant to stick to jazz instead of Brazilian covers of Earth, Wind, and Fire, We have had terrific meals here (definitely get the 5 course chef choice if you can); only one time did it fall short portion-wise in the summer of 2019; the latest meal left us stuffed. Cocktails are delicious and inventive; the wine list per bottle is pricey but the single pours are ample and in the expected range (~$13-15). Would definitely recommend. (The desserts are the only areas where they could use some beefing up and creativity).

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TannerT
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

I want to touch on the "service" category mainly and this review only depicts the treatment our table received from one server. His name is Matthew. Upon asking a cocktail recommendation, he got immediately offended for some reason, and his answer was: "I don't drink cocktails". Matthew was very short in his responses and we observed that behavior throughout our prix fixe courses, and it was clear that he did not appear to like our table for some reason. Another noteworthy response from Matthew was when he asked us if we wanted more bread. There was a slight hesitation on us to interact with him which led us to not respond to him for a few seconds, and because of that, we were asked: "Is that a YES or a NO??". Despite excellent food quality and other service members who were courteous and professional, our overall dining experience was negatively impacted by his unprofessionalism.

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vipCarolineC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Really disappointing. Terrible music that was really distracting. Average food. Duck was good but nothing special. $8 for in house sparkling water. Hair on my plate which I didn’t bother mentioning.

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KaitG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting food and great wine pairing for the tasting menu

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was on a first date. I was seated a couple minutes prior to my reservation. The ambiance was great for having a meaningful conversation and connecting with my date. The service ad food was great and provide sufficient portions for both my date and I to enjoy and share with each course and entree. I loved the service and experience.

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vipPamela
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

An expensive place for that it is. The entrances were small and the food was good but not excellent.

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TrowB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All dishes were superbly prepared, with taste and imagination.

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VinV
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was fun to go out and try a tasting menu, and the food was good, but it didn't wow me as much as other $200 meals I've had.

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SusanP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bergamot meets all my requirements in a restaurant: it is possible to have a civilized conversation and pleasant evening when seated in the area I prefer; the wait staff are overwhelmingly willing to answer questions and not make diners feel rushed (to the point where I have been embarrassed of my dinner guests taking advantage of their kindnesses); and the experience always makes me want to go back. A a more frequent change to the menu would be helpful plus a few desserts without dairy. Other than that, I would and do recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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stevea
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We've been here many times and enjoy the creative menu and ambience. Seems like they were busy with a large party and many arriving at a similar time. Result was pretty poor service. Everything took forever. Appetizers arrived before drinks. Bread after both. Staff were polite and apologized for the delay in drinks, but could have let us know things would be going slowly up front.

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vipSeniorCounsel
New England
40 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent and so was the server, While appetizers arrived promptly, the kitchen was very slow with the main course (although they did bring two kids meals before the others). The server apologized and said that the regular chef was not there. All in all, a very positive experience with excellent food and atmosphere.

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vipJoanD
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bergamot. The food is excellent, the service is fabulous and the three course option makes it affordable. This is my go to place when I have out-of-town guests to entertain.

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ShannonH
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food, service and wine list are always great. Will request a table with chairs next time. The banquet seating at the two tops is very low and uncomfortable.

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vipOrion
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was very very slow. It took 20 minutes to get menus and then loads of time between each course, with no attention from wait staff. It even took 20 minutes to get the bill!

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ELizabethD
New England
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a 3rd trip to Bergamot. This is one our favorite restaurants. The food was superb and the rice pudding was to die for! The service was top notch as well. I would recommend Bergamot 100 times over to anyone:)

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AnneT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had a very complexing experience and for our vegetarian, a disappointing experience. We ordered the tasting menu then asked if we could order an extra app and were dissuaded by our waitress who insisted that the proportions were carefully calculated and it would be too much food. There was then a discussion of who she'd have to fake out the kitchen on how to work it into the line up. We left her to figure it out. Similarly, there were 2 desserts to share between 4 people so we asked if we could purchase another... for some reason she didn't want to sell us more. Again we had to push to make this happen. The food quantity was just fine, even with the extra app and dessert - we weren't stuffed. The vegetarian's meal was very basic, things were omitted rather than nicely substituted, and didn't begin to compare to ours.

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AliciaI
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Based on recommendations from friends, I was excited to bring my colleagues to Bergamot last Friday night. We were warmly welcomed by very attentive staff, especially our server, Clayton. However the level of individual attentiveness did not translate into the attentiveness to serving times. Every aspect of our dining was slow; from the serving of drinks and pace between courses. We were served our mains after more than 2 hours. One in our party did not really eat very much because of dietary restrictions and the long waiting times affected her the most. She only had roasted potatoes to eat all night and even those arrived late. I would have assumed that the serving staff would be more empathetic towards my co-diner who barely ate when he was, it seemed, very attentive to everything else. Overall, we were all quite disappointed.

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vipmbview
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

We love their food. It never disappoints. Interesting selections perfectly prepared. The service is excellent- attentive without being cloying. Now the BUTs: the noise is overwhelming, so loud it deeply detracts from the experience. They’re not about turning tables over quickly, the usual reason for a deafening din. Our dinner lasted 2 hours.. the wine pairings, an additional $45 regularly disappoints, however. They don’t stand up well on their own and do very little to enhance the food. Finally the lock on the first restroom is broken. They should either fix it or post a sign saying, “knock first!”

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vipKsenia
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bland, uninspired food and slow, slow disorganized service. Will never go back. Anything is Boston is better

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

This wasn’t our first time Celebrating at Bergamot. We have really enjoyed our meals here in the past. So when we were thinking of places to celebrate our 20th year dating anniversary, it was my first choice!!

The food as always was amazing. The wine pairing with the 5 course tasting menu was spectacular!! But the service was bad and it really affected our celebratory mood. Our server forgot about us multiple times and at one point she forgot where we were in our courses and caused a very long delay between courses. What normally is an 1.5-2 hour meal was over a 3 hour meal. My husband was really put off by it and isn’t sure we will be going back. For the amount of money that the meal cost, the service really should be substantially better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
28 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A favorite place for a quiet dinner with our family. The setting is always impeccable and the food on our most recent visit was exquisite. The menu is more favorable to pescetarians and vegetarians than most places, yet the range is limited. There is definitely an emphasis on quality over quantity of dishes. The servers are well-informed and really pleasant people. I recommend it highly.

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Nester
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great selection.

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BrittanyT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The service was horrible but the food was outstanding

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ethics
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Christmas Eve dinner had a limited menu, but our experience was very pleasant. We'll have to return, to get a more complete sense of the restaurant's capabilities.

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vipHPfam
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The bartender and one lady were very nice.
Our main waiter seemed uninterested and our order was not executed right. We were missing an appetizer and he never bothered to check on us after taking the order.
Food was decent though one main dish should have been a small plate not full priced entree as there was very little there.

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EricC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the chef’s 5-course tasting menu. They were able to accommodate for my vegetarian partner. Fantastic food and great service who described our courses in great detail. Strongly recommend!

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vipAlvaroR
New England
19 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Quality of food is average, nothing spectacular and prices are too high, especially with portions being small. Service was outstanding which helped a lot

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Bethgb
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The food and service were very good. Yelp says they are vegan friendly. There was a vegan option - 2 small pieces of roasted butter squash. It was good, but don't think I'd eat here again. Portions were very small and the bill was very high.

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vipStoked
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fanciness and enjoyment do not have a linear relationship.

Bergamot is right at the apex of the curve.

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none
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We arrived a little before our reservation and they seated us right away. Waiter came over immediately and gave us some bread and took our drink order. He was great but it took forever to get our drink. Great choices on the menu and food was outstanding! Disagree with portions too small as we felt very adequate. Not tapas at all. We had the beets and monkfish. Perfect! But would agree that it took a very long time for food to come out, about 45 minutes and ordered a second drink and he forgot it. Was going to get desert but we had already been there over 2h and didn’t want to take another 30 min for desert. So overall excellent, food amazing, waiter with great personality and knowledge of menu but service was overall slow. Would go back again for sure.

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vipSallyJ
New England
61 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our meals were delicious although portions were very small relative to their cost. Unfortunately our waiter was rude at times and we had to wait a very long time for food to arrive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant
Food outstanding chef choice menu. Every course outstanding.
Highly recommend

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Mike
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food and drink were excellent. Meal took an hour and a half to come, and it wasn’t a busy night

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viprichardp
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had not been to Bergamot for a number of years but I continued to read favorable reviews and occasionally heard from a friends that the food was excellent.

So my wife and I went for our wedding anniversary. It was a Monday night and the restaurant was quiet. The waiter was attentive at first while we ordered drinks and then talked about starters. After the drinks came it was a rather long wait for the appetizers, which were quite good. While waiting for the first course we had ordered our entrees.

3/4’s of an hour after finishing our appetizers our main course came. The wait seemed interminable and somewhat diminished our experience and the pleasure of eating out.

The food was good but nothing to rush back for.

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PauletteT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food is great. The officiousness of the greeter may bother you.

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Tony
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Cons:
- Servings are extremely small; I understand it is suppose to be an "artisan" restaurant - the food is certainly pretty, but not good if you want an actual meal.

- Expensive

- Came here with my girl friend and got the 5-course. Food came out PAINFULLY slowly. One of the dishes she didn't like at all. When the waiter came up and asked her if we liked it we said she didn't like the dish. I was pretty surprised when he didn't try to remedy the situation by bringing her a different dish, especially considering how much we were paying.

Pros:
- Extremely kind, patient, and engaging staff. Seriously, the staff here rocks; they are both professional and personable - a combination hard to get right.

- The food is pretty and tasteful

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Permanently Closed - Bergamot is rated 4.2 stars by 2194 OpenTable diners.

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