Last month, Dave’s family and I spent a wonderful evening at Rendezvous in Central Square. I did not survey the entire group on the specifics regarding what they thought of their dish, but I can tell you that everyone was extremely satisfied with their food. I wanted to share some snapshots of the food, as it was visually stunning, and there was an abundance of natural light, a rarity when you are eating dinner.

Boston lettuce with apples, cheddar cheese, spiced pecans and cider vinaigrette.

Simple salad of mesclun greens with sherry-mustard seed vinaigrette

The Rendezvous charcuterie assortment.

Selection of three farmhouse cheeses from Formaggio Kitchen, served with sliced apple, preserved oranges, and almonds.

Crispy roast chicken with preserved lemon, braised artichokes and shaved
black radish.

Gascon-style duck three ways: sliced breast, garlic sausage and confit leg.

Skillet-roasted skate wing with asparagus, meyer lemon and hazelnut brown butter.

Tuscan-style soup of cannellini beans, farro and black truffle.

Lemon-buttermilk pudding with huckleberry sauce.

Strawberry-rhubarb shortcake with mint and sweet cream.

Chef-owner Steve Johnson has been selecting ingredients based on seasonality long before it was trendy and Rendezvous boasts a rooftop garden that grows herbs for the restaurant. Chef Johnson is particularly knowledgeable when it comes to seafood, something he has become an expert in, living on a houseboat south of Boston one night a week for half the year. I first became intrigued by Rendezvous after reading this New York Times article last summer about the simple yet elegant meals Steve prepares for himself when on his boat, sourcing all his ingredients from nearby. His skill at transforming a few simple ingredients into something memorable is evident in all of the dishes at Rendezvous. Chef Johnson was kind enough to stop by our table and introduce himself. He has a kind and easygoing demeanor, something that extends to the entire dining experience and, along with the food, makes Rendezvous a highly worthy destination in Cambridge.

502 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA

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13 Responses to Rendezvous

  1. Great photos! I had a disappointing Rendezvous experience, but that was about 3 years ago, so I should give it another try!

  2. I want to love Rendezvous but have found their menu to be a bit limiting — maybe I should give it another go because your dinner looks absolutely delicious!

  3. Daisy says:

    Natural light is the best, it really lets these dishes shine. awesome photos. I would love to give this restaurant a try.

  4. Looks so tasty! I especially like the salads!

  5. Great photos! I want that duck dish… Rendezvous has really good cocktails too!

  6. Megan says:

    I would be all over the cheese platter and the duck! I still have not been there.

  7. Shannon says:

    wow everything looks FANTASTIC. I must add it to my list of places to-try!

  8. Molly Galler says:

    I went to Rendezvous for the first time in March for a large, birthday dinner. There were 10 of us, the food was excellent, the dessert was sublime and the service was delightful. I can’t wait to go again!

  9. Michelle says:

    I’ve never dined at Rendezvous but the dishes all look so wonderful!

  10. miriam says:

    I still remember when Rendezvous was the Burger King 🙂 Obviously, the cuisine has improved massively since then. Love the natural lighting – you almost forget that this was Central Square!

  11. Alicia says:

    So good to see you this weekend!! catching up on your blog – I want to swim in that huckleberry sauce!!

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