Fodor's Expert Review Orinoco

$ Cambridge Latin American Fodor's Choice

Don't miss this red clapboard, Latin American restaurant located down an alleyway in Harvard Square. Owner Andres Banger's dream to bring bountiful plates of superfresh family fare from his home country of Venezuela to Cambridge (as well as Brookline and the South End) rewards diners with delectable, palm-sized arepas, or crispy, hot, corn-flour pockets stuffed with beans, cheese, chicken, or pork; pabellon criollo, moist shredded beef with stewed beans, rice, and plantains; and red chili adobo–marinated, charred pollo (chicken). Empanadas, hearty salads, and stuffed French-bread sandwiches at lunch, along with a small selection of wine and beer, round out the very affordable menu at this casual eatery. When weather permits, ask for a seat on the hidden back patio, a quiet flower-and-fountain-filled oasis that makes the rest of the world feel very far away.

Latin American Casual Lunch Dinner $ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

56 JFK St.
Cambridge, Massachusetts  02138, USA


Known For:
  • Venezuelan specialties
  • Generous portions
  • Great value
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Reservations not accepted

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