Just around the corner from the beaten path at 1 Shepard Street in Cambridge is Shepard, an elegant restaurant that puts simplicity first with ever-changing, seasonal selections.
The menu is no-nonsense, with a few selections in each of four categories: Snacks, Starters, Mains, and Sweets. Local ingredients drive the selections, and terse descriptions invite a conversation with your server. Dishes are beautifully presented on clean ceramics and wooden boards, and nobody will judge you for taking a photo before you tuck in.
Close tables create a convivial atmosphere in the airy, open dining room. The decor is clean and unrefined, with understated glass globe light-fixtures floating above simple wooden tables and banquettes hugging the walls. A ten-seat, white marble bar runs along one wall, with a large mirror reflecting the simple mural of a felled tree trunk across the room. Other than the occasional pop of green from a live plant, the palette is subdued in greys and blues.
The drinks are understated too, with a cocktail list that prefers well-executed classics to complicated techniques. The wine list is rooted in France and moderately priced, with a couple of geographic and financial outliers. Beers are spare, but cover all the bases.
Shepard is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5:30pm.
1 Shepard St
Cambridge, MA 02138