THE AG­ING OAK 3 QUEEN ST. E., CAM­BRIDGE 519-260-5000 WWW.THEAGINGOAK.COM

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Hours

Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, 5 to 10 p.m.; Fri­day, 5 to 11 p.m.; Satur­day, 3 to 11 p.m. Wheel­chair ac­ces­si­bil­ity Not en­tirely; there is one step from the street to sur­mount, but once in­side the space is ac­ces­si­ble

At­mos­phere The Ag­ing Oak is a re­laxed spot mid­week, al­though I sus­pect the place gets noisy when all seats are oc­cu­pied; the low in­can­des­cent light­ing makes read­ing the menu a chal­lenge; mu­sic se­lec­tions were un­ob­tru­sive

Cui­sine

Fresh, lo­cal cui­sine made mostly in-house and con­scious of food trends, per­haps to a fault with some dishes more com­plex than nec­es­sary. With the chef man­ag­ing the kitchen on his own, the menu is sen­si­bly re­stricted to what he can de­liver to his stan­dards. New menu items are added or re­moved ev­ery cou­ple of weeks, of­ten based on cus­tomer feed­back, and fresh menus are de­vel­oped each sea­son. Watch for spe­cials, like Hump Day, where $24 gets two glasses of house wine and a flat­bread.

Drinks

A re­strained wine se­lec­tion cov­ers a lot of ge­og­ra­phy and there are a va­ri­ety of beers and care­fully-cu­rated whiskies avail­able.

Ser­vice

An in­vested host makes all the dif­fer­ence: the ser­vice was truly wel­com­ing and warm. One ex­tra server is hired at the week­ends when the restau­rant is most busy.

The bill $94.02 (in­clud­ing tax, but not tip) for four dishes, two small glasses of wine and one dessert In a nutshell

A sur­pris­ing find in an of­ten-over­looked cor­ner of the re­gion, The Ag­ing Oak pro­vides a warm wel­come and thought­fully-pre­pared fresh food.

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