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East Side Bar & Grill

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561 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 661-3278
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • 59
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great!

Was in town on business, staying at the brand new Fairfield Inn a few blocks away. One of the hotel staff recommended this place, so decided to try it. Great restaurant! First good sign: the place was packed with locals (empty restaurants are a bad sign). The food is good and plentiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Potomac, Maryland
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Potomac, Maryland
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260 reviews 260 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 NEW

Was in town on business, staying at the brand new Fairfield Inn a few blocks away. One of the hotel staff recommended this place, so decided to try it. Great restaurant! First good sign: the place was packed with locals (empty restaurants are a bad sign). The food is good and plentiful sized portions. Price is fair and reasonable.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

A must go !! Best steak tips ever. The pizza is excellent too. Owner very personable who takes pride in his food. You won't be disappointed.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

I have been searching for 10 years for a romantic, fun, delicious, welcoming, friendly italian restaurant. This place has it all, I cannot recommend it highly enough. The wait staff is so friendly and professional you can almost forget you're in Boston. Stunning service, cozy dining room and I'm still dreaming about the eggplant parmigiana I had. If you're a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We were in Cambridge last weekend and did not want to go into Boston for dinner. The East Side Bar & Grill was within walking distance. We went on a Saturday night but called ahead to see if we needed a reservation. They told us no. When we got there they told us it would be a short wait. We... More 

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Fredericton, Canada
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

AWESOME! We got a local beer (Cambridge Porter) and a cocktail. The beer was beautiful, the cocktail weak. The trio of meats with brisket etc. was fantastic. The coleslaw with it was light and great, the cornbread, good. The main mahi was superb, as was the avacado with mango etc. that you put on the fish. Nice! This place is... More 

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Southern California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We walked here from the Hampton Inn (about a mile). The food and service were really good. Prices were good as well.

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Washington, DC
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94 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We thought that we were in a Godfather movie when we walked in the door! This place has the look and feel of a 1950s Italian restaurant and that's a great warm feeling. Frank Sinatra singing to you and watching you from the walls. The food was typical southern Italian with delicious tomato sauce and full plates. Very good and... More 

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Portland, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We liked the variety on the menu. We were a little worried that on Friday night it would be packed and no reservations for parties under 5. No issue at all. We were seated and served in no time. Food was very good. And we did walk here from the Marlowe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I always go and order apps and end up full before the food even comes. Shame on me. But i force myself to eat the entree because its really that good. I love salmon and theirs and amazing. My gf Loves the steaktips and we both love the chicken. The meals are resonabely priced, the drinks are delicious and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Great service and great food. You may have to wait in line for a couple of minutes. It's worth the waiting though.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 561 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: (617) 661-3278

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?