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East Side Bar & Grill

561 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 661-3278
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Ranked #9 of 535 restaurants in Cambridge
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is fantastic- the maitre'd is so kind, the staff are fantastic... The entire place is incredibly alive, and people love to come here and watch the game; it's local AND kid friendly. There's a quiet and loud section for whichever you prefer, and the food is wonderful... Try the steak salad with Zinfandel sauce. Definitely a great, local,... More

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Dunstable, Massachusetts, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Best restaurant in Cambridge. Chuck is the best bartender in Massachusetts. The food is always consistent and delicious. You can sit in the rear dining room for a little more intimate dining. I usually go old school and sit at the bar with a cold beer and a linguica pizza. The place can get a little crowded but, I tend... More

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Everett, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Food is the best around! Never a bad meal, and take it from an Italian, don't waste your time at tourist traps in the North End, Eastie or Downtown. It's even superior to any place that I've been to in Little Italy N.Y. East Side also has the best fruitti di mare in the world!! Owner and staff make everyone... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

Crowded, loud, terrible ambiance. Things were literally falling off the wall as we ate. People waiting for a table were hovering around us the whole meal and didn't even wait for us to put our coats on before sitting down. Food was okay but #1 in Cambridge? Please.

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Barre, Vermont
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Happened upon this jewel in the city if Cambridge...they (Mooch) treated us like family the minute we walked in the door. The food pasta bolognese was outstanding..The Margarita hit the spot after a long drive of bad weather...This is a great place, please do yourself a favor and stop by and see Mooch, his son Daniel..you won't regret it...Rod and... More

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Ludlow, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I have been to East Side 3 times with different people, and sent other people there. All have aggreed that this is a very nice little restaurant

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Manchester
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

So, here I was, first night in Boston having flown in from the UK that day and desperately trying to stay awake long enough to get over jetlag quickly. I needed somewhere close to my Hotel with good food, a warm welcome and great service. Tripadvisor reviews suggested this place and they were absolutely correct - I had a 'Surf... More

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Laval, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

On our last day in Boston (freezing Sunday). We were wondering where to go eat. Located 5 minutes away from our hotels on Cambridge Street. My kids and I order a Pizza... it was delicious... the best pizza we ever eat. Employees were very friendly. They even gave us free dessert. The Owner made a couple joke with my daughter.... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Just plain awesome! Looks dark and unapproachable at night, but the service was great and the food was over the top amazing!! Everything we had was delicious. It was huge portions as well. Give it a try!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Good food and nice atmosphere. Def glad I stopped. Steak tips were great and meatball was awesome. Would definitley reccomend

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