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East Side Bar & Grill

561 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 661-3278
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Ranked #4 of 539 restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We decided to try this restaurant after reading the other reviews. We drove from Niagra to Cambridge and stayed at the Hampton Inn. The restaurant was only .4 miles from the hotel, an easy walk after sitting in the car all day. As other reviewers said, we felt welcomed as soon as we walked in. The fried mozzarella with marinara... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My family and I enjoyed a very nice meal here. Our hotel was within walking distance of this restaurant and we chose it because of good recommendations on TripAdvisor. Good food, large portions, good beer.

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St. John's, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

we were greeted warmly as we entered this restaurant and that set the tone for the whole evening. This is a friendly neighbourhood restaurant with great food and excellent staff. A fun place to be. We were visiting for our daughter's convocation and this was very close to the Holiday Inn Express where we were staying. we would have returned... More

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Barnard, Vermont
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

Great food, very friendly and attentive waitstaff, laid back atmosphere, kid friendly, what more could you possibly ask for in a neighborhood restaurant? We came here after my daughter's graduation and were promptly seated at our reservation time and had a great evening! The background music was awesome. A perfect night out in Boston! Thank you East Side for a... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Excellent food and atmosphere. I had ziti noodles with bolognese sauce. It was amazing. Probably enough for 3 meals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We found East Side Bar & Grill after numerous restaurant searches and we're glad we did. You walk up not expecting much but what a gem when you walk inside...a great atmosphere and even better food. We had the Steak Tips, totally worth it!

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Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We had dinner here tonight while visiting from Dallas. The food was great- we had steak tips and swordfish. Everyone is a local here... We felt like we found the authentic Cheers here. Thanks for the warm welcome with great food!

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New York City, New York
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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

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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