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1680 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Sacramento)
Red Line to Harvard Square. West Side Lounge is a five to ten minute walk north on Mass. Ave.
+1 617-441-5566
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5:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
friendly, confortable, no hype

We had a drink and then dinner in this place while we had a never ending wait for a table at the upscale Tuscan joint Giulia next door. West Side Lounge and Giulia are on opposite ends of the pretension scale. Very friendly and helpful barkeep, the usual sort of menu and a waiter who looked like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2015
keith h
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We had a drink and then dinner in this place while we had a never ending wait for a table at the upscale Tuscan joint Giulia next door. West Side Lounge and Giulia are on opposite ends of the pretension scale. Very friendly and helpful barkeep, the usual sort of menu and a waiter who looked like an extra from... More 

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Thank keith h
Decatur, Alabama
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132 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

There were 10 of us in our party thus we headed several blocks away from the much more crowded Harvard square. We had no trouble getting seated on an early Sunday night. Our waitress was fantastic. Our orders were taken and food/drinks delivered quickly and without mistakes which can sometimes be a problem with larger groups. The food was very... More 

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Thank Vernon H
Boston, Massachusetts
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111 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

I used to love this place - good food, reasonable prices and good service. Just went back and it seems to have slipped. Props for retaining the reasonable prices (dinners under $20) but I guess thats getting hard to do. I would no longer call it excellent, but certainly a good value

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Thank bangsibear
Greenfield, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We were looking for a restaurant in Cambridge, someplace nice but not too pricey, with good menu choices. This place was excellent on all accounts. A happy atmosphere, friendly and attentive service, sea scallops were fabulous. We rely heavily on our fellow tripadvisor's reviews! Keep 'me coming - that's how we find many restaurants, etc when traveling.

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Thank Wanderlust7797
Naples, Florida
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A great find in an area with lots of college oriented places, and high end expensive restaurants. Food is very good, reasonable portions and prices. Nice atmosphere and great service.

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Thank Mark M
Zurich, Switzerland
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We are spending our summers in Cambridge, MA, and the West Side Lounge has become our favourite neighbourhood restaurant for dinner and Sunday brunch. The meals are always well prepared and well presented; the décor is inviting and interesting, with frequently changing original art; and the staff is knowledgeable, efficient, and fun. Just a delightful, easy-going place to visit, enjoy,... More 

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Thank SwissCharm1917
Boston, Massachusetts
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86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I have only eaten here once, and the food was good. But I eat in the area often, and whenever I have to wait to be seated, I come here for a drink. The atmosphere is great, but the cocktails and apps are even better.

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Thank Sean R
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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174 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is our neighborhood go-to place and we love it. This time I had asparagus tortellini on a bed of fresh spinach. It was delicious. My friend had the chicken on mashed potatoes and she ate every bite. My husband had the lamb burger which was dry, but he had ordered it well-done. The best part of the meal was... More 

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Thank packedlite
massachusetts
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Drinks and food more affordable then Temple Bar which it is next door to and service seems friendlier and more consistent. Although their food is fine and reasonably priced, it never excites me. They used mashed potatoes (goat cheese or wasabi or jalapeno) freqently as a side with the entree which does not appeal to me at all (particularly in... More 

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Thank labgoreo
New York
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84 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

My colleagues and I like the West Side Lounge. It's reliable, has a mildly funky relaxed atmosphere, and a great cocktail list. And it always seems better value than the equivalent standard of food in Harvard Square. A favorite.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1680 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
    (Sacramento)
  • Public Transportation: Red Line to Harvard Square. West Side Lounge is a five to ten minute walk north on Mass. Ave.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-441-5566

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 1:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?
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