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Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers

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1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-6559
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 76
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  • 43
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wonderful lunch stop

Based upon TripAdvisor reviews, we made a point of going over to Mr. Bartley's after a Harvard walking tour. The place at 1 p.m. was packed but we managed to get an outdoor table. Service throughout was superb. The menu is so entertaining -- very creative names for all the hamburgers. I almost... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Went here with a group of seven and loved it! Had heard about it in a travel video and wanted to try it. Was afraid it wouldn't live up to its hype but definitely delivered. I had the mushroom, onion burger which was cooked perfectly and tasted like it was fresh off the grill. One of our other diners had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Based upon TripAdvisor reviews, we made a point of going over to Mr. Bartley's after a Harvard walking tour. The place at 1 p.m. was packed but we managed to get an outdoor table. Service throughout was superb. The menu is so entertaining -- very creative names for all the hamburgers. I almost laughed when the server asked each of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I was told this restaurant was featured on The Social Network and Good Will Hunting, which meant it was a must see to me. Be prepared: cash only (ATM inside available) and no restroom. The menu and the atmosphere were crazy, different and fun. The burgers and fries were OK. It's a very small place and you may have to... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We found this place on TripAdvisor for a quick/convenient lunch while visiting Harvard Square. This is NOT a leisurely lunch spot. It's crazy. There isn't enough room to to relax your arms, much less enjoy your food. Our waiter was fun and made the cramped conditions bearable. The menu has a bunch of fun quirky burger names. It's hilarious--until it's... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

First of all, GREAT burger, LOTS of choices and reading the menu is half the fun! The onion rings were dry and flavorless so steer clear and stick with fries. The people at the table next to us who were seated at the same time asked if we'd trade with their family members who had been simultaneously seated across the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

You don't go to Mr. Bartley's for a romantic meal or good conversation. You go for really well prepared burgers, an entertaining menu, and the experience of a Harvard Square institution. On summer nights (and even winter ones) the line snakes out the door along the sidewalk. You often can make your menu choices while in line, since the staff... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The smell of great big juicy burgers tempt sme every time I wheel by this place. Too bad I can only eat here in the summer due to it being inaccessible to wheelchair users. There's a huge step up to get in. I did get lifted in once and the inside is cute but space was very cramp and hard... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Before the burger chains started popping up in the Square, there was Bartley's. Sure, Charlie's was around too, but their meager patties would not stack up to the ones here. When I feel particularly hungry and ambitious, I go for a double with muenster and an egg on top with fries on the side - I think they used to... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Famous for burgers but the ambiance is important too. Lots of fun decorations. Names of burgers are updated politically and very clever. Cheese fries are amazing. Do remember to bring cash as that is all they take. Also no restroom is a drag.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This trip I had their Green Monstah which is a cheese burger with guacamole. All their burgers come with homemade chips. Our trips were warm from the fryer and so incredibly absolutely delicious.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: (617) 354-6559

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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