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Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers

1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-6559
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Ranked #59 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Los Angeles, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Feeding the Harvard community as long as I have been associated with Harvard. Fun Burgers named after politicians, professors and celebrities. It's a greasy dive, but I heartily recommend it to friends as an authentic, local jointing the square,where corporate establishments are growing like a cancer in the Square.

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Bow, Washington
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68 reviews 68 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a very small, crowded burger spot with a huge selection of off-the-wall burger topping combinations. Burgers were good, so was the meatloaf (albeit a bit salty). The Mac and cheese looked good but was a bit too al dente for our liking. A fun spot for a burger, but no washroom!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We stopped at Bartley's when visiting Cambridge on a spring trip. Some of us had been there previously, but I had not. The atmosphere was great, as there were signs and old advertisements. The menu had about any type of burger that you could imagine, and many other items. We ordered 2 rickeys which were pretty darn good. The food... More

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Rogers, Arkansas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Loved this little place. Very unique array of burger items that fit what you might find near Harvard. Interesting twists of burgers based on current social issues, trends, etc. They must update it frequently. Wish I would have taken a picture of the menu and what went into each burger. Each of us ordered a different burger and loved them... More

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Atherstone, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This was quite easily one of the best burgers I have ever had! Me and a friend went here during the lunch time rush, we were seated pretty quickly for how busy the restaurant was. The food was beautiful, there were soo many different choices of burgers. The only downfall was that there were no restrooms.

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

After seeing the lines outside this place for the past few years and assuming it must be outstanding to generate those lines, I finally ventured in late on a Thursday night and was happy to get a seat at a table with my boyfriend. However, when reviews state that it is cramped, you don't truly understand how cramped it really... More

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Houston
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Everything they say about Mr. Bartley's is true. These burgers were simply amazing (big, tasty yet simple). The staff was very nice and attentive. The place did feel crowded, which you can expect from a college place across from Harvard. If you are looking for a laid back, quick but good burger meal, then this is the place to go!

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rome
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78 reviews 78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

the place is very nice... very "traditional". food is not that great, my boyfriend enjoyed the hamburger, but the potatoes (we tried bot the standard and the sweet8 were not well cooked. we also tried the root beer, it was really bad but since it was the first time we tried i cannot say if that is its usual taste

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Food was good but I hate places that are cash only. I think they're just a gimmick to get you to drop another $2.50 on the ATM at the back of the place. It is not posted Cash Only except at the register, or at least I didn't see any such notice on the way in.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We've been eating at Mr. Bartley's since the 70's and have never once been disappointed. The meat tastes delicious, is always perfectly cooked and served by quirky, competent wait staff. The onion rings are thin and crisp, the frappes are creamy and tasty and the menu choices are fun to read and always changing. We recently tried the newly-opened Shake... More

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