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“hotel that's not a hotel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Beat Hotel

Beat Hotel
13 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
617-499-0001
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Ranked #10 of 554 Restaurants in Cambridge
Cuisines: American, Bistro
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Boston, Massachusetts
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100 reviews 100 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“hotel that's not a hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

really nice place, they have turned an otherwise unremarkable large basement to good restaurant use by adding some kindof kooky decorations and by having hipster servers and some (very good) live jazz music.
Food was quite good, we had a large group which they handled efficiently. We had a "family style" starter (=in the US this is where they bring plates of food for people to share) and then a chicken milanese (too big, common theme in the US).
Bar area also quite nice for after work in the Cambridge area (this is on Harvard Square)

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cheshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“You won't be disappointed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I made a reservation here on a whim. After thumbing through tons of reviews and Webpages, I took the chance. It was our 1 and only Sunday in Boston and I wanted it to be special and perfect. A bad meal can put a damper on any trip. I'm so happy with choosing The Beat Hotel! It was Hip, Artsy & Inviting. Jazz filled the air at just the right decibel. Even the lighting was perfect. The food was delicious and cooked perfectly. Bold flavors paired with comfort food. I had the Spiral Ham with mashed and Peas. My boyfriend had the Eggs Benedict. The meals were scrumptious and generously proportioned. Bloody Mary's with just the right amount spice. It was such a great experience and we really loved everything about Beat Hotel. Price was average for a brunch ($35). Waitstaff was friendly and provided just the right service. We can't stop talking about how great this place is! You have to try this place!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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94 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“A great night out (if you don't mind the prices)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The experience:
Unlike the first time I came for drinks, there was zero friction with the people managing the floor. The place was packed and lively, the live music was great, and didn't overpower our conversation, the waiter was very helpful, personable and very efficient. The cocktails were superb (I recommend granny takes a trip if you like rye), the people supporting the waiter, who checked in on drinks etc. were also great (especially the big guy wearing the secret service earpiece) .

The food
The food was much better than I expected; our table sampled salmon tartare, grilled octopus, crispy tuna rolls, the house salad, mussels, the steak, truffled deviled egg etc. and everything was delicious and carefully prepared.

The prices
I eat out a lot at high end restaurants in the Boston area (Oleana, Cragie, Fairsted Kitchen, Rendezvous, Cuchi Cuchi, Central Kitchen, Blue Room etc.) and beyond, so clearly I don't have a problem paying top dollar for high quality food, drink and service. I do find it annoying though when a place offers no reasoable wine options. The bottles on the wine list start in the $70s and end upwards of $200. They have a nice selection of American wines on tap (I recommend the excellent Cabernet Franc they offer), but the least expensive 5oz glass of red works out to about $50 a bottle; the carafe size they offer doesn't provide a discount compared to the glass either. That's my only complaint, and it won't stop me from coming back.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Falls Church, Virginia
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109 restaurant reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Great Brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We tried this place for brunch on a late Saturday morning. It is a very hip kind of funky place that has a fun atmosphere. The food was very good, I had a grilled cheese with short rib that was really a short rib sandwich with cheese. It was very good but not a grilled cheese. One son had pancakes and the other an omelet and both were excellent and my wife had poached eggs with polenta and merguez sausage which was really tasty. Not sure of the hotel part of the name as there doesn't seem to be a hotel but loved the place!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Amazing Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Love the interior and the food. The bathrooms were excellent. Great restaurant live music and lots of fun. Friendly and accommodating staff. Thinking of going back tomorrow.

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