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East Side Bar & Grill

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561 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 661-3278
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 92
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Simply Wonderful!

This restaurant is the real deal. A cozy, hidden gem. The place is known for its award winning ribs but honestly...everything is great!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Lorraine S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This restaurant is the real deal. A cozy, hidden gem. The place is known for its award winning ribs but honestly...everything is great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very down to earth, fun place with really solid food. Was able to get a seat at the small bar and had a delightful time. The owner, Chris, and the staff were welcoming and a lot of fun. Felt like I was visiting their home. I will definitely go back there on my next visit.

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1 Thank Jackson1111
connecticut
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Phenomenal service and food. The service was on point friendly and attentive without being annoying. The Eggplant rollatini was fabulous, meatballs were excellent but the seafood fruitta de mar was spectacular. Absolutely recommend we will definitely be back

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1 Thank mommalax
Roanoke, Virginia
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely charming eclectic little restaurant boasting old school style music and fabulous fare. There's nothing better than quality cocktails, pasta and Rosemary Clooney! The restaurant is within easy walking distance of the Hampton Inn and Fairfield. Wonderful little neighborhood spot.

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1 Thank RareAthlete
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredible food and atmosphere. The owner took a genuine interest in our visit and made sure we were satisfied. We were to say the least. Strongly recommend!

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1 Thank Scott S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We had a large group here for dinner after The Revels and enjoyed the flavorful perfectly prepared food, friendly attentive service, and semi-private room. A fantastic choice for dinner and a fantastic choice for a large gathering!

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1 Thank kim p
Somerville, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

This place is a second home to my wife and I. Chris K runs one of the best restaurants anywhere. The ribs are amazing, and it is hard to find better steaks or Italian food anywhere. The fish and Chips are to die for.

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1 Thank George L
Leander, Texas, United States
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This place is warm and welcoming. It's done in Rat Pack style and Frank will be singing the background music. The steak tips are to die for. The house wines are very good. People are friendly, staff is attentive. Everything on the menu I have tried is good. Do yourself a favor and check this place out.

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1 Thank GailGee
Tokyo, Japan
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81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

So happy to get this recommendation! First the welcome was so friendly. Our waiter was fun and supper accommodating. The food was fantastic. Got to go with the steak tips and eggplant app. Prices reasonable and food super fresh.

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anaheim
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

After spending all day walking the Freedom Trail and seeing other sights in Boston I wanted to eat some place close to my hotel in Cambridge. The front desk clerk suggested East Side and I'm so glad she did. She said to try the steak tips and the garlic broccoli and that was a great suggestion. I normally don't like... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 561 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: (617) 661-3278

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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