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East Side Bar & Grill

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561 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141-1106
(617) 661-3278
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Greenfield, Indiana
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this place a few years ago on vacation when staying nearby. We love the place, the food, and the atmosphere. When we decided on a quick getaway location, I must say that our desire to return to eastside grill definitely helped us decide to return to boston. The first day we wanted to go they were closed for ribfest,... More 

Thank monica s
Arlington, VA
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134 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

During a recent visit to the Boston area the front desk at the HIE recommended this restaurant. We had a large family group (approx 20) and wanted to enjoy dinner together. East Side Bar and Grill was most accommodating. They set up a large table for the entire party and was able to do it right. A special shout out... More 

Thank Eckynpat
Waterbury, Vermont
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

This place has a cute atmosphere. Open wall to the street, curtain, plants hanging. They served us warm bread before dinner. I had the steak tips which were delicious. My meal came with a side salad and pasta. Both the salad and pasta were just okay but the steak tips made up for it. My husband had some kind of... More 

Thank BrainstormVT
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Saw this place on the Phantom Gourmet, was blown away. Met 2 friends there for dinner & wanted to try the ribs. Was told they were "in between smokers" and ribs were not available. Understood. I tried the meatloaf, which was lauded on the PG. It was the worst meatloaf I have ever had. Dry as dust, Literally burned around... More 

Thank Howard M
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Ate here twice while staying Boston. The Steak tips are amazing some of the best food I had in Boston was here. The staff are great too it was really busy on the second occasion we ate here but didn't have to wait too long for a table. We were staying at the nearby Hampton inn so only a five... More 

Thank Adam L
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Huge portions, but they do not offer a kids menu or portions sizes. I had the turf and surf and it was very good. Owner and wait staff were very friendly and made us feel at home. Prices are typical for Boston.

Thank Jessica D
Burlington, Connecticut
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Went there for an Anniversary dinner with my wife after searching a bunch of over rated and expensive restaurants. So glad we did, seated instantly at table in the back.. Our server was Dede she was amazing, my wife asked about the ricotta gnocchi helped my wife decide, they were lighter and delicious, red sauce excellent. I had the chicken... More 

Thank Thomas D
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Visited with my wife and daughter. Like the other reviewers say, portions are large with lots of pasta. Had fish extravaganza-loads of shell fish etc and spicy tomato sauce. My daughter had chicken Parmesan pasta - must have been good as she got through most of it. Extensive menu and very attentive service. Would recommend as a neighbourhood restaurant with... More 

Thank G F
Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Great restaurant for couples or families. Something for everyone. Staff very knowledgeable and friendly, including kitchen staff who spoke with us also. Portions are huge; bring an appetite! Mostly Italian food, but lots of other choices too. Would definitely recommend to anyone travelling through Boston who wants great value for their $$$!

Thank MamaRen63
Fort Worth, Texas
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99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

We arrived in Cambridge and the lady at the hotel desk recommended this restaurant. We were very pleased. The staff was very friendly and the service was excellent. We had the toasted ravioli appetizer. One of us had the fried haddock/chips which was nice and light and had a good flavor. The burger was also excellent with big steak fries.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 561 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141-1106
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: (617) 661-3278

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