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East Side Bar & Grill

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561 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141-1106
(617) 661-3278
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Monday
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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
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Arlington, VA
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131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

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Thank Eckynpat
Waterbury, Vermont
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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Thank BrainstormVT
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank Adam L
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Thank Jessica D
Burlington, Connecticut
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 $$$!

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Thank MamaRen63
Fort Worth, Texas
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99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate in the bar area, which had the Red Sox playing on multiple TVs. It was a beautiful day, so the front windows of the restaurant were wide open, which made the experience even better. Waitstaff were incredibly friendly. Three of us had the pizza, which was fabulous...a thin, hand-tossed crust - the kind you would fold and eat... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Cuisine
Italian, American, Bar, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
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
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?