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East Side Bar & Grill

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561 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141-1106
+1 617-661-3278
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pmAll hours
Italian, American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
561 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141-1106
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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...More

2  Thank miboth
Reviewed November 16, 2015

The restaurant does not have many seats and can be crowded on weekends. You must be patient and not in a hurry otherwise you will not like it because service is very slow. On the good side, the food is great and the menu is...More

1  Thank Danuza
Reviewed November 7, 2015

I thought the earlier reviews were pretty accurate. The steak tips were outstanding. Good Italian, but being from New York, I can get good Italian at home. Large portions. Other places to try next time I am visiting, but was happy with our experience.

1  Thank JSVinda
Reviewed November 5, 2015

We came here on the recommendation of the front desk person at our hotel. We wanted a place that had good food and wasn't far from our hotel. This place was in walking distance. We were pleasantly surprised at what a great place this was....More

2  Thank AnchorageSnowkitty
Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant with great vibe. Food was delicious, portions were huge! Husband had steak tips, which I tried and thought was fantastic. I ordered side dish of eggplant parm for my meal and still had leftovers. Will definitely go back?

1  Thank Beach3711
Reviewed October 14, 2015

You are part of the family from the time you walk in the door. Big, loud Italians unite! Great food and service. A fun, small venue. Bar service was a little slow...but she had a full house and it was no big deal. Highly recommend...More

2  Thank agioe
Reviewed October 7, 2015

Our first night in the US and the East side Bar and Grill was a great way to start. Attentive service and decent bar and grill fare with several beers on tap. It was the first place outside of France we've been where they asked...More

2  Thank RupertGoldie
Reviewed October 4, 2015

What was not to love? We ordered a rack of the St Louis style ribs and it is easy to believe that these sweep the awards - and we are from Texas! The service was absolutely the best we experienced in the Boston area -...More

1  Thank TexasTravel59
Reviewed September 30, 2015

Attended a pre-wedding dinner and while we waited for the table to be set up, the owner mentioned the ribs and the five trophies they have won (prominently displayed) for their ribs in consecutive Boston-area competitions. The host added ribs to the entrees offered to...More

2  Thank ILiketoTravel55
Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

Another hidden gem. Open only 5 hours, I thought they must be good. They are. I got the blacken chicken, she got the eggplant rolatini. ..both of us were beyond pleasantly surprised. A really cool place, family friendly, we will be back.

1  Thank Eric D
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What is the parking situation at your restaurant? Thanks Joe S.
March 3, 2015|
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Response from Ramón C | Reviewed this property |
Does not have a parking lot, but if it's past 8PM you can park in the street for free
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
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: +1 617-661-3278
  • E-mail
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