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East Side Bar & Grill

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561 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
+1 617-661-3278
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Crystal Beach, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Delicious classic Italian food. Great food all the way around. We had fried mozzarella, veal parmesan, chicken parmesan, chicken alfredo and steak tips and everything was delicious. The fried mozzarella were triangles served with marinara sauce. Portions are generous. The service is some of the best we've had in a long time. Very attentive. Our drinks were never empty. We... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I’ve found this to be the best Italian restaurant in the Boston/Cambridge area. The quality of food is better than Giacomo’s and it’s a more relaxed. I've been coming here for years on dates or with friends. I recommend ordering a stuffed quahog as an appetizer. I’ve never had the Pizza.

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Loveland, Ohio
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182 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner as a GNO. This was the best bruschetta and pasta bolognese I have ever had. The chicken parm and Marsala were also good. The salads were nice too. Service was very accommodating. A must try!

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Thank Gina R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

My wife & I saw this on the Phantom Gourmet & had been wanting to try it. We where there right at 5pm when they opened and had our choice of seating, of which we chose a table in the back. Our waiter was very friendly and accommodating during the entire visit so his service alone was 5 stars. After... More 

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Don't get me wrong, the food was fine, but average. My main gripe are the reviewers that gave this restaurant a rating of 5. How many fine italian restaurants have steak tips as their finest dish? (and sell burgers?) Look I had a veal dish it was fine, my partner had the chicken parm. which was above average. My other... More 

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Monterrey, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Friday night, business trip... great option, environment was great, pasta was delicious and a great selection of wine and beer... parking is an issue and I had to walk 3 or 4 blocks from where I parked... totally worth it

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Greenfield, Indiana
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

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 

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Arlington, VA
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159 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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 

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Waterbury, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 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 

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Thank BrainstormVT
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, American, Bar, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 561 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-661-3278

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