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East Side Bar & Grill

561 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141-1106
+1 617-661-3278
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak tips” (25 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
561 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141-1106
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We considered this a hidden gem actually, in the sense that probably from the outside it does not appeal too much, but do not judge a book by its cover.......great food being served! Particularly the steak medaillons, wow they were awesome!

1  Thank ThomasEMM
Reviewed 1 week ago

Try the fish. Ask the waiter what he suggests. It is a trip in time and a journey to Portugal This restaurant is a favorite of ours and worth exploring... order wisely !

1  Thank Guide_to_Great_Meals
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was not too memorable but the waitress and general service was excellent! The portions are huge(in true American style). The just don't have wifi!

2  Thank Calumet L
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We had the shrmip and tavern chips. They were delicious. we will be going back to try other items on the menu. Service was excellent!

1  Thank granPam928
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Like other reviewers, I was travelling and staying at a nearby hotel, and decided one night that I wanted some real food, and I thought I'd try this place. Overall I think the food is good, the prices are good, the serving size is enormous...More

1  Thank gizmosdad00
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

First up, I give my rankings within the restaurant class and this is 5 star bar and grille. As a visitor, the bar had a great New England vibe; Red Sox on the tube and I was welcome to join in the sharing of opinions!...More

2  Thank Remsleep789
Reviewed 25 May 2018

We arrived from an early flight getting in late but had heard about this restaurant that even if we were tired that evening were excited to go there! So we went! A real Italian restaurant? The Parmesan cheese was already in a shaker on the...More

1  Thank lesliebouchard
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

The reviews I read were one hundred percent correct. I brought my extended family there after my sons BU graduation and was not disappointed. Daniel was our waiter and he could not have been more helpful. Food 5 stars and service 5 stars, you can't...More

1  Thank Larry B
Reviewed 3 April 2018

Holiday Inn Staff Member Dana recommended we go here. She was right on. Salads and soups to start were very good. Then the main course came and there was no way we could finish our plates. I had a full plate of different seafood's on...More

1  Thank Kevin A
Reviewed 19 March 2018

Went to East Side for dinner on March 17 at 7:20 pm. Our order was taken promptly and enjoyed toasted ravioli appetizer. Here is where the nightmare begins. There was only two wait staff, who were also working the bar making drinks. We were totally...More

Thank Ronald R
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Questions & Answers
27 August 2017|
Response from CIM1970 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure? We just walked in and were seated immediately. Great service!
27 August 2017|
Response from crimedoc | Reviewed this property |
Honestly, I don't know. I don't think so.
3 March 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
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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
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