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East Side Bar & Grill

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$$ - $$$
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561 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
+1 617-661-3278
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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8 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Low key atmosphere and very good food. Reasonably priced. Wonderful wait staff. A reasonable walk from Harvard Square.

Thank 380AndreaW
Wyoming, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We (parents and daughter) were in town to visit a Boston University open house. The name "East Side Bar & Grill" is misleading as this is a fine Italian restaurant which reminded us of an Italian tratoria. The calimari was very good as were the entrees of fettucini alfreddo and eggplant rollantini. The chocolate cannoli was very good. We showed... More 

Thank maryrosel708
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Total gem! We are so glad we found this place to enjoy a girls night out dinner. Front the minute we walked in the hospitality was perfect. All the staff were personable and energized. Our amazing waiter, Daniel, made great dinner suggestions, offered us personally made adult beverages and chatted with us about the area. We ordered fried calamari, clam... More 

Thank jdsduck
Crystal Beach, FL
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134 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

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 

Thank 2BOYSMOM44
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 March 2017

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.

Thank Poppy T
Loveland, Ohio
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186 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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!

Thank Gina R
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53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

Thank John V
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 

Thank Ronald R
Monterrey, Mexico
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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

Thank Ramón C
Greenfield, Indiana
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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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
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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?