Beat Hotel (THE BEAT)
Beat Hotel (THE BEAT)

Beat Hotel (THE BEAT)

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.beathotel.com/
  • Phone: (617) 499-0001
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday through Wednesday: Dinner: 5pm - 11pm, Bar 5pm - 12am
    Thursday through Saturday: Dinner: 5pm - 1am, Bar 5pm - 2am
    Monday through Friday Lunch: Coming Soon!
    Saturday and Sunday: Brunch 10am - 3pm

    Music:
    Sunday through Wednesday: 8pm - 12pm
    Thursday: 6:30-8:30pm, 9:30pm - 1am
    Friday - Saturday: 6:30-8:30pm, 10pm - 2am
    Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 10am -2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Rebecca Newell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering coming soon!
  • Entertainment: World Class Live Music....for Free!
    Beat Hotel is a premier showcase for world-renown musicians and up & coming stars. Come any day and the music will blow you away in the most unique space anywhere.

    To view current calendar of events go to www.beathotel.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Palmer Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available from 6pm to 1am, directly in front of the restaurant.
A word from Beat Hotel (THE BEAT)
Beat Hôtel is an American brasserie and bar located in the heart of Harvard Square. Inspired by the hippie and beat movements of the mid-twentieth century, we cater to all walks of life. Our mission is to satisfy the local community as well as vagabonds passing through.

With an always fresh, seasonal, and wholesome menu, enjoyable for carnivores and vegetarians alike, our dishes draw influence and flavors from around the world. Our bar celebrates American spirits and American artisanal wines crafted by small batch winemakers with heart and soul.

To heighten the senses further, we feature daily live music by cutting edge musicians in jazz, blues and world music, bringing eclectic artistry to our stage in Cambridge.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Beat Hotel (THE BEAT) reviews from OpenTable diners
237 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (135)fit for foodies (126)good for groups (121)hot spot (116)neighborhood gem (87)special occasion (71)late-night find (62)notable wine list (57)romantic (54)great for brunch (50)great for lunch (17)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • ss23
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great brunch selection with a menu that changes all the time. The caramelized banana coffee cake is delicious and the vegetable bowls great, although I wasn't a fan of the vegetable medley they served today. Good for groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great eclectic spot in Harvard
    TheParsippanyStrangeVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I've been going to the Beat regularly since it opened. Great food & a fun bar scene! Big fan of the Buffalo Cauliflower and the Tuna Spring Roll. Two excellent appetizers (if I'm with a small group sometimes we just get multiple orders of each!). Many other fantastic options on the menu. I also like the bowls. The beer selection is a little limited, but what they do have is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    LexLiesl
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great place, great live music, seriously terrible food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner and a Burlesque Show
    clast86
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Went to the Beat Hotel with my fiancee and her friends for the Burlesque theme night. It was quite a show indeed. The wait staff were all dressed up and in the spirit of the event, the venue, although too loud for my taste, was energetic and vibrant and the performances themselves were great! My only complaint was that no specials were done even though they were advertised. In any case, I really liked this experience and look forward to going back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Burlesque night
    02139diner
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We arrived on time for our reservation and were told they would text us when our table was ready, which turned out to be 15 minutes. Disappointing. Also disappointing that we could not see the stage at all from our table and were told there were no other tables available. The whole point of reserving was to be able to see the stage show.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love beat
    LuvBeat
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    alwaysca good time!!! Great food great people great entertainment!! So many great things about beat hotel that if I start listing them I won't stop!! Def check them out!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Hidden Gem
    SecretDiner
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    First time to the Beat Hotel and it was a very pleasant experience. Staff was attentive and the ambience was truly welcoming, comfortable and romantic. I would definitely return and have mentioned it to a few coworkers looking to check a new place. Traffic and parking is a limited but its in the heart of Harvard so expect the people traffic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great music/food venue
    DanTVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The menu here is enjoyable and the all draft-wine list is cool, but the wines are obscenely over-priced. The cheapest wine equates to almost $50/bottle for a rose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food - poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a good meal and delicious, but pricey wine on a Saturday night at the Beat Hotel. The host who sat us was unfriendly and difficult to say the least, trying to place a group of 5 (who had reserved for a special occasion) at a 4-seat table with a chair at the end. When we asked for a larger table she was cold and unfriendly. Our seat did get changed but it was a poor start. The service at our table was decent - although overall the staff attitudes felt false and edgy at best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Insanely loud
    ModalCitizenVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Service was very good, food was better than average, but the noise level was almost unbearable for us. Worth a visit if like, you may not mind as much.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Jazz Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great ambiance - the food was good, just a bit over priced. Harvard Sq needed a place like this!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always have a good time here
    Jax7815
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The staff really shines here as do the "bowls". My fried oysters had a tad too much breading on them, but were delicious. The band that played was great--you wanted to listen and you could talk to table companions at the same time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food...completely overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Overall a good experience... If it was three quarters the price. Good drinks and food, but not at all worth the price. Bill was ridiculous for what you got.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious food
    Sally
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Beat Hotel is a vibrant and quite loud venue with delicious food. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The Ribs were very good. A solid app. The Harvest salad and Steak Frites were a bit different than expected and very very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced, overhyped
    NormallyHappyDiner
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We visited The Beat for our anniversary dinner based on recommendations from a friend. What a mistake. The server was nice, but everything else was a disappointment. The food was pretty expensive for such bland, ubiquitous offerings. The drinks were too sweet and sugary and the beer tasted like soap. The floor manager was lurking around every table, and the moment we left he jumped on it saying, "601 is open" - we barely left the seat before he pounced on it! And there were a lot of empty tables in the restaurant, so it wasn't like they needed it for a reservation. We just felt like cogs in a bland machine. Listen, it's hard to disappoint me but The Beat did it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Beat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We LOVED the Beat for its atmosphere and food. It's has an eclectic decor that is funky/charming. Our waitress, Irene, was delightful and accommodated our rushed dinner before the theater. We each had a different entree and all were fabulous. Drinks and wine were delicious and the complimentary desserts yummy. We had excellent service from many of the staff who were attentive but not overly attentive!"Perfect" would describe our experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot for a group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was getting together with some former colleagues for dinner and one of them recommended the Beat Hotel. We all agreed and I have to say it was the perfect place for our gathering and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Not too loud, not too cold, good service, good energy, good food. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We enjoyed everything related to the food about the Beat Hotel. But, we had gone to listen to the music and found the noise level of the other diners interfered with our listening experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat The Beat Hotel
    McdclanVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great fun! Great food! Great music! For our large group of ten, the service was excellent and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A repeat favorite
    Allison
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It's a gray experience every time--easy to seat our big group (with a reservation) immediately, good service, great food, terrific decor, and awesome ambiance. The jazz music on Sundays is always just the right volume, and we'll keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food and noisy
    BostonFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First time we went here, everything was great. Since then, I've been back 5 times includes last night and each time was terrible. Food is lukewarm and soggy and frequently poorly prepared. Wine has been undrinkable - really awful swill each time (last night finally ordered cocktail instead which was fine). Place is too noisy - even without the live music, you have to yell to be heard and everyone at our table was hoarse by night's end. Lastly, this place is actually ignoring the "full faith and credit" clause, Article IV, Section 1 of our Constitution by denying alcohol service to MIDDLE AGE PEOPLE WITH OUT OF STATE ID! I believe this is actually ILLEGAL, according the MA FAQ page on what is acceptable proof of age to purchase alcohol...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Server was knowledgeable about the food but kept disappearing for long amounts of time. A drink was spilled and other servers needed to help us clean it up. When our waiter finally came back we asked for a replacement drink and the waiter said he "Needed to ask" if he could get us another. It took about 20 minutes to just get drinks. We got to the table at 8pm on a Friday night and music didn't play at all until 10pm. Nice food and atmosphere but I expected much better service.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The live music was an extremely pleasant surprise. Of course, I like the jazz funk band that was there the night I visited. The food was great. The atmosphere was great. There were dates there as well as large groups and just pairs of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very pleasant
    VisitingDC
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I had a nice date here a few nights ago, our first visit. The space is warm, the music (a jazz trio) was great, and overall we had a lovely time. The food was fine, but not quite the quality we expected given the prices. We agreed this is the kind of place you go to for the atmosphere and music. If it was just the food, that wouldn't be enough.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find in Harvard Square
    leelee
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The live jazz music added to our dining experience. We could converse while also enjoying the entertainment. The menu was varied, extensive, delicious and offered great choices for vegetarians as well as omnivores. Our party include two college students who were also enthusiastic about the restaurant. We will absolutely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stressful service
    Foodlover63
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    service was strange, felt like they were stressed. no dessert menu is not helpful.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "Whatever, you asked"
    JadoreDeuxaveVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This restaurant is trying really hard to do the "hipster, I don't give a f*ck scene" and it shows in their service. I am disappointed to say that the beat hotel and the beehive, should just stick to their bar scene and mixology. The food was meh for the price and the service was aloof including rude interaction with a server. When I decided to go with another dish, he responded "whatever, you asked" and THEN came over to, not apologize, but defend himself. We had to actually SWITCH servers in the middle of our experience. I have never felt so UNCOMFORTABLE with a server or experience ever. Go for the other options in Harvard Square.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We won't be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food is good, not great. The tap wines are overpriced and at least, in the wine I had, over-aerated to such an extent that the $15.50 5 oz of wine I had was not very good. The service boarded on rude.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    Daniela
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The band is great. I had a table that was in front of the stage but towards the back and it was perfect! The music isn't so loud that you have to scream to who you're dining with. The food was phenomenal. I had the chilled corn soup which was delicious, followed by the skirt steak which I recommend-YUM! It's restaurant week so we had the 3-course meal, and for dessert I had the crepes. They were pretty good, sweet and tangy. He had the chocolate mousse, which was the only disappointing thing we had. It was 97% whipped cream with a few chocolate chips on top of the tiniest bit of chocolate mouse. IDK if they ran out & tried to make it happen or if they serve it like that all the time. Classy atmosphere but still relative to anyone. GO GO GO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Dinner, Melodic Music
    Rosey
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My Earth Bowl rice, grilled veggies and grilled salmon was delicious. Service was excellent. The atmosphere was vibrant. Definitely would visit The Beat again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happening place
    Isabelle
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A friend recommended this place for the quality of the food and the music scene. I was not disappointed, you get both quality trendy food and live music there. 8 of us were accommodated easily and served fast. All had a very experience and left very pleased for having spent a very nice, lively evening. Happening place in an happening locale, great space. I sat in front of the stage, and did not get my ears blasted, the sound quality was very good, I could hear the lyrics sung clearly. I am back there tomorrow for there weekly band for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • enjoyed food + adapted to kids well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We liked the look and taste of our food and enjoyed the jazz on the stage. They don't have a kids menu but they adapted by splitting an adult plate between two in the kitchen and filtering the pulp of the OJ.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    good food. Great space, much better then expected. Live music great addition.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and ambiance
    Bella
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to the Beat Hotel on a whim, not expecting much more than a reasonable meal. We were pleasantly surprised with the food. The harvest salad was just perfect in terms of fresh ingredient and dressing. The sea scallops were delicious, albeit the portion was small (only 3 scallops). The steak was cooked to perfection. The band was playing sometimes loud, but it was great. The staff was friendly. So yeah.. will definitely go back again for some late dinner and music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabuloso
    Ray658
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Beat Hotel is our new favorite restaurant! The food is amazing (I had the vegan earth bowl), the music is great (they always book great acts), and the decor is so beautiful and quirky all at the same time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moonprincess
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Awesome food, stellar staff, good music, cool vibes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    Outofthekitchen
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We took out of town relatives here to show them the Harvard Square scene. Everyone loved their food and the live music provided atmosphere without killing conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New experience
    Rerun
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The restaurant was very welcoming the personnel were very accommodating. We arrived early and had a drink at a bar table. We could have been seated At our arrival but decided to wait. The waitpersons were happy to answer any questions and were very friendly. The decor is pleasant and warm. The food was very good. We had a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beat Hotel - Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I love the Beat Hotel, especially when getting brunch. The food, coffee, drinks from the bar and live music are excellent. This past time I was there however, our server Gabriel was disappointingly rude. He very obviously only made eye contact with one of us and when addressing the table only spoke to the one person. He never asked how any of the others at the table was enjoying their meal and was very inattentive overall. all other people working there, were very friendly and engaging. I would recommend that he work on this as a server.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great addition to the Square!
    adnyc
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The ambience here is fun and unique. Check out the bathrooms so fun! We were seated immediately near the jazz band. Our server was terrific. Very attentive without hovering. Music was not so loud that you could not have a conversation which was great! The Aztec bowl and the Earth bowls are fantastic. A great mix of veggies and grains, and you can add shrimp, chicken or beef or go totally vegan. Yum! I plan on going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate