Commonwealth
Commonwealth

Commonwealth

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://commonwealthcambridge.com/
  • Phone: 6179457030x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Restaurant, Monday through Saturday 11am to 10pm, Bar until 11pm

    Sunday Brunch 10am to 7pm (brunch menu only), Bar until 7pm

    Market, Monday through Saturday 10am to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 7pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Steve Nookie Postal
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Third Street
  • Public Transit: Five minute walk for the Kendall Square station on the Red Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking offered Monday-Friday after 4PM - $1 per hour for up to three hours.
A word from Commonwealth
Commonwealth Cambridge is an American home-style restaurant serving farm to table family-style dinners. We work closely with local New England farms to bring the freshest ingredients into our restaurant. Commonwealth Cambridge also has a full bar that serves classic and original cocktails, local beer, and a fun wine list. Visit our Market for fresh, local fruits and vegetables, dairy products and meat, and house-made baked goods and snacks!

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Commonwealth reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (51)neighborhood gem (41)great for outdoor dining (37)good for groups (36)great for lunch (23)great for brunch (22)hot spot (15)special occasion (10)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (8)scenic view (5)notable wine list (3)late-night find (3)romantic (1)Show More
  • delicious!
    shaefamilyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I split the black kale quinoa salad which was a delicious blend of flavors. I had the scallops which were crisp on the outside and tender inside set atop a lovely sauce. My husband had the flat iron steak which was done perfectly. We split a side of unadulterated broccoli, and a side of scalloped potatoes. The potatoes were the winners!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Was hoping for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I think I was disappointed because I went there for brunch not realizing on Saturdays it was a lunch menu. The staff wasn't very lively or overly friendly, rather flat. I had heard good things about this spot and was excited to try it out. It's a great space, nice interior. Hope to have a better experience next time. Won't judge it purely on this first trip.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicous
    Andyeats
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a fantastic meal at Commonwealth. Every appetizer and side dish and the main course (we shared the pork chop special for 2) were so well made, and tasted delicious. The biscuits they give you when you sit down are to die for. I highly recommend if you want good food in a comfortable atmosphere. We will definitely visit again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Good for large work group!
    MEOtheLeoVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I have been here a few times for lunch and for after work cocktails. It is a really comfortable, unfussy work lunch. Sandwiches and salads are on the menu.. and there is something for everyone. I have had the pastrami twice now because it is really good. Salads are better than average as well. What I think I like best is that it's a good "go-to" choice for a large-ish party - not many other rooms in the Kendall blocks can accommodate 8-20 for lunch. It has saved the day for me in planning large party lunches. And the food is good! :)
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Kate
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Restaurant was busy, but not too crowded or loud on a Saturday night at 6:30. Wide range of people there, including families with young kids. Food was delicious! Mac and cheese side big enough for lots of leftovers. The main dishes are a bit pricey, but the veggies and sides were reasonable. We will return!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and abundant food, slow
    Erin
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I made a Saturday night reservation for my partner, his parents and our kids because I love the food here. We were not disappointed-everything was delicious and my watermelon/feta/cucumber salad and my partner's red snapper were especially novel. The portions are huge and the staff was accommodating of our requests; my inlaws split their entree and side and the server even suggested he could do a half portion each of two different sides for them. However, the service was extremely slow for some reason, not something that has happened before. It was over an hour from seating before the adults received any food orders. I hope this was just an aberration!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Though the food was very good
    max919
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The prices in value for the food were absurd. Small portions on the mains, prices way too high.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Great place for brunch
    PLLLLVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went here for brunch on a Sunday morning. There were only a few guests, so the noice was down to a minimum. Food was good and service was promptly.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • good food, poor service
    areaforagerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Still on the fence about this place. I've eaten here twice and the food was solid both times but the service runs from meh to worse. Four of us came in for an early dinner Saturday evening and our waitperson was pretty unfriendly. She couldn't answer our questions and mumbled inaudibly. When she cleared our apps she dropped a fork on my lap, splashing me with food and staining my pants. She barely apologized and left a mess on the table that I had to clean up myself. Even before we got to our table, we stopped for drinks at the bar and were all but ignored by the bar staff. When my brother spilled his drink, it took a passing bus boy to offer him a fresh one (he was awesome). Get your act together, Commonwealth!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • So So
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Next time if we get a chance to go there before it gets cold we will sit at outdoor patio. Besides that food was okay, I had half duck, average tasty, my friend had fish and that was good but in the average it is so so place, ambiance, décor is nice, I am told that wine was good. In this area, it is a place to go comparable to other places, this or those other places in the neighborhood does not seem to change too much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Stumbled upon Commonwealth in the Best of Boston listing. It was rated best in the city for Al Fresco dining. It was too cool to eat outdoors the night we dined there but we were not disappointed. The menu is broad in its offerings but not overwhelming. Service was great, food was delicious and the prices were very reasonable. You can order anything from a watermelon and feta salad to a flat iron steak dinner. Both were well prepared. We will be back.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Foodfanatic1VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dacquiri was covered with a dome of ice like a snow cone; hardly any drink under that ice. It was not a balanced drink;too sour. Someone should taste it...the ice looks cool but ruins the drink. Menu gives no information about the dishes; very frustrating. Salads were just ok; nothing special. Lamb entree ok. Risotto balls huge but dry;need some sort of dipping sauce. Ice cream:For $5 you get a very small scoop in a dish; if you order a topping you get about 1 teaspoon on top.So a tiny sundae for $7. The chocolate ice cream was wonderful,had a nice tang to it. The mint chip used fresh mint and was not what my daughter was looking for;but they replaced it and did not charge for it. Use a bigger dish and more topping!Service was very good.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Great Gathering Spot
    coloradoan
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent food, well-chosen beer list, friendly accommodating staff. Hadn't seen Kentucky Wonder green beans since I was a kid and got to confirm that they are still a favorite. Fun atmosphere and decor but as with so many trendy restaurants and brew pubs, the bright acoustics make it difficult to hear / have a conversation.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Commonwealth
    Hmmm32
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Service was poor it took 15 mins to fix and get the correct flavor ice cream. The waiter was not attentive- we waited and had to grab him for drinks .The apps and main course was very good but the sides:risotto cakes were tasteless and heavy. The fries were fair ,but would be better thinner as it was like a fried huge baked potato and had some spices to dress them up
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty decent...not a market though
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Supposedly it is also a market. Not really. They sell a few overpriced items. The food is pretty good. My wife had a very nice bass dish. We'll be back.
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  • Birthday dinner
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Interesting concept but execution lacking. Menu has no descriptions so you have to have the server describe how each main dish is cooked. For example main courses just listed as sea bass, chicken, rainbow trout. Don't know about you but I like to know if the food is fried, seated, roasted and what it is cooked with/in. Once described all the preparations were mostly the same, pan seared, kind of boring! Salad and most of the dishes were overly salty, and we told the server! Best part was the make your own dessert concept. The homemade ice cream and hot fudge was tasty. Though the atmosphere was cool would not return.
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  • Needs work
    ConnySur
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Cheerful greeters, great industrial space. Limited lunch menu. Server was abrupt and said substitutions not permitted. My out of town guests were not impressed with food quality.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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  • Neighborhood Gem
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Cute little restaurant with great good! I would definitely go back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outoftowner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A mix of appetizers and small plates was delicious, varied and more than we could eat. Nice selection of by the glass wines, including some wonderful summer rose's.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This marked our second visit to Commonwealth for Sunday brunch and we were not disappointed. We started with a dozen oysters ($1 each) and of course the zucchini bread. Again, I had the hash and eggs and hubby had the steak and eggs. The Passion fruit mimosa ($7) rounded out the lovely brunch. This visit was certainly more crowded than the last. With the innovative food and $1 validated parking, Commonwealth will be our go-to brunch spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Very robust brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Commonwealth has a very pleasing interior with a large market and sandwich/deli counter. The staff is super nice although it seems that some are still learning. The brunch has a lot of crowd pleasing choices, very generous servings. Food is on the heavy side.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch!
    TastingtheBean
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The perfect Sunday brunch for everyone! Brunch seems to be a thing that is lacking in Boston/Cambridge and Commonwealth certainly fills the void. The offerings were diverse and everyone in our party found something we loved...including the 9 month old. We had the strata, the lemon ricotta pancakes, the 18 wheeler, and the chilaquiles. The strata was particularly wonderful: fluffy, veggie-filled, tomato and goat cheese to top it all off. Great oysters and a spicy bloody mary too. Our waitress was nice and didn't mind our giggling 9 month old's mess.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Love it! (for more than 2ppl)
    FaifflVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is really fantastic here. I've enjoyed everything that I've ordered in the multiple times I've come. The staff has been really friendly and approachable. The portions are pretty large with the entrée items shareable if you get a few sides. The sides are built for at least two people. For that reason it's really best to go with more than just a couple people so that you can share everything and enjoy more variety if sides, which after perusing the menu, you will definitely want to do because it all looks (and is) so good.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious find
    foodforthought
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Everything we tried was absolutely delicious, clearly made by someone who understands flavors. The prices are pretty high but the side dishes can be shared. We ordered a side per person but they can definitely be shared by at least two. The scalloped potatoes were yummy as were the wonder beans. Really lovely experience.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, scenic view
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  • Awesome brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Amazingly delicious brunch - if you go w/ a group, get the zucchini bread for the table, you will not be disappointed. The brunch menu isn't huge, but the options are all drool-worthy, prepared fresh, wholly delicious. B/w the table we had the strata, 2 orders of chicken & waffles, and the homemade hash & eggs - everyone left happy. Had a baby w/ us, which I indicated in the reservation - table was ready w/ a high chair, service was great. Will happily go back. Market is also awesome - went home with a pint of strawberry-basil ice cream (yum!!).
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Funkyfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was delishious, cooked to perfection. Found it pricey.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • LOVE!
    babuchakVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I come here every single week! Great food, great people and amazing drinks! Definitely checkout the market for fresh veggies and homemade goodies!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Commonwealth
    mcs2k
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This place has a great lunch menu - it's deceptively short, but when I have been here (twice now), the quality of the food is truly excellent. Where most places try to do too much with too many options and end up serving up mediocre fare, Commonwealth takes great ingredients and hits the right balance. Pleasant, casual atmosphere, attentive but non-intrusive staff. A plus is the 10% off you get if you rent a kayak before lunch from Charles River Kayaks (right next to the outdoor patio for the restaurant)
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    great for lunch
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  • Not to be overlooked!
    DHuds
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    As Kendall Sq continues its boom regarding tech and restaurants alike, Commonwealth is absolutely worthy of being mentioned among its foodie-oriented neighbors. Everything we ate had the air (and taste) of quality and freshness. I recommend going with a made-to-order meat and cheese board and several appetizers and sides to share - including the gai lan and the onion strings.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Overall really great experience but the service was SUPER slow. There was one waiter for the entire outdoor area. It looks over 10 minutes to get our check! In general though, definitely quality food used and a great outdoor area.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable first visit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Overall, our first visit to Commonwealth was enjoyable. Our brunch was fantastic! No, I mean uber-fantastic. Our server was a bit pretentious, but the restaurant certainly was not. Drinks took a bit to get to the table, as did the food but it was worth the wait. Our server's assistant was wonderful and always kept our water full. Be warned, though, this isn't a $2.99 diner special type of place. Breakfast for 4 with one drink was was $148!
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Pork belly Banh mi is the bomb
    Diner2000VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Was pleasantly delighted by the simplicity of the lunch offerings. The sandwiches we ordered had a thoughtful balance of bread to protein. The bread consistency made the sandwiches the perfect bite- crunchy crust and chewy compressible dough to carry the pork belly. Service tends to be slow for outdoor seating, but worth the wait if your not rushing back to work.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Obsessed.
    Foodie6VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This place is incredible - the food was delicious - I had the rainbow trout cooked perfectly, with a side of the duck fat fries...need I say more?! My friend and I shared the scalloped potatoes and broccoli as sides, as well as the incredible grilled flatbread to start. The wine list was great, not overwhelming with 100 million choices, and the cocktails were creative and refreshing. I'm not a fan of gin at all, but the Basil Collins is utterly perfect for summertime. So delicious! The ambiance of the place was great, as well, it felt like a market/restaurant hybrid you'd find in London. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio with a view
    sweetrevenge
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was very good, as was the service. Luckily it was warm enough to eat outside because the noise level would have made it impossible to carry on a conversation inside. I don't call this "energetic" (Open Table's term) I call it "deafening." But it was lovely outside and the view of Boston from the Broad Canal was wonderful as evening set in. You can even see the red line trains going over the Longfellow Bridge. A nice urban oasis, and I would go again -- in good weather.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive and unremarkable
    DunwichVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I've been to Commonwealth a couple of times before, and it has some good points but does not compete well with others in the price range. The warm bread was delicious. Three out of four drinks were very sour (too heavy on the lime juice) and we sent one of them back, which we almost never do. The appetizers were good but not spectacular. The entrees were OK but could have been better seasoned, and mine had too many tough parts. The side orders of vegetables were disappointing (broccoli was very bland and arrived lukewarm). The desserts might have been good, but we decided to go elsewhere for dessert. The overall experience was just not worth it. If you do go here in the summer, I recommend trying the newly opened patio area.
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    good for groups
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  • SandK
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I've been to brunch there a couple of times and were pleased with the food each time. Odd how they take reservations, though, when you can't get a certain time, but at the restaurant it's 3/4 empty. Food is always good and portions are huge for brunch. Lots of sunlight and fresh air when they can open the windows/doors. Service is always just average, but it's never been a problem. Overall, a good experience and we will continue to go back and recommend it to others.
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    great for brunch
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  • Great meal
    Ermf
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Our food was delicious as were our drinks, our waiter was also friendly and helpful. It was a great experience the only disapointment was dessert, but we still really enjoyed it overall.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Went for lunch this week and sat outdoors. Wonderful view of the small canal and the city in the distance. Food was very good-- nice selection of salads and sandwiches. Food was fresh and well presented. Waitstaff very accommodating and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • delicious
    smgbostonmaVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    loved everything, the scallops for me, flat iron steak for him, cheesy polenta and swiss chard.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 97 reviews are from the Commonwealth reviews archive.
  • Dinner with international guests
    Christina55
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Saturday night supper with some business colleagues of my husband's. We had not been to Commonwealth but chose it for its proximity to our apartment. We were seated at a corner table inside, making for a relatively quiet setting. Commonwealth's unique menu has individual entrees but the appetizers and sides are served family style. This was explained by our helpful waiter. The 5 of us ordered 3 appetizer/salads and 3 sides which was plenty. We all had seafood which was fresh and well prepared. Most of us had only water to drink and glasses were refilled regularly. It's moderately expensive- average for the area. Great outdoor seating area and nice drinks menu including some interesting options without alcohol.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.