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East Coast Grill & Raw Bar
East Coast Grill & Raw Bar

East Coast Grill & Raw Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://eastcoastgrill.net/
  • Phone: (617) 491-6568
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm.
    Saturday Lunch: 11:00am 2:30 pm Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Barbecue, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Jason Heard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef/Owner Jason Heard, Catering Chef Nate Creed and Catering Director Becky Rogers feel that they have truly mastered the art of catering. Together they will customize a menu that fits your style, tastes and budget. From pig roasts, birthdays, company events, Bat and Bar Mitzvahs and weddings, there is no end to what they can and will do for you.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Lava Lounge can be yours for the night! Offering private parties for you and up to 28 of your closest friends. We will customize your menu to best suit your group- even offer to create "Your Own Personal Hell." Give us a call and we'll take care of the details to make your night perfect!
  • Private Party Contact: James Lozano (617) 491-6568

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect St
  • Public Transit: Cambridge St @ Prospect St (69)
    Cambridge St @ Hampshire St (69)
    Cambridge St @ Springfield St (69)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Look out for our lot across the street, quite a steal at $5 per car without the hassle!
A word from East Coast Grill & Raw Bar
East Coast Grill brings high level big, bold flavors with live fire grilled seafood and Low & Slow BBQ in a fun casual atmosphere. Highlighted by its open kitchen, full raw bar and funky décor; it remains a corner stone of the Greater Boston after 25 years!! The theory here is that the closer one gets to the equator, the more flavor there is in the food. Expect the chile-fueled heat of the Caribbean, the grill-savvy of Latin American cuisine, and the dynamism of Asia when you order from the regionally inspired menu. Our Brunch Bloody Mary bar has garnered quite the following of hard-core Bloody Mary enthusiasts. Drop by for Brunch (Sundays), Lunch (Saturdays), Dinner 7 days a week or for our late-nite snacks, raw bar and cocktails (Thursday through Saturday starting October 17th).Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed the dining experience very much. The occasion was my nephew's 50th birthday and the ECG was his choice. Food was delicious, especially his grilled bluefish, and service was great. We arrived 20minutes late for our reservation only to be told that they give away tables after 15 minutes. I was taken aback by this and when I indicated that I was unaware of this policy, was told that it is not written anywhere. I think it should be. At any rate, the host and hostess both got to work and found us a table very quickly, so all was not lost. All in all, it was a fun evening. I think it's hard not to have a good time there."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our seating was fine but right near their grill. If you haven't been they have a charcoal grill, and while it is cool, it had embers sparking out and hitting my wife. I think a charcoal grill is a gimmick, as it doesn't add anything from a flavor perspective. Use gas and keep it safer and controllable. The food was inspired but not well executed. My shrimp and grits was a cool idea, but a syrupy sweet glaze/marinade masked any interesting flavors. My wife got the BBQ trio, and it was below average. They seem to smoke the BBQ ahead of time, which is reasonable, but they use their HOT charcoal grill to heat it up, which just creates tough BBQ. Also they slop thick sauce on the meat, which is pointless as far as I'm concerned with good meat."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Loved the menu list (BBQ and seafood? Don't mind if I do!) and the drink menu was great, but with all the casual ambience, it became pretty easy to forget the hefty price tag that comes with that plate. Great location and great experience, but won't be back for a little while."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Excellent service-wonderful food! Creative, delicious !! The only down side is the noise level--if you don't mind a really noisy atmosphere--you must go!!!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "now the ribs & brisket are tough, and the prices too high for the quality. the pickles are still good, and the duck salad was quite nice. even the oyster selection was scanty (one excellent, one fair - though they seemed to have been handled safely, which is the most important thing about oysters)."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My son and I had dinner at East Coast Grill the other night and both ordered the jerk chicken. We strongly agreed that it was the best we've ever tasted. I also love their margaritas and I am a total margarita snob, fresh lime juice only and not too sweet."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My out of town friends from the west wanted really good seafood and East Coast Grill did not disappoint. We arrived and the service was outstanding. We ordered oysters to start. One order of the Cape Cod oysters came with mignonette sauce and a spicy cocktail sauce, while the other was served with a soy and wasabi sauce that was superb. Just the right amount of wasabi. We also ordered the tuna tacos that were barely seared on the outside and served with cucumber and greens in a slightly spicy dressing. The mahimahi lived up to the freshness claim. Served with Mexican spices,the black beans and rice side along with plantains made a fabulous dinner. The scallops were perfectly seared and seasoned and the crab legs got rave reviews. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Wow, what a great place. Love the hot sauce and had the best shrimp meal ever."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Heard about East Coast Grill for years & finally went and now know what everyone has been raving about! All the people that work there were super friendly as soon as I walked in, great service & amazing food! Can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Can't believe how underwhelmed we were with the service, the food and the restaurant. Billed as "Chris is back"... Maybe he should have stayed away! Awful service, bland and tasteless food, definitely not worth the sky high prices. Happy to pay for quality but this just felt like a place past it's prime, hanging onto former glory and ringing the cash register at the expense of loyal patrons. I am done. Need a new go to seafood place in Cambridge."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "What can I say? East Coast rocks the house! Also, I very much want to steal a bucket of pickles. For great justice."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I would say that the food was pretty good, some items were a bit overdressed, but it looked to be a good spot to get cocktails with friends. However, I was there with one friend and my infant, which is something I would not do again. It needs to be kept to a place for friends and cocktails, not kids."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants, it never disappoints."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had not visited East Coast Grill since moving out of town over ten years ago. But, we returned this past weekend and were not disappointed. We started at the bar with the friendliest most personable bartender who patiently suggested drinks and described the delicious concoctions in detail - all 4 of us ordered something different and each one of us was very happy with our unique cocktail. The atmosphere is fun and energetic, casual yet also appropriate for a special occasion. We had fantastic service from the hostess, to the waitress and servers. And, the food was outstanding! We tried Oysters, steak, Mahi Mahi and ribs and each and every dish was mouth watering and done to perfection. This is one of my all time favorite spots!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We have had dinner at the East Coast Grill & Raw Bar twice. Each time we have had seafood that knocked our socks off. And the staff is remarkably kind and solicitous, given the crush of patrons on weekends."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were visiting the Boston area to see Harvard. I chose this restaurant with my 17 year old daughter. We were attracted by the seafood on the menu and the vibrant feel. It lived up to our expectations, the food was excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful. Well done."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "It is a hipster place; love the little plastic animals on the bar drinks. The energy level was high, lots of families celebrating graduation with fun food. We started with excellent oysters. The Mahi Mahi was very well done, moist in the middle with lots of flavor. The duck meat was delicious (half a duck too) but we had to excavate through the fat (its a duck) which seeped into the fried plantains underneath rendering (pun) them inedible. The skin was also inedible, a shame because crisp duck skin is amazing. If I were the chef, I would give duck fat in the context of grilling some serious thought. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Good food, good service, noisy. Shrimp and grits better than many I have had down South. Other fishes were also very good."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "enjoyed the food at east coast grill, but did not find it to be great. very, very loud. better than mediocre, but not as good as I had remembered. we had an issue with one of our dinners, and the staff handled it very well. they took care of replacing the dish, and made the guest feel like they were very sorry about the issue"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Always packed so expect a wait at prime time if you don't have a reservation. Very loud, bustling, but service is excellent. The food is decent but won't blow you away. The hell ribs are hot as hell so order only if you are adventurous. They weren't tender though (needed to really saw them with knife) so besides the heat, they missed the mark. Margarita was excellent. Corn bread and beans and rice were slightly bland. Fish was decent. Basically hit or miss on the food. Liked it but I didn't love it. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The levels of spicy ribs are unbeatable. The price is decent. It's a good place for chilling and for southern foods dining. Plus this grill pineapple, it goes so well with the full plate of the BBQ ribs!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great restaurant, have been going for years. New owner (relatively new, I think 2 years ago), is charming and attentive. The food is consistently excellent, and the service great. Highly reccomend this place for a great evening out. And it is also a good celebration/special occasion place. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Try the grilled tuna, which they cook rare and is utterly delicious! The staff were all very friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Food was very good, but the restaurant is currently understaffed. It took over an hour for us to get our food after ordering. The waitstaff was "in the weeds" as they say when they're overworked. Forgetting that we hadn't eaten yet, our waiter asked us if we'd like any desert before we had gotten our food. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I was looking for an experience that would redefine good seafood in the Boston area. I've known about this restaurant for many years and finally found a chance to dine at it... weeknight dinner. Though I thoroughly enjoyed my peppered tuna and craved a taste of a few other meals described on the menu, my most memorable part of the night was the habanero margarita. Enough heat to notice every sip, but never overwhelming. And don't forget the oysters."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Shrimp and grits was very good. Service also very good. I'll be back !"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "First the bad: Our party was seated in a small, crowded room with a large, tacky volcano mural (complete with blinking red lights for the lava). After we were seated, we were essentially forgotten about. There was no way to catch the attention of our server without getting up and walking out of the room and around to the bar area. When appetizer were brought to the table, there were no small plates. When we told the server we needed a minute to decide on a bottle of wine, he didn't come back for 12 minutes. The entire dinner was like this. Now the good: The was indeed spectacular. Wonderful oysters, grilled seafood and bbq. Definitely some of the best in Boston."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Food quantity was small for way too high price. Some tasted okay, but most was "off". Service was really good."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My husband and a very good friend visiting from Memphis ordered the Memphis Dry Rub ribs (what else?) and got side orders. Heaven. The staff was wonderful. My husband ordered 3 more ribs after his first order of 3 and was a little disappointed with the 2nd order. The staff was great, gave us a credit for them and the owner went out to hail a taxi for us! Good service, great atmosphere and wonderful service. That's why we love the place."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Always a favorite spot! The special Jazz Week menu was outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "ECG was my #1 Boston area restaurant for over 10 years, and even though the menu has rarely been updated during that time, the specials always gave me options for not taking another spin through the regular fare... Recently, the specials appear to have moved away from entrées and I must say that is a bad move from my perspective. The main menu is long in the tooth and without options, the excitement and my affair with ECG is going away. I still love Chris Schelzenger's food, as evidenced from my collection of six of his cookbooks. But this collection also indicates that ECG has so much more to share, and until they do, sadly, my frequent visits will dwindle significantly... "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We went early and asked to sit away from the main kitchen and had a fabulous time. Sometimes can be too noisy, but was absolutely perfect. Buffalo shrimp were yummy and their margarita was great. Forgot how much I like this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Excellent! After being off its game for a couple of years. New owners have brought it back to its prior glory. Would reccome do without hesitation."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We came here for Sunday brunch and really liked the food, service and ambiance. We had reservations and the table was ready and waiting for us with water. The Bloody Mary bar was also fun."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had not been to the East Coast Grill in about 2 years--everything was great. The food was terrific, but the service was unbelievable. Cambridge has a reputation for unfriendly wait staff, but everyone, from the host to the waiter to the bus people, was incredibly nice, friendly and acted like they were really appreciative that we were eating there. Great experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were three adults and a 7 month old. The staff was very friendly and made us feel welcome. My mahi mahi was solid and my wife's shrimp and grits was outstanding."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Took my team to this wonderful place with a simple menu and tasty food! Buffalo shrimp are the best I've ever had!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The staff is really helpful. Good drink menu. The food is good and they serve lots of different foodie things. I tried the tuna/pork dumplings, yum and then I had the firey shrimp and sweet potato dish. Very good. It's a little cramped but being in Cambridge you have to expect that. Be sure to make a reservation if going on the weekend. We went early, 6:15 on a Saturday night and it was packed full."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I enjoy this restaurant, and the food is good. The ambiance is very casual and there is good service. But I have to give it 3 stars, because the ambiance, presentation of food just doesn't live up to it's prices. It is as pricey, if not, more expensive than various amazing restaurants in it's surroundings. I've been here twice hoping for something better the second time around, and I got a good meal and good service, but just not worth the price! I'll take the money I would spend here and go out somewhere fantastic. I would definitely visit this place more if the prices dropped to what I consider it is worth."
    Dined on 2/15/2014