Eastern Standard
Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.easternstandardboston.com/
  • Phone: 6175329100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 10:30am; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Campbell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Eastern Standard is pleased to accommodate private and semi-private dining events during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our private room holds up to 20 seated guests and we offer several options for semi-private parties of up to 50 guests. Please visit our website to learn more about booking your event!
  • Private Party Contact: Kelly Shea 6175329100

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beacon Street
  • Public Transit: Kenmore Station T stop on the Green Line and Bus Routes 119, 193, 55, 57, 60, 65, 8, and CT1 into Kenmore Square
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 11:30-2:30 at the Hotel Commonwealth for $10.
    5pm - 11pm weekdays and 5pm - 12am weekends at the restaurant for $16.
A word from Eastern Standard
Eastern Standard is an American Brasserie located in the heart of Kenmore Square, featuring a heated patio and the longest marble bar in Boston. At Eastern Standard we strive to re-create every guest’s expectations. As you enter the restaurant you will be warmly greeted by a staff whose main goal is to make your dining experience among the best you have ever had.
Guests can depend on the eclectic wine list to be approachable and unpretentious. We offer a full bar featuring 61 delicious classic cocktails from around the world and Eastern Standard originals. From the house made Charcuterie to the warm and indulgent Butterscotch Bread Pudding, your dining experience at Eastern Standard will keep you coming back again and again!
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Eastern Standard reviews from OpenTable diners
296 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (144)great for outdoor dining (142)fit for foodies (131)special occasion (117)neighborhood gem (109)good for groups (108)hot spot (99)notable wine list (85)romantic (82)great for lunch (77)great for brunch (72)late-night find (67)kid-friendly (25)scenic view (10)Show More
  • Decent but not fantastic
    JulieBVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I had lunch with a friend on the sidewalk patio. The outdoor space is nicely done and comfortable but it can be noisy, being in the middle of Kenmore Square with buses and trucks going by. Our waiter was friendly and the service was fine, except that we were not offered any coffee or tea after our main courses were finished. He just brought the bill without any interaction. I had the Nicoise salad, which was very nice, although a bit over-dressed with vinaigrette. It could have used a few more lettuce leaves to make the portion a bit more satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salt on everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    EVERYTHING was oversalted. Everything. They were nice about getting us new orders, but wow, it was a bit much on our tastebuds.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • serviceable
    Bklynmom
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A good if somewhat disappointing meal with excellent service. Kitchen is overly aggressive with the salt shaker, overseasoning food in general. Waiter was knowledgeable about wine and service in general was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome on game day!
    JennieK
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Oysters were best in city! Great service and a fun happening place to eat before a Sox game. Great music and atmosphere and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem of Kenmore
    BostonBro
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The best restaurant in Kenmore Square, and flagship restaurant of BU
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed our dinner!
    MattfromRoslindale
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Eastern Standard is known for being an excellent, and surprisingly affordable, destination restaurant in Kenmore, and it definitely lived up to its billing. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional Smoked Pork
    Ucalegon
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    If I rated the food based solely upon the Smoked Pork Porterhouse, then I would rank the food as Outstanding. The bone-in cut was very juicy, flavorful, and was accompanied by a well-chosen garnish of apricots, scallions, and pickled mustard seed. Our waitress suggested a Tempranillo which paired nicely with the smokey pork. The side dish of grilled broccoli was also outstanding. Broccoli is among my favorite vegetables; I cook it for myself and have frequently ordered it while dining out. The grilled broccoli at the Eastern Standard was the best preparation I've ever had. It wasn't blackened, just grilled sufficiently to concentrate the inherent flavor. I didn't order appetizer or salad; so I can't provide a more extensive review.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rickard
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The fish was perfectly cooked- mini green peppers were a little bitter. Waiter recommended the perfect wine and you can take home if you can't finish. Blueberry pie infused vanilla Icecream ' out of this world'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    joan
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Two of my friends and I came here for breakfast on a Friday morning. We really wanted brunch with brunch drinks, but it was a Friday. I figured Eastern Standard (known to have good drinks and good food) would have no problems with us ordering drinks on a Friday morning and I was right. The waitress did give us a strange look but didn't say anything and willingly gave us a drink menu. She was knowledgeable about beer options, and was quick to return with coffee beverage (with alcohol) options from the bar. My friends thoroughly enjoyed their food and drinks, as did I. Service was prompt and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They run a tight ship.
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    ES is a well-oiled machine. They really know what they're doing. The staff are very professional and attentive. The bartenders are as good as any in the city, the somm & other wine peeps know their stuff. And the food is always good. It's a go-to when you don't want to worry about service and food. Some nights, you don't want to gamble on something new. There's a reason this place has been around-and busy-so long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was perfect
    F00die13
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I can always count on Eastern Standard for an unforgettable experience. I went on Sunday to celebrate a birthday and our dinner experience was even better than I expected. The manager Chris took the time to recommend us cocktails and then later spent some time with us helping us pick a wine that was unbelievable. Damon was our server and took really good care of us. There was a pretty good amount of people there for a Sunday night, but he made us feel like we were his only table. The entire time we felt totally unrushed, and were able to enjoy probably the best dinner experience I'ce ever had. Also, if you have never had the rib eye steak, you need to. Ours were cooked to perfection. Bread pudding was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great atmosphere
    tcrunner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My girl and I wanted to have a special night out and we've always been curious about dinner at Eastern Standard. When they called me to confirm the reservation I mentioned it was our date night and they immediately asked if I wanted something special. I asked for champagne and my girl was super happy and surprised when we got to our table! That worked out really well. The food was good and, although it was busy, the atmosphere was great and definitely not too noisy. The service was excellent! We had a great night!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more...
    marley209
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    For such a well-regarded, and well-placed, restaurant, the menu is extremely limited. Eight entrees, four sandwiches (including a $9 grilled cheese). I expected so much more. The fois gras mousse is very good, though they skimp on the baguettes (you'll have to ask for more, they only give you six). I went with a Cuban sandwich, which was okay (was there mustard? I don't know). Two Cuban sandwiches, the appetizer, and a couple of drinks amounted to a C-note.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Awful Experience
    PileatedVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    After paying $18 for valet parking, I had to wait over an hour to retrieve my car from the valet. The waiter clearly did not notify the valet that I wanted my car and the car was pulled up at the adjacent hotel well down without my being notified. The food was ordinary with the exception of the hangar steak which was so tough that neither the steak knife nor my teeth could penetrate the pieces. The special Monday pork cutlet was ample, but tasteless. The service was slow and smug. And the noise level made it difficult to hear ones companions.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As always one of my favorite restaurants in the city
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fenway
    Soni23
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had a great time. Service was excellent and very professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The ambiance is nice and the beer list impressive but the food is not noteworthy. Of the 4 dinner entrees ordered at our table 2 were heavily salted and a margarita was so sour it was sent back. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Solid
    KMoney
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Whole experience was solid, not spectacular. Prices reasonable for Back Bay. Good beer list. Food was average. I had Flatiron steak and partner had Crab cake, both tasted fine, no real complaints, but again not spectacular. Could get similar food at many regional restaurants.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food as usual at ES
    karinamVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Always enjoy ES and snagging a last minute table outside on a wonderfully warm evening made it even better. Food is always reliably good, as were the creative cocktails. Pleasant young lady nicely looked after us after the young man that neglected to order our salad ignored us for the rest of the night. Service clearly not his metier. But that was an anomaly at - ES normally has consistently good service without an attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • There will be brunch...
    PutFOODinME
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    ...or at least that's what they told me when I called in the evening before labor day to make sure it would be available early the next day. I don't know if they were just saying that or if what I got was their real brunch. Either way, I was not impressed with the meager ~4 dishes that weren't amazing and over-priced for the quality. On the plus side, their clams were great. I probably wouldn't return for breakfast.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    MEG23
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have been here many times. Took my son for his birthday and he really enjoyed it. The food was great and so was the staff. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WineMaster
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always great, one of our favorites. We frequent often and always bring our guests to your restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eastern Standard Restaurant Week
    2brightongirlfoodies
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It was delightful. We did lunch, so I cannot speak to the wine selection. I would return for dinner as the luncheon menu, even for restaurant week, had great selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JeffreyC
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food and service equally excellent. A nice range of choices - type and price - on the dinner menu too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    TomK
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food, great service, very interesting wines. Good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Brunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Enjoyed our Brunch. Food and drinks were great and the service was very good. Would return again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    willoman
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I ordered the Salmon, it was delicious and very moist. My date had the Flat Iron Steak which she enjoyed. Portions are small, so if you are really hungry get an app to start. I ate dessert which I never and I mean never order.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time and meal
    Barb
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A must stop before a ball game close by great wine list nice service and great food...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely summer lunch
    FoodTastesGood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My friend and I had lunch here, wanting to try something new for the event formerly known as "Restaurant Week." We selected from the prix fix menu. I loved the course offerings and carefully prepared seasonally appropriate dishes. The wine was equally delicious. Our server, Erica, was lovely. I was surprised to learn they'd been there for years and look forward to returning.
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  • Delightful
    Chris
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Creative menu especially for lunch, excellent preparation - delicious. A +. Service was outstanding - Erica a senior in college rounded out the guest experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique gem at the heart of Boston
    BeefVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    First time here. The Steak Tartar is fantastic and the menu took off from there. The hanger steak was only ok and we expected more but otherwise we got there late and the food was yummy overall and inventive. The salad dressing was fabulous and the ribeye very well executed. Great selection of wines and beer. Always a struggle to find great food late at night and Eastern Standard delivered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food in Boston!
    Barnacle6
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This place is just the best. We have never had a bad meal and the service is fabulous. It is very busy so make a reservation. Very interesting food matches. The roasted chicken is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not So Good
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been at Eastern Standard many times before. This time we were very disappointed. Although the service was good, it was noisy, the music and the ambience were pitched to twenty-something-year-olds, and the food was not very good. The broccoli is grilled: this isn't a good way to prepare broccoli. The rigatoni dish my wife had was flavorless, just a festival of carbs and cheese with some peas thrown in for color.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Bar
    LobstahVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Second visit and will return. Live in Atlanta and visit here often. Love the bar here, drinks awesome, food, lobster mac and flat iron steak very good. Enjoy the vibe. Don't understand why I don't get open table points for this though. made the reservation and showed up on time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Special Occasions
    eBeau
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I booked this place for our 6 month celebration and it was absolutely perfect! The servers were notified of our special occasion and went above and beyond for us. Mara, our server, brought us a champagne toast to accompany our appetizer. She was knowledgeable of everything on the menu and was able to recommend dishes and wine for each of us. The food was amazing, the jazz was at the perfect volume, cocktails were spectacular and service was unforgettably good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, awesome wine selection!
    Civilman
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I love this place, it is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner! Great service and the food is right on! Great selection of wine and beer as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nitpicking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Everything was outstanding, just as my local host had promised. One small glitch...one dinner "special" was out of whack...TOO MUCH spiciness when it was not supposed to be that way. However, no problem, it was taken off the check in a flash.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Seafood Menu
    RetiredGourmetVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had breakfast and lunch at the restaurant during our stay at the Commonwealth Hotel. Both were satisfactory.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What is offered is above average
    warymania
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    But entree menu is somewhat limited. Service was fantastic!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing cocktails
    SunnyB
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful date night at Eastern Standard - first at the bar for oysters and cocktails, then at a corner booth for steak and a delicious and unusual bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.