About Beat Brasserie (Beat hotel)
Beat Brasserie (aka Beat Hôtel) is an American restaurant and bar located in the heart of Harvard Square. Opened by the team behind The Beehive, the wildly popular eatery and bar in Boston's South End, Beat Brasserie offers a fresh, seasonal menu, enjoyable by carnivores and vegetarians alike. Our bar celebrates American spirits, beer and features over 35 American artisanal wines by the glass or carafe on our state-of-the-art wine tap system. Many of our wines have been crafted exclusively for Beat by the nations premier small batch winemakers. To heighten the senses further, we feature live music by cutting edge musicians in jazz, blues, funk, R&B and world music, bringing eclectic artistry to our stage in Cambridge.
Cambridge, MA 02138
American, Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Sunday through Wednesday: Dinner: 5pm - 11pm, Bar 4pm - 12am
Thursday: Dinner: 5pm - 12am, Bar 4pm - 1am
Friday through Saturday: Dinner: 5pm - 1am, Bar 4pm - 2am
Saturday and Sunday: Brunch 10am - 3pm
Thursday: 8pm- 12am
Friday and Saturday: 6:30pm- 8:30pm, 10pm- 2am
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10am- 2pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
World Class Live Music....for Free!
Beat Brasserie 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.beatbrasserie.com.
Catering coming soon!
In addition to lots of on-street parking, Harvard Square has the highest concentration of parking lots of any square in the area, all within a short walking distance to Beat Brasserie. See our website for discounted parking rates at local garages.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Beat Brasserie (Beat hotel) Ratings and Reviews
This was my first time at Beat Brasserie and I had no idea how big the space was! I've been meaning to try it out and overall enjoyed it. I had the shakshuka, which was okay, but I've had better shakshuka. I want to return and try more for sure, though. My cocktail was delicious and I love that they have live music, too!
I have to say my husband and I were very disappointed. We came in for a thanksgiving meal and we were prepared for the pricing but the food was awful. I had the prime rib and it came out with cold mashed potatoes /green beans and ice cold cranberry sauce; I asked if the potatoes and green beans could be warmed up and the kitchen charred my prime rib and the poor waitress had to bring out horrible looking plate of food. Then my husband received the fattiest piece of meat which was also cold and he asked for his to be warmed up and they brought it back the same as my prime rib. The waitress was a delight but there was no way we were paying $40 something per plate for this food (and we never complain.... especially on a holiday) . The waitress was gracious enough to Comp our drinks and since we couldn’t eat the food (it was that bad) she took that off as well. We left her a nice tip because nothing was her fault. I’m also disappointed that not one manager came over to check on us or anything and I’m shocked the kitchen let these dishes come back out the way they did. We are not complainers but I felt this was pretty bad. We both grew up with our families owning restaurants and know the hard work and annoying people a restaurants has to deal with but I’m sorry the food was unacceptable.
Pizzas were yum, especially the Figaro. Shrimp and grits, short rib large plates along with the délicata squash small plate and two pizzas made for a filling and satisfying meal for 5. And did I say that each of these was DELICIOUS?
Atmosphere was lively and hip. Ask for a table away from the stage area in order to be able to enjoy conversation without having to shout Will be back again for late bites and more time listening to the band.
Regularly impeccable dining experience. The service has been friendly and prompt each time I've visited. Menu has clearly labeled vegetarian and gluten free options. The live music for brunch/lunch (until 2pm on weekends) and during evening hours is great.
Especially love their bowls: a mix of veggies, quinoa (or farro), salsa, and an addition of a number of meats or falafel etc. You walk away feeling healthy and that you had a delicious meal. And I've never felt rushed to clear the table/move on quickly, service is very polite.
Went here for my birthday dinner which my family flew into town specifically for. Was charged a $5 per person plating fee just to have my birthday cake there following our meal, something I have never encountered before. We were served a burnt pizza, a rare burger (ordered well done) and a flavorless “truffle butter” pizza. 0/10, would not recommend.
We were three diners looking to spend some time chatting and share some fun/interesting food. We ordered 4 small and 1 large plate to start and asked the waiter to space them out. All of the food arrived before I was half way into my cocktail. The food was tasty but nothing special. We had to share water as no one came by to refill our glasses. We were in and out in under an hour on a week night. It was pretty pricey for the experience.
Been here around 5 times since it opened. its a nice place to grab a few drinks in Harvard but the food has noticeably gone down hill since it opened as it got more expensive. beer selection is laughable for being so close to a lot of local breweries. was there over the weekend for the Oktoberfest celebration in Harvard square. the food was mediocre, and the choice to have harpoon as the only beer was probably not the best choice (they are arguable one of the worst breweries now in the state). i had the natural bowl which usually has a better presentation the just some faro and quinoa on a flat plate with 2 falafel. either way this place has gone down hill a lot since i used to recommend it as one of the better spots to get a duck entree and some wine in harvard about 1.5 years ago.
The menu has changed once again, and the Natural Bowl bowel with added chicken which I've enjoyed in the past, was not very good this time. It was over-spiced, relative to previous visits.
Missing from the menu was another item I've enjoyed in the past, pan-seared haddock/cod served with roasted potatoes and vegetables.
The Harvest Salad, which we shared, was outstanding.
My companion's artisanal pizza was just average--not a great score on Harvard Square with so many places serving up fine pizza.
The service was very attentive--no complaints there. However, I will likely not return any time soon--at least until the menu changes once again. Having enjoyed this restaurant in the past, I left feeling disappointed.
We sat for about 10min before being treated by our server which only happened because I asked him who the server was for the section, thinking they hadn't been informed we were there. The table next to us sat after us, he took their order before us, they received their food, paid, and left all before we got our food. Another table sat after we ordered food and still received their apps before we got our food. Once our food was out we did not see our server again until I asked for the check.
The food was ok but not enough to save the night. Wine selection was nice.
The Beat provides excellent service in an informal setting. Food options are limited, but very tasty, creative, and reasonably priced. We went early (6:30 pm) to avoid the noisy environment of the very active bar scene, and a DJ later on, and we were pleased to have a good interval of quiet time to talk among friends and colleagues. It is hard to do better around Harvard Square.
I would go here for drinks... but that is about all. The food has gone down hill since it opened and my waiter was MIA the entire meal. We ended up grabbing our check and going elsewhere. Wouldn't recommend dining here - Grabbing a drink at the bar would be fine though.
I had friends visiting our of town and we decided to go for a stroll in Harvard Square to enjoy the good weather. We were seated promptly and there is validated parking for $10 a short walk away. I personally like the choice of beers, especially welcome on a summer night. The A/C works well and the seating is comfortable.
We enjoyed the buffalo cauliflower very much, and the combination bowls were excellent, with quinoa and salmon. There are two option on sizes of wine by the glass, and there are also carafes for a larger group. I would recommend ordering several appetizers to make it a dinner. We did not try the burger, but it looked excellent.
The music starts at around 9PM and it was jazz. Very nice. It gets more lively as the evening progresses, and the noise level rises, as is to be expected. We decided not to have a desert and went for chocolates to a nearby store, but the desert menu looked good, even if there was only a small group to choose from.
I would recommend BB for small groups, friends getting together, birthday celebrations. Not particularly right for small children. There was a good mix of young and older adults. I'd say the ambiance is "hip".
I've always loved the creative cocktails and vibe of Beat, and our meal did not disappoint. We shared small plates and they were all outstanding. There were interesting combinations of flavors, perfectly cooked fish and shellfish, and great vegetable accompaniments (even for small plates, which I loved).
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