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Beat Brasserie (Beat hotel)

4.5
1053 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food
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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

Music:
Thursday: 8pm- 12am
Friday and Saturday: 6:30pm- 8:30pm, 10pm- 2am
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10am- 2pm
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Phone number
(617) 499-0001
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Lyons
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Catering
Catering coming soon!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Palmer Street
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Parking details
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.
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Entertainment
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.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Beat Hotel can accommodate all your special event needs.

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What 1053 People Are Saying
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4.2
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's day

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The food and cocktails seem to change pretty frequently, in the best way! We don't come here too often, but there's definitely at least a few new items to try out. Fun place, good vibes, staff is always really really nice

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Although I've lived in Cambridge for a few years, I'd never frequented The Beat until I became a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Harvard. I absolutely love this place. From the management both general and operations, the staff (Jenny, Vincent, and Olivia - to name a few), and the inclusive nature for which all patrons are welcomed and respected, you can't miss with The Beat. This is the first - and only - review I've ever made, and I'm grateful that after graduation I'm only shifting from The Yard to Fletcher.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Live music was phenomenal. Wine was great. Food was average, but the music made up for it

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We loved this place, nice atmosphere, good food, we are certainly coming again and have already recommended it to friends.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Love the live music - great place to bring a large party for yummy food and fun environment.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Went here for brunch on a Saturday and it was surprisingly not packed. Ambience has a hippie vibe, they play live jazz for brunch.

The nature bowl was satisfying with a poached egg on top, although mine was a little overdone so make sure you specify how you like your yolk.

Get the cheeseburger— Hawaiian bun and so juicy (hamburger and pork), fries were ok (thick wedges).

We tried a tequila and a bourbon cocktail off the menu and weren’t blown away, but they did the trick (both tasted like punch).

Overall good vibe, probably more fun to grab a drink after work. I’ll be back.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Why is tuna avocado special thing gone???

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great vibe, the playlist was amazing, and the food was great. It was a quiet Sunday.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Fun cocktails, easy going atmosphere, good veggie selections

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I was given a gift card by my sister in law to come have brunch, she figured we would enjoy the music and breakfast. Although we missed the live music, the food was excellent and definitely worth the trip into the city. Service was a little slow to begin with but I think they were short on wait staff, the manager did notice and attended to us which was great! Not many places do that right away unless you complain. Overall, the place has a very warm, cozy feel, very hippie like, with good background music. I recommend their asparagus salad, it was amazing! Thank you to the manager for being so kind! my girlfriend recommended the place that same day to a friend!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Loved everything about the Beat! Great find and I'll definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Their menu lists the dishes as “shareable” but some of them are definitely a meal for one person. If you want to eat dinner when the band comes on, I recommend getting a later reservation, as they start late.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

One of the better places for cocktails, good food and music in the Square. The Beat always has a great vibe and the service is on point!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excelente. Los cócteles son fabulosos. Había una banda de música country que no me gustó mucho (porque no disfruto esa música) pero todo lo demás buenísimo. Los empleados muy amables.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Jonathan was a wonderful server, and the food was excellent

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I found the menu a bit limited but was excited to find an interesting flatbread. I ordered a mushroom flatbread with fontina, frisée and truffle honey. Sadly, it had so few mushrooms and spotty frisée — but was sweet and sticky with a heavy handed dose of honey. Not great.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My family and I wanted to go to this restaurant for the live music and menu. We arrived early and had to wait for our original reservation time even though there were several empty tables. We sat and ordered. The tap water and/or glass smelled awful. I requested a bottled water and drank it from the bottle. My daughters meal and our appetizers arrived quickly. Although my appetizer was incorrect. Our entrees arrived and my salmon had such an awful odor. My husband flagged down a manager because our server was not around. So I opted for the quiche, which was delicious but ice cold. The manager did not check back with us to ensure that all was well. So we will not be returning, which is sad because we had such high hopes for the restaurant.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Not very special Easter brunch at $45 pp

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Jazz Brunch was great!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We always enjoy this place and had a great time Saturday night. The food was good and the music was great! Its a lot of fun and highly recommended. Staff was very good too!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great music and great food and service

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had a great time Buffalo Cauliflower to die for! Vincent our waiter was fabulous highly recommend this place

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Love all of the wines on tab and the live music

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

appreciated their accommodation of Celiac Disease and medically-restrictive diets

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The Beat Brasserie offers consistently good food and service. The live music adds to the fun atmosphere! I highly recommend it for Sunday Brunch.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Visiting town with my wife and son, we booked a week out because Beat seemed like our type of place. Didn't realize at the time it was St. Patrick's Day. So, the place was hopping with a party to celebrate. The bands playing Irish music were great. We were a bit skeptical of the special St, Patty's Day menu but it turned out so much better than I expected. My lamb stew was tender and spiced well. My family loved their dishes as well... especially the Scotch egg. The staff surely had their hands full with the evening but the wait staff never forgot about us and the food and drinks came without delay. It was a fun night and a very satisfying dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We came for a Bachelorette weekend brunch and it was nice and quiet at the time we arrive for our reservation (10.30am), at around 11am they have nice live jazz playing in the background which was wonderful!! The food was delicious THE BEAT BURGER IS AMAZING and extremely filling! The mimosas were also wonderful.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Jazz music was fantastic, the food was so so. Service was good.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Server was excellent. Patient and good listener- got every bit of order correct. Salads ( full size Natural bowl w/ farro) were good but small and surprisingly bland/ lacked salt and excitement - could have used a little spice kick. Also I was supposed to have beets in mine but found maybe 2 very small pieces in entire salad. Live music was great but band took such a long break we only heard one set. Otherwise lively positive atmosphere which I’ll visit again.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Great food and great service

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great ambiance, decent food and good wine list make this a good pick for meeting up with friends or a date.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great atmosphere and food. Love the jazz bands.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Very cool place. Great music and very good food. Fun to have wine on tap and try different things. Highly recommend for a fun night out!

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We've been twice -- first time without reservations and we sat at the bar, second time with reservations for a table. We had the small plates both times and were pleased. Mussels were excellent both times. The cocktails are good but a little pricey, although maybe average for Cambridge. The waiter we had was exceptional. It's a big place but seems pretty well organized. It's not an intimate, romantic setting, but very good for gatherings or a quick meal before a show.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Went with a friend to catch up and the food was a good portion and the server was very kind. Wish we received a little more attention--being told when our food was coming and such. Otherwise, super glad we came by.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I think you restaurant Nickles and Dimes you for every little thing,
My brunch dish was the egg on eggplant with tomato sauce, and it came with one bread, another SLICE of bread was $1!
The consistency of my dish is soupy so, either serve it with a spoon, or give more bread! I ate mine with a fork...
My Friend also ordered additional ranch on the side for 50cents.
Just be real with how people will actually eat your food, because not everyone wants to Instagram their meals.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We thought the atmosphere was great, and enjoyed the food while we were there. Unfortunately, neither of our stomachs felt right shortly after we left. We're convinced the culprit was the buffalo cauliflower that ruined our night out.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s day dinner was lovely. The experience was enhanced by the live jazz.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The bottle of champagne was served warm, the staff forgot our appetizer after a 40 minute wait. I had to send my meal back, because it was cold. Overall, pretty bad experience.

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