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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.

13 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Music:
Thursday: 8pm- 12am
Friday and Saturday: 6:30pm- 8:30pm, 10pm- 2am
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10am- 2pm

Cross Street:
Palmer Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 499-0001

Website:
http://www.beatbrasserie.com/

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.

Catering:
Catering coming soon!

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.

Executive Chef:
James Lyons

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun - Wed 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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Beat Brasserie (Beat hotel) Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (26)
Fun (22)
Good for a Date (20)
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Good for Groups (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Casual (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Romantic (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
People Watching (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Cozy (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Healthy (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Tapas (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Went with friends visiting from out of town, and I knew it was their treat, but they asked me to choose the place. I had three previous positive experiences at BB, and they liked the menu. We tried two different rosé wines and were not impressed by them. The food was great, on the healthy side and interesting/innovative. I recommend it.

Tags: Vegan, Live Music, Great Beer, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food and service were fine, but there was no actual jazz at their advertised jazz brunch. Check the schedule before expecting live music

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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great vibe, great drinks, and tasty dinner! Our server was not only extremely nice and personal, but put thought into recommendations for dinner and drinks. Very fun and comfortable, you could dress casual or fancy and feel like you fit right in!

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fun, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Happy Hour, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Live Music, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Met for dinner here with friends we see once a year. Small plates were delicious, but end up costing you $$. Roasted corn was my favorite. We sat at tables about halfway into the room; live music -- a good Marvin Gaye cover band -- was not too loud that it disrupted our conversation.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great place and atmosphere but some food was a bit salty and some was very bland. Otherwise great waiter & service

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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Fun restaurant with a distinctive "beat" look and live music. Attentive, friendly staff. Get the ribs; they're terrific.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Ribs, cauliflower, and bowls delicious. Cocktails excellent. Music soulful and just the right decibel level. A fun double date!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 13, 2017

This is one of my absolute favorite restaurants. The food is superb from the small plates to the large plates. I love the fresh, local grown vegetables and the extensive wine and cocktail offerings. It's a nice place to relax, unwind and catch up with friends. My husband and I also go here for date nights which is great since the offer live music. I highly recommend all to visit.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2017

much too noisy , sound coming from everywhere, conversation was almost impossible all evening even when the band was not playing.
Food tasted good but altogether with drinks or wine was much too high. We will not return.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Good for dates but kinda loud to have a conversation. It could've also been because there was live music the day we went.
Our waitress was a joy to have and she was excellent in describing the dishes.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Food was okay but overpriced. Roasted pepper dish very disappointing but crostini was very good.

Tags: Live Music, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Wonderful ambiance, great stage area, great volume. Excellent food and service.

Only issue is that no reservation were available until 2 but the place was half empty when we got there and the music ended shortly thereafter. Would be nice to have a few more vegan options but what we had was great.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Vegan
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great ambiance, great music, great food. One of my favorite places.

Tags: Live Music, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Love the ambiance and vibe. Their bowls are pretty good as their service. Everything goes well together.

Tags: Healthy, Live Music, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 12, 2017

The server was good but the host/manager was assuming and rude - did not know I dined upstairs and was questioning me using the restroom. I tipped very well because not the servers fault the manager or supervisor was very rude.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We celebrated a graduation and enjoyed the featured artist --Aretha Franklin cover band. Music was not too loud. Great entertainment, great service, great food. Highly recommend the bowls.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Excellent evening! Great server, great music. And who doesn't love Guy and Bruce?

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Very fun decor and vibe. Nice service. Food just ok. The buffalo cauliflower is good but a little overpriced for quantity. Ahi tuna nice but veggies tasty but oily. Really disappointing ceasar salad. Sometimes less is more. Might try it again just for drinks as good wine menu.

Tags: Fun, Live Music, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on June 7, 2017

What an awesome first experience. A group of 6 went early, before theater. The decor is fun, the food was prompt, the service was charming, the portions were ample and the value was great. I had the Natural Bowl with Felafel, which I intend to order again and again. Everyone was pleased with their selections and we all look forward to returning.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Tapas, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great food, drinks and music! We split the asparagus and vegi-nachos appetizers and the mussels and fish tacos large plates. All excellent!

Tags: Authentic, Late-night Find, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Fun, Bar Seating, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Everything was great.. the only issue was the size of one of the entrees. The scallops came with a few beets.. the dish needed a veg or some greens. The fava mash that comes with the tuna would be a perfect addition. Host was great about our concern and comped a dessert and noted the feedback in a genuine manner.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Always nice to have live music and soak up the offbeat hip scene and eclectic crowd. Food is interesting, but tastes are unremarkable for the price and somewhat unbalanced. Best when it is not crowded; the tables are packed together so you get to enjoy your neighbors' conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Beat brasserie was great - we went with a group of about 10 people, and the service was seamless and the food delicious! Great ambiance- lighting, scenery, live music all in a great hidden basement spot in Harvard square. The mussels and the azteca bowl are both to die for. I will say beware as the drinks can get pricey and range in how strong they are. But overall great vibes!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Very cool vibe, very cool decor - service was great, and food was good.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Great Brunch, very busy and noisy but fun. I felt a little squished in at my table. I liked the food and I am a vegetarian but we went for brunch, it wasn't a very big menu. The waiter was very friendly but again, he was very busy. I would go back.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Fun, Live Music
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We went for brunch here because we love the live jazz and have always had an awesome experience. Unfortunately, the service was really slow this day. They were really under staffed, but luckily we were not in a rush and didn't get too hangry before the food arrived. Our server was lovely.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Service was excellent. We loved the creative dishes and drinks. The ambience with live music was perfect.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

In a nutshell: the food was mediocre in test and with very small portions, even considering it was labelled "tapas" ; the wine pours were not generous either. Service was fine no complaints atmosphere college kid pretentious. Would not go again.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2017

It was our Anniversary and I requested a romantic table and got the perfect table where we could sit next to each other rather than opposite. It was a special day and the service was discrete and attentive.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (東京)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Great options for vegetarians. Creative menu that you won't find elsewhere. Really good service with considerate and attentive wait staff.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

This is an interesting restaurant that is worth a trip. It is one of the few live music venues that also offers a good dining option. The restaurant is large and inviting with a jazzy vibe and interesting bar. The menu is casual and has a lot of options, and the service is warm and efficient. Our apps were excellent ...the ribs and roasted asparagus. The meals were good, but my duck, although tasty , suffered from being completely drowned in a beet sauce AND a creamy mustard sauce. I really wanted to taste the correctly cooked duck, but it lost the battle with the beets. Less is more ! The scallops were also good but rather small for Divers (as-advertised)...not certain they were the real thing.
The wine list is carefully chosen and all the glass pours are on draft from kegs (which could be a disaster) but this place pulls it off well with very good choices from good producers. Kinda cool.
I will be back...but maybe only for small plates and apps next time.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

the food was great, although the food was a bit over priced, the serving sizes were right for a diet conscious person like myself. The ribs are amazing, but $15 for 4 ribs is too high. the Azteca bowl was amazing, but they ran out of avocado and substituted jicama and hominy, which was excellent. although its a good thing I was not allergic, since there was no notice that those ingredients would be in there. overall the meal and the music were amazing.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food was amazing, the service was impeccable, and the band was hopping! Came here with family and a few friends to celebrate graduation, and it was the perfect place. I'll be back for my next date night or drinks with friends night!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We always come back to our classic
Live music and great food - what more can you ask for.
It was perfect for our mother day brunch

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great food and excellent service. We went for the mother's day brunch and had a lovely time. They had a 2 peice band for the ocassion.

Tags: Great Beer, Live Music, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great service and the restaurant was lovely. But the quiche was burnt and the bread pudding was overly eggy.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Live music was great. Service was excellent but food was mediocre at best. Ambiance was nice and had a great vibe. Good place for drinks but not dinner

Tags: People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great music and brunch

Tags: Great for Brunch, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Always a great experience, speedy seating with reservation, wish there were more GF options on the drink menu

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Live Music, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Excellent food! The dishes are thoughtful and use fresh produce.

Service tends to be hit or miss.

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