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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (25)
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Hot Spot (17)
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Neighborhood Gem (12)
Romantic (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Healthy (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
People Watching (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Cozy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Great Beer (2)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious food, we were sat immediately and our server was excellent. Will recommend to others!

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food and wines

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Killer date spot for New Years Eve. We loved the cocktails, small share dishes, and live music. Only reason I gave service a 4/5 instead of perfect 5 was hostess staff seated us 20 mins later than our reservation and out waiter was a bit forgetful and slow to gather the check, but otherwise all staff super friendly. Awesome joint!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Hot Spot, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great band
Good pizza and Aztec bowl
Great atmosphere. Going back with friends

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve brunch. Service was horrible.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

After theatre quick dinner burger and bowl used 20 dollar OT gift card

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great small plates and artisanal wines, super sloooow service. Great vegan choices.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

This has been one of my favourite places in Cambridge. The atmosphere can be outstanding and the food is normally fine. It is very inconsistent though- last time we went both food and atmosphere were not great and this is not the first time this has happened. Need to improve consistency.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Have been to Beat Brasserie many times. Luv the location, the atmosphere, the ambiance. It is fun. Live jazz brunch on Sundays. Great cocktails. Definitely worth a visit.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Great for Brunch, People Watching
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

It's one of my new favorite places. I love that there's live music and there's so much room here that I don't worry that my friends and I won't have a spot to sit. The food and drinks are great. Our waiter was fun and attentive. He made good recommendations since we couldn't decide on what to share.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Live Music
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

It was terrible, the food, the service, everything.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent service and great burger

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Liked the music

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Menu seems a bit more restricted than last time I went, especially the salads.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The two hostesses seemed too busy to help us like we were interrupting them to be seated and they seemed distracted. At 5:45pm it wasn't yet busy. We probably stood at the hostess stand for 5 minutes before being seated with our reservation.

Everything was a process. order drinks, wait 10 minutes, get drinks, wait 10 minutes, flag him down to place our order, etc.
Waiter seemed confused. We asked how the burger was and got- yeah its a regular burger. Not a great salesman and would disappear for LONG stretches of time.

We weren't impressed by the service by any means to the point were it was so ridiculous we were laughing.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Healthy, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We went for sunday brunch with santa. The santa was not the best but I don't think my 5mo minded. It was an easy way to get free pics with santa without waiting in line. My food was meh. My drink was wonderful! Music was a bit too loud. Fun ambience.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Chosen for Gluten Free options, did not disappoint. Enjoyed calamari and french fries -- a welcome treat. Excellent cocktails and bartender service in an energetic space.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was perfect for a girls night out. The food options were varied enough that 4 people with extremely different food tastes all found things they loved. Highly recommend the roasted squash and the drink menu!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great place for drinks and shared plates

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fun place for a dinner and entertainment. Services and food were great

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Ordered too much food!

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Highly recommended! Great spot, outstanding location and atmosphere and wonderfully unique beer, wine and food menu

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving meal. Lovely!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We visited Beat Brasserie on Thanksgiving, so they were offering a special menu. The nice thing about it was the variety; carnivores, vegans, and kids all had a meal to suit their needs.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great place, great service, great music, great food! A little pricey!

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Personally I judge places by their service. The food was awesome, the decor is very chic but our server was the best part. She was attentive but not annoying - and gave us a great list of recommendations to try.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic meal and service! This place is super cute as well!!

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

The service was good. The calamari app was nice. We had two pizzas with different toppings. Both were soggy.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great experience! Had fun sharing plates with the table and enjoyed the live music and vibrancy of the crowd there.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always love the Beat Hotel!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is one of my go-to restaurants in Harvard Square, particularly when I'm entertaining out of town guests. Really attentive service, good cocktails, and a fun menu!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

nice






unique

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food, very good service, take allergies very seriously, which I appreciated

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Celebrated my birthday at Beat Brasserie and it was an awesome experience. I’m grateful for the outstanding service from Guy and his team and all the special touches. I highly recommend Beat Brasserie for special moments/occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Live Music
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

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