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Cityside Tavern, Brighton, MA

Cityside Tavern

4.8
4.8
137 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Cityside Tavern has been a staple in Cleveland Circle since 1985. We underwent a renovation in January 2020, now our space is rustic and airy featuring beautiful brickwork and barn-board from Maine. Our bi-level space features two bars, a separate dining room and an awesome roof deck overlooking Cleveland Circle
Our dinner menu consists of elevated comfort food along hearty New England fare, killer burgers and sandwiches. We also feature a lunch menu during the weekdays and a weekend brunch program.
We feature a full bar with a draft beer program focusing on some of the best local Craft breweries as well a cocktail program with riffs on some classics, as well as our own unique creations.
Cityside Tavern is the perfect place for large groups, semi-private events, watching our local sporting teams or just a chill night at one of our bars with our awesome team. We host Trivia on Wednesdays and Brunch on Saturday & Sunday. See you soon!

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Booked 26 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Sports Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:30 am–1:00 am Thu, Fri 11:30 am–2:00 am Sat 10:00 am–2:00 am Sun 10:00 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 566-1002

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Brighton

  • Cross street

    Chestnut Hill Ave. and Beacon St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    (T) Green Line – Cleveland Circle. (Bus) Chestnut Hill Ave. @ Beacon St

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 137 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Good for Groups

  • Boston Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • Boston Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Boston Suburbs

    Great for Brunch

  • Boston Suburbs

    Good for Groups

  • Boston Suburbs

    Great for Lunch

  • Boston Suburbs

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Boston Suburbs

    American

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  1. JM

    JasonM

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The outdoor rooftop seating was great. The waitress we had was good too. However, the food was just okay and I had to send back 2 drinks because they tasted horrible. Overall the place is okay, but would probably not go there again if I had the choice.

  2. JB

    JamieB

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service!

  3. M

    Maxx

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Trivia is a good time

  4. J

    John

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    They would not play the NBA game on even 1 TV out of their 20 TVs. instead, they left the Bruins game on every single TV. Pretty awful service.

  5. KP

    KarenP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff was friendly and accommodating. Food was great for a casual night out.

  6. CB

    CBFK

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Very fun. Good food and a great place to visit with a group of friends

  7. C

    Claire

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    Good tavern/bar food with a great ambiance. Perfect place for beers with friends. Cocktails have gotten very expensive and I don’t think they are worth it for their size.

  8. CP

    CPS2017

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and a great atmosphere our server was very attentive and friendly. Will be back!

  9. C

    Chris

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, good service and fun atmosphere. Great place to watch a game.

  10. HM

    HockeyMom

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great place to catch a sports game. Great food and service, too.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great! Service was good!

  12. M

    Michelle

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    My friend and I often meet up at City Side. Generally speaking, the food is bar food and tastes great, but their healthy, lighter offerings were limited last night to one, maybe two appetizers and one large dish. So much of their food is deep fried, their salads have either heavy toppings or heavy dressings, and even their one grilled chicken wrap is covered in burrata spread and green goddess dressing. It's winter in New England, but they didn't have a single soup, though they're online menu shows chili, clam chowder, and French onion dip. Again, the food is consistently pretty good, but maybe at least one or two additional lighter options would be great!

  13. C

    Claire

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    As always, I love cityside. Great elevated bar food & amazing tasting drinks. The drinks are a little pricey but worth it for the vicinity to Boston College and energetic atmosphere.

  14. LL

    LauriLoops

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cityside never disappoints! The food is delicious, service is fantastic, ambiance, casual and friendly. Their burgers are delicious, and they offer gluten-free buns! Thumbs way up.

  15. DJ

    DeniseJ

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Good food, great atmosphere. The breakfast options are average but lots of menu options.

  16. b

    bostonfoodiechick

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    At first it took a while for a server to make it over to our table but after that the service was great! Our server was attentive and made sure we had drinks or food when we needed it.

  17. H

    Hebron

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A funny thing happened on the way to the Conte Coliseum: we stopped at Cityside Tavern in Cleveland Circle. Great choice. It is definitely a college town bar, as their lunch does not begin until 4 PM. LOL however, great beer choices, good food, and definitely a vibrant place. I recommend the Braised Short Rib over risotto. Excellent! More, Yes, UConn beat BC, so we went back after the game for the dinner menu! Couldn't have been better!

  18. MC

    MichaelC

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    2pm on a Tuesday during Christmas week was obviously quieter than usual, but the food, drinks, and service were all very good

  19. CC

    CyCy

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bomb Food, Country/BBQ Egg Benedict Was Bussin!!!!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We went for brunch. The service was excellent and food was great!

    Cityside TavernResponded on December 14, 2021

    Thank you for the feedback! So happy to hear that you had an amazing experience.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to grab a quick meal. Food was excellent service was great and prices were fair. Would definitely come back here and I highly recommend!

    Cityside TavernResponded on December 14, 2021

    Thank you for letting us know about your time at Cityside, makes us so happy to hear that you'll be coming back! See you soon!

  22. B

    Brandon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The servers were extremely polite and helpful. Mix this with not being too attentive

  23. M

    Megan

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience4

    Wanted to do trivia on Wednesday, was told to just reserve a table online. Upon arrival they said “we didn’t put you in trivia because you were supposed to add it to the notes section on your reservation.” How is anyone supposed to know that? We were sat at a regular table instead and were not approached by any staff for 20 minutes.

  24. J

    Jess

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Food was very good. Service was very slow for an almost empty restaurant

  25. GW

    GarretW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Cityside Tavern was a great choice for my partner’s birthday. We reserved a table ahead of time, so when we arrived we were seated immediately. The sheet tray nachos were delicious as an appetizer - you’ll want a large! The burger deluxe is a large, quality burger with just the right balance of flavors, and the cheesesteak bomb was large and tasty - great value. Our server, Sydney was attentive and delightful and made sure we got everything we needed. The atmosphere is decent, though it does get quite noisy. Overall a terrific experience.

    Cityside TavernResponded on November 22, 2021

    Hi Garret! Thank you so much for your glowing review - We're so happy you enjoyed your experience at Cityside. Thanks for choosing to celebrate such a special occasion with us, and for taking the time to share your kind words.

  26. c

    catb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great quick, delicious dinner. The Burnt Ends quesadilla is a must have!

    Cityside TavernResponded on November 18, 2021

    The Burnt ends quesadilla is a fan fav over here!! Glad you enjoyed it!

  27. SH

    ShannonH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday for friend, it was so fun.

  28. c

    christina

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place was so great, the waitress was kind and attentive. They accommodated our party in the outside tables, 9 teens in town for hockey tournament and 6 adults. Very impressed and great food as well as service.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    We were able to eat outside, which was nice. The food was okay. The chicken fingers were over breaded and not very good. The sauce saved them. Otherwise we were feeling the food was okay. The service was good.

  30. JS

    JeffreyS

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Perfect for a casual dinner while watching football. Numerous TVs. Steak frites was excellent.

    Cityside TavernResponded on October 19, 2021

    Can never go wrong with Steak frites and football! Glad you enjoyed your time!

  31. L

    Lindsay

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Issue with open table booking for this reservation. Very odd!

  32. J

    Jenny

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    I have been to Cityside a handful of times in the last 6 months and it pains me to not give a better review but I have to be honest. The food is good, the outside options are a must for a family with an unvaccinated minor. I want to love this place. The positive is, we consistently receive great service from the servers. I mean they are really friendly and knowledgeable. However, I'm almost always greeted with negative attitude from the host stand. They are not friendly or welcoming and at times have been straight rude to us. I know COVID has been hard on everyone but it's a major turn off to guests and Cityside has lost customers due to this poor initial interaction. My suggestion to management, is please train your hosts/hostesses or find new employees who will make your guests feel welcome. The customers are in fact the ones spending money and keeping the doors open.

  33. CR

    ChrissyR

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good was delicious! And the server was awesome!!!

  34. A

    Ashley

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good drinks, yummy food, and a fun environment! Love going here pretty regularly

  35. c

    cathyg

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Nice location near BC and good Bar food!!

  36. JB

    JoeyB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Great BC casual hangout. Good food. Varied menu-my steak ans avocado was delicious. Steak was warm and well seasoned-lettuce and avocados were fresh. I didn't like the fact they charged me $18 for my scotch & it clearly was $15 on menu, their website and yours. I finally gave up hassling about the bill. Won't return. Maybe college kids tolerate that treatment but not I.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience1

    Short staffed and not friendly. Took forever to get a drink and food. More of a bar than restaurant so we weren’t happy.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Was an awesome venue, very big! Good food lots of TVs great for a sports game

  39. OO

    OutOnTheTown6

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service by Dillon was terrific. Always enjoy our visits to Cityside!

    Cityside TavernResponded on August 30, 2021

    Hi! Thanks for sharing your experience at Cityside - We will certainly pass along your kind words to Dillon!

  40. HM

    HartmanM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice place! Good food and Wine! I like the balcony. Great service!

    Cityside TavernResponded on August 24, 2021

    Hi Hartman! We like the balcony, too - Sounds like you picked a great spot! Thanks so much for sharing your kind words.

FAQs

Cityside Tavern is rated 4.8 stars by 137 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 26 times today
Google Map for Cityside Tavern

1960 Beacon St Brighton, MA 02135

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Chestnut Hill Ave. and Beacon St

  • Neighborhood

    Brighton

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:30 am–1:00 am Thu, Fri 11:30 am–2:00 am Sat 10:00 am–2:00 am Sun 10:00 am–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Sports Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    (T) Green Line – Cleveland Circle. (Bus) Chestnut Hill Ave. @ Beacon St

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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