Eastern Standard

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Eastern Standard is an American Brasserie located in the heart of Kenmore Square, featuring a heated patio and the longest marble bar in Boston. As you enter the restaurant you will be greeted warmly by a staff whose aim is to make your dining experience among the best you have ever had.

Guests can look forward to our acclaimed beer, wine and cocktail lists, which are approachable and unpretentious. From house-made Charcuterie to the warm and indulgent Butterscotch Bread Pudding, your dining experience at Eastern Standard will keep you coming back again and again!

Looking for another reservation? Visit one of our sister restaurants: Island Creek Oyster Bar (Boston & Burlington), Row 34 (Boston & Portsmouth), Branch Line, and our cocktail bar, The Hawthorne.
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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We are proud to offer a special price fixed menu of $68 per person from 1pm - 8pm with kids' options available.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We are proud to offer a special price fixed menu of $68 per person from 1pm - 8pm with kids' options available.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What 4171 People Are Saying
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JJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Convenient location, but the menu was underwhelming

m
New England
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wait staff and manager very professional, attentive, a great experience. The manager in particular was right on top of everything and staff well trained.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Arrived for a very early dinner at 4pm and a limited midday menu was available, not dinner. A bit disappointing but the food overall was solid. Salads very nice, mussels and cores excellent, burgers a bit charred but ok. Overall B+

H
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was great! Bartender was awesome! Great brunch!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great breakfast, fast service

BJ
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks and service was exceptional. Special thanks to our server Lia and manager Diego for making our visit a special one!

LW
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Came here for lunch, and was given just the Brunch menu. It was very limited. Everything was underwhelming. My steak was under cooked, the salad was just ok, and the best part about the meal was the meat and cheese boards. But that’s not saying much. The bar was very pretty and the room looked historic. Maybe they’re better at dinner? Or perhaps this is just an apps and drinks kinda place.

GH
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great server who recommended cocktails for us perfectly. The bone marrow was pretty off this time though for some reason - not our server’s fault. Everything else was solid.

MC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit to Eastern Standard was amazing! We found the wine selection to be very good, and the food was amazing. The service was outstanding; from the hostesses to our very aware server. We ordered the steelhead trout and the cacio e pepe spaghetti, and each were cooked perfectly and all vegetables/potatoes were soft and flavorful. We split the butterscotch pudding for dessert and it was delicious but quite heavy. Eastern Standard is such a safe bet if you're willing to impress anyone visiting Boston, or for locals to enjoy a fine dining experience in a place that's always bustling and delicious!

JZ
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High level of service and quality of food in a great atmosphere.

F
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My friends and us had a terrific time, as always, at Eastern Standard. Made all the more perfect by the attentive and skilled service provided by Kat. Even though the place was, as always, hopping, we had no trouble having our party of six conversation thanks to the great booths. Most of us raved about the food, though one of our guest sent his roast half chicken back twice due to being underdone. One guest's steak (ordered medium well) was also not done to taste. This is a first in my experience at Eastern Standard. Staff were super attentive and managed the moment with aplomb. Despite these isolated issues, our guests and we had a great time. I love this place.

LK
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night all around. Drinks at Island Creek then dinner at Eastern Standard. Chen was fabulous server. Thank you!

C
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad time at ES. It was a birthday dinner and you helped make it special. Thank you!

f
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We dined at ES on a recent Friday night. The booths for 6 people are quite tight, so we asked to move to a round table and were promptly re-seated, thank you! Our server, while very nice, was not fluent in the menu or the wine list. My husband had to repeat our wine order twice and then point to the item we wanted. The server spoke softly (in a noisy room), with a heavy accent and we all struggled to understand what was being said. Our dishes came out in a timely manner, well spaced and delicious. I would coach the reception team on the valet parking. You MUST valet park @ the Hotel Commonwealth and walk down to retrieve your car. This was unclear as we were told by the host team that the car may be definitely, possibly in front of the restaurant or down the street (this is not a grammar error, this is how it was told to us). It became clear after 20minutes of waiting that we had to ask again, and then we were told to go to the hotel. Overall I enjoyed my meal and the company I was with, just a few small errors and those can be rectified with a little coaching.

s
New England
179 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and the staff is fantastic!

J
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

One of my favorite places although this experience was not up to par. The food (Mussels & Cioppino) were both over done by trying to do too much instead of the usual simple, clean bistro way. With Mussels to much bacon & a thick sauce. Cioppino, too thick sauce vs. a simple fish broth. Waitress was busy pushing items & covers like she had a quota & the place was not close to busy.

G
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Decent space food sort of unremarkable, service was pretty good but not great.

MK
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I wanted to like this place. Convenient location and fairly priced American bistro menu. But the food was just OK and the service truly terrible. The wine list is good, interesting and fairly priced. But I shouldn't have to ask for my check three times.

AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

DQ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was well prepared and presented. The service was a bit slow and it took a couple of times to correct a meal selection.

M
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Food was really good but service wasn't great. Wine service was great but I finished my drink before my date had even gotten his. I was facing the bar and could see the cocktail sitting at the server station for a long time before it was delivered. We had to flag down our waitress to get a second cocktail and it took at least 15 minutes for it to be made. Food was good but service could use some work

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant- good vibe, nice atmosphere. I like the type of ‘look’ this restaurant has. Warm, cosy, busy, vibrant with life.
Service was good too. Great layout.
Only disappointment was the food at dinner. I have not had breakfast/ brunch there yet. Form my dinner experience: Just not good quality, menu lacking options. But most of all just not really tasty - it’s passable - and not quality. Pre-cooked spaghetti, chicken dish drowning in the sauce with just a few small halves of roast potatoes looking like islands. No veg to make plate look pretty. The sauce of the mussels starter dish was very very bitter- I asked for no bacon but saw bacon floating in it, and you could taste it in the sauce. So they obviously just scooped bacon bits out.
Shame because I really like this restaurant.
FYI- it is stuck onto the Hotel Commonwealth, not that is an issue. Just FYI.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and exceptional service!

AH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was not great. Felt like the waitress was trying to flip the table as soon as we sat down. Food was very appetizing, but service left a bad taste in my mouth.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great service. Tuna Nicoise was excellent. Fries, too. Good vibe overall. My go to lunch place.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service

JP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Said not recommended because of mediocre service and loud noise. Food is good, although pricey, which you have to expect in Kenmore Square. I would recommend with caveats.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruby is a star. We love her and she makes our experiences so spectacular.

CN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a great place for classic brunch and it was great value!

WR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was excellent! The drinks were delicious and the server was accommodating with gluten free options. Overall a wonderful time!

PB
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Diverse menu, good service, great ambiance . Lobster roll was excellent

s
New England
179 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this restaurant....they treat their customers right

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The raw bar is fabulous and the bread pudding is to die for! Wait staff are the best in the city. Anytime I want to impress I take people there.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. ✔️ Great food. ✔️ Valet parking. ✔️

ML
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

everything nice but the food. i had the chicken dish. not impressed. nothing special. this was mt last visit

1
New England
94 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I remember coming to Eastern Standard shortly after they opened long ago......and wondering what all the buzz was about. But I did recall liking the drink selection. I stupidly thought it would be good for a business gathering. YUCK! 5 people with 3 of us barely touching the food, the baked ziti dish was inedible, yet one would think that's the hardest to mess up. I resorted to a Cape Codder 'cause they didn't have Cynar or ingredients for a "the Last Word". Luckily the two people who didn't have compliants had ordered the lobster roll, hard to mess up in Boston! Sad that a place that had a following would succumb to mediocrity.

b
New England
59 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cozy atmosphere, comfort delicious food!
Thank you!

C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding evening. Thank you so much for the wonderful service.

j
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!

K
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic breakfast with great service. The place has a great ambiance. Highly recommend a visit.

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