Eastern Standard

4.5
3980 reviews
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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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JL
Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I would recommend to a friend solely for their food and ambiance and just hope that they get better service than we did. I enjoyed the burger and tuna salad and appetizers. Did not like the steak tartare but it might be an acquired taste. However, we received less than satisfactory service. Besides coming by once to take our order and then once give us our check, I can't recall any other interactions we had with our waitress. She wasn't rude or anything, just not very attentive and left us with a sub-par experience.

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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ES checks all the boxes always.

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GB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Encountered the rudest most obnoxious waiter we’ve ever experienced and management were ok about dealing with it, but would expect them to do more.

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JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by an associate and was not disappointed. Best place to stop while in Boston for a fine-dining experience that manages to still feel comfortable (not stuffy.) They do not have a huge menu, which is a huge strength, because what they do have on their menu they do the very best they can. Will return when I'm in Boston in the future!

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Jared was excellent during the entire meal, even packing our take home box in a most efficiently neat manner. The Calamari was delicious with good taste, crunch and not greasy. The marrow bone appetizer had hardly any marrow in the bones and was instead filled with a chopped bacon mixture. I would have love more marrow in a “marrow” bone. The brisket special Thursday dish was tasty but very fatty and the spatzle was too soft and extremely salty. My chicken dish was cooked to perfection with the chicken tender and moist. However, the fava beans with marrow were so so salty that I could not eat many of them. The garlic bread pudding was nicely done. My son had the pasta dish which he enjoyed and the house salad was fine. Overall, we enjoyed the experience as the atmosphere was pleasant and nicely appointed. However, we would surely love it more if the dishes had much less salt.
Hope this feedback is helpful. We would love to return but would be concerned that the foods might be too salty again. Thanks for your interest in our experience.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always immaculate. We had a phenomenal time in the patio. Thank you Tim and Ruby!

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MW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table was ready for us promptly at the time of the reservation. Got a beautiful patio table on a gorgeous day. I kept eating the food even though I was STUFFED because it was so good! I can't do gluten or dairy plus I am pregnant so the salmon lunch with a Shirley Temple and prosecco strawberry sorbet was PERFECT! Delicious and service was TOP KNOTCH!

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MT
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location,service from staff and food was awesome.
Staff made sure all water glasses full at all times

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d
New England
56 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Two of our guests from out of town ordered dishes that didn’t represent the Eastern Standard- fatty hunks of pork in the split pea soup and rubbery-monk fish. So disappointing.

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IL
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Probably the best steak I have had in a while. Everything from the smile when i was greeted to the service was excellent. Would highly recommend! (And I am fussy about steak...)

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RG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend and I had a wonderful experience at Eastern Standard. Our server was highly knowledgeable of wines and gave excellent recommendations and followed up with a taste to make sure we were happy with our selections. She also was helpful with the menu and just made us feel at home. All restaurant experiences should be like this - where you feel welcome and like a proper guest, never having to want for anything as the timing and pacing of the meal was perfect.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good location, however food was cold

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was generally very good; well-executed American classics served in generous portions. Mac and Cheese, baked rigatoni, bone marrow, panino, burger all great. Foie was exceptional but plated poorly- on a wooden board with one of the sauces in dots surrounding the perimeter, very hard to “scoop” with a knife and add to the bread. Cheesesteak was a little rough, too; an un-toasted baguette is the wrong choice for bread as it’s tough to bite off a chunk with the rest of the sandwich being so soft. Too messy for a restaurant like this. Mornay was a bit grainy but we were a party of 7, which is a challenge for holding sauces like that as the rest of the food comes to the pass. Stunningly beautiful restaurant, sommelier was wonderful, generally great meal. Bathrooms off-site in the hotel next door, which took away from the experience.

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Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The atmosphere is pub like a bit loud, service staff is excellent......seafood is outstanding. I ventured to try the prime rib, my recommendation is that they remove it from the menu. It is cooke rare and served just about cold......everything else was great!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places. Great drinks and food pre-Red Sox game.

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DF
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a great restaurant. But between a Red Sox Day/Night doubleheader, it’s a bit frenetic. All the same, we had a lovely time and very good burgers!

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GA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Definitely recommend.

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F
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good... a bit loud for us....

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FM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and service. Food is good, but needs some tweaking to match the amazing quality of the room. Portions were too large, halibut was extremely salty, combinations of flavors were a B+. Drinks are excellent. Will return again!

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s
New England
166 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and love the atmosphere 😊

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RS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The cocktails were amazing, the oysters delicious, the charcuterie eclectic and well paired. My girlfriend had the salad with ahi tuna, the tuna was fresh and cooked perfectly. My only complaint was my meal, the wednesday pork special. maybe thats how that dish is supposed to be served but it was really bland and the pork was chewy. service was friendly knowledgable and quick, will be back for sure

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JM
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time I have dined here! Great service and the food was outstanding... I have to say the the oysters were some of the best I’ve ever had... if there was any downside it would be the deserts.

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BR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food: Rib eye was excellent!! It’s a must!! Pork chop for us was normal, not outstanding.
Dessert: bread pudding was so delicious. I really love it!
Would definitely come back again!!

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and presentation was amazing - but the waitstaff were phenomenal!

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VL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Eastern Standard for years. I have lunch there regularly, and go there for work dinners several times a year. I had family in town and thought that it would be a great place for dinner, where both meat eaters and vegetarians would be happy. Three meals (salmon, panini, and chicken) were great, and the service was very attentive. Kudos there, especially the wait staff's efforts to make it a nice meal. However, the waiter promoted the spaghetti and meat balls, and two people ordered it. Unfortunately, they were polite and ate the meatballs and picked at the pasta and didn't tell me that they were unhappy with their meals until after or I would have said something to the waitstaff then and there. But the pasta was glued together in one big lump and was apparently quite pasty and tasteless, having been overcooked. I hope that they work on this dish, especially if they're offering it as a weekly special. The rest of the meal was lovely and it could have been one of those perfect meals where everyone is happy.

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ED
London
17 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have the most amazing service here! Everyone is so incredibly nice! The food is delicious and the setting is wonderful. One of our all-time favorite restaurants!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and service were very good.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The tuna was full of sinew and not a pleasure to eat. The tuna on the Niçoise salad and similar dishes used to be perfect—herbs on the outside, perfectly cooked, and from the loin or whatever, that had very little sinew. Also the greens on the salad were lower in quality than in many past visits.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks, great food, a friendly and knowledgeable server. Love this place

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D
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

weirdly rushed with minimal service. ordered 1 cocktail and it took forever. server was swapped out mid reservation (no mention made, but original server seemed to be replaced). food took about 5 minutes from order to table (almost beat my drink to the table). in and out the door in just about 30 minutes. most bizarre experience i've had at a relatively formal restaurant.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!
The atmosphere was very nice. We will definitely be back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our waiter hacene!! Can't wait to come back and see him again

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B
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, Eastern Standard offers a nice welcome and the BEST burger where the beef is actually featured instead of condiments and dressings that mask really high quality beef expertly cooked but it is best to ask for a much smaller portion of the tasty fries in order to make room for dessert. However, on this most recent visit, the adffogato dessert was surprisingly odd - I should have asked for directions on how to eat it. My guest wanted it because it included "espresso" with lovely vanilla ice cream and a chocolate cookie. The espresso arrived in a tiny pitcher and it was just that, espresso; we expected an espresso sauce or espresso-flavored ice cream. It was obviously too thin to pour or dip the cookie into and the pitcher made it impossible to drink from, hmmmm...

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MS
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

exquisite food, professional service, great ambiance

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NV
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Their dinner menu is always really good. I was expecting their brunch to be a little better than it was.

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r
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outside patio is great for people watching especially on a sunny day.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent. But appetizer was at table Before drink order was taken. After our meal the table was cleared immediately and we waited a long time before we were offered coffee and dessert. We were exasperated and asked for check. We were really looking forward to a pleasant evening. Sadly it was not

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food! Stayed in the hotel and had brunch here next morning. Very friendly staff and delicious breakfast. Will try dinner sometime.

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CO
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Didn’t receive the amazing food and service we usually get at Eastern Standard. The tuna in my sesame tuna salad was practically inedible. I was pulling out sinewy membranes with every bite. The server showed it to the chef and told me ‘We’re sorry, but it’s just a bad cut of fish. None of the others he had looked like that.’ We were given two little desserts, which were delicious, but the salad wasn’t comped. We live nearby and love ES, but this visit wasnt up to its usual standard.

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JD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, the food and the atmosphere were great. I think that we had a new server, and she wasn't as perfect as they usually are, but she was still good.

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