Eastern Standard

4.6
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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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DC
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere

N
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch spot.

Delicious food, excellent service.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Chen was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and got us very excited about our food choices- which were all excellent (especially loved the Rohan duck special). Nestore the manager helped us pick out a great bottle of wine in our price range and checked in several times to enhance our experience. Will definitely return for future meals

MC
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Special of the night was venison- no flavor, tough. Cioppino had little flavor, loaded with squid. One scallop, one small piece of fish and two medium sized shrimp. They did take the venison off our bill. Wait staff was excellent despite the entree recommendations which fell flat for us. Oysters were good as well as the special beet salad. Didn’t want dessert. Too pricey for the food. Sorry - had wanted to try this place for long time but won’t be back.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic Valentine’s Day After dinner. I love the visual experience here, the service is always top notch and the food choices excellent as well. This night Eastern Standard exceeded even our prior experiences. All food choices were great; Steak Frites, Short Rib, Moules Frites and the Rigatoni. What pushed us over the top was the wine experience, we ordered a Zin we knew and liked and when that was gone Vanessa the Sommelier recommended a Tempranillo that was absolutely delicious. We had an enjoyable conversation and she was just great! Well-informed, charming and gracious. We’ll return!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always come to eastern standard when staying in the hotel commonwealth , the food is always excellent, the service top notch, we love going to the bar after a play
The bartenders make drinks the way you’d expect a drink to be made . Hats off to all the servers you can tell they work as a team .

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Great restaurant unfortunately our server seemed to be impatient and unfriendly.

s
New England
199 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

one of our favorite restaurants in the city. Always busy and fun!

EB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The drinks were excellent and creative. The dessert was outstanding. The entrees were lackluster at best. Over cooked scallops were rubbery, entree options were not creative, and dishes were over priced.

SB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for making the visit to Boston, Valentine's dinner and evening so special...…..despite the freezing temperature.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Thanks for the good time!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food and ambiance are great. The service staff are easily frazzled and disorganized.

GA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

My hamburger was overcooked and so i spoke to the waiter who saw the burger and noted that it was overcooked. He then asked if i would like to send it back?? i responded, yes of course as that was why i called him over. My wife had the scrambled eggs with sausage. The sausage came out cold as it did for my friends who ordered the same item. I had to call the waiter over for more coffee, he only checked on us because i called him over due to the overcooked burger. We have been to ES many times and this was just awful food with poor service. We will not be returning to ES

KB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Always a great experience

A
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food!
Thanks to Hannah who was our service for the last night - everything was fast and nice

DC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very limited & pedestrian menu. Out of the weekly special by 8pm. Fabulous bar & bar bites. Great service at the bar. Ordered steak frites. Steak came out some perfectly but frites were a tad underdone. When I mentioned this, a large new piping hot platter of frites came out to replace the others.

J
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Always good. One of my key go to places.

MB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The problem was the food. I ordered the scrambled eggs. The sausage was not freshly cooked. It must have been sitting around for some time as it was very tough and almost impossible to cut. The potatoes were lukewarm and not crispy. The toast was a very small slice of bread that was hard, stale and cold.

t
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The chef brought out some pastries and desserts because it was my anniversary with my girlfriend, a beautiful and amazing touch by someone who didn't have to do anything at all

KJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great time. Nice size salads & entree portions.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite spot. The staff is so great and the food is always excellent

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lots of waitstaff so didn’t know who to ask
Perfectly cooked each plate.
Very accommodating

H
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience1

So E.S. for me is easy. I teach at BU. It's convenient. The food and wine are good. The thing that always gives me pause is the noise level. When we come for business, we need to hear people at the table and it's always predictable in the decibel level. I understand you want an "energetic" feel, but it's sure awful for dinner.

MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, connected to hotel but also with its own entrance, we had breakfast and selections were great, service was fast, polite and not annoying, eggs were cooked like I had asked, prices very reasonable. I would go back! Thanks!

OT
New England
35 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

A good place for brunch. Waitstaff stretched a little too thin and messed up our orders and was hard to find to rectify it, but all was well in the end. We would return.

d
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

disappointed that they changed the menu so that you can only get certain items if you come for "brunch" before 9 am. we had to ask for a "special favor" to get some of these items at 10.

n
New England
56 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We've been here many times over many years and always enjoy it! Food is very good -- there were 6 of us and everyone very much enjoyed the food. Wait staff as always was great! It has to be a good spot to keep us coming back off and on over the past 8 years!

BS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a favorite place. Excellent martinis, good variety on menu, outstanding service.

M
New England
25 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks are always amazing!! We were late for our res which I try not to do

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A vegan option would have been appreciated. Pasta with veggies just doesn’t cut it anymore. Service was nice.

MO
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Eastern Standard seems to have slipped somewhat, with respect to food quality. The drinks program remains outstanding, but the food was rather mediocre. I had also included in my reservation information that we were celebrating my daughter's 21st birthday and there was no recognition of that whatsoever. I will add that the server was great about bringing over another server who was knowledgeable about the sipping rum when we were making our dessert selections. Overall, I would still go but probably just for cocktails and wine at this point. The 20 years is showing with respect to the food, unfortunately.

MF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great experience on a busy Saturday evening. Food and drink were both excellent. Was moderately noisy, but excellent service made up for any negatives! Highly recommend. . .

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - excellent service !

DJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! From the hospitable knowlefgable staffand relaxed vibe, to the awesome wine list including by the glass. Food was delicious, although the prime rib was a tad chewy. Accompanying mushroom demi was deliciously rich and mashed potatoes light and creamy though. Had Vin Santo pairing with apple crepes for dessert, really nice combo.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

I have always loved going to Eastern standard with my group of friends. They always have such great food options. But this time, it was one of the worst experiences I ever had. The spaghetti pasta that we ordered was so bland. Chicken was tasteless. I had ordered lobster roll which was 31$ and the lobster was so bad. The bun was stale. I am glad we didn't order any cocktails and just opted for bottled beer otherwise I don't want to guess how the cocktails would be made. I was planning to have a cozy dinner with my close friends where we could relax and have good food. But this was exactly the opposite thing.

RR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Disappointing. Cioppino was skimpy.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went above and beyond for a birthday! Food was amazing and reasonably priced. Great location and ambiance!

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The problem that I had at Eastern standard was that I ordered a salad, and the topping on the salad was literally in edible. The topping consisted of strips of plastic or wax that resembled cheese. My wife ordered the same salad that I ordered and she received actual cheese Which was edible. Mistakes happen at restaurants. I fully understand that. What was especially disappointing is that the wait staff and management seemed completely on interested when I pointed this problem out to them. I think it’s safe to say that I will not be returning to this restaurant. Ever. I also know that this is the only time in my life I have given a negative review to a restaurant.

b
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience5

We love everything about it, the drinks, the service, the ambiance, but the food is never up to par other than their bone marrow and steak tartare.

AS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. They really take the time to serve your food with preciseness and care. I have a few food allergies and they were incredibly helpful with my order. Food was delicious I recommend the mushroom appetizer The trout and the chicken.

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