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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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 4196 People Are Saying
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New England
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time I've been to Eastern Standard when there is NOT a Red Sox game. So the experience was completely different - both good. Before a baseball game, it's noisy and crowded but a lot of fun. The last visit was on a Monday night in December. It was not crowded and relatively quiet. It was great also. I had the Standard Burger, which is always excellent. The server provided excellent service.

BS
New England
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was great! The young lady that waited on us was fantastic!! Truly my favorite restaurant.

DL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a family brunch today. Extremely good service and good food. We had our 90+ year old mother with us, and they very attentive to her needs.

KB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was excellent

SB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Most delicious turkey dinner in town! Thanks to GM Caroline for making our Thanksgiving dinner so special!👏👏

DJ
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location and Atmosphere, brilliant food and cocktails

LM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The ambiance at Eastern Standard was lovely: a huge, welcoming bar, booths, and nicely spaced tables.

We went for Thanksgiving so there was only a prix fixe menu. All diners in our party had the salad, which was delicious.Bread that was offered during the dinner looked and tasted like the Prepperidge Farm rolls one buys at your favorite supermarket. For our mains we had the turkey and the duck both of which were tough and served at a cooler than optimal temperature. The stuffing, mashed potatoes, and sweet potato sides were quite average. We chose apple crisp and apple sorbet for our dessert and honestly it was the best part of dinner!

Overall we might go back to try Eastern Standard on a “normal” day, but for Thanksgiving it was quite an overpriced disappointment.

LW
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was extraordinary and the Thanksgiving meal was exceptional

LK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My Thanksgiving dinner was quite good, with the exception of the apple crisp for dessert--the apples were hardly cooked! However, the waitress, who asked me how my dessert was (and I told her the truth), comped me on the excellent hard cider I'd ordered, which made things right and showed the excellent service of the place.

RR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eastern Standard has been one of my favorite places since they opened many years ago. My most recent visit was on Thanksgiving with my parents. This is the 3rd year we have gone to Eastern Standard and this year did not disappoint. The 3 course menu is great! Lots of options for all tastes, and the food is delicious. I've been to some other restaurants for Thanksgiving and for some reason the quality doesn't hold up, but it does at ES.

The atmosphere is fun and festive without being to stodgy and the service is impeccable. If you find yourself needing to go out for Thanksgiving this is a great option. Also great for pre-game during the Red Sox season, lunch, dinner or brunch. :)

JD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and atmostphere. Most notable was the server - great pacing with courses, and very knowledgeable about food and beverages. Really appreciated the time she spent with our table.

C
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excelent service!

AB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Had to wait 45+ minutes for the table. Food was not good and especially not vs other similar priced restaurants in the area.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was very good, ambiance was great...lively but not over the top. Waiters and waitresses very businesslike, not much in the way of chit chat.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it. My date and I were seated in a very romantic elevated table by the window. We were both surprised and it made the evening special. I hadn’t even mentioned to anyone it was a date! Food was worth the price and would recommend to anyone looking to a night to remember.

KF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! The location in the Fenway is perfect when visiting the Boston area.

TS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We used to be regulars at Eastern Standard and loved it. After a one-year hiatus, we went back to discover a well-managed place with nice ambiance serving TERRIBLE food. The Ciopinno was close to inedible, the steak had gone bad, the salad was drowning in too much dressing -- everything was WRONG. We will never go to Eastern Standard again.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Solid restaurant! The food is usually very salty, but great service and scene.

DJ
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

F
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and ambiance!

R
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. No gluten free. Waiter was excellent.

s
New England
182 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The hostess is always amazing and takes great care of us! The server this time was not very attentive. The food and atmosphere are fabulous like always!

JJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Convenient location, but the menu was underwhelming

m
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
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 on November 10, 2019
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 on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was great! Bartender was awesome! Great brunch!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great breakfast, fast service

BJ
San Diego
30 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
11 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
182 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
27 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.

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