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About Eastern Standard

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!

528 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Mon - Fri 7am - 11am, Sat & Sun 7am - 9am
Brunch: Sat & Sun 9am - 3pm
Lunch: Mon - Fri 11am - 2:30pm
Mid Day: Mon - Fri 2:30pm - 5pm Sat & Sun 3pm - 5pm
Dinner: Mon - Fri 5pm - 11pm, Sat & Sun 5pm - 12am
Late Night: Sun - Thu 11pm - 1:30am, Fri & Sat 12am - 1:30am

Cross Street:
Beacon Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 532-9100

Website:
http://www.easternstandardboston.com/

Parking Details:
Daytime (Before 2pm): $12
Evening (After 2pm): $18
Game/Concert (Anytime of day): $50

Public Transit:
Kenmore Station T stop on the Green Line and Bus Routes 119, 193, 55, 57, 60, 65, 8, and CT1 into Kenmore Square

Executive Chef:
Executive Chef: Jeremy Sewall, Chef de Cuisine: Matt Garland

Private Party Facilities:
Eastern Standard is pleased to accommodate private and semi-private dining events during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our private room holds up to 20 seated guests and we offer several options for semi-private parties of up to 50 guests. Please visit our website to learn more about booking your event!

Private Party Contact:
Marissa Swiech: (617) 532-9100

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Eastern Standard Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (44)
Vibrant Bar Scene (43)
Handcrafted Cocktails (40)
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Special Occasion (39)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Bar Seating (33)
Business Meals (32)
Good for Groups (32)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Romantic (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Casual (27)
Hot Spot (27)
Fun (27)
Cozy (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Great for Brunch (19)
Late-night Find (19)
Great for Lunch (19)
Comfort Food (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
People Watching (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Authentic (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Great Beer (14)
Local Ingredients (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Live Sports (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 13 hours ago

Excellent place

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We visited Eastern Standard for our anniversary. The location is great, right by Fenway and within the Hotel Commonwealth (once a historic hotel, now modernized). It was a Saturday night so it was busy, but we had reservations. The hostess wasn't the friendliest, and took a long time to acknowledge us, but once she did we were seated promptly. We weren't thrilled with our table, it was tiny and the chairs were not sturdy at all. We requested another table and were moved without an issue. The couple they seated at our previous table also asked to moved, so they may want to update their seating. The food came quickly and was amazing, and the drinks and dessert were also delicious. Despite having a few minor issues, we thought they handled everything well, and we enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

This was our choice for our 33rd Anniversary. We've been here for lunch/brunch before.
Bottom line: The food was very good, ample, cooked correctly
The service was way too hurried, virtually no descriptions, quick, non-interactive "checking in" on us during our time there.
The "ambience", if it was allowed to use that word, was awful - the room is extremely crowded, diners on top of diners, inadequately designed to ameliorate noise - and my God, the noise level of "dining shouters" was about that of a F-22 jet fighter! Couldn't have a conversation with one another without raising the decibel level another 5 to 10 points.
Never again visit for dinner - was NOT a pleasant experience...BUT, the food was very good.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 4 days ago

I was very disappointed that the rare tune on my salad nicoise had turned and tasted bad. I had to return the dish, and was provided a second one where the tuna was okay, but nothing else, such as a reduction in the charge. Serving raw fish that has gone bad is unacceptable for any restaurant, let alone a high one like this; I will not be returning.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Great experience, excellent food, wonderful staff that went out of their way to ask if it was a special occasion and then helped make it nice celebration. Excellent cocktails, creative, balanced menu. It was our second time there, we’ll continue to keep going.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Friendly service, definitely not rushed. Salad was plentiful and fresh and beautifully presented. Steak was mediocre at best: over-salted, not particularly flavorful. Perhaps salt was there to bring out flavor which it did not. Not a recommended main course. Noisy.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This is a great restaurant - fun atmosphere, good food, great service. The only problem I have here is that on two different occasions (months apart from each other) the steak was not well prepared. The first time I ordered the steak, I ordered it medium rare. When it arrived, it was rare and I couldn't eat half of it because it was too raw for my taste. (I did not send it back because I was already full from the amazing appetizers.) The second time I ordered the steak, I ordered medium - thinking this would get me something closer to medium rare. This time, it was slightly better than the first, but it was still closer to rare than to medium. And when it arrived on the table, it was cold. While I still recommend this restaurant overall, I will not order the steak again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Ok, I love this place. The belle de jour drink, the food, the caliber of service. Somehow the kitchen brought our food before our seafood sampler which really caused allot of unhappiness (and cold entrees.) The folks who brought the food were not aware of our specific request to have the seafood platter first. So lots of back and forth. The hostess was gracious and did everything in her power to fix this and we appreciated this tremendously. So, while this kind of threw a wrench in the overall dining experience, it reinforced to me what good service is. So back I will go because Eastern Standard has standards of excellence and I appreciate it (and the food is great!!) Try it....

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We went here to have a relaxing dinner before a concert at the House of Blues. We were very happy and full!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Hubby and I chose to dine here on a recent Saturday overnight trip to Boston. Selected this based on its location and our itinerary, plus positive reviews and menu options/reasonable prices. Made an advance reservation for 5p. Arrived a little earlier and were seated promptly in a cozy corner booth.

Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. We were both a bit overwhelmed by the cocktail menu--it's larger than the food one!--and were pleased with the suggestions our server made.

We enjoyed a starter of a dozen oysters--3 each from 4 different featured locations--before having our mains (I went with the swiss chard melt, while Hubby chose the burger). Both were delicious, no frills, and served with generous sides of fries/homemade potato chips.

Ambiance is comfortable and bistro chic without being stuffy or pretentious. Staff works seamlessly and servers seem to support each other to keep things moving along at a good hum. We never felt rushed, and also never felt neglected, even as the dinner hour pressed on and the restaurant got busier.

Given that this restaurant seems to be open for all meals, including breakfast (it's attached to a hotel, which we did not realize), it shows little signs of wear-and-tear, and was clean, comfortable, and an excellent option for an informal, relaxed meal before an evening BSO performance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Wonderful meal and experience. We had a 9pm reservation, arrived promptly at 9pm, and were immediately seated in a lovely booth. Martinis were ordered and served, quickly, and I noticed each time a round was delivered, the server announced it, "Tito's dirty martini, shaken," I liked that. Shortly thereafter a dozen oysters were placed in front of us, each of the 3 oyster types expertly explained, and each more delicious than the next. Followed by the Roasted Bone Marrow, and Steak Tartar. Killer. My significant other ordered the Ribeye with the blue cheese, and the smoked porkblade for myself. Rib eye was amazing, cooked perfectly and packed with delicious fatty ribeye flavors, complimented tremendously by the blue cheese. My Porkblade, so juicy and perfectly cooked, you can really taste the smokiness. A true delight. My only qualm, and it isn't even major, just worth mentioning, is that I would have preferred less barley on the side, and maybe some greens instead. Which actually reminds me, we also had a side of Brussel sprouts which were, like everything else, absolutely phenomenal. A cappuccino and a double espresso later and we were staring down the Bread Pudding. It was a staring contest that ended quickly, because that poor dessert didn't stand a chance. I am coming back to Boston in September, and will definitely be making another reservation at Eastern Standard. A special place to be shared with someone special, for sure.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our first time here and we loved it! Staff was very friendly, prompt, and helpful. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and helped us make food and alcohol selections. We chose the calamari, salmon, and half roasted chicken - very pleased with all the dishes and the portions. The chicken was my personal favorite - the flavor was so rich and savory! Ended with their most popular butterscotch bread pudding. It did not disappoint and was a great portion for 2!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Brunch with friends! One of the best benedict eggs I had! Delicious food. Eggs could come with sides.
Normal price for the area.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good was ok. It took 20 mins to get our table ready. The restaurant was not that full. No longer the Saturday night date night place now this is the Saturday night family dinner place. Allot of people with their kids their. Guess the times are changing.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful. Excellent service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This place is cute. The starters were better than the entrees so the food is good but not amazing. The cocktails were great but were served in plain glasses, which do not do them justice. Service was great! I recommend this for something like a date in casual atmosphere.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food and cocktails were excellent. Service was a bit slow. One drink order missed. One food order missed. Three of us asked if we wanted milk or cream but still all got both... So 3 milks and 3 creams taking up table space? Took too long to get check. Also the black tea was earl grey (there may have been other options but were not offered). Recommend changing default tea to tea that doesn't taste like soap... English breakfast perhaps.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Dinner before New Years Party in private dining room. Great experience! I

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very good service on New Year’s Eve.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Horrible service and raw chicken, manager didn't care one bit

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and drinks! Excellent service!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

both meals - steak frite and prime rib were terrible.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always love this place. Great food, drinks and service. Thank you to our waiter Matt who answered all of our drink questions and was so friendly!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Eastern Standard never fails to impress. Our server was lovely. Ruby made sure to make our brunch memorable. Thanks for a great visit.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The fois gras was the best thing we ordered. Excellent. Everything else was not memorable. Disappointed in the cocktails after hearing this was the spot for them. Overall it was nice.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in Boston--especially like the service, aside from the delicious food. We always recommend it to friends visiting Boston.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The bar is outstanding but the food is average. The holiday prix fixe menu was underwhelming - they ran out of two of the five main courses and what we got was not great (clams, steak, duck, dessert).

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Thanks for handling all the issues. You have quality people managing.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We love Eastern Standard! We went for Christmas Day, and the limited menu options were delicious! Even on a busy day, the wait staff was attentive and worked really well together. Despite constant pressure, every course arrived at the proper temperature, and was paced to allow for a leisurely meal. We love the room, because even when completely packed, the noise level is such that conversation is easy. Eastern Standard remains one of our favorite places to dine, and we'll return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Superb. Always the most spectacular. The staff was particularly lovely and helpful in helping us celebrate a birthday. We appreciate everyone’s expertise and kindness and the ambiance is top notch. Delightful brunch, cocktails and desserts. Thank you ES!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This spot has mass appeal, and for good reason. It's classy, but unpretentious. Service tends to be very good. The food is somewhere between comfort, steakhouse and creative french? Personally, I believe that the drinks are where this place shines; the cocktails are really lovely.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our table was ready, everything was clean and delicious. The staff was knowledgeable. The burger and bread basket were amazing.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent food and service as usual! Always a pleasure dining at ESK.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I love Eastern Standard, but their Salade Niçoise has suffered since my last visit. It used to be rather French, very visually appetizing, with mesclun, freshly seared tuna, olive tapenade, eggs and wonderful haricots verts that seemed freshly sautéed. Yesterday’s Niçoise had iiceberg lettuce, lots of tomatoes, cold and raw chunks of tuna, and no hint of anything French. When I asked where the haricots verts were, they brought cold, canned green beans. I hate food waste, but I couldn’t eat it as it was no longer a healthy option. Instead, they brought me the Melted Chard sandwich. This is a delicious and healthy vegetarian option but it unfortunately suffered from the cold pre-cooked chard in what was meant to be a warm pressed sandwich. Service was great and the staff accommodating. I only hope they bring care back to their offerings. The Butterscotch Bread Pudding was as amazing as ever!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food all excellent, fantastic in all ways, management is exceptional. Can’t wait to return.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was a nice sport for my daughter's 18 year old birthday.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We love Eastern Standard. We try to come here whenever we can get a couple days in Boston. It never disappoints.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great vibe & food.

Did not know they only served brunch Saturday 1 pm. But they made some adjustments for one of us...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food is up and down. Salmon excellent, skirt steak not great. Blanquette de Veau was terrible. You need a real French chef show you how to make that ! Rigatoni was ok
Atmosphere is nice service is good
Fix your food !!

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Strip Steak was barely edible- very very tough. Most of it was left uneaten.
Salads were good but not great. Not much flavor at all.
The Escargot was amazing however.
Cocktails were delicious.

Our sever - Connor- was fantastic and made up for the mediocre meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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