Eastern Standard

4.5
3637 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am
Sat, Sun 7:00 am–9:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Mid-day
Mon–Fri 2:30 pm–5:00 pm
Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(617) 532-9100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef de Cuisine: Matt Garland
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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!
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Private party contact
Marissa Swiech: (617) 532-9100
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Cross street
Beacon Street
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Parking details
Daytime (Before 2pm): $12
Evening (After 2pm): $18
Game/Concert (Anytime of day): $50
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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
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We are proud to offer a special Thanksgiving menu for $65 per person: three courses with many great options to choose from. We also have kids' options available a la carte. Please inquire to see a sample menu from last year: ptobias@esboston.com

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 3637 People Are Saying
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AC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have come to you a couple of times and it was always an excellent experience. This time though the steak and the burger were very raw. We had asked for medium well.

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RC
New England
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We had an 11:30 reservation and had to wait 20 minutes to be seated - I understand, restaurants get busy

The table next to us was seated after us, ordered at the same time and received their food before us.

When our food did arrive my wife’s meal was delayed by 10 minutes - we didn’t get to eat together

I love ES - this was my son’s birthday and the service fell well below expectations

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RR
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited ES on a Sunday as a family of 4 (including a toddler and infant) plus a friend. We were warmly greeted and promptly seated. Though I would not consider ES a family restaurant and it was not my first choice for our family because I knew there was no kids menu, the staff was very accommodating and helpful with the kids - much appreciated!

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LW
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at Eastern Standard every time we are in Boston. Consistently excellent!

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

Fantastic night! They could not accommodate a request for more people without moving us back 45 minutes, which was a bit disappointing considering they hold 1/3 of the restaurant for walk ins, but all in we had a wonderful meal and great service.

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

Went to take college daughter for a special dinner out. Nice atmosphere and friendly stsff. Food decent but not outstanding. Great location.

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SL
Denver
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great bistro find in Boston. Love the Beaujolais emphasis, and the roast chicken was amazing!!

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TH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful restaurant. The service is unmatched- so attentive and knowledgeable. The menu didn’t seem to have as many options as previous trips, which was a little disappointing, but the food was delicious. Will absolutely return!

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b
New England
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Eastern Standard is one of the best value restaurants in Boston and has been for a long time. The food is great, service is great, drink menu is great, atmosphere is great -- and yet its not ridiculously expensive like most restaurants that could be described this way. It's an upscale bar, cocktail scene and its classic brasserie/bistro food executed very well. Hope this place sticks around for a long time...I've been going for 10 years and would love to go for another 10!

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

Food was just great! Waitress was awesome! Best grilled cheese and roasted chicken!

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DL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and cocktails as good as I remember 9 years ago - fantastic! So great to go there and rejuvenate after a 6 hour train ride. Will continue to visit ES whenever I travel to Boston.

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k
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal for lunch to celebrate a friend's birthday. Lovely wine, great dessert.

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G
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Sat at bar which wasn’t busy. 3 bartenders but had to try and flag them down for any service. Too busy chatting with staff.

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CM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The breakfast bread basket was delicious! Service was excellent and friendly.

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T
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was only fair and service was disappointing on this visit.

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CE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really outstanding service. Some of the best service I ever experienced.

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MG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Our reservation, made 3 weeks beforehand, was not respected. The restaurant did not have a table ready for us and the one they said we could have when it became available was given to another party. We were eventually seated 50 minutes after arrival by a manager who made to feel we were not welcome, as if we were the problem. The birthday cake which was promised did not materialize. What an awful way to celebrate our daughter's 30th at what used to be our favorite restaurant for special occasions. Eastern Standard is no longer the same place we have enjoyed over the past 5 years.

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JD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Eastern Standard never disappoints. We came here before a Red Sox playoff game and it was fun to watch the space fill up. Even with the rush, the service never wavered and the food was great.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s such an amazing experience. I made the mistake of not reading my menu carefully and accidentally ordered myself a plate of pasta with goat cheese on top. The waitress was incredibly kind and understanding - she immediately took the dish back and offered me to either change my entree or simply to just return it. I greatly appreciate their amicable attitude. Also the roasted half chicken was bomb.

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G
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Enormously disappointed. This restaurant has sunk to new lows from what was once a buzzy go to bistro. This time the steak was inedible, the frites soggy and the water totally indifferent to the quality of the food. Never again!

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KR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was fantastic, had a wealth of knowledge - especially about the available scotch! Cheese board was excellent. Salmon perfectly cooked, but sauce was overly salty and the burger was a little on the bland side. The Commodore 1 cocktail is phenomenal, will definitely go back just for this drink!

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J
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was attentive and thorough with several food allergies at our table

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

After we told the waiter that we couldn’t chew our steak and bacically showed him we couldn’t eat it. He replied ,” next time order it medium.

Then he forgot one of the desserts after repeating all orders back to us..

He ruined our night

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RM
New England
147 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great cocktails, great service -- always! Eastern Standard never disappoints! Just wish they'd put the rigatoni on the lunch menu! A big shout out to the front staff for seating us right away even though we arrived 45 minutes late cuz of traffic; and our waitress and the kitchen staff for getting us out of there so quickly, so we could make our show!

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BD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I had lunch with a friend and ordered the Nicoise Salad--a go to favorite of mine at this restaurant. My friend had the omelette/fries/salad. Unfortunately I was disappointed in my dish. This is normally a 'deconstructed' nicoise salad with the olive tapenade, potatoes, green beans, etc. ceremoniously displayed along with the tuna across fresh leaves of romaine. Not this time! I'm not sure the source of the tuna but it just didn't taste right. Normally it's seared just a bit but this appeared completely raw. I like sushi so that wasn't the issue--it was really mushy and funny tasting. The rest of the ingredients were in short supply--I had to dig around in the heaps of overdressed romaine lettuce to find a few green beans and potatoes and a few spots of olive tapenade. Yuck. The omelette on the other hand was delightful, the fries were just right--light, hot, not too greasy. And the waitstaff, as always, was attentive. There are plenty of good lunch options--stay away from the Salad Nicoise!

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DS
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Been to Boston before and once we found this place, we had to go back. This visit we met our son for dinner here (thanks for being open late, helps for late flights, etc.) and the service was exceptional, extremely accommodating, and the food / drinks were superb. Would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food with good service, at very reasonable cost. Could not fault.

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BB
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were looking for a quiet table at a restaurant where 2 French friends, who had just flown in from Paris, and I could eat oysters. Eastern Standard was recommended to the French friends. We expected it would be quiet enough that we could hold a discreet conversation. But the noise was pervasive. Although we were given an out-of-the-way table, away from the noisiest part of the restaurant, we still had a hard time conversing.

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JZ
New England
60 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

By far our favorite Boston restaurant. Love the creative menu, seasonal offerings, wonderfully prepared and presented food. We go often for lunch, weekend brunch and dinner.

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DL
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I did send a message through the general website that detailed our experience but I will comment here in case that is not reviewed regularly. Your restaurant is my favorite in the country. I recommend it to literally anyone who mentions a trip to Boston and many, many people have thanked me after wonderful experiences. Unfortunately, my niece is now attending grad school at BU and I drove up Sunday to take her to Fenway and both she and I were excited for her first trip to ES and I was incredibly disappointed. The dining room was mostly unoccupied. The excuse of a harried waitstaff would’ve been more understandable. We were seated quickly, received it drinks in a timely manner and ordered three courses - a cheese board, soup and shishito peppers for an appetizer and steak and pork for dinner. I was surprised and upset to have the cheese and appetizers dropped at the same time and told the runner I expected to enjoy the cheese before having hot food sitting there. He said “sorry” and left it anyway. We had no choice but to push the cheese aside to eat the hot food. As we finished the appetizers, we barely sliced a piece of cheese before our entrees were delivered. I do not typically complain but I politely made it clear that the service was not very good and we hadn’t even had a chance to enjoy the cheese and we were already being served an entree. The waiter offered to keep it in the kitchen to stay warm. I’m sorry. I did not feel that keeping a medium rare hanger steak “warm” would do anything to enhance the flavor and to add insult to injuring I would more likely end up with a well done steak and dried out pork. I told the waiter that. His response was to tell me that if I wanted another drink, it would be free. With a 4 hour drive home I didn’t want another drink and said thank you, no, so he left. Needless to say, my niece, though very polite and reassuring me it was ok, was not impressed with what I promised would be the best meal she’d eat.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall it was good and I’ll return. Service was a little slow and it was pretty loud, but still good.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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B
New England
51 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

great setting, terrific food and attentive service. I just wish that the music was not so loud (we did request that it be turned down and it was)

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came down from Portland Maine to see a show and figured we would try this place. 10/10 recommend. The food is out of this world and the staff are absolutely wonderful. Very pleased with our choice and will certainly come back the next time we are in Boston.

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JP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Having read the reviews, we had high expectations for our Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, we were disappointed; our meals were very bland.

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k
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got right in with our reservation. The restaurant was crowded. We ordered a bottle of champagne and both got the burger which was only around $15 the fries were great. Food and service were quick. Would go back.

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LC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great brunch pre concert. Food was great and our waiter was so helpful and creative

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service. Lively upbeat crowd. Fun place with incredible food.

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MB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eastern Standard is my favorite places, hands down, and is especially a great place to bring out-of-town visitors.

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MP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eastern Standard always goes above and beyond. Aside from the phenomenal food and beverages, the service is what sets them apart. A knowledgeable and personable staff make it a very comfortable dining experience that encourages you to try new things. I have yet to be disappointed with anything I eat or drink there.

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