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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!
Boston, MA 02215
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Daytime (Before 2pm): $12
Evening (After 2pm): $18
Game/Concert (Anytime of day): $50
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: 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
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
Our dinner started with a quick seating for our reserved time. The evening began spiraling downhill from there. Our head waitress was very unfriendly and almost snooty once we were seated. As this was our first visit to the restaurant, we asked questions regarding the menu, looking for a little guidance on specialty cocktails and craft beer. Her response was not a very pleasant facial look. Her drink & food recommendations were slim. Why not embrace your work, talk up the restaurant, enjoy the customers - we were a table of 4, parents with 24 yo son & his girlfriend. The evening picked up once we had our meals, all very delicious. Other table service was excellent from sub waiters.
Always wanted to try ES. We were early to the bar and it was still difficult to get seating. Seems like all the bars now reserve seats. Bartenders were not all that helpful and a little rude at times. It was interesting that the bar did not carry Macallan Whiskey or Jack Daniels, two very popular brands. The service at the table was fine. However, the Prime Rib special was not very good. The roasted chicken was excellent and the coffee and desserts very good. Not sure I would rush back.
The food was good but not great. My wife and I had two Ribeye steaks and weren't impressed. The hostess was great and super friendly. However, our waiter was horrible. He never followed up with us and we actually ended up having to ask the bus lady for help ordering our desert after waiting for 15-20 minutes once we finished eating. I even placed my empty plate at the end of the table with my napkin placed over as a "hint" to the server that we were done (which I know he saw because I looked directly at his eyes as he looked at it once as he walked by quickly) but he never got the clue ... or just chose to ignore it.
We've been to the Eastern Standard 3-4 times now and enjoy the ambiance more than anything else. The food isn't memorizing in our opinion or breath taking but they do have a good drink menu. I can name a few other places not too far from there that serve up tastier food.
If you want a good place to have a date with good drinks, then this is your place. Just don't expect great food and hopefully your not as unlucky as us and get a HORRIBLE waiter.
It will be a long while before we go back...
I hadn’t been to ES in a while. My girl friend and I had the steak frites and Trout entrees. We both felt that they were average. In the current dining climate ES needs to do better. We also each had a Moscow Mule. They were served in glasses not the traditional copper cups. The next time we are around that part of Boston we might choose another place to dine.
We visited Eastern Standard for our anniversary and was thrilled with our experience. We were 15 minutes late for our reservation but after calling to let them know they told me they were going to try and hold our spot, but if they couldn't then we would be seated shortly after. We sat immediately and the food was unbelievable. The service at Eastern Standard is second to none and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a delicious meal in the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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