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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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We are proud to offer a special price fixed menu of $68 per person from 1pm - 8pm with kids' options available.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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 4137 People Are Saying
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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The raw bar is fabulous and the bread pudding is to die for! Wait staff are the best in the city. Anytime I want to impress I take people there.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. ✔️ Great food. ✔️ Valet parking. ✔️

ML
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

everything nice but the food. i had the chicken dish. not impressed. nothing special. this was mt last visit

b
New England
59 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cozy atmosphere, comfort delicious food!
Thank you!

C
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding evening. Thank you so much for the wonderful service.

j
New England
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious!

D
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Oysters were fresh and delicious. Service was outstanding, Wine was perfect and food was, as usual, very well done. Great place to have a dinner conversation with friends.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was horrible, our server NEVER showed, waited for a long while until I had to ask other servers to help. Nobody checked on us either. Food was good- we ordered the French toast, steak frites, tuna nicoise, mussels and oysters. However, with the poor quality of service we experienced, definitely don’t think it’s worth it to spend money here when there are other places with similar (or better) food quality with decent service.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was fabulous! The food was exceptional. Will definitely be coming back again!

G
Las Vegas
71 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A happening spot but the food and service was average. Had the cioppino and was like assorted seafood in cream of tomato soup. Cheese plate and charcuterie board was ok but you have to order both to make a complete appetizer. Service was ok. Overall good energy and decent crowd.

LA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a reservation for Friday night as we were visiting Boston for our first time. Upon arrival, we were seated immediately. The hostess was kind and our server, whose name I forgot, was great. The pickled vegetables that they provide prior to your meal are extravagant. I had the baked rigatoni and my wife had the cioppino. I really like my dish but my wife LOVED hers. We would definitely return to Eastern Standard to try more of their menu. They have an extensive beer and wine list, which should have something for everyone.

TB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Very timely and attentive. Everyone in our party of 7 enjoyed their food. Great experience overall.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good service and good food

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is always consistently good, service was excellent.

M
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Lobster roll was a little small, but still tasty. Service was outstanding and noise level was low, but we were there early on a Sunday evening, so it wasn't crowded. I would definitely recommend, and the prices were in line with other Boston restaurants.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious brunch food and fun energy

BG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic lunch and had the special swordfish. It was delicious! Our waitress, Anna, was the best. I would go back to have her wait on me!

TB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great! Smiling hosts, fast and pleasant server. Yummy burger.

LM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our experience was lovely, the food was delicious, my husband wished his eggs were a bit warmer but we were sitting outside. I would visit again in a heart beat. Thanks so much.

J
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've never had a bad meal at Eastern. Well worth a trip.

OT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Not worth going back in the future.

JH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together
We had a great waiter
Food very good
I liked that we were able to change our table for better ambiance
We were not rushed
Definitely will come again

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Waitress Leah was amazing!!!!!!!!!

R
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food as always. Long waits for bar service and waiter service. But food and drinks so good!

B
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Er enjoyed a delicious meal at Eastern Standard. The service was very good and the steel head trout was perfectly prepared. Excellent wine list .

F
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Server was terrible and clearly new to the job. It was perplexing why he was so confrontational on the drink orders when two of our party members were not happy with their drinks. He then proceeded to disappear for the night and had the bus boy take our orders for the rest of the night. He then had the gumption to keep the drinks that were taken back on the order...insisting it was ES policy. We were long time customers and knew it was not ES policy but it was clear he was waiting to do this all night. We had to get the manager over to clear up the issue and received an apology for the horrible service and treatment from our server. It was truly not up to the level expected at Eastern Standard. Perplexing why or how this server was hired at ES.

ME
New England
65 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Food was way too salty. Fries covered in salt. Limited menu pricey

CG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun place for groups! Went for a team lunch right before a Red Sox game. It was great!

L
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

I ordered the lobster roll. It was awful. Roll was too hard to bite into. Scant amount of lobster included. Very disappointing

DM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place couldn't be more vibrant! Amazing food, cocktails and staff! LOVE it!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

My cocktails were warm and most of the ice was melted

VP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress made it very special for us and we were so grateful as my sister had been ill and could not make it last year! The bread pudding was out of this world!

j
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant says it has valet parking and when we arrived told the hostess told us that she had to call the valet but he'd be right over. Ten minutes later I got a call from my dining companion, who had gone to our table while I waited for the valet. She informed me that the hostess had told her that the parking lot was full, the valet wasn't coming and I had to find my own parking. The 35,000 people down the block at a Who concert was my problem. I did eventually find parking for $40 and got to the restaurant where I got no apology, no complimentary anything, no offer to pay the difference in parking costs, no acknowledgement of the embarrassment the restaurant had caused me with my dining companion, no acknowledgement at all that there was any problem. I'd say it was handled about as badly as it could have been. The food was as good as usual and the table service was ok but not up to snuff.

PD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding food and beverages!

We are never disappointed!

Thank you for accommodating us after we were wicked late for our reservation (especially on such a busy night!!!)

Thank you Leah! Thank you Caroline!

D
New England
42 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The good....our waitress was cheerful and helpful....the food was excellent...all of it...

Improvements....although our party of 8 was served drinks, one person had to wait over 30 minutes for a drink to arrive, despite the server continuing to try to get it...it was the same drink he had earlier...yes they comped it, but we should have been comped more...

nobody bussing the table...the waitress had to do it after i asked, since after our bread and apps were done (and drinks), the table was littered with stuff to be cleared prior to our entrees

the music was TOOOO loud, luckily we had a private room, but if we didn't, it would have been impossible to have a conversation....i'm not a prude, but this was ridiculous....

overall, alway enjoy the the place and will go back

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Menu was too limited. More salad options are needed.

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I had the flat iron steak and shrimp cocktail, both were perfect! Waited about 15 minutes for a cocktail at 4:00pm, which I thought took longer than expected. I’d eat there again in a second, you won’t be disappointed.

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The food was good, the atmosphere is great, but the service was practically non-existent. I've been there before and it wasn't a problem, so maybe this was a "one off".

JM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

That night's food was beyond expectation: both my guest and I thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Bravo! However, we waited over 20 minutes to order our food -- we had three attentive wait staff at our table, none of whom were our designated wait staff. The noise level choice euphemistically "energetic" is misleading: it was deafening; my guest and I had to lean in to hear what each of us was saying. Overall a mixed evening of good and bad -- which is surprising, for Eastern Standard is usually so much better.

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