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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New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

My cocktails were warm and most of the ice was melted

VP
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Menu was too limited. More salad options are needed.

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

e
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food and waitress was wonderful !

SM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak frites. The cheese board and charcuterie were also really good. And Jack White was only a few feet from us!

MS
Brazil
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place to sit, specially outside in a nice day. I had a very good burger with salad.

D
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great server. We felt taken cared of and valued.

DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and terrific food. Reservation was on time and didn’t feel rushed.
Will be back again for sure!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Kat, was sublime. She was attentive, made a fantastic wine suggestion and had a lovely personality. She made the night for our group!

a
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cocktails, friendly prompt service, main course on point and delicious desert. Nice night out.

AI
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good "casual" food prior to a game a Fenway. A particularly good find if you're not into the overpriced hot dogs and beer on offer at the ball park. Our server was very nice and helpful with menu choices. The food was delivered pretty quickly and everyone enjoyed their meal. I would definite recommend the place for some pre or post game pub food.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, with a very attentive and friendly server, nice and vibrant ambiance and food was great, but a bit more variety on the menu would be a plus.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It is one our favorites with great service and the food quality is great but the portions this time did not match the price point and the guys left hungry after ordering a seafood special. It was a couples first time and may be their last unfortunately.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a nice business meal or fun drinks with friends!

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

Must go in boston! Never gets old, amazing dishes, extra quality!

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my family for Boston University move in. It was a great way to spend the night with my daughter before sending her off. The service was excellent. The manager stopped by a few times just to check in with us. The food came out hot. The cocktails delicious (and fun). Servings fairly large. We left stuffed. No desert. I couldnt eat another bite!!

RR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I always get the scrambled eggs plate and it’s delicious! Great value for a great price. Downside was the waiter did not bring me the butter/jam with the plate and it took her a long time to bring it to us, whereas usually they bring it along with the plate

A
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a nice festive brunch with a friend at ES on Sunday. We ordered classics like eggs benedict and smoked salmon plate and largely were not disappointed - though the bagel left something to be desired with so many great bagel bakeries around. The service was great and in my opinion the ambiance, at least for a holiday weekend brunch, couldn't be beat. Lovely light angel food cake dessert with stone fruit as well.

AG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and excellent service!!

MD
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our standbys. However, need to be clear about pricey up-charging for substitutions of sides.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anna, was a great waitress and we sincerely enjoyed service and the food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We ate outside and even there it was too loud! We had difficulty hearing one another.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous time at one of my favorite places! Our server was attentive and went above and beyond to make me feel special for my birthday. Still the best steak tartare in Boston!

OT
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in Boston for dinner and drinks with friends

E
Omaha
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from out-of-state for work. We selected Eastern Standard for the menu and reviews but mostly for the location because it was next door to the Commonwealth. William was an outstanding server, the vibe of the place was great, and we thought the food and wine selections were outstanding. We would go again ,maybe tonight.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice place with good food and a delicious Bloody Mary, will be going again.

CT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice time and would certainly recommend to a friend. One of our party saw a mouse run across from our table, which was disheartening. Our server said a manager would drop by our table about this sighting, but this did not happen.

BF
Philadelphia
185 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Strong, venerable standard. Menu was creative with many good choices. All dishes were well-prepared and flavorful. A very nice place to start a weekend.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was flawless as usual. The entire staff was excellent. The next night though i got take out. I ordered the ribs. The ribs by themselves were really good. The bbq sauce was way to sweet and didn't work with the ribs at all; i am glad i got it on the side. I would teak the bbq sauce and go with more traditional sides. As always i will be back!! You guys are the best!

CD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was disappointing. Tuna salad was sent back because the tuna tasted funny. Chopped salad wasn’t great. 3 folks had steak frites no one finished theirs.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a wonderful evening...

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing, great cocktails, but food was mediocre.

RT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable Sunday brunch. The menu offers a variety of traditional breakfast selections and many lunch options too. A full drink menu is offered with some signature drinks that you'd see at a brunch.

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