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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
We were in Boston to rendezvous with friends and do some sightseeing. We stayed near Kenmore Square and didn't want to go too far for dinner one night, so we wound up at Eastern Standard. The food was great, from the classic French (onion soup and escargots) to the more exotic (smoked pork blade with black barley) to dessert (a fabulous caramel bread pudding).
The atmosphere and service were very good. I found absolutely no reason not to go back. Oh, the drinks were good too and the prices were reasonable.
I went with a date for Saturday Brunch with moderate expectations and was let down. Pros: nice decor and ambiance, decent food. Cons: poor service, a bit loud.
The menu looked good, and we had quite a variety; eggs and an English muffin, grilled cheese with fries, and most notably the mussels. Everything was good, but not great. The mussels were the best dish by far, and it was a large serving for sharing. What put a damper on the brunch was the poor service. We had an awkward and less than attentive waitress. Water glasses seemed to be left unfilled for too long, didn't feel like we were checked on, and we had to wait for the bill after requesting it for probably 15 minutes.
I am a regular at Eastern Standard for all three meals as it is close to my work place. I am never disappointed in the service or the quality of the offerings. I have had almost everything on the menu and am never disappointed. I even think their chicken dish is awesome. I am writing not after having had a early dinner before seeing Bob Dylan concert with my wife and oldest son. The dinner was great but the escargots with butter biscuits was off the hook. I love escargot and this was my favorite serving anytime anywhere!
I typically do not write reviews but feel compelled to do so. Found good reviews on Open Table, while visiting colleges with my daughter. Was asked to wait at bar which made no sense since my daughter is 16.
Finally seated when they realized we were not going to order drinks, very annoying tactic. Let me just say that our appetizers were both horrible so much that we could not eat them and the waiter offered to take them off the bill without asking. My daughter ordered French Onion soup that she said tasted like fat and my calamari was pure greasy salt.
I had the strip steak which tasted good but was completely fatty. At one point I had to spit it out in my napkin. My daughter had mac and cheese which was good.
Atmosphere was very nice and our waiter was good. The water and bread were good but the food bordered on disgusting. I can not believe this place was rated so highly.
This was our first visit. When we arrived we were impressed with the interior and quickly led to our reserved table. While the wine and beer list can be daunting, it was well laid out to find the selections we preferred. Service was spot on, our waitress was attentive, well versed, and friendly. Our table received everything on a perfectly spaced timing. Bread, appetizer and main course were all perfect in presentation and delivery. The steak tartare was amazing, spiced just right and served with warm crisp bread. The salmon was cooked so perfectly, the skin had the most impressive seasoning and perfectly crisp without over cooking the fish and drying it out. Wish I had space for dessert. We will be back !
Had dinner with friends before a performance at Wheelock Family Theatre, which is within walking distance. A review recommended the Pork Blade Steak so I decided to try it. The pork was succulent, cooked perfectly. The accompanying black barley and prunes cooked in Amargnac added a delicious flavor to the dish. We sat on the patio, which has overhead heaters, and enjoyed a lovely autumn evening.
Food, service, and ambiance was fantastic. However I had requested and confirmed with two hosts the day before that my girlfriend would get a slice of cake with a candle in it for her birthday. Dinner had finished up and we were awaiting the cake. Nothing. I decided to order myself a desert and hope that sparked the birthday cake. Still nothing. In fact the table next to ours had a slice of cake and candle brought over. I am very dissapointed that my girlfriends favorite restaurant was unable to accommodate the simple request (which was confirmed by two hosts) of having a birthday cake and candle. I will definitely not be recommending the restaurant to anyone who is looking to celebrate a birthday or special occasion.
On the other hand our server was fantastic and the food and cocktails are always outstanding.
Love ES as a regular. Is it or, but one very big bummer recently has been the slow return of a valet parked car. It has always been a pleasure to valet our car but the poor guy who is running between Island Creek, the hotel and Eastern Standard cannot do it all. While waiting 30 mins for my car, I saw 4 other cars waiting to drop off just give up and drive away after waiting for a valet. I hope he is not losing tips because it’s not his fault.
The waitress was attentive, got a perfect spot as I requested away from the center of the room. The issue? The meal. It was lackluster. Trout entrée sounded like a gem but was not very special. Actually it was kind of boring. The appetizer was about the same; calamari was edible but a bit dull. The highlight was the desert; pumpkin bread pudding.
Pork chop was oversalted and not cooked in the middle. Prune garnish was cold. Barley bed was without flavor, except for the oversalted pork.
Spaghetti and meatball was ok...pasta was overcooked and oversauced. Meatball was undercooked (ground pork in the meatball did not cook.)
Turned off heat on the patio without asking us (apparently other customers eating outside were more important!)
Will not recommend, and will not go back.
Having been prescribed by my doctor to go on the ketogenic diet, it was wonderful that I could ask the staff to give me a terrific sandwich without the bread. The duck liver foie gras was excellent although the portion was a bit small for the price. The creme brulee was excellent (and huge!) Thanks!
Absolutely extraordinary service. We like to ask our servers for food and drink recommendations and our waiter was a professional server with twenty years' experience who steered us expertly through the menus as well as some off-menu cocktail options we wouldn't otherwise have explored. We followed his guidance at every turn (cocktails, appetizers, entrees, wine pairings, and dessert) and had an outstanding meal. He was delightful, and the food and drinks delivered complex, robust flavours.
The menu isn't adventurous, but it's extremely well done and there's something for every taste. One of the best restaurant experiences I've had in Boston.
While the atmosphere was great and the service outstanding, the food at Eastern Standard did not live up to the hype nor the price. Our group of four ordered the following:
- 1 escargot appetizer
- 1 flat iron steak main course
- 1 pork blade steak main course
- 2 bone-in ribeye main course
- Side of french fries
A large handful of escargot were served in a cast iron skillet in a green sauce. Unfortunately, neither the escargot, the cast iron skillet, nor the sauce were hot. The cast iron skillet was warm, the sauce was warm, and the escargot were room temperature. I asked the server to return them and bring me a hot dish of escargot. She was happy to do so, but when it came out, it was only modestly hotter than the first round. And the escargot themselves were not tasty. Very disappointing. I have had escargot in dozens of restaurants around the world, and these were some of the worst.
My daughter asked for the flat iron steak cooked medium rare. It came out closer to rare. And the taste was very good, but not great.
My wife asked for the pork blade steak well done (the server told her it is usually prepared medium rare). It came out medium rare on the outside and rare in the inside. The taste was very good.
My son and I both ordered the bone-in ribeyes, both medium rare. One came out closer to medium, and the other came out closer to rare. The taste was excellent.
Everything is extremely salty. Extreeeemely salty.
Now, considering the prices, and considering the fact that there were only 10 entrees on the menu on a Saturday night (and 5 of them were types of beef steaks), this was a bit of a bust. Our final bill was close to $300 including tip, and we only had 1 appetizer and 5 drinks. Really overpriced for the quality of the food that was presented to us.
So many people had recommended Eastern Standard, and we came with high expectations that were not met. Had the service not been impeccable, I would have definitely complained to management.
The food overall was good but not great. Our expectations may have been too high based on the prices. The pork dish I had was extremely fatty. The meat that was there tasted really good, but I had to dissect the dish to find it. The wait staff was good, but again not great. Overall, the experience wasn't bad, they miss the little things that contribute to an overall satisfiying experience.
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