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Ellis Square Social, Beverly, MA

Ellis Square Social

4.8
4.8
393 Reviews
$30 and under
International
Ellis Square Social is a neighborhood restaurant and craft cocktail bar located in historic Ellis Square, in the heart of downtown Beverly. Our Depression era building features a bustling dining room, with an authentic tin ceiling, reclaimed wood floor, period lighting, and tufted banquette, providing a warm and comfortable space for an evening out. Casual diners have the choice to seat at our beautiful cast pewter bar for a classic cocktail or craft beer as well as high tops around the bar and counter seating on the window overlooking Cabot Street. At Ellis Square Social, we believe in serving an outstanding home-made product in a sustainable and responsible way, while helping the local economy by buying from local producers.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    International, Cocktail Bar, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (978) 998-4450

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Erik Powers

  • Neighborhood

    Beverly

  • Cross street

    Essex Street

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • $1 Oysters Wed & Thur 4:45pm -5:45pm

    Jun 1 - Jul 31, 2022
    Join us for $1 oysters on Wednesday and Thursday at the bar, table or high top. Must select the experience with a reservation between 4:45 - 5:45 and oyster orders by 6:00pm. Regular menu is available as well.

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What 393 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston Suburbs

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. TF

    ThomasF

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice little restaurant for dinner before a show at the Cabot. I would have given this restaurant a 5 if it was not so noisy.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed it. Food was excellent! The crispy pork belly was unbelievably good. Highly recommend!
  3. DH

    DianeH

    New England

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food good with a limited menu. Service was excellent and our party was able to be seated earlier than our reservation time.
  4. RP

    RicoPatts

    Western KY

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The reviews do not lie! It’s hard to expect good service and food when you go out to with a big group (7), but ESS more than exceeded our expectations. The bartender is a true mixologist, serving equally beautiful and delicious drinks. Matt our server, described everything with such finesse that we basically ordered one of everything on the menu. The grain mustard gnocchi was to die for! I wish I lived in Boston so I could come back often.
  5. JB

    JayBoston

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place rocks! The bartenders are as artisanal as the chefs. The ambiance is perfect. The food speaks for itself. If you haven’t tried this restaurant, do it now. If you already have eaten there, no doubt you don’t need to read this. #beverly’sbest
  6. S

    Suburbangirl

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and unique cocktails and food, and the service was just as great!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Please consider some sound dampening. Other than that it was awesome.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everything was excellent.
  9. AS

    ArthurS

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to last night with my wife and we had a couple of drinks and we had a couple of burgers. The drinks are always awesome! The burger was pie the best of ever had. Just excellent experience. Thank you Ella square social. Keep up the great work in Holly recommend it to anyone. Arthur
  10. c

    clamdigger

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Was ok, nothing special. Food was good not great. Drinks were small and expensive. Overall not bad but not a good value either.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waiter was fantastic. Food and drink was delicious
  12. K

    Karen

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place, definitely preferred the Winter Menu!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, fun cocktails, good menu with something for everyone, but not overwhelming choices. Delicious meal.
  14. SS

    SanilS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The food wasn't very good. My date and I both had Salmon. Firstly, the quality of the fish wasn't very good. Secondly, her plate had a very healthy serving of green and vibrant spinach. My serving of spinach was old and very small. I didnt want to say anything since this was a first date I was on. Again, miserable food!
  15. LC

    LaurieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ellis Square is a Treasure for Food, Atmosphere and their fine Staff.While I have not “always” sat at the bar, my husband and I have taken to it the last 3 to 4 times due to the superb interaction we enjoy with Brandon. His knowledge of wine and spirits, and the various menu items are always described to make one’s mouth water. He makes a night out Extra Special! Laurie Curran
  16. JW

    JessicaW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was delicious! Service was great as well. We will be back!
  17. WM

    WendyM

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good all around. Weird menu choices though
  18. CG

    CindiG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a perfect birthday celebration!! Everyone loved their meals and the drinks are to die for!
  19. MS

    MichaelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it here. Between the drinks and the cocktails, it was tough deciding what our favorite was. Mushroom flatbread was a great starter!
  20. AL

    AlejandroL

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and service
  21. SE

    SER717

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hadn’t been to ESQ since pre-Covid, and had really missed it! New chef, and still a fantastic menu. Started with oysters & flatbread app, which were delicious and came in a timely manner. We all loved our entrees, too. Our server, Matt, was attentive without being on top of us. Can’t wait to return, and so happy that we can start going back again - our favorite spot in downtown Beverly!
  22. s

    superb

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st time and quite a suprise. Great vibe as we sat at the bar, small place so you must have reservations. Had the mushroom flatbread for app, wife had the burger and I had the gnocci's with braised rabbit (don't knock it. tastes like turkey and chewy). Good stuff. We enjoyed the time and will head back.
  23. i

    izzyboy

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really awesome bartenders & great food & drinks. Some better craft beers would be an improvement. Pretty pricey but decent value. Would recommend.
  24. G

    Gbags

    New England

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got there on the first day of the new season's menu and were thrilled by the results. Prime ribeye was amazing. The Humboldt Fog filled agnolotti, was so yummy too. We also took great advantage of the $1 oysters (Wednesday - Thursday). Service was great. Attentive, but not hovering. Will definitely be back.
  25. ED

    EmilyDog

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service is always excellent and food just as good. We always enjoy our experience when dining at Ellis Square Social!!
  26. LF

    LFontheline

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Small, cozy, inviting. Very busy and since its small, its noisy. Great food, good drinks. Friendly service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best fine dining in Beverly without question. Terrific drinks as well.
  28. DR

    DavidR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed pre-show (The Cabot) meal and $1 oysters at the bar.
  29. N

    Neighbor

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate here tonight with my husband before a show at The Cabot. In short, it was a great experience and I'd recommend it to anyone. It was busy (Sat night) and we ate at the bar. There was crowd noise, but there was no problem holding a conversation. Service was prompt and very helpful (bartenders were our servers). Made a great daiquiri (off their cocktail menu) and it was served with a large ice cube. A great start. The menu offered about 7 appetizers, 4 pastas, and 6 entrees. There were also several options for wines by the glass and bottle. It’s not a huge menu, but there’s options for everyone. Plus I think it's better to do a few things well rather than lots of mediocre things. To start, we shared the oysters, which were very fresh and delicious. My husband ordered the Faroe Island salmon and I had the tenderloin. My wife is an expert in making grilled salmon at home and rarely orders it at restaurants because it doesn't usually measure up. This dish was outstanding and she loved it. My steak was a very generous portion and was cooked to perfection (medium rare). The Bernaise sauce was very well balanced and the meat was perfectly sauced (just the right amount and not drowning in it). The broccolini was also cooked expertly, with just a little "crunch". Overall the meals were excellent and the drinks were very well done. All delivered with great service by friendly, helpful servers (busy bartenders in this case). We will definitely be back.
  30. CP

    CynthiaP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere. Food was very good. Bartender was awesome. He took time and care with ever drink he made and served.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food; great atmosphere!
  32. NP

    NatalieP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were great! Servers and staff super nice and knowledgeable- would definitely return and recommend to others!
  33. KR

    KurtR

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is awesome. Nice design and atmosphere. The staff is top notch. If you have not been there you are missing something.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time out in two years. So wonderful to be back amongst the familiar faces and surroundings of our favorite Beverly restaurant and bar. Cheers!
  35. MS

    MattS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was amazing beyond expectations. Drink menu was overwhelming in a good way. Will return in the future.
  36. AS

    ArthurS

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Been there before but last night, I’d say the drinks in the app so good and the main course the two burgers were great but my son got the trout, terrible undercooked didn’t wanna say anything to the way to cause he was too nice. I don’t think the chef know he was done with that. My son did not eat it and I tried it and it was terrible. My sons girlfriend had the gunky and we couldn’t tell what it was it was kind of cold kind of hard couldn’t figure out what it was. The sauce helped. We got dessert and no issues with that. Don’t mind spending $300 when I’m satisfied but that wasn’t worth it. Very disappointing my son and his girlfriend wanted to know how I pick this place so I was embarrassed! Was it last week with two buddies set at the bar from great bartender, great drinks and we all had the burger was awesome. Got to take a look at what’s going on in the kitchen last night with a dead trout in the gunky didn’t know what they were doing. Sorry about the spelling take care
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic drink menu and great food. I like that they don’t have a big menu. Everything was perfect.
  38. C

    Caroline

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    Great bar scene, recommended. Food is odd, wouldn’t go for dinner again,
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food in a great setting. We sat at a high top but it was still private and nice space between tables. Food and service was great as were drinks. I was not drinking but barman made me a mocktail that was fun, tasty and I didn’t feel left out. Would recommend and return.
  40. JW

    JenniferW

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    We had a reservation - table was not ready and wouldn’t be for a very long time - offered a high top instead - table was tippy- waited long time for drinks - burger very undercooked - food ok - better last time I was there - waitress was friendly and trying but drinks super late and table not what we reserved/ expected - meh

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ellis Square Social using the Order Online button. Ellis Square Social also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ellis Square Social also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (978) 998-4450.

Ellis Square Social is rated 4.8 stars by 393 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Ellis Square Social

252 Cabot Street Beverly, MA 01915

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Essex Street

  • Neighborhood

    Beverly

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    International, Cocktail Bar, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Erik Powers

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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