Eastern Standard

4.5
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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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - excellent service !

DJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! From the hospitable knowlefgable staffand relaxed vibe, to the awesome wine list including by the glass. Food was delicious, although the prime rib was a tad chewy. Accompanying mushroom demi was deliciously rich and mashed potatoes light and creamy though. Had Vin Santo pairing with apple crepes for dessert, really nice combo.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

I have always loved going to Eastern standard with my group of friends. They always have such great food options. But this time, it was one of the worst experiences I ever had. The spaghetti pasta that we ordered was so bland. Chicken was tasteless. I had ordered lobster roll which was 31$ and the lobster was so bad. The bun was stale. I am glad we didn't order any cocktails and just opted for bottled beer otherwise I don't want to guess how the cocktails would be made. I was planning to have a cozy dinner with my close friends where we could relax and have good food. But this was exactly the opposite thing.

RR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Disappointing. Cioppino was skimpy.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went above and beyond for a birthday! Food was amazing and reasonably priced. Great location and ambiance!

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The problem that I had at Eastern standard was that I ordered a salad, and the topping on the salad was literally in edible. The topping consisted of strips of plastic or wax that resembled cheese. My wife ordered the same salad that I ordered and she received actual cheese Which was edible. Mistakes happen at restaurants. I fully understand that. What was especially disappointing is that the wait staff and management seemed completely on interested when I pointed this problem out to them. I think it’s safe to say that I will not be returning to this restaurant. Ever. I also know that this is the only time in my life I have given a negative review to a restaurant.

b
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience5

We love everything about it, the drinks, the service, the ambiance, but the food is never up to par other than their bone marrow and steak tartare.

AS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. They really take the time to serve your food with preciseness and care. I have a few food allergies and they were incredibly helpful with my order. Food was delicious I recommend the mushroom appetizer The trout and the chicken.

s
New England
191 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Boston. Always delicious and the atmosphere at the bar is the best!

E
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and very fast service!

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here probably 3 times, this was, memorable. I had steak frites which was perfect. My husband had the scallop special. We had a wonderful service from a woman from the Ukraine . I wish I remembered her her name . I would highly recommend this restaurant. Ambiance is perfect, they do not rush you.
Loved the experience!

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We have eaten here for 4 years during holiday trips from NH. Food quality was better in the past. Specifically my wife had the salade Nicoise. There was too much dressing with too strong a taste. The lettuce should be bib and was probably romaine. This was not the traditional salad. The salad was so wet it was ruined. The Friday scallop special I had was fine. But my experience was upset because I wished her to enjoy her meal.

PD
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed Christmas dinner at Eastern Standard, and we were blown away at how good the food was, how incredible the service was, and how reasonable the price was. It's been a few years since our last visit. We will not wait this long again.

JC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for another wonderful Christmas at ES...the menu was wonderful as was the service!

A
New England
173 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Christmas spot in town. Never change, ES!

Y
New England
111 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Christmas menu offered at Eastern Standard is always special. The chef prepares different dishes that aren't found on the usual, delicious menu, and the result is always superb! The waitstaff is a delight - very well trained, friendly and helpful. It's become a holiday tradition, and one we'll keep repeating. Thanks so much to Eastern Standard for a lovely dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Christmas meal!

DL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Christmas Day breakfast

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a favorite!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas family dinner

F
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Dec 24 is my wife's birthday we always go into Boston on Christmas Eve. we chose eastern as we have never been there. Oh yeah Linda has been in the Food business her whole life and still is. To cut to the chase here. we had three or four different waiters. None with any personality! My daughter ordered soup, came out cold! Linda ordered Brussels sprouts, never got them! My hamburger was overcooked and the bun was stale! Horrible! Waiters took a lot of time before they came back to the table. Our bill came to $150.00 before the tip. Quite pricey for lousy service and meal. Wont go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming place! I had lunch here with my adult kids on Christmas Eve day. The wine by the glass (a Pinot Noir) was very nice; the pasta dish, lobster roll, creme brûlée and cappuccinos were all high quality offerings. The Commonwealth Hotel is connected to the Eastern Standard which makes this restaurant ideal for the traveler.

JG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love ES! Consistent highest Quality of food and service

BH
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food excellent floor management but food order came so quickly had not finished our cocktail felt rushed

s
New England
191 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in the city!

EM
New England
194 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good. Great service. Good food. Beautiful room.

RW
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always a pleasure--I have never been disappointed!

KA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was extremely friendly and welcoming

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks and incredible service as always.

J
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, Service was outstanding. Great vibe and food was very good.

JR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly atmosphere. Coffee could have been hotter.

ML
New England
33 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A classic! Eastern Standard is one of those restaurants in Boston, that has been there forever, and has never fluctuated in quality or service. The service is always exceptional, the ambience is always cozy, welcoming, and classy, and the food is always cooked perfectly. I will always recommend Eastern Standard to anyone who wants to bring someone from out-of-town, or if you are just meeting local friends for drinks.

S
New England
41 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great table away from the crowd, festive , interesting and unique menu. Looking forward to another dinner at E. S!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Double date at the bar - great bartender, great service, super fun atmosphere.

b
Key West
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service. Our server made great recommendations.

ID
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was the highlight of the night. She was excellent. Food was good. Place was packed.

JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our service was fantastic! The food and overall vibe was perfect to celebrate 2 birthdays 🎉!

JO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a long-anticipated Favorite! We only get to Boston 2x per year, but Eastern Standard is ALWAYS on the list; They never disappoint.

Truly professional, accommodating and attentive with a great classic Bisto vibe: casual and flexible but polished service and fare throughout. Patrons are a true cross section from extremely casual to dressy professionals. Everyone's at home here.

From a diverse wine list, suggest you let their wine manager direct you; We always do and - once again - she chose a delightful, unique winner for us. Just put yourself in their hands; they absolutely know how to deliver.

Can't thank the entire staff for their competence, hospitality and professionalism; We've never had anything but a top-notch experience with a first-rate menu.

My only regret is that it'll be another 6 months before I'm in town again. But - rest assured - when there, we'll be back to ES!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Less than pleasant experience. 5pm reservation. Sat as a party of 6; 29 mins for a server to come over even after asking a manager for someone to come over and get some drinks. The staff was rude and not engaging.

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