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East Coast Grill

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1271 Cambridge St (at Off Prospect St., Inman Sq, Outside Harvard Square)
Cambridge, MA 02139
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(617) 491-6568
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Best

I absolutely love this restaurant. I take friends here from out of town and everyone is always impressed. The coconut lime mussels are my favorite! They are best ordered with the ...

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ok..lets start off with an apology if I happen to offend any poor souls who think they've been eating good foods all their lives. I'm a spoiled brat when it comes to eating. May...

Awesome creative food 12/16/2011

I absolutely love this restaurant. I take friends here from out of town and everyone is always impressed. The coconut lime mussels are my favorite! They are best ordered with the grilled bread to soak up the sauce. Their ribs are also great and are made really spicy when you ask for it. more

Seafood and BBQ MMmmm 10/24/2008

Best fish tacos in town, tasty ribs, excellent brunch more

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Very confused 2/12/2006

The first thing that stood out in my mind was the tropical interior. Set in a semi-dark tropical world you feel quite intimate even in the usually full dining rooms. Now comes the bad part. I was really not impressed with the food overall. Small portions plus nice presentation equals a higher than usual price. I ordered the house drink that you can only have 2 of per person (a Martini in a Brandy Snifter) . My waitress was polite and usually hard to find (waiting for that little something the chef forgot to give you). Cambridge is full of really good places to eat so trot down to Harvard Square and get treated better. more

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Excellent Brunch 2/5/2006

The East Coast Grill serves the most excellent Sunday Brunch in the Cambridge area between noon and 2:30pm each weekend. Serving Bar-b-q favorites like shredded pork, this is the perfect cure for any stiff Sunday hangover. They also have an excellent bloody mary bar where you can add the tabasco sauce to your liking. It is often crowded and they don't take reservations except for large parties--- expect to wait if you don't get to this restaurant early. If you don't mind a less comfortable seat try sitting at the bar and enjoying a cocktail with or before your meal. more

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East Coast Grill 8/15/2005

East Coast Grill in Inman Square is a fun and lively place with an informal vibe. East Coast has two sides to its personality that merge well- New BBQ and Ultra Fresh Fish. My favorite place for a fresh piece of fish in Boston is the Village Fish, but East Coast is a different beast. Its dishes have an artistry that far surpass its décor (a sort of Miami Vice vintage neon lighting theme), and its flavors seemed unpretentious but full of life. This is NOT a quiet place, so be prepared for some Rock Concert decibel levels. So many restaurants tempt me with dishes that feature fancy mixes of ingredients that are from the "Ingredient-name dropping school." You know these places that offer too many black truffle oil infused and wasabi drizzled dishes. Don't get me wrong, some of the restaurants that offer these flairs deliver in a big way (Ariadne in Newton, MA, Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA), but many fall flat. East Coast's Menu had some of those tendencies, but all the flavors they chose worked well together. Our waitress was friendly, enthusiastic and best of all knowledgeable about the things we all know best about ourselves: the dishes & flavors we love! She shared with us her favorite appetizer as being “her favorite thing on the menu and what she ALWAYS eats,” and we were convinced. App: The Black 'n' Blue Tuna Taco which was nearly excellent. The thing that stood out was the uniqueness of this dish. The small tortilla (spinach I believe) had avocado slices, a collection of herbs and a generous amount of fresh thin slices of seared tuna. The dressing was the most delicate orange chipotle glaze that perfectly complemented everything underneath it. Fish taco is not a new idea, but this concoction was just like the restaurant itself, full of life and flavor, but grounded in solid ingredients. I would recommend this appetizer to anyone. Entree: The Dishes we had were: Half of a Roasted Duck with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Greens ($18) and a Braised Short Rib with Blue Cheese Polenta ($16 or $17) and Greens. Both of these entrees were delicious. My duck was immense! A truly huge dish with more food than even I could finish. The mashed sweet potatoes were a great complement. If I had to call this dish any one style, I'd say New Soul Food. It reminded me of a fried turkey leg, full of flavor but a bit drier. I had a few beers with the meal, and I tend to get India Pale Ales that are very hoppy like Sierra Nevada with such flavorful food. The Braised Short Rib packed some serious heat. It was tender and moist, with a huge amount of Flavor. Hot Chili and Bourbon were the predominant flavors. The rich serving bed of Blue Cheese Polenta was expertly prepared to help put the fire out! While it was worth the burn, the intensity of the flavors was a bit overbearing. Price: The price range was a bit high but understandable because of the excellent quality of the food. I will always pay the extra cash for a meal I consider well prepared. I would simply say economize here, and be careful to watch your cash to alcohol ratio! I highly recommend the East Coast Grill for its service and its flavors!!! Try it if you have a reasonably flexible budget and some fun dining partners. I will be back for more meals, and when I do I will fill you in… more

Overpriced barbeque/seafood 8/1/2005

If you're in the mood for fish, but tired of Legal Seafood, this is something to try. It is a barbeque/seafood restaurant. It was hip, but not overly. No need to dress up. But don't be fooled by the casual atmosphere, expect to pay alot. 4 of us went for dinner, had a bottle of wine, one round of drinks, 2 appetizers, no dessert or coffee, and spent $250. The quality of the food was very good, and the fish was paired with sides that you would not normally get at a seafood restaurant. I had the striped bass special and it was plenty. My boyfriend had the tuna, and his portion was very small. For what we paid, I think we could find something better. Also, if I'm spending THAT much money, I like to dress up, and feel like I'm dining somewhere a little more special. Not so here. I did, however, have a DELICIOUS mojito. Lots of fun drinks on the bar menu. And the bartender was great. And my clothes smell like mesquite.... Going to have to have everything dry cleaned. more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Sky-blue walls and playful fixtures contribute to the charming environment filled with an upbeat clientele. Many patrons opt to forgo a table in one of the dining areas for a...

  • 8/1/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thurs 5:30-10pm; Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30pm; Sun brunch 11am-2:30pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Discover, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Wellington-Harrington

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