Finally a place to enjoy a beverage while you people watch in Kenmore Square. Eastern Standard, is the new restaurant affiliated with the Hotel Commonwealth -- a little more casual than its sister restaurant Great Bay. Inside, the place is HUGE- much bigger than it looks from the outside. It has a classic feel with dark wood, red leather, and hip b&w photos rounding out the decor.
Food is good, not great but the friendly staff and the comfortable-ness more than makes up for it. They serve comfort food like mac and cheese side dishes as well as more traditional bistro fare.
This is a great place to stop in before the game. Try their bar menu where you can a burger for less than $15. If you can't wait for a fenway frank, you can also get an entree with 2 steamed hot dogs and baked beans.
Definitely give Eastern Standard a try!