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Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks - 52 Reviews - 528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA - Family Restaurants Reviews - Phone (617) 532-9100

Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks

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528 Commonwealth Ave (at Beacon Street)
Boston, MA 02215
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(617) 532-9100
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Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks - Boston, MA
Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks - Boston, MA
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Best

There are few places I feel like home. It's basically, well, my home, and Eastern Standard. \r \r The staff is so welcoming. It may be because my crew drops benjis here on a reg...

Worst

So this place mainly gets its few meager stars for the ambiance. It looked a lot like a 1920's NY bar. Kind of like the Campbell Apartments at Grand Central Station. Loved it wh...

AVERAGE 12/8/2011

IT WAS A FUN PLACE TO HAVE DRINKS . I WAS NOT IMPRESSED WITH THE FOOD JUST AVERAGE more

the worst of Boston 11/18/2011

this has to be on the top of the worst of Boston list. Waited more than 15 minutes after being seated for anyone to come to the table ( ON A WED NIGHT) and then she could only pour us some water. Four different meals and all were mediocre to horrible and the service never got better through the entire meal. don't waste your time or money. more

Unjustifiably pretentious 8/27/2010

So this place mainly gets its few meager stars for the ambiance. It looked a lot like a 1920's NY bar. Kind of like the Campbell Apartments at Grand Central Station. Loved it when I walked in, very posh. HOWever, once inside, we sat at the bar with a work group. The bartenders were smug and wouldn't even listen to what i wanted to order. I don't drink martinis. I saw some bottled belgians. Golden. I'll have one of those. He essentially told me I couldn't order a beer because their drinks are so amazing. Ok... So i picked one of the drink menu. Way too strong? Why? Because it's a martini, and by definition, martinis are strong. So I ask him for a Stoli Razz and Cranberry. Apparently they don't have cranberry or they make their own or something. So he told me to tell him what I liked and he'd concoct me a drink. He made two and they were both terrible. Again, martinis. I thought we had gotten past this, people. So finally he gave me my razz and cran begrudgingly and their homemade recipe was terrrrible. Blegh. Clearly, the (male) bartenders simply wanted the opportunity to show off their bosoms by shaking martinis up. And one of them liked it a little too much and shook the martini for about 30 seconds longer than it needed to be. I'm sorry, you didn't order the watered down cosmo, wait, i'll do it again... Anyway, completely unimpressed with this place. Probably won't go back unless I sneak in a flask. That way I'll have a tasty beverage and enjoy the swank decor. more

BAD event coordinating service! 5/30/2010

DO NOT have your private function here if your event is in any way meaningful to you. We recently had our wedding there, and I don't know what else to say other than that the private events coordinator wrecked it! She did not care about helping us at all. We'd have to chase her down only to have basic questions half-answered. It was impossible to meet with her or to talk to her. The restaurant itself is still great, but its private event services are something else. Pros: Good location Cons: The private events coordinator does not give a damn more

Drinks please 5/25/2010

I'll be honest and say I'm a pub and dive bar kinda girl. I like small places with aged bar stools where you could probably hang out during the day and no one would really care. Eastern Standard is not that place...but, I still come around every now and again. I haven't sampled much of their food so I will concentrate on their drinks. Again, as a pub girl, the prices are a little expensive for me, but those bartenders really know what they're doing. Their Blueberry Thrill drink is one of my favorites. I think I slobber just a little whenever I think of their very own blueberry infused gin. This past weekend they had run out so they made a raspberry version. Ooh, still so delicious. Their late night menu is always intriguing. I had a Grand Marnier freeze pop the other night. Yes, it's as interesting and yummy as it sounds. On the whole the staff has been super nice and quick. Even when handling a large party, the waitresses have stayed calm and collected. Right outside of the Kenmore Square T stop, I've never seen this place slow save for a late brunch one day. Be prepared for an ""oh excuse me, pardon me, excuse me"" situation if you're around the bar on a weekend night. Pros: Amazing drinks Cons: A little out of my price range more

Eastern Standard, I love you. Will you marry me? 3/1/2010

There are few places I feel like home. It's basically, well, my home, and Eastern Standard. \r \r The staff is so welcoming. It may be because my crew drops benjis here on a regular basis, but that's besides the point. They're well versed in every aspect of the menu & bar. Pleasant, attentive but not overly so. \r \r One thing I really love about ES is that you can go and spend under $20 for an amazing burger with fries and a beer, or you can go all out with cocktails, raw bar, apps, dinner and dessert. The cocktails and raw bar is where the bills rack up, by the way. Though both are well, well worth it. \r \r I love that the clientele is eclectic, from hotel guests to the regulars to people on dates to the after-Sox crowd, anyone can find something to enjoy.\r \r Menu highlights: \r - The Standard Burger. Juicy, perfect. One of the top 5 burgers in Boston.\r - The bone marrow appetizer. I never had bone marrow before ES, and boy is this fatty meatyness of amazing so. damn. good. that my head nearly exploded.\r - Lamb Sausage Rigatoni. Someone in your party must order this because it is the best baked pasta dish I've had in my life (don't tell my mother). Lamb sausage and rigatoni in a pink vodka sauce baked with mozzarella & parmesan with a dollop of ricotta on top. Jesus tap dancing Christ, this makes my life. It's served in your own personal crock, and it will beat you. You will not finish it without help. But that's okay, because it is amazing lunch the next day.\r - They do some great specials. I had rabbit once (my first time!) and it was heavenly. \r - The butterscotch bread pudding. I love bread pudding, and this is one of the best I've ever had.\r \r Bonus: spacious (& heated!) patio. Great for people watching. Can't wait til it's patio season again! Pros: Informed staff, stellar food & bev more

very good burger 2/25/2010

We might be getting to the heavy-hitters right about now. I'm dying to go to Craigie on Main, Radius, and all the other high end restaurants in town that serve burgers. But, I'm totally aware that these are fine-dining restaurants, not burger specific eateries, and if you don't think that matters, think again. I fully expect all these ""high end"" burgers to be outstanding, my expectations are high, and I may not be so kind in my reviews, not that I have been in any way so far. Value is a huge aspect in finding the best burger, in my opinion, and spending any more than $10 is borderline pricey for something that is a food for the people, and should be affordable to all.\r Eastern Standard is just over that threshold, running $12 for lunch, or $13 should you come for dinner. We happened to be there for the awkward mid-day/late night menu, which runs from 2:30 to 5pm. Awkward because the hostesses didn't know what to do with us. The main dining area was closed off, even though it was clear people were seated there, some who arrived after us, guess we weren't important enough. So we had to choose between eating at the bar, or a side table next to the bar, we chose the latter. The table (actually two pushed together) was uncomfortable, and I assumed was better suited for a cocktail or small snack than for a main course, or perhaps a rendezvous with Mrs. Robinson. Rude hostesses aside, our waiter was terrific, very engaging and friendly, and everything was served promptly. Three burgers were ordered, a pretty straightforward offering in fact, listed only as The Standard burger, cheddar, brioche, and fries. But boy did they deliver. The burger, from the first bite to the last, was delicious, absolutely juicy, and full of flavor, not specifically beefy flavor, but flavor nonetheless, seasoned perfectly, melted cheese (for a change) and a beautiful bun. I'm not always a huge fan of brioche on a burger, too much bread usually, but this was nice and fresh, airy, and buttery, like every good brioche should be. The fries, while seasoned to perfection and completely crispy, fell just a little short. Crispy on the outside, they lacked a little on the interior, hollow even, and as Wit pointed out, tasted nothing of a potato. Burgers that weren't beefy and fries that didn't resemble a potato? Maybe, but flavor is flavor, and the Standard burger sure had it, good to the last bite and totally satisfying.\r Eastern Standard delivers a very good burger, but for $12, I almost expect a little more. But to be fair, that's not in line with their philosophy. All the dishes here are simple, classic techniques, just executed well, and I can't complain too much about that. Easily the tastiest burger I've had on my journey, but we still have a lot of burgers to go more

Average, that's all...... 9/30/2009

The only thing that stood out to me at Eastern Standard was the atmosphere. For a wednesday evening it was filled with a young professional crowd, but not to over crowded. I had no wait for a table for two on the patio. Greeted by our server within a minute of being seated, informed of the nights specials and drink order was taken, expected but not taken for granted anymore. The food was well prepared, tasty but not something that I will remember. The prices are a little high but should be expected as the Kenmore Square area clientle is BU students and young professionals living of trust funds and their parents money, not all but the majority. In my experience, the food was average but over priced. The service was above average, but in reading other reviews it appears that I was lucky. I would visit again but would probably choose to try somewhere else first. Pros: Patio, atmosphere Cons: mediocre food, pricey more

Horrible Food 8/23/2009

The food at this place is overpriced and not that good. about the only thing they know how to cook well is a burger and fries. the pasta sauce tastes like ragu and the pasta is undercooked. there is nothing special about this place. next time I will go to bertucci's or uno's and save a few dollars. Pros: near fenway Cons: the food more

Great water! 5/3/2009

Been raised in a restaurant family and have paid my dos in the industry. Anniversary late night desert & drinks ""Didn't Happen"", cocktail waitress' took 15 minutes on water, and then another 15 minutes on bringing the desert menu. So after a half an hour we left. \r at expensive prices it shouldn't be that much of a pain to get served. \r The dumb minded service you get in this town is incredible. \r \r Note to all that work in the service industry. \r ""YOU WAIT ON THE CUSTOMER THE CUSTOMER DOESN'T WAIT ON YOU"" \r \r ""IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG TRY TO MAKE IT UP TO YOUR CUSTOMER""\r \r ""IF YOU HATE YOUR JOB .......QUIT"" \r Pros: atmosphere Cons: service ONLY EXSIST IN A TIME MACHINE ! more

Eastern standard 12/3/2008

I think eastern standard is going to be one of my new spots. The best time to go is during the day, for some late afternoon drinks. The bar staff was very nice and welcoming. The bloody marys are to die for, ask for tomolives and the spicy habenero blend that they home make(but only if you like spicy because its hot. ). I asked one of the bar tenders their trick to bloody marys and he told me that they marinate veggies in the mix before it is made. The bloody marys go great with a dozen oysters. The only think i found wrong was with the calamari-way to salt(and i have ordered it more than once). All in all, it is a wonderful place to lounge with a group of people and i would certainly reccomend anyone to go there for drinks and appetizers. Pros: great ambiance Cons: more food selections needed more

Mediocre food, mediocre service, high price 5/23/2008

The food here is just not that good. The waiters were unprofessional and unfriendly. The service is was slow. But the physical space of the restaurant is pretty nice.\r \r Not worth going if you ask me. Pros: physical space of restaurant Cons: food, service, value more

Fun before the game! 5/21/2008

My husband and I live in the Fenway but we never go to this place because it always looks so crowded! We had tickets to the game and decided to try to get an outside table by going a little early. It worked! The menu was a little confusing (a HUGE selection of cocktails not organized in any way I could figure out) but our adorable waitress, Ariel, proved to be a good and friendly guide even thought by the time we started to order drinks it was very busy. My drink was delicious so I had to have two, my husband stuck to beer and loved the draft beer she selected instead of Sam. Our food came out fast and was delcious! The burgers here are outstanding and the melted cheese appetizer is delicious. Then the sox won! What more can you ask for? We will definitely be back. Pros: great service, fun atmostphere, tons of cocktails Cons: crowded, noisy more

Tops any Boston steakhouse, rather spend the money here than Grille 23 4/5/2008

I have been to Eastern Standard on 4 occasions, each visit better than the previous. Before I even mention the food, let me say that the bar is top notch-one of the best drink/beer menus in the city. I myself am a big beer fan and they have beers from all over, including the uber Delerium Tremins. As far as the food, I suggest the daily specials. Tonight I had roasted quail which is wrapped with bacon, all of which is wrapped around a perfectly cooked hard boiled egg then topped with fois gras-yes I know it sounds delicious and it is! The service is exceptional. We were greeted/served by management staff on several occurences and while the place was packed, we were told on several occasions to take our time and there was no rush. I have eaten at all the top spots in Boston including No. 9 Park, Excelsior, Prezza, The Federalist and all of the top steakhouses in the city- this remains one of my top picks for an all around excellent night out for family, friends, dates or an evening out with the guys, or the girls. Pros: Bar/Food/Service,Service,Service! Cons: Bar can get crowded more

Off tha heezy fo sheezy 2/21/2008

Started out with the Cava Rose \r Got a dozen of the duxbury oysters (sweet this time of year)\r Shared a charcuterie (made in house)\r Had a bottle of Cos Cerasuolo (amazing and affordable)\r Rib eye medium with demi glace and leeks (perfectly cooked)\r Ended with a Fig Strudel and a glass of amazing cognac (sorry i forgot the name)\r Ended up staying because the bartender and other patrons were so fun\r Capped the night off with a perfectly concocted Negroni (classic cocktails are done right here)\r Why wouldn't you go here? Pros: everything Cons: nothing more

Feels like an upscale chain 2/17/2008

Treated my younger sister to a Saturday night dinner out. We called ahead at 6:30 and were told the earliest available reservation was at 10pm. We took a risk anyways and showed up at 7pm. Bar was packed, but we ordered drinks and managed to snag 2 bar spots after about 15 mins. Ordered the lobster crepes- unique offering, and stuffed with mostly lobster chunks (a pleasant surprise since I was expecting lobster cream or something). We shared the tagliatele (w/ broccolini, mushrooms, and chicken)- it was delicious, and with homemade pasta. We also shared the monkfish, which neither of us enjoyed much. It had an enormous blob of butter on top of the fish (like 4 tablespoons size!) which I found really strange- since it was unsalted butter, it didn't add to the flavor at all- and most people who order fish are looking for a lighter entree. Service at the bar was good- at first glance we weren't expecting much since the bartenders all look very young and so we were expecting them to not be experienced, but ours kept up with us, had great food and wine suggestions (except for the monkfish) and was very pleasant. Atmosphere feels like an upscale chain. Decor feels manufactured, but is pleasant. It was very bustling and loud, which we enjoyed for a Sat night out. Though I wish the music could be heard, they had a good mix of background tunes, that you could only occasionally hear. For the price, I think I'd head elsewhere next time. But might go back if the parents were in town or if I had a big group and wanted a reservation (the place is big, so can accomdate big groups). more

Cold smoked foie gras! Burgers! Charcuterie! Awesome! 2/15/2008

The service has improved over the last year and this restaurant seems unstoppable. Even in the dead of winter this place is hoppin'. The new chef is finding a niche here and is perfecting a unique ES style. The drinks are not only some of the best in Boston but America. Pros: Valet parking, T stop location, Fenway Park, Food, Drinks, Style Cons: Busy more

drinks good 10/12/2007

the drinks and food were good but i think that the prices were a bit high for me on a\r college student type of income more

worst food in boston 10/11/2007

probably the worst restaurant ever.... your food stinks. who is the chef? has he ever cooked before? what the f!!!! I have never been so disappointed in a meal ever. my chicken was overcooked and dry, the fish was disgusting. get a chef who knows food before you are out of business... ps i am a food critic out of san francisco Pros: drinks more

Best restaurant in Boston!!!!!!! 9/15/2007

Since moving to Boston and experiencing various restaurants, we have found Eastern Standard to be the best and most reliable. It is always an enjoyable evening when you enter this restaurant. The wait staff is friendly and exceptional. Everything on the menu ranging from drinks to entrees are always reliable as the best dish or drink you could ever receive. Our favorites are the Raclette, Cod Fritters, and Calamari. We especially enjoy the bar staff who are always willing to assist with menu choices and suggestions when it comes to trying different drinks. Tom is a master of his craft! Pros: Menu and drinks more
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Editorial

  • Like a bistro on steroids, Eastern Standard provides its patrons, many of whom are well-heeled out-of-towners, with a bevy of seating options. While there's an exceptionally lengthy marble bar and...

  • 8/1/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily 7am-2am
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Diner's Club, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Kenmore, Fenway/Kenmore
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