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Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks

Not Rated.
Eastern Standard Kitchen & DrinksEastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks

12 Reviews
Reviews: 12
Visits: 32
Avg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: 4
Bottles: 65
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02215-2606
United States
phone: (617) 532-9100

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @eskdboston

Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2006

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Reviews: 12 | Visits: 32
Reviews by pizzahead:
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3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This restaurant is about a year old, located in Kenmore Sq. in the Hotel Commonwealth where the Rat (punk club) used to be. Bar is on the left running the length of the place when you walk in, table seating is on the right and the place has ample outdoor seating. Huge ceilings, bistro feel, often w/ Jazz in the background, but i did notice Pinkerton playing one night. Mirrors, wood, leather, and the huge ceiling make this a very comfortable place.

Service from waiters has been spotty at best, but the bartenders are some of the best in Boston, a couple classically trained at the B-Side in Cambridge. Grab a seat at the bar if at all possible.

Tap selection is decent, but limited. Two sets of the same 4-5 taps: Anchor Steam, Czechvar, Miller Lite, Sam or Harpoon, maybe Bass or Guinness recently. The bottle selection is pretty respectable for a trendy restaurant. De Ranke XX, some Unibroue, a couple Sams, DuPont, Allagash, Cisco, some British brews. Might be a bit overpriced, but it is a trendy restaurant.

Food is good, but pricey. ES might have the best burger in Boston. Juicy and hot patty, the bun is toasted, with lots of butter. And great fries. 13 bucks. But try it. Other food hightlights: pork chop was tasty and tender, cheese plate is interesting. They sport a raw bar, much like Great Bay down the street.

Overall, an ok beer place. Its a good place for a date, if you want to have a good brew selection and really impress the lady at the same time. GREAT drink menu (again, some B-Side favorites pop up). Hit the bar, grab a burger, and see what a great atmosphere feels like.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeoClassicist
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Some of the best food around (even more so considering you're at the crossroads of BU and Fenway's sports bars). Recalls 1920s era without feeling too forced or kitsch. Service is attentive and informed.

Selection of drinks is small but of high quality, and when you pair your drink with the food, that's where the magic happens.

Always worth a visit when the wallet allows.

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Photo of bostonbeans
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Just at the bar before a Red Sox game. Not much for draft selections BUT many many foreign and domestic choices. A VERY knowledgable bar tender who gave me info on many beer labels I'd never heard of. PLUS one of the better Calamari's I've had. I've been there before and never been disappointed.

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3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of RKing44
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of vonnerbeer
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

I prefer this place to the nearby Island Creek Oyster Bar. The food is very good if a bit funky. The beer selection was surprisingly diverse.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

We went to dinner here on a recent visit to Boston. Seated at 5PM on a busy Saturday night. I thought it had a typical Boston feel to it: large, open, and noisy (even at an early hour).
Four beers on tap. I had an Anchor Steam, and my kids had DFH Pumkin. Limited selection, but nice choices.
The food was outstanding. Our table enjoyed a ribeye steak, a flatiron steak (the nightly special), a cheeseburger, and rigatoni with lamb sausage. Nobody had any complaints. I wanted my ribeye very rare, and that's how it came. I think most restaurants have a difficult time making steaks that rare, and this restaurant cooked it perfectly for me.
Our waitperson was very good.
This is a place I would go back to, mostly for the food, but also for a small but excellent draft beer selection.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Visited last night before the Red Sox game with a group of work associates. Needless to say, it was very crowded and very loud. The place has a turn of the 20th Century, upscale hotel feel to it. Stood by the bar until I ordered appetizers, at which point the bartender said we'd have no place to put them. In the next 15 minutes, or so, he saved a seat at the bar for our food. On top of this, none of the bartenders seemed rushed or harried. Despite the crowd, no problem getting drinks and food. Quality of the food and drinks were outstanding (save a few Big Brewery standards) although the draft selection was very limited. Any place that serves tartar and offal better be making it fresh. Both were excellent. The two biggest minuses were the limited draft selection and the prices, which I felt were on the high side. Would I go back? Not sure. For a first visit, it was great. I want a place with an extensive draft selection, though. With three appetizers and two and a half rounds of drinks, the bill was over $100. Yes, the food and drinks were good, but I thought it was a bit much (strike 2). So, if I'm OK with the very good bottled beer, and don't mind paying a bit for food, I'll go again. Otherwise, the Sunset Grill or someplace new.

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Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks in Boston, MA
92 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.