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Cambridge Common

Cambridge CommonCambridge Common

Taps: 31 / Bottles: 15
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
88
very good

52 Ratings
Ratings: 52
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

1667 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138-1807
United States
phone: (617) 547-1228

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Jason

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Tucked in-between Porter and Harvard squares the Cambridge Common sees more locals and students that appreciate good food and a diverse selection of beer. They have beer hosting beers dinners which is a major plus in my book and they always seem to have something different on tap … more times than others it is a local one from the North East or Mid-Atlantic. Berkshire, Lake Placid and etc.

A solid pub/bar feel. The service is on top of their game and the food aims more towards home cooking rather than the usual mundane pub grub seen everywhere around Boston. Bands play downstairs in the Lizard Lounge to further the entertainment.

06-05-2007 04:59:55 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Since my move to Harvard Square, CC has become one of my locals. 24 beers on tap, and a selection of bottles, the majority of which are craft brews with many of them being local (they have some typical swill beers, too, but you have to pay the bills, I guess). Drafts might include: Cambridge Brewing, Brooklyn, Magic Hat, Watch City, Smutty, Anderson Valley, Victory, Stone, etc ... plus rotating specials. The selection is always moving, and all are on the menu and with highlights of the specials. Prices are very reasonable, and the beer is fresh. My one beef is that they always serve the beer in chilled American pint glasses. So you either have to ask for a non-chilled glass or wait for your beer to warm up. Sometimes you'll get stadium pours, too ... but I'm sure only beer enthusiasts are going to complain about this. ;-)

Atmosphere is a bit dark, which I like. Crowd is a bit older, which I like, too. Food is a step above most pubs. I dig their sweet potato chips, burgers and signature meat loaf. Service is always attentive and friendly.

Cambridge Common is located smack between the Harvard and Porter T-stops, so either way you'll have about a 10 min walk, but it's worth it. Just remember to ask ahead of time for non-chilled pint glasses and you'll easily enjoy this place. Good brews. Good food. Good people ...and they support local beer, which is good, too. With a bit more care for the beer ... this place could graduate past good and become great. In the meantime, A+ for their effort.

03-22-2004 16:23:41 | More by Todd
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thesarahfuller

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-25-2014 00:58:11 | More by thesarahfuller
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-03-2014 02:36:25 | More by jwps214
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tegelaar

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-29-2014 06:15:47 | More by tegelaar
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seanchai

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-31-2013 10:40:44 | More by seanchai
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Eriogonum

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-10-2013 14:29:04 | More by Eriogonum
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

This is a regular lunch spot for me when I am in Cambridge. The burgers are awesome and quite reasonably priced. Try the sweet potato fries. The salads are very good as well - fresh, imaginative and tasty.

Beer selection has many standby options, a good mix of locals, regionals, and national craft selections, with a few standby imports (how can a good Boston bar not have Guinness?) There are about 30 taps and one beer one cask.

Service is friendly and efficient. The atmosphere is nothing terribly distinctive - just comfortable, clean and inviting.

Highly recommended.

02-04-2012 23:20:03 | More by CliffBrake
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glid02

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Stopped in here for a late night drink or two during a recent visit.

Atmosphere is OK. It's a pretty run-of-the-mill place, somewhat similar to a sports bar but not quite with the wings-and-BMC crowd. A large horseshoe bar sits in the center of the place with tables all around. TVs are pretty easy to find.

Quality is also OK. the beer was served at the proper temperature but some of the pours didn't have quite as much head as they should have and the glassware was pretty standard.

Service was good. We didn't have to wait long with empty glasses and the bartender knew the styles fairly well.

Selection was also good. There wasn't anything ridiculous on-tap but there were quite a few local options.

Value is good and par for the course in the Boston area.

Overall I wouldn't go out of my way to come back to this place but if I'm in the area I certainly wouldn't object.

08-16-2011 00:31:43 | More by glid02
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

Worth the walk from Harvard Square on a hot summer afternoon, your best bet is a seat at the bar where it seems the air conditioning is strongest and the view of the entire restaurant is best. Not only that, you might stand a chance of avoiding one of the three zillion televisions that adorn the walls. CC always has a wide variety of taps and, although they seem to lean slightly in favor of hoppy beer, study the list closely and you'll always find something to like. A big plus is that they seem to make an effort to have one or two lagers on tap at all times-- that always adds points. The staff know the beer, they serve it in the proper glasses and you can even get a 12oz glass for most draft selections. The bottle list is not anything special, plus it's overpriced. Stick to the taps. The food is decent but not stunning and is not the main reason to visit.

06-07-2010 21:55:00 | More by gfreed
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Cambridge Common in Cambridge, MA
88 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.