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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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Reviews by msolar:
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msolar

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

This is one of our favorite spots to meet up with friends. Good food, great beer selection, and it’s pretty easy for everyone to get to (just allocate 20+ min to find parking). Seating has usually been pretty easy, and they can accommodate larger groups of people well.

However, the last couple times we’ve been there the service has been disappointing. It’s been very slow and we’ve never maintained the same waiter/waitress throughout the course of a meal. Needless to say, we’d find ourselves having to repeat orders, go to the bar for beers, and spend more time than necessary waiting.

We’ll be back for all it’s pro’s, but not unless we’ve had some snacks and are in no rush whatsoever.

09-20-2006 14:08:22 | More by msolar
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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%

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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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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

Lunch and brews on a Wednesday afternoon. Located in Porter square, this place was a struggle to find at first since the giant letters were missing from the exterior. After breathing a sigh of relief to find out that they hadn't moved and that they were open for business, our spirits lifted.

The establishment unfolds into an open layout past the entrance; booths and tables to the left and right divided by the horshoe bar directly in front. On a mid-Wednesday afternoon, tables/booths were barely occupied.

Selection was reminiscent of an Eli Cannon's (Middletown, CT) or Strange Brew (Manchester, NH) in terms of 'decent' quality brews with about 20 taps, 30 bottles, and 1 firkin. The tap menu is interesting as they have a rotating daily (?) IPA, and they offer specials on samplers. I enjoyed a Rogue Yellow Snow (tap) in addition to a bartender's choice sampler (4, 5 oz samples) that included: Flower Power (cask), Double Bag, Troegs Sunshine Pils, and a Farmer Brown. An enjoyable selection, but nothing too exciting in terms of quality.

Our server was scattered, but prompt with drinks and food. Points off for clearly not knowing much about beer when he had to go back twice to the bar to remember which brews were in the sampler that he had just delivered.

Food was pretty average pub fare. The cajun chicken sandwich had some flavor, but it looked as if it had just been defrosted with little effort put forth to craft the meal.

Overall, prices are reasonable as long as you steer clear of the bottled selection. I understand the need to mark up bottles in restaurants, but one look at the bottled menu will make you want to study the taps a little more closely.

04-24-2010 00:52:57 | More by NEhophead
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Cambridge Common in Cambridge, MA
88 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.