Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

12 Reviews
Eastern Standard Kitchen & DrinksEastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02215-2606
United States

(617) 532-9100 | map
www.easternstandardboston.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2006

PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
36
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
3.6%
 
 
Taps:
4
Bottles/Cans:
65
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 36
Reviews by pizzahead:
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3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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 TBonez477
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Shellynix
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of GarrettGus
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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 -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of Resuin
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of RKing44
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of vonnerbeer
4.63/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of StrayteEDGE
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

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 +13.9%

Photo of etmur007
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jt2488
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks in Boston, MA
4.17 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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