Cambridge Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.97/5
Cambridge Brewing CompanyCambridge Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1 Kendall Sq
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-1500
United States

(617) 494-1994 | map
cambridgebrewingcompany.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
111
Ratings:
5,471
Reviews:
1,579
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
348
Reviews:
207
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
7.64%
 
 
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Ratings: 348 |  Reviews: 207
Reviews by drinksandeats:
Photo of drinksandeats
1.83/5  rDev -54.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I was a regular visitor of CBC, drawn by its excellent selection of beers they brew, including four standards and a seaonsal menu of four to five other beers. Food is good, but the food-to-price ratio is average.

However, service leaves a lot to be desired. I've been many times where service disappears mid-meal, or is lackadaisical to begin with. I do understand how busy waiting can be, but there's no excuse for customers to have empty beer glasses while the waittress chats on end with a coworker. The last straw was this weekend, when my party was promptly seated on a not-so-busy afternoon, waited five minutes before hailing the hostess to track down a waiter for us (perhaps one of the ones chatting nearby) and then leaving five minutes later without so much as a "I'm sorry about the wait, I'll be right with you" from anybody. Given the many excellent places to enjoy beer in the Boston area, I will certainly not return to CBC again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of cd34
4.1/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Dope
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Decided to try this place out after Lord Hobo was closed (didn't realize they don't open till 4PM on the weekdays). Nice place tucked away well away from the street. Tons of outdoor seating which was nice on a summer's day. Selection was fairly sparse, maybe a dozen choices with one cask selection. Beer was good, wait staff was attentive and friendly. Really can't complain.

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Photo of HurryItsJacob
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Photo of NextJen
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Act25
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Every thing you'd want in a brewery next door to MIT. Must see. Beantown stout and all their fragrant pale ales FLY!
Try their extensive menu and enjoy the brainy university crowd. A bit of heaven. I'll always return here. Spacious bar.

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Photo of Stephenmheadley
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Love this place, perfect spot to start an evening out on a Friday.

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Photo of sbuchert
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of lfrancisco
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of fitzy84
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Went here for my birthday over the weekend. The space is in this mixed space building area next too a BBQ restaurant, offices, and the Friendly Toast. The space itself is pretty small relatively. Some tables in the front, a bar area, and tables in the back. Although my party and me were able to be seated quickly on a Saturday night, the small space made the entire restaurant and bar area quite loud.

The bar menu seemed to have over a dozen CBC beers offered with a medium-sized bar menu. I had the 4 sampler flight that offered the Great Pumpkin Ale, Soleil Couchant, Commissioner Gordon, and Brett Sematary. I also had the BBQ bacon cheeseburger, which had an excellent BBQ sauce flavored with their pale ale. Our server was prompt, polite, and knowledgeable.

Overall, I enjoyed this space despite its tight quarters.

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Photo of Prost76
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of flek
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of kdevilliers
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of dwagner003
4.14/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice little spot with great saisons and an amazing Flanders. Food looked good (didn't eat). Solid brews and nice folks. Underrated.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I've been on here on multiple occasions that attract different vibes. I don't think this place ever gets that tense I need this beer vibe, but it will get crowded at some of the big events. Most of the time, it's pretty chill, especially when the patio is open and people can spread out more through the space. It's a comfortable place to go. I would rate the quality of the beer to be higher than the quality of the food and the quality overall somewhere between. The service is good and attentive, though at those big festivals, they can understandably be over-stretched. The selection for both beer and food is good. You have a great mixture of dark and light, lagers and ales, hoppy, sour, and farmhouse. It's ever-evolving and CBC probably has the best portfolio in terms of breadth in the state. The food likewise offers you appetizers, salads, soups, seafood, heartier entrees, pizza, and burgers. There's something for everyone. Some of the food is average but others are phenomenal.

Overall, CBC is one of the best breweries to visit in the state.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Doublicious
4.06/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

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Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,471 ratings.
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