Cambridge Common

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BA SCORE
88
very good

49 Reviews
Cambridge CommonCambridge Common
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1667 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138-1807
United States

(617) 547-1228 | map
cambridgecommonrestaurant.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
88
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
63
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.54%
 
 
Taps:
31
Bottles/Cans:
15
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 63
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Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Todd
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Shellynix
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of jtk21351
3.9/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of scxcrunner
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of brunop
4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

i love this place. great prices for cambridge/boston area, honest pours, and friendly bartenders. good rotating taps and cask selections. pretty good to very good bar food. one of my main locals.

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Photo of DavidSomers
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of twosheds
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

I often think of this place when I am in Cambridge and want great beer and decent bar food at a reasonable price. I have been here many times and have always had good experiences.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sellen
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of dubdrop
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of thesarahfuller
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tegelaar
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CliffBrake
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of gfreed
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went here for the post EBF brunch. It was PACKED when we got there. We had some friends that live in town that went with us and they said how going to Cambrige for brunch has become a trendy thing to do in the Boston area. How quaint. Nice set up with a decent sized bar and a seperate dining area. I had the corned beef hash and I was happy with my meal. In fact everyone in our group was happy. The tap list was excellent but the bottle list this day was even better. Got a black tuesday and a le blue. The service was a little bit slow but as I said it was packed so they were doing the best they could. I would stop by again perhaps even for brunch.

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Photo of celeriac
2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

I have to start with the food, because this is the real disaster for me. Stopped in for a few beers last night, and wound up ordering a burger as well, despite mediocre past experiences with CC and their other place in Porter, Christophers. My burger arrived thin, gray and very dry. The patty was utterly devoid of any beef flavor, juice or fat. it was totally overwhelmed by a too-large, dry, slightly stale and cool bun. The burger had all the taste and appeal of a high-school cafeteria lunch. The cheese was the wrong variety (requested American, got cheddar), the rabbit food (lettuce/tomato/onion) fairly pallid. The only saving graces were decent homemade pickle slices and food service-grade curly fries that were competently fried.

The beer selection varies from solid to very good, depending on the rotating taps. The atmosphere is lacking -- very generic decor. The service, at least at the bar, was very uneven. One of the three bartenders was lovely and attentive, while I had to aggressively wave down the other two when I wanted something.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Decided to visit here for the post-EBF brunch (2/21/10) with schen9303 and capra12.

First thing that struck me when I walked in was that this is the local college brew pub. Being a huge college town, Cambridge and nearby Boston are populated by undergraduates and I'd imagine that has got to be the place to be. Great design, atmosphere, and very well kept.

Quality of the food and the beer was excellent. I'm not quite sure how old this place is but renovations seemed to keep everything new and spic and spam.

Service was excellent. Our waitress was very attentive, knew her beer, made good recommendations, and above all, was timely and courteous with her service. Couldn't complain about anything. It was busy very busy throughout the brunch though.

Selection was decent. Given that this was the day after EBF and a number of EBF pre-celebrations, a number of rarities (including LeBleu and Black Tuesday!) were on deck. However, normally, they keep a rotating set of taps as well as a respectable bottle selection and a number of vintages.

I had the Cambridge half-pound burger and it was utterly fantastic. This has to be one of the best burgers that I've ever had at a brew pub or anywhere else!! Absolutely delicious. Also, judging from my friend's reactions, they both seemed to be more than pleased with their selections.

Given that this place is located in a college town, the prices are very affordable. About $5-$6 for a pint and $10 for a half-pound burger with the works. Can't get a better deal than that!!

Overall, Cambridge Commons comes highly recommended. One of the best and liveliest places that I've been to with great beer and great food. You really can't go wrong with this choice. Well worth the visit!!

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Cambridge Common in Cambridge, MA
3.9 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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