Bar, Eatery

4 Cambridge Ctr
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02142-1406
United States

(617) 714-4372 | map

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cratez from Canada

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

What I had: Pretty Things Jack D’Or, Allagash Black, and Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA on tap, a few white wines for my girlfriend.
What I liked: Attractive, winding bar, nice cosmopolitan vibe, incredible draught list, efficient bartender made good recommendations, all beers are served in their proper, branded glassware, decent prices.
What I disliked: They’re a little fanatical about last call as they literally took our drinks away a few minutes after 1am. Not sure what that’s all about. Aside from that we really enjoyed our time here.
Would I go back? Yes. We didn’t get to try any food but it was clear from our visit that Meadhall is a first class bar.
Overall Rating: 88

Jan 29, 2020
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Hella selection on tap. Bartenders are friendly. Overall a great place with high ceilings and a happy feel. I recommend the Pretzel (All 3 varieties are out of this world!)

Mar 28, 2018
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Ran into this place by accident while on a trip to Boston. Impressive selection, 100 taps. Nice atmosphere, clean and quiet for the most part. Bartenders seemed to know their wares quite well which was nice. Only real downside is that the really desirable beers on the menu were all sold out. Literally the top 3 I wanted were sold out despite being displayed on the board. Perhaps an unfortunate coincidence but a disappointing one nonetheless.

Jul 10, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

An enormous section of beers. Huge bar, lots of space. Food is ok, but nothing special. They do get a fair amount of specialty brews. If you're heading to Cambridge Brewing Company, you should swing by.

Mar 17, 2017
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SiepJones from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for dinner while in town for EBF. Great atmosphere on a Saturday night. Meadhall is so spacious that it is busy but doesn't feel crowded. They have a very cool bar that is horseshoe shaped with taps in both sides. Our waitress was great. She was responsible for several tables in our section but was very friendly and attentive. Meadhall has a extensive beer list. One that you cannot find online, so you just have to go. They give you a menu but there is also a giant chalkboard on the wall, and I mean giant. It's kind of daunting. I kept mentally checking off beers I wanted to try but ultimately never ordered. The menu is what I would consider a classic Gastropub menu, a little bit of everything. I had the Pork Chop Schnitzel which was great. Others in my party ordered various items, burgers, meatloaf, pork sliders and everyone was very happy with their orders. Overall Meadhall is a place I would recommend to the beer fan who is looking to hang out for a drink or to sit down for a meal.

Feb 08, 2017
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Went here on my birthday over the weekend. Meadhall is located conveniently near Kendall Square off the Red Line. When you enter the rotating door, you are greeted by a huge circular bar surrounded by glass windows. The bar/restaurant had tables by those windows, near the kitchen area, and on a second flood location with plenty of seating by the bar. I really liked the open feel thanks to the large windows; it helped the bar/restaurant seem more open and bright.

I was immediately overwhelmed by the huge tap list. About 100 taps that the bartender told me rotates regularly. The bar was heavily staffed so I not only felt well attended to, but I struck up good conversations with several different bartenders. I had four beers such as Allagash, Revival, Lamplighter, and Lexington Brewing. I also had their poutine dish as a small dish meal, but it was so hearty and decadent, I felt as if it was a large entree.

Overall, this was a fantastic spot to spend on my birthday. Great service, open atmosphere, incredible tap selection, and really good food.

Nov 07, 2016
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Sammy from Canada

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

a tremendous 100 tap selection. beers served at right unobtrusive carbonation. the culture however is pints or small samples, not ideal for beer nerds.

Aug 24, 2016
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kffoster40 from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

A great spot for beer... They have a ton of options on tap and even more in bottles. They don't tend to have a ton of the rare stuff (although they did have Parabola on tap once), but if you're looking for a solid bar with options no matter what you're in the mood for this is the place. The space is cool but can get really crowded and doesn't have that small bar feel. The food is just ok, although the perogis are a fav. Wish they published the beer list somewhere online so you can see what's on tap at any given time but they don't.

Jun 12, 2016
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Beric from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Vibe: A bit too dark at night, sometimes, but otherwise good. Quite enough to talk comfortably to people at your table but not quiet enough to be weird. Love the heavy bar. The taps are beautiful.

Quality: They try to serve beer in its branded glassware, which is great. Prices are fair for the area, though can be high considering they sometimes give 10 or 12oz pours depending on the style and ABV.

Service: Sometimes you're stuck waiting for longer than you would expect, especially if you're just getting a few brews. Wait staff sometimes impatient considering they have a gazillion options to pour through.

Selection: They have a million taps, what more to say?

Mar 31, 2016
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

What you'd expect from a beer hall that has 100 taps. Pretty solid selection with lots to choose from but the atmosphere was pretty boring and predictable. Service was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable.
A short enough walk from Lord Hobo.

Mar 14, 2016
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Bruce5 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Great location and an extensive selection of beer. Unfortunately the place is always packed which impacts the service and the food doesn't meet the standards set by the beer. If you are a beer lover take 5 more minutes and walk to Lord Hobo.

Jan 06, 2016
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scxcrunner from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

really great atmosphere with an infinite amount of offerings. the bar is huge which makes service a bit slow and little frustrating at times. Food is a little strange but they have taken steps to make it better in the last year or so. I would go here a lot more if they had a website with an updated tap list.

Dec 06, 2015
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jakecattleco from California

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went on the recommendation of a colleague. Beer selection was fantastic, food options looked diverse (had the chicken panini). Prices were reasonable, just wished I wasn't always looking for/or waiting for the bartender's attention. It was lunch hour, but that's still no excuse. Would revisit and hope for better wait service.

Aug 20, 2015
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MotherofMimi from Massachusetts

4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

If you work in the city and love good beer, this is a great place to unwind and try a great beer! They have so many options and the food is awesome too! Right in the heart of Kendall square its so much fun here!

Jul 25, 2015
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jt2488 from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This place is hip. Lots of plaid shirts and undercuts, however, this is Cambridge 2015. Meadhall cannot be beat, great service and arguably the best craft beer selection that side of the river with lots of local brews on rotating taps. Very tasty bar food including a surprisingly delicious bratwurst and spaetzle.

Mar 30, 2015
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richcinct from Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of the better craft beer bars in Cambridge. Over 100+ beers on tap I am always pleased that they continue to serve fresh beer. They sometimes offer discounted beers...which is how I suspect they move the slow movers in a category and keep the beer fresh.

The food is good with a lite fair menu before 5 PM and a full menu from 5-9 PM. They make a great burger, and the beef tartar (raw ground beef served with bread and onions) is not something you find at most bars..!

There is an upstairs that is good for private parties.

Jul 27, 2014
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I stopped here with family to have beers and dinner. Until our table reservation was ready we sat at the bar. Impressive! Over 100 taps with very good brewery selections for American craft beers as well as good imports. The bartenders had good knowledge about every beer that we asked about, and with this many taps that is very appreciated. I Don't typically like the vibe in a place with high ceilings like they have here, but I discovered when walking upstairs that there is a different vibe in the mezzanine area that would be more cozy.

The beers that we had were all fresh tasting, so regardless of the number of taps and what could have the potential to be some slow movers among the group to cause some old beers, that does not seem to be the situation here.

Our food selections were very tasty, so kudos to the kitchen folks too. When we're back in town to visit family again we'll definitely stop to enjoy the outstanding selection of beers here.

Jun 19, 2014
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ErinSully from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

The selection at Meadhall is impressive, and their draft list is well ordered and usually up to date. Over my many visits I've determined that the service is mixed (on a Tuesday evening you're fine--Thursday and Friday is a totally different story, assuming you can even find a place to stand). Some of the food is great, especially the buffalo shrimp. I've found that their specials are often pretty spot on.

The biggest complaints I have with this place is the noise--the high ceilings seem to amplify the chatter--and their laziness. Specially in regards to their website, which is nonexistent. They should have a draft list updated at least weekly, and it's ridiculous they don't put in the effort.

May 15, 2014
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SebD from Canada

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Atmosphere: This place is very inviting. It has an open concept with a second level overlooking the bar. There was great music playing while I was there . All the beers are listed on a black board on the side wall of the bar and are also included in the menu.

Service: The waitress we had was knowledgeable and provided us with good service all afternoon

Selection: This bar offers a very great selection of American brews of tap with several great Belgian beer available in bottles. The tap selection included 100+ beers including some one-offs and seasonal's. Solid line-up.

Food and value: The Sandwich I had was very good and the prices were very reasonable. As for the beer, the prices were very average. This is definitely a good place to visit if you're in Boston and looking to grab something to eat and have a few good beers.

Apr 12, 2014
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stopped here walking around Boston pre-Extreme Beerfest. Overall, had an enjoyable afternoon trying a variety of beer.

The place had a large number of taps, including imported items (mainly Belgians as I recall). The offerings were of good quality, not all flagships, necessarily. That said, there wasn't as much new to me as I might expect. Although I am partially to blame for having tried a fair amount of different beer, another reason is that they seemed to have more major producers than smaller (even local) brewers. So they get quality at cost of selection, in my mind.

Another downer on selection is no "taster pours"; note, you can get a taste of anything for free, as should be, but if you wanted to widen your breadth of pours at a place with a huge selection, there wasn't an option without $$ and BAC coming into play.

We aren't hard to please, the service wasn't right on top of it all, but it was far from slow. We got more attention as the lunch crowd left and we started talking with the bartender about options.

I spent a lot if time in this review almost contradicting my ratings. We did thoroughly enjoy our trip to this bar. I mainly tried to point out how it didn't exceed (vs meet) expectations.

Mar 23, 2014
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crc1935 from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A - large beer hall. decor is to the point and a propos of why you go there. large central bar with enormous tap line. sit down areas fill the remaining space.

Q - brews were all above average to excellent.

S - wait staff was very knowledgeable of beer selection and food.

S - selection was outstanding. offered unusual beers from craft brewers that are not typically seen in beer stores or other restaurants/bars (ie - Ommegang's Sickle and Scythe).

F - in context of bar food, the food was excellent. in the context of a traditional restaurant the food was above average.

V - good value - two people eating lunch and three beers came to $40. Would come back multiple times.

Nov 05, 2013
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mynie from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Fun Fact: I don't recall there being any mead.

Fun Fact #2: Beers in Boston are a lot more expensive than I'm used to.

Fun Fact #3: They had a giant selection that was posted on a descriptive, obsessively updated list. The beers were all pricey but that's really my only complaint. There were 2-3 beers for every mood along with a healthy selection of rare and one-off taps.

Fun Fact #4: The service was nice and the atmosphere was nice like an expensive loft apartment-high ceilings, big open widows, well-dressed professionals on their way to and from nice-paying jobs.

Oct 24, 2013
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ipahophead from Texas

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Excellent selection of brews; very impressive that each one we ordered was served in appropriate type (and logo-branded) glassware. Food was reasonable but nothing amazing; a bit pricy.

We went on a Friday night; it was beyond amazingly loud -- almost like a dance club. Huge lines; no ability to get a beer at the bar as the bartenders were all too busy. Once we got a table after a short wait things were much better. Attentive service, especially given the crush of people.

I would not return during an expected busy period; just too loud. I'd like to go back when it would be quieter.

Sep 21, 2013
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thlayli87 from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Excellent selection with over 100 beers on tap. The atmosphere is pleasant and very open, with high ceilings and lots of windows. There are not many TV's for watching sports. The bartenders and the wait staff are friendly and do a good job. Unfortunately, the food is very lacking. The menu is pretty small and most of the food isn't good. I hear the burger is decent, but everything else is mediocre to poor. I had the wings which were pretty average, and the hummus plate, which was ok but didn't seem that fresh. The pork sliders were lousy, very dried out and the meat was hard around the edges. All things considered, go for the beer, but eat before you go. If you must get something, stick with the appetizers.

Sep 11, 2013
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risa83 from Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I love and adore this place. I tend to go there for lunch at least one day a week. My company just moved into the same building where this spot is located so now I go there all the time for after work drinks. The service has always been amazing and the selection offers something for everyone. I feel very lucky to work so close to this gem.

Jul 16, 2013
Meadhall in Cambridge, MA
Place rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 126 ratings