Meadhall

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

49 Reviews
MeadhallMeadhall
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(617) 714-4372 | map
themeadhall.com

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Added by Jason on 04-27-2011

PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
122
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
7.32%
 
 
Taps:
112
Bottles/Cans:
14
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 122
Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Summary: The idea is good, but the execution may be spotty. Might be worth it to wait for the problems to be ironed out.

I am so fortunate when I visit my colleagues in Boston. They are always looking for places that will be gastronomically interesting. I was excited when, a few days before my trip, I was told that they found a new gastropub in the Boston area. The idea sounded great. Good food, lots of under appreciated micros, and Cambridge location. Unfortunately, the distance between concept and reality was a bit wider than I would have liked.

Meadhall has a vibe fitting for the Cambridge area, light, open, industrial, very new, and a bit on the 30 something meeting place loud side. The selection of taps would be outstanding if everything on the menu was available. Thirteen of the 95 beers were gone with no backup. This might be a small gripe, but many of the top notch beer bars I've been to always have something on deck. Despite this, there were plenty remaining to choose from, all of which (save a few) were worth trying.

Service was also something that needs to be smoothed out. The wait for a beer was a bit long and the server had very little information about what was available. The food was very well prepared but, like the beer, was a bit on the pricey side. Pours ranged from a pint to 12 oz, depending on the ABV and prices were typically 6 or 7 per pour. Despite all this, the place is worth a return due to its decent selection and well prepared food. It will have to be in the budget, however.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of jophish17
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of fitzy84
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of kffoster40
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dwagner003
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Beric
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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?

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of GarrettGus
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of J1moyer
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Really nice place in Cambridge. I came for the Pre Kickoff Party for Extreme Beer Fest.

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Photo of Bruce5
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of katsumi27
5/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Oidmoe
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of jtk21351
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

Photo of scxcrunner
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of bostonbeans
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Marvin
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Stumbled across this place walking back to the T from Cambridge Brewing. This is a must stop!! We did not eat but the beer selection was great!

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Photo of MotherofMimi
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of lambpasty
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of OleDixie
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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Meadhall in Cambridge, MA
4.1 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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