Eastern Standard

Cocktail Bar / Lounge / Restaurant
Eastern Standard With a sophistication that belies its position just outside the Kenmore train station, Eastern Standard is an upscale restaurant whose high-energy atmosphere, innovative cocktails, and delicious food pairings attract a diverse... Boston United States 42.348736 -71.096224
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Eastern Standard - Cocktail Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.
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Party Earth Review With a sophistication that belies its position just outside the Kenmore train station, Eastern Standard is an upscale restaurant whose high-energy atmosphere, innovative cocktails, and delicious food pairings attract a... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 7am–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Eastern Standard Review

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With a sophistication that belies its position just outside the Kenmore train station, Eastern Standard is an upscale restaurant whose high-energy atmosphere, innovative cocktails, and delicious food pairings attract a diverse...

With a sophistication that belies its position just outside the Kenmore train station, Eastern Standard is an upscale restaurant whose high-energy atmosphere, innovative cocktails, and delicious food pairings attract a diverse crowd of well-dressed business professionals, groups of girlfriends, college faculty, and travelers.

Colleagues relaxing over after-work drinks gather at the long marble bar to chat with the regulars or watch a game on the flat-screen TVs, while flirty groups and couples congregate in the cozy lounge beneath a portrait of Ann Corio, a popular 1940s burlesque dancer known for her love of high society.

A low wall lined with red lamps separates the bar from the dining room, where hungry patrons fill the candlelit tables and tufted red leather booths. More private settings are available in a small by stylish anteroom with a single communal table, while French doors leads patrons to the popular outdoor patio, perfect for people-watching among the other trendy diners.

A lively place for drinks and dinner before heading to late-night spots, Eastern Standard offers its debonair clientele an enchanting evening of innovative food, good conversation, and an easygoing atmosphere.

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Tip from Adriana:

Best way to start a girls’ night out is with some charcuterie and a round of Eastern Standard’s Blueberry Thrills cocktails – that’s Gale Force gin infused with blueberries. Delicious!

  • Crowd

    Business people, groups of women, faculty and grad students from local colleges, creative young professionals, and tourists, mid-20s to late 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Occasional special events including Boston’s Restaurant Week and the Chef’s Collaborative, a non-profit network that fosters food sustainability. Occasional DJs. Twitter: @ESKDboston.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night menus of European-American cuisine, including chicken cordon bleu, pumpkin ravioli, and foie gras. Dinner reservations necessary.

  • Prices

    Brunch $2–$15, appetizers $8–$14, sandwiches and salads $8–$22, entrées $8–$34, desserts $8. Beer $5–$17, wine $8–$16/glass or $25–$175/bottle, cocktails $6–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual to dressy: suits to jeans with polos or button-downs for men, and dresses to jeans with nice tops for women.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any time for a meal, though Friday and Saturday nights bring in the larger dinner crowds and Sunday afternoons see a good showing for brunch.

  • Close By

    Elephant Walk (900 Beacon Street) gets a similar crowd and serves French and Cambodian food.

Eastern Standard User Reviews

Average rating:
Raw is right
Eleanor L. Feb 20, 2013
The Eastern Standard is a bright spot for Boston--a city hopelessly devoted to chain restaurants, fads that peaked five years ago, and theme dining. The highlights of the cavernous spot are the raw bar and the cocktails. Really, you could make a meal out of just these two elements and ignore the menu, which would be just fine. The bartenders are the stars here, creating artisanal drinks from high quality ingredients. If you've got questions, the waitstaff will answer them. And, in fact, I encourage you to have questions, because when you see a drink called Metamorphosis which is described as "A Czech's bee's knees, transformative bitters with lemon and honey," and you don't have a question or two, you're not asking enough of life in general. After you've eaten your weight in raw bits and drank things only Seuss could have dreamed up, you might be tempted to sample the rest of the fare. You won't be disappointed, but you might not be wowed either. It is heavy, standard food, which leans on decadence to make up for what it lacks in actual interest. There's your chicken, and your steak, and a burger. All of it is serviceable, but also far from memorable. Their offal dishes tend to stand out among the rest, but really, who isn't doing offal these days? Stick to cocktails and raw things and leave light and happy, I say.
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