HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >
What have you made lately? Tell us about it

Best bar to eat dinner @

skidstop May 17, 2007 08:45 AM

I am looking for a new place to have dinner at the bar tonight in the cambridge / boston are. Good service and cocktails would be nice. Looking for 70$ ahead or less. Any sugestions?

  1. j
    jjbourgeois May 21, 2007 05:44 PM

    I've always enjoyed the bar at Harvest in Cambridge. You can order off both the bar menu and the restaurant menu. The bar at the Langham also is nice, good cocktails, good bar and restaurant menu available. Friday nights seem to be very quiet there, but always a good time.

    1. kittychow May 21, 2007 01:10 PM

      Where did you end up? Would love to know where and how is it was.

      1 Reply
      1. re: kittychow
        phatchris May 21, 2007 01:22 PM

        I'm a big fan of the bar at Lucca, nice menu with pizzas, sandwiches, and pastas.

      2. a
        ameria May 17, 2007 04:45 PM

        central kitchen- great food and while getting a table can be an issue, there's usually something at the bar.
        rendez-vous- i like eating at the bar... though the menu is the same as the diningroom (same goes for central kitchen), so not so cheap. the apps can make a meal and are really amazing.
        chez henri- yummy bar menu..though difficult (but not impossible) to get a seat after 6.
        gargoyles- fine. not great. fun enough atmosphere and okay food.
        om- going down hill...both in terms of atmosphere and food (gave it another shot after my last unpleasant incident... and while the atmosphere was more chill, the food was way too salty!).
        east coast grill- it's lively and delicious!

        1. m
          Mr.Og May 17, 2007 02:23 PM

          I always enjoy a bar meal at the ECG (which I migh add, has been taking a beating on the board today). Mussels, grilled bread, a couple wet bones and a few dark and stromy's to wash 'em down (maybe the tuna tartare too). You'll notice no mention of an entree, much below you $70 to boot.

          3 Replies
          1. re: Mr.Og
            skidstop May 17, 2007 02:31 PM

            prezza it is thanks kids

            1. re: skidstop
              drewames03 May 17, 2007 02:34 PM

              I love eating at the bar at Neptune Oysters. I also enjoy the sushi bar at Douzos.

              1. re: drewames03
                a l i c e May 17, 2007 06:09 PM

                The one time we ate at Douzo was at the bar on a very slow Sat afternoon. B got a roll with "soft-shell" crab, promptly bit down hard on a piece of shell (which was neither soft nor edible). Both I and the bartender heard it. Bartender was like, "whoa, what was that?!" and B told him, "I just bit down on something." The bill arrived and we weren't comped for the roll - I hate to quibble, but do others find that disconcerting (we had several other rolls and wine and beer, as well)? We were too surprised/polite/dumb to ask about it.

          2. b
            Bostonbob3 May 17, 2007 11:31 AM

            Anybody mention Mistral yet? It's a real nice bar for good drinks and dinner.

            1. l
              lgc3 May 17, 2007 10:16 AM

              Gargoyles in Davis Sq. is one of my all time favorites! Great seared tuna, and they used to have these amazing fried rice sticks. There's generally a pretty short wait to get a seat. Of course, I live very close to Davis, so traveling there is not a problem.

              On the other side of town, I also like James' Gate in JP. But I LOVE Zon's in JP. The bar is small, but the bartenders are great and very nice. Plus the rest of the restaurant is not un-bar-like. (Was that a double or a triple negative?)

              In Brookline, I've always been a big fan of Matt Murphy's but some here have had bad experiences with service there. Washington Square Tavern also has very good food and great atmosphere, but I myself have had problems with the service there.

              If you're looking in Cambridge (besides Chez Henri, which I love), Christopher's in Porter Sq. will certainly be cheaper than $70 a head, and they have good burgers and other bar food, plus you can head next door afterward (to Toad) for some live music -- if you can fit... Toad is truly tiny. Central Kitchen -- in Central Sq. -- was also a very good spot, though it's been a while so I can't attest to whether it's changed at all.

              1. sailormouth May 17, 2007 10:01 AM

                For $70 or less with great cocktails and good food I'd recommend Green St. and No. 9. No. 9 can be difficult to get a seat at the bar and you might be pushing your budget depending upon how much food you order and how thirsty you are. You'll stumble out of Green St. stuffed and drunk for $70. Green St. is a little more relaxed, almost a family/pub feeling, No. 9 is a tad more formal at the bar and significantly so in the dining room.

                Chez Henri is nice too, but again difficult to grab a seat. Eastern Standard is great but if there's a game forget about it, come back in December.

                1 Reply
                1. re: sailormouth
                  lennyb May 17, 2007 11:29 AM

                  I second Green Street

                2. c
                  cambridgeMike May 17, 2007 09:10 AM

                  chez henri's bar menu rocks. even if you don't like their cuban sandwich. i also like harvest's bar menu a lot.

                  1. kittychow May 17, 2007 08:54 AM

                    This is my kind of question! I generally prefer bar service...

                    Great food, service, and cocktails:
                    Eastern Standard (if the games are rained out this works, if not, go
                    another time)
                    Gargoyle's (okay it's in Somerville, but Davis Sq. might as well be Cambridge)
                    Franklin Cafe (so good on a day like this)
                    Blue Room

                    Good food, great service and great cocktails
                    B-Side Lounge (would need to get there a little early for a bar seat)
                    Deep Ellum (had a couple bites there last week and there was an improvement. Service and cocktails are very solid.)
                    Cuchi Cuchi
                    Audubon Circle (if the Sox games are rained out)
                    River God's

                    9 Replies
                    1. re: kittychow
                      skidstop May 17, 2007 09:14 AM

                      Still looking for some where new
                      Great food, service, and cocktails:
                      Eastern Standard - go here way too much
                      Gargoyle's - might try it
                      Teatro - never been
                      Prezza - heard it was pretty good
                      Franklin Cafe - my girl friend was just there last week
                      Blue Room - not a big fan

                      Good food, great service and great cocktails
                      B-Side Lounge - my local boozer
                      Deep Ellum - not gonna make it to allston tonight and also not a big fan of the food
                      Cuchi Cuchi - I don't really think the menu is worth the final bill
                      Audubon Circle - I have eaten so many pot stickers and pressed sandwiches from here in my life.
                      River God's - love this place so much I was just there on sunday

                      1. re: skidstop
                        kittychow May 17, 2007 09:39 AM

                        Wow, sounds like we might rub elbows from time to time. ;)

                        Teatro can get busy so you'd want to go early since the bar is very small. I've never had a bad time and the antipasto for two is wonderful, huge, and a real value.

                        Really enjoy Chez Henri as well just wish the bar was a bit larger. Tough to settle in if you get there too late.

                        Prezza - Try it! Seriously, very good bar and terrific food.

                        Gargoyle's is relatively new to me but I really dig it. Had great apps and entrees. It was a busy bar scene but the bartenders were fabulous and knowledgeable about the food. If I wasn't so lazy about heading to Davis I'd go there way more often.

                        Almost forgot about Sel De La Terre. I love the bar there. Great food and drinks. For some reason it's especially appealing on gloomy days.

                        Another restaurant bar I really enjoy is Sorriso. Very good bar tending. I like the pizzas and apps very much here. Super nice host/manager. I think they have the yummiest buffalo mozzarella I've ever had.

                        1. re: skidstop
                          Joanie May 17, 2007 11:12 AM

                          Prezza should be the choice since you haven't been there AND you can get two 3 course meals for $45 if you sit in the bar area. No choices but great stuff. And the bar is fun in general even if you decide to spend more $$.

                          1. re: Joanie
                            Rubee May 17, 2007 11:20 AM

                            Second everything Joanie says, and Prezza has good cocktails too!

                        2. re: kittychow
                          Northender May 17, 2007 09:37 AM

                          Amen to Prezza and its sister restaurant Copia (especially on nights when Bill is the bartender!) Bar service is as good or better than table service...imho

                          1. re: Northender
                            Rubee May 17, 2007 09:57 AM

                            Hey Northender! Sounds like we rub elbows too ; )

                            I haven't been to Copia in a few weeks; going next weekend though. Unfortunately, I heard Billy is gone. Any truth to the rumor?

                            1. re: Rubee
                              BostonBarGuy May 17, 2007 02:47 PM

                              Yes, Billy has been gone for about a month.

                              1. re: Rubee
                                Northender May 18, 2007 09:47 AM

                                Maybe we have:)

                                Say it aint so about Billy. That will take Copia out of the rotation for me...

                            2. re: kittychow
                              LauraB May 17, 2007 10:44 AM

                              Just a note about Audubon Circle and Sox games - I think in general if the Sox are out of town it is fine or it is generally easy to get a seat after 7pm on nights with games since the fans tend to clear out by then to get to the game, but I discovered last night that it is actually very crowded when the game is rained out because a bunch of people come for pre-game food and drinks and then do not leave since they now have no where more interesting to go.

                            Show Hidden Posts