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Best place for dinner in East Cambridge?

We are going to be near the corner of Cambridge St. and Cardinal Medeiros Ave. on a Saturday night soon and I'm looking for a place where we can have a fairly quick dinner before moving onto a concert in Harvard Square. I'm not very familiar with the area. Any suggestions?

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  1. east coast grill is on Cambridge Street and might make sense. I have not eaten there since the change of ownership.

    central square has several good options: Rendezvous, Craigie, Theloneus Monkfish.

    And of course, Harvard Square has Rialto, Bartleys (for a burger), Tamarind Bay for Indian, Le's for Viet Namese food.

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    1. re: cambridgedoctpr

      Agree with many of your suggestions. I love Craigie, but I would never call a dinner there "quick", and that's not even counting the crowd at the bar and trying to get a seat.

      How about East by Northeast on Cambridge St? I haven't tried it yet, but I remember some good reviews about this place. Very close to where you'll be.

      1. re: kobuta

        It's fabulous - just not sure how quick it is.

    2. don't know about "quick" but Helmand is very good. Court House Seafood might be quick. both are quite close to your location.

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        1. re: teezeetoo

          Court House was the first thing that came to mind as I've been wanting to go there, but it's not open for dinner, right? That's what I saw on the website.

          1. re: Bugsey34

            From there website here are their hours
            Restaurant
            Monday 11:00 to 3:00
            Tues - Thurs 11:00 to 7:00
            Friday 11:00 to 8:00
            Saturday 11:00 to 6:00
            Closed Sunday
            Not fine dinning more like counter service, but the fish is fresh since the fish market is right next store.

            http://www.courthouseseafood.com/

        2. If you're open to dining in Harv Sq (park once) we have really enjoyed the new Park restaurant. Otherwise, lots of CH positives for Cambridge St spots: East by Northeast, and the new Puritan and Co. Dining as early as possible will relieve some of the 'getting there on time' stress. .

          1. One Kendall is just down Cardinal Medeiros. Cambridge Brewing would be quick. Emma's is also right there, and they can get you out fast.

            1. Tupelo is good and reasonable.