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Jan 13, 2013 06:13 PM

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
            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.


        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.