1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0213942.373548 -71.098626
Sun-Thurs 5:30-10pm; Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30pm; Sun brunch 11am-2:30pm
Inman Square's most popular dining destination offers award-winning surf and turf, exotic ingredients and eclectic atmosphere. – The Scene
Sky-blue walls and playful fixtures contribute to the charming environment filled with an upbeat clientele. Many patrons opt to forgo a table in one of the dining areas for a couple of stools at the casual bar, the better to enjoy awesome mango puree margaritas and other quasi-tropical concoctions. Friendly service matches the ambience; laid-back without being indifferent.
Chris Schlesinger's inventive approach to seafood and barbecue has won him national acclaim, and it only takes one bite of his white pepper-crusted tuna with spicy bok choy salad to understand why. Barbecue fans should opt for a heaping plate of North Carolina-style shredded pork, girded by a couple of selections from the lengthy list of sides (don't miss the house-smoked sausages or the marvelous banana-guava ketchup that comes with an order of fried plantains). For dessert, stick to fruity options like flan with guava sauce.
Worth every dollar. – We went to East Coast Grill for a birthday and were not disappointed. The food was delicious, our server was prompt and helpful, and it was the only restaurant where I felt obliged to order dessert because it was bound to be incredible based on our dinner experiance.
Parking was fine- we were able to get a metered spot right next to the restaurant. We were seated immediately but a note of warning- we were a party of two but the wait for larger tables spilled into the bar area.
Due to the cost of the meals, East Coast Grill will remain for special occasions only, but is #1 in my book.
BEST SEAFOOD IN BOSTON – I have never written a review for citysearch but felt compelled to after the most outstanding meal of my entire 3 years in Boston at East Coast Grill (1st time there as well). I had the catch of the day (which apparently was just caught by the owner himself) with greens and eggplant that were all prepared in a way that just blew me out of the way. I also was astounded by the portions-usually good food like this leaves you hungry when you leave-I could barely finish my plate. I have eaten at all of the big seafood establishments in Boston and while the fish might be decent at other place (not even close to approaching this meal), you can forget the sides tasting as inventive and fresh as they did here.
outstanding food and welcoming atmosphere – The East Coast Grill is one of the best restaurants in Boston, without question. The ambience is low-key (you can wear jeans) and the food is truly outstanding. I almost always get tuna or salmon, but I hear the BBQ is excellent, as well. Drinks are fabulous, servers are knowledgable and friendly, it's a great place to meet friends. The only drawback is that everybody knows how good it is, so there can be *really* long waits.
Great surf, fantastic turf, amazing service – I was quite impressed by the variety of food at East Coast Grill. The fish I tasted (salmon, tuna, raw tuna, oysters, mahi mahi) was all very good. I recommend the raw tuna appetizer. For my main course I had the barbecue trio that included brisket, pulled pork and ribs. I was impressed that a place with such good fish could have such amazing barbecue. All of the food was flavored well but at the same time differently. The service was amazing. Our waiter knew every part of the menu by heart...which is quite an accomplishment because of the complexity of all of the dishes. Lastly, ECG is a great value. It's around 30 a person without drinks.
Flavorful brunch spot – An excellent brunch spot! The food is very flavorful. They have a make-your-own-Bloody-Mary bar, and, as I learned, the Bloody Mary is refillable "in terms of tomato juice, but not in terms of vodka". I had horseradish and a pinch of curry in mine. Everyone liked the nachos presentation, people commented it was a very healthy one. I liked the fried plantains and the special of the day, lemon fish cakes. Tamales, which are cornmeal wraps, were very dry and had too few raisins. The wait on a Sunday around 12 was not that bad, not more than half an hour.
Never Disappointing – I like to take guests from out of town here. The atmosphere is fun and the food and service are always great. Besides great BBQ, they have the best seafood around.
Made our visit to Boston special – My wife and I recently spent 5 days in Boston on a first visit. Overall, the dining experiences there were very good. However, the East Coast Grill stood out as especially fine. After a long day sightseeing we were looking for a nice, but casual restaurant. My wife had a sumptuous shrimp cocktail as an appetizer. Ordering only 3 oysters on the half shell, I knew after the first one that not ordering 6 (or more) was a mistake. In addition to cocktail and horseradish sauces, another sauce was included that added a unique dimension. For entrees we had the tuna which was cooked to perfection and our specificationhardly at alland scallops wrapped in bacon. Both dishes were incredibly fresh, flavorful and well-prepared. The scallops were accompanied by French fried onions, a perfect compliment. Our server, Jess, suggested a California Sauvignon Blanc with our meal choices that was spot on. Throughout the meal Jess was especially attentive, but never intrusive. Also, throughout the meal the manager, Rebecca, an obvious presence on the floor, ensured all was in order at every table and not perfunctorily. Both Jess and Rebecca recommended the flan and chocolate pecan pie as house specialties. After indulging in both, we agree. I dont recall having mentioned that this was an anniversary trip. However, Rebecca delighted us each with a glass of 10-year-old port on the house. This experience was, without doubt, one of the best dining experiences we have shared in our 16 years together. We look forward to many return trips to the Boston area and East Coast Grill specifically.
Innovative Menu – The menu is lots of fun, with combinations that you'd never expect. Even better, everything just seems to "go" really well. The flavors of the featured item and the sides mesh together to create a wonderful eating experience. The staff works hard to make you happy as well. One of the best restaurants in Boston.
One of the best meals we had in Boston! – My husband and I ate at East Coast Grill a couple of months ago while on spring break, and it was by far some of the best food we ate on our trip. Our server was very friendly, attentive, and helpful, the ambience was funky and fun, and the food - wow! The shrimp cocktail was excellent, and the blackened grouper (one of the specials) was spicy and delicious. Can't recommend this place enough!!
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