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East Coast Grill & Raw Bar
Seafood Restaurant$$
Today 5:30 – 10:00 pm
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1271 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA 02139
1271 Cambridge StreetUSMassachusettsCambridge02139
$$Seafood Restaurant, Barbecue Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Barbecue Restaurant
American Restaurant
Bar & Grill
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Today 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Monday 5:30 – 10:00 pmTuesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:30 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:30 – 10:30 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:30 pmSunday 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pm
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Lively, laid-back neighborhood BBQ & seafood spot, famed for spicy "Hell Night" dinners.- Google
"Sunday brunch with make-your-own bloody Mary bar is always great, as well."
"And remember - inner beauty hot sauce on everything."
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Paul Weiss
2 months ago
I'm not a meat-eater, but this BBQ place has the best vegetarian plate in town. Beans, amazing mashed-potatoes, grilled vegetables and fruit. Also, my wife and I can split one and still have leftovers to take home. Management is also involved in the local community. They often prepare meals for a nearby soup kitchen.
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Sam Melnick
6 months ago
Coming here I really wanted to be blown away. The reviews were great, the menu looked great, and everything was in line for an amazing meal. However both times I've been here I feel like I have not made the best choices and have second guessed my decisions. I feel like I could go here and have an amazing amazing meal, but each time I've had a good meal, but wishing I had ordered maybe something different. Therefore I reserve my right to switch this to a 5 if I can find that allusive perfect East Coast Grill dish. I came here with my lady friend on a Friday night expecting there to be a long wait, but it took us longer to find parking then to get seated (big plus). We were seated pretty close to the kitchen, which was a bit warm, but still fun to watch the cooks work. I had a scallops appetizer (I believe was a special) It was very good, small, but I look quality not quantity in my apps. I then ordered the pulled pork sandwich for dinner. Now I am a pulled pork connoisseur, I live for pulled pork. This pulled pork was moist, it was a good serving size, but unfortunately it was a heavy vinegar based sauce. I prefer more tomato based sauces or at least not overwhelmingly vinegar based. So if you like a vinegar based bbq sauce this pulled pork sandwich is the way to go, if not, stick with the dry rub ribs. My girlfriend had the Peppered Tuna, which was very well cooked and a good piece of fish. Little too much pepper, particularly for someone with troublesome stomach, but still solid. The second time I went to East Coast Grill I went for the bowl of seafood. Again a good meal, lots of seafood, several different types, but just not amazing. The people I were with had the ribs and seemed to enjoy them greatly. We also had the buffalo shrimp (alright, probably would go with something more unique next time). Things that looked great: anything braised (lamb or pork), the vegetable medley (looked delicious), and the tuna taco. I will be back to East Coast Grill. Their menu is way too interesting to keep me away because of a couple of questionable ordering choices.
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Matt LaPine
6 months ago
Great mix of BBQ and fresh seafood- the best part? You can buy a 6 pack of PBR for the kitchen. Great spot!
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Lee Movic
8 months ago
Once a year (sometimes more, then sometimes they take an entire year off...), East Coast Grill puts on "Hell Night." It is a reservation-only, 2 or 3 night affair where they swap our their entire menu and replace it with spicy dishes. It. Is. A. BLAST! The process begins with making the reservation, accomplishable only by phone or in-person. The phone process can take hours (or longer, if unsuccessful), but it absolutely adds to the occasion. This time, September 30, 2014, I was a guest of a reservation secured in-person. My first time, I was worried that everything would be inedibly spicy, but they actually do a good job 'coding' the menu to indicate spiciness, and there is even a 'wimps' section of the menu. Milk (A.K.A. "The Antidote") is $2.50/glass, though I remember it being much more expensive on previous occasions. Suffice it to say, it's a great evening with friends that enjoy spicy food. Get the "Russian Roulette Meatballs", plenty of sides of cornbread, and the "Pasta From Hell" (Which, this go 'round, was substituted with an equally devilish Thai Noodle something or other). It is a raucous, uncomfortable evening in the best way. ECG also has a DIY Bloody Mary bar on the weekends, but that's a different trip entirely.
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gabe donnini
2 months ago
Good bbq but not the best in the city. Go to sweet cheeks if u like good bbq
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Cristina Ruiz
6 months ago
What do you get when you combine vodka, tomato juice, at least 3 different salsas, horseradish, BBQ sauce, picked cauliflower, celery, capers and brussel sprouts? No, not a salad for alcoholics. It's the most delicious Bloody Mary every to grace this earth, prepared by yours truly at ECG's Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar. What a way to start the day! $9 for a small and $11 for a large BM. Trust me, man. Get the upgrade. It's a hefty pour of the strong stuff, and then you can go to town, mixing and sampling from the cornucopia of spicy, pickled offerings on the bar. There was about half an hour's wait for 2 on Sunday around 11:30, and the entrance was pretty cramped with others waiting for tables, servers squeezing past with plates, and people in line waiting to mix their Marys. Not gonna lie, I might've gone back to the BM bar a few times to refill my glass. Consider it a boozy appetizer! Once seated, I went with Amilcar's omelet, which came out quickly (thank god!) and was very tasty with a well-seasoned filling of black beans and two spicy sauces on the side. The chunks of guava paste were a sweet, unexpected touch that I really enjoyed. I wish there were more! Everything on the regular brunch menu as well as the specials sound interesting and yummy. The vodka in my empty stomach may have contributed to this feeling just a bit, but I'll definitely be back to craft another crazy concoction and spice up my brunch routine.
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Josh Trubow
8 months ago
The East Coast Grill is one of my favorite BBQ places in all of Boston. They don't take themselves too seriously, but the food is no joke. The menu has many options, and I highly recommend the grilled corn for an appetizer (possibly a special). They have hell nights a few times a year which consist of terrifyingly hot (spicy) bbq offerings, not for queasy stomachs. There are a fair amount of seafood options, but I typically stick with the pulled pork platter which comes with a very moist and sweet cornbread, some beans, and a side of coleslaw. The prices are a bit high for bbq, but the portions are pretty large. Make sure to be prepared to wait, as they are almost always busy. You can put your name in and walk down the street to grab a drink or explore while you wait.
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Denis Girondel
11 months ago
My kids took me to East Coast grill, cambridge MA. My son ordered the tri-BBQ (brisket, ribs, pulled pork). I have to say that the brisket was dry, over smoked/cooked and the ribs were salted like salted cod fish: disgusting. My first trial at smoking brisket tasted better than the cardboard my son was served. The prices are stratospheric, and the menu is pathetic: an unfortunate mix of tropical add-ons/sides to good meats or seafood. It is really surprising that the owner/cook is a well known cook/cookbook author. This was a disgusting, overpriced experience. I would beg anyone to avoid this sorry pit of cooks who obviously have never tasted good food, or have total disrespect for the customer by serving garbage.
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