Cambridge Common

★★★★☆
  • 1667 Massachusetts Ave

    Cambridge, MA 02138

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  • 617-547-1228

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This place is so great. I like going there in the summer so you can eat outside. Salad or pub food - it's all good, and the waitstaff is very friendly

4
★★★★☆

This place is so great. I like going there in the summer so you can eat outside. Salad or pub food - it's all good, and the waitstaff is very friendly

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Cambridge Common is one of my go-to places among friends and family. It's a comfortable spot, and one where you can linger without feeling pressured. I often go late at night just for an order or two of tater tots and a few beers from their excellent drink list, though sometimes I stray from the tots to get what I think are some of the best boneless buffalo wings in the Boston area. One warning: If you order food at the bar, it can sometimes be a painfully long wait.

2
★★★★☆

Cambridge Common is one of my go-to places among friends and family. It's a comfortable spot, and one where you can linger without feeling pressured. I often go late at night just for an order or two of tater tots and a few beers from their excellent drink list, though sometimes I stray from the tots to get what I think are some of the best boneless buffalo wings in the Boston area. One warning: If you order food at the bar, it can sometimes be a painfully long wait.

Pros: Friendly, comfortable spot, decent food

Cons: slow service at times

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Cambridge Common has, by far, the best selection of beers in the Boston area. They have standard beers on tap, but also have 5-7 rotating taps. If you like beer, this is the place for you. The atmosphere is kind of divey and the food is typical bar food (although the burger served on an english muffin is amazing), but the beer selection makes it totally worth it. They have a small parking lot in the back that fills up pretty quickly, but it's usually relatively easy to find street parking within a couple of blocks.

5
★★★★★

Cambridge Common has, by far, the best selection of beers in the Boston area. They have standard beers on tap, but also have 5-7 rotating taps. If you like beer, this is the place for you. The atmosphere is kind of divey and the food is typical bar food (although the burger served on an english muffin is amazing), but the beer selection makes it totally worth it. They have a small parking lot in the back that fills up pretty quickly, but it's usually relatively easy to find street parking within a couple of blocks.

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cambridge commons is a local bar and restaurant common with college kids and young professionals in the neighborhood. It's nothing out of the ordinary- casual, inexpensive, and decent. They also have a kids menu, so you could bring the family.

3
★★★☆☆

cambridge commons is a local bar and restaurant common with college kids and young professionals in the neighborhood. It's nothing out of the ordinary- casual, inexpensive, and decent. They also have a kids menu, so you could bring the family.

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We are frequent diners at Cambridge Common and usually love it. Our last visit was a disaster. Our server was both server and bartender and it showed. She appeared distracted and not exactly sure what to do. Items were missing from our order, drink glasses were left empty for most of the meal and no one bothered to ask how anyhing was. We waited for the missing items to come and they never did. We waited for someone to ask how the food was and they didn't. When she noticed that I only ate 1/3 of the one item I received, she was not concerned at all about why but just asked, "Do you want to take that with you," and still didn't show any concern when I bluntly stated, "NO." Luckily the items we didn't get were also missing from the bill. I don't know if the server was mentally out to lunch herself, overwhelmed or what, but she just was not present for us or for her job that day. We'll give it another chance, but one or two more experiences like this will cause the Cambridge Common to drop off our list.

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★★☆☆☆

We are frequent diners at Cambridge Common and usually love it. Our last visit was a disaster. Our server was both server and bartender and it showed. She appeared distracted and not exactly sure what to do. Items were missing from our order, drink glasses were left empty for most of the meal and no one bothered to ask how anyhing was. We waited for the missing items to come and they never did. We waited for someone to ask how the food was and they didn't. When she noticed that I only ate 1/3 of the one item I received, she was not concerned at all about why but just asked, "Do you want to take that with you," and still didn't show any concern when I bluntly stated, "NO." Luckily the items we didn't get were also missing from the bill. I don't know if the server was mentally out to lunch herself, overwhelmed or what, but she just was not present for us or for her job that day. We'll give it another chance, but one or two more experiences like this will cause the Cambridge Common to drop off our list.

Pros: Usually consistent and good

Cons: This day was a huge exception to that rule

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This cozy pub with a music lounge downstairs has a great selection of omelets and other brunch fare during the day, and burgers and other American classics for lunch and dinner. Their beer menu is also quite extensive. I love the burgers here, so juicy and thick! Definitely as good as any burger or pub spot in the Harvard Square area.

2
★★★★★

This cozy pub with a music lounge downstairs has a great selection of omelets and other brunch fare during the day, and burgers and other American classics for lunch and dinner. Their beer menu is also quite extensive. I love the burgers here, so juicy and thick! Definitely as good as any burger or pub spot in the Harvard Square area.

Pros: food, beer selection

Cons: street parking

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I went to the Cambridge Common for lunch with my mother who was in town visiting. I usually go at night so it was my first day experience (and last). We got sat next to a table of screaming babies and their bitchy mothers when the rest of the place was empty. We had to ask to be moved after 5 minutes of no service. We moved right by the window, waited abother 7 minutes for a server to come by. She placed the water on the table and said ok what would you like. We hadn't even been asked for drinks, and she wasn't a pleasant one at all. Jumping down our throats when my mother asked what the best thing on the menu was, the server stated "oh I dont know just order" Right then we were appauled, asked to speak to the manager and we got a very rude one at that. She stuck up for her server and said she was busy, I looked around there were 10 tables if that and 3 servers!!! I told her that was no way to speak to customers and it was RUDE! the manager took our order and said it was going to be discounted. I didn't want the food discounted since I go their all the time. We order the mozzarella sandwich and BLT. Well don't get the Blt b/c there is one piece of bacon, half of an avacado, thre pieces of spinach and a heaping amount of mayo. It was nasty. The mozzarella sandwich was pis poor and fell apart as soon as I touched it. Thank god for the sweet fries. None the less the food sucked, service and management were horrible, I won't even go back for Dinner and Drinks with friends anymore. We were treated with NO RESPECT and in their views get the customer in and out. HORRIBLE!!!

1
★★☆☆☆

I went to the Cambridge Common for lunch with my mother who was in town visiting. I usually go at night so it was my first day experience (and last). We got sat next to a table of screaming babies and their bitchy mothers when the rest of the place was empty. We had to ask to be moved after 5 minutes of no service. We moved right by the window, waited abother 7 minutes for a server to come by. She placed the water on the table and said ok what would you like. We hadn't even been asked for drinks, and she wasn't a pleasant one at all. Jumping down our throats when my mother asked what the best thing on the menu was, the server stated "oh I dont know just order" Right then we were appauled, asked to speak to the manager and we got a very rude one at that. She stuck up for her server and said she was busy, I looked around there were 10 tables if that and 3 servers!!! I told her that was no way to speak to customers and it was RUDE! the manager took our order and said it was going to be discounted. I didn't want the food discounted since I go their all the time. We order the mozzarella sandwich and BLT. Well don't get the Blt b/c there is one piece of bacon, half of an avacado, thre pieces of spinach and a heaping amount of mayo. It was nasty. The mozzarella sandwich was pis poor and fell apart as soon as I touched it. Thank god for the sweet fries. None the less the food sucked, service and management were horrible, I won't even go back for Dinner and Drinks with friends anymore. We were treated with NO RESPECT and in their views get the customer in and out. HORRIBLE!!!

Pros: Beer choices

Cons: Service, management, food, customer service

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This place is a gold mine! I moved to the Cambridge over the summer and randomly walked in, one afternoon - I was blown away with the beer selection. They have 24 on tap with a whole slew that rotate, often. The bartender was extremely friendly and shared with me their vision for supporting, mostly, craft beers from the US, which I thought was cool. The food was also very tasty. A friend and I shared Spicy Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Fried Pickles (beer battered), and Sliders (mini hamburgers) with Sweet Potato Fries. A tasty afternoon treat, to say the least. Overall, the beer was terrific, the food was tasty ( and cheap), and the vibe of the place seemed laid-back, but serious- Our bartender seemed busy, yet attentive, servers were buzzing around behind us, as the place was pretty busy for a Saturday afternoon. As a side, check out the side walk seating - it was much too hot that day, but who wouldn't dig sun and great beer outside this Cambridge gem?

2
★★★★★

This place is a gold mine! I moved to the Cambridge over the summer and randomly walked in, one afternoon - I was blown away with the beer selection. They have 24 on tap with a whole slew that rotate, often. The bartender was extremely friendly and shared with me their vision for supporting, mostly, craft beers from the US, which I thought was cool. The food was also very tasty. A friend and I shared Spicy Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Fried Pickles (beer battered), and Sliders (mini hamburgers) with Sweet Potato Fries. A tasty afternoon treat, to say the least. Overall, the beer was terrific, the food was tasty ( and cheap), and the vibe of the place seemed laid-back, but serious- Our bartender seemed busy, yet attentive, servers were buzzing around behind us, as the place was pretty busy for a Saturday afternoon. As a side, check out the side walk seating - it was much too hot that day, but who wouldn't dig sun and great beer outside this Cambridge gem?

Pros: Beer Selection, Service, Outside Seating

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Though we were seated promptly, we should have taken it as an omen that there was nobody else in the restaurant. The food was bad, the service was bad, the bloody mary was bad, the brunch was bad. There are many other options in the Camberville area--go somewhere else!

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★☆☆☆☆

Though we were seated promptly, we should have taken it as an omen that there was nobody else in the restaurant. The food was bad, the service was bad, the bloody mary was bad, the brunch was bad. There are many other options in the Camberville area--go somewhere else!

Pros: Um....

Cons: Food Service

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I've been to Cambridge Common reluctantly several times with friends. This place is great if you're looking for unhealthy, greasy comfort food options, a great beer selection, and unimpressive staff. If you want friendly and knowledgeable service, high quality meals and menu options that go beyond sandwiches, salads, chowders, and fries, this is not the place. The ambiance is dark, casual, and crowded. And if you want something other than beer, you're not in luck, because the drinks are terrible.

1
★★★☆☆

I've been to Cambridge Common reluctantly several times with friends. This place is great if you're looking for unhealthy, greasy comfort food options, a great beer selection, and unimpressive staff. If you want friendly and knowledgeable service, high quality meals and menu options that go beyond sandwiches, salads, chowders, and fries, this is not the place. The ambiance is dark, casual, and crowded. And if you want something other than beer, you're not in luck, because the drinks are terrible.

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A decent, dependable place that feeds a lot of HLS and other students. The food is pretty good, though heavy. A while back they changed the mashed potato recipe... bad idea...I loved the old one! The sweet potato fries are tasty and in the fall the pumpkin ale is just the best thing ever.

2
★★★★☆

A decent, dependable place that feeds a lot of HLS and other students. The food is pretty good, though heavy. A while back they changed the mashed potato recipe... bad idea...I loved the old one! The sweet potato fries are tasty and in the fall the pumpkin ale is just the best thing ever.

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Though the Common doesn't make pretenses about being fancy, the food is often just unacceptable at even a low price. I'm not the sort to send back food, but did it at Cambridge Common when I was offered something so needlessly salty that it burned the corners of my mouth. You might find something reasonable every now and then, but I suggest you view this place as a place to settle in with friends to watch the game and chat.

1
★★☆☆☆

Though the Common doesn't make pretenses about being fancy, the food is often just unacceptable at even a low price. I'm not the sort to send back food, but did it at Cambridge Common when I was offered something so needlessly salty that it burned the corners of my mouth. You might find something reasonable every now and then, but I suggest you view this place as a place to settle in with friends to watch the game and chat.

Pros: cheap, relaxed

Cons: , terrible food

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I had a bit of a hangover last Sunday and was in search of a fine brunch to take away the headache. Lo and behold, there was Cambridge Common. Every other place had an extensive wait, but not only was there no wait at Cambridge Common, but there was parking too! I had the Mushroom and Goat Cheese Omelette, which came with toast (and an individual pot of jam), fruit, and (fairly bland) homefries. It was fabulous, and I highly recommend this place for a weekend brunch.

2
★★★★☆

I had a bit of a hangover last Sunday and was in search of a fine brunch to take away the headache. Lo and behold, there was Cambridge Common. Every other place had an extensive wait, but not only was there no wait at Cambridge Common, but there was parking too! I had the Mushroom and Goat Cheese Omelette, which came with toast (and an individual pot of jam), fruit, and (fairly bland) homefries. It was fabulous, and I highly recommend this place for a weekend brunch.

Pros: Parking, No wait, Good food

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The service, food, and atmosphere are set for comfort level in this establishment, but the real focus is on the alcohol. Their selection of beer is impressive in quantity. Try the chowder or the fish and chips.

1
★★★☆☆

The service, food, and atmosphere are set for comfort level in this establishment, but the real focus is on the alcohol. Their selection of beer is impressive in quantity. Try the chowder or the fish and chips.

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Cambridge Common is vastly underrated, probably because of its inconspicuous appearance and location directly between Harvard and Porter Squares. Nonetheless, their burgers are consistently good and the price is right (about $5 for a burger and fries, with the option for sweet potato fries). Excellent inexpensive beers on tap as well, and great live music downstairs.

2
★★★★☆

Cambridge Common is vastly underrated, probably because of its inconspicuous appearance and location directly between Harvard and Porter Squares. Nonetheless, their burgers are consistently good and the price is right (about $5 for a burger and fries, with the option for sweet potato fries). Excellent inexpensive beers on tap as well, and great live music downstairs.

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Haven't had a good curly fry lately? Be sure to specify theirs when ordering your burger...the best I've ever had. Some times burgers are a bit over cooked and they are skimpy on the lettuce - but over-all, a good solid experience every time with a fantastic beer selection on tap to wash down that high calorie meal. Cool surroundings - though if you are smoke free, make sure they seat you far away from the bar. Lots of seating so there is rarely a wait even for a secluded booth. Definitely make it a staple in your dining selections.

2
★★★★★

Haven't had a good curly fry lately? Be sure to specify theirs when ordering your burger...the best I've ever had. Some times burgers are a bit over cooked and they are skimpy on the lettuce - but over-all, a good solid experience every time with a fantastic beer selection on tap to wash down that high calorie meal. Cool surroundings - though if you are smoke free, make sure they seat you far away from the bar. Lots of seating so there is rarely a wait even for a secluded booth. Definitely make it a staple in your dining selections.

Pros: Fabulous Curly Fries, Excellent Beer on Tap

Cons: Smokey near the bar

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Their sweet potato fries are the best in Boston. Get them with their burger on a large English muffin, and you'll be addicted. They could use a little help as far as their service goes, but even so this place is one of my favorite places for dinner and drinks.

2
★★★★★

Their sweet potato fries are the best in Boston. Get them with their burger on a large English muffin, and you'll be addicted. They could use a little help as far as their service goes, but even so this place is one of my favorite places for dinner and drinks.

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Cambridge Common has had a consistently good menu, including, burgers and drinks.

2
★★★★★

Cambridge Common has had a consistently good menu, including, burgers and drinks.

Pros: Parking in back

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the food is plentiful, the prices are cheap, and the assortment of beers on tap is impressive. the curly-q fries are seasoned just right!

2
★★★★☆

the food is plentiful, the prices are cheap, and the assortment of beers on tap is impressive. the curly-q fries are seasoned just right!

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You can count on CC for a good, tasty burger, and more importantly awesome fries and onion rings. The burger has great flavor and they don't overcook them. I recommend a side of Guacomole to compliment the beef.

2
★★★★☆

You can count on CC for a good, tasty burger, and more importantly awesome fries and onion rings. The burger has great flavor and they don't overcook them. I recommend a side of Guacomole to compliment the beef.

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I went to CC on a Friday night, past midnight. We want to have both food and drinks. But for some reason, the kitchen wasn't doing a good job. I ordered a turkey club sandwich, which was awful. The bread the bacon were burnt (and hard). Furthermore, it took a ridiculously long time (over 20 minutes) to have the food arrive. On the next night, we went to Asgard and the experience was much better.

1
★★★☆☆

I went to CC on a Friday night, past midnight. We want to have both food and drinks. But for some reason, the kitchen wasn't doing a good job. I ordered a turkey club sandwich, which was awful. The bread the bacon were burnt (and hard). Furthermore, it took a ridiculously long time (over 20 minutes) to have the food arrive. On the next night, we went to Asgard and the experience was much better.

Pros: Open late, good location, good beer

Cons: Slow service, low quality food

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While visiting Boston for the first time, our trip led us to Cambridge Common. It was an enjoyable and delicious dining treat, and we will return to the restaurant on future visits to Cambridge. The service was excellent as well as the food. We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.

2
★★★★★

While visiting Boston for the first time, our trip led us to Cambridge Common. It was an enjoyable and delicious dining treat, and we will return to the restaurant on future visits to Cambridge. The service was excellent as well as the food. We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.

Pros: reasonable prices, tasty food, friendly service

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The sweet potato fries at this place are simply the best I've ever had. Accompanied with a delicious beer and some good conversation and I'm set for the afternoon

2
★★★★★

The sweet potato fries at this place are simply the best I've ever had. Accompanied with a delicious beer and some good conversation and I'm set for the afternoon

Pros: comfortable

Cons: a little dark

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Cambridge Common is a great place to eat. Good food at good prices. Helpful and friendly servers, with a great management team. I always enjoy my night out at Cambridge Common.

2
★★★★★

Cambridge Common is a great place to eat. Good food at good prices. Helpful and friendly servers, with a great management team. I always enjoy my night out at Cambridge Common.

Pros: inexpensive, good parking, good food

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With the same owners as long-lived Christopher's and the trendy West Side Lounge, both nearby, it should come as no surprise that Cambridge Common is also a fave with Harvard and Porter Square denizens. Even so, the come-as-you-are…

 

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