The Middle East Nightclub and Restaurant

★★★☆☆
Multi-purpose venue with several rooms offers alternative rock and dependable bar food from its namesake region.
  • 480 Massachusetts Ave

    Cambridge, MA 02139

    Cross street: Brookline Street

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  • 617-864-3278

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My girlfriend and I made a 3 hour trip to see a show here and after having to go back to get her ID (being from CT and unaware of a supposed law that you need them regardless of intention to drink or not) we were still denied entry to the

3
★★★★★

My girlfriend and I made a 3 hour trip to see a show here and after having to go back to get her ID (being from CT and unaware of a supposed law that you need them regardless of intention to drink or not) we were still denied entry to the

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yea, my underage sister was roofied and raped there. the police found her outside with her pants torn apart.

have fun...

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★☆☆☆☆

yea, my underage sister was roofied and raped there. the police found her outside with her pants torn apart.

have fun...

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Cons:

The wait staff (some, not all) are rude. I showed up with 2 other people on a Friday before a concert. In short, they really didn't want to serve us drinks or food. I was reminded 3 times that they have an $8 minimum for sitting at a table. Once is fine, I say... 3 times is rude.

Ordered drinks and we never got them. 15 minutes later they wanted to take away one of the two sewing-machine tables we were sitting at to give to some other people who wanted a table. Great, so 3 people can comfortably sit at a 12" square sewing machine table with no leg room...

Saw the concert downstairs. Would be fine if they would turn a vent fan on once in a while. It went up to 80 degrees and 90% humidity. Good thing I didn't get a chance to eat anything first...

Went there another time for dinner. It was cold (ok, winter) but it was about 55 degrees upstairs and they wouldn't turn the heat up. The pieces of pita that came with whatever I ordered were obviously leftovers from a day or two ago. Stale and dry.

I've vowed to not go back, at least until I hear they've changed their act.

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★☆☆☆☆

Cons:

The wait staff (some, not all) are rude. I showed up with 2 other people on a Friday before a concert. In short, they really didn't want to serve us drinks or food. I was reminded 3 times that they have an $8 minimum for sitting at a table. Once is fine, I say... 3 times is rude.

Ordered drinks and we never got them. 15 minutes later they wanted to take away one of the two sewing-machine tables we were sitting at to give to some other people who wanted a table. Great, so 3 people can comfortably sit at a 12" square sewing machine table with no leg room...

Saw the concert downstairs. Would be fine if they would turn a vent fan on once in a while. It went up to 80 degrees and 90% humidity. Good thing I didn't get a chance to eat anything first...

Went there another time for dinner. It was cold (ok, winter) but it was about 55 degrees upstairs and they wouldn't turn the heat up. The pieces of pita that came with whatever I ordered were obviously leftovers from a day or two ago. Stale and dry.

I've vowed to not go back, at least until I hear they've changed their act.

Pros: Bands

Cons: Many

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We have been searching for a great middle eastern restaurant in the area and we decided to try this one out. We went to the left side of the restaurant. Where we sat every time the door opened we were shot with a cold chill. And due to the restaurant's popularity, we were given numerous chills throughout our meal. The waitress was nice, however we had to ask for our empty glasses to be refilled and for the spare plates to be removed from our crowded small table. She only visited our table once to "check on us" during our entire meal. The food was incredible though. We ordered 4 versions of the kabobs- and all of them were juicy and delicious. The rice they were served on was fantastic. It was also served with a salad and baked beans. (All of the food was on one plate, also) The salad was... a salad. The baked beans were awful and were not at all middle eastern. They had no place in this meal. So overall, the restaraunt experience was awful, but the food was incredible- minus the baked beans.

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★★★☆☆

We have been searching for a great middle eastern restaurant in the area and we decided to try this one out. We went to the left side of the restaurant. Where we sat every time the door opened we were shot with a cold chill. And due to the restaurant's popularity, we were given numerous chills throughout our meal. The waitress was nice, however we had to ask for our empty glasses to be refilled and for the spare plates to be removed from our crowded small table. She only visited our table once to "check on us" during our entire meal. The food was incredible though. We ordered 4 versions of the kabobs- and all of them were juicy and delicious. The rice they were served on was fantastic. It was also served with a salad and baked beans. (All of the food was on one plate, also) The salad was... a salad. The baked beans were awful and were not at all middle eastern. They had no place in this meal. So overall, the restaraunt experience was awful, but the food was incredible- minus the baked beans.

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a really great venue that brings in top talent. i remember seeing death cab for cutie a million years ago before they got big. too bad there aren't more places like this in boston

4
★★★★☆

a really great venue that brings in top talent. i remember seeing death cab for cutie a million years ago before they got big. too bad there aren't more places like this in boston

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Upstairs or downstairs, the Middle East gets the best bands to come play there. I cant even count the number of times I have seen live music here. Prices are very reasonable for Cambridge- stop by for lunch or dinner too- they make a killer falafel and kibbah!

5
★★★★★

Upstairs or downstairs, the Middle East gets the best bands to come play there. I cant even count the number of times I have seen live music here. Prices are very reasonable for Cambridge- stop by for lunch or dinner too- they make a killer falafel and kibbah!

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This Boston area institution is not merely a middle eastern themed restaurant, but a major music venue. There are two bars at ground level, bookending the portion called Zuzu. On the left and to the back is the upstairs smaller room featuring mostly local rock acts. On the right, to the back and downstairs is the much larger room, which is host to national acts as well as larger local shows. Both are excellent venues to see a show. Drinks are moderately priced and the food is good. A cool place to hang out.

4
★★★★☆

This Boston area institution is not merely a middle eastern themed restaurant, but a major music venue. There are two bars at ground level, bookending the portion called Zuzu. On the left and to the back is the upstairs smaller room featuring mostly local rock acts. On the right, to the back and downstairs is the much larger room, which is host to national acts as well as larger local shows. Both are excellent venues to see a show. Drinks are moderately priced and the food is good. A cool place to hang out.

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You can get a fantastic Greek salad at the Middle East in between sets of some band downstairs. It's awesome to have a way to get fed at a club. Most places have beer. The Middle East has beer AND pumpkin kibbeh. Fantastic.

4
★★★★☆

You can get a fantastic Greek salad at the Middle East in between sets of some band downstairs. It's awesome to have a way to get fed at a club. Most places have beer. The Middle East has beer AND pumpkin kibbeh. Fantastic.

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I like this resturant, and even more so I like the music.

Great appetizers and good locations (two other venues right near by)

A great place to grab a bite to eat and have some beers before your show!!

4
★★★★☆

I like this resturant, and even more so I like the music.

Great appetizers and good locations (two other venues right near by)

A great place to grab a bite to eat and have some beers before your show!!

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Why would you turn away a balding guy obviously over 30 from the 18+ show he drove 25 miles to see with his wife because his ID was expired -- instead of just giving him the "under 21" bracelet? And then why would you tell him that this is because you are "following the law as it's written" when you and he both know that there is certainly NO such law? I have no idea; you'd have to ask the management of The Middle East. Deliberately alienating your customers by irrationally keeping them out and then lying about the reason seems like a strange business strategy.

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★☆☆☆☆

Why would you turn away a balding guy obviously over 30 from the 18+ show he drove 25 miles to see with his wife because his ID was expired -- instead of just giving him the "under 21" bracelet? And then why would you tell him that this is because you are "following the law as it's written" when you and he both know that there is certainly NO such law? I have no idea; you'd have to ask the management of The Middle East. Deliberately alienating your customers by irrationally keeping them out and then lying about the reason seems like a strange business strategy.

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Catch a show- but not the food.

Our party of 3 wasn't given the proper number of utensils when we were seated, and the waitress almost threw them at us when I asked for a third set. When one person went to the bathroom and we placed our drink order(s), the waitress didn't return to collect the third person's drink order.

A friend declared "the juices are great here!", so I ordered a Cranberry juice- and watched as the waitress used the soda gun to make it. It was sickeningly sweet artificial junk, served with an r0tten slice of lemon cut too thin to squeeze.

We ordered our food, and the waitress had to RETURN TWICE to ask what we had ordered; once for two of us, and then a second time for one of the orders she had asked about already.

Two out of our party of three were served our meals; it was several minutes before the third plate showed up and we could start eating, and the 'late dish was identical to mine. The 'steak' kabobs were clearly the cheapest meat they could get their hands on and very chewy, though they were at least cooked correctly. The salad had a disgusting dressing, and beans on the side were soupy. A huge chunk of onion was placed next to the kabobs; do they not understand that the veggies and onion go TOGETHER on the skewer?

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★☆☆☆☆

Catch a show- but not the food.

Our party of 3 wasn't given the proper number of utensils when we were seated, and the waitress almost threw them at us when I asked for a third set. When one person went to the bathroom and we placed our drink order(s), the waitress didn't return to collect the third person's drink order.

A friend declared "the juices are great here!", so I ordered a Cranberry juice- and watched as the waitress used the soda gun to make it. It was sickeningly sweet artificial junk, served with an r0tten slice of lemon cut too thin to squeeze.

We ordered our food, and the waitress had to RETURN TWICE to ask what we had ordered; once for two of us, and then a second time for one of the orders she had asked about already.

Two out of our party of three were served our meals; it was several minutes before the third plate showed up and we could start eating, and the 'late dish was identical to mine. The 'steak' kabobs were clearly the cheapest meat they could get their hands on and very chewy, though they were at least cooked correctly. The salad had a disgusting dressing, and beans on the side were soupy. A huge chunk of onion was placed next to the kabobs; do they not understand that the veggies and onion go TOGETHER on the skewer?

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The Middle East usually has a lot of good local acts come in on the weekends. It is not a bad place to watch a band but it is a horrible place to drink. The bar is so ridiculously overpriced (even for Boston) it makes you want to find a new hobby. My friend and I went to go see our friend's band and ordered a pitcher of bud light and two shots of Jameson. The bill was $32. Need I say more?

3
★★★☆☆

The Middle East usually has a lot of good local acts come in on the weekends. It is not a bad place to watch a band but it is a horrible place to drink. The bar is so ridiculously overpriced (even for Boston) it makes you want to find a new hobby. My friend and I went to go see our friend's band and ordered a pitcher of bud light and two shots of Jameson. The bill was $32. Need I say more?

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if you do not like small places dont go. i love it, it feels like it was a show in freinds basement or somthing.

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★★★★★

if you do not like small places dont go. i love it, it feels like it was a show in freinds basement or somthing.

Pros: intimate, cheap

Cons: no seats, parking

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Not only is the music bumpin' at the upstairs or downstairs, but the food is slammin'. I have tried some really spicy dishes and some cool, soothing yougurt based snacks here. Check this place out on certain nights for a special belly dancing performance!

5
★★★★★

Not only is the music bumpin' at the upstairs or downstairs, but the food is slammin'. I have tried some really spicy dishes and some cool, soothing yougurt based snacks here. Check this place out on certain nights for a special belly dancing performance!

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This place is the best place to see a group play in cambridge. Bar area is ok. I saw de la sol and antibalas downstairs. The location in central square.

4
★★★★☆

This place is the best place to see a group play in cambridge. Bar area is ok. I saw de la sol and antibalas downstairs. The location in central square.

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The Middle East Restaurant is a nice place to go out and eat it is like the name says a place that has a lot of foods from the middle east which i like and i think they do a good job with also they are very reasonabley priced and I think you get a lot for your money. They also have a nightclub in the same place as the restaurant that has all kinds of cool shows which i think is awesome you can make a whole night out of it and go out to supper and then party and see an awesome show. I would definatley reccomend the middle east especially if you like that type of food and live shows. It is a fun thing to do and I woudl reccomend it.

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★★★☆☆

The Middle East Restaurant is a nice place to go out and eat it is like the name says a place that has a lot of foods from the middle east which i like and i think they do a good job with also they are very reasonabley priced and I think you get a lot for your money. They also have a nightclub in the same place as the restaurant that has all kinds of cool shows which i think is awesome you can make a whole night out of it and go out to supper and then party and see an awesome show. I would definatley reccomend the middle east especially if you like that type of food and live shows. It is a fun thing to do and I woudl reccomend it.

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There really can't be any complaints about the Middle East. Somehow, they manage to bring in the best shows, accomodate most of the people that want to see it, and have pretty decent prices. And this isn't even the price for tickets; this includes prices for alcohol and food in the cafe. Sometimes the venues can get cramped and the cafe pretty loud, but honestly, thats the appeal.

4
★★★★☆

There really can't be any complaints about the Middle East. Somehow, they manage to bring in the best shows, accomodate most of the people that want to see it, and have pretty decent prices. And this isn't even the price for tickets; this includes prices for alcohol and food in the cafe. Sometimes the venues can get cramped and the cafe pretty loud, but honestly, thats the appeal.

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