I love going to The Other Side Cafe with my friends. It's an awesome place to hang out and the food is great. We always order the fruit and cheese plate when we go and their tea is wonderful. Since the upper-level was re-opened, there are plenty of places to sit. The atmosphere is unpretentious and there is always great music playing (ranging from The Stone Roses to Led Zeppelin). The staff is friendly too. I would recommend this place to anyone.
PROS: Great vegetarian food, great staff, and the prices aren't bad either
A favorite place to go for some fresh and delicious foods! Very casual and laid-back with a super cool atmosphere. Theres a fantastic upstairs that over-looks the main floor and additional seating outside. Try one of the million types of green tea or Italian soda combinations! The cheese and fruit plate is great too! An awesome place for lunch or ultra relaxed dinner.
I remember a few years ago the otherside had a funky sky and cloud patterned ceiling and those wierd neon light bulbs that distort your sense of coloration. Those days are gone, but the food is still pretty tasty. Very stylish and relaxing atmosphere with seating downstairs and upstairs away from the hustle of newbury. Try the raspberry lime rickey and the vegetarian chilli.
PROS: tasty, relaxing, vegetarian options
CONS: kind of pricey
This hip cafe serves awesome food. Try the Fruit and Cheese platter. You won't be disapointed. Excellent vegetarian selection as well. They have a great beer selection and if you buy a pitcher you get free chips and salsa (but you have to ask). The salsa is out of this world! Plus, they're always rocking out to great music.
so i saw the chimay umbrellas outside and knew i had to try this place out. i was told by friends its not that good, but what do they know right, i mean it has chimay umbrellas. so we get there and im instantly disappointed. small draft list, although its a good selection for the size. overpriced beer. we order nachos, im hungry but already wary of this place so im unwilling to commit to even a sandwich until i see the nachos. good thing i waited to order lunch, or in this case not order lunch. id say worst nachos ever, but then you will just imagine sub par nachos. these were worse. small and unpleasant, and nearly cheeseless. i mean really, who cant make nachos. so we finished our overpriced beers and left, never to go back.
Cons: price, beer selection, food
Do you have a host/hostess or not? Coming to the OtherSide, I am usually confused in how to be seated there. This just might be me, but I never know to wait or sit right down.
When I finally figure out how to sit down, I dive into their menu. It's pretty extensive with many raw, vegan and vegetarian options, some gluten-free too. A lot of my friends have special diets and I was a veg for some years, so there are plenty of options for any diet.
If you can make it here before 3pm on the weekend, get some brunch. The french toast is killer and the heuvos rancheros is a crazy good combo of egg, chilli and cornbread.
On the regular menu, the mock chicken salad is healthy and surprisingly filling. Overall, I've never had a bad meal at the OtherSide.
The service can be slow and it gets real busy on the weekends.
The have a patio with one or two tables outside for warm days. Of all the times, I've been there the patio tables have been full. I'm pretty sure it would be a miracle if I ever did get to sit out there. But, if I ever do get to sit out there, I think it would be the first time I wouldn't be confused about the hostess situation.
Pros: veggie options galore, good atmosphere
What a find
The Other Side is a remnant of a time when Boston was a lot less homogenized and a lot more interesting. Yes, there's loud music. Yes, the wait staff sometimes have a little attitude. But does every place in Boston need to be like Stephanie's on Newbury? If you like a place with a little character, good food and beer with vegetarian options, go to The Other Side. If not, Stephanie's is right down the street...
Pros: music, atmosphere, mezzanine, veggie fare
Had lunch there today with some friends. I chose The Otherside Cafe because my friends are vegetarians and there are many vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. We hadn't seen each other in a long time and wanted to catch up since they were in Boston for the day. The music was so loud that we had to yell across the table. I don't mind the vibe and I certainly don't mind loud Elvis Costello, but we had to yell across the table. When I asked a server if he could turn the music down a notch because we were trying to talk, he said: "This is how loud we usually have the music here." I told him we could not converse. He stated: "Just so you know, we will turn it down a little, but this is how loud we keep the music here." Funny, I thought restaurants were all about the customer and not the waitstaff. The food was great; service was poor (ie clearing plates before you're finished.) Skip it.
Pros: Great, fresh food. Big salads.
Cons: Too loud. Servers have bad attitudes .
My wife and I went to the Otherside on 7/26/08 as we live in the city and had read about its nachos. First, let me start out with the good news: The hostess was an absolute sweetheart. My wife is 8+ months pregnant and, seeing our status, the hostess bumped us up on the waiting list and gave us a great seat on the outdoor patio. It also had a good beer selection. Unfortunately, the service was not good (although staff seemed like a nice group in general) and food was nothing special (especially the nachos that we had read about). I guess I just chalk this one up to knowing what you're getting yourself into - If you're interested in some good people watching at the expense of food and service, give it a try.
Pros: Great hostess, good beer selection, good people watching
Cons: Poor service, average food (at best)
I have been going to the Other Side for years and have never had a reason to complain.
Recently I showed up with a party of 14 for Saturday brunch and the staff was very accomodating and efficient. The food came out in a timely manner and was great.
I have always been a huge fan of their vegetgarian chili, cheese, fruit and yogurt plate and vegetarian burrito.
Otherside has a refreshing, chill atmosphere and if you cannot handle it you can make a reservation at Capital Grille.
I have eaten out all over the world, but I have never recieved such bad service as at the Otherside. Our server Taylor (Or Tyler) might be the worst server in the city. We ordered a pitcher of sangria, which took a good half hour to arrive, before we even ordered food. He then proceeded to tell us that he "dropped" a spoon into the pitcher, and dont be "Suprised" if we find it in the drink...... I kid you not, I am in no way exadurating!
It then took another 45 min. to order food, and then another 45 min to get the food. The food itself is nothing to write home about, and is easily made at home by anyone with a george forman girll and a knowlage on how to boil water.
Then to my amazement I was charged twice for our meal on my debit card, which I had to take up with Visa to get refunded.
I dont know what it is about boston but servers seem to assume they "Deserve" a 20% tip. I'm sorry but I do not tip for poor service, unhygenic food and drinks, and complete idiotic behavior!
I would NEVER recomend the otherside to anyone. The only reason to go there is to pretend you are a bike messenger and/or a supposed hipster with fake neon Ray-Ban Wayfarer's.
Cons: Everything possible!
These negative reviewers are crazy. I headed over for dinner last night after admiring the place from afar for the last years or so. We had 2 apps (cheese and fruit plate and antipasto) and 2 sandwiches (veritarian and turkey press). ALL were wonderful. The food was super fresh and extremely affordable. The most pleasant suprise was just how large the portions are. I usually veto "heatly" restaurants because I need two entrees to get full. Not the case here. I also have to commend how great the proscuitto was on the antipasto. For a place that touts Vegan and Raw fare the meat was exceptional. We tried a few a their extensive beer selections and a very interesting Sake Bloody Mary (huge, for those portion freaks like me).
The place was jamming, but the two cute, skinny, bike messenger-ish waiters did a great job of making us feel taken care of. The music was a little too loud but definatly quality. I like the local art on the walls and the free movie nights on Tuesdays.
They also offer free to-go coffee and tea if you bring your own mug because they can't see an environmentally sound way to navigate the take out cup dilemmia. Talk about walking the walk.
I'll be back and I'll be bringing my peeps.
Pros: affordable, fresh, healthy, fun, lots of beer
Cons: slightly too loud music
If you love headbanging Janis Joplin while you have your Sunday Brunch, this is your place. Screaming rock and roll so loud you can hardly hear yourself. When we asked if the music had to be this raucous, the man behind the counter curtly replied "yes" and walked off with attitude. When he found out he was our waiter, he somehow became this fairly friendly fellow.
We came to The Other Side because they advertize healthy options like raw and vegan food, and organic wine. We ordered one of their omelettes. It had to be the worst omelette I've ever had. The eggs tasted like they were cooked in bad oil. The home-fried potatoes were soaking in butter. They had a lot of flavor, I just wasn't sure what it was. The biscuit was good, but very plain.
We also ordered the swan french toast bagette with cream cheese filling. This was much better. We enjoyed that very much.
The kitchen had a hard time keeping up. Took quite a while to get the food. It was all nicely warm when it arrived, though.
It's a very hip, funky college cafe scene. If that's what you want this is your place. Me? I'lI never go back. I like good food too much. And I like to be able to have a conversation without leaning over the table and shouting. Especially on a Sunday morning.
Pros: young crowd
Cons: loud raucous music, poor omelettes.
I may need to give their menu another shot...but their vegetarian chili was disgusting.
Their cheesecake was overpriced...and I was not satisfied at all with the rest of my meal.
i've been going to the otherside cafe' for nearly three years and simply love it. The food is always extremely fresh and leaves you really satisfied without weighing you down. The beer selection is also a force to be reckoned with and the atmosphere and decor make the place really relaxed and at the same time welcoming. if there is one thing to comment on it's the service which is often slow and not attentive.... but to be honest it also becomes one of the nice things about the otherside because you don't get harassed when eating/drinking! great for lunch and on weekends for brunch
Pros: food, ambience, location, outdoor porch
Cons: service, loud music at times
Being from San Francisco, I am spoiled on having a lot of funky, interesting restaurants/bars to go to. In comparison, Boston seems a bit more homogenous and conservative, possibly because of the college/frat scene. This is why The Other Side Cafe is one of my favorite places to go when in Boston. It's original, has that funky West Coast vibe and have WEST COAST MICROBREWS, which I love! The food is innovative, great and healthy but, of course, lacks in freshness compared to what we get in California due to the lack of proximity to agriculture as we have.
It was also refreshing to see the workers tattooed, pierced, and just being themselves. Nice to have a break from Red Sox jerseys and frat-boy attire. Way to go Other Side Cafe!
Pros: West Coast Funky Ambiance, Healthy, Great West Coast Beer
The Other Side Cosmic Cafe is probably my favorite place in Boston. Not only does it have an amazing beer, espresso, and juice bar selection, but the food is fresh and tasty and the ambience is always lively. Be fore-warned that the music is usually pretty loud (read: I wouldn't go here to work on a term paper or read a newspaper--although I have seen other people do it) and the service is often inefficient (irreverence is part of the whole appeal) but you can always count on a colorful, eclectic crowd, and plenty of people to engage in musical/political/philosophical debates with your people. The Other Side is more than a local hangout staple--it's that place where everybody knows your name.
Pros: Delicious Food, Plenty of Personality, Loud Music
Cons: Loud Music
I love this place! It's a great relaxed atmosphere for a twentysomething crowd who likes healthier food, good beer, better coffee, and music
Pros: inexpensive, smoke free