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Common Ground Bar & Grill

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85 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134-1772
+1 617-783-2071
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Boston, Massachusetts
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294 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Came here for trivia. It's a pub in the Boston area, so don't expect TOO MUCH, but given that, they have a better-than-average beer list, pretty good pitcher specials, and the food isn't bad. Turkey burger is pretty good, caesar salad is mediocre, truffle fries are pretty good. I'd give 3.5 stars if possible, but don't feel it really is... More 

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Thank David P
Salem, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I went here for 90's night on Friday and had an awesome time! If you love throwback tunes and decent bar grub, I highly suggest Common Ground. I had a pretty big party of friends, but there was still a lot of room to dance. Make sure to get there before 10 to avoid the cover charge. However, the cover... More 

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Thank Natasha S
Boston, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Went to this place once with friends for the 90s parties. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed the music (wan't that typically 90s though). The majority of people in the bar was male, so as a female expect a lot (too much) of attention.

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Thank Angela T
Boston, Massachusetts
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87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

The atmosphere and staff here are really the shining star. The food is okay, the drinks are good (but pricey), but I'll keep coming back and back and back because of the great staff and feel of this place. They always have something interesting going on (trivia, cheap brunch, etc.) and I really can't praise the staff enough. I always... More 

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Thank Native_Maine-ah
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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145 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2014

My son and I went to one of his favorite local pubs for some beer and to keep up on the Sunday football games. The place was pretty busy as they were still serving brunch, but there was some room and it wasn't too crazy noisy, so we went in. Of course the beer was great, but we had lunch... More 

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Thank James R
Bellingham, Massachusetts
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85 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

Boston is full of places like this, so it's tough to stand out in the crowd. Then again if the food's not good you won't last either. We stopped in for a late lunch after apartment-moving day. The menu is more creative than the typical pub/sports bar, and we had very good, Calamari, Deviled Eggs (really), Humus platter, Turkey Burger,... More 

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Thank upfrontguitars
Jersey City, New Jersey
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

I had a group of 15 people at Common Ground Bar on Harvard Ave in Allston, last night. They arrived by 8:30 pm. I had another event to attend prior so I was running late. I was advised to be there before 10 pm because that's when the place gets busy and there might be a line. Luckily I arrived... More 

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Thank Raj B
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

I've been to this bar. However, I've only been to this place with the intention of getting drinks and no meal. This place is amazing on Fridays because they play 90's music and it is pretty busy. The drinks are good and I highly recommend this place if you are going on Friday nights.

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Thank Bridget2727
Boston, Massachusetts
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87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

I keep wanting to write a more positive review, where I do really like it here, but the high turnover in wait staff keeps throwing a cog in the wheels. There always seems to be brand new staff, meaning that the odds of getting someone who knows the menu or can answer your questions isn't great. It also means that... More 

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Thank Native_Maine-ah
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

There was no selection of caffeinated drinks. No cappuccino, no latte, no espresso. Only thing we could order was just a plain regular coffee. Doesn't quite sound right for a place to put big posters advertising their brunch menu and not have selections for drinks. I wanted to have something not too heavy. I asked if they had waffle/bagel/toast/muffin/plain bread... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Pub
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134-1772
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
  • Phone Number: +1 617-783-2071

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?