Charlie's Kitchen

10 Eliot St (at Winthrop St.), Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–1:00 AM
  • Thu–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Dinner
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Yes (incl. Visa & MasterCard)
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  • upstairs
  • cheeseburgers
  • beer
  • jukebox
  • waffle fries
  • karaoke
  • outdoor seating
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  • sandwiches
  • good for a quick meal
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  • Bravo

    Old school greasy spoon that really rocks at night with live bands for hipsters and harvard students alike. -Tania Peterson, Top Chef Just Desserts

    Bravo · November 12, 2010
  • IFC

    Charlie's Kitchen is part old-fashioned diner, part old-fashioned dive bar. They've got one of the best juke boxes in town and their famous meatloaf pairs nicely with a cold, cheap beer. - IFC Staff

    IFC · June 7, 2010
  • Daniel C.

    Go to Charlie's Kitchen and get the double cheeseburger. One of the best around and a great price.

    Daniel C · September 12, 2009
  • Esquire

    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Sit down, get a shot and a beer, order the famous Charlie's double cheeseburger, and shoot the shit with your buddies. Read more

    Esquire · February 2, 2011
  • DigBoston

    Tuesdays here are karaoke nights, and Charlie's Kitchen is one of the best places for public shaming around.

    DigBoston · February 1, 2012
  • Boston Phoenix

    Quoth the mayor: "Upstairs is lots of leather and T-shirts of bands that probably don't exist anymore. ... The Beer Garden is a frat house." Weirdest thing? TextMyFood, the text-message order service. Read more

    Boston Phoenix · January 9, 2011
  • Senator John B.

    Handsome and dashing local roustabouts host award-winning karaoke here: excellent singers, no attitude, and an ever-expanding library of songs; Tuesdays at 10pm! Enjoy!

    Senator John Blutarski · April 19, 2011
  • Rick W.

    Go upstairs and be punk rock! Wait do punks still go here? THEY BETTER.

    Rick Webb · July 15, 2011
  • Senator John B.

    The Chicken Supermelt is an underappreciated delight. Chicken, onions, russian dressing. Get it with tomatoes and bacon. Yum.

    Senator John Blutarski · November 20, 2009
  • David D.

    That's the best jukebox in Boston over there. Best $5 you'll spend all night.

    David Day · January 8, 2012
  • Tracy S.

    Weather permitting, go to the beer garden! Avoid the bathrooms - they're always gross.

    Tracy Spetka · November 13, 2011
  • Phil C.

    Waffle fries. Nuf said.

    Phil Costa · April 3, 2010
  • lea d.

    Eat outside! Great outdoor seating.

    lea dickson · March 7, 2010
  • jesse k.

    Double lobster roll...tasty and affordable. My Charlie's Kitchen staple.

    jesse kb · January 23, 2010
  • Colin B.

    Cheeseburger and a PBR - the cambridge classic

    Colin Brauns · November 15, 2009
  • Thrillist

    Charlie's Kitchen has the best jukebox in town. It's upstairs, though incidentally, they also rock a solid patio upon which to drink and eat double-lobster-roll-for-$12 specials during the day. Read more

    Thrillist · June 11, 2013
  • Madison G.

    Best bus stop bar in Boston! Waiting for the 66, 72, 74, 75, 77, 78, 86? Go in and grab a brewha!

    Madison Gouzie · March 11, 2012
  • carlos a.

    There's something about getting a lobster at a place with graffiti on the bathroom walls

    carlos aguilar · February 10, 2012
  • Brad F.

    Can't ever go wrong with the Double Cheeseburger Plater!

    Brad Ford · January 27, 2010
  • Jaime W.

    You may think it's a mockery, but the veggie rueben is beyond compare. Seriously. Order it!

    Jaime Williams · January 13, 2010
  • Paull Y.

    Wicked beer garden

    Paull Young · April 5, 2013
  • Craig S.

    A gem amongst the bro bars in this area! Diner / dive like - well priced / strong drinks and killer music. Nice staff too.

    Craig Silva · November 2, 2011
  • Aaron M.

    Karaoke on Tuesdays around 10:30

    Aaron Moronez · May 11, 2011
  • CityRover M.

    The food is cheap and the scope is impressive – from burgers, to chicken to seafood. But what they are best known for are their lineup of double-decker burgers, including a tasty “Hawaiian.” Read more

    CityRover Media · January 5, 2011
  • Cory P.

    Peter Says: get the grilled cheese. It's the best! IDOL360.ORG!

    Cory Privitera · October 24, 2010
  • Sho B.

    Make sure u get the waffle fries while u drink

    Sho Balkian · March 18, 2010
  • Judi D.

    Late-night kitchen: You can roll up on this place at midnight & get a grilled cheese sandwich to accompany your beer

    Judi DeCicco · March 6, 2010
  • Eric O.

    Order a can of beer to fit in with the crowd.

    Eric O · September 5, 2014
  • Joe D.

    Get a variation of the bacon double cheeseburger with the chorizo mac & cheese "bun." Top the whole thing off with guacamole for a dollar extra, and you'll be living life right.

    Joe Diaz · March 1, 2013
  • Cory O.

    A great place to snag a beer and a snack.

    Cory O'Brien · September 10, 2012
  • The Next Great Generation (Boston)

    Find the small staircase next to the bar, and head upstairs for a unique experience. Surprise! -- Charlie’s harkens back to Harvard Square's hardcore and punk roots. Read more

  • Kendra B.

    They have Baxter Beer!

    Kendra Biddle · October 23, 2011
  • Jake S.

    Try a double cheeseburger. Thank me later.

    Jake Smith · October 13, 2011
  • The Feast

    Go to this retro-cool dive/diner on Monday nights for great local music. Cheap beer, mixed crowd, and in the summer, they've even got a beer garden.

    The Feast · June 9, 2011
  • Simon & Schuster

    Steve Seabury, author of Mosh Potatoes heavy metal cookbook, recommends the Double Mega Angus Cheese Burger and the Double Bacon Blue Cheese Burger. Oh yeah, did he mention they have beer fries? Read more

    Simon & Schuster · January 3, 2011
  • Steven E.

    No amex

    Steven Eaton · June 26, 2010
  • Matthew T.

    Beer and sunshine

    Matthew Tilleard · May 5, 2010
  • Sam F.

    Waffle fries

    Sam Feldman · March 13, 2010
  • Tracy

    Double cheeseburger and shoestring fries to die for! Classic and delicious! A Harvard Square staple!

    Tracy · January 27, 2010
  • Eric A.

    Kitchen open until 1:45AM!

    Eric Andersen · January 15, 2010
  • Alex D.

    Cheeseburgers are good for the price and they have some good crafts on tap.

    Alex Dobyan · December 4, 2014
  • maura j.

    shows on Mondays upstairs plus $4 fernet

    maura johnston · February 18, 2014
  • Mary Anne R.

    Open late and dirt cheap.

    Mary Anne Rodis · December 8, 2013
  • Candis M.

    Beer garden.

    Candis Machia · October 6, 2013
  • AJ G.

    Awesome place to drink outside

    AJ Garron · August 4, 2013
  • EastCoast S.

    Don't wear flip flops. The bathrooms get real gross at the end of the night and you can never tell if your standing in water, someone's spilled drink or a puddle of piss.

    EastCoast Steffie · July 29, 2013
  • Laura P.

    Probably the most eclectic mix of people you will find drinking together on a Friday night in Cambridge.

    Laura Powell · July 27, 2013
  • Chris

    Karaoke king

    Chris · July 3, 2013
  • Matt P.

    If the outside bathroom line is long, head upstairs to use the facilities. You'll almost always beat the line!

    Matt P · June 16, 2013
  • Barbara K.

    I love it here. It's dive-ish, has a punk rock feel. It managed to be alway full and yet relaxed. There's a lobster sandwich that makes my water. May it exist forever. Go there, so it does!

    Barbara Kremen · March 3, 2013

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