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Charlie's Kitchen

American Restaurant, Bar, and Beer Garden$$$$
Harvard Square, Cambridge
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  • Nick G.
    "Great milkshakes, probably best jukebox in Boston upstairs."(11 Tips)
    Michael M.
    "Double Lobster Roll is a must, and only $11!"(4 Tips)
    Kate B.
    "The beer fries are great & their very strong sidecars are better!"(5 Tips)
    Jo M.
    "They have great double burgers and the waffle fries are awesome too."(7 Tips)
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  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 11, 2013
    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
  • P M.
    P MendesApril 11, 2014
    Get the burger! Went here before a concert and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. We were pressed for time and the service was good and quick. I've been thinking about the burger ever since!
  • Barbara K.
    Barbara KremenMarch 3, 2013
    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!
  • IFC
    IFCJune 7, 2010
    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
  • Jason J.
    Jason JenkinsAugust 12, 2013
    I really enjoyed the double guacamole cheeseburger with the chips and salsa.. Just mash it all together to make a massive burger... Definitely sit I. The beer garden if the weather is nice!
  • Jo M.
    Jo MellorOctober 2, 2010
    Charlies Kitchen is awesome, the lobstermelt is yummy so is the double craburger. They have great double burgers and the waffle fries are awesome too. Plus a good beer selection. A place for young adu
  • BU Today
    BU TodayOctober 17, 2014
    This Harvard Square mainstay includes a sidewalk patio, an upstairs lounge boasting “the best jukebox in Cambridge,” and a year-round (weather permitting) beer garden offering 18 draught beers. Read more
  • Joe D.
    Joe DiazMarch 1, 2013
    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.
  • Simon & Schuster
    Simon & SchusterJanuary 3, 2011
    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
  • CityRover M.
    CityRover MediaJanuary 5, 2011
    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
  • Big John K.
    Big John KrishackFebruary 27, 2014
    Holy cow ! This place blew me away!! Double lobster roll for $13 bowl of homemade clam chowder for $6 just awesome come here now...why arent you here yet?
  • 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!
  • Brittany O.
    Brittany OakesOctober 12, 2014
    This place is a gem. You can't beat the atmosphere and food for their prices! They have an entire menu page dedicated to kale dishes. Phenom!
  • Paul C.
    Paul ChozaAugust 12, 2013
    Fish and chips are excellent the lobster is like 15 bucks cheaper than red house next door. Wear your cool clothes, it's got that vibe.
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SpetkaNovember 21, 2012
    Even if you've been here before, you haven't had the complete experience until Helen is your server. She's a true gem of a human being.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 2, 2011
    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
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 12, 2010
    Old school greasy spoon that really rocks at night with live bands for hipsters and harvard students alike. -Tania Peterson, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Dan P.
    Dan PullmanDecember 16, 2011
    When you struggle ti decide where to eat, settle on Charlie's for cold beer, a down to earth crowd, mediocre food that works well enough. Games will be on the televisions… (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    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.
  • EastCoast S.
    EastCoast SteffieJuly 29, 2013
    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.
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixJanuary 9, 2011
    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
  • Tommy L.
    Tommy L.November 17, 2011
    the double cheeseburger here is probably one of the best "under-five-dollars" burgers anywhere in cambridge. the meat is juicy!
  • Kate B.
    Kate B.October 16, 2011
    The beer fries are great & their very strong sidecars are better! Ask for extra sugar on the rim to cut the liquor.
  • Senator John B.
    Senator John BlutarskiNovember 20, 2009
    The Chicken Supermelt is an underappreciated delight. Chicken, onions, russian dressing. Get it with tomatoes and bacon. Yum.
  • Sereia C.
    Sereia C.July 31, 2010
    OMG this menu will most likely kill u...beer battered deep fried double stuffed mushroom Swiss cheeseburger on the menu! GAW! What's a vegan to do? I guess I'll stick to their organic IPA-
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AnnJuly 12, 2014
    Love avocado poppers, waffle fries, mozzarella sticks!!! Wachusett a blueberry
  • Craig S.
    Craig SilvaNovember 2, 2011
    A gem amongst the bro bars in this area! Diner / dive like - well priced / strong drinks and killer music. Nice staff too.
  • Jake P.
    Jake PohJune 26
    Great sandwiches and burgers, chill beer garden, and amazeballs prices.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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
  • Antonio
    AntonioMay 6, 2013
    Excellent place with good beers and nice atmosphere. We didn't try the food but it looked delicious.
  • Leigh M.
    Leigh MFebruary 6, 2015
    Old favorite, with old-time prices, chicken kebab never varies. The upstairs restroom conditions are unspeakable though
  • Matt P.
    Matt PJune 16, 2013
    If the outside bathroom line is long, head upstairs to use the facilities. You'll almost always beat the line!
  • Chris D.
    Chris DunnOctober 15, 2013
    $13 for a double lobster roll. Eat one, and take the other home for later. Or just eat both. I don't care.
  • Tracy
    TracyJanuary 27, 2010
    Double cheeseburger and shoestring fries to die for! Classic and delicious! A Harvard Square staple!
  • Leah N.
    Leah NothnagelJuly 14, 2014
    Awesome, Awesome spot. Loved the outdoor secret-gardeny patio and fire pits. 3.75 PBR, not terrible.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CSeptember 12, 2009
    Go to Charlie's Kitchen and get the double cheeseburger. One of the best around and a great price.
  • Judi D.
    Judi DeCiccoMarch 6, 2010
    Late-night kitchen: You can roll up on this place at midnight & get a grilled cheese sandwich to accompany your beer
  • April
    AprilMay 29
    Beer garden bartenders are very friendly. Great conversation and atmosphere.
  • Panther Gold
    Panther GoldMay 30, 2011
    Get the steak tips, medium rare, and ask for them with rice and red sauce. Do it.
  • Laura P.
    Laura PowellJuly 27, 2013
    Probably the most eclectic mix of people you will find drinking together on a Friday night in Cambridge.
  • Chase M.
    Chase MohneyNovember 15, 2012
    Always a fan of the double Guinness cheeseburger. A little pricier, but super tasty.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GoggansJanuary 11, 2010
    Great milkshakes, probably best jukebox in Boston upstairs. Trivia Sundays, can't go wrong.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanDecember 4, 2014
    Cheeseburgers are good for the price and they have some good crafts on tap.
  • Aku B.
    Aku BetaOctober 8, 2012
    Hamburgers are fresh homemade which is a nice departure from the usual pub fare.
  • Linnie D.
    Linnie DApril 14, 2012
    Impossible to get outdoor seating on a nice day. Too crowded. Just head in and get a booth near the open door.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarnerAugust 6, 2014
    Portions are a bit smaller than expected when I've gone, but it always leaves me satisfied and not overfull like most places.
  • Greer W.
    Greer WorthingtonJanuary 21, 2014
    Favorite Cambridge bar!! Cannot wait to go back. Great jukebox and people.
  • Dan V.
    Dan ValenMay 1, 2013
    Double cheeseburger with American, side of beer fries... all for under $10.
  • Alyson H.
    Alyson HellAugust 16, 2010
    Killer cheeseburgers, AND you get vinegar, not just ketchup, for your fries, which are always hot.
  • Angela
    AngelaDecember 29, 2013
    The "homemade" clam chowder is HORRIBLE!!! Very bland and flavorless, tasted identical to water. Save yourself the misery and don't get it. But good burgers and fries and friendly staff!
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