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Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

Burger Joint$$$$
Harvard Square, Cambridge
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  • jeffrey m.
    "burgers with shoe string onion rings and a raspberry Lime Rickey...."(3 Tips)
    Minnie K.
    "Loved the Tom Brady burger."(3 Tips)
    Eric M.
    "Burgers and frappes were excellent tho!"(17 Tips)
    Bonobos
    "Delicious onion rings & sweet potato fries."(10 Tips)
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  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissNovember 24, 2014
    Two reasonably hungry people could split one of the huge burgers with sweet potato fries and leave happy. The #hashtag with Boursin cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms was great.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    The Harvard Double Burger: One of Guy's biggest bites ever. Two beef patties topped with grilled onions and peppers, bacon, mushrooms, and a load of bbq sauce. Read more
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    The thick, juicy 7-ounce rounded burger doesn't seem like it's too big. Co-owner Bill Bartley prefers a round patty to a flat patty. He also says that beef chuck makes the best grind. Read more
  • Na H.
    Na HuangSeptember 10, 2013
    Took home burger! Not a super surprise, but was good as well, and full of calories as well ;) Didn't try the one Harvard Uni recommend (mushroom onion burger), maybe next time ;)
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkDecember 17, 2014
    Get the Harvard Double Burger, featuring two beef patties topped with grilled onions, peppers, bacon, mushrooms and a load of barbecue sauce. Read more
  • Amir N.
    Amir NNovember 24, 2013
    Do yourself a favour and grab a Taylor Made burger or a Fiscal Cliff. Both excellent choices... I also recommend their chocolate shake and onion rings.
  • Melanie N.
    Melanie N.November 24, 2012
    Amazing burgers! The Michelle Obama is delicious. The pink lemonade is a bit sweet but if you let the ice melt a little, it's perfect. They also REALLY cook the meat the way you request it.
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comJanuary 30, 2012
    Mr. Bartley's in Harvard Square, established in 1960, offers a thick, juicy 7-ounce rounded burger. Bill Bartley prefers a round patty to a flat patty and says that beef chuck makes the best grind. Read more
  • Nicholas W.
    Nicholas WoolfMarch 31, 2015
    This Harvard mainstay is only getting better with age. Their constant inventiveness with topping combos (along with hilarious names!) for their burgers is unmatched by any other joint in the area. A+!
  • Tobias N.
    Tobias NegeleAugust 22, 2014
    If you love burgers you gotta visit Mr. Bartleys close to Harvard. Get the 'Tom Brady' and a Raspberry Lime Rickey. Best in town.
  • BU Today
    BU TodayMarch 20, 2012
    Try the Mitt Romney (Swiss cheese burger with grilled onions and onion rings) or the Michelle Obama (Cajun blue cheese burger with fries). Add a frappe or malt to complete the experience. Read more
  • Minnie K.
    Minnie KimAugust 22, 2014
    Some of the best burgers in the Boston area!! So delicious. Loved the Tom Brady burger. Just a heads up - it's CASH ONLY!
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CrowleyJuly 5, 2016
    I eat here every time I'm in Boston. Be prepared to wait and make friends (or stare at your delicious food to avoid eye contact/interacting with strangers) at the community tables.
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArboledaMay 14, 2014
    The veggie burgers are just frozen "Original" Gardenburgers from the box, but they have such delicious toppings and sides that you won't care. Get a frappe and onion rings.
  • Nikos B.
    Nikos BartzoulianosNovember 30, 2014
    The service, cleanness and ambience of the place is bad, though. Don't come here if you want a comfortable meal as you sit along with strangers to ..optimize seating arrangement!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillNovember 7, 2015
    If you like burgers this is your spot. Be sure to check the board because new burger combinations are always popping up. Hungry? Go for the "Triple D".
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistSeptember 21, 2011
    Try The Ocho Cinco, a cajun burger topped w/ bacon/pineapple jalepeno relish, and pounded from ground prime, unlike its namesake, who's probably just past his. Read more
  • Maryam K.
    Maryam KazmiAugust 18, 2014
    Amazing burgers- which are names after celebrities that have been there! Healthy options such as no bun and vegetarian options too. Love this place
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchouAugust 10, 2014
    If you love burgers and are in Cambridge, you can't pass-up this legendary burger shop. The rounded burgers are cleverly named and stuffed with toppings.
  • Curtis A.
    Curtis AntoineApril 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cajun Burger is incredible. But be prepared for long lines. Although this place harbors a huge crowd, they have some of the best burgers I've ever tasted!
  • Zara S.
    Zara SheikhSeptember 29, 2012
    Mmm delicious burgers. I got the John Kennedy, mom and dad got the Mit Romney and brother got the Sarah Palin, friend got the iPhone. Good names haha :)
  • hooeyspewer ..
    hooeyspewer .April 10, 2010
    I've been coming here for years and have never had a bad meal. Very no-nonsense place. Burgers are sublime - but also not to be missed are the sweet potato fries, Raspberry Lime Rickeys and Frappes.
  • Eric D.
    Eric DSeptember 29, 2010
    The sweet potato fries take over a day to make, and you can taste it. Try them! Any burger you order will be great, but skip the turkey burger here, don't insult the place. Go beef!
  • Swemeatballs ..
    Swemeatballs .March 2, 2011
    Excellent burger bar- can't go wrong with any of the burger choices. Love the names they've got and also the frappes (milkshakes) are worth a go
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzSeptember 15, 2014
    This place has been slinging burgers for 50+ years. A local institution and a solid menu. Cash only.
  • travel42
    travel42July 10, 2011
    Try the Kevin Garnett: delicious, but messy (the way a burger should be!). And the onion rings are fantastic! Worth the wait.
  • Gina C.
    Gina ChangFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Spice lovers try the deval patrick burger ! Jalapeno peppers, salsa and monterey jack cheese -best burger ive ever had.
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GurrDecember 17, 2012
    Try the Mocha Cake Batter Oreo Frappe - Not on the menu. Out of the mind of server supreme, Michelle.
  • Alida Rose
    Alida RoseNovember 22, 2012
    Communal sitting, Harvard hot spot, dam good burgers, and awesome political art work to enjoy.
  • Carmen E.
    Carmen EderraJuly 22, 2013
    Quite disappointing. The burguers have just the meat and the toppings you add, not even a bit of tomato, onion, lettuce, or what regular burguers usually have. 35$ for two burguers with chips??!!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 2, 2012
    For a burger joint, the mac and cheese is surprisingly excellent. Good choice for the vegetarian crowd.
  • Elaine K.
    Elaine KayApril 9, 2014
    "The Gay Marriage" + onion rings! Personally, I prefer their onion rings over fries!
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DMarch 14, 2011
    The People's Republic of Cambridge is yum. Be aware-you may share your table w. strangers if it's busy. Worth it!
  • Jay N.
    Jay NeelyAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Read the menu for a laugh or to find inspiration, but you can just describe anything you want on a burger and they can do it.
  • Adrienne W.
    Adrienne WentyJune 28, 2013
    Do not miss this burger place, try the sweet potato fries. Remember to bring cash and no bathroom!
  • Trish L.
    Trish LimJune 21, 2013
    Try the Michelle Obama, Cajun blue cheese burger. SO GOOD!
  • Florian V.
    Florian VolzApril 4, 2013
    The frappes are amazing! They are not coffee drinks, but you can get coffee flavor
  • Paul
    PaulFebruary 14, 2014
    Sweet potato fries are thick and delicious. Best in the country!
  • Santa JG C.
    Santa JG ClausMarch 21, 2010
    Number One Burger. Number One Onion Rings. Number Two Lime Rickie (Scup's - see below - has the Number One.) If you have never been to Bartley's, go now. Say "Hi" to Mr. Bartley for me! Read more
  • Mohamad M.
    Mohamad MerhiJuly 9, 2013
    I love their Tom Brady. It's a standard cheeseburger but the guacamole addition does the effect.
  • Jaeyeon C.
    Jaeyeon ChoiSeptember 26, 2013
    The burgers are great, all with very witty names. However: Cash only! No bathrooms :,(
  • Nick B.
    Nick BurkaAugust 7, 2014
    Any burger is probably amazing. The frappes are excellent too.
  • Scott Brown
    Scott BrownApril 23, 2012
    Eating a Scott Brown burger at Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage - bacon, American cheese, grilled onions & jalapeños. Delicious.
  • Roz T.
    Roz ThomasOctober 26, 2015
    Fantastic burgers cooked just right. Amusing names for them as well.
  • Risa X.
    Risa XuMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    snap a picture of the menu on the wall, just in case you have to wait outside and you want something that's not part of their specials!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BergusAugust 21, 2016
    Burger. Just pick any burger. (The frappes are delicious, too.)
  • Michael H.
    Michael HorowitzMay 14, 2014
    Not sure what all the fuss about the sweet potato fries is about - mine were soft, soggy, and undersalted. Solid burger though.
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinJune 7, 2015
    They have a s'mores milkshake (or frappe as the locals call it) and it's delicious.
  • Manussanan E.
    Manussanan EkkachatJuly 28, 2015
    Beyonce burger is awesome!! I really enjoy eating at here. <3
  • Ayca Y.
    Ayca YilmazOctober 13, 2015
    Fast and good service, many types of burgers
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchraderNovember 5, 2014
    This is the best place I've ever been in my life. Thankfully, despite all the posters, they do not serve beer.
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ClarkAugust 15, 2015
    Best specialty burgers in Boston
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.February 21, 2015
    Delicious, but a bit pricey. Closed on Sundays, and cash only!
  • Enrico S.
    Enrico SOctober 3, 2015
    Good veggie burgers. Awesome onion rings. And frappe? Delicious.
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixApril 22, 2012
    Voted "Best Burgers" by @BostonPhoenix readers in 2012. Bring cash and don't forget the onion rings. Read more
  • Mike M.
    Mike MollicaMay 28, 2013
    The closest bathroom is 2 blocks away, so take care of your business before you come here.
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LedfordJanuary 3, 2012
    Everything is sooo good! Just don't expect a bathroom or a quiet place to eat. LOUD servers screaming orders.
  • Constantin W.
    Constantin WSeptember 6, 2016
    Pretty good Burgers and exceptional onion rings!
  • Harvard University
    Harvard UniversityDecember 8, 2009
    An American landmark since 1960 & voted best burgers in America! Try "The American Idol" burger w/ bacon, cheese, mushrooms and onions. Read more
  • Arshad S.
    Arshad SaalikOctober 11, 2015
    The history of the place. A must go at least once
  • Swati G.
    Swati GuptaMarch 13, 2014
    Freindly staff! Burgers are light, great taste!
  • Connor F.
    Connor FergusonMay 21, 2012
    Not a cheap burger, but very tasty and they have some inventive combinations. Cash only.
  • Al S.
    Al SAugust 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    All burgers available with beef-, turkey- or veggie-patties. No beer. Cash only. Closed Sundays. Om nom.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanOctober 30, 2014
    All the burgers are good. Like, every single one I've ever had.
  • Anubhav B.
    Anubhav BhatiaJanuary 20
    We ordered the Beyoncé which was pretty average. Can't taste the Cajun. Jalapeños and tomatoes overwhelm the taste
  • Ben M.
    Ben MaysonJanuary 24, 2016
    One of our Favourite places to bring visitors. Classic. Fun. Tasty
  • Nicole G.
    So good. Tiny place but the food is worth it
  • Joshua M.
    Joshua MagararuMarch 10, 2014
    The Communist Burger is D licious! (Peoples Republic Burger)
  • Bobby M.
    Bobby MinDecember 11, 2011
    Line is too long during meal times. Go at odd hours like 2 or 5 pm to get a seat right away
  • Fabien D.
    Fabien DMarch 15, 2014
    If you like cheese, choose the Joe Kennedy III. Definitely!
  • Steven R.
    Steven ResnickApril 22, 2010
    You CANNOT go wrong here with any burger! All the food is great and so are the milkshakes!
  • Sean L.
    Sean LiuSeptember 16, 2011
    Tom Brady is awesome. Try the Elvis shake for a secret menu item.
  • Biz T.
    Biz TraveldudeAugust 7, 2014
    Awesome burgers, great selection, perfect location.
  • Eric M.
    Eric MeyersJuly 30, 2013
    Onion rings were not good, raw crunchy onion and no flavor on batter. Burgers and frappes were excellent tho!
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TurkJuly 16, 2013
    Great food but be prepared. No restroom and cash only.
  • lina r.
    lina roqueApril 12, 2014
    The trick is: onion rings ON your burger 🙊
  • Jason B.
    Jason BednarSeptember 14, 2014
    The bison with jalapeños was incredible.
  • tueynguyen
    tueynguyenDecember 8, 2010
    if you're in the area, you MUST try a burger here. absolute goodness!
  • C F.
    C FosselFebruary 13, 2014
    The best turkey cheeseburger in the world. Period.
  • Wylie F.
    Wylie FisherJune 28, 2016
    Great burgers and wide variety!
  • Stacy K.
    Stacy KimAugust 9, 2013
    Funny, smart names and delicious burgers! 😗 NomNomNom
  • Stacey N.
    Stacey NelsonApril 22, 2016
    Loved the Snoop Dogg!
  • Jisu Y.
    Jisu YeonMay 9, 2015
    Great food! Love the Frappe
  • Bonobos
    BonobosAugust 15, 2012
    Delicious onion rings & sweet potato fries.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MorrissetteFebruary 25, 2012
    No bathroom, and they only take cash but the burgers are awesome!!
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikJuly 2, 2015
    How to get away with burger. 🍔
  • Kate G.
    Kate GwiltFebruary 8, 2015
    Definitely worth the wait, cash only
  • Regina P.
    Regina P.A.August 29, 2012
    Get the Tom Brady Burger.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SalomeMay 13, 2013
    Bring cash although they do have an atm
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Bartley's Burger Cottage as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • YouJung
    YouJungAugust 27, 2012
    If you order medium well, the meat get burned.
  • Eric V.
    Eric VenkerMay 12, 2014
    Famous for burgers, lives up to the hype.
  • Ginny S.
    Ginny SidmanAugust 10, 2014
    Can't go wrong with anything!
  • Raunak M.
    Raunak MunotApril 6, 2012
    The Frappes are a must have!
  • Mikael N.
    Mikael NerdeAugust 13, 2015
    Must visit when in Boston. Burger Lovers rejoice!
  • Nick M.
    Nick MetschJuly 5, 2013
    This place is pure tourist trap. They don't take credit cards. The prices are high, the inside is a dump, the food is meh. Do not go here. Save your money and time.
  • Mary G.
    Mary GlazenerOctober 31, 2015
    Got the feta burger with guac
  • Vishesh R.
    Vishesh RavalNovember 20, 2013
    Onion rings a must try..
  • Peter O.
    Peter Ostroskey JrFebruary 7, 2011
    Nom nom nom nom. Mayor Mumbles Menino burger = the way to go.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DavidsonJune 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Overrated and over priced and they pack people in tighter then the skin of a hot dog in that place. Walk down to the SQ and go to tasty burger instead!
  • Rafa E.
    Rafa EscañoOctober 24, 2015
    Hamburguesas muy sabrosas y espectaculares.
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