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Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

Burger Joint$$$$
Harvard Square, Cambridge
  • 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)
    "Delicious onion rings & sweet potato fries."(10 Tips)
165 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • frappés
  • onion rings
  • raspberry lime rickey
  • sweet potato fries
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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.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
  • 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+!
  • 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.
  • Jenny C.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
    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
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jul 16
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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
  • Curtis A.
    Curtis AntoineApril 15, 2012
    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!
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzSeptember 15, 2014
    This place has been slinging burgers for 50+ years. A local institution and a solid menu. Cash only.
  • @swemeatballs78
    @swemeatballs78March 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Gina C.
    Gina ChangFebruary 20, 2012
    Spice lovers try the deval patrick burger ! Jalapeno peppers, salsa and monterey jack cheese -best burger ive ever had.
  • 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.
  • Elaine K.
    Elaine KayApril 9, 2014
    "The Gay Marriage" + onion rings! Personally, I prefer their onion rings over fries!
  • 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.
  • 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??!!
  • Jay N.
    Jay NeelyAugust 28, 2014
    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.
  • Alida Rose
    Alida RoseNovember 22, 2012
    Communal sitting, Harvard hot spot, dam good burgers, and awesome political art work to enjoy.
  • 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!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BergusAugust 21
    Burger. Just pick any burger. (The frappes are delicious, too.)
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 2, 2012
    For a burger joint, the mac and cheese is surprisingly excellent. Good choice for the vegetarian crowd.
  • Roz T.
    Roz ThomasOctober 26, 2015
    Fantastic burgers cooked just right. Amusing names for them as well.
  • Florian V.
    Florian VolzApril 4, 2013
    The frappes are amazing! They are not coffee drinks, but you can get coffee flavor
  • Ayca Y.
    Ayca YilmazOctober 13, 2015
    Fast and good service, many types of burgers
  • Nick B.
    Nick BurkaAugust 7, 2014
    Any burger is probably amazing. The frappes are excellent too.
  • 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
  • Paul
    PaulFebruary 14, 2014
    Sweet potato fries are thick and delicious. Best in the country!
  • 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 :,(
  • 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!
  • Manussanan E.
    Manussanan EkkachatJuly 28, 2015
    Beyonce burger is awesome!! I really enjoy eating at here. <3
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ClarkAugust 15, 2015
    Best specialty burgers in Boston
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinJune 7, 2015
    They have a s'mores milkshake (or frappe as the locals call it) and it's delicious.
  • 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.
  • Constantin W.
    Constantin W3 weeks ago
    Pretty good Burgers and exceptional onion rings!
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