Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

Burger Joint · Harvard Square
1246 Massachusetts Ave (btwn Bow & Plympton), Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
Open until 9:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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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)
    Nick B.
    "The frappes are excellent too."(16 Tips)
    "Delicious onion rings & sweet potato fries."(10 Tips)
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  • burgers
  • frappés
  • onion rings
  • raspberry lime rickey
  • sweet potato fries
  • milkshakes
  • lively
  • authentic
  • good for a quick meal
  • family-friendly
  • casual
  • good service
  • off-menu items
  • s'mores
  • gluten-free food
  • landmarks
  • coffee
  • great value
  • bacon
  • malts
  • Ricky S.

    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".

    Ricky Sherrill · 3 weeks ago
  • Mary G.

    Got the feta burger with guac

    Mary Glazener · October 31
  • Roz T.

    Fantastic burgers cooked just right. Amusing names for them as well.

    Roz Thomas · October 26
  • Ayca Y.

    Fast and good service, many types of burgers

    Ayca Yilmaz · October 13
  • Arshad S.

    The history of the place. A must go at least once

    Arshad Saalik · October 11
  • Emrecan D.

    Triple D is a must try;)

    Emrecan D · October 7
  • Enrico S.

    Good veggie burgers. Awesome onion rings. And frappe? Delicious.

    Enrico S · October 3
  • Stephen C.

    Best specialty burgers in Boston

    Stephen Clark · August 15
  • Mikael N.

    Must visit when in Boston. Burger Lovers rejoice!

    Mikael Nerde · August 13
  • Manussanan E.

    Beyonce burger is awesome!! I really enjoy eating at here. <3

  • Nicole G.

    So good. Tiny place but the food is worth it

  • Abhishek K.

    Kinda overhyped maybe. I have definitely had better burger. The onion strings are also overrated.

    Abhishek Kar · July 4
  • Sandra R.

    How to get away with burger. 🍔

  • drew t.

    They have a s'mores milkshake (or frappe as the locals call it) and it's delicious.

    drew tarvin · June 7
  • Liza P.

    Harvard double burger

    Liza Paliy · May 18
  • Liza P.

    Kevin Garnett burger

    Liza Paliy · May 18
  • Jisu Y.

    Great food! Love the Frappe

    Jisu Yeon · May 9
  • Fiona H.

    No restroom. Cash only.

    Fiona Hodge · April 1
  • Nicholas W.

    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+!

    Nicholas Woolf · March 31
  • Jo L.

    Tom brady Burger

    Jo Laf · February 28
  • Mark J.

    Delicious, but a bit pricey. Closed on Sundays, and cash only!

    Mark J. · February 21
  • Kate G.

    Definitely worth the wait, cash only

    Kate Gwilt · February 8
  • Hilmar

    Amazing burgers!!!

    Hilmar · December 22, 2014
  • Food Network

    Get the Harvard Double Burger, featuring two beef patties topped with grilled onions, peppers, bacon, mushrooms and a load of barbecue sauce. Read more

    Food Network · December 17, 2014
  • Nikos B.

    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!

    Nikos Bartzoulianos · November 30, 2014
  • Noah W.

    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.

    Noah Weiss · November 24, 2014
  • Daniela B.

    Yummy burgers and fries by Harvard

    Daniela Benzaquen · November 6, 2014
  • Adam S.

    This is the best place I've ever been in my life. Thankfully, despite all the posters, they do not serve beer.

    Adam Schrader · November 5, 2014
  • Alex D.

    All the burgers are good. Like, every single one I've ever had.

    Alex Dobyan · October 30, 2014
  • Jeremy K.

    This place has been slinging burgers for 50+ years. A local institution and a solid menu. Cash only.

    Jeremy Krantz · September 15, 2014
  • Jason B.

    The bison with jalapeños was incredible.

    Jason Bednar · September 14, 2014
  • Yum K.

    Beyonce burger

    Yum K · September 12, 2014
  • Jay N.

    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.

    Jay Neely · August 28, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Bartley's Burger Cottage as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Tobias N.

    If you love burgers you gotta visit Mr. Bartleys close to Harvard. Get the 'Tom Brady' and a Raspberry Lime Rickey. Best in town.

    Tobias Negele · August 22, 2014
  • Minnie K.

    Some of the best burgers in the Boston area!! So delicious. Loved the Tom Brady burger. Just a heads up - it's CASH ONLY!

    Minnie Kim · August 22, 2014
  • Maryam K.

    Amazing burgers- which are names after celebrities that have been there! Healthy options such as no bun and vegetarian options too. Love this place

    Maryam Kazmi · August 18, 2014
  • Michael T.

    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.

    Michael Tchou · August 10, 2014
  • Ginny S.

    Can't go wrong with anything!

    Ginny Sidman · August 10, 2014
  • Nick B.

    Any burger is probably amazing. The frappes are excellent too.

    Nick Burka · August 7, 2014
  • Biz T.

    Awesome burgers, great selection, perfect location.

    Biz Traveldude · August 7, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Seen on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, amazing burgers. Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 6, 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 · August 4, 2014
  • Food Network

    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

    Food Network · August 4, 2014
  • Michael H.

    Not sure what all the fuss about the sweet potato fries is about - mine were soft, soggy, and undersalted. Solid burger though.

    Michael Horowitz · May 14, 2014
  • Diana A.

    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.

    Diana Arboleda · May 14, 2014
  • Eric V.

    Famous for burgers, lives up to the hype.

    Eric Venker · May 12, 2014
  • alex b.

    Not open on Sunday. Noooooooo!

    alex b · May 4, 2014
  • lina r.

    The trick is: onion rings ON your burger 🙊

    lina roque · April 12, 2014
  • Elaine K.

    "The Gay Marriage" + onion rings! Personally, I prefer their onion rings over fries!

    Elaine Kay · April 9, 2014

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