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With Hotel Commonwealth as its grand cornerstone, Kenmore Square is a charming neighborhood of the Back Bay and the true gateway to the many things to do in Boston. In addtion to being the landmark of historic site Red Sox Fenway park, Kenmore Square provides close proximity and easy access to Boston’s many neighborhoods as well as cultural, historic and leisure attractions, the area has an allure all its own.

Fenway Park: Home of the Red Sox

Overlooking historic Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is the perfect choice for baseball fans and is within a short walking distance from the beloved home of the Boston Red Sox. 

Boston University:  Hotel Commonwealth's Avenue Neighbor

Home of the Boston Terriers, Boston University is the largest university in the city, founded in 1839. With over 16,000 full time undergraduates and over 8,500 full time graduate students, as well as a faculty of nearly 4,000, the University spans more than 13 acres right in the heart of Boston. 

With more than 100 colleges and universities located within its metropolitan area, Boston has been appropriately dubbed, "The Athens of America". Boston area schools include some of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. 

World Renowned Hospitals and Medical Centers

The Boston area is world renowned for its state-of-the-art hospitals and medical facilities. From teaching hospitals associated with the area's most prestigious universities, to community health centers, Boston offers the cutting-edge treatment and research that breaks new medical ground and expertly delivers successful patient care. 

Recognized as one of Boston's most upscale neighborhoods and attractions, the Back Bay stretches from the Charles River on the north to Newbury Street on the south and encompasses some of the city's most historic homes, businesses and high-end shopping and dining destinations.

Guide - Restaurants - Lunch

1369 Coffeehouse

1369 Cambridge St, Inman Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-576-1369

Description: CAMBRIDGE. This trendy little coffee house attracts an artsy, eclectic crowd who come to enjoy coffee or tea on a work break or with friends in the morning or evening. 1369 also offers a menu of light fare, including soups, sandwiches, and scones. A perfect place for quiet conversation and catching up with an old friend or for an intimate chat with someone special. Get there early to catch a table, which fill up with students and laptops.
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All Star Sandwich Bar

1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-868-3065

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Bright yellow signs across the front and side of this playful eatery make it hard to miss. But it's the thick, tasty sandwiches that have made it such a popular spot to grab a bite. Menu options change frequently, but might include grilled muenster cheese with two fried eggs, bacon and hot pepper relish on sourdough or the Texas reuben with beef brisket, monterey jack, cumin slaw and chipotle Russian on dark rye bread.
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50 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-621-6991

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Although it has a rather nondescript exterior, Atasca is a treasure once you're inside. The interior of the Portuguese restaurant is warm and inviting, thanks to butcher block tables and a brick hearth. The menu revolves around seafood, a Portuguese standard. Complimentary bread and olives begin every meal. From there, you can try a traditional cheese plate, steamed shellfish, paella, or perhaps an impossibly tender Cornish game hen. Try the pork sautéed with fresh little neck clams. Full bar.
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Baraka Cafe

80 ½ Pearl St, Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-868-3951

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Where else in Cambridge can you get lemonade with a touch of rose petal? Head to Baraka Café for North African food with French influences. A specialty vegetarian platter boasts a variety of expertly prepared vegetables, including eggplant and carrots. Entrees range from roasted eggplant to Algerian crepes filled with vegetable stew. The charming interior features warm-toned walls trimmed in blue and lined with photographs of North African peoples.
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Brown Sugar Cafe

1033 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 617-787-4242

Description: FENWAY DISTRICT. For Thai that's virtually unrivaled in Boston, visit Brown Sugar Cafe. The menu is filled with authentic offerings such as steamed mussels, chicken satay, and pad Thai. Vegetarians will also be delighted with the abundance of selections tailored just for them. For the meal's grand finale, order the satisfying ginger ice cream or the winter squash filled with custard.
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Cafe Sushi

1105 Massachusetts Ave, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-492-0434

Description: CAMBRIDGE. The decor isn't the focus at this Harvard Square raw stop, but folks clamor for its fresh sushi, prepared to perfection and at very reasonable rates. Cafe Sushi has been part of the neighborhood scene since the early '80s, and their experience shines through in the terrific rolls. In fact, local rumor has it that the fresh mackerel can't be beat.
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1712 Massachusetts Ave, Porter Square, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-547-6565

Description: CAMBRIDGE. A nod to the grandeur of the Ming Dynasty, this Chinese restaurant between Harvard and Porter Squares is an eye-pleaser thanks its sharp, clean lines and temple-inspired elements. Changsho is far more than a pretty scene, though, and its meticulously-prepared regional dishes have bedazzled palates from all over the city. On Sundays, the buffet brunch is not to be missed ­ if for no other reason than sampling what may just be Cambridge's most delicious dim sum.
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415 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143 617-661-3254

Description: SOMERVILLE. Just up the street from Inman Square, head to this exciting Spanish restaurant whose interior is adorned with colorful and somewhat crazy decorations and whose menu sports some of the best tapas to be found in the whole of Boston. Notable favorites include the cherizo sausage and braised rabbit. Plus, the sangria is top-notch. The atmosphere is fun and lively, and the wait staff cheerful and experienced.
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Green Street

280 Green St, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-876-1655

Description: Boasting a large craft cocktail list and a New American food menu that changes seasonally and draws ingredients from local sources, Green Street is a neighborhood bar that has been around for decades. Unique in the appetizer category is the "Offal," which can be anything from sweetbreads to buttermilk fried calf's brain. Mains range from chicken schnitzel to black peppered rib eye, with the bacon double cheeseburger winning rave reviews. Try the Parisian Orchid, a concoction of St-Germain, grapefruit juice, gin, and a splash of bitters.
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Grendel's Den

89 Winthrop St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-491-1160

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Grendel's gained notoriety in 1982, when it won an historic court case in the US Supreme Court that enabled them to use their liquor license and changed existing laws in 9 states. Now, it's a hot spot for the Harvard set, who flock here to hang out with friends and wile away the hours. Enjoy Grendel's happy hours, when the cost of the already reasonably priced menu items is cut in half. Selections are varied and interesting and cater to vegetarians and meat lovers alike. And the great selection of beer helps make Grendel's a keeper. Outside seating available as well.
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44 Brattle St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-868-2255

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Award winning Harvest is highly regarded for its three-course Sunday brunch. This prix fixe affair tempts the palate with New England-inspired dishes such as Harvest eggs Benedict made with Maine crab meat and complements them with traditional brunch alternatives like steak and eggs, grilled salmon, seasonal quiches and corned beef hash. The dining room, with its open kitchen, warm earth tones, wood accents and comfortable banquettes, forever embraces patrons, and the garden terrace is particularly enchanting during the months of late spring and early autumn.
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Henrietta's Table

1 Bennett St, The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-661-5005

Description: CAMBRIDGE. This eclectic restaurant, located in the elegant Charles Hotel, emphasizes New England-inspired dishes, and the use of fresh local ingredients has become one of Henrietta's most enduring qualities. That said, their Sunday brunch buffets have garnered numerous awards over the years, thanks no doubt to the omelet, carving and grilled vegetable stations. Farmhouse-chic decor distinguishes the interior, and sidewalk seating is available, weather permitting. A three-course, à la carte brunch is featured on Saturdays.
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Hi ­ Rise Bread Co.

1663 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-492-3003

Description: HARVARD SQUARE. This Harvard Square bakery turns out some of the best homemade breads in all of Boston. They often incorporate dried fruits, nuts, grains, orange zest, and fragrant spices and are as beautiful as they are tasty. Regulars stop by often to grab a gourmet sandwich for lunch or a sweet pick-me-up during the mid-afternoon lull. Hi-Rise does both exceptionally well. Just be prepared to pay for your indulgence since prices can be a bit steep.
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Mary Chung

464 Massachusetts Ave, Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-864-1991

Description: CAMBRIDGE. This Central Square Chinese restaurant's prices are as good as its entrees ­ and that's saying a lot! Spicy Mandarin-Szechuan eats are excellent and keep regulars coming back for more. The signature Peking ravioli is a favorite dish, as are the array of dishes fashioned around beef, chicken, duck, shrimp, and pork. You'll also find rice and noodle dishes and vegetarian options. Small, modest interior.
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Midwest Grill

1124 Cambridge St, Inman Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-354-7536

Description: CAMBRIDGE. It's all about the grill at this unusual restaurant. If you're a vegetarian, it's probably not the best spot for you, but if you love incredible roasted meats, it's definitely your stop! The place is a traditional churrasco rodizio, or rotating grill. At least seven grilling stations are scattered about the room, and servers bring selections of barbecued meat directly to your table. Everything is piping hot and delicious, and most meats are spiced or marinated. Additional menu items are brief and include sides, vegetables, and stew.
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Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers

1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-354-6559

Description: HARVARD SQUARE. No bones about it, this Harvard-area gem serves some of the best onion rings in Boston. Expect to see students, professors, business types, and neighborhood folks at Mr. Bartley's, whose food has practically become legend. Dress your burger with toppings from béarnaise sauce to avocado.
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Olé Mexican Grill

11 Springfield St, Inman Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-492-4495

Description: CAMBRIDGE. The festive interior of this Mexican dining room practically entices you to eat. Brightly colored walls are hung with decorative masks, and tables are constructed with cheery tiles. The menu features authentic fine Mexican food including stews, roasted duck in mole sauce or pan seared carne asada. Fresh guacamole is only made tableside and is an experience unto itself. Desserts and an extensive drink list make every meal enjoyable. Try a Patron gimlet or a tequila flight to get started.
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S & S Restaurant

1334 Cambridge St, Inman Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-354-0777

Description: CAMBRIDGE. A popular Cambridge landmark, S&S Restaurant serves breakfast all day long and at reasonable prices too. Choose from a selection of bagels, pancakes, egg dishes, omelets, and other must-have breakfast items. If you come by later in the day, don't miss their famous desserts (cakes, cheesecakes, and ice cream pies!). The casual, pleasant interior features large windows along the walls and light wood accents, which impart a slightly modern tone.
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Sandrine's Bistro

8 Holyoke St, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-497-5300

Description: HARVARD SQUARE. Sandrine's takes French bistro cuisine and gives it an Alsatian twist. The authentic menu features signatures like flammekueche (French pizza topped with onion, chicken, and the like) and choucroute (sauerkraut, prepared twice a week). You'll also find roast venison, rack of lamb, grilled veal and pork, fresh fish, and pan-seared duck. The inviting interior mixes warm yellows, cool greens, and blues, and a handsome, copper-topped bar acts as a focal point. The wine list features French vintages, and selections are available by the bottle or the glass.
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18 Eliot St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-868-1900

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Not familiar with Indian food? Have no fear ­ the staff at Tanjore will help you select something good. The cuisine at this Harvard Square restaurant hails from a variety of regions in India, and the menu clearly denotes each recipe's roots. Entrees create a tasty combination of flavors, thanks to skillful blendings of herbs, spices, nuts, and lentils. The pleasant interior has a laid-back atmosphere, and the lunch buffet is a great, quick option for mid-day dining.
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