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Discover sightseeing attractions and things to do in Boston Massachusetts

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.

Restaurants
Guide - Restaurants - American

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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Audubon Circle

838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215 617-421-1910

Description: FENWAY DISTRICT. Conveniently located near Fenway Park, this pub draws a yuppie crowd ready to feast on tasty American cuisine and grab a drink before heading out to the game. Order from a selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, grilled entrees, and more. The interior is Art Deco in design, highlighting the hip feel that abounds. The walls alternate between dark wood paneling and exposed brick and the tables are black slate. A full bar provides many options, including a larger selection of beer and cocktails as well as small offering of red and white wine.
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Christina's Ice Cream

1255 Cambridge St, Inman Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-492-7021

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Mmmm...ice cream. If you're out and about on Inman Square, you won't be able to pass by this neighborhood ice cream shop. It makes for a nice break in the day ­ no matter the weather or whether you're shopping or sightseeing. Sweet offerings are numerous and include flavors like Mexican chocolate or rum raisin, along with a host of other traditional and non traditional favorites-all created in-house with spices from Christina's adjacent spice shop. Yogurt and sorbet are also available. Long, but very quick lines during the warmer months.
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Craigie On Main

853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-497-5511

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Chef Tony Maws started this modern bistro in 2002, and the accolades have been showering upon the place ever since. Each night, Maws & crew offer a life-altering à la carte menu that includes dishes like spice-bread-crusted wild boar chops and whole-roasted Vermont squab. The wine list, too, is sure to impress thanks to an emphasis on vineyards that tend to be overlooked by the more mainstream eateries.
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East Coast Grill & Raw Bar

1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-491-6568

Description: CAMBRIDGE. East Coast Grill specializes in practically any kind of seafood imaginable. Main courses include cornmeal-crusted scallops, barbequed-pork ribs, and grilled spice-crusted Atlantic salmon. You'll also find an impressive raw bar over flowing with oysters, shrimp and crab claws. Meanwhile, the menu for Sunday brunch is also full of fantastic options, including corn bread-crusted French toast, smoked duck-stuffed tortilla rellenas, and Littleneck clams. Their legendary make-your-own-Bloody Mary bar alone is reason enough to reserve a table!
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EVOO

350 3rd St, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02142 617-661-3866

Description: CAMBRIDGE. International flavors permeate Evoo's spectacular cuisine. The succulent cilantro lime marinated roasted chicken breast is served with green olive relish and soft corn tortillas, and other inspiring combinations include seared sea scallops with red curry risotto, tempura fried bacon, and carrot-daikon salad. Delicate desserts from the raspberry lemon curd tart to the espresso cardamom pot de crème with cinnamon biscotti seal a pleasurable evening. Attractive, contemporary décor enhances the dimly lit dining room, although the food's the real draw.
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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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Harvest

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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L.A. Burdick Chocolate Shop & Cafe

52-D Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-491-4340

Description: CAMBRIDGE. For those living or visiting Harvard Square, this is a must. Known for their amazing hot chocolate, L.A. Burdick also offers rich desserts and sweets like their signature chocolate mice. A popular spot for young and old alike. Great treats to enjoy in the cafe or take home with you after a night on the town.
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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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Redbones

55 Chester St, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144 617-628-2200

Description: SOMERVILLE. You may want to chow down on tender ribs, from the Arkansas country style to the smokey Memphis variety, or a tempting plate of BBQ, brisket, steak, catfish or wood grilled chicken. Changing daily, blue plate specials might feature meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, grilled quesadillas or a burger and fries. Over 20 beers on tap, specialty cocktails and an assortment of margaritas attract a sizeable crowd to the bar.
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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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Salts

798 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-876-8444

Description: CENTRAL SQUARE. Tasty, creative fare wows diners regularly at this Cambridge kitchen. New American cuisine and an intimate dining area (17 tables) combine for a great meal worthy of a special occasion or celebration. Start with wild mushroom-topped blinis and then consider lavender-glazed duckling, rosemary and black tea-smoked lamb loin with Ukrainian dumplings, or some other aromatic dish. Friendly staff round out the pleasant experience.
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Soulfire

182 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134 617-787-3003

Description: BRIGHTON. This BBQ spot pays tribute to the culture of soul from its menu to its music. Ribs, brisket, pulled pork and roasted chicken are cooked in a wood-burning pit and served with homespun delights like cornbread, mac and cheese, coleslaw, collard greens, potato salad or baked beans. Wash it all down with your favorite microbrew.
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T.W. Food

377 Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-864-4745

Description: CAMBRIDGE. This Cambridge kitchen crafts flavorful dishes with locally-grown, organic ingredients. Treat your table to the seven-course tasting menu, or order from the traditional menu featuring impressive selections that might include roasted medallions of Massachusetts monkfish, or leg of fallow venison with braised red cabbage and mousseron mushrooms. A limited but thoughtful wine list complements the cuisine.
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Tealuxe

00 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-441-0077

Description: HARVARD SQUARE. Diminutive Tealuxe offers limited seating in a quaint atmosphere and is ideal if you want time to yourself or with a good friend. An extensive list of teas and coffees provides something for everyone, and scones, pastries, and cookies offer a bit of solid sustenance. Jazz music playing softly in the background prompts customers to relax, and the gift shop sells accoutrements to help with hosting your own tea party.
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