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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 - Brunch

Atlantic Fish

761 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 617-267-4000

Description: BACK BAY. A beloved part of the Boston scene since the late 1970s, Atlantic Fish sports an updated atmosphere these days ­ in other words, the original's galley look was traded in for a more polished scene of stained wood, pendant lights, coffered ceiling and crisp white linens. The menu, though hasn't changed all that much over the years (Hey, why mess with a good thing!), and Atlantic's kitchen continues to serve up timeless raw bar classics like shrimp cocktail, iced Littleneck clams and Blue Point oysters. Patio dining is available.
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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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Blue Room

1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-494-9034

Description: CAMBRIDGE. The creative kitchen staff at ever-popular Blue Room rarely fails to impress. This is especially so on Sundays, when the restaurant puts on a buffet brunch that promises delights like Moroccan spiced chicken, fried pork chicharrones, octopus salad and Persian rice pudding. As to the setting, this atmospheric restaurant sports weathered brick walls, rough ceiling timbers and an open kitchen. Displays of original artwork, rotated seasonally, give the space further charm. Nice wine list and outdoor dining during summer months.
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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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69 Kilmarnock St, Boston, MA 02215 617-236-7600

Description: FENWAY DISTRICT. Casually elegant, Church's dining room is outfitted with exposed brick and mustard yellow walls and a dark wood bar with pendant lighting. Crowd-pleasing mains like grilled tenderloin steak tips with truffle fries and grilled lemon-basil pesto salmon with jasmine rice and asparagus, make the restaurant an even more attractive choice. Approximately 50 varieties of wine are available, with a limited selection sold by the glass. The adjoining nightclub features live music nightly.
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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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Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks

528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 617-532-9100

Description: KENMORE SQUARE. A long, glistening bar and bustling dining room packed with cozy booths and tables accomodate patrons at this brasserie-style restaurant. Awesome European-inspired dishes, from roasted chicked with mushrooms, foie gras and spaetzle to veal schnitzel with artichokes, fingerling potatoes and spinach, comprise the menu. There's a substantial wine list, as well.
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Elephant Walk

900 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215 617-247-1500

Description: FENWAY DISTRICT. This restaurant is a clever juxtaposition of French and Cambodian cuisine, which makes for very dynamic menu combinations. Some of the best dishes produced by the consistent kitchen include lemongrass marinated lamb with rice and mushrooms, pan-seared duck breast and venison flank steak brochettes spiced with fresh ginger. Vegetarian dishes available. The interior of this restaurant is quite lovely with warm, rich tones and soft lighting.
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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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Island Creek Oyster Bar

500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 617-532-5300

Description: KENMORE SQUARE. Diners often believe they have died and gone to shellfish heaven at Island Creek Oyster Bar, which features local oyster options and a rotating selection of satisfying craft beers. Settle down at one of the cozy tables next to the wall decorated with oyster shells, or find a seat at the raw bar to watch the magic happen. Don't leave without ordering a dozen succulent Island Creek oysters or trying their signature oyster sliders.
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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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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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Petit Robert Bistro & Pastry Bar

468 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 617-375-0699

Description: KENMORE SQUARE. Housed in a two-level townhome, the interior of this restaurant is outfitted with an open kitchen, exposed brick walls, and accents of bright yellow paint. From onion soup to roast saddle of lamb and chicken coq au vin, authentic French favorites line the menu. A delightful pastry bar offers homemade desserts throughout the day, so stop by in the afternoon for coffee and a macaroon, cheesecake or chocolate Eiffel tower.
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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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327 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115 617-351-2500

Description: BACK BAY. This modish café and bar is always packed with Boston's social butterflies. Yet the atmosphere is not its only attraction ­ the menu is also top-notch. There's a range of pastas, from simple spaghetti to saffron risotto adorned with edible flowers. A few main dishes are olive oil poached salmon, curry roast chicken, and classic steak au poivre. The Chinese vegetable stack, made with tofu and noodles, is a great choice for the vegetarian. Top off your meal with the "Sonsie Award-Winning Chocolate Bread Pudding."
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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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Woody's Grill And Tap

58 Hemenway St, Boston, MA 02115 617-375-9663

Description: FENWAY DISTRICT. Woody's serves as both an ideal lunch spot and a great nightlife option. This bar makes a mean thin-crust pizza that's cooked to perfection on a wood-fired oven. In fact, these pizzas have become legendary with local baseball regulars and symphony goers. Order toppings that run the gamut, from goat cheese to arugula and jerk chicken. Full bar provides a variety of options with approximately 18 beers on tap. The interior is pleasant, featuring yellow walls, blue accents, and lovely wood trim.
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