The Middle East Restaurant

Middle Eastern, Rock Club
$ $
472-480 Massachusetts Ave (Brookline Ave)
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 864-3278
11:00am - 1:00am
11:00am - 1:00am
11:00am - 1:00am
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 1:00am



  • Grab a pitcher of beer and a chicken kabob before a show here. If you wait until after to eat, you'll be too inebriated and you should just spend your money at Hi-Fi Pizza or Moody's.
  • The Mighty Mighty Bosstones album Live From the Middle East was recorded here during the band's annual end-of-the-year Hometown Throwdown in 1997!
  • A mainstay in Central Square for nearly 40 years, the Middle East has become one of the nationsyes, the nationsbetter-known midsize venues for music.
  • The chicken shawarma was the worst I've ever had! Evvaaaa!!
  • Good middle eastern food, fab selection of classic Arabic songs and live belly dancing on weekends!
  • Lunch here is PHENOMENAL! Very reasonably priced for absolutely delicious food. Get the laftka, you won't be disappointed.
  • This place is a Mecca for live music in New England, but the food is SO underrated. Get the chicken kebab plate lunch special.
  • Way too hot for dancing here but overall was okay. It was a hot august night.
  • What a fun venue!
  • Food is affordable, delicious, and good for you !!!
  • The live music capital of Boston/Cambridge, as well as delicious lamb kabab plate.
  • The beef shawarma is gross.
  • Food-ok. But the club downstairs is good.. Would recommend the cocktails either!!
  • Cheap lunches! Fabulous kabobs and hoomus. Very friendly staff. Great place.
  • Terrible service, we were left sitting there without a menu for a good five minutes. Then afterwards, they left us alone again with no water or offer to take our order. Food was just average.
  • Great cheap lunch with good music
  • We're performing at 9:15pm on Sat Mar 30!

Nearby places

480 Massachusetts Ave (at Brookline St.)
472 Massachusetts Ave (at Brookline St.)
512 Massachusetts Ave (btwn Brookline & Pearl)