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Taps: 38 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
916 Commonwealth Ave
phone: (617) 731-8646
(Place added by: Todd)
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| Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3
Question: What is worse than a place not having good beer at all?
Answer: Having good beer and serving it so badly that it disgraces the whole idea.
What is the point of having almost 50 taps and a bunch more bottles if you are going to make them all taste dead with haphazard serving? The beers all seem almost soapy to me, all stadium pours, all in the same glasses.
The service was mediocre when I went, the food was acceptable, but the atmosphere sucked. One of the good parts about the other Sunset is that it has a relaxed atmosphere. This place certainly does not.
A mediocre restaurant, yes. A good beer bar, no. I doubt if I will give this place another chance.
10-14-2003 16:12:57 |
More by waughbrew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located right along Commonwealth Ave in the heart of BU land, Sunset Cantina is basically the younger sibling of the Sunset Bar and Grill. A McDonalds express version of Sunset if you will.
The atmosphere is almost unchanged since this place used to be a 99. A very small bar and lots of booth style tables. Beer propoganda adorns the walls. The revolving staff are mostly college age and although some seem to know a little about what they're serving for the most part they are clueless.
The sign outside boasts 38 beers on tap and over twice as many tequilas. Bottles are rather limited. Although the selection is pretty decent for beer. Standards and some obscure ones. They usually always have arrogant bastard on tap, and prices remain steady at about $4 a pint. But, much like the other Sunset, they serve all their beers in the same soda type glass and their cleanliness of beer taps could use some improvment.
I will say though that the tequila selection is actually pretty impressive. Expensive, but... actually one of the better places in boston for quality hard to find tequilas.
The food is almost unchanged from the other Sunset. Standard pub, bar and grill, type fare. Burgers, Sandwiches, appetizers, etc. Although this location seems to have a bit more focus on tex mex. Decent quality, good bar grub.
Overall, A great place to hit up on a pub crawl to or from Allston, but...if you're looking to experience the Sunset walk 15 minutes up the street to the exact same restaurant with 400 more beers to choose from.
08-24-2003 10:09:14 |
More by taez555
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
I'm at the Grille all the time. Love it. An old friend was in town and told us to meet her at the Cantina for dinner and some drinks.
The Cantina has the same vibe. Almost sports bar/almost chain restaurant with tons of decorations on the walls. All around a fun place to have dinner. Menu is the same as the Grille. Great burgers and sandwiches, awesome nachos, some quality mexican style cooking. All around fun place.
They list about 30 beers on tap on their menu - maybe a bit less. Still a decent amount but pales in comparison to the sister restaurant's 100+. My biggest problem came when my girlfriend and I walked up to the bar, and literally struck out on the first 4 beers we asked for. This wasn't 12 oclock on a Saturday night either, it was 7 oclock on a not too busy Wednesday. Our waitress didn't seem too knowledgeable about the beer list either, but at the least very friendly.
Maybe I'm being a little harsh on this place. It's just not a good beer bar. Come here if you like Margiratas and other mixed drinks but there are plenty of other options in the area if you're looking for a good brew.
07-04-2010 16:58:42 |
More by charliedvrs
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Known more for its tequilla selection than its beer, the cantina still boasts nearly 40 beer on tap and about 60 or so more in the bottle. The selection is much more stagnant than it bigger brother and the waitstaff much less informed about beer (if thats possible). The menu selections for food are exactly the same as the grill and tap. I have had two bad experiences here with the same waiter. He is slow, forgets drink orders (espcially sizes), and is overall unattentive.
All in all not too bad, but ill take the grill and tap over it just about any day.
12-21-2004 06:13:12 |
More by Sycodrummer
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
SC sort of has the look of the typical chain restaurant. But that's OK in this case since much of the décor is made up of breweriana. Ive visited this place four times, each sitting at the bar. Each time the service was friendly and adequate though product knwoledge is lacking. The beer selection is good with the focus on draughts about 36(?) taps. Many of these unfortunately are uninspired choices but there has always been at least two or three that were interesting. Last time it was the Magic Hat HiPA (which I was unimpressed with). I have been told (at least twice) that my beer selection was unavailable. The food was good each visit with good sized portions. The menu leans toward Tex - Mex (obviously) with some typical American selections. Worth a try.
09-08-2003 17:41:44 |
More by John
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
i'd like to believe this was an odd occurance. i'd like to believe this never happens. they had a chalk board out front that said 38 beers on tap. they didn't have at least 10 of em. i'm told they were from different distributors so it wasn't like some distributor's truck fell into some big dig hole and they ran out of a few beers. and sunset cantina knew BeerAdvocate.com was coming. did they think we were going to drink soda?
service was okay. probably not the waiter's fault there weren't so many beers on tap.
beers were tasty.
free food was nice.
atmosphere was nice. trays and fonts all over the place.
05-11-2003 18:11:30 |
More by bennybrew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
"Hey," Jim glared over at us from the bar, glancing at his watch, "they've got $50 dollar shots here. Let's order a round," he yelled as we approached and took seats on his right. The bar, which looked like it could seat fourteen, was immediately in on the right after entering the door from Comm. Ave. To the left traveling down the length of the rectangular layout was the main dining area with a variety of seating options with booths and free-standing tables. There was a fair amount of people eating, and sitting at the bar, for a late, lunch time crowd. I noticed nobody had been sitting near Jim.
"Hell no," Kumar said, "we aren't paying for that." I shook my head and Jim eyed us crazily, before tapping the finished pint glass in front of him, an empty, sticky shot glass next to it, and nodded at the bored barkeep who jumped into action. "Fuck, I thought that was part of my pay-off, but I guess not," Jim griped as the bartender served him up a pint of something pale. I grabbed a drinks menu and eyed the 37 draughts they had on, mostly the same stuff they had up the street at the Bar & Grill, just less of it. I ordered an Avery Reverend while Kumar went with a Dogfish 90, and we were set for the time-being. They also had forty or so bottles, including the usual pap, but tequila was definitely their game with over 70 different tequilas, including shots of Herradura Suprema at $49.99 a pop, and a laundry list of specialty margaritas. The food menu, again, looked to be about the same as the Bar & Grill, pub grub, but it wasn't time to eat yet. Also, the bartender had wandered off over to the video machine at the street end of the bar, playing the "What's different about this picture?" game, so it wasn't like we had any say in the matter.
Overall, the place was mostly dark. However, the nine or so televisions and holy-shit kitsch plastered everywhere lightened it up a bit: license plates, coasters, serving trays, posters, Jose Cuervo flags, and a three-tiered fake fountain in the middle of the dining area still festooned with mistletoe, but no running water. Hanging from the ceiling were paddle wheel fans, reminiscent of the fans in a San Francisco brewpub I had been to back in 1995. It was hard to tell what kind of theme was going on in this place, but as I tried to make out what it was, a loud "CLANG!" brought me back to what was going on at the bar.
Down at the far end, a waitress had rung what looked like a captain's bell hanging above the bar and set a bunch of to-go orders down on the top of the bar. A pair of college guys sitting down at that end, wearing UNH sweatshirts and ballcaps on backwards, paid the bartender who was reluctant to leave his riveting game on the game machine, and went back to sipping on their pints. "Those fucking kids down there have been breast-feeding on those things since I got here," Jim said, "two hours ago," he stated with emphasis. Kumar grabbed some goldfish mix from the goblet in front of us, wiped his hands on a cocktail napkin, looked at his hands, wiped them again, and turned to Jim.
"Well, we didn't get your message until a little while ago. We were planning on heading over to Cambridge anyway, so you're lucky we're even here."
"That's a crock of shit," Jim said slamming his pint down. "We had this settled yesterday. It's not my fault you suck at cards. With all that whining you were doing last night, you're lucky there wasn't some serious ass-kicking going on, of the tan-skinned variety." Apparently, winning poker the night before was all that had stopped Jim from ripping out Kumar's medulla oblongata and serving it up like sushi.
"You make me laugh," Kumar said, chuckling, defusing the situation. I thought for sure that last line was going to detonate something. "You simply said we should go on a crawl today, you didn't mention where, so fuck off."
"Like hell I didn't," Jim roared, and with that a sudden outburst of laughter echoed over to us from the direction of the captain's bell. The UNH guys were looking in our direction, smirks on their faces, one of them muttering something that sounded like " king drunks." BU's new arena, the Agganis, had just recently opened across the street, so it was likely they were here for a game. Jim wasn't going to let the comment pass.
"Maine Black Bears kick ass, you whores," Jim shouted at them and then turned to the bartender, "A round of those $50 shots," he paused, "now," he exploded and staggered off his barstool towards the two Wildcats at the far end, their eyes popping out of their orbital sockets, grabbing like suckfish at their sacks of food.
01-08-2005 17:32:13 |
More by Truh
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Here's the thing - you get a beer menu that looks like the Original Sunset's and you say to yourself (or your drinking buddy) "Where's the rest of the taps ?". I guess it's just reflex from 14 years of going to the first Sunset. The selection is OK but really doesn't grab your imagination like the smaller but more exciting and well chosen 24 taps at Redbones (the same holds true for the Orginal, even with its 110 taps !). Some regular taps are quite nice, notably Chimay Cinq Cents and Dogfish 90. I was jonesing for a draft Fullers ESB but none in sight. OK then how about a nice hoppy American like HopDevil, Stone, or BearRepublic anything on tap, no dice. My companion-in-hops ordered a Grants Fresh Hop. I think someone must have used it to hold a window open. No hops there (see seperate review). Where's the lupulin at this place ? At least the tequila selection looks good and has reasonable tasting "flights". The food is pretty good and the atmosphere nice and non-claustrophbic. Our bartender, while nice and attentive when facing customers, spent an inordinate amount of time wading through the POS system with his back to the customers. I don't know what their sales system made the poor guy do but it looked like he trying to bring back an errant Gemini mission and seemed to take up the same amount of attention.
10-22-2004 16:19:23 |
More by schemb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Very similar to the Sunset Grill & Tap. The food is nearly identical and a very good deal in my opinion, much better than average bar food and a plethora of options to pick from. Selection of beer is a little less comprehenisve but still extremely impressive and one of the better lists in the Boston area. Atmosphere is a large, lively college themed bar but doesn't feel cheap at all with fairly intersted decor, lots of old beer signs/posters from various companies are plastered all over the walls.
My review might be slightly biased because the service I had was absolutely atrocious. The waiter completely forgot our order and we waited for 20-30 minutes without any hint of our food (we had even ordered an appetizer). When he came back, he had his pen and paper out like he was going to take our order again. I think he completely forgot he had already waited on us. Now to make amends, they did give us the appetizer for free - it was about $8 , which was a very cool gesture but it was still a major inconvenience.
Overall = assuming my poor service was a total fluke, I definitely recommend this place if you're in the area. However, if you're heading out this way with some flexibility, I recommend the Sunset Grill over the Cantina as I had a much better overall experience there.
07-04-2005 06:28:06 |
More by LPorter33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
Met a bunch of BAs here for the pre-AOBF meeting. Easy to get to if you're driving - on Comm Ave near BU. On street parking.
The atmosphere is sorta like a beer-oriented Bennigan's - take the sleds and lacrosse sticks off the wall and replace them with beer paraphernalia. Comfortable place to hang out. Are they always out of 25% of their taps? I went with the Ipswitch Ale, which was served in a US pint glass and tasted properly fresh. Service was a little slow, but overall wasn't bad. Would have been better had the servers known more about the beers. They brought pitchers of water to the table, which was appreciated. The munchies were pretty good - fresh veggies & hummus.
Regardless, this place will go down in history as the start of the BA Chocolate Stout & Framboise revolution...
05-15-2003 07:48:35 |
More by sponberg
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