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Taps: 38 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
916 Commonwealth Ave
phone: (617) 731-8646
(Place added by: Todd)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
All the other reviewers have done a good job on the basics of this spot
"Smaller (in size and beer selection) then sister site Sunset Grill."
Cross the street from BU's hockey rink, five mins from Fenway, this place is friendly and relaxed, extensive and varied menu of worthy and tasty options. Go for the food, beer and tequila.
Plenty of quality Beer offerings, locals and from far and wide. Also extensive tequila options. I was with a school group of 50 (!) on this visit, they definitely know how to accommodate a large group and everybody enjoyed the athmosphere and the food. Enjoyable and certainly worth a visit if in the area.
05-31-2008 13:01:03 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This bar is a smaller version of the Sunset Grille, with a slightly different theme. The focus here is on Mexican fare. They have a lot of different Mexican food on the menu, which is generally pretty good. They also have dozens of tequilas behind the bar too, and the tequila flights are a good way to try a few different ones. The service and atmosphere is just about what you can expect to find at the Grille, a cool place filled with young people. The focus here is more on the bottled beers. They have a very good selection, but slightly scaled back from what you can find at the Grille. The prices are what you'd expect to pay for good beer. I had a Weybacher Blithering Idiot and an Ayinger Celebrator for $4.99 each. Overall, this is a great location for beers if you are on the BU stretch of Comm Ave. It's a great place if you are going to Agannis Arena.
01-09-2007 18:41:24 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Enjoyed a day out with Alewife today....second time here, but first chance to do a review.... Here about 200pm, on a rainy Sunday afternoon...
I love the decor....bier memorabilia everywhere! Coasters, bier-trays, posters, tap-handles....everywhere. Great decor, very suited to bier-drinking! They had about 25-30 taps, with Arrogant Bastard and Rogue Dead Guy being a couple of the highlights (for me, anyhow). They were out of a few....a constant problem it seems. And $4.50 for a pint of Bastard is quite reasonable. A fine array of bottles supplemented the tap list. The Bastard tasted great, as did a few sips of Alewifes Dead Guy. I won't detract from the rating for quality, though, based on my Stella. I guess it's supposed to taste so-so. Our beertender was right there for us. In fact, she comped Alewife her first bier when her first 2 requests (Brooklyn Brown and Belhaven Scotch Ale) were gone after having kicked the previous night. Each of our burgers were sizable and plenty tasty, with an abundant side of curly-fries. Add to all this the fact that Boston is now smoke-free...Hot Dog!!!
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
06-01-2003 16:48:02 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I like to stop at the Cantina on my way out to Allston on the B line. It allows me to get off the train a few stops early and less time on the trolley is always a good thing.
There is nothing noteable about the building. It is fairly new and has a small outdoor patio in front. I usually opt for the bar which is immediately on your right when you walk in with a large dining area to your left. They have a good selection of beers here both on-tap and the bottle but they often seem to be out of my first choice or two. They also do have a full liquor license which the Sunset grill does not.
I have eaten the food here before and it is better than average but nothing to write home about. The service is always friendly and attentive and I have not had any freshness issues with beers here. I recommend this place pretty highly but it just doesn't have too much character. It feels almost like it doesn't belong in the neighborhood that it's in. This is a plus in some ways and a minus in others.
07-09-2005 14:22:26 |
More by rousee
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Located on Commonwealth Ave in the heart of a heavily saturated B.U. area, Sunset Cantina is easy to locate. A good sized bar that tends to cater to the college & university crowds. This is also an establishment that should make any BA content.
The emphasis at this place is their selection, which is very good. They offer 5 or so "Freshly Tapped" selections. During my visit the Brooklyn Monster Ale was on tap. It was very tasty and fresh. This being a somewhat rare selection to see on tap, I was pleased. They also have a menu that describes their tap and bottle selections. They have around 30-40 beers on tap.
Some bottle highlights were Anchor Foghorn, Victory Storm King Stout, and Dogfish Head. They have Sam Adams Triple Bock, which is something you don't see every day. Beers are provided with your typical pint glass. Looked like they had some specialty glasses as well. Prices are very reasonable at about $4 to $5 a pint. They have an extensive pub like food menu (i.e. burgers, nachos, salads, etc.)
I like this place and will stop by again. Service was friendly, attentive and welcoming. Obviously, there are many parallels and comparisons to the Sunset Bar & Grill located in Allston. Both places might suffer from that "too many options, decreases quality" complex, but you have to give credit to the selection available.
02-09-2005 14:35:54 |
More by Hibernator
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
About 38 beers on tap, they were actually cleaning a tower of lines during our visit so there was less of a selection odd, what bar cleans their lines when they are open? Standard straight pint glasses dont impress me at all and the soapy goblets ruined every beer they touched. Out of the six beers we tried two were old, the Anchor Foghorn was extremely old and the Arrogant Bastard tasted like it had been on for a while as well. This location seems to pride on their Tequila perhaps more than the beer, go for the Freshly Tapped list. The bottled selection was standard with few surprises. The service was good and apologetic about some beers that were not available at the time.
The definitely cater to the college crowd with their cheap buffets and pub grub that is covered with cheese. A decent stop for a couple of beers but Id rather go some where else to end the night off and eat something that does not have a bucket of cheese on it.
04-02-2004 10:58:35 |
More by Jason
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by for a few pints before a recent Sox game. Walking in was like going into a mini-Sunset Grill (the sister location right down the street). Has all the same decorations and themes going on. Somewhere in the vicintiy of 20 taps and the two or three I sampled were all fresh. The bottle selection was as large as the Sunset Grill. One note of a difference is that the tap list is not on the back of the little book (that is bottles only) but a tap listing can be found in little plastic stands all over the place.
Service was a bit forgetful. Our waitress forgot to bring our beers over twice and forget one of the meals someone in my party ordered. It was like she was hungover and forgetful. Food was as good as the Sunset Grill too. Huge menu selection of pub grub.
Would definitely visit again but I still prefer the Sunset Grill location.
06-11-2006 11:51:17 |
More by MuddyFeet
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
i'd like to believe this was an odd occurance. i'd like to believe this never happens. they had a chalk board out front that said 38 beers on tap. they didn't have at least 10 of em. i'm told they were from different distributors so it wasn't like some distributor's truck fell into some big dig hole and they ran out of a few beers. and sunset cantina knew BeerAdvocate.com was coming. did they think we were going to drink soda?
service was okay. probably not the waiter's fault there weren't so many beers on tap.
beers were tasty.
free food was nice.
atmosphere was nice. trays and fonts all over the place.
05-11-2003 18:11:30 |
More by bennybrew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Here's the baby brother of the Sunset Grill in Alston (about a mile away on the same street, Beacon). The selection is not as extensive, but it is more than adequate for the typical beer bar.
The food is fine but nothing special. Kinda the typical stuff you find at a bar in Boston.
The beer selection is superior, but not as extensive as its big brother. I can usually find something I've never had before, which is, frankly, not easy.
05-27-2013 20:44:47 |
More by smcolw
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