Bartley's Burger Cottage

(617) 354-6559 | View Website

1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA | Directions   02138

42.372474 -71.116095

Open Hours

Mon-Sat 11am-9pm

 
Restaurants, Dessert Shops, Traditional American  more

More Cuisine: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs

Price: $

Tags: Cheap Eats, Family Style Dining, Family-Friendly Dining, Group Dining, Historic Setting, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, Outdoor Dining

Payment Methods: Cash, Gift Certificate

Neighborhoods: Riverside

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Bartley's Burger Cottage
Bartley's Burger Cottage
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Reviews for Bartley's Burger Cottage

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Best burger in New England – My girl friend and I had terrific burgers, a noisey, fun place. But, they have no rest rooms.

Jim Hill, los Angeles, Ca.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Best burger in New England – My girl friend and I had terrific burgers, a noisey, fun place. But, they have no rest rooms.

Jim Hill, los Angeles, Ca.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

One of the best burgers I have had. – One day I was walking about in Cleveland Circle getting some grub at Pino's pizzeria, when I was confronted by a homeless guy perched in front of Eagle's Deli. He asked for some change so I gave it to him and we started talking about burgers. We started talking about Eagle's and then he brought up this place Bahtley's. He told me they had the best burgers so I took this nice homeless man's advice and ventured out about a week later in search of Bartley's.

I found the place. This place is my kind of place. Crap all over the walls just like a burger joint should be like. Taking the homeless guys advice again I got the Viagra burger (what a perv right?). Blue cheese and bacon...mmmmmmmm. I always get my meat cooked med rare like a self respecting human should. They have a few options for sides including onion straws, fires and SWEET POTATO FRIES! I chose the onion straws because I love and friend onion type thing. I made my sister get the SWEET POTATO FRIES and they ruled. My burger was amazing! It was crispy on the outside, cooked to perfection on the inside and just delicious. The onion straws were also awesome. To top it off they have sweet pepper relish which is just incredible. I think I ate my onion straws with it.

After being completely overwhelmed with how good my burger was I had to get a milk shake. I got a coffe oreo milkshake. It was poppin! It was so thick you had to eat it with a spoon.

Overall I love this place and I would go back more but its really expensive and doesn't take cards and I never carry cash. The place is super cramped and you could wait for a while but it kind of adds to the experience. I think it's kind of cool that you could be sharing a meal next to a complete stranger.

To all the haters, get a life. If you can't tell what kind of experience you are getting yourself into from just looking at the place, then get a life. If you order your burger well done, then get a life. If you like bloody burgers, great shakes and awesome onion straws, sweet pepper relish and SWEET POTATO FRIES then go to Bartley's Burgers.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

HATED IT! – The yelling of orders are from a saturday night live sketch with people yelling at the top of thier lungs to one another in a rat a tat manner that just isnt neccessary at all in order to run a burger joint.

The cola was more soda than syrup, if I wanted soda I would have asked for a glass of water and dropped in two alka seltzers and asked for a slice of lemmon instead.

Opting away from uncomfortable hard seats at the long tables, I opted for the counter where i obsreved less than wholesome food handling and preparation with a griddle that was not very clean and staff wearing no head wear at all !

My waitress seemed less than interested in my order and at the first sip of the drink I decided to change my order to go because I really wasnt into all the racket, when I went to the cash register the cashier bumped me out of ine for some one else because I wa satnding out of the way in the cramped entrance to be considerate of others, this is not a considerate of others kind of place, we had to yell at one another as to the amount and change, thank you was like a football game.

When some one yelled out the George Bush burger order of a double patty order I decided this wasnt my kinda place at at all, dumping the disgusting drink in the trash can appropirately placed at the door I walked out on a 15 bucks worth of abnadoned food before it was ever ready.

No Thanks, never going back there again, the recomendations plastered all over the building are the stuff of exageration and PT Barnum and Bailey circus like hyberbole.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

good, not worth the long lines – Some places are hyped up and can't live up to it, other places are praised and have stood the test of time for good reason; Mr. Bartley's is certainly that of the latter. Right in the middle-of-it-all on Mass. Ave in Harvard Square, this family run business has been serving up Boston's best burgers for almost fifty years, and they're not afraid to show it. Bombarded by "Best of" signs from any publication possible and Boston memorabilia scattered throughout, Bartley's has no shame in showing its the tops and that its all Boston all the time. But do they live up to it? Well, yes, mostly. Listing over thirty burgers on the big board, there's something for everyone, not to mention house made Raspberry Lime Rickey's (superb) and frappes (also superb). For around ten dollars you get a burger with fries or onion rings and a pickle. The burgers aren't huge, weighing in at 7 oz., but honestly, I can't say that I need much more then that these days anyway. One of us receives a very generous portion of onion rings while I seem to be lacking on the french fry end. The fries are good, solid, if unspectacular. The onion rings, however, are beyond awful. Limp, mealy and downright offensive, they have to be among the worst I've had in some time. The burgers, ground daily from choice beef, are nice, they come served on a delightful toasted sesame bun and my burger (the Tom Werner) comes with bacon and cheddar cheese. The first thing I notice is the cheese, as it oozes its way from all sides of the patty into melted cheese heaven, there is a perfect symphony of bread, meat and cheese in the first few bites. After that, however, I feel a little dryness, not in the burger itself, which is juicy, just not overly-so, but without condiments included in the sandwich, I feel the need to add some ketchup. (thankfully we're not at Louis Lunch) Ketchup could go either way for me, if I need it so be it, but its not a make or break situation, in this case I do need something, and I'm okay with that. My last few bites are all bread unfortunately, a big pet peeve of mine, and the meat was good, nice flavor, but not the best I've had. I will compliment them in that they are the first place to actually cook my burger properly. ( in this case a nice and red medium-rare) The waitress also offers a follow-up inquiry upon first bite to make sure it is cooked to my liking, so a huge compliment for that. Maybe its not the best burger we've had yet, but its up there, and there is something about this place you can't help but love. Maybe its the history, the fact that its still a family run establishment and all the sites, smells and sounds of a great burger place are all prevalent. Worth all the press and accolades? I'd say so, but still not burger perfection.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Excellent Burger Experience – There is a reason these burgers are considered some of the best in the Boston area. The taste is superb and the variety of toppings offers something for everyone. The onion rings are lightly battered and a perfect compliment to any burger choice. Orders are taken outside as you wait, meaning the food is ready shortly after you are seated. The atmosphere is fun and the waitstaff was very courteous on my visit. Make sure you take cash as they do no accept credit or debit cards which some see as a hassle. Slightly pricey but well worth it in my opinion.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Demeaning Service, Disgusting Food – I was served a half cooked burger, a half eaten pickle, and the floors were filthy.

When I complained, the owner told me to never come back and accused me of not being a good customer.

I wouldn't recommend this place because there are much cleaner, better tasting burgers to be had somewhere else.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Good Food very high priced – This place needs to get with the program and start accepting credit and debit cards. The prices for the burgers is entirely extravagant even though they are good. Our service was very good. The good service doesn't seem to be a common thing reading other posts. I will not be going back because of the prices when in Boston.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

OK place, if you like the WORST SERVICE IN THE WORLD – WORST of all is that every single time there I have been made to feel unwelcome and unliked. The incredibly brusque and ill-tempered wait staff are only outdone in pure rudeness by the cashier who was sullen and seemingly disgusted with my intrusion on her picking her nails clean. I've been there 3 times in the last 2 months. They have an excellent selection of burgers and options. Two of my three burgers arrived the temperature I wanted. While they are delicious, they are not worth the prices.

I say this...best $10 burger in Harvard. But for that price go to Abe and Louis' downtown.

Cash only is a problem, it's the 21st century already...please, put your prices up by 2% so I don't have to go the the freakin' bank to eat.

Please, go to Charley's instead, where the staff are super friendly, and while the burgers and only 80% as good, you can buy two of them for the same price.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great Burger Joint! – I can't believe that I never stumbled across this place in 20+ years of visiting Harvard Square. Ok, so it's not elegant or commodious or even very comfortable (we got a cold draft of air whenever anyone opened the door and had to keep our coats on). It's loud and crowded. And I got whipped cream splashed on my head. But the place is lively and it's a great burger joint. Since I don't eat beef, I was glad to find that they will substitute a turkey or veggie burger in any selection. Don't go if you are expecting a quiet , refined dining experience - but if you want an excellent selection of creative burger toppings, eclectic decorating (an Elvis theme prevails along with lots of bumper stickers and "your brain on ..." posters) and upbeat atmosphere - you can't beat it. We were there on a Thursday evening and had prompt seating, attentive service and a nice conversation with our cheek-by-jowl fellow diners. The waitress tried to warn us away from the large size order of onion rings (she was right - it was huge), but we had no problems demolishing it in short order as we awaited our burgers which arrived thick, juicy and piping hot. I need to make up for the past 20 years and visit more often!

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