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Harvest
  • Address:
    44 Brattle Street (on the walkway)
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    Neighborhood:
    Cambridge
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Harvest Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.harvestcambridge.com
  • Email: pbaker@harvestcambridge.com
  • Phone: (617) 868-2255
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Mary Dumont
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Harvest offers the Fireplace Room for Private Events for 20 to 30 people. Our Semi-Private Alcove area is available for parties of 15 to 25. Our Back Dining Room accomadates parties of 40 to 60. Please contact Chelsea at cmuntz@harvestcambridge.com for more details.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Every night we offer the $44 Brattle Street Menu; 3 Courses paired with wine that changes weekly. Our Business Lunch is offered Monday thru Saturday with 2 courses and $22 or 3 courses at $29. Each month join us for Harvest Reviews; A Special dinner of 4 Courses with Wine for $39. Please call Harvest for our special events reservations.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On the walkway between Mt. Auburn and Brattle
  • Public Transit: Red Line, Harvard Square T Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet offered on Friday and Saturday evenings only. Partially validated parking at University Place Garage on University Avenue. Metered Street parking available.
A word from Harvest
Located in the heart of Harvard Square, Harvest celebrates the modern American table. Harvest presents inspired American cuisine showcasing the region's freshest ingredients and seasonal product. Serving Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch as well as our Bar Menu in the lounge. Enjoy our seasonal outdoor Garden Terrace (Terrace is seated on a first come, first serve basis). Harvest offers Private Dining from 15 to 60 people. Sit Down lunches, dinners and receptions are just some of the Private Functions Harvest can provide.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "On a Thursday evening they accommodated a group of 8 seamlessly. Our server took good care of us and service was timely, which is hard to do with a large dinner group. From drinks to dessert our meal was outstanding. Everyone at the table was completely happy with their entree. I ordered the lobster and the presentation was surprising and delightful. All of the dishes were works of art as well as wonderful eating. I can't wait for another occasion that will take me back to Cambridge!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The ravioli appetizer and the chocolate dessert were delicious, but my gnocchi was not very good at all. I've had gnocchi many times and these were too dense and lacked in flavor."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "While the title is the theme, service was strained. Tomatoes on salad were tired/mushy. But it will always hold such a warm place in my heart. And hopefully, my belly!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "A fabulous meal shared! WONDERFUL, from appetizer, to salad, entree, to dessert...a lil' pricey but totally WORTH IT! Thank you."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My partner and I were disappointed with our experience at Harvest. While the entree was fantastic (we shared the cold seafood platter), the rest of the food was over-salted. I couldn't finish my main (too salty), and the lettuce on the beetroot salad was difficult to eat because there was so much salt on it. We also felt that the experience was rushed - we were not given a chance to enjoy our meal. We were seated by 7.15, and rushed out the door by around 9. Starting with a cocktail, then 3 courses, this just wasn't enough time to settle in and enjoy the experience. We had ordered a bottle of wine to share, and found that we still had a full glass left after the entire meal was complete. Expensive and rushed."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had a large group. We loved the atmosphere. Food was good. Our vegetarian friend didn't have too much of a choice."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "UNTIL THIS MOST RECENT VISIT THIS RESTAURANT WAS A FAVORITE. HOWEVER, THE FOOD WAS DRY AND WAS SERVED WITHOUT ONE OF THE ITEMS LISTED ON THE MENU. THE DESERT (USED TO BE A FAVORITE ALSO) TASTELESS AND CONSISTENCY POOR. WE HAVE DECIDED TO FORGO AN FURTHER VISITS. TO BE FAIR TO HARVEST I WROTE A LETTER EXPLAINING ALL THE PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED ON THIS VISIT. TO DATE THERE HAS BEEN NO RESPONSE."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was excellent but the portions were small. The pea soup came in what appeared to be a wide brimmed hat (rim) and a very small bowl. The tuna was perfect and reasonably sized. It was pretty much by itself with some carrots for garnish and a curry and olive tapenade. Sides noticeably missing. Hazelnut dessert was about 1/4 of the size that it should have been, however it was beautifully presented. Great service. Nice pairings of wine. But a bit out of my price range, especially considering the portions."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We ate dinner here after a long day of college tours.Sat at the bar for an hour because the tour ended and our dinner reservation was 5:30. Our daughter went off and shopped ( lots of great stores around this restaurant.) Husband and I enjoyed some wine and beer . Really great service. Dinner was perfect in every way. It was restaurant week and the restaurant was full. Make a reservation!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Our dinner at Harvest was great. The food was delicious, the wine was perfect, and the ambience was perfect for a romantic night out with your favorite person. The lobster macaroni and cheese was one of the best things I've ever eaten, make sure to check it out because this is the perfect adult mac-n-cheese. Our dinner, the steak and the chicken, were beautifully cooked and very flavorful. The sides on those entrees were perfect, almost reason enough to order what we did! I would definitely come back and recommend anyone to check it out. Just be aware that this is an expensive dinner. Although they did have a "Dine-out-Boston" menu the evening we went that was less expensive, we did not try it because the normal menu sounded so much better."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went with a group of 8 for brunch and it was perfect. The food and service were on point. I would definitely go here again!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The service is fast and the wait staff were attentive but not overbearingly so. The food was delicious."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This is the third time we have been to Harvest, and we have not been disappointed. Two of the three times we happened to hit Restaurant Week, or whatever it is called now. Even though we were there on a Saturday night which is not technically part of Restaurant Week, Harvest offered the same wonderful prix fixe selections. We had the wine pairing which I would highly recommend. The third time we went to Harvest, we took our grown children for a holiday dinner. Everyone loved it. The restaurant is lively, and the service was attentive, knowledgeable, and polite."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We chose the Harvest because we were in the square for a show and wanted to take advantage of the Dine Out Boston selections. While limited, the prix fixe menu offerings were tasty and beautiful. Would recommend the pea tendril salad and the wine pairings with that and the gnocchi. The dessert wine was too syrupy for my taste. I like to pair a less sweet wine with a sweet dessert, but overall quite enjoyable. Did not turn out to be a bargain, however. PRICEY for the portions. I'm not a big person or eater, but I do like to have more than 4 mouthfuls to my main course. The courtyard would be a lovely place to eat in summer and plan to return to take advantage of that. Drinks and apps, perhaps more wallet friendly."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Came with boyfriend and friend for "Dine Out Boston 2014" Menu was appetizing, but disappointed. 3 stars for starter. 2 stars for entree. 5 stars for dessert. 1.5 stars for service. We waited 45 minutes for our entree, which probably made us a but more critical of the service. Felt as though the gentlemen refilling glasses were hovering. Perhaps better on a weeknight, but the overall experience didn't leave us wanting to come back, and we wished that it did."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Know going in that you are most likely not going to get full from the small portions and are going to easily pay at least $100 for two, but even with that, It was one of the best meals I have ever had. Very good taste and beautiful presentation. My husband and I did not care for the desserts, but even with that I still rated the food outstanding because it was that good. It can get loud if the tables next to you are loud since all the tables are very close, but still is very romantic."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have been here during the restaurant week with a large group. They couldn't handle the service very well on the evening we were there. They were either short staffed, or didn't care about the 'restaurant week customers'. I would like to think that the food would be as little and the wait wouldn't be as long (even when I had a reservation) if I were to come here some time other than the restaurant week."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Raves for the Harvest on their execution of a delightful tasting menu during restaurant week. The mussels appetizer was enveloped by a rich broth and accompanied with toast points. The entrees (Tuna, Pork Tenderloin) were perfectly cooked: the tuna rare and the pork medium rare. The pork was served with a delicious barley risotto and a flavorful asparagus puree. Desserts, a peach tart and a chocolate cheesecake, sealed the deal."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This restaurant knows how to please. The food and the service were impeccable. And the setting is calm and lovely amidst the frenzy in nearby Harvard Square. We went there for a leisurely Saturday lunch for my wife's birthday but we will definitely be back again soon. You will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The menu seems to offer something for every palate. It was hard to choose. Everyone at our table had something different , and everyone was very pleased. I think it is very well priced for the quality of the food."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We organized a surprise birthday dinner for my mom here and not only did they accommodate 17 people at one table (after we thought there would only be 12 first and then 16), but they handled multiple complex orders due to food allergies and dietary issues wonderfully. The food was delicious, perfectly cooked and the service was so great. They were incredibly informative and knowledgeable about each dish and they were so accommodating and nice. We had a fabulous birthday celebration for my mom and it was all thanks to Harvest!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Harvest should be a great place, and I really wish I could love it, but this is the third time I've gone where they've let me down. We had the 'Dine Out Boston' prix fixe with full glass wine pairings. The first two courses were good, and the wine pairings were also good. It was strange that the appetizer and main had two components in common, though (both had asparagus and black garlic). The wine with dessert was an awful choice - fizzy pink sweet stuff. I told the server I didn't like it, he offered me port which was the pairing for the other dessert and I declined. He left. After we were finished he gave me a glass of port I didn't want and walked off. Cambridge has a lot of choice for fine dining, and Harvest is not competing well."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Went here with my boyfriend for "Dine Out Boston" after thoroughly enjoying a special occasion meal with my family almost two years ago. Still love the ambiance (although I wish it had been warm enough to go outside). The only negative aspect of the evening was the portion sizes, which were just about perfect for me, but would definitely leave a guy wishing for more."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I was in Cambridge recently for a conference and colleagues in California had recommended Harvest. I ordered the lobster , which was served on a bed of spaghetti squash, with yellow carrots, and topped with a little mache salad and a smear of basil sauce. I couldn't quite imagine how it would all taste -- but it was a miracle of flavor. I understood from the server that the lobster and vegetables were cooked separately then encased in "a packet" (en papillote, I'm assuming) which melded the flavors together. Truly, this dish is one of the best I have tasted in my life. (I lived in Paris for two years and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, so I have tasted a few fine dishes indeed.)"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Chose this restaurant as it is close to American Repertory Theatre and offers ticket holders 15% discount off the entire meal. We like very much the restaurant's ambiance, decor and proximity to Harvard Square. Service was excellent. The menu at first glance looked pretty good, but the meal itself was average. The Eggs Benedict with salmon was tasty but salmon tasted like it was an inexpensive farm-raised brand and flavorless and eggs were too under-cooked. The Genoa sandwich sounded really interesting on the menu, but was simply a salami sandwich with melted cheese. The salad greens on the sides were tossed with a nice vinaigrette dressing."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Good restaurant nestled close to the center of Harvard Square."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I despise the fact that Harvest feels the need to have foie gras on their menu. Foie gras is the result of force feeding ducks in order to enlarge their livers. It is a cruel and violent act. Shame on Harvest!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We arrived 30 minutes early for an 8 p.m. dinner reservation for 4. Having requested a table for conversation, we were offered an immediate seating in the main dining or a few minutes wait for a table vacating in the rear. It really was a few minutes. The table was delightful. Our conversation was animated and audible without shouting. The service was exceptional. Attentive, but not overbearing. Friendly, but not cloying. The dinner for all seemed very good. My husband and I had the fixed menu, which was perfect for us. Having eaten at Michelin restaurants, I wouldn't say the food made us swoon, but it was very good and we will certainly go back. I also thought it was good value for the quality of the restaurant and location."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Tucked in a little mall in Cambridge, nice haven, warm feel, and attentive service."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was a highly anticipated return to Harvest, where we have dined for 35 years. The staff were welcoming, knowledgeable, and attentive -- to exactly the right degree, for us. The Caesar salad and the fish tacos were excellently prepared, and absolutely delicious. We were prepared for the level of noise; that's the way it is when you're seated for a table for two at lunch. We gazed out longingly at the dining terrace, which we know to be one of the best in Cambridge."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Harvest is a perfect place for lunch before seeing an ART production. Service is friendly, attentive and prompt. The food is always delicious and the setting great for conversation with friends. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "A Harvard Square institution, Harvest does not disappoint. Excellent service, great food, lovely ambience. One of our favorites!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Everything was fantastic. I was only slightly disappointed by the food, otherwise five stars."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The service was very attentive (water glass was always full, did not have to look for waiter when we were ready to order or when we wanted the check), but not hovering - nice. The food was good as well, but the entree portions were tiny (appetizer and dessert portions were fine). Even though we all ordered the 3-course prix fixe menu, we left hungry. And this after eating all of the bread as well. Was also not keen that we had to order the prix fixe - there was no option to order just an entree, or just an entree with a couple of appetizers or a salad. Probably would not go back, but might recommend it to someone who had never been (that also doesn't eat much)."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I went to Harvest twice in one day! Took my mother to lunch before a production at the ART, met friends for drinks afterwards. The food, both at lunch and the small bites with our drinks, were delicious, imaginative, perfectly cooked. The atmosphere is terrific, too. It's lovely to see a restaurant that's evolved so that it still feels fresh and new, without giving up the things that have always made it great. Particularly loved the small bites: we had deviled eggs, olives, peppers with bonito flakes, and an adorable tiny lobster roll slider. At lunch the waiter overheard us saying it was my mother's birthday & we were feeling celebratory, & brought her dessert with a candle & happy birthday message."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I have always been a big fan of the bar at Harvest but the dining room did not do it for me. While the service was good, the table/seating arrangements were terrible. Tables for 2 are way too close to one another and the server had to squeeze herself in to serve us. I also had to wiggle my way out of my seat to use the restroom and could easily have not over our neighbor's drink. For this reason too the noise level was too loud; you could not have a private conversation at all. I could not relax entirely or fully enjoy my meal with my husband. That said, the food is great, the ambience very nice if you have a better table but all in all, not where I would go for a romantic meal. I will only visit the bar from now on and have my meals there!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We found this restaurant to be very nice with good food, however, the selection of entrees was small and the prices were quite high."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "My wife and I returned to Harvest for our semi annual visit. We relished that we have now been coming to this same restaurant for over twenty years and it feels as wonderful on the 50th visit as it did on the first. No restaurant in Boston / Cambridge has had the consistent, quality run that this one has. My yellow fin tuna entrée was perfectly prepared. The contrast of the cippolini onions and pears made the whole dish an absolute delight. The design of the space, the view onto the garden (even when covered with snow), the attentive service, and the simple, creative menu all continue to bring us back again and again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Dinner was the best we've had in the past year - and we're fortunate to get out to quite a number of wonderful restaurants. Harvest is at the top of our list now. Some places just do one thing great like say a raw bar. Harvest gets it all right from raw bar to apps to drinks to entrees and desserts. Our service was fantastic as well. We're eager to go back."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Exquisite food - I had the salmon which was cooked to perfection. Always helpful but unobtrusive staff. Every visit is superb."
    Dined on 2/18/2014