John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House
John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House

John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.johnharvards.com/
  • Phone: 5088752337
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Juan Mejia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: We thank you for your interest in John Harvard"s Brewery Private Dining! Our crowd-pleasing offerings are a delicious, convenient way to entertain large gatherings of 10 people or more in any setting. Whether planning a fun social event at home or an important business function at your office, John Harvard's is the perfect way to enjoy large-party portions of your hand-prepared dishes. John Harvard's function menu offers easy-to-order menu combinations as well as a variety of our favorite foods a la carte. We offer everything from exciting appetizers to our signature spent grain pizzas,comfort food, fresh salads, pastas and brewhouse favorites, specialty entrees to our current list of beer. Additionally, our team is happy to create a customized menu for private beer dinners and an insight on beer brewing by our brewer director and our executive chef.
  • Private Party Contact: Bob Scott 5088752337

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shoppers World Drive. 2nd entrance
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking from both Route 30 and Route 9. Located between Marshalls and AC Moore in Shoppers World.
A word from John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House
Home of Framingham’s Award-Winning Brews John Harvard’s Framingham has a long list of award-winning brews, a casual family-friendly atmosphere and a large private dining room for special events and meetings. Stop by to watch a game in the pub area, sample one of our medal-contender beers on tap or cask, and try a premium burger or spent grain pizza made from the brewing grains. Great Comfort Food menu selection with Chicken Pot Pie winning many awards.
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John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (17)great for lunch (11)vibrant bar scene (11)neighborhood gem (9)kid-friendly (8)fit for foodies (6)great for outdoor dining (6)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)special occasion (4)hot spot (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Pretty good
    sullabim
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    John harvards always has good food. The servers are nice and the time to wait for food is average or a little slower than average. The beer menu is limited to the 3 or 4 beers made there and could greatly benefit from some diversity.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great burgers and outside patio
    thinkeatdrink
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We enjoyed eating outside on the patio. The burgers were especially good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where was the waiter?
    TeeeVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My son chose John Harvard's to celebrate his birthday. The food is usually good. This was certainly not our best experience. The waiter was never to be found. He did not bring the great bread and oil. We needed napkins. We had to ask another server to find him for us. I was still eating and he decided to start clearing the table of everything and kept reaching in front of me several times to clear napkins, glasses etc. it was very annoying since we were trying to relax a bit before leaving. The restaurant was quiet so it was not as if the table was needed. Most of the food was good but the burger was terrible. It was raw which could be seen by looking at it. I had to send it back and it was then overcooked. The worst burger ever.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    MPE16
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I planned an event for 12 people at the restaurant and let them know that we had theater tickets and needed to be out the door at a certain time. Alexis our waitress was prompt, friendly and helped us meet our goal of eating and getting out of the restaurant on time. We were there on a Thursday night so the noise was less than you might have on a weekend. I would go there again with a group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    PJBleakney
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    had never eaten here before so meeting a friend for drinks and dinner would be a good way to judge . We got there at 8 and I made reservations because I did not want to wait on a Saturday night. Reservation was a bit of over doing it as a table was readily available. My friend was already at the bar, so it was rather seamless to transit to our table. I did not know what kind of decor was here as I was wearing a polo shirt with Dockers and felt a bit over dressed, but looking around I could have worn shorts and it would have been just fine. We were there more to catch up than anything else and the food was secondary. We both had the flat iron steak and it was okay. Next time we go I will pay attention more to the menu.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A fun beer adventure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I checked off "Notable wine list" even though it's not a wine list - it's a beer list. Worth going to for the food, which was good fresh bar food (I had a nice Southwest-style salad with grilled steak on top, loved it), but what makes this place stand out is the outstanding beer selection, not only from their on-site brewery but also brought in from other brewers. Good mid-priced (or even low-priced) dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal and atmosphere
    RTfromMA
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We sat in the dining room, which was quieter than the bar area and good for conversation. The food was very good. The menu had changed a little since the last time we were here (6 months past), keeping the staples but changing up some sides. Keeping things fresh is a good thing. There were also specials available that our server showed us. I was very happy with my Caesar salad with grilled salmon (cooked through but moist, just the way I like it), and my husband was happy with the buffalo chicken mac and cheese. We started off with the kettle chips- addictive. Our server was attentive, offered us bread, and kept our drinks refilled. He also wrote everything down and our order came out correct.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood favorite
    out2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We continue to return to John Harvard's for a great dining experience. The service was very good on a Sunday night and our waiter took good care of us. They offer a lot of great comfort food. I tried the pork ribs with extra sauce on the side as the waiter suggested. The ribs were a large meaty portion with fries and a small serving of coleslaw. The meatloaf was very good with a large portion of mashed potatoes. Every week they have a special on a draft beer and entrees. Our waiter forgot to mention the specials. They have a wide variety of brews to sample. The strawberry beer is a delicious light summer draft. The outdoor dining is very popular. We plan to keep returning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    athenianepicure
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I attended with three other people, and many of us felt that the menu way undersold the food. We thought the food was all amazing - local ingredients, rich flavors, but the menu reads very dull and without energy. Don't let the menu fool you - everything on it is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John Harvard Brewery
    aldenman
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great food, waitress attentive without hovering. Food did take 25 min. to arrive after order was placed, so don't be in a real hurry here.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    MamaT
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We visit John Harvard frequently and are always pleased with the experience. We've done large group events, quick lunches, and special occasion dinners. The menu is varied, food well prepared, and the staff is friendly and courteous. This is our "go to" place in Metro West.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and beer
    robbierob
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This restaurant has a really great selection of hand crafted beers as well as great pub food! The burgers are a must and the house bread is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night celebrating
    AshlandFoodie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The food was pretty good and the service was a little slow, but our waiter was training so I'll give him a pass. I had the pork ossobuco which was tender, but a little dry compared to the last time I ordered the dish at Lexx in Lexington. Lexx had a really terrific sauce for this dish that made it extra delish! Several members of our party had the bourbon salmon and loved it and want to try to make that at home. Other dishes were the chicken pot pie fish and chips and French dip pastrami.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good bar food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I had a Caesar which was a little bland and a Chowder which was very good. My wifes sandwich was good, but not great. Beers were very good, as you would hope.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food/Service/Beer
    David
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    What a wonderful restaurant. In town for a few days and checked out the local restaurants via TripAdviser. Nice ratings and reviews with a quick link to Open Table. Table was ready upon arrival and wait staff was very attentive. Beer selection was wonderful, nacho appetizers were delicious, and entrees were hot and tasty. Definitely would recommend John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some good, some not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Some of our meals, such as the mac and cheese and the shepherd's pie, were terrific. The famous ribs were terrible, dry and rubbery. The chicken parm was just ok. Salad was tiny and not much but lettuce and carrot slivers. The bread served to the table was very good. Lots of beer choices. Server was very sweet but seemed overwhelmed and was not attentive. Service was pretty slow.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thanks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Lovely evening. Only issue - asked for a round table and guests were seated at a booth. Now know there were no round tables but a booth would have not worked. It was a BIG issue to us. The staff quickly moved us to a table for six. MUCH better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was not as good as we thought it was going to be. Definitely the kind of place you want to get a good beer though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Brewery
    Cng391
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Went for dinner after picking up my sister a Logan. They had a great selection of beers and all the food we got was very tasty. We were not disappointed and would definitely go back again. We wish we got the bigger thing of nachos because they were delicious and the bread and dipping oil was as well. We had a great server who was very entertaining and kind.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service
    Saturdaynight
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our waiter was top notch. The dinner was served warm and cooked correctly. A great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winter salad was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I ordered the winter salad with grilled salmon = it was really delicious and different from alot of salads I've had.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner and a movie
    love2wineanddine
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    good place to go before movie! we shared an appetizer and each had our own dish - quesadillas (with black beans added) and gorgonzola burger - which we both enjoyed. there is plenty of beer to choose from and the waitress even brought samples when we couldn't decide.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As usual...
    JDMFramingham
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    ...EXCELLENT! Still my overall favorite place to go out for dinner...or lunch...or dringk
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice find
    RinnyVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Was going to this area & found this restaurant through Open Table. Nice place with home brews there & good variety of menu items. Quick service & pleasant staff. The food was average.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food & drinks
    Trisha
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Great burgers & extensive beer selection. But varied menu also available. I ordered baked fish that was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.1
    • Food3.2
    • Ambiance3
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 71 reviews are from the John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House reviews archive.
  • Gastro Pub in the Burbs...
    Paul
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Long time frequenter of the original Cambridge outpost, so I was pleased to see that the menu and beer list were consistent. Service was good and the food was great. Mediterranean with steak tips was fresh and cooked perfectly to my liking. Large space slowly filled at lunch, but it the noise level was moderate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinning experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The ambience was good an the service was only trumped by the amazing beer. The good was great and we had a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was great, food selections
    Katie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Service was great, food selections were varied. Fun place to meet friends for a bite to eat an conversation. I made my reservation through OpenTable, but when I arrived I wasn't "in your system". The hostess quickly found us a table and said she'd contact Open Table about this glitch (I showed her my confirmation on my cell phone - not that she questioned me) Most impressive move by the staff - my brother-in-law was adventurous in his choice of beverage, which he found undrinkable. Without question, our server asked him if he would like something else. Great public relations move! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will definitely go again
    Darwin
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The staff were awesome, great service, delicious food, and John Harvard's has such an awesome and interesting decor and atmosphere. We will definitely go again and highly recommend it to all those we know!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, beer, and food
    Jeff
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Quickly seated and warmly greeted at the table by a lovely and cheerful Lauren. Drinks soon arrived. My son asked if instead of the Cajun blackened chicken fettuccini, if they could make him a grilled chicken fettuccini Alfredo. Lauren told us that would be no problem. I ordered the fancy grilled cheese, my daughter had a burger to order. The food was very good. We were talked into dessert. We enjoyed a beautifully presented apple crisp built in a mason jar and a huge chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich/sundae big enough to share. The manager, Mike, stopped to ensure everything was up to our expectations. We confirmed that we were pleased and gave Lauren a well deserved compliment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • John Harvard's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Worst restaurant food I've had in a very long time. Dried out ribs with little sauce and lots of gristle. Drab dried out mashed potatoes with little flavor. Dried out bread. Not warm. Good ice cream, but I asked for chocolate ganache sauce (which was not a ganache-more like Hershey's syrup - big difference) and they added caramel which I didn't want or ask for. I guess because it comes that way on a dessert I didn't order. I hope I never have to eat there again. It was positively awful. The waiter was very pleasant. I didn't take out my displeasure on him. He's not the chef or the owner. Gave him a nice tip.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food- great beers!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    John Harvards is a fun spot with good service, decent pub style food and awesome, original beers brewed in house. We love it there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A&R at John Harvards
    aepman1234
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Service was assume, server very friendly. Only problem was that my wife received french fries instead of the salad she asked for. She did not want to switch do to time constraints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Craft Beers
    Wilda
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    John Harvards is a great little brewery and resturant all in one. The brew the beer onsite an have much of the equipment exposed for the customers to see. Craft beer list is extensive and rotates with the seasons. Worth a try if you are out shopping in Shoppers World, where the establishment is located, and you want to grab a quick bite to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    Goody
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The pulled pork sandwich was great as were the sweet potatoe fries. Fast service made my lunch meeting go very well and didn't keep my client out past an hour. Thanks JH!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    zamboni03
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Had a 7 PM reservation, arrived at 6:45 and didn't get seated until 7:30. My major complaint about the wait was that even though we put a reservation through opentable, when we arrived we were put at the end of the line regardless. Next was our issues with food we didn't receive our food until another hour, and all we ordered was a salad (with grilled chicken), buffalo wings, and a kids order of chicken fingers. Hard to imagine the order taking more than 10 minutes to cook, 30 minutes at most. Then when the food was delivered, the buffalo wings were cold and had been sitting so long the wing sauce solidified. Not very happy about a 2 hour dining adventure.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went with two other friends,
    Lauren11
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Went with two other friends, it was their first time at the restaurant, and they enjoyed it very much. The service was excellent, there was no rush and they had a table for us even though by friends were 20 minutes late. Food was excellent, definitely will be back to try the chicken pot pie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I asked you not to send email
    likemyprivacy
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I specifically asked Open Table not to send email!!! I just wanted a reservation, not an online relationship with a totally separate company. My suggestion: Don't make a reservation with Open Table, as they will stalk you even after you try to unsubscribe. I tried to call the restaurant directly for a reservation at 3 separate times of day, but no one ever answered. I made a reservation for 4 people and received email confirmation for 4, but when we were seated, the restaurant was expecting a party of 7. The food and service were decent, but nothing to write home about. I would have been quietly underwhelmed if Open Table had stopped hounding me with email.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice nite out
    BostontoBecket
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went with another couple on Valentine's Day, thinking it might be really crazy. It was fine. Service was great, food was great and so was the beer. Very pleased - will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ehh Mediocure
    Ash87
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Every experience lies on the waiter or waitress. For this particular visit, the waiter wasn't great. Barely checked on us (and he only had about 5 tables total), I asked about a specific beer that I read the online menu specific to that location I was at and he brushed it off and didn't even go investigate for me. We both ordered SALADS...45 minutes later. This is the kitchens fault probably, unless the waiter forgot to submit our order. Everyone has their own way of interpreting a dining experience, and in my humble opinion, this wasn't great. Id give this restaurant, the dining part of the it, a 3 out of 5. Maybe we should of sat at the bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.