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: (508) 875-2337
  • 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
33 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (17)fit for foodies (10)neighborhood gem (9)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (7)hot spot (5)great for outdoor dining (4)special occasion (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Enjoyable meal
    out2dineVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Our Open Table reservation got us seated right away on a Friday night. John Harvard's offers several delicious comfort food choices and has a large selection to please everyone. The nachos are very good and a generous portion to share. Salmon was a large portion of fish and the sauce was delicious. The blackened chicken was a bit spicy, but not overpowering. Chicken pot pie is always a very good choice and looks homemade. We come here quite often and know that John Harvard's is a great place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal. The servers always make sure you are well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good beer/decent food
    Mary
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This is a good spot for a "bite" when you just want some good beer and decent food. The bartenders will give you a "taste" of a beer or two if you can't decide. They also have wine, if that is your pleasure as well has hard liquor. For dinner I had a large Caesar salad with a decent sized piece of grilled salmon. Quite tasty and I felt I had enough. A chicken pot pie was enjoyed by another diner as was fish and chips and a BLT wrap. All in our group enjoyed our meals. Making a reservation is a good idea as this place can get crowded. I've been to this restaurant a number of times in the past and will return again. [It's a good half-way spot between Boston and Worcester]
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Popular place
    out2dineVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our Open Table reservation was well worth it for a busy Saturday night and we were seated right away. The table for two was in a busy traffic spot. We tried the featured Tag Town beer which was good. Clam chowder to start was very good. It took a while for the entrees to come out after the soup. Bread with oil for dipping is served. The hamburgers were large and also very good. The prices are reasonable and they offer a lot of very good comfort food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Catch-Up With Old Friends
    MetroWestFoodie
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    It had been awhile since I had been to John Harvard's. I had forgotten how good the beers are! Nice bar. The food is quite good and reasonably priced - nice portions - plenty, but not too large. We sat in a booth, which was quite nice. Some of the seating is a little too close to allow for good conversation, but no complaints. Nice atmosphere and friendly, helpful service. Need to add this one to the list of try more often. Nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awful awful
    NotsoMuchVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I should have payed more attention to the reviews from previous diners ... this place is AWFUL. It is old, dingy and the food is a less than a step up from airplane food. We only went there because we were meeting family from different parts of MA and it was centrally located with a good beer selection ... McDonald's will be a better choice next time.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LoveLegal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been to John Harvard several times. The food is good, beverage choice very adequate, the atmosphere is fine and the service is also good. They do aim to please and we will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • out2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    John Harvard's is a great place to go for dinner and enjoy delicious food and great service. The menu offers a large variety of choices to satisfy everyone. They have a large selection of craft beer and usually feature a monthly beer. Our waiter Derrick gave us great service and recommended some very good beers to try. Their most popular dishes are comfort foods, such as chicken pot pie or meatloaf. The chicken pot pie was very good and hearty with many big chunks of chicken and carrots. The meatloaf is a very generous, delicious portion. I'd definitely recommend John Harvard's if you haven't been before or it's been a long time since you returned. The staff is very friendly and makes sure you enjoy the visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Consistent
    Shassi
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Dependable, reliable, and a place you can trust. It was a while since we have been. Took my 76 year old cousin from Orlando and he was not disappointed. Server was very accommodating and available. Nice job.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good spot
    jojobangs
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    A group of 6 of has had dinner at John Harvard's in Framingham. Everyone enjoyed his or her meal and the restaurant has a good beer list. It's a favorite spot in Framingham.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great beer variety
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Had a very nice dinner at John Harvard's with friends. The food was good, the setting was comfortable for talking and the service was excellent. There was a great variety of local beers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Getting Better
    DingerVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have had some pretty bad experiences here, but were in the area so we gave it another try. Pleasantly, we were surprised to know our waiter from elsewhere. We explained problems of the past visits and he took care of everything for us. Food was good, beer was great. Nothing to stop us from going here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    Out2Dinner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Whether you're looking for beer or wine, meal or munchies, sandwich or burger, salad or appetizer, this place never disappoints. Excellent service, moderate prices, cheery ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place for Laid Back Evening
    jan5cee
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We always have family gatherings at this location. They are very accommodating when the numbers change & also honor the reservations promptly. It's a great menu with a good choice of foods to fit everyone's needs & also good value for the money.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 93 reviews are from the John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.