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

John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House Details

  • 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 (508) 875-2337

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Our waiter was top notch. The dinner was served warm and cooked correctly. A great experience. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "...EXCELLENT! Still my overall favorite place to go out for dinner...or lunch...or dringk"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I ordered the winter salad with grilled salmon = it was really delicious and different from alot of salads I've had."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Great burgers & extensive beer selection. But varied menu also available. I ordered baked fish that was excellent."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "John Harvards is a fun spot with good service, decent pub style food and awesome, original beers brewed in house. We love it there!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "So our group is full of people who show up late even if we are on a tight schedule. Not only was the server able to put our food orders in separately she got the food to come all out once without slowing us down. Great Job"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Nice place to meet a some friends for dinner. Not fancy. Meals were good. Some nice comfort food on the menu. Likely to be reliable. Nice beer list."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "It's a great restaurant for the beer addicts and they brew their own beer on the spot so it's really fresh. The food was delicious!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "They seem to have gone downhill and we won't be back. Crispadella was tasteless, the fries were dry and the pulled pork sandwich was meh."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We just moved to the area and have been trying some of the different restaurants on this road. Of the ones we tried so far, this one is the best! Food was great! All 4 of us LOVED each dinner. Price was pretty good- 4 of us total with tax and tip was 110, which means we each spent about $27. Not bad considering we all ordered an alcoholic drink and we ordered 2 desserts to share. Waiter was very good, friendly and quick. Definitely will take another trip there! :)"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "we had a very enjoyable dinner, martinis were out of this world. It was a little on the slow or side and we got the feeling that some of the wait staff would rather have not been there, I guess I wouldn't either being it was New Years Eve.we had a very enjoyable dinner and we would return back"
    Dined on 12/31/2013