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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
  • Email: bob.scott@centerplate.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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Perfect place to meet up with friends after work. Great beer selection, tasty apps, courteous service. My group ordered sandwiches and salads and they were all great. I asked our hostess if we could sit in a booth for 6 (we were only 4) in case more co-workers showed up and she was more than happy."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Love the variety and quality of their own craft beer. Food pairings were delicious. We'll be back."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "John Harvard's has a lot to offer with great service, a variety of menu choices and welcoming atmosphere. The beer of the week specials are always worth considering and are offered at a reduced price. Clam chowder was very tasty and creamy. The grilled swordfish was a generous portion served on top of delicious mashed potato with a slight taste of cheese. Twin sirloin with mushrooms was very good, but not very tender. The roasted potatoes and broccoli were undercooked. Our server was attentive and gave us good service. I would definitely recommend John Harvard's if you have not been there."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "John Harvard's always delivers a good experience, very nice staff, excellent beer, and consistently good food."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "There is always something on the menu to please everyone in the group, which makes it a natural choice. However, service is typically "slow to very slow" and the last time I came with friends after the holidays, we were pretty much ignored despite the place being pretty quiet that evening and our table being courteous. I've never tipped less than 15-20% here previously, so I don't think I was "tracked" as a poor tipper--I'll just chalk it up to a bad day after a hectic holiday season. However, service here at the Framingham location (NOT at the Cambridge location, however), unfortunately, consistently fails to leave me unimpressed."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "salad was a bit bland and the nachos weren't anything spectacular. We'd definately go back, although would opt for burgers instead."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "There always seems to be a problem. A waiter handed me the very very hot plate without warning. When I took it & exclaimed he never even apologized. My salad was served without the chicken (!) & other ingredients missing ingredients. He brought out the chicken seperately. When I asked about the missing taco & corn he was about to go Get them. I asked for a new salad all put together & then waited 20 min(!) while everyone are & finished."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "The salmon was delicious, and my husband loved the pulled pork pizza."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Great bar with great, attentive bartenders who keep the surface clean! Good choices of wines by the glass. The menu is a step up in quality from the usual pub type food; chicken parmesan was topped with a delicious basil pesto for a delicious surprise. The restaurant is located in a quiet outside corner of Shopper's World so there is plenty of parking. A reservation is a good idea but not necessary."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "As a craft brew lover, this place was a win. We didn't have the ability to go into downtown Boston, so this location worked (free and ample parking helps!). The beer was great and the food was good too. Our two teenage kids loved it. We'll be back if we find ourselves in the area."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Overall and food rating is for value. Nice selection of menu items and beers. Service a little rushed but to be expected in such an environment on Sat evening. Recommend to beer aficionados (though other alcohols selection also fine) and fans of brewpub experience. Convenient if you're shopping or staying nearby."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "My group of 4 had a fun night. Watched the World Series, everyone had a good view of the TVs. The appetizers were delicious. Everything was served as requested. I asked to have a chicken breast grilled and is was crisp and moist."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Went on a Friday evening. We were not seated for over a half hour after our reservation. Crazy atmosphere with tons and tons of people waiting for tables and hostesses seemed a bit overwhelmed. Hostess asked us what type of table we wanted and we said one in a more quiet location, but when we were seated, we were put in the same room as a private party which was in the middle of cocktail hour (20+ people standing, drinking, and having fun...very loud)...almost impossible to speak to the other person in my party. Had to ask someone IF we had a server after waiting so long at our table to order. Drinks took forever to arrive (in fact, our main courses arrived within a minute or two of getting our beers). Food just ok."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Out table was ready when we arrived. Server was fun, friendly and professional and did not rush us. Our selections arrived hot and coldn(salads) and all were delicious. ."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The restaurant was packed, which is indicative of its reputation. We were seated right away and given a perfect booth. (Others weren't so fortunate however, and were sitting in mini tables in the middle of a busy, loud room) Our waitress was very attentive despite how busy she was and the food was excellent. Had the best burger I've had in a long time! The menu is quite varied--and interesting. Their claim-to-fame is a large variety of microbrews made on site; if you're into that kind of thing, you wont be disappointed. Overall, it was a great experience and I would go back in a heartbeat!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "2 orders of hamberger. asked for roll toasted which it was slightly, but the roll was the problem. very very bready & both orders it fell apart right away. meat was good. Fries when redone (1st were cool & not what we ordered) were very good. Other party had breaded cod which eh said was excellent. Beer is the thing here. lots of good selections. waitress was vaguely familiar. She had a cheat sheet(that's ok) but only 1 word to describe. great tasting offer."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "We got there a bit before, so it wasn't crowded. The staff was very helpful and sat us in the quietest table as requested. Later, as it got more full, they put groups with kids as far away from us as convenient. (Which we hadn't requested.) The server was very cheerful and had beievable opinions of the options."
    Dined on 10/12/2013