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/locations/lake-grove-
  • Phone: 6319792739
  • Hours of Operation:
    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, Burgers, Brewery
  • Executive Chef: Erick Ferrufino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: An excellent choice for a private business luncheon
    away from the office, or a private dinner party for a
    birthday, bridal or baby shower, Christenings, Communions, or any celebrations you want us to host for you with no distractions. You must have a group size of at least 25 to reserve the room
    exclusively. Please speak to our manager to check the availability for your date and time.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 6319792739

Getting there

  • Cross Street: New Moriches Rd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House
John Harvard’s serves Long Island’s freshest beer along with a delicious menu of classic comfort food (with a few creative twists). Located in Lake Grove [right near Trader Joe’s ], our brewers keep things interesting with a rotating selection of award-winning craft ales and lagers. Everything on our menu, from our legendary Fish and Chips to our Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n’ Cheese, is made from scratch daily, and our chef-prepared daily specials always sell out. Our full menu is available all day long and we have a special $8 lunch menu and late night pub menu. Don’t miss our popular Happy Hour from 4-7 Monday through Friday for $3 pints and half priced appetizers.
Large parties are no problem so bring a crowd or just bring yourself; we’ll have a pint of the best brew in town waiting for you.
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John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.6
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (11)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (5)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)neighborhood gem (4)special occasion (3)fit for foodies (2)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • pumkin beer rules
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Beer excellent service excellent.bread cold food cold
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pumpkin Spice time
    BostonVisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Love the pumpkins spice beer on tap at John Harvards.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Empty
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This place was empty at 830 on a Saturday night. We met some friends for a few beers. Very surprised to see only a handful of people in the dining room.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brewery
    TirednessVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was not our first time here. The food, drinks and service are fabulous. We usually go with an appetizer that may be shared. This time we took nachos. Enough for at least 5-6 people. Some took burgers. They are ALWAYS cooked the way you want. One took a veggie burger, which she said was great. Our sides were either a salad or cole slaw or fries. All of them were super. The cole slaw was not drowning in mayonnaise. Perfect. Just wish they would add sweet potato fries to the menu. They would probably be outstanding also.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic.
    HappyCustomer
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    John Harvard's was nothing short of accomodating, friendly and helpful. With a group if 12, it is hard to please everyone but the staff achieved the impossible!!! Great job and thanks for a great night!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 32 reviews are from the John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Our waiter was Ryan and he was great! The food was good but I have to say that I felt the place has gotten run down. I even hate to say this as I am not a complainer, but since you sent to me, have to be honest. I felt it could use a good cleaning....windows all over very cloudy!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    JoePVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    John Harvard's is a brew pub with excellent atmosphere, very good service and good food. The staff is friendly and the their menu is broad. Good choice!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    John
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The service was excellent , the waitress was very knowledgeable about the different beers. The food was better then the average chain restaurant but the craft beers more then make up for it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ladies' night!
    Horselady
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I met my three girlfriends for dinner. I had made reservations that day on OpenTable. We were seated immediately. Everything we ordered came in a reasonable amount of time. The potato cheddar balls had a jalapeno bite to them, which probably was listed on the menu, but I didn't read the whole description since I was distracted talking. The pretzels were yummy, warm and soft. I couldn't eat the spinach and artichoke dip with tortilla chips because I'm allergic to corn. But the girls loved it. My small Caesar salad was good and just the right size. My burger was cooked perfectly and the fries were delicious. We stayed pretty long into the night and they didn't mind. They were very accommodating and attentive. Great time overall. Great drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beer - Good Food
    Anniversarynight
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My husband and I wanted to go out to some place fun, but not too expensive, for our anniversary. We liked this restaurant because the food was hearty and it was a brewery so it was nice to have a sampler and get to try 6 of their beers, all of which were awesome. It wasn't just the same old restaurant which is why we liked it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time visitor to JH's
    Ray2301
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Went as group of 6 thanks to Open Table. We were immediately say even though we weren't all there on time. Service was pleasant and variety of dishes were great. We will be back to try more new dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Quincy123
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Great food and drinks with speedy service! Definitely will return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good..service poor
    letseatoutVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    When we were seated there was no silverware on the table. After asking our server and not getting it...we had to take the silverware from an unoccupied table. One salad was ordered with the dressing on the side, but came out with the dressing on the salad. We asked for broccoli instead of peas, but of course were given the peas. The server said "they were having difficulties" in the kitchen. She did remove the charge for the salad. All these difficulties did not make for a pleasurable dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Time, No Complaints
    MrFoodVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    No complaints at all from this experience. Waiter was extremely friendly and helpful. Food came out in a timely manner and everything tasted good, including the drinks. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    norjer
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Eating out is one of the things do often, and and my wife has always been fussy about where we ate. We find few restaurants we really meet our standards. And John Harvard is one of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went with a group from work
    kmac
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Went with a group from work great service reasonable prices and good food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were looking for good burgers
    TXaggie
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We were looking for good burgers and that is what we found! Great choice for a casual meal with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great First Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We enjoyed our first visit to John Harvards. We live not far from the restaurant, and had been meaning to try it for quite some time. We finally dined there recently, and were very pleased with the service, food, and beverages. Our server, Kacie, did an outstanding job of explaining the menu options, and was very knowledgeable about the varied micro-brew choices. Our shrimp appetizer was a generous portion and very flavorful. Our entrees, a chicken & pasta dish and a homemade meatloaf were fresh, hot, and delicious. We finished the meal with a brownie sundae that we shared, as the portions of the entrees are plentiful. We will certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beer
    kenny
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    The seasonal beer is great. Especially the Pumpkin Spice beer in the fall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food and service
    Ravi
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Really pleased with the service and reservation facility. Happy hours offer good discounts for starters and drinks. I would definitely recommend this place for group hangouts and small parties.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank god for pumpkin spice
    BostonVisitorVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Seems to be one of the only reasons to go there. Food is ehh. Ordered chicken pot pie. Wasn't bad. Know they prepare them ahead of time but could you at least make me thing you took sonetine to prepare it and not just hear it up and have it at my table within 5 minutes of me ordering it. Your a restaurant not a fast food joint. McDonalds takes longer to get their food out. Hire some experienced people as well. Good thing my food came with a spoon as their was no silver wear on the table. Had to ask for a napkin. So now it will be another year for my return as pumpkin spice is retired for the season. Wish there could be another reason to go
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group affair
    Planning101
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Booked a 9 person lunch affair that went relatively well. The table wasn't set up upon arrival, however that was taken care of quickly. I had gotten info from the website regarding the private party lunch menus for a set price per person. The server was unfamiliar with it and had to ask the manager. The manager in turn had to see the menus I printed from their site to let the chef know what to prepare. Meanwhile all this info was all included in the reservation that I had set up. They ended up honoring the menu and prices without any further issues which is why I rated them well. However I feel they should definitely be more familiar with what the website offers and thoroughly read a reservation so confusion can be avoided.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clueless Hostess
    AJVIII
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    After making a reservation with Open Table, my wife and I went for dinner and to watch a hockey game at a table in the bar area. It was busy when we got there and we were seated a small high top table right by the kitchen with a lot of wait staff traffic and restricted view of the TVs. We went back up front and asked if we could have the table that just opened up. The hostess said no problem. Then when the table was cleaned, she promptly seated another couple at the table we were waiting for. When we told her that was our table, she informed us that the couple she sat had a reservation. When we told her that we did as well, and she told us that table would be ours, she just went back to greeting customers. We left and won't be back.
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  • It's a brewery and ale house
    Binney
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    not a restaurant. At least in terms of a meal. Admittedly I went for the pumpkin spice ale ... and loved that!! As far as my "dining" experience I was sorely disappointed. I was behind a group of 4 without reservations. They were seated at a booth. We were taken to the absolute worst table in the place!!! a tiny table placed between the busy aisle and a large group. The child on the bench next to me was constantly jumping around and moving the bench... I asked for the empty booth across from us and we were moved. The place was too busy for the amount of servers. We had our appetizer long before we had plates or napkins, etc. the food was typical "chain restaurant" food. Nothing out of the ordinary either good or bad.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • John Harvards
    Mazzy6311
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Excellent food, service & prices. Casual restaurant with fancy restaurant quality food!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place for a Get-together
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Enjoyed very much. So happy to have a reservation. Busy, busy night and walked right in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unruly children
    norjer
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    A very nice place to dine. Unfortunately the experience would've been much better than what happened had the parents of some unruly children who where running around kept them in the party room and not let them into the main dining area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great as usual and
    Redgiant
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    Food was great as usual and of course the beer was excellent.. Service just ok
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Goodnightout
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    I loved everything we ordered. And the food also looks so appetizing.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saw my waiter for him to take
    Neen
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Saw my waiter for him to take my drink order and food order that was the last I saw him till he brought the bill had to bother another waiter for extra napkins? . Was overcharged for a soda we didn't even have. Food came out Luke warm.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to relax and eat
    Friendly
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    Went with friends and were not rushed at all. Staff was very friendly and the food choices were good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beer and Burgers
    BillVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    John Harvard's is a good place to quench a summer thirst and sink your teeth into a good burger. Mine was their Smokehouse burger. Onion, smoked gouda cheese, burger, fries. Yum!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The worst service I've ever had
    Luvs2go2dinner
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    The "goat cheese" salad came w/o the cheese, the waiter said the kitchen does that all the time. Waited 13 minutes for the cheese. Dinner was served, but no one had cleared the salad/appetizer plates-had to clear our own table off because the guy who delivered dinner stood there and no one else came to his aid. Our wings never came, the waiter said he totally forgot but he could put the order in (we were 1/2 way through dinner). Waited 17 minutes for the waiter to come to the table (asked other waiters to find him) so that I could get a refill on my coffee. The waiter did't return with coffee for 9 minutes. Icing on the cake - waiter asks, after giving me luke warm coffee "Will I have to come back after this?" ARE YOU SERIOUS? REALLY?
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  • ok but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    This place was much as expected in food and beverage. Great beer and decent food. However service was poor by any standard. we ate there mid-afternoon so it was not busy. It took a very long time to get our orders and the waitress had a I could care less about this job attitude. At the end of our lunch it was the manager who was clearing plates from our table.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Group Hangout Spot
    braniac
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    Celebrated several of my friends' graduation here. Great atmosphere..good food and beer! Had a blast!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed...service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Very disappointed...service was poor, it started with the waiter not even asking the 5 people that got there first if they wanted a beverage. Then asking for additional utensils as our party was 9 people and the table was set for 5...we had the utensils thrown on the table, literally. Two of us ordered twin tenderloins, medium, they were well done...and when we told the waiter he said sorry...the drinks were expensive and hardly had no alcohol in them..I'm not a drinker and I couldn't taste it. The beer was warm and flat tasting...never again!
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  • fun atmosphere, great waitress
    TRAVELGIRLVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    fun atmosphere, great waitress who was quick on her feet and kept right up with us! good selection off menu, although it would've been nice to have the shepherd's pie on the saturday night before St Patrick's day offered. Good prices, great beer - definately loved the Celtic Red!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic