Kennedy's on the Square
Kennedy's on the Square

Kennedy's on the Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: (617) 497-0900
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Thursday - Saturday 4pm - 12:00am
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday - 11:00am - 2:00pm

    The Bar is Open everyday until 1 am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Yankel Polak
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Massachusettes Ave and Mt. Auburn
  • Public Transit: Harvard T stop Red line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Several garage lots in the area along with meter parking.
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Kennedy's on the Square reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (14)neighborhood gem (9)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (6)fit for foodies (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)kid-friendly (0)Show More
  • Nice brunch.
    Eat2Live
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Kennedy's did a nice job with a large brunch party. The brunch menu has plenty to offer and the food was very good. Our only regret was that the food was very slow in coming out of the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lacking taste
    mary
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Had the fish tacos and they were lacking taste. Also very cold in restaurant when door opened. My seat was next to kitchen - no table should be there. Service actually came out way too fast and we were rushed. Even asked twice if we wanted anything else as we were talking and enjoying our wine.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Group Dinner
    AN12
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Went with a group and most entrees were excellent. Burger toppings aren't great(no bacon!), fries were great. Cocktails were pretty tasty as well. Others in my group had the chowder, salads and lobster roll which were all good too. Service wasn't the best the waitress kept forgetting things. Oh and the nachos need work.. Not layered, dry need more cheese/sauce! Overall good find!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improved upon First Printer
    Paul
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Kennedy's on the Square occupies the space that First Printer had. I did not like First Printer (poor food and bad service), but Kennedy's has improved upon both of those deficits. Kennedy's has good food and very good service. I had the fish tacos which were excellent. Two friends had the corned beef sandwich which was very good. However, the menu described the corned beef as including a spicy Russian dressing, which they could not taste if it was on there. Another friend had the vegetarian pasta which was billed as having a Parmesan wine sauce, but there did not seem to be any sauce at all. All who had french fries found them to be very good. I had a side of seasonal vegetables which were practically raw when they should have been cooked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Addition to Harvard Square
    Smelt13VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The place is a bit noisy which seems to be a Boston standard. The service was good in that our food came out right away, but not so good after getting our food. Where did she go? I had the bison burger and sweet potato fries both were delicious. My friends went with the regular burger and salad. Nice variety of draft choices such as Pretty Things, Notch, and a tap with hard cider.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Good menu and food, but very loud and understaffed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very unique dinner
    Marc
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Came here on a double date with friends, and got to sit at a table that was inside what used to be a bank vault. Very cool and unique. Food and drinks were great, and server was very attentive. I'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting Change, Still Good
    PBonesVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I enjoyed this location when it was "First Printer". It appears management re-branded it, changing the menu and the look a bit. It's still good, and bartender Willie (Mac, I think?) is still there, and still great. The food was better than expected, and quite good. The only issue is the noise level - the space has very high ceilings, and currently, no sound dampening. They may wish to be lively, but a bit of dampening would be smart
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    mazg
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was very good. We were in a hurry, and they made sure we were served quickly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We did not know that in the time between our reservation and our arrival, the restaurant had changed management and name. The food was good, the service excellent ( se met every member of the wait staff and all were helpful and friendly), and we will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food for the money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food at Kennedy's is really good, especially for the price. The cocktails are on the expensive side ($12-15) but the burgers and pizza are not (also $12-15). My husband and I had a nice dinner for under $50, which is unusual for Harvard square. I wish they had a better beer list (it was mostly very standard stuff, very few craft or micro brews) but I would definitely go back. We had the bison burger, sausage pizza, and creme brulée, all of which were tasty.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 2 reviews are from the Kennedy's on the Square reviews archive.