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: 5088752337
  • 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
32 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (14)kid-friendly (9)great for lunch (9)neighborhood gem (9)vibrant bar scene (7)fit for foodies (5)great for outdoor dining (5)special occasion (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • The server could be more attentive.
    YoginiH
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    While we placed the order, the server just took the order and left without asking any follow up questions: e.g. what side do you want or what the options are available. We had to called her back a few times to ensure the order was placed correctly .That was a bit strange and it was not a busy day. For this reason, I am rating the overall as 3 stars.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average Spot for a Business Lunch
    BusinessGuy
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    Grabbed a quiet spot for a later business lunch. Food was about average - wasn't looking for anything stellar and felt that I got an average meal for an average price. Didn't have any beer so I can't comment on that. Service was good - our waitress knew it was a business lunch and kept our ice teas refilled but vanished when we were ready to pay the bill. If nothing else I'd sum everything about John Harvard's as "average"
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    This restaurant is poorly managed, from the front desk to the hostess, wait staff, total confusion. No one seemed to know what they were doing. It took an hour for our order to come which consisted of a shrimp salad and a veggie burger. I've got to hand it to our waiter, a really nice guy, who was totally unhappy and miserable. He was constantly apologizing to us for having to wait so long. Management needs to pay attention to the total picture. Some training to staff along the lines of a Panera (who do an awesome joy with customer service) would be a good idea.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family friendly casual place
    Dick
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Not for a quiet meal, especially on Mother's Day! Staff were uniformly pleasant and accommodating, we were seated promptly. Server was quick and efficient, food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    Graftondiner
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    We had a very enjoyable dinner at John Harvards. The blueberry ale with brown sugar rim was delicious, as was the calamari and dinner selections. Waitress was terrific; just the right balance of attentiveness, talking and service. Thanks for letting us take our time to enjoy our night and food without feeling rushed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We like the booths because
    lovely2lunch
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    We like the booths because it can become noisy at lunchtime.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservations were a snap.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Reservations were a snap. Food was great and the waiter was warm and friendly without being over bearing. We did not feel rushed even though we knew some people were waiting. A nice visit. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love their beer. If you
    J111VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    I love their beer. If you don't know which beer you like, try beer sampler first. Food is also very good at reasonable prices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The kettle chips appetizer:
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    The kettle chips appetizer: delicious and very generous! We split a plate of steak and gorgonzola pasta: wonderful! Our server, Derek, heard it was my birthday,put candles into my Apple Crisp, and they took it off of the check! The whole experience was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We did find a bit noisy even
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    We did find a bit noisy even though I requested a table away from the bar. We were with friends that we hadn't seen in years and the conversation was difficult d/t the noise level. The food was fine and the service was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Large portions, inviting staff,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Large portions, inviting staff, and attentive service. Brews are above average. Great place for appetizers and drinks after work.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK. Nothing special.
    Datenight95
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Just OK. Nothing special. Not sure if I would make a special effort to go back. I did appreciate gluten-free menu
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The staff, including hostesses,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    The staff, including hostesses, bartenders, and waiters and waitresses are totally awesome!! We have been going there every Friday for years, and ave no intention to change this practice!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Usually good...
    DaisyVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    Usually reliably good burgers & beer but things were a little off this time. The beer (blueberry cinnamon)although good enough was luke warm - I think it was served in a warm glass just washed. The veggie burger was excellent and french fries were very good, too. But the regular burgers were very overcooked and unedible around the edges (ordered medium well) and the sweet potatoes were soggy. We'll be back because we've had many other very good experiences. This one wasn't bad, it just wasn't as good as we've come to expect.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional hamburgers and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    Exceptional hamburgers and top notch pulled pork sandwich. Sides of french fries and cole slaw were tiny. Fries were bland and uninspiring. Appreciated the immediate glass of water brought to the table. Good but not great dining experience. Room for improvement.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a very busy Saturday
    EVLZ
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    It was a very busy Saturday night and we were so happy to have the reservation. We walked right in and got seated. There were six of us, so it really made a difference. People in line wanted to know how we got the reservation!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everyone loved the beer but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Everyone loved the beer but my two mixed drinks were fair. Was disappointed because they were fairly common. (Cosmo and ended with chocolate martini) and paid extra for Ketel One. Although I made reservation, we still waited over half hour for table. Front desk was total confusion.
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  • Waited 20 min after our reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Waited 20 min after our reservation. Attitude of staff was not customer centric No desire to go back
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very poor welcome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Our reservation was not honored and the staff was very rude to us. We ended up leaving, and we don't plan on dining there in the future. This used to be place we enjoyed going to, so it is a shame that they no longer respectably treat their customers, especially VIP Open Table customers,.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I dined with a party of four
    RTfromMA
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    I dined with a party of four on a Saturday night at 6:00. The atmosphere was comfortable; full but not overly noisy. I had the salmon with saffron rice and broccoli, not a crumb left on the plate. Other meals consumed were a cheeseburger, buffalo wings, Caesar salad, and twin filet medallions, and everyone enjoyed their meals. Our service was a little on the slow side, but each appetizer and entree came out exactly right. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate