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Russell House Tavern
Russell House Tavern

Russell House Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://russellhousecambridge.com
  • Phone: (617) 500-3055
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm;

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;

    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Borgia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Russell House Tavern offers a variety of Private Dining experiences. Please email our private events coordinator for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Courtney Wentworth (617) 500-3055

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brattle Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Russell House Tavern
Russell House Tavern continues the Harvard Square tradition of local enterprise as a New American Tavern serving seasonally-inspired, classic dishes from New England and beyond. An inviting, multi-level space adorned with vintage photographs of the Square, Russell House Tavern specializes in artisanal fare served alongside carefully hand-crafted cocktails and a distinctive collection of all-American wines and craft beers.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "While the menu at the Russell House is not particularly inventive, there are some appealing choices -- the arctic char salade nicoise (pronounced niswa by the server, tsk tsk), dirty caesar, and tuna tartar. Cooked foods are oversalted, especially the burgers. The noise level becomes intolerable even at lunch if the place is full, because all the surfaces are hard; worse at dinner when people are drinking too. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "My friends and I had the mussels and pizza, and neither disappointed. The mushroom and leek pizza is a particular favourite since I had it the first time, and I keep coming back to it. The noise level was quite high, but with the open window right next to us, it helped with being able to hear each other and have a conversation."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I've eaten at Russell House Tavern a few times for dinner but never had brunch there until this past Sunday. The food was great - simple yet tasty, and nothing too out of the ordinary. Excellent Virgin Bloody Mary's! The wait staff are fun, engaging and make you feel like you're a regular."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We have been meaning to go to Russel House Tavern for some time and finally did it. The food was fantastic and it will be a place we go to many times over. The service was really good and very attentive and helpful with options."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Warm, hip atmosphere and good food in Harvard Square. It's hard to find in those parts! Russell House is a gem."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I met at Russell House, and wanted to celebrate our anniversary by going to Russell House for brunch, the place where it all began! We were very pleased that we sat at the very same table where we had our first date. Brian, our server, was fantastic. He truly made our meal enjoyable, and made us feel special and welcomed. Each time he came back to check in on us,he asked if there was anything else he could do to make our meal more special. He even brought us each a glass of champagne, on the house! The hostesses even wished us a happy anniversary on our way out the door! We truly appreciated these gestures, and will definitely be dining at Russell House again soon, and we'll be excited to see Brian again!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food was average. I love kale but Russell House's creamed kale was not good. The crab cakes didn't taste like real crab and were tasteless. Too noisy to talk."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have nothing to say but yummy! I would go for small plates to try many different dishes because you go here for the food."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We were only a party of four and had to shout to hear each other. Not my idea of a fun dinner I'm afraid. Not their fault obviously but that's what the place is like in general"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Russell House is noisy, crowded and overbooked even with reservations. I felt dinner was overcooked and the distance between our table and the diners at the next tables was nonexistent and disconcerting."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This was our first time at Russell House and we loved it. Had small plates so we could sample a number of intersting items and they were all great. Our server was friendly and very attentive. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I arrived in the early afternoon and was so tired I barely wanted to go to dinner from my hotel. I got to Russell House and the hostesses were pretty nice, they seated me at my table and my server came over. She was super friendly and welcoming, and made me feel comfortable. I was there by myself which can sometimes be lonely but this place was great if you're alone. The food was great, the mashed potatoes were delicious. I'd definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Ordered Tuna Tartare appetizer and our brunch entrees, the food was good, I waited our Tuna never showed up so we ate our food, but while I ask for my check the Tuna showed up, and we even had any utensils at our table, since we'd finished long ago!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I had the pork loin sandwich - truly an indulgence. You might only get through half do it because it is so savory. The portion was pretty good. Had it with 1/2 salad and 1/2 fries. The apple in the sandwich is a great touch (both texture and sweetness)."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Five of us went last weekend for the start of Restaurant Week. Great food and fantastic service! We will be going back again."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Located in an historic building, this place oozes authentic atmosphere. However it's the food that really surprises....really shouldn't be called a TAVERN which conjures up a picture of lots of drinks but uninspired food. THIS IS NOT THE CASE at Russell's. Yes they had lots of drinks -- the beer list seemed endless but it's the food I'd come back for. Our party had duck carpaccio, arctic char and the pork and each diner felt like licking his/her plate. Can't wait to return to discover what other goodies they offer. Love a place where when you study the menu, you have m-a-n-y options you are tempted to try. Would RECOMMEND to all."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Came with a large group for dinner. Took forever for our waiter to come by, then to get drinks then for food to arrive. He seemed like he was just tired and wanted to go home, but poor manner. Food was mostly poor. My duck was well cooked and tasty, but nothing it came with was any good, just some thick mush that was supposed to be a bean puree and halved artichokes from a jar. The "arctic char" was actually some sort of tough and overcooked bass or yellowfin, not sure exactly but it most certainly was NOT arctic char. Sunchoke soup was much too sweet, and the drinks were weak. To their credit they promptly fixed a mixed up drink order and took it off our bill. Dessert was pretty tasty. Upstairs bar area is much nicer and more interesting."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The food is quite good - I especially recommend the local leaf salad with walnuts and dried figs, and any one of their pizzas, which are delicious. Great service, all the servers were very friendly and accommodating (they even charged my friend's phone in their storage room when he asked for an outlet). The cocktails are quite good as well. I recommend making a reservation for dinner as it gets quite busy."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Having walked by Russell House Tavern many times and only having seen the upstairs bar area I was amazed to be taken downstairs to a large, lovely dining room. The restaurant was at least 1/2 full and in spite of lively talking at tables, the acoustics were quite good and I had no difficulty talking to my husband. We went for Restaurant Week and the fixed price menu was appetizing. I also liked the option of being able to order off of that menu. I had a wonderful tasting arctic char entree while my husband, ever the carnivore, had pork prepared 3 ways and loved it. Service was friendly and attentive but not hovering, and the tab, with a bottle of wine was just under $100. I left the restaurant certain that I'd be back."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We were stuck in a corner down stairs. Mixed drink menu was really bad. needed to return a Scotch mixture which was nasty. My wife ordered a flat iron steak which was a very small steak with a pile high of french fries on top for $30. My chicken was OK, nothing special. Would not come back, very noisy, cold, below average service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Russel House Tavern is a great restaurant. The service is always excellent and the vibe is pleasant. I've tried the food twice and enjoyed it both times. I did have some nit-picky complaints about the food like, my chickpea patty was a bit dry (even though the flavor was excellent) and the sunchoke soup had whole peppercorns in it, which meant an attack of pepper in your mouth. Overall, though, it was a great experience and certainly one of the better places to go to in Harvard square. Just be sure to make reservations if you're going there for dinner as it tends to get packed!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I have eaten here many times and it is always amazingly delicious. The staff are always friendly, food is done fairly quickly, never had a single complaint. I used to work for a couple of Hotels in the area and often recommended Russel House Tavern and always recieved glowing reviews from the guests. I often go to brunch on weekends and dinner during the week and it does get quite busy so I always reserve through open table. Their drinks menu is a good size and they always have some unique dish or at least a new take on a classic dish. Also for the quality of the food and training staff I think they have very fair prices."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Everything I had was delicious, but the Brussels sprout pizza was out of this world. I will be back for it soon! Fabulous service as well!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I appreciated it opens at 11Am cuz I needed to find a place for brunch at that time. I was a little disappointed at menu selection, my own fault cuz this was during the week and the full brunch menu is only on weekends. The food selections we ordered were both excellent-- cheeseburger, and crab cakes. The ambiance downstairs was nice but a little dark for this time of day. The server was extremely nice, friendly and aimed to please."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Grass fed beef, vermont cheddar, bacon, all on an english muffin. Always cooked to the right temp, and served juicy. With fries, salad, or one of the few places that will do half and half. I've eaten many other things here, and they were good - but the burger beats all. Add to this well-mixed but unpretentious cocktails and friendly, well-trained staff. Perfect after-work dinner spot in the Square."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We have eaten at this restaurant several times in the past when we have visited Cambridge and have found the atmosphere to be pleasant and the food to be enjoyable "tavern fare". However, last Sunday evening something was definitely missing and the food was mediocre at best. Both my wife and our guest, a Harvard student for whom we were providing a break form dorm food, ordered the iron skillet fresh catch which was Pacific mahi and they were extremely disappointed. To the restaurant's credit they gave us full credit for the fish. My hamburger was okay but nothing special. We will not be returning unless we hear that quality of the menu and the food has improved."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I love Russell House - been coming here since it first opened a few years ago. The benedict is great for brunch as usual, and the bar downstairs (not for brunch but for any other time) is always awesome."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I forgot our waitress's name but she is very nice and sweet."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Re-visited RHT with a few friends last weekend, not expecting much (having avoided the place for over a year because of several trips to RHT with bad service and inconsistent food). But to our surprise our server was attentive, hostess was great. Good beer selection, good wine selection. Decent cocktails. Small Plates & Apps menu leaned on trendier dishes (nose to tail fritters, lamb-belly, house made charcuterie...) but also had a good raw bar and some more classic entrees. We all shared a smattering of small plates / apps / sides. Everyone was pleased and there wasn't a bad meal in the bunch. Downstairs was packed, and rightly so -- glad to see this place back and up to snuff."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The atmosphere even on a weekday can get pretty noisy, but the did was very good. It's a bit expensive, but worth the price."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "This was our first time at Russell House , our main reason for choosing it was that their brunch began well before noon, unlike other restaurants in the area. The service was friendly. our food came quickly and then we were able to take our time and enjoy it without feeling rushed. We would certainly come back again for brunch and may try it for an evening special occasion."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I had a reservation for 4 at 6:45 p.m. on a Saturday. When we arrived, the place was packed-I was concerned the staff would tell us there would be a wait. There wasn't. We were escorted to our table immediately. Finally, a restaurant that not only knows how to take a reservation, but can also HOLD a reservation. The server was friendly and efficient. The drinlks were good and the food was above average and very reasonably priced. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Made a reservation a week in advance for a Friday evening at 8 pm and the restaurant called twice to confirm my reservation - I could tell it was great service already. I had to call about an hour before and ask for a later reservation time and they were able to accommodate me, which is very rare for a Friday night especially at a popular watering hole like Russell House. We were seated right away when we arrived and the waitress came over within minutes to ask how we were and provide us with complimentary still and sparkling water bottles. She was super friendly and took our drink orders - I highly recommend the "Always Sunny", so good! Overall, experience, food and service were phenomenal - can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I was visiting from Virginia and had dinner with a friend there. My mahi mahi was over cooked and I think bonefish grills shrimp ceviche is much better. It was also very loud and I felt like I was yelling the whole time. The service was very good tho - as was the bartender."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "A very happening place on a late Sunday afternoon- delicious food, very attentive service. Be sure to make a reservation so you're not left outside wishing you were here!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Food and serice were both excellent and would return the next time we are in town. We really only had a few small plates and some stellar beers but all were great..tuna tartare, beef tartare, burratta...well done!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had brunch here, and it was fantastic. They have a great selection of sweet and savory dishes. I had nutella stuffed French toast and it was wonderful. Not too much nutella, and just the right amount of crunch with the hazelnuts on top. Our server was also very sweet and attentive."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We made an advanced reservation for 5PM. The hostess sat us in the farthest corner with no view or ambience. We requested another table and were told none available. We stayed and sat at the Bar behind a brick obstructed view. The Bartenders were great and we had some Oysters that were excellent, but the Charcuterie was not very good. Probably would not return for a second try, felt there was not enough concern for customers request."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Excellent service! We were seated right away, there was a coat check, the waiter was courteous and experienced (swinging by regularly to make sure we were doing alright but never interrupting when we were in the middle of a conversation), and the food was delicious and delivered quickly. Did not have a single complaint! As someone who's worked in the food industry, I know how hard it is to get all these elements right. I was very impressed."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Had an incredible dinner. Each course was delicious. Started with Tuna Tartar. Charcuterie board was phenominal. Seafood and duck were outstanding. Ended with passion fruit cheesecake. Foodies will love this place. Service was spot on without hovering. Birthday was made extra special because of our dinner there."
    Dined on 2/20/2014