Russell House Tavern
Russell House Tavern

Russell House Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://russellhousecambridge.com/
  • Phone: 6175003055x
  • 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 6175003055x

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.
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Russell House Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
192 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (87)good for groups (72)vibrant bar scene (70)neighborhood gem (67)hot spot (50)great for brunch (43)great for outdoor dining (38)special occasion (36)great for lunch (35)late-night find (33)romantic (30)kid-friendly (12)notable wine list (7)scenic view (1)Show More
  • SO MANY CHOICES
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Everything on the menu looked good. EVERYTHING. We spent 15 minutes to decide what to order. It was good food. I really enjoyed the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely loved this place!
    Ingrid
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We ate at Russell House for the first time last Friday for lunch. I ordered the Smoked Arctic Char Nicoise Salad, my mother had Seared Yellowfin Tuna BLT, and my brother the R. House Grass Fed Burger. All the dishes were delicious! Their Arctic Char was one of the best fish I've ever tasted. My mother thoroughly enjoyed her BLT: the tuna was cooked just so that the center was still rare and it had the perfect amount of spice (Sriracha). My brother said the English muffins buns was a nice touch and liked his burger as well. Overall, Russell House may not have a signature dish, but that is probably because they ensure that each dish on their menu is outstanding. I look forward to dining at this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Patrice
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Good choice of menu. Great service and ambiance. Not for romantic dinner but more casual noisy tavern style.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded expectations
    overspeed62VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Going to a "Tavern" just outside the Harvard Square T stop caused some concern that the food/service would be mediocre as the foot traffic of visitors would be enough to keep them in business. But our server and her coworkers were all helpful and very friendly. Really cool spot but laid out well enough to allow for conversation. Great beer and drinks selection. I tried some of my daughter's Caesar salad and the mixture of kale and parsley made it extra tasty. My oysters were excellent. I had the three pork (forget the name) entrée and it was awesome. My daughter loved the roasted chicken. I'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HOCR Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We went there after the HOCR for dinner. Had good fun with a lot of other people. Big tavern atmosphere along with the noise, etc. next time we are in Boston we would go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Can't say one bad thing
    fletch
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The Head of the Charles Regatta turns Harvard Square into a madhouse for an entire weekend. Luckily we thought to make reservations. Russell House Tavern was packed but they were quick with drinks and our brunch. Speaking of our drinks and brunch, they were excellent. The drinks were expertly crafted, served in the correct glassware, and strong enough to justify the prices. The food was out-of-this-world, my "Anti-Benedict" was a great remix on a classic brunch item. Would absolutely make the trip to Harvard to eat here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Harvard Sq. spot
    CoopwriteVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My friends and I chose to have dinner here after failing to get reservations at some other hot spots. We were glad we ended up here. Craft cocktails and an extensive dinner menu mixing comfort foods with more unusual fare made for an enjoyable evening. The food and service will definitely draw us back here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice and trendy
    elzab
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Nice and trendy in Harvard Square. Prepare to be surrounded by twenty somethings. Good food, albeit served a bit rushed, could be warmer or somewhat less hastily pushed out of the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok place near Harvard
    brendan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very busy and loud downstairs bar. Food portions large and good quality. Service friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I'm glad we made a reservation because the place was packed on Friday night. The service was a little slow and we found it odd that we were served our oysters along with our entrees, as opposed to beforehand as an app. The food was excellent. I had the arctic char (which was prepared differently than described online), and my boyfriend had the crispy pork belly sandwich. The location is great too - just around the corner from the T. We would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    EmilyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I was dining with my mother who has very severe food allergies; our waiter (and the rest of the staff) were very attentive to her needs and made sure she had a delicious lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, slow service
    DoveVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Party of 3, we may have had an off server but she was very slow. The restaurant was quite busy but it took us 10 minutes to get us milk and sugar after we were brought our coffees and tea. We were brought the check before being asked if we wanted dessert and waited another 20 minutes for the check after saying we didn't want dessert. We mentioned to our waitress that we were frustrated at her service so the manager came by with a insincere apology and ice cream. Otherwise, the food ambience is great. I would go back hoping that the waitress is better trained or that I would get better service. May be a one off.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy but otherwise fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    There is outdoor dining, which would have been preferable, but the weather discouraged it when I was there. The result was sitting in the basement, which is the main dining room. Low ceilings, a bar scene, and no sound absorption made it extremely noisy and hard to hold a conversation. The food was quite good, however, and the menu varied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good dining option in Harvard Sqr.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was very tasty. Fresh and well cooked. Russell House Tavern has a lively pub feel with high quality food and drink. Great dining option in the Square.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Staid but noisy
    EleniO
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food is good but not great. Fish, for example, is of good quality but bland. The noise level downstairs was unbearable. But the bar crowd was having a good time. The courtyard area is more pleasant even when full.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quickly becoming a favorite
    KateDVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to RHT and it was excellent. A few minor complaints. For both visits we had a reservation and both times we had to wait 15 minutes or more for our table. Second-it is REALLY loud in the dining room. Like, hard to hear the person next to you loud. Finally, the dozen oysters we order came sitting on melted ice and ended up submerged. Not appealing. Cocktails are the real stars at this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grease
    Elismich
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The cocktail list is quite fun. I called in the morning to ask about their seafood as I had a friend in town who wanted seafood. I was promised a seafood special for the evening - but when we got there they didn't have one. The food that we did get was overly greasy to the point of being nearly inedible. My burger was tasty. But my company had a pizza and the pork sandwich and finished neither due to the grease.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise disappointment
    Arlingtonite
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went at 6 pm before the theater. The restaurant was stunningly noisy, in the upstairs area. A particularly poorly conceived dish was the pizza with greens and egg. Served with 4 poached eggs on the pizza was the first problem, most people don't eat that many eggs at one sitting. They broke and ran, of course, and turned the pizza to mush, making it impossible to eat. The metal pan that it was served in wasn't flat and moved all over the table when eater was attempting to cut it. The service was fine, but this restaurant will not be a future pre-theater choice for us.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    LolaVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. Love the selection of apps. The Moscow Mule is fantastic. They make it with homemade ginger beer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • College staple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    While visiting Harvard square from out of town, this seemed like the spot to go to for lunch. Great tavern feel with even better food- burger and pastrami sandwich come highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Jini
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I was excited to try Russell House Tavern but was disappointed. While the food and drinks were good (not great), the service was fair, at best. It took awhile to get our drinks and our server wasn't very attentive. It was the Sunday Brunch busy time so I'd understand a little but she had runners for the food. There really isn't an excuse. I sat at the bar while my "reserved" table was being fixed. Even the bartender wasn't attentive. Overall it was decent but the service brings down the review.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • happening place
    gasman
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    went here before a show , place was packed even at 6 pm...we were pressed for time and the waitress accomodated us so that we could eat and get to the show in time...............small plates were extraordinarily good, and main courses were excellent.......not a place for perace and quiet, but great food and wonderful service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a great dinner here beffore attending an ART production. Waitress was extremely knowledgeable not only on the menu/bar selections but also provided alot of fum tips about the history of the building and location. Eclectic menu - fun things to try - everyone loved their dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor communication
    Julius
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This venue has three areas: an upstairs, a downstairs, and a patio. Communication seem rather poor between the three section. We came to the "lobby" upstairs and identified ourselves as having a reservation from Open Table. Greeter said, "Please make your way downstairs, they already have your table prepared." We went downstairs only to be met by a person who clearly didn't know why we were there. We were seated anyway, but a day later received a note that we hadn't honored our reservation. Should it be up to the patron to explain the situation between upstairs and downstairs? No way.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I had the dirty kale salad with shrimp. Excellent. Perfectly prepared and served. My client had the steak frites and said she liked it a lot. The window was inviting, so we sat there, but it turned out to be a little too urban, with smog and car noise. The outside patio would have been a better choice for us, as it's a little removed from the street. Overall, a great choice for a professional lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed on the food, fine otherwise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I had the eggs benedict. The sauce was very buttery and overall the dish was rather salty. The hash browns that came with it were good. My friend had the omlette which she liked. Overall mixed on the food but fine otherwise.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sunday brunch
    acope
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    we had an amazing time at Russel House Tavern for sunday brunch. we had a great table outside, along with a really helpful server, and we enjoyed every dish. will definitely come again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DynahVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The entrance patio is a pleasant surprise for a late night meal. Unfortunately the food doesn't meet the quality of the service or atmosphere. Pork cooked three ways was dry as was the chicken dish. Both, cooked correctly, would be ho-hum at best. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quick drink & meal before a play
    nolagal
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We were on our way to the ART so we were rushed. Our server helped us order and we finished in time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place - Trendy Tavern
    dinnerdiner
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    RHT is a great place for any occasion- has the feel of a medditerrabean bistro mixed with a Boston tavern/pub, served with a contemporary menu.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisiest dinner evver
    galdos
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Unfortunally full of drunken and loud undergraduate students. We could not enjoy food nor conversation. Waited 20 minutes for a table even with a reservation at at 9 PM.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Harvard Family
    Harvardmomof3
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It was our second time dining at Russell House Tavern! We had a reservation for six, and all but two of us were disappointed in their meal! The bar ran out of the beer that the men wanted to order.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good enough
    Lauralgc
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Very busy restaurant&bar, with good selection of beers and some interesting dishes. Appetizers and small plates are the same size, really small, like tapas, so it's fun to order different ones to share. The octopus mortadella was really tasty, while the marrow pierogi were kind of blend. The pork trio was perfectly cooked and seasoned and very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Find
    Tuch
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Had tickets to the ART & decided to dine before the show. Haven't taken part in much of the goings on in Harvard Sq for years and thought that Russell House Tavern may be too hip for our senior group. Almost chose a non-pub restaurant instead. But so glad we didn't. Out whole group had a fantastic dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at the Zoo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Complete Zoo at Brunch. Not relaxing. Food is good however overall experience was overwhelming. Loud & Crowded.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodly
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food was not that good. Kind of gloppy. Home fries, however, were delicious. Waiter appeared hungover but was polite and responsive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    itb1212
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Service was slow, especially with the initial drinks - could have been because of the number of patrons. Excellent food, although the rock shrimp salad was a bit bland. Drinks were great! I had the Keyser Soze... amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for resturant week.
    Russelldatenight
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went here for resturant week and got the two course dinner with the wine pairing, good deal of 12$ for a glass with both courses. Only downside was the wine came after we already made our way through most of our dishes, but when they came they were good. We sat outside under the lights and it was a wonderful place to sit. Only one loud bus went by, but otherwise it was easy to forget we were on a main street. Great food and good, friendly service. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greatdining56
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A good time was had by all. The service was perfect and quick as we were on our way to a play. The price was very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large Groups
    okok
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I needed two tables for a large group and got conflicting information about the possibility of additional chairs to accommodate my guests. One one occasion, two guests were asked to share a chair. However, between myself and the server, Rachel, there was clear communication and she was able to provide us with everything we needed. She was also friendly, courteous and patient. I couldn't have asked for a better server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic