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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
  • "Nice spot for a late evening meal. Had to wait a bit for my table even with reservation, but was worthy of my patience. Recommend the Steak Frittes. Lite meal and the asparagus sauce was a good match for the steak slices and pile of crispy fries. It came a bit cool and would have preferred it to be hotter. But it was not cold and still hit the spot. Service was good, but energy in packed room was overwhelming at times."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "In summary, it's a neat, lively place, reasonable priced with very good food. The most striking element of the Russell House Tavern is the quickness with which you are ushered into the basement to eat. One assumes seating overlooking some aspect of the bustling Harvard Square tableaux. I was quickly disabused of this notion, "We're not seating people on this level now," and you find yourself descending into a dark world with no view of passersby, just basement walls. However, once seated, the atmosphere is great, the lighting is good, the menu interesting. I ordered the Leek and Mushroom pizza for 13$ which was excellent and worth the trip. The wife got the tip to tail fritters. The soda water flat. Service upbeat but harried."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Enjoyed my choice 'anti-benedict' eggs with home fries. One in my party got the 'breakfast pizza' - very good and easily enough for two. Another got the EBLT (egg) on a croissant, and the fourth a standard 'farmhouse omelette'. Brunch cocktails / beer were good and brought the tab to around $80 for four before tip. Nice atmosphere, although we were seated on the 'lower level'. There are a few outside dining tables on the first floor. Thought the menu was diverse, but somewhat limited. Would go back again....."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "It performs well across the board. I don't crave the food or wax poetic about Russell House, but Russell House has yet to disappoint me. It's good for a sit-down lunch or dinner in Harvard Square."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "One of two burgers very overcooked, server rarely checked on us, out of tuna, which was what we went there for. Atmosphere was really nice."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I've gone a couple times before. The service was never great but manageable enough where I would go back due to the good food and ambience. This time, however, we were not once greeted nor paid attention to by the waitress, Danielle. We had to flag different waiters and waitresses to get water, bread, and to order. This is deterred me and the visiting party enough that we will never be going to Russell House Tavern again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Drink menu was fun & imaginative. Food was good. Service a bit slow. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This could be a GREAT place. The food is very good. The service, however, is sub-amateur. They're clearly pressed to find good servers/don't want to or can't pay for good servers so they're hiring college kids who just don't have a connection to the very good food. They seem indifferent and out of place, and it makes the restaurant feel a amateurish, when the food is so far from it. Compare the service here with service at places where the food (and price) is of similar quality nearby (harvest, Rialto) no comparison."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I was meeting a friend's coworker for lunch about a possible job offer. We were originally to eat downstairs but when I saw that an outdoor table had opened I asked if we could switch. The hostess said yes and that made all the difference. I got both the specials, lobster bisque as a starter and an atlantic perch salad. Very good. I felt the amount of perch was a little small for the special. Taste wise it was delicious. Got a small attitude from the waiter when he asked if it was okay that our diet cokes would actually be pepsi and I smiled when I said, "of course". Seemed a little cold attitude as if I was making fun of him. Otherwise he was quick, attentive and informative while also being quiet to allow us to talk."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Had business with people from Harvard U and they could walk to the Tavern. Nice round table sat 7 and could talk w/o raising our voices. Food was very good and I like the complimentary water bottles (still and sparkling) saves from having to ask for more water during lunch. Wait staff was friendly and efficient never disturbed our conversations!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I have been to Russell House many times, this was a bit disappointing. While the food was good (Steak frites was served like steak tips, not sliced and grilled shrimp soft) the noise level was really loud and it was hard to have a dinner conversation. The service was good, and again the food was good, just not fantastic."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The reservation request we made online was not honored - requested upstairs seating in the Open Table reservation. Once we arrived, we were informed that online bookings are only good for downstairs and if we wanted to wait for an upstairs table it would be 20+ minutes. Did not want to wait considering we had already gone to the effort of booking. Nowhere was it mentioned that the reservations were only good for downstairs. Just a disappointing experience overall. We have been to this restaurant multiple times, and I don't think we will bother going back. There are too many other great restaurants around the area to bother with this again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our favorite choice before going to American Repertory Theatre. Fantastic food and great service!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food and waitress were great, but we waited 40 minutes past our reservation and they put us in the bar area rather than the dining room."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Russell House has become our go-to place for pre- theater (A.R.T.) dining. We know there are many places to choose from in Cambridge but the combination of the excellent food, beer and cocktail selection, service and ambiance makes it nearly impossible for us to go anywhere else."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Most of our started came after the entrees. But we never received 1/3 of out total order even after we reminded. Then some house the manager thought it was our fault."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "My date and I could not talk without shouting, and we didn't want to shout. Very unpleasant. We had to rush through our (good) food in order to leave quickly."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Met 2 nieces at Russell House Tavern in the early evening for what I hoped would be a relaxed place with a buzz where we could sit, unrushed, enjoy good food and catch up. The food and service were good, and we were able to sit for as long as we wanted to, but catching up was difficult because of the noise. The place was packed and it was noisy and the noise definitely interfered with the goal of the evening."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I came here because I walked by it was PACKED and it said "raw bar"....had me at raw. Everything was delicious. The price adds up quickly on the bill with a bottle of wine, 2 dozen oysters, 2 entrees and a dessert. BUT it's worth the try. I have to come back when the oysters are $1 after 11 although I must make a note that even the Wellfleet oysters which are usually BIG AND MEATY were particularly SMALL. yeah, yeah, "Size doesn't matter"...it does when you're paying $2.50 when down the street at the Red House they are 2/$1 (although those have shells in them most of the time) and are HUGE!!! Other than that my only complaint was that we got the dessert before we had any utensils and it took someone awhile in order to notice or come back..."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great brunch, as always. Only downside was slow service, and being seated downstairs. I had made a reservation in advance in hopes of sitting upstairs on a gorgeous day. Downstairs seating is far better for dinner, as it is a bit dark and cool."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We sat at an open window next to the busy street which was interesting but a bit distracting. Overall, it was noisy. The food (flat iron steak with frites, scallops) were surprisingly good. The wine and beer list was excellent."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The service is bad and being busy on a Sunday is not an excuse at all. I had to ask literally for salt and pepper and to refill my coffee every time I needed more. They should be automatic Also, I made a reservation and specifically asked for table on the patio, which did not happen although they were empty tables. When I told that I want a patio table they said i'll have to wait for at least 30 mins! And when I said that I asked for the patio in my reservation they just simply said it's not available and took me to a table in the lower level One last thing, Boston is a city full of different cultures and people who follow different dietaries, when you limit your menu and you don't have substitutes for pork meats, not everyone will like it."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We ordered a few of the small plates and the Caesar Salad. The fried oysters were the best! We ordered a second plate of them. The pierogi were disappointing - dough was dry and overdone when they browned them. The caesar salad was chilled, fresh, and not over-dressed. Yum! The service at the bar was attentive and the food was served at a good pace. We'll return!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "It was a good place to catch up with friends and sharing news over a good meal and fine service"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had a good meal. The server was very helpful dealing with my dietary issues. The Berkshire Pork plate was excellent on 2 out of the 3 items. The pork loin was tough, but the shoulder and belly were fabulous. One friend complained that the salad was overdressed. I agreed but liked the dressing so was okay with it. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Went for a special occasion dinner, and it was very good. Wide variety of items on the menu, so there was something for everyone. It was a bit too dark inside, but other than that, a great experience."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Street level the Tavern looks like any other nice place to nip in for a brew but the serious dinning takes place one flight below. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I went to Russell House Tavern for brunch. The food was great, but I sat in downstairs dining room and the lighting was very dim. It was difficult to see the menu and the friends I was with. This lighting may have been appropriate for dinner, but I would have preferred a more vibrant atmosphere for brunch. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Shared four plates between two of us - incredible flavor combinations. Plus wonderful service. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "When I arrived 6pm, I told the maître d' that we had a play at 7:30 and that it was my partners birthday, so whatever dessert we ordered, I would like a candle. They said no problem and would inform the waiter. The waiter was very helpful with beverage selections and information regarding the food. My cocktail was very good as was the food. The issue is that we ran out of time, and couldn't order dessert without being late for the play. That was disappointing, and keeps this from being a rave review. That being said, the waiter was pleasant and apologized, and the food we had was excellent."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The brunch was fabulous, and their hollandaise sauce is VERY good!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "food was delicious - the fries were excellent, as was the burger and the sandwich. The caesar salad was not as flavorful as I would like (I like the dressing to pack a punch), and the lunch menu is a little small. The cocktails sounded excellent, but we didn't order any. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The arctic char here is so delicious! We always love the meals we get here, and are usually able to get a table pretty quickly. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our family (2 kids 10 and 12) went to RHT for Mothers' Day Brunch, and had a great time... service was great, food was excellent -- Nutella stuffed French Toast! Kids were very comfortable and had no trouble finding something they wanted from the menu. We'll definitely be going back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had a Mothers day celebration brunch. Service was great- food delicious!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We took my mother-in-law for Mother's Day brunch. All our dishes were excellent; a variety of lunch and breakfast dishes. The "Anti-Benedict" was very tasty, as was the burger. And a great beer selection, too. Service was so-so. That has been our experience a few times at this restaurant. Great food, but the service (host and wait staff) was good, but the staff do not go "out of their way" to be hospitable. For the kind of vibe the restaurant puts out, with a pricey menu and good food, you expect professional service, not a "just OK" host or a server who who forgets our drinks and doesn't keep us updated during a very long wait for the food. Staff is a bit blase."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great Brunch! A frequenter here..always pleased. The bloody marys are some of the best around!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We ordered what we were told was "fish of the day". What turned up was a small slab of something, burned at the edges and curling gently. It was inedible. Could we describe what it was "resting" on? No. When after trying to eat this we gave up and complained to the waiter, the kitchen sent out as recompense an equally inedible piece of cake. What a dreadful experience "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Made late night dinner reservations for a Saturday night as we like to see what the scene is like for after dinner. We sat downstairs, but on a nice night, which it was, I would have liked to sit upstairs near the open windows- next time. Oysters were fresh, we had a good Cab Franc (don't see many of those on the menus) and it was delish. Oysters were fresh and our entree's excellent. It was a very nice dinner with good service. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had a perfect experience at The Russell House Tavern for a Sunday brunch. The cocktail menu looked amazing, but we all stuck to coffee and water. We tried the omelet of the day, French Toast and a breakfast pizza. All were delicious. My home fries were lukewarm bordering on cold, and my toast was dry and tasteless, but those were the only flaws. It's a loud, fun place. Our table was ready for us and the service was friendly. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014