The Red House Restaurant
The Red House Restaurant

The Red House Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theredhouse.com/
  • Phone: 6175760605
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Closed on Monday. Bar always open between 3 & 5 pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Paul Overgaag & Marc Plourde
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Full service, home or office, however our liquor license does not allow us to provide alcohol off premise.
  • Private Party Facilities: Three small private dining rooms available two of which seat parties up to 12 people, the third, 8 people. All three rooms have fireplaces, only one is wheelchair accessible. For any party of seven or more or to book a private dining room, please call us directly. These parties cannot be booked online.
  • Private Party Contact: Brynna Ledyard 6175760605
  • Entertainment: Coming this spring... Live Jazz! Stay tuned for more details by following us on facebook & twitter!

  • Special Events: The red house has recently become famous for its awesome 2 for $1 oyster promotion, offered daily from 3 - 6pm (everyone's first dozen is 2 for $1; after that, all oysters are 1$ each). Please note that this offer is featured both in our bar, and on our patio only. Both areas are seated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because the red house does not offer this promotion in its main dining room, we are unable to accept reservations when you join us for oysters & drinks. Reservations are accepted for full lunch and dinner menus only, between 12 & 3pm, and 5 & 11pm, Tuesday - Sunday (closed Mondays).

Getting there

  • Cross Street: JFK Street and Eliot Street
  • Public Transit: "T" Red Line to Harvard Square
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Charles Square Parking Garage, University Place Parking Garage and the Harvard Square Parking garage are located with a one block radius. The Red House will validate parking vouchers for a discount.
A word from The Red House Restaurant
With a seasonally changing menu and nightly specials, The Red House offers European-style cuisine with the convenience of ordering most items in your choice of appetizer & entree size. The Red House setting is intimate and cozy, tucked into a beautifully renovated historic home in the heart of Harvard Square. Most recently, The Red House has begun collaborating with its very own certified organic local farm to bring you the freshest foods possible throughout the New England growing season.
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The Red House Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (46)neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (23)romantic (21)great for lunch (20)special occasion (15)good for groups (11)great for brunch (9)scenic view (6)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)Show More
  • Great Place in Harvard Square
    CambridgianVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Located in an historic old house in the center of Harvard Square, this place exceeds expectations. The food is very good, and the service is attentive but not overbearing. We were in a room of our own (for five) upstairs, and we happened to be next to a room with a very loud group of people, which was less than optimal. Most of us enjoyed our food, which was good but not exceptional. The overall experience is very good, especially in an area where most restaurants aim at students who want cheap food and abundant beer. This is better than that, but not snobbish at all.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not quite measured up
    OutoftownerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Consistency is difficult to achieve for restaurants, but we still expected more. The crab salad was so full of celery I couldn't taste the crab. The "picnic chicken" was utterly bland with no distinguishable seasoning/flavor. The lobster ravioli was at least decent. The poor server was covering the bar and it seemed like 8 other tables and was swamped. The interior is at least cute with various fairly-well-spaced tables I'm an old house. Because of the food, however, I think there are better options nearby.
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  • terrible
    Bvega
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Seating was cramped service poor at best , they call that lobster what? Risotto absolutely not !!! Swordfish really it was more like 2 pancakes never had swordfish so thin before they really should be ashamed
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  • Slow service and food had no flavor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was EXTREMELY slow and it wasn't busy in the restaurant. We had a party of five and everyone ordered a different entree and all had no flavor to them and food was cold. Also, the host was very rude to me when we first arrived. I was at this restaurant a little over a year ago and I really enjoyed my meal and experience. It has definitely gone down hill. We all were very disappointed. I would not go back to this restaurant and would not recommend to anyone.
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  • outsstanding
    EdGeetsVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    will go back often as food and service were terrific employees were professional and courteous
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very delicious!
    PaulaVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were visiting Boston and wanted to try a fun restaurant in Cambridge. This was awesome. I had lobster with pasta and it was wonderful. My husband had some seafood stew that he enjoyed. My daughter had the pasta and it was good, not great! I would recommend trying this jewel!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Red House Restaurant Opinion
    Dinerama1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My fourth time dining here and always a delightful experience. Food, service, vibe- always fun to dine here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good!
    seadew
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Red House is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is very good, the service excellent and they have outdoor dining. I particularly like the fact that you can get smaller portions of the entrees.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crowd-pleaser with lobsters aplenty
    Cailean
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Went here on several occasions and I think the biggest appeal to The Red House more than anything else is their continuous supply of oysters, and not just small dinky oysters. We're talking Wellfleets, Island Creek, and even PEI Malpeque oysters that are always of consistently good quality. The Red House also specializes in lobster dishes and the last dish enjoyed was the traditional steamed lobster which for the reasonable price makes sure you're not getting just some 1lb small fry. I highly recommend their appetizers too along with a nice 22oz beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fire the chef
    Easy2pleaseVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Inspired menu but poorly executed. We were there early on a Saturday night, plenty of wait staff, no obvious rush. The artichokes were underdone to the point of inedible, the salad was wilted, the duck breast was over cooked, lukewarm and hard with a congealed sauce...
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  • Love the porch
    marciemVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Can't always get a seat but the porch is a great place to lunch
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always accommodating
    lillibetVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We brought our young daughter here for an early dinner and our server was very kind to her--found old menus and crayons to entertain her and offered to make off-menu pasta if she preferred. The food and ambience are always lovely and being in the back room was a nice respite from the heat and crowds of Harvard Square.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • A disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It's a nice spot, so it's a shame that Red House falls flat. Oysters for $1 seemed like a great deal, but they were grimey and filled with shell pieces, probably because they were stacked on top of each other after being shucked. Sea bass sounded great on the menu but was bland. Lamb was better, though nowhere near as good as we've had at better places. Wine was served in cheapo, tiny glasses that lose any flavor of the wine. Prices aren't outlandish but you can still do a lot better for what you'd spend here.
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  • Loved it
    Bevmire
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Love the Red House. Great neighborhood spot. Wellfleet oysters!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed feelings
    jeanned
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have been here 3times. Once for lunch, salad was very good with a tasty dressing. Dinner, lobster risotto was full of lobster but not quite a great rissoto base. Apps were small. Dinner. Lobster ravioli full portion was 6 ravioli,we asked if a mistake was made and they brought app portion. Got the app portion of swordfish and that was a bigger piece than expected cooked nicely and tasty but very thin. So no rhyme or reason as to portionsiza. The sangria was very,very bland. We had 3different wait persons which was kind of strange so some good some to so good experiences
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Good, but...
    willardsquare
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Dinner was good, but not great - the $1 oysters were tasty, but they were not cleaned at all (seaweed and muck still on shells), and had been opened quickly and carelessly, so each oyster had multiple shell pieces. Once I knew that and sought out those pieces before eating, they tasted fine. Similar issues with my pasta with mussels, which was pretty tasty, but featured two mussels which had not opened with cooking (out of about 14), and two others which didn't exactly open, making me a little concerned. The dish itself was tasty, and the ambiance of the patio was nice. Not sad I went, but might not rush back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • foodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great outdoor dining. Food was not the best. Had to send my duck back because it was not good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special any time
    JandJ
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The Red House is consistently excellent and the setting is perfect for those who like absolutely first-rate food but would rather avoid the large rooms that are the norm for most very special restaurants. There are several separate spaces in this old Cambridge home that make you feel like you're home, not in some institution. But oh the food is way beyond most homes! This has become the place of choice for small business lunches, romantic dinners, and family gatherings. The menu is eclectic enough for the vegan, vegetarian, kosher, and omnivore folks in my party on Monday. We ordered seven different dishes and each was perfectly flavored, prepared and presented. The Red House has been top-flight and consistent for years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Disappointed
    FennoFoodie
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I've been to the Red House for lunch on several occasions and it was terrific - so was looking forward to trying it out for dinner. My guest and I were both disappointed. The kale and avocado soup was pretty bland; we were brought a wrong appetizer (the crab and avocado instead of the chicken) which came so late we didn't send it back, although we were surprised at the tiny amount of crab and the pretty tired lettuce that accompanied it. The mussel entree was excellent except that clams were mixed in, I guess to make up for the small amount of mussels - the dish was tasty but I think if you're going to use clams you should say so on the menu. Excellent scallops though. Waiter seemed distracted. I'd go back again for lunch, not for dinner.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Read the Fine Print
    Daniela
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    So, I was all excited to celebrate my birthday with basically all-I-could-eat oysters. They say that their oysters are 2/$1 however that only works for a dozen. Then the price is $1. It is written nowhere! I was there before and was able to get 2 dozen at the deal price. What a letdown this time! Anyways, the oysters are always dirty so it can be messy eating them and there are shells in them constantly. So you pay for what you get. They need to get fans or an AC because the downstairs bar area is so hot and muggy with no outdoor breeze, it can be suffocating if you're not by the open doors. Their oysters are OK taste-wise. As a frequent oyster consumer, I've had better for the same price. MEH overall experience and left disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Great night
    Paulmc410
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Atmosphere, food, service, and drinks all excellent. Great place for fine dining and/or hanging out with friends. We particularly like the outside oyster bar in the summer and the cozy fireplace in the lounge during the colder months...great place to entertain as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Delicious
    jeanned
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We loved everything we ordered. Oysters, Mushroom Phyllo, scallops, spring roll. For dinner, Lobster Ravioli, special pasta of the day, lamb. Sangria. Would highly recommend and will be back. We sat outside but on a cool night there is a nice bar area with a fireplace and on the night we were there there was live music. Very nice all around.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • A nice find!
    Westchesterite
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The menu was interesting and varied; everything was very good. I had the mushroom phyllo appetizer, then the appetizer-sized lamb chops. All very good. I especially liked the option to get an appetizer or main-course size of so many selections. My husband had the pulled pork taco app (a special) and the halibut (also a special)...tacos were tasty; fish was super-fresh. It was our server's first night; she was a little freaked out at having to open a bottle of wine. We told her not to worry, we weren't judging her! She managed just fine. I would definitely go back.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Hidden gem
    Figlover
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I was really surprised that the little red house opened up inside to a fairly big room.It was raining so we didn't get to dine outside which would have been preferable as the noise level inside was very loud. The service was very good and everyone loved the food.....try the amazing figs stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale and relaxed
    Tanya
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My parents and elderly great-aunt were visiting from out of town, and I decided to take them to The Red House because I knew the food would be excellent, the ambience lovely, and that we would generally have a nice, relaxing, "New England-y" evening. I was not disappointed. One thing I really like about the menu (other than the scallops with smoky potato and pea hash-- perfect in every way!) is the fact that many of the entrees come in full or half-sizes-- excellent for mixing and matching if you just can't decide what to order. While my half-order of lobster ravioli was just about the right size for half an entree, the half-order of swordfish was plenty for a full meal, and everyone raved over it. Will definitely come here again!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food OK, dining room was hot and unpleasant, often had to wait a long time for the waiter. WE were the waiters.
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    great for brunch
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  • Mediocre
    Laddiedog
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We used to enjoy it much more - now its mediocre. Food is fine but not great - same for evefything else
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  • lunchbuddy
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Charming setting, but food was very disappointing.
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  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very nice and attentive people, excellent service and good food
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Graduation Great Meal
    Michalsheli
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We took our daughter and son in law there for graduation lunch. We were going to be late and let them know. No problem. We live nearby and the food is always excellent. Red House is especially nice in summer to sit outside but the inside is cozy and moderately quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • excellence in heart of harvard sq
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    this was a fantastic experience from start to finish. it was a cold rainy night, and it was fitting to walk into the pub with a fire burning in the fireplace (although it was may 23). we had the music room reserved for our group which made the evening have a bit of an intimate feel to it for our special occasion. the service was prompt and friendly and the food was very good and priced reasonably (especially for the neighborhood). i would recommend this for any occasion, and look forward to returning in better weather to enjoy the outdoor bar and patio.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 645 reviews are from the The Red House Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Tried Red House twice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We did not enjoy any aspect of our experience at Red House either of two times we visited, once over the winter and this past Saturday. There was one greeter--outside--who had to walk each party into the restaurant and seat them before coming back for the next group. We waited on the sidewalk for at least 10 minutes, as there were two large parties ahead of us. I feel it was a waste of personnel and an inefficient way of getting people in on time. The food didn't taste good. The vinaigrette on the beet salad was oily; the salmon risotto bland except for hidden chili-type pepper; the pasta with duck and artichokes was under-seasoned except for the same hot chili pepper. Seating was tight with no aisles between tables. Noisy. Not a good time.
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  • Always good
    rosie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Just one disappointment - they have dscontinued the half portions that made it possible to share and try several dishes- one of the reasons I always loved the Red House . Too bad!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Slow service; decent food
    ctrctr
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We waited 20 minutes to place a drink order and 15 more to get them. When waiters bring food they auction it off, like they have no way of knowing who ordered what. Poor training. I don't like a beautiful filet of fish to be mired in flavorless whipped potatoes.
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  • Nothing exceptional.
    kamdiner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The service was sub-par. Our waitress may have said four words during our entire stay, mixed up our drinks, and upon bringing us our meals, she just left them on the end of the table rather than putting them in front of us. It wasn't a big deal, but it was a treatment that I have never experienced before. The only reason I gave the Service a "Fair" rating is because all the other wait staff were incredibly friendly and seemed to take interest in their job. As for the food, we ordered the risotto and seafood fettuccine. For the price, they both lacked flavor and creativity. The risotto was flavorless and lacking on the salmon. The fettuccine had a little more flavor, but still nothing close to exceptional
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  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great food! Great atmosphere! A home run in every dining category!
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    Romantic, Scenic View
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  • good food at good price
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This restaurant served half portions that are a good buy. For those who like it quiet, this restaurant doesn't play music.
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    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun restaurant with great lobster
    DavidF
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    As a group of seven we got the special "music room," which provided both intimacy and lower noise -- as if in someone's dining room -- but the energy of our group meant that the waiter held back a bit in moving the orders along, totally understandable. Most of us had lobster dishes, and I have to say (as one who knows lobster) that even in the linguine it was a perfectly cooked, sweet and delicious lobster. (Don't attempt this dish unless you know how to take a lobster apart with minimal mess). Desserts were good. Wines were VERY reasonably priced, also with some interesting choices.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very dissappointing
    MarieVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Ordered lobster risotto with triple crème brie & pea tendrils that I expected to be sweet & creamy. But it was spicy hot with a burn that grew with every bite. My husband's pasta with ham was also spicy hot so maybe this is their standard seasoning for pasta dishes but, if so, I wish they would say that on the menu. The atmosphere was cozy but the rickety chairs need tightening. Service was lackluster. We seldom saw our waiter but when he collected my full uneaten plate of food, and I told him that I did not like it, he said nothing. He did not ask why or request feedback for the kitchen, and he did not offer an apology, all of which I found odd. It was like nothing new or surprising. Very disappointing - we'll not return.
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  • Another review of the Red House
    Cantabrigian10
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    No complaints, just nice service and good food. Love those half portions.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate