About Harvard Gardens

Located across the street from Mass General Hospital, the Gardens attracts a diverse crowd of area workers and Beacon Hill residents. At night, the dining room glows with candlelit and other romantic touches, while the handsome bar hosts a renowned singles scene. friendly bartenders, a good selection of draft beers and an extensive, inventive drink menu add to the appeal. Need a late-night bite? A lengthy menu of comfort faves is served Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 1 am.

316 Cambridge St.
Boston, MA 02114
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sun : 11am - cl
Brunch : Sat and Sun : 11am-3pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 523-2727

Website:
http://www.harvardgardens.com/

Public Transit:
Red Line Charles/MGH T stop

Executive Chef:
Alex

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Harvard Gardens Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Great Beer (4)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Live Sports (4)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (2)
Business Meals (2)
Live Music (2)
People Watching (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food is consistently good, and the service is friendly. Nice ambiance as well.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Burger was good. Chips that come with burgers are horrible. $105 for family of 5 including tip. Good, not great place. Liked the atmosphere.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Lively, popular place. Way too noisy. Wait staff is attentive. Average food.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Our waitress was fantastic. She was attentive and very personable!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was amazing! Definitely want to go back with friends!

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My wife has celiacs disease (no wheat, grains etc) so we have to be careful where we eat. Took our 2 sons and nephew. The 5 of us had a great meal - soups, burgers, salads - all tasted great. Music was good, very casual eating place. Reasonable prices. They have a gluten free menu and my wife saw no after effects of cross contamination which means the kitchen staff was careful. My wife was very happy. Service was good. Food was brought out quickly - it wasn't busy at 5pm on Saturday.
We will go back again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

On weekend mornings they open at 11am and are a great place to take extended family for a brunch that includes both high-chairs as well as mimosa bucket.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fun, Cozy, Late-night Find
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great food and service. Friendly staff with great recommendations. Vegetarian options.

Tags: People Watching, Great Beer, Live Sports, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Not gonna lie, service wasn’t good. Weird dynamic with the server from the get-go, and our meals were brought out without cutlery - we had to go request them from someone. Other than that, ambiance was very fun and food was very good. Although I wish the brunch menu had been more specific about which dishes came with potatoes.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Live Sports, Late-night Find, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Just arrived in Boston and wanted a hearty bite in a vibrant bar. Bang! This place checked all the boxes with the bonuses of great friendly staff & service and a reasonable price. Will definitely swing by again.

Tags: Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Serviceable,tasty sandwich and iced coffee at a convenient place and time, with friendly service.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Dominique was a wonderful sever!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We had a very nice lunch here on Friday before heading across Cambridge Street to visit a patient at MGH - very convenient in that regard. We both had the Fish Tacos. There were three good-size tacos nicely presented, delicious. Den had fries & I chose the salad side and both were very good. We both had iced tea which comes unsweetened or sweetened so we were both happy. HG’s had an attractive, low-key decor, the service was right on, the prices are reasonable, the noise level was low and the women’s bathroom was spacious and clean. It was just what we were looking for.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great food, the fish and chips were crispy and fresh. Great service. Definitely recommend!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Did not know they hosted live music on saturdays during the summer! Had a 7:30 reservation and were yelling across the table to hear each other. Music was great just not what we had in mind.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Reservation for 8:00pm, table was not ready until 8:30.
Excellent food at a very good price!!
Hard to hold conversation, Noise level was not "Energetic", it was just too LOUD !!

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Went there for first time after the 7 PM New Years eve fireworks on Boston Common after seeing this place on OPEN TABLE. Waitress was very attentive , made some good recommendations. Service was excellent; place seemed well staff and very cooperative group service. There was a no cover entertainment that started at 9 pm to celebrate New Years Eve. Had burger which met expectations and my companion had the fish and chips also good. Nice find for a spontaneous New Year's eve dinner.

Tags: Great Beer, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Good Menu options. All staff were pleasant and service was prompt.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Everything was okay except for the service. The service was terrible. We called ahead for a reservation for dinner and still somehow got seated at the table directly closest to the bar (there were open booths). And our waiter was TERRIBLE. He never told us his name, never made eye contact, half mumbled everything he said, forgot to put in a salad I ordered, double charged a beer for my boyfriend (didn't even apologize for the mixup) and at the end of the night he handed us the check without saying a word. So bizarre.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Excellent pizzas, delicious tomato soup, chicken breast sandwich the best. Service was excellent, attentive to the table

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Exciting restaurant, but it was too exciting. I used it for meeting with my friends and colleagues. It was too loud and noisy to talk. We needed to shout each other. Anyway, beer and wine were very good, and the services were excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Despite our reservation, we still had to wait 40 minutes to be seated

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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Great atmosphere and good food right across the street from MGH. Lost a star because everything was good, but not great. Service was not timed well.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Great everyday dining venue with excellent bar food

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2016

This is a dive bar with some food. Don't let the prices fool you.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2016

Hip local spot with solid food. Menu has enough to satisfy both my wife and my tastebuds. Brunch is awesome. Highly recommend their St Germain Cocktail.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2016

We really enjoy the Harvard Gardens - but this is the second time the staff has given us a table and then has asked us to move at 730pm- because someone else had a reservation.
The staff know we like to stay a little later, so they should have given us a table that wasn't reserved for a particular time. If we had known up front we would have asked for a different table. The wait staff that informed us of the move did not handle the situation very well, just said you have to go. Now we had a bill for more than $200- she could have asked us in a more positive manner--very bad PR for the place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2016

I met two friends at Harvard Gardens because it's about halfway between our respective offices. It was a good place for us to catch up - they have a small but solid beer selection, and the ambiance is fun but not so noisy as to hinder conversation. My friends enjoyed their meals (a burger for him, steak for her), but I would recommend avoiding the veggie burger.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2016

We will not be returning.

I dine at Harvard gardens on a somewhat frequent basis. It is generally pretty good. The food is normally on point, and the service is standard.

Tonight my family was in town for my wedding, and I recommended HG. It may have been one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. The waitress showed up for our drink order and dinner order. The food was dropped off by other staff, and no one checked on us again. We spent our entire dinner without drinks. No one checked on the food I r delivered the condiments we requested when the food was ordered. When we were done eating, three people immediately showed up to clear out plates.

It was clear that they were more interested in turning tables than providing an enjoyable dining experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 29, 2016

First time trying their brunch- the food was good, but nothing to highlight. I personally prefer going for dinner (the butternut squash ravioli and the gnocchi are my favorites).

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 19, 2016

Lots of places to eat on Cambridge, across from Mass Gen'l complex and T stop. But this one a cut above, for decor, ambiance, and food. American Food/Pizza menu, basically, but usually a great seasonal dish or two. Had a Butternut Squash/Ricotta Cheese flatbread here one Autumn that was wonderful! Nice long bar and several high tops for those who want 'bar scene,' and nice cushy channel-tufted booths for regular dining with an art deco flair. Place is large enough to avoid the squished together feeling smaller establishments have, and decor classy enough to feel upgraded even with very reasonable menu prices.

Been there dozens of times over last 5 years ... and will look forward to next visit. Recommend if you're in the area.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Has a diner and very local feel to it so it's a nice place to stop in for quality brunch on the weekends. Nothing fancy but good food and prices

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 17, 2016

Although the restaurant advertised as opening at 10 and I made open table reservations for 10 am we were informed by a worker it doesn't open until 11 after waiting outside for 30 minutes. We were not the only ones under the impression the restaurant opened at 10am as there were several other groups of people waiting with us during the busy marathon weekend. I suggest updating the website information and not offering reservations when not open.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 24, 2016

Originally thought this might be a casual canteen for the hospital across the street. But found out that week nights are full of people meeting up after work. The food was quite tasty and priced okay for the area. No trouble getting a reservation at the last minute but the bar was hopping.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on March 6, 2016

Always a reliable choice for any meal of the day, great food & drinks plus atmosphere. I've been out here with my parents, friends, and on dates. Works for just about any occasion.!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 2, 2016

Great meal, nice place. Dumplings were amazing.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2016

We had a great dinner at this neighborhood spot. I hadn't been there in many years, and now can't edit to go back. It's just across the street from the Liberty Hotel.

The prices were fantastic for Boston! I had a chicken dish for $19 and my friend had scallops for $24. We both took food home.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2016

I have been grabbing dinner and brunch at Harvard Gardens for years now. The services is always friendly and consistent. Food is great as well! This is a true neighborhood gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2016

Got the steak frites, dinner date got the meatloaf burger. Steak was slightly overdone beyond requested and a little too much char flavor, but was close enough and tasted good with great accompaniment. Friend's burger was also praised. Best aspect was service - very positive, patient, and kind. Drinks service was a bit slow at peak demand.

Overall would absolutely go back - good value, good food, good service.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2016

Decent bar food, nice ambiance. Heard they have great burgers but didn't try it.

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