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Parsnip Restaurant

4.3
4.3
373 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge is located in the heart of Harvard Square. We offer ingredient-driven and globally influenced Modern American cuisine alongside a select list of wines, craft beer and cocktails. Our goal is to create a gracious environment for upscale-casual dining.

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Menu

Starters from the Sea

  • Half Dozen Daily Catch Oysters* ** ^$16.00

    pear mignonette

    • Beer Braised Mussels**$16.00

      chorizo, grilled onions, ciabatta bread

      Nibbles

      • Marinated Olives**$6.00

        citrus, fennel, thyme, chili

        • Blistered Shishito Peppers$9.00

          black garlic aioli, dehydrated egg yolk

          • Lamb Meatballs$15.00

            fig yogurt sauce, toasted pine nuts

            • Charcuterie Board$16.00

              chef's selection of cheese & cured meat, seasonal accoutrements

              • Roasted Bone Marrow**$17.00

                tomato bread, fresh parsley salad

                Soup & Salad

                • Pumpkin Soup**$13.00

                  maple crema, spiced pepitas

                  • Kale Salad$14.00

                    pear, pecorino, walnuts, creamy dijon vinaigrette

                    • Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad$14.00

                      golden raisins, hazelnuts, lemon poppy seed vinaigrette

                      Small Plates

                      • Sumac Speed Roasted Carrots**$14.00

                        cipollini onions, carrot top salsa verde, balsamic glaze

                        • Tricolor Roasted Cauliflower**$14.00

                          roasted red pepper tahini, nut free dukkah

                          • Fried Brussels Sprout$10.00

                            apple, pecan, pomegranate glaze, cranberry, candied ginger

                            • Butter Beans**$12.00

                              feta, scallions, sumac

                              • Duck Fat Fried Fingerling Potatoes$13.00

                                smoked paprika aioli, rosemary; no nuts

                                Pasta

                                • Pan Roasted Wild Mushroom Carbonara**$26.00

                                  over tagliatelle

                                  • Impossible Bolognese**$28.00

                                    orecchiette, creamy ricotta

                                    • Impossible Fettuccine**$24.00

                                      "impossible" meatballs, house marinara, parmesan

                                      Mains

                                      • Autumn Risotto$25.00

                                        caramelized seasonal squash, sage, toasted walnuts

                                        • Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chop**$32.00

                                          apple butter, spiced pumpkin seeds, beet & patty pan squash hash

                                          • Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steak**$25.00

                                            loaded couscous, crispy kale, olive & chili relish

                                            • Pan Seared Salmon** ^$30.00

                                              asparagus, lemon paprika beurre blanc

                                              • Grilled Lemongrass Chicken$28.00

                                                red rice, green sauce

                                                • Apple Chipotle Glazed Short Rib**$32.00

                                                  parsnip puree, tomato & black bean relish

                                                  • Pan Seared Scallops**$28.00

                                                    roasted squash, cipollini onions, caviar, lemon beurre blanc

                                                    • Cheeseburger**$16.00

                                                      double smashed patties, caramelized onion, secret sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, house cut truffle fries or salad

                                                      • Impossible Burger**$18.00

                                                        "impossible' burger, roasted mushrooms, cloth bound cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, house cut truffle fries or salad

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                                                        What 373 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                                        4.3
                                                        4.3 based on recent ratings
                                                        • 4.3Food
                                                        • 4.3Service
                                                        • 4.5Ambience
                                                        • 3.9Value

                                                        NoiseQuiet

                                                        87% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                        1. U

                                                          francesU

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 8, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          One of the best halibut dishes I have had In New England.Definitely will return again.

                                                        2. ZP

                                                          ZackP

                                                          Philadelphia

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                          overall2food2service1ambience5

                                                          The service was extremely slow. My food was supposed to be hot, but it was served to me cold. I paid a lot of money for sub par service and cold pasta. I’ll never go back here again.

                                                        3. MT

                                                          MichelleT

                                                          New York Area

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The food was delicious, the ambiance was wonderful and our server was great.

                                                        4. JC

                                                          JosephC

                                                          New England

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 4, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Parsnips is situated in a classic style room, low ambient music so that there is no problem in hearing everyone at the table. Service was quiet, efficient and cordial. Food was excellent at reasonable prices.

                                                        5. EF

                                                          EvelynF

                                                          New England

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 2, 2020

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          The food was excellent; both my companion and I enjoyed our entrees. Initially we shared a salad, but we had to use our bread plates. Knowing that it was to be shared, we should have been given two extra salad plates. Minor slip.

                                                        6. PK

                                                          PKA1

                                                          Richmond

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                          overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                          Expensive, noisy, portions were very small for the price, pasta special was bland.

                                                        7. PB

                                                          PhilipB

                                                          New England

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 28, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          There is a new chef and a new menu. This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We'll be back for sure.

                                                        8. WB

                                                          WhitneyB

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                          I loved this place!! The food was amaze!! I loved the fireplace!! My new favorite restaurant!!

                                                        9. RD

                                                          RobertD

                                                          Dallas

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                          Excellent food, good service, but was a very busy Saturday, and server a bit overwhelmed. Great place for special occasions.

                                                        10. s

                                                          suekush23

                                                          New England

                                                          42 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          3.0

                                                          42 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                          overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                          The room is beautiful and elegant, the service was great, the food was just ok and expensive. This was our second time. The first, about a year ago, the food was fabulous. They had no non-alcoholic cocktails on the menu. We asked the bartender to make one for us and it was terrible.

                                                        11. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New England

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Easily accommodated our food allergies (gluten AND dairy). Food was delicious, fresh, and well prepared (though we also asked for low salt so they would skip the finishing salt which can be excessive). Service was great. Ambience also wonderful. Felt warm and cozy even though the room is spacious and has double height ceiling. Quieter than you’d expect given room size. Held a quiet conversation at table with no trouble.

                                                        12. RR

                                                          RachaelR

                                                          New England

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 1, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Excellent experience at Parsnip Saturday night! First time there, restaurant was inviting, well lit, comfortable, warm. Service was excellent, food was excellent, and it was a fairly quiet restaurant despite it being almost full, high ceilings, and quite a large room. Wonderful experience all around, a welcome respite from the Harvard Square eats I generally find to be either noisy, expensive for what they are, or both.

                                                        13. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 31, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Outstanding restaurant!

                                                        14. LZ

                                                          LisaZ

                                                          New England

                                                          27 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          27 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 31, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          I was so pleasantly surprised by Parsnip. The space is beautiful and the tables are far apart, so you think--must be expensive! But there are mostly reasonably priced items on the menu. Our food was delicious and the portions were large without being overwhelming. Best of all, it was really quiet, even when the tables filled up. Service was lovely too.

                                                        15. RE

                                                          REPBoston

                                                          New England

                                                          53 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          53 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 31, 2020

                                                          overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                          First time. Trying to mix it up because I have 3 favorites in Harvard Square but want to branch out. Dining room is gorgeous. Service was pretty good. Food was mediocre. When you look at the other reviews, the food was terrific or not, one of two extremes. Spent $120 and that included just one mixed drink. Unlikely I’ll return.

                                                        16. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Nashville

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 18, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great vibes dinning at parsnip service was really good and food was unique and delish

                                                        17. TB

                                                          TimB

                                                          New England

                                                          17 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          17 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 11, 2020

                                                          overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                          2nd time...underwhelmed both times. Service is friendly, food is good but not great, bottom line is you can do better and pay less elsewhere.

                                                        18. JK

                                                          JaneKitty

                                                          New England

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 11, 2020

                                                          overall2food1service4ambience5

                                                          The place is lovely to be in, the service is great, but the food is lousy. I'd give it a C-. Our dishes (sea bass and risotto) were overly complicated, poorly conceived, and somewhat unpleasant. Risotto: gummy and tasteless. Bass: the fish was okay (not great) but the rest of it was discordant -- as if any idea of what to put on the plate had nothing to do with the taste of the fish and the other accompanying food. Simplify the dishes and make them great! Too expensive.

                                                        19. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 8, 2020

                                                          overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                          Pretty restaurant in unbelievable location looking out on the park in Harvard Square. The waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. I didn’t care for my dinner, but I had asked for a lot of modifications. The rest of my party loved their meals.

                                                        20. BS

                                                          BelaS

                                                          New England

                                                          54 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          54 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 7, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          I had previously only been for cocktails, looking for somewhere nice to have dinner in Harvard Square that was different. Very pleased with the choice. Menu was interesting: had lamb skewers for appetizer, Short rib ragout and Sea Bass for entrees. all were delicious! also tried the Winter sangria which was delicious! Service was outstanding. our reservation was early, so noise level was very quiet. It was nice to actually hear my date!

                                                        21. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Los Angeles

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 3, 2020

                                                          overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                          was pretty lame. not busy since just after holidays. so, seems like service, food would be at least decent. it was edible.

                                                        22. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 31, 2019

                                                          overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                          New Year’s Eve dinner. Great choice

                                                        23. B

                                                          Bronwen

                                                          New England

                                                          78 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          78 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 28, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          A special place for a special meal. Excellent choices, interesting preparations, relaxed but superb service. Hope to come again often.

                                                        24. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New England

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 27, 2019

                                                          overall3food3service3ambience5

                                                          Below average food. Limited menu.

                                                        25. MJ

                                                          MichaelJ

                                                          New England

                                                          12 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          12 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 24, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Food was good. I had the scallops which were very good perhaps a touch under cooked. My wife had the short ribs which were delicious and the eggplant dish was excellent. The ambience was warm And quiet. The service was very attentive. All in all a big win.

                                                        26. S

                                                          Stefan

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 21, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                          One of the best meals I’ve ever had! Brussel sprouts were amazing.

                                                        27. G

                                                          Geofferwok

                                                          New York Area

                                                          62 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          3.0

                                                          62 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 21, 2019

                                                          overall3food2service2ambience3

                                                          Cocktail (Old Fashioned) was terrinlble. Food was uneven: Good salad; Wonderful pumpkin soup was lukewarm. Good fish main. Roasted Mushroom Tagliatelle was terrible. Wait staff was harried and not particularly knowledgeable. Potentially fine restaurant messed up on execution.

                                                        28. LF

                                                          LinseyF

                                                          Toronto

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 15, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                          The staff was great with accommodating my request for our anniversary. Even gave us some drinks to toast with! Food was 10/10

                                                        29. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New England

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          2.0

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 7, 2019

                                                          overall2food2service1ambience3

                                                          The food was okay, but nothing special. The meals took a very long time to get to us from the kitchen. We asked the server who checked with the chef who said it would be five minutes. It was still fifteen. We mostly had cheeseburgers which are not too complicated to make. It’s my first time there. I don’t think I will be back. The decor of the restaurant was nice and the drinks good.

                                                        30. SA

                                                          StevenA

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 30, 2019

                                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                          Beautiful setting for a special evening. Service was attentive and friendly but not overbearing. The menu selection is very creative and the food was wonderful.

                                                        31. M

                                                          Megan

                                                          New England

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on November 28, 2019

                                                          overall2food1service2ambience5

                                                          The atmosphere on Thanksgiving Day was festive. If you have any allergies, be very cautious -- the chef did not take this seriously at all. The front-of-house staff was appropriately concerned and compensatory, for which I am thankful.

                                                        32. m

                                                          mrsmisc

                                                          New England

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 26, 2019

                                                          overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                          Delicious fresh flavors with Turkish touches...lamb meatballs with a persimmon salad...friendly waitstaff...toasted bread and fresh butter...overall, good selection of variety of dishes, well prepared and plated.

                                                        33. CP

                                                          CarolineP

                                                          Raleigh

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 26, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Absolutely wonderful! The food is Michelin star quality, we met the chef, and Jeffrey is great. Service was also wonderful and it is a very attractive, relaxing atmosphere. Looking forward to our next visit.

                                                        34. l

                                                          lrizzoboston

                                                          New England

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on November 23, 2019

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          staff friendly & accomodating. chef visited tables, nice touch.

                                                        35. EO

                                                          EatOutALot

                                                          Glasgow

                                                          17 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          17 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 22, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We had the impossible burger and the roasted chicken, charcuterie plate and salad. Everything was delicious, the service was superb, and the ambience excellent. This is a great place for special occasions. The cocktails were not exciting, we will stick to wine next time. Overall highly recommend this restaurant.

                                                        36. B

                                                          Brookliner

                                                          New England

                                                          275 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          275 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 21, 2019

                                                          overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                          A beautiful, calm dining room, very pleasant and friendly service, and tasty food. A lovely b'day dinner.

                                                        37. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New England

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on November 16, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Beautiful, relaxing space with creative and delicious food. Everyone was kind and personable. We’ll be back!

                                                        38. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Chicago

                                                          1 review

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on November 14, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Went solo. Seated by the fire. Excellent service.

                                                        39. AL

                                                          ALPT

                                                          New York Area

                                                          30 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          30 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 8, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We've been going for years and Parsnip today is the best it's ever been. Wonderful food, interesting choices, lots of "small" plates which we love. Great wine list. Service is impeccable. And we love the fact that this is a restaurant where we can actually hear each other, even when all the tables were filled! I happened to watch Chopped last week when chef Jeremy Salazar won, and I understand why when we ate at Parsnip last Friday. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Cambridge, many of them very good, but this one's a gem.

                                                        40. S

                                                          Sarah

                                                          New England

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 5, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Amazing food and great friendly service! Highly recommend going at any time.

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                                                        Parsnip Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 373 OpenTable diners

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                                                        This restaurant is permanently closed.

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