Glass House

4.4
249 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Glass House is a restaurant, bar and event space that serves as a modern day meeting house offering contemporary food and drink inspired by both American and international cuisine.

Glass House is located in Kendall Square, next to Charles River Canoe and Kayak and the Pilgrim Parking Garage.

Once the center of the nation’s glass-making industry, East Cambridge attracted the most accomplished artisans from across the globe and produced patents for the cutting edge glassworks of its day. Glass House is a nod to the neighborhood’s glass architecture, its inventive history, and its contemporary focus on discovery and exploration.
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BrieS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

LOVED IT! Food was delicious and great portions. Service was swift. All the walls are glass windows so its a bit cold inside in the winter but I can imagine its gorgeous in the summer when they open all the doors/windows!

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vale
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

great dining option for the restaurant week, every dish was extraordinary, and the best thing about it was that it had various choices rather than cliche course menu options. The only reason I'm taking off one star is the service; it took a long long time for our server to take our orders and the servers rarely checked the tables in the separate room.

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Diana
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Good place for groups. Typical gastro pub food. The clam chowder is pretty good and so is the burger.

Glass House
Responded on March 12, 2020

Hi Diana, Thank you for the review and recommendation. We're glad you enjoyed your visit, and we hope to see you again sometime soon. Best, Grace

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vipsynapse
New England
85 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Dine Out Boston offers a good opportunity to try a new restaurant. The dishes we tried were mediocre. Unfortunately, nothing makes them stand out.

Glass House
Responded on March 12, 2020

Hello- Thank you for the review and feedback. We're sorry you didn't have a better experience dining with us and we've shared your review with management and our chef, so we can work to make the necessary improvements. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Sincerely, Grace

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vipCathy
Baltimore
57 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always GREAT! Food is always wonderful no matter what I order. GREAT service and nice atmosphere .

Love a night out after work at Glass House!

Glass House
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hi Cathy, Thank you so much for writing such a kind review! We're so happy you've enjoyed your visits with us, and we look forward to seeing you again sometime soon. Best, Grace

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SashaG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The service was some of the worst service i have ever experienced. We were never greeted by our server and every time we needed something it took at least 20 minutes for anyone to come to us.

Glass House
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hi Sasha, Thank you for the review and feedback. We're so sorry to hear about the service you received during your visit, and we've shared your review with management, so we can speak with our staff. Again, our apologies. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Sincerely, Grace

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Great!!!!!

Glass House
Responded on February 21, 2020

Hello- Thank you! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Grace

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vipBradford23
New England
46 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Visited for the first time and liked the decor. Very contemporary design with steel and wood trims. Tall ceiling and lots of windows and glass. Space is divided though into two areas- an open bar and a closed-in dining room. The dining-room feels almost like a smoking lounge at the airport because you can see out through all the windows, but you have no sense of the energy from the bar where it is open. Food was great although lobster roll was overpriced at $30 considering it’s still a bar. Waitress was awesome. Not sure we’d make a conscious effort to revisit, but the food was indeed really good.

Glass House
Responded on February 21, 2020

Hi Bradford, Thank you for the review and feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the food and service, and we've shared your feedback regarding the space and price point with management, so we can work to make the necessary improvements. Again, thank you for your visit. We hope to see you again in the future. Sincerely, Grace

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MJPS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Menu seemed like an odd mix of options and server seemed to rush us, even though the restaurant wasn't busy. The food was overall good, though, and a great selection of draft beer.

Glass House
Responded on February 14, 2020

Hello- Thank you for the review and feedback. We're sorry to hear about the service you received, and we've shared your review with management and our staff, so we can work to make the necessary improvements. Thank you again. We hope you'll give us another chance next time you're in the area. Best, Grace

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Minigang
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely environment— bar was very welcoming. Food was excellent

Glass House
Responded on February 14, 2020

Hello- Thank you so much! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and we hope to see you again sometime soon. Best, Grace

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Rolanda
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Overrated in every way. The food was mediocre, the menu was random.

Glass House
Responded on February 7, 2020

Hi Rolanda, We're disappointed to read this, and we're sorry you didn't have a better experience dining with us. Would you be willing to share additional information about your visit, the menu, ambiance, etc., so we can work to make the necessary improvements? Again, our apologies. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Sincerely, Grace

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vipDavidS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, check was late.

Glass House
Responded on February 7, 2020

Hi David, Thank you for the review and feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your meal, and we've shared your comment about the check with management and our staff, so we can make the necessary service improvements. Thank you again. We hope to see you sometime soon. Best, Grace

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SusanY
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a lovely family dinner - four adults and two kids. Our youngest member ordered from the children's menu and loved his pizza. Our 8 year old ordered from the regular menu and loved her meal.

Glass House
Responded on January 28, 2020

Hi Susan, Thank you for the review and recommendation. We're so glad you enjoyed your family dinner with us! Thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you all again sometime soon! Best, Grace

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vipNellie
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster roll is my favorite dish here

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vipxamimim
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very nice meal at the Glass House. My friend and I were first seated in an echoey larger room with several big tables, with large parties, right in the middle of the room. There were a number of other tables in a smaller room off to the side, so I asked if we could sit there instead. Once seated we were comfortable, and the atmosphere was more intimate and we could hold a conversation.
There were a lot of good options on the menu, but we both chose the charred octopus dinner. It was delicious. My plate arrived and it was rather cold, so I asked the waiter if it could be warmed up. They brought me a new one. We also had the roasted Brussel sprouts side, which had bacon and was very tasty. I had the "Pick Your Passion" cocktail, which is a concoction of gin and chartreuse, which was delicious.

Our waiter was great, he was friendly, and the service was excellent. I would recommend the glass house. If we had not spoken up about the location of our table, or the cold food, the experience would not have been so nice.

Glass House
Responded on January 20, 2020

Hello- Thank you for the review and recommendation. We're so glad you enjoyed your overall experience dining with us, and we're so glad your server was able to make the necessary corrections to your dish. Thank you again. We hope to see you next time you're in the area. Sincerely, Grace

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TerriD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I've been to this restaurant many times, always had great service. This one occasion service was lacking, waited 10 mins before getting water and then rarely saw our server. During work lunch, need to keep the pace moving and get out w/in an hour or so - spent alot of timing looking for our server to get boxes and check.

Glass House
Responded on January 13, 2020

Hi Terri, Thank you for the review and feedback. We're sorry to hear about your most recent visit, and we've shared your review with management and our staff, so we can work to make the necessary service improvements. Apologies again. Sincerely, Grace

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viplesliec
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner. Not crowded, cool atmosphere and decent for kids

Glass House
Responded on January 7, 2020

Hi Leslie, Thank you for the review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit, and we hope to see you again next time you're in the area. Best, Grace

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vipAmyS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fantastic food, but took an hour to get it!

Glass House
Responded on December 22, 2019

Hi Amy! Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to write us. I'm so sorry for the delay in your food - I have shared this with our entire management and kitchen team so we can figure out how that happened and make sure we don't make the same mistake. Our sincere apologies.

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Ariane
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a Monday night business dinner. The glass house was quiet enough for a good conversation. Food was very good, a bit pricey for some entree. But food and wine were good and so was service.

Glass House
Responded on December 6, 2019

Hi Ariane, Thank you so much! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and we hope to see you again sometime soon. Best, Grace

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vipSarahW
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Brought my family here for my birthday brunch, and love the atmosphere! The portions of each dish were odd, so I’d even that out more! The Spud Boat didn’t have any sides, for example, but the Mediterranean omelette had toast and potatoes. Coffee could be poured a bit more generously, too.

Overall, we had a wonderful time and loved our server! I’ll be back.

Glass House
Responded on December 6, 2019

Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for the review. We're so glad you chose to spend such a special day with us, and we've shared your feedback with management and our chef, so we can work to make improvements. We hope to see you again next time you're in the area. Best, Grace

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Anniversary

Glass House
Responded on October 22, 2019

Hello- We're sorry you didn't have a better experience celebrating your anniversary with us. Would you be willing to share additional information about your visit, so we can look into this? Any info regarding the date/time of your visit, dishes you ordered, etc., would be greatly appreciated. Apologies again. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Sincerely, Grace

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vipJackieR
New England
170 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The mushroom melt is a win! Pair it with the Summer Thyme cocktail for a perfect meal.

Glass House
Responded on October 23, 2019

Hi Jackie, Thank you for the review and recommendation! We're so glad you enjoyed dining with us, and we hope to see you again sometime soon! Best, Grace

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Mark
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has become a consistently reliable go-to spot for business or social occasions.

Glass House
Responded on October 16, 2019

Hi Mark, Thank you so much! We're so glad you've enjoyed your visits, and we look forward to seeing you again sometime soon. Best, Grace

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PM391
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We went to Glass House for lunch on a Wednesday afternoon and the service was incredibly slow. Half the people liked their food and half didn't so I guess that's kind of a hit or a miss. Would not recommend this is a lunch spot during a workday.

Glass House
Responded on September 27, 2019

Hello- We're sorry to hear about the service you received during your recent visit with us. Would you be willing to share additional information regarding the date/time of your visit, so we can look into this? In the meantime, we have shared your review with management and our staff, so we can work to make the necessary improvements. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Sincerely, Grace

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was incredible. The service was not.

Glass House
Responded on September 27, 2019

Hello- We're sorry to hear about the service you received during your recent visit with us. Would you be willing to share additional information regarding the date/time of your visit, so we can look into this? In the meantime, we have shared your review with management and our staff, so we can work to make the necessary improvements. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Sincerely, Grace

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vipAlexD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Excellent ambience. Excellent cocktails. Excellent service. Food was bad... made us wonder if we went on an off night. Would definitely go back for the outdoor patio and cocktails.

Glass House
Responded on September 18, 2019

Hi Alex, Thank you for the review and feedback. We're sorry you didn't enjoy your meals. Would you be willing to share additional information regarding the date/time of your visit, meals you ordered, etc., so we can look into this? Best, Grace

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JackieW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guests from London really enjoyed our lunch. Thanks.

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vipmichelle
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Work lunch.

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GarethM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food - esp the octopus (and the vegetable plates). Only drawback was the high noise level (a glass house reflects massively!) Had to sit outside to have conversation

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KyleL
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a business dinner here, and the waiter was very observant of our group, and only asked for meals/drinks orders at appropriate times. It was much appreciated and we had an excellent experience!

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vipDiningduringCovid
New England
59 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our waiter was giving us the message constantly that the place was going to close soon. We felt rushed and not welcome. We were there at 8 pm. When we asked for coffee at the end of our meal - the answer was "No, I've already closed the coffee maker."

Glass House
Responded on September 7, 2019

Hello- We're so sorry to hear about the service you received during your recent visit with us. Would you be willing to share additional information about the date/time of your visit, the name of your server, etc., so we can look into this? Again, our apologies. In the meantime, we have shared your review with management and our staff, so we can work to make the necessary improvements. Sincerely, Grace

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vipDebraV
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to the Glass House several times. Each time has been consistently good. The food is innovative and well-prepared. Service is excellent.

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Sarah
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Drinks were poured light, but charged heavy. Entree was very good, but side was over cooked. Decaf coffee tasted like double espresso. Not a bad place, but I wouldn’t rush to go there again.

Glass House
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hi Sarah, We're sorry you didn't have a better experience dining with us. We've shared your review with management and our chef, so we can work on making the necessary improvements. Would you be willing to share additional information about your visit, so we can look into this? Any additional info on the date/time service, dishes you ordered, etc., would be greatly appreciated. Again, our apologies. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Best, Grace

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JanieD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

client lunch. good menu. great waiter. excellent food: I had the chowder and a salad. Would return

Glass House
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hi Janie, Thank you for the review and recommendation! We're so glad you enjoyed the food, space, and service, and we hope to see you again sometime soon! Best, Grace

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vipK2rock
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night at Glass House. It’s one of those rare city restaurants where you can eat outside and not be on the sidewalk of a major street. The food was fantastic. I had the lobster roll- which was overflowing with lobster meat. My husband had the steak which was incredibly tasty and perfectly done. All in all, a great meal & we look forward to going back.

Glass House
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much for the review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit, and we look forward to seeing you again sometime soon! Best, Grace

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vipJohnT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

Glass House
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hi John, Thank you so much! We hope to see you again sometime soon. Best, Grace

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Andy
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Not as much of a foodie place as we hoped. It's a fun and energetic place for drinks, casual eats, and good food. Nothing wrong. Just not quite what we expected when it was listed as a seafood restaurant. That's not this restaurants theme and menu. I should have researched it more. It met our needs and I wouldn't hesitate to go back, but I won't seek this place unless I need a fun energetic place to take some friends for good ambiance, drinks, and the basics. Again, this is probably more on me than on them.

Glass House
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hi Andy, Thank you so much for the review and feedback. We've shared your feedback with management and our chef, so we can work to make the necessary improvements. We also made the adjustment to our cuisine type in our bio to now list us as Contemporary American. Thank you again. We're glad you enjoyed the overall visit, and we hope to see you again sometime soon. Best, Grace

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vipTravelJunkie
New England
41 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a neighborhood gem. It was first visit for my wife and me, but it will not be our last. We arrived at 7pm on Sunday evening, an hour before they stop serving dinner (bar still open until 10pm). The staff could not have been more welcoming. The manager, Christian, and our server, Katrina (sp?), were warm, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind. For appetizers, we ordered Chicken Liver Mousse (with grain mustard, cornichons, crostini) and the Burrata (with fried green tomatoes, basil leaves, arugula, balsamic-fig reduction, green goddess dressing) and shared the Spicy Red Curry Shrimp entree (with coconut rice, carrots, cremini mushrooms, toasted macadamia nuts, Thai herbs). When we ordered the chicken liver mousse, Christian said it was the most neglected item on the menu. Undeservedly so – it was superb. So was the more popular burrata. The shrimp curry was extraordinary. I suppose if I were to make one criticism, it would be that, at $26, three shrimp seemed a bit, well, shrimpy. But the dish itself was first rate. Glass House has 22 beers on tap. I had Dogfish 90 minutes IPA. Very hoppy. Very happy. We'll be there again, and this time we will bring friends.

Glass House
Responded on August 12, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed the food, space, and service, and we look forward to seeing you again sometime soon! Best, Grace

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went on a Sunday. It would have been good to have a lunch menu vs. only brunch until dinner.

Glass House
Responded on August 1, 2019

Hello- Thank you for the review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit, and we've shared your feedback with management and our chef, so we can work on making the necessary improvements. We hope you'll visit us again next time you're in the area! Best, Grace

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was very friendly and efficient. The food was delicious!

Glass House
Responded on August 1, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much! We're so glad you enjoyed the food, space, and service, and we hope to see you again sometime soon! Best, Grace

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Glass House is rated 4.4 stars by 249 OpenTable diners.

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