Glass House

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$30 and under
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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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SW
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

OT
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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JR
New England
167 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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m
New England
3 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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PM
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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OT
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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AD
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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JW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guests from London really enjoyed our lunch. Thanks.

m
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Work lunch.

GM
New England
3 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

KL
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!

SN
New England
30 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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DV
New England
20 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.

S
New York Area
7 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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JD
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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BH
New England
23 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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JT
New England
9 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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A
Dallas
32 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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TJ
New England
40 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
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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OT
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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TG
Austin
30 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is my go to place for out of town guests. The food is always great and the bar choices delicious. Can't pass up the Sangria. This time we both had the salmon and it was delicious. Highly recommend Glass House.

Glass House
Responded on July 26, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much for the review and recommendation! We're so glad you've enjoyed your experiences with us, and we hope to see you again sometime soon! Best, Grace

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HR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal and service exceeding our expectations. Highly recommend it, and ask for Joe who was our server and who has a great personality and will go the extra mile to satisfy.

Glass House
Responded on July 26, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much for the review and recommendation! We're so glad you enjoyed the food, space, and service from Joe! We hope you'll join us again next time you're in the area. Best, Grace

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O
New England
202 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great for before or after a movie at Kendall Square. Our dinner was on a very quiet, very hot night. There was only one server, who was really hustling to take care of everybody. Good cocktails, great octopus, and a nice bottle of rose. We'll be back.

Glass House
Responded on July 23, 2019

Hello- Thank you for the review and recommendation! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us, and we hope you'll join us again next time you're in the area. Best, Grace

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MP
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 everything was really delicious! We tried a couple of plates and all of them amazing! My cousin said it's the best lobster roll he has had ever and my pasta was crazy good!

Glass House
Responded on July 26, 2019

Hi Maria, Thank you so much! We're so glad you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again next time you're in the area. Best, Grace

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M
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Basically mediocre. It's an afternoon and early evening social scene and the food quality is okay but not what the place is about. It serves the local white collar crowd.

Glass House
Responded on July 16, 2019

Hi Marti, Thank you for the review and feedback. 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 next time you're in the area. Sincerely, Grace

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j
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always a good experience. Terrace under the sun is very enjoyable

Glass House
Responded on July 16, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience, and of course, the patio! We hope you'll visit us again next time you're in the area. Best, Grace

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RP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Slightly above average across the board. Wasn’t thrilled but wasn’t disappointed.

Glass House
Responded on June 21, 2019

Hi Randy, We're sorry to hear you didn't have a better experience dining with us. Would you be willing to share additional information about your visit, so we can work to make the necessary improvements? Our apologies again. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Best, Grace

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KS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Julio, our waiter, was awesome. Menu was a little small and a little different than what we read on line - we were looking forward to calamari and a portobello sandwich but it wasn't there. However the Vegetarian Shepherd' Pie was extremely flavorful and fresh - super delicious. The steak was cooked perfectly. The clam chowder was one of the best. The fried cauliflower was so good, fried and flavorful but not greasy. Light and crunchy. We were celebrating a high school graduation and we were treated like royalty. I thought it was kind of cold in the dining room. Didn't want to take my coat off.
Thank you!

Glass House
Responded on June 21, 2019

Hi Karen, Thank you so much for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed food, space, and service from Julio. We've shared your feedback regarding the temperature with management, so we can work on making the necessary adjustments. We hope to see you again sometime soon! Best, Grace

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JJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - Glass House has a vibrant atmosphere for lunch!

Glass House
Responded on June 15, 2019

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

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ME
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Very let down by the food and service. Only thing good was the award winning clam chowder

Glass House
Responded on June 6, 2019

Hello- We're sorry you didn't have a better experience of dining with us at Glass House. Any additional information you're able to share about your visit, so we can make improvements, would be greatly appreciated. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Best, Grace

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for a business lunch. The prices are reasonable and selection, while limited, has enough variation to please everyone in our group. We made reservations and when we first arrived the place was empty, but just 15 minutes later it was hopping so I'm glad we made them. By the time we left the restaurant was buzzing and loud and very full with a line at the door. Great option right in the heart of Kendall. LOVE the fries, and I think pretty much everything is great!

Glass House
Responded on June 6, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much for the review and recommendation! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us for your business lunch, and we hope you'll visit us again sometime soon. Best, Grace

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DR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Cocktails were great at a good price too. Food was ok. I ordered the BBQ roasted chicken and was left disappointed. There could've been more to the dish- just seemed like BBQ sauce was thrown over a piece of chicken. At least it was moist but definitely not worth $24. Server never offered dessert either.

Glass House
Responded on May 30, 2019

Hi Diane, Thank you for taking the time to write this review and provide us with feedback about your visit to Glass House. We're glad you enjoyed the cocktails, and we've shared your feedback about the Roasted Chicken 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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MA
London
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Excellent ambience. Food wasn’t bad but wasn’t good either. Place was empty during the Memorial Day weekend.

Glass House
Responded on May 30, 2019

Hello- Thank you for the review and feedback. We're sorry you didn't have a better experience dining with us over Memorial Day weekend. Any additional information you're able to share about your visit, so we can make improvements, would be greatly appreciated. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Best, Grace

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Extremely loud, but the food was delicious! Grilled octopus was fresh and tasty with a fun presentation of the long tentacle! Our favorite bite was the ginger snap cookie / coconut ice cream sandwiches!

Glass House
Responded on May 22, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much, and our apologies for the noise. We're glad you enjoyed the Charred Octopus and Ginger Snap Sandwich! We hope to see you again next time you're in the area. Best, Grace

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t
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This place is in a cool location in growing Kenmore Square (still some construction in the area). Very modern interior with a very cool vibe. Food was delicious and varied, and had good vegetarian and vegan-friendly meals. Some dishes missed the mark a bit - the ramen broth was incredibly salty, but overall the food was good. Disappointed in the tiramisu at the end - they used Hershey syrup instead of real chocolate which was a bad way to end the meal. Would come again to try other items on the menu.

Glass House
Responded on May 22, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much for the review and feedback. We have shared your feedback about the Ramen and Tiramisu with our chef, so he can work on making the necessary improvements. We're glad you enjoyed the rest of the dishes, and we look forward to seeing you again to try more of our menu items. Thank you again. Best, Grace

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FT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

My initial thoughts when we entered the Glass House were not great. We had reservations for 6 and when we arrived, our table wasn't ready, even though most of the restaurant was empty. A table had to be cleared and the staff seemed a bit harried. It turns out that they just got through a big rush of customers. Our waiter was nice and attentive as we settled in to eat. Most important, the food was delicious. Our table had the pastrami hash, the hamburger, a chicken dish, the sante fe dish and everything surpassed our expectations.
We would definitely go back. There's a parking garage and the restaurant will validate your ticket for a discount. Next time we go, it will be on a warm day so we can eat outside. They have a great patio.

Glass House
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hi Faith, Thank you so much for the review! Apologies for the wait while getting your table ready. We're so glad the food exceeded your expectations, and that you all enjoyed your experience dining with us. We look forward to seeing you again sometime soon out on the patio! Best, Grace

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OM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

After we were sat we waited nearly 20 minutes for anyone to come over to us. It would have been longer if we hadn't been trying to flag someone down. Our waiter did apologize and asked "what can I do for you". No manager apology, no food taken off our bill. The food was good, though typical Cambridge expensive.

Glass House
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hi Olivia, We're sorry to hear about this. We have shared your review with management and our staff so we can address the issue directly. Any additional information you're able to share about the date/time of your visit would be greatly appreciated. Apologies again, Grace

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LE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great lunch spot and amazing lobster roll, albeit a bit expensive. Service was awesome also!

Glass House
Responded on May 3, 2019

Hi Lee, We're so glad you enjoyed our Lobster Roll! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We hope you'll visit us again sometime soon. Best, Grace

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S
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good was decent, and was good. Wish they had more shrimp in one of their main dish.

Glass House
Responded on May 3, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much for the review. We hope to see you again sometime soon! Best, Grace

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