Grafton Street Pub and Grill

4.2
1427 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Originally opened in 1996, Grafton Street Pub & Grill has been a beloved institution of Harvard Square for more than a decade. This neighborhood hotspot is named after the spirited cobblestone-lined shopping district in Dublin’s famed Temple Bar area. Grafton Street deftly combines the warmth and coziness of a traditional neighborhood pub with the aesthetic of a contemporary restaurant.
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4.1
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jessica, our server, was excellent. Good was very good. Will be back.

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w
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Honestly, it just wasn't great. Every time I go for some reason I expect the food to be really good and it always is only so-so. Our server was great, but it took forever for the food to get out to us and the kitchen mixed up burger done-ness---first undercooking then overcooking, at which point complaining would have meant staying way too late. We like the atmosphere and we keep hoping it will improve...

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JW
New England
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm a frequent patron. It's always awesome. Great food and service is always great.

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L
New England
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch. I got the steak tips & asked to swap out the mashed potato for something & got ceasar salad. It was great! Quick & attentive service.

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S
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I live in the neighborhood and Grafton St looks popular, which I do not understand. Every year we give it one try and leave disappointed. I do not understand how this sister restaurant of Russell House and Park can have such blah food with small portions for the price point.

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JD
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Grafton Street is one of my favorite places for lunch. Relaxed, casual with good food and good service.

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R
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My only negative comment is that the menu is quite limited.

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D
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to Grafton Saturday night. The burgers were excellent, and the draft beer selection is good. Always a nice time!

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the food, BUT NOT ENOUGH GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS!

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HB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smallish menu but a lot of good choices. Value was very good. There were 6 of us and all enjoyed the food.

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C
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good, semi-moderately priced restaurant in the heart of Harvard Square

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S
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was very poor. Fries were way overcooked and had no flavor. Burger was dry and unappetizing. Diet coke was flat. Not cheap and crap food, so won't be going again.

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MD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

My husband and I reserved a table for after a “Revels “
Performance...walked over from the Broadway Garage in pouring rain. Our waitress couldn’t decide on an attitude...friendly or annoyed? She seemed to want us to speed it up in terms of decisions. At one point her response to my husband’s “thank you” was, “Yup.”

My fish and chips were good , but there was very, very little fish! My husband’s salmon was undercooked, as were his rock-hard carrots.

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BK
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good meal and the free parking at the church is especially nice

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PG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger!

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J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was busy, so the service was fairly slow. Additionally the veggies in two of our orders were so undercooked that they were almost impossible to cut with a knife. The salmon was excellent however. Overall it was a fun spot before the theater.

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K
New England
34 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was just ok.

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C
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grafton Street has been a staple in Harvard Square for many years and is always great.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always lively!

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EP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was very average (my quinoa burger was definitely frozen and then defrosted) and the service was terrible. It took 35 minutes for our waitress to come take our order.

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BF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Better than pub food but some of the expected dishes like fish and chips..... nice atmosphere.... a little expensive but otherwise solid

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Thanksgiving Dinner was a lot of fun

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SD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My friend said her Fish & Fries were good. I got a beet frisée salad - lots of beets and almonds, very little goat cheese, and frisée had lots of stems vs greens. I’ve had fantastic salads in the same price range ($12-$14) in other places, namely Tatte and Mother Juice.

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PD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had 13 meet for dinner before the football game -- service, timing, food, drinks, atmosphere -- all perfect!

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CK
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Grafton Street has a fun, vibrant atmosphere. Our group of four had a great meal and excellent attentive service. Beer and drink menu was fantastic - nice Irish pub choices, The dinner menu isn't extensive, but there's something for everyone, including personal pizzas. The scallops, shepherd's pie and burgers were delicious. My only critique is that the food (appetizers and entrees) is pricey and the portions are on the small size. I'd definitely return for the bar scene, but would seek a more reasonably priced dinner elsewhere. $180 bill for 4 people (3 adults, one teen, with 2 burger meals), including 2 rounds of beer.

The service was outstanding!

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B
New England
37 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

The food cesar salad and Sheppards Pie were barely edible.

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l
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food. Usual fare nothing extraordinary but what they serve is nicely prepared.
Would have liked more of an Irish flair since it is one of our more prominent Irish pubs.
I used to frequent this restaurant in its early days and they would make amazing Irish stews, cauliflower with a delicate cheese sauce and other similar dishes. They also had a changing daily special from traditional Irish cuisine and I am sorry they have moved away form this.

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MF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, good location, great time! Party of 18 and they accommodate us all together.

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EM
New England
159 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good but not notable. We enjoyed our salad and our hamburger during the Head of the Charles Regatta, where many places were jammed. It was busy but not full. Our server was pleasant and efficient. The tap water tasted terrible; no idea why. We live nearby and know what it should taste like.

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B
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food—salmon, scallops, risotto—was outstanding! Bit loud for us, but the food was fantastic.
Did I mention the food was really good?!

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HM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Thus is the first bad review that I have ever written in my life. I ordered a dish that was supposed to be spicy chicken with linguini. It very much appeared to be chicken in BARBECUE SAUCE that had been creatively reconfigured into a pasta dish. It was the worst lunch that I have ever been served in a restaurant and thus I feel compelled to let people know that the food was really sub- par. I can’t believe that they served this bbq sauce as a pasta sauce . It was gross.

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d
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

If you have a peanut allergy (or any serious food allergy) avoid Grafton. There for brunch this Sunday. After informing the waitperson of the allergy and ordering we were advised by the chef that the blueberry pancakes might not be safe because of the potential for cross contamination. Fine, we went with the calamari. Again advised by the chef that there might be potential for cross contamination in the fryer. Specifically, we were told we should stick with something that could be cooked in a separate pan on it’s own. Pretty limiting and not a great situation for a 15 year old looking forward to brunch with her family. This was supposedly the directive from a chef that also suffered from a severe allergy of some sort. While we appreciate the kitchens desire to keep customers with allergies safe, any kitchen worth it’s salt should be able to maintain protocols to avoid cross contamination and allow these customers access to a reasonable portion of their menu. The food at Grafton may be fine (not sure we walked out) but if you have a significant allergy it is not the place for you.

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JL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved brunch at Grafton. Our server deserves 10 stars. So entertaining! Great spot near Harvard.

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R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here twice as part of a group numbering 6-7 people. Both times we received great food and all had a great time. It was great that they had everything hamburgers to vegan selections so that everyone in our party was able to dine well! The noise levels are high here, but it's a fun place for a special night out with friends.

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P
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Good music but allows to talk. Not to noisee

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EC
New England
66 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there early so it wasn't very busy. We both ordered cheeseburgers that were excellent. You can get a salad or fries or a combination of both.

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JM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great time with friends in a semi-private area. The service was great and prices reasonable. Food was delicious, especially the appetizers, and I would recommend it again to friends and coworkers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good service

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GM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood hang-out, with lots of great options at competitive pricing.

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GN
Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat by the window and loved the warm Sunday morning breeze. The only negative was that they were out of the lobster omelette which was the plan for my husband and son. Otherwise, a great visit and we will come back again.

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