Grafton Street Pub and Grill

4.3
1484 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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great lunch & weekend brunch place. It's very comfortable inside, especially in the warmer weather when the large front windows are open. My only complaint is that sometimes the music gets in the way of having a conversation.

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New England
98 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I went for Mother's Day dinner before a concert. The food was excellent. There was some confusion so that we received our entrees at the same time as our salads, but they kindly took the entrees back when requested. We were charged more for desserts and coffee than the menu said, but I didn't complain. Overall, it was a good event.

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KM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a big group and the restaurant was really accommodating. The food, drinks and service were all great and the location is convenient.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was really nice and great with helping me getting a meal I wanted . Strawberry cocktail was great !

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RB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Grafton street was a nice place to meet with a group near Harvard square. Salmon was delish. Our waitress was very friendly but service was a little slow even though the restaurant wasn't super busy.

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LB
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They did a great job on a very busy day (Easter brunch). The food was fresh and tasty. The service quite good. We were sitting inside but next to the open patio doors - quite lovely. It was a little loud due to the number of patrons, but that is to be expected. I would return.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Dined at the pub for Easter brunch. Food and service was overall an average experience. I ordered eggs Benedict with the eggs poached medium and the hollandaise sauce on the side. The eggs came as it’s own side which I thought was odd and had to be returned as they were not done medium. The English muffin while nicely toasted had not been buttered and the ham was on the side of the plate, not on the English muffin. Two other diners had their eggs Benedict prepared perfectly. Not sure why my special request was so difficult to follow. The home fries were very good and prepared with red peppers and onions which added to the flavor. Later I ordered a cappuccino which was brought to me with no spoon or offering of sweetener. Server would check in with one person at the table and then not ask any of the others if they needed anything else. We were four diners, not one.

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H
New England
21 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice location in Cambridge. Limited but tasty brunch menu.
Service was excellent
Absolutely a repeat

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice menu, delicious breakfast, Lucy our server was friendly and professional. A lovely Easter breakfast. Food was delicious and would definitely return.

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MH
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Would have loved more menu choices but was a good experience overall

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food -- really helpful servers -- would definitely go back again and again!

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our visit and will go again when we are back in Boston/Cambridge

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Love the neighborhood pub feel and the locale.

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m
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

good value for the price. Food very tasty. We had hummus plate, salmon, chopped salad and fish and chips. Free parking a definite plus!!

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome service staff. 'Got to sit out on a spring day. Took awhile to get our orders. Coffee cold but replenished with a smile.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Generally very good, waiter very accommodating, wings could have been hotter, food good, but not outstanding.

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LH
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bring back the fruit plate- that was a great brunch shared starter

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was awful: beet and frise salad had a lot of sand! Burger over cooked. Waiter confused and got our order weong

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SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. We stopped in after a visit to the Harvard Bookstore.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in cambridge for family members art opening. Great service. We were slow because we were talking about the opening and servers were very patient with us. Food was good comfort food. Drinks were just right.

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CK
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for dinner before a concert at Sanders theater. Our first time back to an old fave in a few years. Service and food were both great. Good selection of craft beer - especially enjoyed the coconut almond porter. Fish and chips was light and tasty. We’ll be back!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Mix up on our drinks twice and slow getting our initial order .
Server very nice and food was above average.
Overall good pub but need a better bartender. Mixed drinks were not her strong suite

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PD
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place, I have been having lunch here consistently for 7 years. Food is awesome, table service can be a bit spotty. I particularly like in the warm weather when they open the wall up to the street.

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It's way too noisy for conversation. They did turn down the music when we asked, but it was still difficult to hear anyone sitting more than one person away. Perhaps they could have quieter spaces where there is no music. Or have controls for the music for each area.

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k
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place had a nice Irish feel to it. There is a bar part with tv's but it can also be like a date night if you sit at table tops or in booths. The food was really good quality, and very traditional Irish. Prices were good for what I got, and our server was very nice. Go here for good ole Irish comfort cuisine. Very clean pub as well

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really great food and service. Dishes are well made and tasty. I ordered a Margarita pizza and didn't really like the kind of cheese they had, it seemed to be a low-quality mozzarella or perhaps not even mozzarella.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

My husband and I finally had a night out together. We were in Harvard Square and decided to have dinner in Grafton Street. I ordered the Guinness Beef Stew; my husband had Fish and Chips. It was the worst meal we had ever had in a restaurant. You had to search to find the beef in the stew and the stew had NO flavor; I didn’t eat it. The fish and chips were also very disappointing.

The waitress never even asked how our meal was. Just took the plates and got our bill. Won’t be going back.

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ET
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great ambience and location.. very busy on st pats day weekend so food quality was a bit compromised but service was excellent.

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PC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited Grafton for lunch. Limited brunch menu on weekends but the three of us each found good entrees. Our server was Lucy, who was friendly and efficient. Nothing fancy . Good food, terrific location .

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Go here approximately once per week. Staff are polite and prompt. The food is good value. The Guiness is excellent!

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NB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a nice meal at Grafton Street Pub, however we came in totally looking forward to the Guinness-braised short ribs and other items advertised on the Dine Out Boston menu, but were informed by our server that it had ended the evening before because of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day menu. Disappointed for sure. Noise level rules out important conversation. Attentive service and super convenient parking option with Open Table confirmation.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, Service was thoughtful. Much too noisy. I wish quiet were chic!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very timely and friendly. The food tasted amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had to wait for out table on a Tuesday when we had a reservation and the place was mostly empty. Our food came out at weird times, apps with entrees.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brought a couple friends for a quick dinner before a concert. Coming early around 6 is a good idea to avoid the evening rush, and to snag a space in the free church lot across the street. Had the best Shepherd's pie ever. Friends agree that there actually IS a reasonable Harvard Square establishment for a quick bite.

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MS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were wonderful. The noise level was excruciating and meant we had to yell at each other to converse.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday was the brunch menu... the choices were limited, but the food was good... our server was very pleasant, but she did forget an item or two... the members of our party who were drinking enjoyed their creative cocktails... all 7 of us enjoyed our meals... we passed 2 excellent desserts around the table to give everyone a taste.

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MS
New England
117 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

There is a lovely authentic look and feel to this pub - they want you to think Grafton Street as in Dublin, and they do so. Most of the menu is authentic in that way, as well - for some things, like the shepherd's pie, almost TOO authentic - a little bland. Drinks are very good, lots of good stuff on draught, and burgers were flying out of the kitchen on a busy Thursday night. We had a great time, and would return, although we thought the food would be a little punchier.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Much too loud for conversation. Too few keto-friendly options.

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New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent cocktails and wine but the salmon was a bit fishy and metallic tasting in parts. Nice recipe but not done medium rare really as promised, but everything else was excellent so we’ll be back!

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