Grafton Street Pub and Grill

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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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L
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall we were seated right away. Our waitress was attentive without being annoying and our food and drinks came out quickly. We both got the steak and it was delicious and cooked to our specifications. The pricing is comparable with the area. Not cheap but reasonable considering the area.

s
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was ok....woman at the front in charge of sitting people was beyond rude! Whatever she was going through...her manager needs to teach her to never take it out on a customer, especially when all they did is ask if their table was ready....reason enough never to go back........

BG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant has free parking at the church across the street for guests with confirmed reservations. However, if you park at the church you need to be sure the restaurant gives you a parking pass for your windshield. It was my first time dining here and when I walked in with my group I gave my name and told the hostess I was parked at the church, (based on what I read on the restaurant website) and if that was still the proper place to park. She replied, “Yes, are all set” and had us seated. Well my car got towed. 😑

Luckily the restaurant couldn’t have handled the situation any better. The manager, Morgan called the tow company and handed me cash to cover the costs of the tow and later Venmoed me for the cost of my Uber to the tow company. He also covered a round of drinks from our bill.

The food was good and the local beer selection was commendable. I will definitely be back.

D
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our table was ready at the time we requested. It was in a corner of the restaurant where we could easily converse. Food and drink were very good and service was excellent.

JM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was truly accommodating! We had two disabled members of our party and they gave us a booth in the rear that accommodated my son's wheelchair and had space to store my mom's walker. The service was great as was the food. Highly recommend!

LB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was very attentive and helpful. As people who don’t eat red meat and have a couple food allergies, we found the menu pretty limiting. It’s a fun location with a mix of students and other adult customers.

V
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff took impeccable care of our party of 7. I also left an envelope at the table mistakenly and the waitress called me when I was only a block away to alert me that I had left a check at the restaurant. When I returned I realized it was only an envelope from concert tickets. Nonetheless, the waitress did hesitate to notify me immediately.
The food was beautifully presented in a timely manner and was scrumptious!! Such a great place with the large windows open in the front as well.

JD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A fun and crowded Friday night out on the patio. Food and drinks were quite good.

JS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Didnt have available a particular wine on menu, or a good substitute for it. Service was very spotty this time

MA
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I’ve been to Grafton a few times and I love the food and drinks. This time, I ordered the burger and it was amazing. We had to wait almost an hour for our food to be served, but it was worth it. Our waiter was not the greatest, however service is normally good.

SU
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious . Waitress provided very spotty service. Loved sitting outsidr

H
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and a pleasant atmosphere

DB
New England
89 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice spot to get to when your in Harvard square, love the little charm on the outdoor seating and the updates decore in the restaurant. Such a great selection of oysters. Pizza really was amazing pulled pork for the win!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Surprise bday for my pop!

JS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch with friends. All the signature cocktails were delicious and all the food was cooked perfectly. A perfectly poached egg is the sign of an excellent brunch place!

CZ
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even with a party of 8, Christian as usual, provided excellent service, which is why we generally ask for him. He’s always very attentive even when he’s got multiple tables around us, and that evening was no exception.

The food and the atmosphere was great as usual. Thanks again for a great dinner, especially while we had family visiting.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ate outside with family, friends and dog. Perfect.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grafton Street Pub and Grill is my go-to place when I attend shows at the ART's Oberon Theater, just a block away. If it's a lovely day, you can sit outside. In the many times I've been there, it's been quiet enough for normal conversation even when the restaurant is busy. The service is always attentive and they make sure we're out the door in time for our show. My dinner/theater partners and I can recommend the ricotta gnocchi (appetizer or entree portion), the burger, the fish fry, and the ploughman's cheese and meat board. For Cambridge, the drinks are very reasonably priced as well. AND Grafton offers free parking just a block away. Highly recommend.

RO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was very good and Harvard Square ambiance very nice. There is street seating which is fun. Food is ok - not amazing but not bad either.

HT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely day to be seated outdoors. Food was good, as usual.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was uneventful, was ok but not much taste on it. Service was good and quick.

CC
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a great time but I wish the lighting wasn't so dim. The outdoor seating looked ideal, but have they considered turning the lights up in the actual restaurant?

SS
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot for brunch. Had great food and good service.

N
New England
27 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They did put us in the back where it was quieter. The service was attentive and the food was solid.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nachos were pretty minimal. Bar tender mixed some pretty bad drinks. Everyone was very friendly and service was great! The culinary experience was definitely sub par though.

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

Chicken didn’t have much seasoning or flavor to it at all, and one guest asked for a well done burger but got medium well.

JD
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food. Very helpful and friendly weight staff

N
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Quality here has been variable for a few years. We love the ambience, servers are always friendly, but the menu quality is really up and down. We've long regarded the humus appetizer as reliable. On our last visit the humus (good as always) was buried under the largest pile of deep fried pita chips I've ever seen! The portion of humus appeared to be far smaller than before, the fried pita overwhelmed the plate. Both gnocchi main course plates were served lukewarm - nothing in the plate was piping hot (the way pasta should be served), and both my companion and I remarked the gnocchi were "dense" and almost none of the promised broth was in the plate. Can't recommend this dish either. On a recent trip for lunch, the veggie burger was yummy, so I'd hoped food quality was back up again. Sadly, not.

CB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in Harvard Square! Food and drinks are excellent.

A
New England
58 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant! Can't believe it took me this long to actually visit, but the outdoor seating was what finally drew me in, and I'm really glad it did. Great food, great portion sizes for the value, great service, and dining on the sidewalk of Harvard Square always means dinner and a show.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great wine selection!

M
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Located close to Harvard, it's a frequent dinner location for family visiting Harvard students.

J
New England
52 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Hadn't been here for a while, so I surprised to see how far it had fallen. Usually this place was pretty reliable re food quality, but not this time: I got the appetizer of hummus with za'atar-flavored chips, but there was no discernible za'atar at all: The za'atar was the only reason I ordered that appetizer. The duck was hard and chewy, which is remarkable (and bad) for duck. The chicken was moist (good) but pretty tasteless (not good). The hostess sat us next to a large open window, even though it was pretty cool out (lower 60's), without asking whether we wanted to eat outside (we didn't) or near the open large window (we didn't). This evening did not hold a light to the Grafton Street in the past.

BB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time this past Wednesday evening. Would go back again.

FP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We had friends coming in from out of town - looking to do brunch in/near Harvard Square. Wanted outdoor dining option. Sadly it was raining, so we sat inside. Very nice ambiance, decor. While there were great parts of the meal (great Irish breakfast) - but service was really downright awful. Waitress seemed very aloof and distracted. My wife's coffee came out COLD! Cold coffee was just sitting there during a busy brunch time - how could that even happen? My eggs were a little runny - but not overly terrible. Tea pots came out - but no milk. Took a long time to get extras like milk - or my missing fork. I had to go hunting to get things. It was a drag to have such a mediocre experience - especially when we were trying to show off Cambridge. :-(

M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal before a concert. Fast service and they take reservations! And they have free parking nearby with a reservation- a wonderful surprise for Harvard Square. Five of us- all enjoyed our meals and drinks. New waitress but she managed extremely well. It’s loud in there, so we had to shout to hear each other, but that’s pretty common on a Saturday night in Harvard Square. I’d highly recommend.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
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.

OT
New England
111 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
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.

KM
Raleigh
3 reviews
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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