Grafton Street Pub and Grill

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1493 reviews
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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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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.

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New England
53 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.

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

Graduation

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

Great food and great wine selection!

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M
Sacramento
38 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. :-(

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M
New England
5 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.

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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.

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New England
101 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.

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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
11 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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r
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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OT
Washington DC
9 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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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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C
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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F
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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T
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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