Grafton Street Pub and Grill

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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 England
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really like Grafton Pub - the cocktails and beer selection are great as are the mussels. The tuna tartare is too salty for my taste but a little bit to share works well. Service is excellent!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Grafton!

SH
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere paired with excellent service and cuisine.

h
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Menu was limited and service was ok. I had requested a quiet table and they put us in the middle of the floor.

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Grafton Street has been and continues to be a satisfactory but somewhat unexciting dining option in Harvard Square. Good place to meet, eat and drink but nothing particularly special about it

L
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

food was good, but service was not - waitress was hard to get and never would check on us - but other then that it was good and I will be back

RR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I eat at Grafton Street about 6-times a year. Last Sunday I ordered the Shepherd's Pie for a change and was very disappointed. Menu cited ground lamb, pearl onions, peas, and carrots. What came was about an inch of mashed potatoes on top of what could only be described as an inch of baby food. A ground meat mush. I did spy one or two peas, but beyond that, mush.

Very NOT recommended. The other food I've eaten there has been much better.

L
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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

MA
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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
43 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

H
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and a pleasant atmosphere

DB
New England
93 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Surprise bday for my pop!

JS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
35 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ate outside with family, friends and dog. Perfect.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

N
New England
28 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food. Very helpful and friendly weight staff

N
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
New England
58 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Graduation

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great wine selection!

M
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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