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About Grafton Street Pub and Grill

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.

1230 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Late Night: Sunday thru Wednesday til midnight, Friday & Saturday til 1:00AM
Bar: Sunday-Wednesday until 1:00am, Thursday-Saturday until 2:00am

Cross Street:
Bow St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 497-0400

Website:
http://www.graftonstreetcambridge.com/

Parking Details:
Grafton Street offers FREE Parking to all of our guests with reservations between the hours of 6pm and Midnight, 7 days a week in the Old Baptist Church parking lot (1151 Massachusetts Ave). Simply place a printed copy of this email in the lower left hand corner of your windshield. Cars failing to properly display this email will be subject to towing.

Public Transit:
We are located two blocks away from the Harvard Square T Station on the Redline.

Executive Chef:
Michael Chandler

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Grafton Street Pub and Grill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.0

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4.2

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3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (22)
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Business Meals (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Fun (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Great Beer (7)
People Watching (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Cozy (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Authentic (1)
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·Dined 7 days ago

Michael was a fantastic server and even included a nice little treat (it was my birthday)! All in all a wonderful time. Will certainly be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The regular waitstaff and barmen are very friendly and always welcome me warmly. The food has become a little too ... I don't know , fancy. Why so many ingredients?? But the staff and the closeness to work bring me back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

I went to Grafton for my birthday and it was a fantastic experience. It was nice to have a night out with my girls and to get all dressed up for the occasion. I've been giving the restaurant praise to everyone who has asked. 10/10 would go again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Worst service I can recall. Just abysmal. Yet still got tagged for 18% service charge for party of six despite running out of water, no refills, unable to locate waitress to get more bar orders. Never came back after food was delivered. Menu was not very expansive. The one alcoholic beverage I managed to order was watery.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great place - right in Harvard Square. Food was great. will definitely be back.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I had the best tasting burger and I consider myself a maven on this subject. It totally satiated my red meat craving and exceeded my expectations.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great meal, warm greeting, knowledgeable server, another wonderful dining experience at our "go-to" Harvard Sq. eatery! OpenTable
and Grafton St. made using our $50 point gift a pleasure.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

we had a good experience eating here - no complainbts

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I loved the service everyone was very friendly, and I would definitely come again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Paul the bartender is the best bartender in all of Cambridge and Boston!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Lots of gnats flying around our table, even after we moved to a different area of the restaurant there were still some gnats.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We chose this restaurant because of its proximity to the Oberon Theatre and its good reviews. We were seated immediately even though we were late for our reservation, which I appreciated, but the experience went down from there. The service was slow and our server inattentive, the food bland and unimaginative, and management unresponsive to our concerns. We knew we were in trouble when we asked how big the pizzas were and the waitress thought for a few seconds and then answered, "medium". We sat down at 8 pm, told our waitress we had a special birthday, and were going to a 10:30 pm show. We did not order appetizers or dessert (except for a crème brulee for the birthday girl) and had to hunt down the manager at 10:25 pm after asking the waitress twice for our bill. Even after having to go find the manager and seeing how annoyed we were, the manager didn't even ask any questions about what was wrong or why we were unhappy. There are so many choices in the Harvard Square area. We sadly made the wrong one for this very special birthday.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We used to come here all the time, but it has gone terribly down hill over the last couple of years. Bread used to be made in house, now frozen dinner rolls. Likewise, french fries used to be hand-cut, but are now prepackaged and frozen as well. (To be clear, this isn't just conjecture. The manager confirmed both points when asked.) The dessert was flavorless and had the distinctive, stale taste of a frozen supermarket dessert. To top it off, our food took nearly 45 minutes to arrive. On the positive side, our server was friendly and the clam chowder was delicious.

For $25+ an entree, I think it's reasonable to expect that our meal would be (1) mostly made from scratch and (2) served in a timely fashion. I would also expect the menu to show a modicum of ambition or creativity, rather than standard chicken/steak/fish/pasta dishes clumsily prepared.

We've given up hope that Grafton Street will return to the standard we enjoyed so much a few years ago. We will not be returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is really only a place to drink. The food is not particularly good (though the veggie burger was decent). The Risotto is overly sticky and the creme brulee tastes like it was made from a Jello Foods package. Beware if you go here, the service is also terrible, super slow and weird, like removing clean plates from the table and leaving the dirty ones, waiting 15 minutes for the dessert menus after indicating we would like to see them, etc. (and it wasn't because the place was overly busy). One party, seated next to us, just left when no server ever came to their table.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I held two business lunches here yesterday. The outside seating area is very pleasant and not immediately on the street so buffered from pedestrians and traffic. Inside is also comfortable with tables not too close together. The service was attentative and helpful. Our meals were delicious. Noise level is low to moderate even though most of the tables were occupied. Fun spot right in the heart of Harvard Square.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Went here for brunch at the weekend. The orders came out with items missing and staff took a really long time to fix this. The food wasn’t great, which is a shame because the restaurant was pretty.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The service was good. Attentive without being overbearing. Two of our three entries were quite good. Both nicely cooked and presented. The third was underseasoned, over cooked and was missing the vegetable that was to be part of the dish.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Had a relaxed dinner before a show nearby. Menu is diverse without being overwhelming. Nice selection of beers and other drinks. A little noisy, but it is a pub atmosphere so not unexpected. The high-top tables would be better if the high-top seating were seats with backs and not stools. Overall we enjoyed our meal and the experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The menu was limited and uninspiring. The beer selection lacked a decent lager!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We wanted to try a different restaurant in Cambridge and now know why we gravitate to the same places. Going out to eat is a luxury. For the price of the experience I expect attentive and prompt service, delicious food and a clean, fun/interesting environment. Grafton Steet Pub was nothing special. There are better options in Cambridge in my opinion!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Grafton Street in Harvard Square is always a good choice for brunch, lunch, dinner or happy hour. Dress is casual. The food is reliably good; well prepared with a variety of choices. Cocktails, beers and wine choices are also varied and well prepared. The Harvard Square location provides a good people watching venue. The clientele covers all ages, ethnicities and languages. While it can be crowded and noises, brunch and lunch are quieter.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Business Meals, People Watching, Casual, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was efficient, albeit not overly friendly. Hostesses were not welcoming or the least bit friendly/smiley...if I owned a restaurant they'd be fired.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Once again, Grafton St Pub proved its consistently high-quality service and food. This is the fourth time I've been there, each time with different guests and all dishes have been greatly appreciated.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Love the crepe, burger and fries. Portion size is good. THe chocolate French toast is too chocolaty. Should have option for regular French toast as well.
Fish is very oily.
Salmon toast needs more flavor

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Delicious brunch!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Disappointed
Cheese plate was limited - not worth the value
Previous visits have been much better

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Too noisy.
Slow service.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

My wife and I arrived exactly @ 6:15 for our reservation and although though the restaurant was bustling we were seated immediately. The place has a nice atmosphere, good vibe. The service was exactly how it should be, the waitress was attentive, but never bothersome, always available when we needed her and only cleared the plates when we'd both finished our dinners. (Bit of a pet peeve having plates removed as each person finishes, makes the last person to finish feel awkward and gives you a feeling of being rushed.)
I ordered the Grafton Burger, which was outstanding, my wife had the QUINOA & CHICKPEA BURGER, which was a disappointment it was so pasty, gooey, gummy...two bites we ended up splitting my Burger. The real deal was you have a choice of fries or salad...or half and half. The half and half is by far the way to go, the salad was huge and very fresh.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food quality at Grafton Street is extremely mediocre. Tasteless and indifferently prepared. Couple that with Harvard Square prices, and you've got a losing combination. Stay away. Go elsewhere.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Calamari was bad - tough & chewy.Fish and Chips was overcooked, lots of fries.
Drinks were so-so. Service was good, though.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Our waitress was very slow and quite absent mindied. She completely forgot the appetizer that was ordered.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

This restaurant is ideally located for people attending theater at the Oberon. The food was very good with some interesting flavor combinations. Ice cream is not a strong point however.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2017

So happy to get a reservation on a busy day. Great service!

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

A great place to eat with friends just on the edge of Harvard Square. Menu is a little small, but the portions were a good size and everyone loved their meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Everything was fine until the couple next to us quickly stood on their chair. A mouse was running across the floor. It's the city so in some ways it's kind of understandable (though it was very busy and it makes me think they have more than one mouse) but the most disappointing thing was that the waitress just said "we know" when we notified her. No apology, no follow-up! That's horrible customer service and really concerning. I probably wouldn't go back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great for drinks and comfort food. Service was not great, but maybe it was because we were a large group.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2017

I was meeting a college freshman who is about to start school and her family. I wanted them to have a nice time and for us to become acquainted for the first time. The restaurant could not have been more accommodating. When my guests arrived in batches, quite late, the server (Kate, a true angel) helped me to organize a pleasant experience ... and to keep us on schedule so I could leave in time for my next meeting. Have Kate serve you. She's awesome!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

My friend is a vegetarian and this is her favorite restaurant near Harvard Square. She especially likes to go here for brunch. The service was wonderful. The food was delightful, and we had a great time catching up with one another.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Wonderful meal with my family! Salmon was outstanding! One of my children had the clam chowder and the fish and chips. Loved it! Service was excellent!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had a really great experience here and will definitely go back. Open, casual environment with a wide menu within a lively area in Harvard Square.

We started with some oysters and lamb ribs which were great. I had trout while my wife had scallops and both were cooked and seasoned perfectly. Wine prices were reasonable and we got exposed to a Pinot Noir we hadn't tried before.

Worth trying for a couple or a group.

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