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Date
Tue, 4/24
Time
11:30 PM
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Grafton Street Pub and Grill

4.4
1339 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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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
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Phone number
(617) 497-0400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Adam Olson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bow St.
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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.
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Public transit
We are located two blocks away from the Harvard Square T Station on the Redline.
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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
What 1339 People Are Saying
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4.2
service
4.2
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4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Brunch was pleasant enough and we were comfortably seated. We probably enjoy coming here more at dinner time.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great service and excellent food, including salmon cooked perfectly, with attention paid to my allergies. Ryan was an excellent server, playful and conscientious, during a busy Friday night. The ONLY thing that marred an otherwise perfect evening was that, in the booth we were seated in, two of us threw our heads back while laughing and hit, very hard, the rail at the top of the booth. It was jarring, causing both of us pain, and leaving one of us with a significant bruise several days later. We mentioned it to several workers, who indicated it had happened before and who laughed the whole thing off. We would have preferred a response that indicated that steps would be taken to prevent future injuries.

I would definitely go again, but would ask to be seated in a chair!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Service was a little slow but overall a nice experience

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Couldn’t have been a nicer experience.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Good option for Harvard Square

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great burgers! Pork chop was also yummy with delicious accompaniments. Service was very good, and the free parking is an added plus.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Good brunch menu. Lovely beers

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This place is a great spot for an affordable but yummy meal in Harvard Square. Check out the late night- great menu and $1 oysters. The beer selection is lovely. Highly recommend this place

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was meh!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Delicious! Like that you can choose mixed greens instead of fries with the burger (which was very yummy). Those greens were unusually tender and sweet, and the dressing was applied in the perfect amount, minimal but so nicely flavorful, you didn't need more. Plus the amount of greens was fantastic! Mounded over most of the plate!!!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Unexpectedly kid-friendly on a Saturday evening. A pleasant surprise!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our server wasn't as much fun as usual - pretty impersonal - and the steak was a bit chewier (both of them) than usual. The salmon was a little cool as if it had been waiting a bit to be picked up. Just think it was an off-night. The mussels were fantastic as always and we still ate everything and were happy, it's just that usually we are really happy! We will definitely be back :)

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This is one of my favorites. A
little more noisy than usual due to St Pat's day partying. Still we were able to converse easily, had a nice window view.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We had a 7 pm reservation and didn’t get seated until close to 8 pm. The rather disinterested host kept telling us that “our table” had paid their check before 7 pm but just weren’t getting up to leave. Once finally seated, things were fine but the hosts need some lessons in customer service .

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This is our second visit and we love this restaurant. It was St. Patrick's Day so it was super busy and we were seated a few minutes late, but other than that it was a wonderful experience. The beer selection was great and the food was fantastic. One of us had the one of the specials, which was fabulous Lamb Stew, the other had a menu option that was creative and flavorful (the butternut ravioli). The staff was courteous, helpful and well paced. We never felt rushed, even on a clearly busy night.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The server must have had a bad night. We were ignored at first and then again after the meals were served. The scallops were overcooked and the steak frites were fine.

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The cocktails were good, as was the craft beer, service was excellent. The fried fish in the fish & chips was flavorless, gummy and served w/ what seemed to be plain mao instead of tartar sauce, the fries were thin, limp, cold shoe strings, not what I'd consider chips. The risotto in the scallop dish tasted reheated, overcooked, flavorless, but the scallops were wonderfully fresh. Best thing was the fried calamari & peppers. If I were to meet friends here again in the future, I'd get that and a ceasar salad, maybe give the pizza a go.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Conveniently located right in Harvard Square.
Good food at reasonable prices. Very attentive and courteous hosts and servers.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Have been coming here for years after the Hasty Pudding show.
Always good, always nice, keep it up!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

There were 7 of us ranging from teen to adult with a vegetarian, and a few with various food allergies and everyone was able to find something great to eat from appetizer to main course and desserts to finish off the evening. The atmosphere was great as well. The prices I felt were reasonable as well for the amount of food we received. This restaurant is really good!

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The butternut squash ravioli was exceptionally good. The fish and chips were mediocre . Squid appetizer was good.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

No complaints, only praise for consistently wonderful meals, ambiance and service. We have become "regulars", pre- and post- events in or near Harvard Square. Conversation and seating are comfortable, every dish has been great and beautifully presented (salmon; burgers; veggie ravioli; pizzas; and more). Drink options are numerous and generous. We have intro'd.many friends and encourage you to experience what we have enjoyed for many years, in all seasons.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent brunch for the third time!! Always great service, wonderful atmosphere, and fresh food.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We dined at Grafton Street Bar & Grill looking for a good meal with a business colleague. Made reservation on Open Table. We were seated within about 10 minutes of our arrival time. Could have had a drink but decided to wait.

We were seated by a lovely hostess at a nice table. Loved the ambiance of the place. Based on a recommendation by the waitress, I ordered the pork chop and the beet salad, my colleague ordered the Scallops, no salad. Beet salad was amazing and quite large, could almost be a non-protein meal in itself. The pork chops and root vegetables were accompanied by a delicious glaze. My only complaint that the pork chops were over-cooked. Easy to do but a good chef would know when to take them off the fire at the right time. None the less, I still enjoyed the meal. The scallops were accompanied by a nice risotto. To me, scallops can often be a disappointment since you typically only get 3 or four. There were only four but they were very large. Colleague said both the scallops and risotto were great and he was very full when done.

I would recommend Grafton Street B&G as we had an overall good meal and evening.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great meal!!

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Our window table was very nice. Otherwise it might have been too noisy. Our server was excellent. Just the right level of attention and prompt with the check.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We enjoyed the setting, love the booths and high tops. It was nice that we could hear each other- wasn’t too loud!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Grafton St is recommended highly for its location and the space; food was fine as well though not particularly memorable. Oh and our server was having an off day. . .to be charitable. But still recommended for the excellent room, the opportunity to catch up in the heart of Cambridge, people-watch, etc.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was good but not great. The dessert was sad looking and not presented well. It was overpriced for the food.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Service could be better. Our server was new i guess. He did not know much. They forgot to make the omlette well done (which we sent back) and they did an ok job when they brought it back. We hadn’t even cleared ohr table when another server was cleaning the table next to us and literally sprayed the cleaning spray on me (quite a bit). When i looked up at her she barely managed a mumble of a sorry. There were just too many little things that didnt seem right. In a time of great service, when you experience even mediocre service, you never want to recommend that spot to anyone.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

First visit to Grafton but we are big fans of Hourly Oyster and Russell House Tavern. Food was very good but service was fair...waitress friendly and tried her best! Service was extremely slow and did not seem well versed with menu and struggled to answer questions. She could not tell us where the oysters where from but after a few questions we were able to look up on iphone and they were delicious! We had similar response when asking about menu items...will try again.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very pleasant evening. Good food, good service, good atmosphere and reasonably priced.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Nice place for lunch

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent beet salad and good pizza -- very generous portions that make it fun to share.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Good food. Good atmosphere. Friendly, attentive service.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I've loved this restaurant for a long time. The menu changes seasonally to capture fresh ingredients, and the food is always delicious! The papardelle bolognese was incredible and the goat cheese bruschetta was a great start to the meal - fried goat cheese with fresh tomatoes and toasted bread - what more could you ask for?? The only complaint is how loud the restaurant is, which makes it difficult to have a conversation or any type of romantic ambiance.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was a little spotty, food was above-average and tasty. Wished there were more starters/appetizers available for a the lunch/brunch hour.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We chose the Grafton Street Pub because of previous reviews and proximity to our hotel. We loved it. Made a reservation and arrived on time and our table was ready within 3 minutes. The service was excellent and we enjoyed our beverages, the meal and the lively but not raucous atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The chicken tacos were delicious and Paul was wonderful, as usual.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

This place is usually pretty good; this visit wasn't the best one we've had. I ordered the Irish breakfast with fried eggs; they were so undercooked even the whites were still runny which I just find repulsive. The sausages were pretty tough, like they'd been sitting out a while. The beans were great though! They offered my daughter chocolate chips for her pancakes to which she agreed, but there were so many chocolate chips and the pancakes themselves were a but undercooked, so that the whole pile turned in to a bit of a soggy mess. I"m starting to feel like going to a popular area for brunch on a Sunday is like going to basically any restaurant on Valentine's Day...its just not going to provide the best experience. Too hurried, too busy, too many items that need to be prepped in advance and left sitting; too too too. Oh well.

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