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.
Cambridge, MA 02138
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
$30 and under
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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.
We are located two blocks away from the Harvard Square T Station on the Redline.
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
We were very disappointed with our server (presumably Melvin G, the name on the receipt) - tall, thin, dark hair, accent. He tried to upsell us on absolutely everything - every drink, most menu items. He argued with my friend that she should get wine, not a beer (when a beer was all she wanted).
When we tried to pay our bill, he didn’t follow the directions. He charged more on each of our credit cards than we wanted despite clear instructions. We asked him to give us some of the cash back that we had put in with our cards since he didn’t do the transactions right. He made us late for the show we were going to, because the bill wasn’t handled quickly...
Very disappointing. I haven’t had a server quite this bad in years... Maybe ever.
We came here on two successive New Year's Eves and had a great time both times. The service was excellent and the setting cozy and joyful. The entrees were excellent, though I have to admit that the clam chowder was a bit ordinary (but not terrible). Very good wine list.
The food was okay. My friend's was bettter, from what I gather, than mine. 'Seems like much of my plate was consumed by french fries (fish and chips). The fish was good, but the batter was soft (not crisp). 'Not sure why. The creme brulee was excellent. I definitely recommend that.
The calamari was fine, but the pizza was not cooked well enough (the cheese melted but had congealed into a pale white sheet of plasticity) and the dough did not seem fresh (it had a chewy toughness to it) and we never got a beet salad we ordered (but we were not charged, so I'm guessing the waiter never heard the request)
We came for dinner before an A.R.T show (10% off with ticket), and everything was delicious. Everything was reasonably priced, so we ended up splurging a bit and getting drinks, dinner and dessert. Food was wonderful, fresh, and prompt (the scallops were perfect!). Drinks were good and the dessert (though a tad small for the price) was also wonderful.
Would definitely recommend.
Honored our reservation! Our table was cozy! Great waitress!Attentive but not clingy!
I had scallops over risotto with spinach and I really enjoyed it! Very fresh! My guest had pork chop dinner and loved it! Pinot Grigio very good and coffee hot and rich!
It was close to Sanders Theater so we could park and walk around Harvard Square! Perfect!
The scallops were delicious - best I’ve had in a long time! Unexpected delight - have to give 5 stars for this. The mussels appetizer was also delicious. The Caesar Salad was pretty good. Portions are fairly generous. Service was speedy, wait staff polite, “no frills” service style. We had a corner window table that I would request if/when we go back - you should too. Overall, very pleasant dining.
I have been to a few other restaurants owned by this group and to Grafton Street a few times, but I have to say I was quite disappointed this time around. I ordered calamari, which was quite greasy. For dinner I had a burger which I ordered medium rare but was delivered so rare I was afraid to eat it. Our waitress graciously asked the kitchen to cook me another burger, which was delivered well, and tasted good, but the timing was off and overall the experience suffered. Our cocktails were great and service and ambiance were fine as well, was just a bit let down by the food, especially at that price.
We had to ask twice to be moved to a suitable table; despite having had reservations, we were given rather awful tables at first. Finally, were given a nice, quiet table in a little alcove. However, the food was really good (Thanksgiving menu), the service cheerful, competent, and responsive, and we were, overall, extremely happy with our choice for this special occasion. A bit better than casual atmosphere but not a “fine dining” room either. We will return, I think, often.
Always a pleasure! We get the table we request and the service is always friendly without being intrusive. Food is fresh and modifications allowed with charge. Celebrated being with our sons and loved every minute! Been here four times and all were equally as enjoyable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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