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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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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (23)
Good for a Date (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Great for Lunch (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Fun (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Cozy (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Business Meals (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
People Watching (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Romantic (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Authentic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great Beer (5)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

Nice place for lunch

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good food. Good atmosphere. Friendly, attentive service.

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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Nice service

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Went for a 1PM business brunch. We were assigned a table with stools and we requested a regular table. The waiter was very pleasant and went to inquire. The answer was that the tables we could see had reservations. Yet all throughout our meal we saw the one table open. Halfway through the meal there were several open tables and we were not offered to move.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food
Great service.
A must go if in the area.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The experience was great, but as it got slower the waiter took a while to really check up on us. We were waiting for forks to share a dessert for quite sometime and were ready to pay the bill for a while after that. But over all, we love this place.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The Fruit plate was delicious and the Eggs Benedict were to die for

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants! I come here often.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Fun, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Loud. No separation from bar space when dining. Roasted carrot salad great, calamari greasy and tasteless. No Southern Comfort in this bar any more. Server congenial and attentive, but service of food a bit slow. Not somewhere I would beat a path to again.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Hostess was not welcoming. She acted like she hated her job. She didn’t check us in to open table. On the other hand, the waiter was fabulous.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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)

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Casual, Healthy, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Fun place to get together. Creative menu. Interesting drinks list. Great for stepping away from the extra high traffic part of Harvard Square. Short walk to Sanders Theater for events at that venue.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great service from Ryanne!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Sorry we chose this restaurant with so many options nearby,
we were there for brunch. The English muffin on eggs benedict as well as my toast were barely toasted. The asparagus omlet was tasteless.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great burger. Too many fries! Probably shouldn’t have eaten them all, I guess :)

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Phenomenal Thanksgiving diner! Catered beautifully for the family with one adult wanting traditional, one teen wanting a burger and one vegetarian! Food was quick and quality was excellent!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for thanksgiving. The food was horrible and warm at best. The waitress was clearly miserable. For the money we spent it was pretty bad. Oh well lessons learned. Never again. I'll just cook.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We were meeting for a quick dinner before a show. This was a great choice for that. Service was friendly and prompt. Food was good; salads and burgers. It fit the bill!!!!

Tags: Fun, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Grafton St. deepens our loyalty with each experience. We're always warmly greeted, promptly seated and served great meals.
The butttnut squash ravioli is phenomenal!
Steak frite also juicy and tender. We've become loyal fans.

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Comfort Food, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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vip
 (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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 (Detroit)·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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vip
 (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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