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Grafton Street Pub and Grill

4.3
1338 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
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 1338 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 6, 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Delicious brunch!

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3.0Dined on September 18, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Too noisy.
Slow service.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on September 2, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on August 18, 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

The music wasn't what I expected for the atmosphere, but I loved the unexpected contrast

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Never disappoints! Always recommended! Not a touristy restaurant like many others are at Harvard Square.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2017

Although service was slow, the Open window counter is a fun way to people watch. Hamburger was good, especially with half fries, half salad - to alleviate the guilt!
Definitely try the drink that features a pound of Strawberries marinated in St Germain de Lille (elderflower liqueur) & Prosecco for an excellent refreshing summer treat!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Good burgers

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Great experience! We were dining here celebrating my 33rd birthday. The appetizers were very shareable....we got the Calamari and oysters. Most of us got some sort of seafood dish as our incredibly helpful waiter made some suggestions on his fave dishes. I had the scallops with lentils and Brussel sprouts. I would absolutely order this again...the scallops were cooked perfectly! We ended the night with the creme brûlée and coffee which was another delicious choice...light and flavorful .

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

We stopped in for a dinner before going to a concert. We shared a strawberry roasted beet salad with goat cheese that was delicious. Our waiter was personable, prompt and knew the menu and the drink selections. For main course, the mushroom strudel was fabulous: marinated cooked mushroom in phyllo dough accompanied by a fine grain polenta flavored with serveral cheese. The other main dish was a white sauce clam pizza. We left with surplus food to enjoy again the next day. Even though it was a Friday night, the restaurant was quiet and we could hear each other talk. The seats were very comfortable.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Not bad but just average food and service. Ate here for a late lunch (2:30) so may be better at regular lunchtime or dinner time.

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2.0Dined on July 27, 2017

In Boston on a college visit. Service was incredibly slow and disorganized. Even when I asked the host to help. Slow service continued even through trying to pay the bill. Finally flagged down another server to take the bill. A 2 hour slog through what should have been a short meal. Grafton Burger was tasty. Salmon was not. With good service, might be a solid restaurant. But not our experience.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

We enjoyed sitting in nice weather outside and the food was good, with a nice waitress.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Chickpea quinoa burger left much to be desired - tasted under-flavored, under-cooked; accompanying salad & chips were good. Guess I'll go for the Grafton burger next time.
Refreshing strawberry/ elderberry cocktail available.
Pleasant weekend outdoor cafe dining with street views, if you can fight off the sparrows!

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1.0Dined on July 21, 2017

I asked if the burger could be done vegan, and the waitress told me the only thing that could be done vegan is the mushroom streudal. I said sure and she brought me the dish which was served on a heap of ceamy polenta and the whole dish was covered in shredded parmasean.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2017

The food was just so so.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2017

Two Fish & seafood dishes (Salad Nicoise & fried calamari) smelled a bit "fishy", but the waitstaff were super nice about modifying our order to an alternative!!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Excellent except when open table told me the restaurant said I was a no-show.

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2017

One dish, the salmon, was inedible. The scallops were ok. We were not charged for the salmon. Service was fine but can't make up for bad expensive food

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