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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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