Harvest

4.7
3145 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Located in the heart of Harvard Square, Harvest celebrates the modern American table. Harvest presents inspired American cuisine showcasing the region's freshest ingredients and seasonal product. Serving Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch as well as our Bar Menu in the lounge. Enjoy our seasonal outdoor Garden Terrace (Terrace is seated on a first come, first serve basis). Harvest offers Private Dining from 15 to 60 people. Sit Down lunches, dinners and receptions are just some of the Private Functions Harvest can provide.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(617) 868-2255
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tyler Kinnett
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Catering
Harvest offers the Fireplace Room for Private Events for up to 35 guests. Our Semi-Private Alcove area is available for parties of up to 24. Our Brattle Room accommodates parties of up to 65. Please contact Jamie at jsenior@harvestcambridge.com for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
On the walkway between Mt. Auburn and Brattle
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Parking details
Valet offered on Friday and Saturday evenings only. Partially validated parking at University Place Garage on University Avenue, the Charles Square Garage at 1 Bennet St. and the Harvard Square Parking Garage at 20 Eliot Street. Metered Street parking available.
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Public transit
Red Line, Harvard Square T Stop
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Harvest offers private and semi-private dining areas which can accommodate parties of 10 to 65 guests for lunch, dinner or Sunday Brunch. These spaces can also accommodate private cocktail receptions, including passed hors d’oeuvres or stationary displays. Restaurant buy-outs are also available.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Happy Thanksgiving!

We will be offering a 3 course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu that includes your choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Wine pairings will also be offered for an additional charge. We look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with you.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 3145 People Are Saying
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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An excellent Cambridge restaurant with friendly servers, excellent food and nice ambiance. We had the brunch on Sunday, and choices ranged from a perfectly done burger and handcut fries, to a very fresh ( though expensive) lobster roll. We didn't feel rushed, and the time passed quickly with good conversation and comfortable surroundings.

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Tables could be larger for business meetings, if that's a consideration. waiters should work on their accents - not always clear. Brunch menu was more lunch than breakfast.

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MM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Cambridge, and one of my favorites anywhere, for decades. I first came here as a college student, and return now to take my own college age son out to dinner when we visit him. The service is always superlative, the food is always delicious, the cocktails are always delightful, and the managers outdo themselves in their efforts to make me feel welcome. This particular evening turned out to be a dreadfully rainy one and many of the dining patrons were delayed, so the restaurant was slow in seating us. They apologized for the delay and immediately offered us the option of drinks at the bar while we waited (which we declined); soon enough someone went out and literally found another table and squeezed it into the dining room to make a place for us. Thank you, Harvest, for yet another lovely evening. Until next time!

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s
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Harvest has been our favorite for many years and it did not let us down on this visit. it was our 50th anniversary and it was a treat to spend it there. the food was great, especially the seasonal specials. the wine list is fabulous. the service was very good; the waiters attentive and knowledgeable.

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L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was one of the best restaurant experiences
of my entire lifetime [and I'm nearly 68 years
old] -- from the beauty of the restaurant as
a whole to the lovely friendly waiter assigned
to us to the beautiful & delicious food to the
location and ambience where we were seated
and could actually hear ourselves talk.

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AH
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere accompanied by friendly service.

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K
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Harvest is a classic! Hidden down an alley in Harvard Square, it is elegant and cozy the food is sensational and our server was great.

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OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was okay, but not up to our standards. We expected more. Outside seating was nice except for the external noise. This was certainly not the fault of the restaurant and when we asked asked to be moved when we asked. Unfortunately when we moved we kept the same server. Since we were thus out of his normal space, he was not as attentive as he should have been. It would have been better to switch us to the other server.

The food on balance was average. Having said this, the appetizers and oysters were great. Also, the dessert was excellent. The steak was okay but it was over-cooked, medium to medium well when we asked for medium rare. No real excuse for such a mistake.

Also, skip the ceasar salad. I have never seen a ceasar with a balsamic.

So, average. I would give it a 3.5 overall if I could. Not 4.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent space, meticulous service, and delicious food!

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SA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

They were just really understaffed. It took forever to get our coffees, another forever to order. To be fair, it was a noon Sunday brunch rush but they should have been prepared for that given it was almost empty when we walked in and near the beginning of lunch. But I will be back! Delicious.

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WS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Menu was limited for Sunday brunch. Didn’t have jam (or anything) for plain toast that came with entree. Didn’t have omelets and wouldn’t make one. Called applesauce apple cinnamon purée, pear purée and apple butter. It was just applesauce! The waitress was rude. Didn’t even tell us the menu changes but then we heard her tell the table next to us. Very underwhelmed but this pricy place.

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New England
38 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entre of halibut was outstanding. Dessert was only fair (crepe brûlée)

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New England
34 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we are in the area our first choice of dining is Harvest. The food is exceptional and the people are so friendly. The gentleman who helped us with our wine selection was polite and informative. Great night out!

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE OFTEN DINE AT HARVEST (NOTE ALL THE 10'S ABOVE) ARE THE REASONS.

THE FOOD IS EQUAL TO ANY 5 STAR RESTAURANT. THE SERVICE--AMAZING, FRIENDLY AND SERVER'S KNOW EACH ITEM ON THE MENU AND CAN EXPLAIN THEM .

PASTRIES----------DON'T GO ANYWHERE ELSE FOR DESSERT. THEY ARE ALL SPECIAL CREATIONS BY PASTRY CHEF JOSH. GORGEOUS AND DELICIOUS.

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G
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harvest is back!
It's always been one of my neighborhood favorites.
Delicious!

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F
New England
110 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious chili and Caesar salad. Good wine recommendation. Excellent hospitality.

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F
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been to Harvest in years. Amazing that it is as good or better than ever. The food was original, fresh and delicious - I particularly liked the beet gazpacho, the beet and burrata appetizer, the seafood boil and the harissa carrots. Lots of good vegetarian options. We dined on the heated patio which was lovely on a cool evening with a fire going in the background. The main dining room scene is energetic but a bit noisy for conversation. Service was impeccable. We especially enjoyed the sommelier, who was knowledgeable without being pretentious. The occasion was a business dinner and my out of town colleagues loved it!

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at the Harvest is better than ever. My daughter and I were very happy with everything except the noise level which is high.

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MR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A Harvard institution without feeling stuffy. Very good food, friendly and knowledgeable servers.

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LC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Harvest since 1975 when it opened. It has been consistently excellent all this time!

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BV
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding. And excellent attentive service.

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LD
New England
59 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always amazing at Harvest. Beautiful setting. Lovely people. Great for a special night out!

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OT
New England
34 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was great except the chef did not bother to read the notes from our server ( sauce on the side, no capers, etc). I’ve been to less fancy restaurants where the attention to detail was spot on. Otherwise, very enjoyable experience.

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GN
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Menu changes since spring 2018 are disappointing. What were elegant options with some interesting details have now become almost indistinguishable meals with obscure flavorings.

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DG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent once again

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food quality and menu choices were wonderful and the service even better. Staff is consistently gracious in a welcoming, friendly way. Love the accompaniments with each entree.

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SB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always great — creative and high quality. Very good service — attentive and proactive. It is a treat to eat at Harvest.

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Good ambiance and ambition, but food was merely ok.

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Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harvest never disappoints. The food is delicious. The table ware Is beautiful and unusual. The presentation exquisite and the wait staff could not be nicer

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B
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with a great menu. Excellent sound control in the room we were seated in. Every dish was excellent. Waitperson was outstanding.

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New England
149 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I ate at this restaurant a few weeks ago with friends and had a wonderful dinner. My husband had the haddock and I had the halibut and we thought both were excellent. A couple of days ago, we returned and, because we'd enjoyed our meals so much the last time, we ordered the same meals. Sadly, they did not measure up. My husband particularly found his haddock not as good as the prior time and the accompaniments subtly different and disappointing. My halibut was fine, but not as good as the first time, and the peach chutney served with it seemed different from what I remembered. Our server was excellent and we remember him from years past. I hope this usually excellent restaurant isn't going downhill.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice efficient service with quality ingredients

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PR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location in Harvard Square, with reasonably priced Sunday brunch. Varied entrees - each of the four of us ordered something different. Pleasant atmosphere, outdoor dining option, attentive but unobtrusive service, excellent food. The Chorizo gravy and biscuits was a major hit!

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g
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and attentive service. Would definitely return and recommend

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice surprise

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GG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food, they make you feel at home, all was superb!

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GU
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service is excellent. Beautiful space. Very quiet and private. The meal was a little too artsy for my taste. If you are a real foodie you will love this restaurant.

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New England
70 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Harvest has evolved with many chapters, new decor, new servers and new chefs. It never disappoints and it is in particularly good form now. Sitting outside enjoying the good food with good friends in Harvard Square is always a treat.

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New England
57 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful server. Wonderful pasta. Improvements to “patio” make outside space much nicer

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C
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love going to Harvest. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. The menu changes often enough so that it never feels tired. The service is always superb: attentive and friendly. In the winter there's a fire in the fireplace, in the summer there's outdoor seating. Its atmosphere is relaxed, but more than suitable for a special occasion as well. We've tried most of the restaurants in the area and always end up coming back to Harvest, which has never disappointed us.

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