Harvest

4.6
3035 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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. Metered Street parking available.
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Public transit
Red Line, Harvard Square T Stop
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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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1.0Dined 3 days ago

Harvest looks good from the outside, but I found it to be expensive and pretentious. Service was extremely slow, and the waiter kept forgetting our orders. The sangria, which was highly recommended, was very similar to the pre-mixed bottles you get from the grocery store. It had very little alcohol and tasted like bad apricots, yet it cost $14 a glass. The presentation of the food is good, but the taste is average at best. You can do a lot better than this place!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Lovely lunch on the patio. I had the vegetarian chili -- it was delicious, very flavorful. Everyone enjoyed their meal and service was excellent.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Father’s day

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Appetizers and entree were wonderful. Desserts not outstanding. Beer list a bit short. No aquavit liqueurs available for after dinner drinks. Service kept us waiting a couple of times.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We were here for brunch on Fathers' Day (also my husband's birthday and our daughter and son-in-law's anniversary). The food and service were excellent. It was cold in the room when we arrived and our server got the air conditioning turned down to a comfortable level. It is classic Harvard Square and a great place to celebrate.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We dined for Father's Day brunch at Harvest and absolutely loved it. We had oysters to start which were wonderful. The lobster eggs benedict was fabulous as were the other dishes that others had. The service was also outstanding. Looking forward to returning soon for dinner!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Wonderful Father’s Day brunch. Food and drinks were excellent. Our waitress was extremely gracious despite our impression that they may have been short staffed (took a bit before she was able to get to us). Definitely planning to go back again.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

What a lovely meal in such a wonderful setting. Can't believe I have never been to
Harvest before, but I will certainly be back...

The Bloody Mary was very disappointing...served in a tiny glass with no olives or celery!

The table next to ours had celery, olives, etc.

This is my only complaint...

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

What a fantastic experience!! Very attentive waitstaff and wonderful food! We had the carrot side and the broccoli side. Both with just the right flavors. The roasted carrots had a harissa and goat cheese topping. The broccoli had a pesto with Pecorino cheese. I had the spring onion risotto which was perfect. My family had the lobster ravioli with asparagus and fennel! All of it wonderful. I can't recommend this place highly enough!! Will be coming back soon.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Very consistently good!

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Our waiter was prompt and attentive. Food arrived quickly. Carrot appetizer was very good as was swordfish. Heater on above table on patio- a bit warm but not too much heat.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Wonderful in every way.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great food with attention to detail. Very nice presentation. Servers seemed to figure out the tempo that we wanted, and gave us plenty of time to enjoy the meal. If we had wanted faster, I think they would have accommodated. My only complaint is that the beer selections did not move very far beyond a selection of IPAs. I would like to see more of an effort to pair good local beers with the locally sourced food.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Good food but we waited a verily long time for main meal.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

The manager, Rebecca is truly lovely and accommodating. Our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful and understood our time constraints.
The young man who sat us was helpful and kind. All of the staff were friendly. The cocktail choices are fun, and they will make a brandy alexander adding ice cream. Sides big enough to share.
A favorite place for us when in Cambridge.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Still crazy enjoyable after all these years. Miraculously Harvest keeps its edge and appeal. Over several decades we've enjoyed the food, the space, the sense of place. Even if we had no history with the Harvest, it's still one of the loveliest dining options in the city.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

An amazing dinner! For our anniversary and we got a nice chocolate script added to our dessert that said “Happy Anniversary”.

The in house made whole wheat sourdough is delicious.
The rosemary fries were so good - really strong rosemary flavor and served with Parmesan shavings.

The beet pasta was delicate and tasty. The fresh mint and parsley was a good touch.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Food was fresh and tasty, good half bottle wine list, patio was lovely and spot on service from Jasmine.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Outstanding!!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We have had three birthday lunches a year at Harvest for several decades!!

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Many dishes exceptional, but a few sub par for standard you would expect in that price range - example hard and stringy carrots in the carrot appetizer, oyster half size of normal, etc. If this were a less expensive restaurant I would give it a 5 rather than 4. We’ve had better food and service at $ restaurants than at this $$ restaurant. It was still very good, but not exceptional.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The interior is very outdated, and the service was overwhelmed on a busy evening. The food is good!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch, and the food and hospitality were excellent. We were greeted by the manager who immediately seated us. The wait staff was very attentive but not annoyingly so. The manager and assistant manager came over to make sure things were going well. We started with a pastry board of apple tarts, cheese scones, and chocolate babka. I'm not much of a pastry eater, but even I enjoyed the tart and the scones. We both had the salmon over quinoa and it was excellent. We also had their grand mimosa - a mimosa with a little Grand Marnier added - very tasty. All in all a great dining experience.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent
There was a delay in getting the oyster appetizers but the staff more than compensated for this minor error by subtracting them off our bill which was more than generous.
The food was prepared perfectly.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Amazing. Go to this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

A simple Caesar Salad with Chicken was made so that it was roast chicken with roast casesar salad on the side. Could have been explained better on the menu. Sometimes trying to be too fancy is less tasty.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We had to wait nearly 1 hour for our first course to be brought at the table, but in defense of the restaurant, it must be said that it was the day after Harvard University commencement. On the other hand, I do feel this is something one could've easily taken into account for and request more help in the kitchen. Our waiter was great, very professional, the food was really good, so overall no complaints with regards to food or service, management on the other hand could've been handled better on this day. Nevertheless I'd still recommend the restaurant to friends, family & colleagues.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Great food and wonderful location for graduation celebration. Thank you!

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Good clam chowder

Undercooked salmon

Weak cappuccino

Pricey for what you get

Menu is kind of tired

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Although they could not find our reservation, the staff graciously accommodated us! Noreen our waitress was excellent. Such a delightful location on the patio and splendid food.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Great food, atmosphere and service.

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3.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Disappointing meal. Food was unremarkable. But expensive. Would not return despite good service.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

This is my third time trying their new menu, and everything is indeed exquisitely made and wonderful. Our server was very accommodating and due to him we ordered a different second bottle of wine rather than the one I had initially requested, and he was right! All entrees and desserts off this menu are wonderfully prepared and recommended.
The reason I was not 100% happy with our experience is because we had made the reservation 3 weeks in advance for 6 people, and was therefore expected to be seated near a window and at a round table. Instead we were seated in a nook right by the hostess and it felt a bit claustrophobic.

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Despite its good reputation, a big disappointment. Service was inconsistent. It took over an hour to get the first course, with no explanation or apology. Server was not very gracious when we politely asked when our food was coming. As we waited and got hungrier, I wondered why there were bread plates if no bread is offered. When the main course finally arrived, the food was fair to middling. The salmon was over salted. The lentil chili portion was ridiculously small. I had to get up to ask for a fork. I have had some decent meals at Harvest in the recent past, so maybe this was a particularly off day for them or they were understaffed or the staff was new, but the overall experience was unpleasant enough that I will not go back again.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

I have been dining at Harvest since the 70s and always enjoy the experience. Saturday night the food was lovely to look at but too too weird to est. I can't even take the time tho explain each item. The waiter was told but did nothing to change our disappointment. I'll go back to Legal next time.

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2.0Dined on May 15, 2018

I’ve always loved this place but my most recent dining experiences was horrendous. Was rudely rushed and spoken down to by the waiter repeatedly. I understand Tuesday nights get busy but jeesh- it’s was really terrible. I chock it up to an off night.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Excellent service and food. They were very accommodating staff to dietary restrictions.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day lunch. Seated on the patio with a heater blasting heat at us. Our tabletop was actually hot! Staff attempted to adjust the control and finally cooled us down to normal.

Food was the strong point with fine prep and good flavor. Courses were well timed. However the check, $65 pp for a price faire lunch was over the top. We will not return.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a nice dinner. Everything was quiet good. One issue was water was poured in my husband’s Sprite. But the service was very attentive despite this tiny mistake. Recommend it highly

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our meal at Harvest was excellent and the service was quite good. We enjoyed ourselves quite a bit.

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