PARK Restaurant & Bar

4.2
1054 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located in Harvard Square, PARK is a modern neighborhood restaurant/bar designed to suit today’s drinking and dining needs. A place to grab a quick after-work drink or bite, enjoy a leisurely dinner, linger over cocktails, or spend an entire night, PARK offers a variety of experiences that will feel unique depending on which of the four distinct spaces you’re seated. With an eclectic design aesthetic, PARK is stocked with rousing conversation pieces that range from counter-culture artwork from the 1960s to antique book-lined shelves and a trophy case brimming with myriad oddities. Not to be outdone, Executive Chef Corey Steinke brings a spirited sense of interpretation to PARK’s New American menu of homey classics, which are served alongside an internationally-inspired collection of craft cocktails, beer and wine.
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New England
76 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Came here on Mother’s Day and had a nice brunch. Service was excellent. Great selection of beers on tap. And validated parking right above which was very nice.

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JM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

I'll try to be balanced in my review, as we have had several very good experiences at Park previously. But, this visit was about as bad as it gets. We waited almost an hour for the food, despite several assurances of "just coming out in 2 minutes", over the course of 30 minutes. As hunger reached its peak, three times servers tried to give us someone else's food! And, we ordered the simplest/fastest things - pancakes, parfait, soup... It was Mother's Day; so not great for my wife. We were actually standing up to leave -which we've never done- when the food arrived. Also, we twice sent our son's coke back as flat.
We gave up after the second fail, but saw that they continued serving it to others. Ultimately, they were apologetic and comped several things on our check (including things we didn't order, or didn't receive). I would go once more. But, not on a holiday. And, if we see similar problems, that'll be it for Park... Again, we've had several good experiences prior, and hope this was just a holiday one-off.

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E
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was mediocre, lacked flavor so that was a bit disappointing. But the price was good and location great, I would visit again for drinks.

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PA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place is small, and quaint. A little dark for my liking, but still a good atmosphere. I would highly recommend the chowder- I told the server that it would easily have won any of the chowderfests that I have been to!!

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ES
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We did not have a good experience. For some reason we don’t understand, our food was seriously delayed. While everyone around us sat down later and started eating their second courses, we waitmted for our appetizers, which were not hot when they arrived. We asked for more salad dressing, never got it. We asked for an extra napkin, never got it. The manager comped our appetizers, which is the only reason I’m giving 2 stars instead of 1. The noise level forced us to speak very loudly, too.

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KT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was reasonably priced and the drinks were PHENOMENAL!

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CA
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this restaurant. Very relaxed, excellent food : clam chowder - not to thick, best flavor! Caesar salad- nice and large for side salad, Asian buns with duck - spicy and soft, outstanding. Pasta - big portion, tasty and filling, yummy patty melt. We’d recommend them all. Nice selection of beer.
The bar in the other room is cozy with lots of character. Would have met there before the meal or had an after dinner drink (if we hadn’t needed to go right home after eating).

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LP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for a date after a rough day and it turned out to be exactly what we needed. Great spot for Sunday night drinks! Also, draught cocktails are where its at.

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SC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Very busy, crowded, and dark-- food takes a while to come out on Friday nights and is quite expensive for the quality. Good experience because we had such a nice waitress, but nothing particularly special otherwise. Menu sounds great but food was okay, B+.

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V
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drink and atmosphere. Would definitely go back!

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I've never had a bad cocktail at PARK. Our table of 6 was in the back, where one of the lamps was not working so it was a bit dark.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Best muscles I've ever had! It was a bit loud and poorly lit for having dinner with my family but great in every other way!

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was good, service was a little slow and one dish was brought out incorrectly - staff did address the issue though and that was appreciated. Ambience was great and overall an enjoyable experience. Would recommend, Park can just do a bit better in front of house.

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L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Easter brunch and were very happy. The restaurant is beautiful and an easy location in Harvard Square, with validated parking to the lot next door. The food was delicious, especially the salmon eggs Benedict. I hope to go for dinner soon.

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MF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice place, decent food. Service although very friendly was pretty slow considering there was hardly anyone in the place towards end of brunch. Also “ran out” of a few things on the menu.

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AR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, atmosphere, and service were good. Bar drinks were very poor. Bartender seemed to have little experience making fairly simple drinks.

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NS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok, nothing special. Eclectic mix on the menu.

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SF
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I liked the location and setting; we were in a cozy back room with a fireplace (much quieter than the bar area, though eventually it got noisy in our area as well). The food was good, but the menu was quite limited (I think this must be a really good place for drinks and appetizers--less good for a dinner because of the limited choice.) We had to ask for bread--then the waiter told us crackers and cheese were complimentary (but he hadn't offered them when we had our cocktails). The bread he brought was cold and going stale. I ordered a cappuccino after dinner and it was barely lukewarm and served without a spoon. The crust on the meat pie was enormous and a bit of an oddity though the filling was good.

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R
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The menu is short and well conceived. Good choice of beers.

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Salads were really good but main dishes were not (quite greasy). The music was also disconcerting: very saccharine pop--felt like we were in a fitness center.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were seated near the bathrooms and could hear toilets flushing. They should figure that out.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Sister in from out of town so we wanted to go some place casual but fun and yummy. This fit the bill perfectly!

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l
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Ruined my sister’s 50th birthday celebration. She only drinks lemon drop martinis. Her drink was awful. She couldn’t place it but when she thought maybe it was too weak and asked them to remedy that they handled it in the tackiest way. Our server was not seasoned at all and she was not able to make sense of it all. As she said, she was only 19 and didn’t drink yet. We are sitting in a dark, lounge in the bar area and the staff is not even familiar with cocktails, a very basic one? Inexperienced and underpaid staff, obviously. So she told my sister that everything is measured and blah blah blah. Strike one. TMI. Just fix the drink, make the customer here for her 50th birthday happy with at least a proper lemon drop. My sister was made to finish the drink as it was (!) and they would maybe be able to make the next one stronger. I would have paid and left then. My sister kept asking what is she tasting in her drink that should not be in there because the second one was worse than the first. I tasted it. Repulsive. Finally server came back instead of a manager with notes so she could read us the ingredients. There was maraschino liquor in it!My poor sister kept insisting something was so wrong and they made her feel like she was being difficult. This is about ordering steak and getting rabbit. Who puts maraschino liqueur in a lemon drop?It’s a crime! My sister requested the manager come over. Yes, she had to request! He tried to make excuses for it instead of just taking ownership of the total fail. Something along the lines of I’m sorry but every bar makes the lemon drop differently. Well if you mean most know how to make one correctly and some don’t I guess you’d be right. Food was awful. Calamari dehydrated, tough and inedible. Tagliatelle was so salty and tasted like a pasta version of vodka pizza. They dumped 2 awful desserts on our table. Not one person turned the situation around, my sister was so upset. Not one wished her a happy birthday. Not one.

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RH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Yes, I would highly recommend this spot! And I will be returning very soon!

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SE
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I ordered the sandwich special which was supposed to be pork. It ended up being sliced steak and cheese which was delicious but not what I ordered. One of my friends ordered this as well and is lactose intolerant (we asked what was on the sandwich prior to ordering and cheese was not listed as an ingredient). Our server seemed to disappear for most of the meal and would not come over despite me making eye contact and later giving him a wave. My friend ended up picking the cheese off of his sandwich. Our table was cleared and we again were unable to get our server's attention. We ended up getting a different server's attention after about 15/20 minutes. She brought us a check but it was not for our table. Our server quickly came by only when he thought we had paid that check and brought us the correct check. He seemed very attentive when he thought we were paying.

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s
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Wanted to have drinks and dinner with my adult daughter. Have been to Park before and enjoyed ourselves. They offered a Dine Out menu which was a good price. Great service!

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Close to Harvard, food was great, our waiter was very polite and efficient!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Great experience. I love this place and keep coming back!

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RE
New England
34 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a good time
Great cocktails
Fabulous server

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MA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A tavern like restaurant. Good wine list. Good confort food. Excellent service

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was incredibly slow. Waited 20 minutes at the bar and couldn’t get the attention of the bartender. Then we got seated, placed an order for wine and beer, and waited 30 minutes for the drinks to be delivered. The server didn’t take our food order until the drinks arrived. We were seated right next to a silverware station so listened to clanging silverware the entire town. The food was delicious.

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t
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Park is a steady, satisfying restaurant experience. I like the tavern-like atmosphere and the food is reliably good-excellent, the service very good and attentive.

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J
New England
52 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was terrific, and we found that by ordering a combination of apps kind of a vicious cycle. Still, I'd love to go back sometime when the ambiance isn't quite as distracting.

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c
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, not great food.

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KG
New England
44 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A relaxed, lovely spot for a leisurely brunch. One of us went the omelet route (it was good but the potatoes were way to salty) and the other went the salad route (excellent version of the now standard roast beets, arugula, walnuts and feta). Out server was friendly and attentive, but not too attentive (thank you). We will be back.

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LM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I gave 4 on the food because I was hoping the tomatoe sauce was not much. Other than that, food was yummy. Ambiance was great!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Mostly disappointed about incorrect ad for free parking in Harvard Square garage- compensated by impartial refund of charged amount through gift card to Graftom Group after making complaint.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for a Valentine’s date. Salmon dish and cocktails were delicious, and waitress was so warm and responsive.

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IB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place for small groups. Was out if both fish dishes at 8:30 on a Thursday night! Not good! Great salads and good duck tacos, though.

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