PARK Restaurant & Bar

4.1
1066 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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Best Cesar salad I’ve ever had
The rest was unremarkable

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J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to PARK for Father's Day! Our visit started so well with attention having been paid to the request on Open Table for seating in a quiet area of the restaurant due to our hard of hearing guests. They gave us a perfect spot where we could talk. Next came our wonderful server who was funny and accommodating and though she faced several questions as well as changes to orders, she was lovely and funny and very responsive. The food was delicious (perfect bacon and homefries) though the servings may have been smaller than expected (with the exception of the AMAZING French Toast). Oddly, they do not have typical coffee drinks (cappuccino, latte - at least not iced) but our server created something with what they could offer that satisfied us. Overall, a really lovely place. Finally, really appreciated the FREE parking they offered with a 2-meal minimum order in the local garage. Made it easy to drive in and out of Harvard Square without an extra headache and expense. Plus though it was rainy, we did not get wet since the restaurant is attached to the garage. Great experience! We'll be back!

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t
New England
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was ok, nothing on the menu made us say: I want to try that! But it wasn't particularly difficult to find something we'd like either. We ended up picking the salmon poke, duck tacos and fried rice appetizers. The salmon poke was the best of the three.
The waitress was very nice to us. My wife had ordered a sparkling rose. It was a bit flat, but still good. We were not thinking about returning it, but it bugged the waitress so much that she brought a new glass from a freshly open bottle on her own. That was much appreciated.
Ambience-wise, it's a good place if you're a group of friends, not so much if you're on a date.
Overall, it's an ok place. I wouldn't object of someone suggested going there, but I would not suggest it myself.

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DF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with pleasant patio seating. Outstanding cocktails. Try the Paper Plane. Sunday is prime rob day and it was delicious. Great place for a very nice dinner

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A
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was just overwhelmingly poor and did not overcome the many other nice things about this place.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Nice food, warm hospitality. Feels upscale, yet pub-like, and proximity to Harvard translates to high energy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dining room is dark but everything else was great

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JM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal, excellent service, the chocolate mousse for dessert was the perfect way to end our meal!

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AT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

My primary complaint was our server’s terrible attitude about my food allergies. After giving her a list of my Life-threatening food allergies, she made a face as if she was disgusted and proceeded to ask me if my severe health condition was a “preference”. Would not recommend at all.

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S
New England
69 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Food was ok and service was good but rushed even though the restaurant was empty so they didn’t need our table for the next party . Not enough choices for vegetarians

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, validated parking and delicious food and drinks!

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OT
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We are never disappointed with our experience at Park. The cocktails were inventive and the food is tasty. There are wide range of options for everyone. The service was just right.

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M
New England
79 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
86 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
17 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
19 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
21 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
50 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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