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About PARK Restaurant & Bar

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.

59 JFK St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 12:00am
Dinner: Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 1:00am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Bar until 1am Sunday-Wednesday
Bar until 2am Thursday-Saturday

Cross Street:
Between Winthrop & Eliot

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 491-9851

Website:
http://www.parkcambridge.com/

Parking Details:
FREE Parking with validation all day on Sunday and after 5pm Monday-Wednesday directly above the restaurant in the Harvard Square Parking Garage with the purchase of 2 brunch or dinner entrees.

On street metered parking available

Public Transit:
Harvard Square Redline T stop within walking distance as well as several bus routes that empty into Harvard Square

Executive Chef:
Jay Jordison

Private Party Facilities:
A subterranean restaurant/bar with an eclectic variety of seating and dining options. With three distinct private dining spaces and complete A/V capabilities, PARK is suited to play host to a variety of events.

Private Party Contact:
Courtney Trudeau: (617) 491-9851

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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PARK Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.2

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4.3

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4.0

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (21)
Good for a Date (19)
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Neighborhood Gem (16)
Fun (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Great Beer (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Romantic (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (6)
People Watching (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was my worst experience at a restaurant and it was so bad it deserves a review this poor. I was waiting to be joined by my date when I was sat down. The waiter only gave me water and proceeded to ignore me 10 minutes. I know because I was waiting for my date. And I was waiting to be asked about wanting a drink and was never asked. The guy gave us cheese and crackers, took our orders so it seemed fine! The service WAS Very bad

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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The Bar Steak was flavorful and wonderfully tender.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Service was bad. They wouldn’t split checks and I ordered a drink at the beginning of the night that never came. Food was decent but overpriced for what it was.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Came here for a birthday date. Would 100% recommend! Neptune's Descent is by far one of the best drinks I've ever had. Everything we ordered was totally awesome. I really can't say anything negative about our experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had an early Saturday evening dinner. There were 5 of us and we enjoyed everything from the appetizers to the drinks to the main course. Something for everyone on the menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Bustling, good energy place. Good food with appropriate portion sizes. Waitstaff was outstanding ( shout-out to Jacqueline!). Also, list of beers was very good and staff reco was spot on.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

All was great. Only slight complaint was that the music was too loud.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The ambiance and decoration is very chic but cozy. We put in a special request to have one of their unique and comfy couch seats and we were accommodated without problem - they reserved the nicest table for us. I have been twice and have found the front of the house staff warm and authentically friendly. Folks seem to enjoy working there which makes for a really lovely atmosphere. And last but not least- the kitchen makes great food! I have had an amazing Croque Madame both visits and my friends have raved about their meals!

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was fab! Only complaint was that our booth was close to the kitchen so our eyes got irritated from someone cutting onions. But really, their brunch menu is awesome!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Trying something new brought us to Park. Food was very good. The waitress had a hard time with getting our drinks on time. Loud for a Tuesday night.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our experience at PARK did not meet expectations. We arrived for our 11AM reservation and were immediately seated. However, it took over ten minutes for our server to visit our table. I had to ask the hostess to alert our server, and others who were seated after us were served before us. The restaurant was not busy. For most of our visit, the music was awful. It was a lot of 90s music that I had hoped I would never hear again. I appreciate being nostalgic about the 90s and wanting to explore all music genres, but I think something more innocuous would be a better choice for Sunday brunch. Perhaps jazz, classical, or modern alternative. Finally, when I received my food order, my eggs were severely undercooked. I ordered sunny side up eggs, so I recognize that the yolk should be runny, but I believe the whites should solidify. My eggs were completely runny, with the whites being undercooked. My order was corrected, but it was not a pleasant experience.

We love PARK. We visit often for dinner or drinks. We've even stopped by in the early afternoon for drinks. In addition, when family or friends visit us in Cambridge, we take them to PARK. This is why I had to try Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, it was an incredibly disappointing experience, especially when we spent $90 for two people. I will return for drinks and dinner, but I can't say it will be anytime soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Amazing service. Always love this place for their cocktails and bar bites!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Went for Sunday brunch for our Mother’s birthday. Had a great time. Cocktails were fantastic and our server Oisin did a great job helping make it a successful meal and birthday.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overall great experieance at PARK. One of the best restaurant/bars in Harvard Square. The ambiance is excellent. Really love the area with the bookshelves and sofas to the left of the bar. Makes for a great place to bring friends for drinks and or food! Highly recommended!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent. We have always been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food at Park. We were there early on NYE and seated away from the bar, so the noise level was moderate. Lobster and crab dip was great, clam chowder was the best ever (I don't usually like it), and the salmon with parsnips and brussel sprouts was fabulous. I can always find something without gluten or much gluten. We'll be back!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Sunday Brunch/Lunch with children and grandparents on New Year's Eve before a show at the ART. Very quiet due to Harvard's school break and extremely cold weather. PARK was nearly empty, so we had a nice room with a fireplace nearly to ourselves. The ambiance (jazzy music) and decor (post-industrial, leather seating) are nice. The brunch food - we almost all ordered Eggs Benedict - were good and cooked correctly, but nothing to write home about. Service was good enough, if a bit slow and not totally efficient. Bloody Marys were reportedly good, although I didn't taste one. I'd recommend to singles, couples, or a group without kids when school (or summer) is in session, as it is probably busier and noisier. In our visit, PARK was perfectly pleasant, and I'll be headed back again for a drink or lunch sometime.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Love this place. Great ambiance, great food, cocktails and beer list. Excellent staff. I have never been disappointed. It’s my go to for brunch.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food good. Server amazing!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Delicious and creative meal offerings. Also, flexible kitchen was able to make a butter pasta for my you gets child.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great service! Order the cinnamon bun :)

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I went here for a Sunday brunch with friends, and loved how it wasn’t too crowded. The food and ambiance were great, and there was no stress involved with getting a table

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food as always!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Went with a group of friends, great food and nice environment to hang out. The waitress was so nice.

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Cozy, Late-night Find, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Cozy and romantic, but not overly fancy. Excellent food and next-level cocktails- Park never disappoints!

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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Park is the ideal restaurant for relaxed comfort food in Harvard Square. The Caesar salad is a stand-out !

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food. Delightful service.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great brunch menu, and amazing bloody marys!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Have been to PARK on several prior occasions however it was a first visit for my friends. PARK received rave reviews and plans for a repeat visit by all. And as is always the case, the patty melt and fries were a bit hit!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I've been to Park several times - for brunch and dinner. It's consistently good and the service is always friendly.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Seasonal, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Disappointed in everything this time. I've been to Park many times - if you stray too far from a burger and basic drink , it is really not good. Four pearl, four meals- -all mediocre. Drinks not great- service just ok. Definitely not worth the price.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I treated a friend to a terrific birthday dinner here. Not a huge menu, but the appetizers and entrees we ordered were all great. Even though my online reservation had included request for a quiet table, we were initially seated in a pretty noisy area. But when we asked, we were immediately moved to a quiet spot farther back (there are a number of rooms), which was perfect, more like a cozy library. Service was very attentive and friendly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good thanksgiving menu and vibe

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This is our 4th year in a row going to Park for Thanksgiving dinner. We like to do something casual and low-key and follow dinner with a movie and walk around Cambridge. We first started going there when we found that they were one of the few restaurants open that offered something for everyone. Our party ended up being 5 instead of 4, but that was no problem for the folks at Park. In fact, everyone there seems to really like their job, which is nice.
Of the 5 of us, 2 ordered the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and 3 ordered something else (2 vegan dinners). Dinner took longer than usual to arrive, so the manager 'bought' us dessert. They really seem to care about keeping everyone happy. We look forward to going back next year.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

My party was so happy I booked Park!! They loved the food, service and ambiance. Only thing worth considering is lowering the music down. Conversations were hard to hear.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was a pretty good experience. Caveats being the service was a little slow and my meal came out room temperature. Drinks were good but overpriced.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The fried chicken dinner with green beans and Mac was excellent! As a Marylander I’d know. Best I’ve had in years.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I called to let them know my friend has gluten allergy. Woman on the phone said they could accommodate us with a GF menu. When we got there, we were told there is no such menu but the server can point out GF options. There were two options—the burger and ragu. My friend wanted the burger but unfortunately they were out of GF buns.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent service, a wonderfully curated menu, fantastic cocktail selection..classy, cozy, and tasty.

It gets packed in here, though - fitting a group of 6+ in here would be a challenge short-notice, so make sure you call ahead so they can make some space for you. Wonderful spot to pop into and catch up with a date or a couple friends.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Organic, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Fun, Authentic, People Watching, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Casual, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was good, but service was a bit slow.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Slightly claustrophobic setting but outstanding service and very good food. Loved the veggie burger. Toast in toast appetizer was a bit soggy.

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