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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

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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Private Dining

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.

PARK Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Great Beer (8)
Hot Spot (8)
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Romantic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
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Sunday Lunch (6)
Business Meals (5)
Late-night Find (5)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
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Afternoon Coffee (3)
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Notable Wine List (3)
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Afternoon Tea (2)
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 (London)·Dined on September 3, 2014

Food was decent. My boyfriend loved it of course because the food here is "man food" with a twist. I got the brisket, which was good, but was lacking enough BBQ sauce. My boyfriend got the chicken which was cooked perfectly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2014

I don't understand why this place isn't more packed. Aside from being a little expensive, the food is trememdous, atmosphere is lovely, and staff is awesome. Great recommendations. I would try the toasts of toasts. Yum yum.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2014

All around pleasant experience. Amount of food was a bit dissapointing. (Small)

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2014

We came for restaurant week (Dine Out Boston) because it is one of the few that offers the lowest price tier of $28 for dinner (app+entree). Reviews seemed mixed, and consistency is difficult to achieve for restaurants, but we had a great experience. The food was well prepared and tasted very good...gazpacho and poached pear for appetizers, and gnudi and fried chicken for entrees. The fried chicken was not dry in the slightest, and was deboned, which I always appreciate. My only complaint was the inclusion of kale--this was not listed in the menu, and it is a taste I just don't care for (but some people do). Park is a great restaurant-spacious seating irons, friendly service, and convenient parking (garage above--free with validation Sun.).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on August 21, 2014

We visited for dinner during Dine Out Week for a 2 course $28 meal. The resaturant is on ground level and is very dark. In fact, we had trouble reading the menus. We both had the poached pear which was best part of our dinner. The waiter removed our silverware with the dishes. As such, we had no utensils when the main course arrived. It took several minutes to get us utensils. My fried chicken was luke warm, bready and bland tasting. There also was a biscuit covered with luke warm pork gravy which lacked flavor. My friend had the lamb which she described as having a very strong, unpleasant taste. Neither of us finished our meals. No one asked about how we liked our food. We were very disappointed with Park Restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2014

Voted best restaurant in Cambridge last year by Boston Magazine? The slow roasted brisket was dry that I needed to return it. They ran out of the meat pie and a few other items (it was only 8:15PM). However I liked the pub-restaurant atmosphere, but how could this better than other restaurants?

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 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2014

The staff was great, tried very hard. The food was OK, nothing to write home about. A pretty empty place. A loud venue to have a couple's dinner. No sound barrier between the bar and rest of the restaurant. The ambiance is not inviting or soothing. Not our idea of a night out.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2014

Overall we had a pleasant experience at Park. The server was attentive, answered menu questions well, and the food was tasty. The decor is fantastic, and it is really a cool place to eat or drink.

The only real negative was that both of out first round drinks were weak, but after mentioning it to the server he made sure the second round actually had booze in it. Food portions were also a bit light for the price, but overall it was a good evening.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2014

Atmosphere and decor was refined and handsome. For apps, tasting of the toasts was exceptionally good; good balance of flavors. The fried mussels missed their mark; the batter was soft and gummy. I would expect a more delicate and flaky, almost crunchy batter. Entrees: The salmon was bland, as were the vegetables that accompanied it. The steak was excellent along with the bacon gruyere potato skins. However, the salad that accompanied the steak was inedible (too much dressing and the dressing was too sour). The fruit pie for dessert was more of a thick waffle stuffed with 1 blackberry, and 3 peach slices. The corn icecream that accompanied it was very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2014

Been here 3 times now, and enjoyed ourselves more each time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2014

Great atmosphere, great drinks. Food was ok. They must have forgot to put our food in or lost the ticket because it took over an hour to get our food. Other tables who came in after us were eating before us. Not happy about that.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2014

Familiar foods but different and adventurous flavored.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2014

I went here with my family for birthday dinner and was not disappointed. The food is excellent here -- especially the grazing appetizers like their ever-changing Tasting of Toasts. Cocktails are also great -- I often just describe to the bartender what I'm in the mood for and they'll fix me up something nice. The atmosphere is usually what makes this place -- it's cozy and feels like you're in someone's old library. However we our party of 6 was seated in an awkward through-way for serving staff not too far from the bar. We asked to be seated somewhere else, but this place fills up fast. It was the only buzzkill for the evening.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2014

Severely overpriced for quality and small portion of food (ordered the scallops). Flavor was just OK and the bite-sized scallops that came with my entree were disappointing, though not completely terrible. The bean/kumquat side that came with the entree was "weird" at best--but my boyfriend's spinach was good. The waitress came and asked us how everything was about 5 seconds after the plates were on the table--we said "everything is good" but don't think we had actually tasted anything--didn't see her again until we were done eating.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2014

I had no problem making a reservation at Park for my group of 6. I probably didn't even need to make a reservation. The ambience was great. Not too quiet, not too loud. Our server was attentive, but not pushy or overbearing. The crab and lobster dip was fantastic, as were the crispy mussels. The gnocchi was light and fluffy, and everyone enjoyed their food immensely. Great food and great wine/beer selection and not too pricey.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 25, 2014

Food was excellent. Service was good. Noise level was too high; I had to yell to be heard by my companions.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2014

My wife and I were going to see Sidewalk Driver at the Sinclair, and wanted a nice place for dinner before the show. Park had good reviews and was right below the parking garage. I booked a reservation on-line for 7:00. The service was great and the server recommended an excellent wheat/IPA blended beer that was delicious. Complimentary cheese and cracker plate (and sparkling water if desired) was quite good. I had their meat pie of the day, chicken and leek. It was large & tasty, but could have used a bit more gravy inside it. My wife got the patty melt. She offered me a quarter of the sandwich. It was AMAZING. It was kind of like a ruben hamburger. It was easily the best hamburger I've had in recent memory and I highly recommend it.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2014

PARK offers a great place to get a well-prepared and enjoyable meal in the Harvard Square area. My guest and I were given complimentary bottled water, orders taken promptly, and food delivered just as quickly. All in all, a very positive experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2014

I hope I'm not being harsh here as I cannot fault the food (menu had a good selection; food was ok, hot, and out very quickly), drink (huge selection of liquor, beers, and cocktails), service (waiter was friendly and knew his stuff) and I even liked the decor. It was just very quiet. The only reservation we could get at short notice was for 6pm (Friday) and we were close to the only people there. When we left, the bar had filled in a little but few others had arrived. I don't want to be too harsh as it could come alive later in the evening, but that is how our experience was.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2014

We were hoping for a nice afternoon date and that's just what we got. The restaurant was so cute and everyone was so nice. Not to mention, the food was delicious!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2014

The bartender Robert, is a drink wizard. He always makes me exceptional drinks that always blows my mind. Thank you for your great service.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2014

This restaurant is incredible. It fits perfectly in Harvard Square with all of it's luscious Chesterfield sofas, dark wood...it feels like an old library or something slightly cooler, haha. The service was excellent; I believe our server's name was Ryan - he was attentive, knowledgeable, and personable. The food was delicious, I had the caesar salad and la plancha salmon, both great. My husband had the trio of toasts (sooo yummy), as well as the bar steak which was cooked perfectly. The cocktails were delicious and unique, and I loved the cask beer (we went on a Thursday). Our server also made great recommendations. Can't wait to return for another great meal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2014

I like to see a few veggies on a plate so the mountain of match stick fries that came with my lamb burger didn't delight. The burger itself was tasty, well seasoned and served with really good condiments. The server knew his wine and gave a spot on recommendation.

Overall, a bit pricey for the ingredients on the plate but worth checking out

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 6, 2014

It being a holiday weekend we really didn't know how busy the place would be - turns out really quiet! Not a problem for our group. Even if busy, I still think the atmosphere would be just lovely. Think rich leathers, dark paints and antique-y decor. Great playlist of classics and recent stuff. Eric Clapton, Bon Iver etc. But this a food review place so I'll park environment. Great brunch cocktails - the plum one was delish. For $3 get the grapefruit - just scrumptious. I then had the New England Bennie. Delish again. Would go again and recommend to all. We were happy with the last minute booking.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2014

Our son always recommends different restaurants to try and we all found that the food, service and atmosphere was excellent! I had the Hake (which I have never tried before) it was cooked with smoked tomatoes, fresh vegetables and diced potatoes. Best meal I have had at a restaurant in a long time! Everyone tried something different and enjoyed theirs too. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2014

Several things put us off with the restaurant. One, timing on serving courses. Our entrees came whilst still having our appetizers. The server STILL placed the dishes after being informed that we were not done yet with the first courses. And he even sounded annoyed. Second, staff we're hanging out in the corner chatting away like there were no guests in the dining room. It look very unprofessional. Third, staff looks like they have no clue about their job (proper serving etiquettes). Food was mediocre. I don't think I'll be coming back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2014

You gave me zero points on opentable. We were there!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2014

I've always been very happy with the food at PARK. The fish is delicious and very reasonably priced.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2014

Nice Dinner spot, but my only contemplate is that it was a little bit way to noisy. Dinner was good, the Beat Salads are the best! We will return, but the noise level was a little to much for us

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2014

We've been to Park for dinner and drinks before and were never disappointed -- until this time. The redfish was overcooked and dry and the bulgar came cold. While I've had good experiences there before, my dining mate said she will never come back. :(

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2014

I had been meaning to try this place for a while, and was pretty disappointed. Probably won't be back for a while.

Place was pretty empty but then they sat a group of three (dirty joke telling') old men next to me and my boyfriend, and they kept turning on the flashlight feature on their phones to look at the menu

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 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2014

Great food and affordable, service was excellent. I would definitely recommend this place

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Omaha)·Dined on May 27, 2014

This is very good design at work. There are four different rooms, and all are well done, but my fave is the Den. Food is a bit inconsistent, but good enough. Perfect for a Harvard hangout.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2014

Very tasty food at a reasonable price. Cozy feel like an old tavern, with dark wood ceilings. Bustling and noisy on a Saturday night. Good beer selection.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2014

Food was just okay but the drink menu was fun and the bar scene lively. Probably wouldn't go back for dinner but would certainly stop by for drinks and appetizers.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on May 10, 2014

Great food. Great service. I will defiantly be returning again!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2014

Park would be a great place to meet with friends after work. The atmosphere is cozy with an old-fashioned feel, and the menu offers traditional dishes with a 21st-Century twist. Beer lovers note: they have a great list of craft brews and on Thursdays - a cask offering. We shared the Salt & Pepper shrimp appetizer, served with a nice cabbage slaw. The shrimp are not fried, as they would be elsewhere. The Clam Chowder, which I kept to myself, had also been tweaked above and beyond what you'd expect. It was not thick with flour, and that might have been pancetta, not bacon, in there. My Beef Brisket had that long, slow-cooked taste, and the white bean cassoulet was a perfect accompaniment. Meat Pie of the day, lamb burger, choices galore!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 3, 2014

We ate here on Saturday night. It was a very lively bar / restaurant. We had a reservation, but had to wait about half an hour. They were very apologetic, and even took our appetizers off the bill. I think this restaurant would be better for drinks with friends, rather than a sit down dinner. Our food though, was terrific.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2014

food was ok. I had chicken with peas and potatoes. Prefer my veggies cooked and these were not fully cooked. Two desserts on the menu. I don't believe I've ever seen just two desserts on any menu. Noise was deafening and totally interfered with my experience. I will not be going back.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 24, 2014

Nothing but positive things to say. The food was delicious and interesting and the service was great. I also felt like the prices were reasonable. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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