PARK Restaurant & Bar

4.4
1128 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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Located in Harvard Square at the crossroads of Charles Square, The Charles River and Harvard Business School, PARK Restaurant & Bar achieves a level of comfort that belies a space that has welcomed guests for years. With an aesthetic that blends luxe, contemporary accents and rustic bones with early 20th-century fixtures and a residential feel, PARK boasts four different areas (The Dining Room, The Classroom, The Den, and The Woodstock Room) with unique design elements and ambiance, all adorned with vintage-inflected, modern details.

PARK Restaurant & Bar’s menu of playfully reinvented classics like the Meat Pie of the Day and the PARK Patty Melt are served late into the night, providing a welcomed atmosphere for lingering and relaxation. To complement PARK’s menu, there is a worldly selection of draft and bottled beer, wine and spirits, and a number of classic and modern craft cocktails using homemade syrups, infusions, sodas, and bitters.

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KennethO
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience during restaurant week. Selections were excellent, from first of duck with warm greens, mains of swordfish with parsnip sauce and steak, and desserts of churros with chocolate sauce and cake topped with ice cream. Service was just right - attentive without being suffocating. Will definitely be back!

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NHWineGuy
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Overall, dinner was fine. My friend's meal was very good. My steak, however came out very rare, when I asked for medium. I asked them to just to cook it for a bit more but they remade my whole meal. I also think they forgot me, as it took 30 minutes for my food to come back. Unfortunately I watched my friend eat and he watched me eat. Still, when my food did arrive it was very tasty. To their credit they also took it entirely off of the bill, which was appreciated. Also, the parking garage was free when dining there so that was a huge bonus. I would give it another try next time I'm in the square.

JP
JPfoodie
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Crowded and noisy at 6pm on a Saturday night. We had a reservation but we still had to wait 20-25 minutes to be seated. Staff were great, however. They were friendly, attentive, and accommodating. We told them we had an 8pm show, and they served our order super-sonic fast.

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EileenM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved the vib, the chicken wings and the buffalo cauliflower appetizers!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere in Harvard square, hard to be beaten.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Park delivered as usual

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Bostonlocal
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice casual tavern with good food and great service.

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Karl
New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great drinks. Food was ok. Good service. Atmosphere was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, unique drinks. Lovely decor.
!!only note is that it is DARK in there. May want to bring readers & be ready with the phone flash light!!

MC
MaryellenC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This place is definitely geared toward a younger crowd.
It would probably be ok as a neighborhood bar. The drinks and the appetizer were ok.
Our table was in the dark, and as mature patrons, we had to dig our phones out for flashlights.
The service was very slow, even as far as coming around an offering another round of drinks.
The Cesar salads were doused with a creamy dressing and there were shaved strips of Parmesan on top as well as toad in the hole toast instead of croutons. Overall not appetizing.
The clam chowder was primarily bacon bits and potato, with precious few clams.
This is a failing of many restaurants. The best chowders are usually at seacoast restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I really liked the food and the atmosphere. Just not a place to have a first date. It was really loud but will say it is a very comfy restaurant and the staff was friendly and the service prompt.

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viphappycamper
New England
66 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Fine but nothing to get excited about. The menu has a lot of interesting sounding options, but nothing we had was all that great. Nothing bad, but nothing I'm eager to go back for.

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AL27
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice restaurant with reasonable prices. Noise level can get a little high at night, but a good place for a group meal.

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vipkeithonearth
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were staying in Boston (Cambridge area). We tried this restaurant the first night and LOVED it. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The food was reasonably priced and delicious. The second night, we tried another restaurant but the place was so unwelcoming and pretentious that we Ubered back to Park. We were NOT disappointed. Again, the staff, service and food was EXCELLENT. We highly recommend that you try it!

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slappy
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The issue with PARK is its limited menu, especially for anyone with dietary restrictions. They have a 1 page menu that does not indicate which items conflict with food allergies/intolerances, and the server was not aware what was gluten free or could be made gluten free (although she did a little research and get back to us). As it turns out, there were very few things to choose from. For a nice place in Harvard Square I expected more diet awareness and options. (But if you really like bread go for it!)

Other than that, the prices were pretty good and service was quick. It's noisy though. Very dim lighting.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was excellent. Will be returning

JD
JulieD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never knew this restaurant existed here in Harvard Square. The food was wonderful and the ambiance cozy and warm. My friend and I decided we weren't going to tell anyone about Park because we want it all to ourselves! This is our new favorite restaurant!!!

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vipRyanH
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Brunch has certainly gone downhill here. Everyone ordered the same classic breakfast and got the same cold sausage, toast without butter - got looked at like we were odd for asking for jam - which was brought out as blueberry syrup. Tiny (<12oz) pours for $9 milk stouts. Very little value. Nice people and warm, cozy space - but the place was dead.

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LeslieF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Not a great experience. Host was terrific, seating us close to on time on a frenzied Saturday night. Getting service was grueling. Our drink order came way after our food. Granted Saturdays are busy, so staff your restaurant accordingly. I doubt it was a surprise. Food was just so so. Well priced though for Harvard Square. All in all, I doubt I will return, at least on a busy night.

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vipSamF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was great. The tasting of toasts app was absolutely delicious. Drinks were a bit pricey for the size but overall good. Service was definitely slow and our waiter seemed a bit overwhelmed/frazzled at times. We were probably seated for at least 10 minutes before he came over. Drinks took forever to arrive. He asked us if we wanted to put food in even after we had ordered. Thankfully once we finally ordered the food did come out in a timely fashion and was very tasty.

JB
vipJenniferB
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

This is the place I met my now husband at for our first date. We come back every year...or more. Each time we come, something is always off. It was loud, which is ok...it’s Harvard Sq on a Saturday. My drink took a while, our app took a ridiculous while (they ended up removing both from the bill without us asking) and our entrees were good, except my salmon was missing the actual flavor (maple sriracha) it was supposed to have. Service was tough for everyone around us.

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JoeS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food and decor. Music made it almost impossible for a table of four to have a conversation. Will definitely go back, but will ask for a table that is not so close to a speaker.

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Lethe
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The New England clam chowder was underseasoned and stodgy.
The Shepherd's Pie featured ground beef (making it a cottage pie) that felt grainy in the mouth. The filling was underseasoned. The pastry crust was satisfyingly crispy if also lacking for salt.

The service was both timely and friendly despite the absolutely packed house.

The decor and ambience were lively and exciting.

MS
vipMazzS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Somehow the photos and menu make it seem a little higher class than it really is. Think of it as a college dinner spot. The food is just ok. Decent but not exactly gourmet. Service was probably the best thing about the place - hostess was super friendly and I liked the young lady who was my server as well. Not really worth the price but not the worst place I've been to.

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luv2dine
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Overall our experience was good and I'd go back. We were seated promptly at a large table in the corner, as requested. A Wednesday night, it wasn't super busy, but there were several other tables occupied and folks at the bar. We ordered drinks, which came promptly, the cheese board and our entrees, which all came our rather fast surprisingly. The runner didn't know what the local cheeses were beyond hard and soft, so I asked her to find out and come back. The server came back and sort of explained the cheeses. She knew that they came from Vermont and were cow's milk. (Though the "triple cream" as she called it tasted more like a goat milk.) There was a lot of berry jam, dried fruit, fig, strawberry and granola on the board. Would have been nice to have a suggestion pairing or 2 from the server, like "the dried apricots go well with triple cream." I ordered the shepherd's pie, which was a unique presentation. Looked like a loaf of bread on my plate, with a tiny ramekin of peas on the side and a gravy boat of sauce. I guess I was supposed to pour the sauce onto the bread and call it shepard's pie. The filling was very bland ground beef, peas, and a thin layer of mashed potato at the bottom. Underwhelming. Other guest ordered bolognese. That was good, but suspiciously looked like the same ground beef in my pie. Our friends arrived later. Had to flag the server for service. She came and took orders. Not much for beer recommendations. Then we had a longer wait until the food was served. The soup was served at the same time as the entree, which annoyed our friend. Rightly so, the soup could have easily come out before the entree, so he could eat it before... He said the soup and pork chop were good. Rest of the night was uneventful. Our server left at some point without a good bye. No dessert menu. Ambiance was good, dark, a bit loud. Value average, $20+ entrees, $14 cheese plate. Hope manager trains all staff on the menu. Hostess was great, friendly, courteous.

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JodyZ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The server was exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants in Boston, wine and the bolognese is to die for!

BD
vipBetseyD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Smelled of cleaning fluid as we entered. Dining room were tattered, Food average.

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vipREPBoston
New England
47 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pre dinner did not disappoint. We were a party of 8 and we were treated like royals. I should have ordered the meat pie, you should.

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PJJR
New England
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met work colleagues - there were 6 of us - for a pre-holiday dinner with drinks. The food was great (several of us had the chicken - yum!), the drinks were great, the service at the bar and at the table was also great. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed the lively atmosphere. The manager was able to consolidate our reservations to one area so our group could sit in close proximity.

Great food, great ambiance and good time!

Thank you.

DK
vipDonaldK
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience1

The background music was deafening!

Even the younger patrons were made uncomfortable with the volume and the corresponding lack of speech understanding during dining.

Disappointing due to many great dining experiences in the past.

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ewest22
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My family and I had a great Thanksgiving dinner at PARK this year. Our server was attentive and friendly. Everyone was happy to have their traditional turkey dinner, while I enjoyed the half chicken entree instead. The pumpkin cheesecake for dessert was everyone's favorite!

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vipLarryL
Columbus
25 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, super location

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OlyuEkyu
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We came here for brunch on Saturday, and we're almost the first to be seated. While the place was mostly empty, it took 50 minutes for food to arrive. Ok, but strange.
My eggs Benedict were overcooked, almost hard boiled eggs. The French toast was really delicious - highly recommend it over Benni. The service was very nice and attentive, the interior has interesting accents, and overall a pleasant place.

SA
SmithAndWollenskyIsGreat
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The drinks are expensive. The service is slow, and inconsistent. We placed our drink order upon arrival. Our friend arrived a solid five minutes after us, and received his drink several minutes before us. The space is nice. The servers are pleasant, but the service itself seems unplanned. The tab was quite a surprise, considering the experience. I wish I had read other reviews that echoed my sentiments, especially since our friend was visiting from out of state. Harvard Square abounds with options, and this was clearly not the best choice fo the dollar.

HB
HeatherB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Went for brunch and had decent food and drinks. But the latte I had was terrible and was pretty much warm milk served in a cup that was barely rinsed in espresso. Love the ambiance, great service, and solid selection of brunch fare, just perk up the coffee options.

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marios
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice and clean place to relax and have fun with friends and family

KC
KCVA
Cleveland
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Limited menu but always solid and energetic atmosphere.

JL
JimL
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting cocktails. Loved the complimentary appetizer. Nice surprise and very good. Dinner was delicious, chicken was
Moist, tacos were tasty and bar steak outstanding. Clam chowder as expected. Would return if back in the area.

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PARK Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 491-9851.

PARK Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 1128 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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