Russell House Tavern
Arrived for late lunch, which caused confusion among waitstaff, as we were swapped out by staff. outgoing server told us we were getting "best server in the house," only to learn server was still in training
Food was good and plentiful, with at least one meal equivalent in take out boxes, although slow in arriving (guess kitchen staff was also transitioning).
will try house again in middle of service to provide a better review.
It's a tavern trying to be an upscale tavern - which, for the most part, is pulled off nicely. The drink menu is extensive and much appreciated. For dinner, we started with the Duck Poutine, which hit the spot but was incredibly salty; and the Lamb Meatballs, which were tough/dense. For my main dish, I had the Swordfish: the thickness was not even, so the thinner part was overcooked while the thicker part was perfect. The sides were very tasty, but the potatoes were bordering on over-salted. My wife had the market fish, Arctic Char: she said the fish itself was excellent but the salad/sides underneath were "nothing to write home about". The biggest complaint we had was the noise level - we could barely hear each other speak across a two-person table. I recommend the tavern adding some noise-canceling foam in strategic places.
The crispy french toast is incredible! Wonderful, slightly spicy eggs benedict as well! It is a little bit dark in the lower restaurant, so I would have preferred to have been upstairs or outside, but there is not a lot of seating upstairs.
YES , ALWAYS A GREAT MEAL AT ESTABLISHMENT . OUR WAITRESS WAS GREAT, FOOD WAS EXCELLENT.
Outstanding food — swordfish was the best we had in Boston. Outside seating on a perfect night. Waiter has engaging attentive and knowledgeable. A very pleasant experience on all fronts
I wouldn’t recommend Russell House when there are so many other great places in the neighborhood.
Great, as always.
One of the worse dining experiences on so many levels. It took over 1 hour to have our entrees served. We ordered a dish of calamari to share as an appetizer and waited over 40 minutes for it to arrive. Then the waiter presented the dish that had less than 10 pieces on it buried under some greens. The waiter must have noted the delay and most probably the dish because later in the delay he said the restaurant was comp’ing the appetizer. I found the long wait perplexing because the restaurant was far less than 1/2 full.
More alarming was the fact that two of our party ordered the “house” hamburger meal that ultimately arrived stone cold and grossly overdone and dry. Our seats were in view of the door to the kitchen. The door had a window where I observed the wait staff eating french fries while talking to the chefs. Did I mention my wife’s meal had about 1/2 the amount of fries of the other meal. I hope the waiter enjoyed them.
On a more positive note my chicken sandwich was not a negative experience.
One of our party recently relocated to the Harvard Sq. Area, we plan on visiting often and will definitely find a different restaurant. I am not in the habit of writing reviews but if I can save someone else the waste of time and the experience of wasting money on a poor meal - so be it..
Server was inattentive, food was average at best.
Raw bar is excellent, main dishes (we had Duck Hash) good but not outstanding. Service was impeccable.
The food here is *just* alright. It’s usually overdone and lacks taste. You pay to be in Harvard Square. Would not recommend. To be sure, the wine was fine. Service, too. Sitting upstairs by the window is nice, but aside from that it’s really not good. There are many better options nearby, almost all of which are cheaper.
It's a fun spot in the heart of Harvard Square. Great brunch (French toast is unbelievable).
Lovely ambience and delicious food. The waiter was wonderful and suggested a salad with grilled peaches that was excellent. Would definitely go back!
I had the shrimp tacos, which had very little taste. However, everyone else in my party enjoyed their meals, from the crab cakes to the steak to the chicken sandwiches. And they loved the "composed" oysters.
Went to Russell House for Dine Out Boston. Our server changed mid-meal which resulted in some confusion and lulls in service. Good food, great cocktails, and definitely a nice deal for the Dine Out menu.
The worst. Tourist trap. I feel nauseas and I barely ate. The manager tried to help a bad situation but the Food is just bad
Thanks so much.
The service was slow, despite there being only a few tables in the restaurant. The "breakfast pizza" was literally just a pizza with a loose egg thrown haphazardly on top. The eggs benedict had a hollandaise sauce that just tasted like thick melted butter (gag). Not worth the money honestly!
Would be 5stars but the calamari was too crunchy, too well done. The dressings were delicious, but the calamari was dried up.
Well...our waitress helps us with our selections but her accent was so thick we misinterpreted her. Our appetizer plates weren’t cleared before our dinner came do that wasn’t fun for anyone. Then one of the burgers we ordered wasn’t right and she never came to check on us. We finally flag her down and asked for the check. The only saving grace was the lovely Manager who came over and asked us to please explain what was wrong so she could explain it to the chef! Kudos to her and for also removing it from the bill. Nice menu but too many things need to be explained.
Great for a family gathering and a delicious meal.
Went with a group of 5, everyone left satisfied - plenty of options on the menu and the cost was completely reasonable
Our servers were incredible and accommodating as our group size shifted and grew in size through the evening.
We came to eat for brunch. We had a time constraint to make a connection. The waiter was understanding and prompt. The food was prompt, and everyone enjoyed the meals. It was a pleasant experience that we would repeat.
I appreciated the lunch crowd which was accommodating to my one year old.
Love the downstairs bar and the bartenders there are the best!
Great Kale and Cesar salad! Shrimp cocktail good. Skip the lobster slider and lobster tails
Traveling and great value and service!
Terrific food, beverage and service, especially the latter, thanks to Sarah H, who was as pleasant and knowledgeable as any server could be. Food was creative, with excellent variety and wine list was terrific. Sarah was a great help in selecting just the right wine. Only negative is the terrible noisiness, making good conversation pretty difficult, even when seated in a corner section behind a glass/wood barrier (close to restrooms.)
Had a very nice night out. Great place, good food (loved the lamb meatballs). Didn't love my cocktail (The space between the starts, didn't taste like it had any booze in it!) and it's loud (but to be expected from such a hip place). Definitely doesn't hurt to have a reservation.
We visited Russell House Tavern twice within a week.
It is a casual atmosphere with TV screens with football or baseball or basket ball. The food is reasonable and reliable, though they are not excellent.
I liked New York stake. But shrimp was not worthy for the price.
I can recommend this restaurant if the customer likes the casual atmosphere.
We went for brunch and the food was great, though the "breakfast pizza" was a lot bigger than expected -- really not an individual meal at all. We shared it at brunch and wound up eating the other half for dinner.
We liked the atmosphere, and we enjoyed casual mood with many TV Screens. Food, especially New York stake was excellent. Quantity of the food was also abundant.
The only thing not fit to us is the salad (ceaser) was too salty. This taste may be chosen to enhance the drinking beer. But it would be preferable if the food itself is not salty and customers are allowed to apply salt and pepper as they like.
The cocktails are amazing! Food is very good and the menu offers a variety at a very fair price for inner city.
I highly recommend the lobster sliders, they are delicious!
I loved the lobster slider! Yum. That and a salad made a perfect lunch. Our waitress was very attentive
Our server was terrific, ambiance outside was magical and food was very good! We love Russell House and will be back!
Best roasted chicken I've ever had at a restaurant, and that is always a mark of a good chef in the kitchen. Also the pisco sour is excellent!