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Russell House Tavern, Cambridge, MA

Russell House Tavern

4.5
4.5
2474 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A New American Tavern, Russell House Tavern is a comfortable gathering spot for every occasion-from casual lunch breaks on the patio to after-work cocktails in the upstairs tavern to functions in the private dining room and everything in between. Russell House Tavern delivers a seasonally-inspired menu of modern interpretations of American classics, including signatures like the R. House Burger, a selection of Tavern Pizzas and Steak Frites among other dishes. To complement the menu, Russell House Tavern serves an interesting collection of all-American wines, including two regional wines on tap, and a locally-driven craft beer selection. The cocktail menu strikes a balance between familiar classics and modern hand-crafted recipes using only fresh juices, homemade syrups and infusions.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 95 times today

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  • Order online
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Wed 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Mon 11:00 am–11:00 pm Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am Sat 10:00 am–1:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 500-3055

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate dinner parties to festive cocktail receptions, the events team at Russell House Tavern awaits your next private function. Our contemporary yet casual atmosphere in the heart of Harvard Square is the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. Please email us at events@russellhousecambridge.com or visit our website for more information russellhousecambridge.com.

  • Private party contact

    Janelle Jenkins: (617) 500-3055

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Brattle Street

  • Parking details

    We offer a $2 validation for the Harvard Square Parking Garage located at 20 Eliot Street.

  • Public transit

    We are located just steps from the Harvard Square T Station on the Redline.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,474 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. n

    nancycamb

    New England

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food! excellent service!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simple food for simple pleasures in life. A place to visit in Cambridge.
  3. DF

    DFish

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    What a disappointing meal - not up to Russell Houses usual good standards. Brussels were inedible - completely black, cold, with an odd metallic taste. The burger (which is usually excellent) was so over cooked and unappealing. Bun was cold and soggy. This will be our last trip to RH.
  4. BB

    BobB

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    As usual good food, service & ambiance. Elected to eat in -- too busy outside in Harvard Square for slightly more intimate dinner occasion.
  5. BC

    BrendaC

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great!
  6. LC

    LauraC

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We've been going to Russell House for a long time through some ups and downs, and this visit definitely represented a down. The food was decent -- not far off of where it's been. But Russell House has traditionally had a good bar program, and this time the cocktails were way off their usual quality, ranging from one we came nowhere near finishing (it started off tasting like nothing much and ended up watery and bitter) to two that were ... fine. "Fine" should not be the high point.
  7. JK

    JaniceK

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at the Russel Tavern from the food, the staff and the atmosphere, all of it was fantastic! Would absolutely come again.
  8. D

    Dano

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently good food and excellent service. Our family has been enjoying this restaurant for the past 10 years.
  9. KC

    KarenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining here, the outdoor seating was comfortable and the staff was great!
  10. BL

    BrendaL

    Los Angeles

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor dining so no issue on noise. Overall I love this place. Consistent service, comfortable atmosphere and consistently good service and food. Easy casual drop in if you’re ever in Cambridge eat Harvard Square. Dog friendly too!
  11. RW

    RickW

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    I ordered the roast chicken. Asked if I could have fingerling potatoes instead of risotto. I was told the chef said no. My friend ordered the cavatelli with a shrimp add on. The food arrived quickly. There was no shrimp on the cavatelli. After this was pointed out, it took over 10 minutes to get the shrimp. My chicken was very undercooked. It was taken back and after almost 15 minutes was brought back. Once we got the food we ordered, it was very good. They comped our drinks as well as a desert. Won’t be returning.
  12. E

    Explorer

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was very good all around. Staff was helpful and attentive…although food delivery was slow. Ambient noise was on the loud side due to street noise, however, we appreciated the outdoor dining option and the ability to designate that via the OpenTable reservation process.
  13. YK

    YalieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the food. The thin crust margaretha pizza I had was delicous, and very light. The service was superb.
  14. JM

    JuanM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Our food was cold and was promised to get a warm plate. It took an hour to get a batch of fries to our table. Unfortunately I didn’t even want them anymore after they arrived. We were still charged full price for our cold dinner.
  15. MA

    MichaelA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Brittany gave us excellent service. Enjoyed the place.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the outdoor patio atmosphere, food and drinks are great, waitress was attentive and friendly
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    For $17 the brisket sandwich could have more than a measly three thin little slices of brisket.
  18. C

    Charmberry

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This was a great tavern to dine at! My fiance and I were attending a concert nearby and decided to try this place out because we saw some pictures of a delicious looking charcuterie board that another reviewer had posted. We ended up getting that and a house pizza and it was all incredible! Would absolutely come here again!
  19. BS

    BelaS

    New England

    56 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Service was slow. We were a party of 5. Three of us ordered fish and chips which were good, fries requested to be hit temperature wise and Luke warm. One ordered salad which was good. I had brisket hash which was undercooked potatoes in a soup of barbecue sauce. Maybe 3 small bites of brisket. It was topped with eggs requested to be over hard, with runny yolks. It was awful. We had waited over 30 minutes for our food so none of us sent anything back. I’ve been a patron of this restaurant since it opened. This was uncharacteristic of typical experience. To top it off… one of our party ripped his pants on a sharp piece of a chair at table next to us. We pointed it out to manager who must have thought we were after a free meal (we had already paid and tipped for full meal and drinks). We were pointing out so no one else got hurt. The manager left, leaving chair as is and returned with a gift card ($25) which probably will never be used.
  20. B

    Becca

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Upstairs bar chairs are the most uncomfortable chairs ever. Please replace. You can’t even turn them a little to talk to a person next to you because they turn back to the bar. Very annoying.
  21. GL

    GabrielL

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent and quick service. Perfect place for lunch with kids
  22. N

    Nothol

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    Stale smell evident going downstairs that permeated the space. Subpar housekeeping carried to dirty water glasses. Knob Creek wasn’t as labeled. Left after appetizer.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We had to wait 15 minutes to get our table even when we made reservations. We saw a group of the same size that arrived after us being seated before us. They then took us and sat is in the bar area instead of the dining area. The food is okay. Their crab cakes were tasty, their fish and chips were ok, but I would not recommend their fried chicken sandwich.
  24. JC

    JohnC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was great. Thursday night- very crowded and noisy. Burger was super as were the salads. Only complaint was that a martini tasted “off” and came with no olives. But other than that we had a good experience.
  25. AD

    AlisonD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere and great service.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Good eggs, bad salmon, brisket too tough to be called brisket. Good service
  27. RB

    RachelB

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service here is and always has been top notch. Creative cocktails, food for every taste and budget, and wonderful atmosphere make this a place I will return to again and again.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My boyfriend and I took my parents there for dinner. We sat indoors and it had a good atmosphere with lots of conversations around us. We ordered the bolognese, the chicken, the salmon and the duck. Everyone said there meal was good except the duck. That person said they wish they were warned that the duck is cooked rare and the side was minimal. Otherwise it’s a great choice for dinner.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service with good food
  30. R

    Rissa

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our waitress was shy. Food was delicious and appropriate temperature. I wanted avocado toast, but it was sold out. Other items which listed avocado were also unavailable.
  31. BB

    BarryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Hillary was fantastic! Great service, lovely personality and great suggestions about the menu! Could not have been better!
  32. HD

    HelenD

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anna was a pleasure as a server, cocktails were yummy and perfect, leek and mushroom pizza always delicious. Sitting on the patio was fine, quiet enough on a bustling Wednesday evening on the square.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, portions were reasonable. Cocktails were quite good. Service was good.
  34. MP

    MichaelP

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great location, large venue, nice atmosphere.
  35. L

    Loripuppy

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and the service was great! It was a little too dim inside, but overall the ambiance was good too.
  36. DJ

    DJNAVAL2002

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It was alright!
  37. JB

    JBuzz

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent menu; food excellent; great prices; service a bit slow!
  38. DJ

    DJNAVAL2002

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was a good experience.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We ate downstairs. A bit dark. The fried with short ribs au jus could have had more short ribs on it. The brussel sprouts were good but possibly a little overdone (they were black) and could have had more maple syrup/sauce on them. The brisket sandwich was excellent but could have used more jalapeño. Overall, the food was good, and I would go back.
  40. m

    marcys

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our server did not seem like she was in a great mood. Food was good.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Russell House Tavern using the Order Online button. Russell House Tavern also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Russell House Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 500-3055.

Russell House Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 2474 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 95 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
Google Map for Russell House Tavern

14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Brattle Street

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Wed 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Mon 11:00 am–11:00 pm Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am Sat 10:00 am–1:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We offer a $2 validation for the Harvard Square Parking Garage located at 20 Eliot Street.

  • Public transit

    We are located just steps from the Harvard Square T Station on the Redline.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 500-3055

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate dinner parties to festive cocktail receptions, the events team at Russell House Tavern awaits your next private function. Our contemporary yet casual atmosphere in the heart of Harvard Square is the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. Please email us at events@russellhousecambridge.com or visit our website for more information russellhousecambridge.com.

  • Private party contact

    Janelle Jenkins: (617) 500-3055

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