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Russell House Tavern

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2093 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

Featured specials

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 26, 2020

Join us this Thanksgiving to celebrate with friends and family, but let us do the cooking. In addition to our Dinner Menu, we will also be offering Thanksgiving Specials you will not want to miss. We are accepting reservations from 12PM to 9PM with drinks available until 10PM.

What 2093 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal on the patio with our puppy. Our waitress was extra accommodating and our meal was lovely.

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vipsunnysideup
New England
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Russell House Tavern has always been an enjoyable outing but is even more so in these challenging times -- it's a beacon of comfort and normalcy. The food is ever-delicious -- such as staples like the mushroom leek pizza and burger as well some new items like the warm spinach salad, sausage ricotta pizza, and short ribs! Check out the ever changing desserts! Kudos to the team for making us all feel safe throughout.

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vipPescatarian
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Server was very courteous, but the kitchen was slow. All brunch dishes were a 5, except the kale bowl. The cauliflower was indistinguishable from the quinoa and Brussels were not cooked enough for my liking. Burger and fries were great and the stuffed French toast was especially good.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

really bad service, both orders of steak were overcooked

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ThalissaS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a last minute table on a Sunday afternoon for my birthday with no issues. The courtyard tables were separated by plexiglass and all other tables were spread out. We had our own heater, which was perfect since it was a little chilly. The food and drinks were excellent, the ambience was lovely and the service was impeccable. Definitely one of my favorite places in Boston for cocktails and oysters!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Good oysters!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I’ll start off by saying I give restaurants a lot of credit for operating during a pandemic. With that being said, there were a bunch of things that when added up created a less than enjoyable experience at Russell House. My table of 6 went here for brunch, two of us ordered the burger, 2 the Nashville hot chicken sandwich, and the other 2 ordered a pizza. The burgers were over done and tasted charred, the Nashville hot chicken sandwiches were not spicy at all but otherwise fine, and the pizza was just okay. Additionally, the waiter was not attentive at all and did not seem busy with other tables. For these reasons, I give the experience a 3 out of 5, plenty of better options with the same price point in Cambridge!

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Gabim
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been here a couple times. I have a friend that used to work here and the first time I went was about a year ago. this weekend, I'm glad to say, nothing has changed. good vibes only

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Gina
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service was somewhat slow but the waitress was really friendly. Appetizers took 25 minutes for the corn and oysters. Corn appetizer was delicious but came out actually cold, not as if it was hot and took a while but like actually straight from the fridge. Nashville chicken sandwich had no spice at all for being called a hot chicken sandwich and spots of the breading were burnt, and the salad it came with was just lettuce - no detectable dressing. The bun and ranch were delicious though. Drinks were fantastic, ambiance was beautiful - like the outdoor seating option. Maybe just an off night for the chef.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy spot with great outdoor seating

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I love Russell House. I really enjoy their cocktails, but this is my first visit since Covid and they really weren’t up to their standard. I ordered two always sunnies and they were both different and did not meet their pre-Covid standard. We also ordered a Moscow mule, something that we really enjoy because they make their own ginger beer, this was also not up to their pre-Covid standards of yumminess. I also ordered my FAVORITE Jonah crab cakes and they were prepared substantially differently from their standard. I’ve ordered these countless times and was extremely disappointed not to get what I was expecting. There were also rancid nuts in the cheese platter, which was frustrating. I’m sure they have lost staff, but revisit your recipe books and go back to the old recipes and make sure you’re consistent in the execution. I really love Russell House, I hope they can find their footing again in the new normal.

Outdoor dining experience was really quite nice. Nice job with service and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The menu is rather limited. Hopefully it is just for the current troubled times. Overall a nice experience and a good vibe. Good for a dinner with friends as well as for a date. Meat and fish were really good. Fries not that much (really soft and got cold in a minute): you can go better with other sides.

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JILLM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleased to see proper social distancing in action at Russell House. We had a comfortable, delightful, and delicious dinner. Looking forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was nice place overall I just think the chicken was a small mishap. I would still here again.

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BryanR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I wanted to enjoy a nice night of oysters and cocktails, and Russell house definitely delivered

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vipCarolynG
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outside seating (they have inside too) very clean and safe. Delicious entrees nicely plated. Wonderful service -a perfect night out!

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RyanW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All food was great except for the veggie pasta dish - very flavorless unfortunately. Good service. One of our favorites.

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RachelB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was inventive and reasonably priced. Our server was professional and very conscientious about safety protocols. Our meals looked like something out of a food blogger's dreams and tasted even better. I'm sad my stomach couldn't hold more, or I would have tried everything! This is a charming restaurant that is handling the pandemic in the best possible way. Looking for an excuse to go back immediately!

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AlexMac
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a joy! Even during COVID, prompt service. Highly recommend. Sitting inside downstairs can sometimes be ideal as the dining environment upstairs is crowded & noisy.

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AJCarter
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot for couples or small groups and the wait staff was very friendly and helpful. Very much enjoyed the food and the whippersnapper drink as well and highly recommend. Will be back.

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DocP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food at Russell House was great. The traffic noise was particularly excessive, but I was happy to have the outdoor option. My only complaint is being told when I sat down that I could only stay for 90 minutes. This felt unwelcoming to me and not necessary.

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vipTeePee
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been there several times during visits to Cambridge.

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vipsunnysideup
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cheers to Russell House Tavern for continuing to deliver delicious food with fine service even in the current environment. RHT is an oasis in the chaos and a familiar touch point that provides a safe and satisfying restaurant outing. The addition of the Lemonade Stand for libations and take-out is a genius :)

Mushroom Leak Pizza, RHT Burger, and oyster selection are familiar friends. The rotating dessert specials are well-worth the indulgence. Check out the summer salad and salmon before the season winds down.

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ICUDoctor
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The ownership made it very comfortable to dine indoors during the COVID-19 crisis. We all felt safe and cared for. The menu and the alcohol selection was good and the service was friendly and prompt.

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vipAKay
Oklahoma City
34 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic speak-easy vibe when dining downstairs! The Moscow mule, crab cakes, and lobster roll where absolutely delicious. Earlier in the day, we stopped by the “Lemonade Stand” for a cold beverage to enjoy while we explored Cambridge. We will definitely be back!

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vipletseat
Orange County
54 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was spot on!

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charlesb
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, great food and atmosphere - recommend it for casual dining

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vipRichardW
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful quiet nook to dine in. Delicious cocktails, street corn, & confit wings.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They’re doing a great job!

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Sarah
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food & cocktails, good music, great ambience (alley way seating), and the service was wonderful. Tables are well spaced out. I will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio space and delicious drinks!

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vipTark10
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The wings were outstanding!! Good food, good service

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GloriaL
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the nighttime vibe with the backyard garden seating.. The mushroom&leek pizza was DELICIOUS especially the dough..Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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CorneliuS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, great service and food!

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vipSteven
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was able to snag a seat outside to catch up with someone over lunch. Service was spot on and food was delicious and good value too. Lunch is always cheaper than dinner, but even with that in mind they punched above their weight here in the quality/value area. Folks should try and find 90 minutes to drop by for lunch during the week.

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Josh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The R Benie was great! It was delicious, and the outdoor seating was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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Texas
New England
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a good job with social distancing; all the tables were far from one another. They deep cleaned each table after use

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Russell House Tavern using the Order Online button. 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 2093 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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