Russell House Tavern

4.7
2202 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.

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
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
What 2202 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.6
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very yummy and the service was great! Definitely would go back!

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vipJFraser
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and our server Hunter was polite, attentive and very professional. Anytime we travel to Cambridge we make a stop at The Russell House Tavern.

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Acolyte
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Haven't eaten here in a while, but this time the food was mediocre and the service was friendly but slow. Go for the ambience and location, and trust that the food and service will return as the pandemic winds down.

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Beck
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

My overall experience was not the best. The staff was nice but the food was terrible. We ordered 2 entrees and neither meal had any flavor. The food was not seasoned at all and was very plain. I also ordered a drink but that was not good either the flavor was just very off. This place has a lot of good reviews so may they were just having an off night or something.

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Connor
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely friendly and courteous staff, exactly the experience my friends and I were looking for.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Birthday brunch

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ErinS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the whole experience! Would come back again with friends.

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CapryceB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

They may try to seat you in a place that you did not select while making the reservation. Make sure to let the host know your preferred seating arrangement before hand.

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AlexaN
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Booked an outdoor dining spot for my birthday, thinking it was going to be in the pretty patio in the photos. Was fairly disappointed to end up being placed on the street right across the CVS.

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juliac
New England
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was esuper! & he was vaccinated too! However, my tablemates were served about 15 minutes before my entree arrived. We ate on the patio, and were seated toward the back so no noise from the street - the food was good - crab cakes and salmon and avocado toast - great location and I plan to return with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual! Russell House has been our go-to since it opened. It’s consistently delicious and there are always new items on the menu.

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Andrieu
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were seated and served quickly. All the staff we very friendly. The dinners and cocktails were great! We would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal, great staff, great drinks, great music. Felt very safe dining out during COVID. Staff was very attentive and taking safety seriously. Highly recommend.

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Piglet
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! The spring salad was delicious. I will definitely be back soon.

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Laura
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in the patio area and were very comfortable with the partitions between each tables (and heat lamps!). The pizza and caesar salad were great, and we had the best waitress! She made a regular night out a lot of fun. Definitely will be coming back!

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Lmnop1
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was fine, but not outstanding. I’d like to return to try other items.

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marv
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The brunch menu was good and reasonably priced. The outdoor seating was a little crowded, but overall it was a good experience.

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Christina
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was so friendly and helpful. Recommended a great wine for me. My allergy was taken seriously and my meal was adapted easily. Food was incredible. Felt Covid safe, plenty of barriers between tables. Nice and cozy, perfect date night spot. Will definitely go back.

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vipMurphy09
New England
80 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Russell House Tavern seemed to have a lot of promise, but didn't live up to the hype. Mediocre food, slow service, and a little on the pricey side for the size of the offerings. I probably won't return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t receive points for this??

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KENOALBA
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The attention we received from the staff was very kind and warm. Diego, our waiter was always attentive to our requests. The food was delicious, will definetly recomend the brussells sprouts, corn on the cob and the burger. The selection of beers and wine was great. The downstairs tavern had a great ambience. We were there for early lunch, so it was empty, yet still we enjoyed the Harvard local pub vibe we were looking for in our visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

the tables are to close to each other, there’s no space to walk between the plastic cover and the table, the waiter cant serve the person who is sitting on the far side of the table because theres no space to walk, pizza its just bad, the wings are pretty good, the price for the pizza is just to high for the quality and the flavor of it.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Russell House Tavern didn’t disappoint - good food and service. They also graciously accepted our request to move our reservation last-minute, which I imagine is hard to do on a Friday night during a pandemic. Much appreciated!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service!

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JacobR
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Service was friendly and attentive, no problems there. Food was not great. We had the dine out Boston three-course menu because it sounded like a good deal. Three of the six options we had were okay, but nothing was terrific. Food was consistently underseasoned, pork was overcooked, pasta was mushy, and we were overall quite disappointed. For $38 a person, we thought it would be a good deal and after eating we felt it was a waste of money. Beer and wine selection was great and we enjoyed our beverages, just not the food. Bill ended up just over $100 for two people--frustrating to spend that much for mediocre food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Nice and cute vibe loved sitting outside the heaters made it super comfy

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Boston
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food & cocktails- love their patio! Would eat their french toast every day of my life.

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GlenA
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were excellent! The espresso martini (no baileys) was yummy.

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EazyEzcape
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As noted, the service was excellent. Food was pretty good and ambiance was great. Would go again.

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BosScott
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was nothing special. Portions too small for comparatively similar restaurants. Basically, nothing special.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I’ve been to RHT for years and it’s always a good experience. This being the first time going with COVID restrictions, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Service was a bit slow but friendly. We did not feel rushed at all. Will definitely be going back!

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MelissaH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Sat outdoor under a heater, but the heater was barely warm.

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vipJackieP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the outside patio! Great service, great food, and warm heaters. Would list as one of my top favorite 5 spots in the area.

SB
vipSBReviews
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. Heat lamps worked well. Felt very comfortable. Warm spinach salad was delicious as was the Barnam Cocktail. Thanks for a great meal.

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Sumi
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The patio is gorgeous and well-equipped with safety measures for outdoor diners. Each table has a screen on either side to keep you separated from other diners. While the atmosphere was lovely, the food didn't blow us away. My partner ordered the burger which came on an English muffin (our fault for not noticing this in the menu description and asking for a different bun), which was a strange choice and unfortunately not a very good one. I ordered the fried chicken sandwich which was excellent, but the side salad was literally just a pile of lettuce pulled out of a bag. Overall, the experience was nice, but the food wasn't too impressive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was delicious

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vipShannonC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat outside and it was way too cold to actually be comfortable doing that. It was 25 degrees and the heaters really didnt do much.

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ChloeC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good. I had the burger and it was delicious, my husband enjoyed his steak too. Our wine and beer were also very good. The service was great.

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SophiaG
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Overall was kind of disappointed with the food. Fllavorless and came out lukewarm.
The service was great though our waiter was darling.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place. First time there and the pizza was amazing. Highly recommend the truffle pizza.

FAQs

Russell House Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 500-3055.

Russell House Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 2202 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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