Russell House Tavern

4.3
2358 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 2358 people are saying
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4.3
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4.4
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vipmlangston
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Classic Harvard Square go to with great food for a fair price

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KevinF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. We stopped by earlier in the day to see if we could be seated near the TV so we could watch the games. They were happy to oblige and when it came time for our reservation we got one of the best seats in the house. Thank you!

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JenniferH
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food at a reasonable price. Serving staff was knowledgeable and efficient.

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PJizzle
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food, causal yet classy. It's like your favorite corner restaurant. I could eat there every day.

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Marta
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The heated garden is not very heated - only book that if temperature is above ~30F. otherwise it's a good place.

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visitor
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience4

ambience was nice, but the food was not! The pumpkin gnocchi with the chicken was really bad and dry. the chicken and pizza was good. overall though, for that price point, the food was subpar.

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Zach
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dakota was a rockstar. Food came out fast, super hot and super flavorful. Would 100% recommend

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Marilyn
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The vibes at Russell House Tavern were great! We also LOVED the Brussels sprouts. The cavatelli pasta was quite bad (tasted like cardboard with a surprise huge cauliflower hidden within) , but otherwise the food was alright. Nothing amazing, but nothing completely horrible (besides the pasta of course).

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meowmeow
New England
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Good location with great atmosphere. Food was okayish.

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vipScooter
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time, as we always do. The service, atmosphere and the vibe are great, and they keep bringing us back. I would like to mention that, although my meal was overall terrific, I was not happy with the French Fries. They were not sizzling hot out of the frier as I think they should have been. They were flaccid and mushy. I suppose that they were part of a large batch prepared for several orders and had become past their prime, or perhaps they sat in the window waiting for the rest of the order to be completed. Either way they were substandard and disappointing. My wife enjoyed her dinner.

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PDLSFR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Horrible service, service staff barely attentive when we arrived and waited 20 minutes until being acknowledged, food was great but that alone won’t get me back.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was 25 degrees out, and my friend and I didn't want to eat inside. So the host set us up, outside, at a table near the gas heaters. We had a great time. We appreciated the attention the servers and host provided all night. And, the food was delicious! Thank you all!

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Sara
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I had house burgers and it was delicious. The place was clean but a bit noisy.

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Mariekmc
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought it was great. They had seats on New Years day for Brunch. The prices were excellent for the quality. I'd definitely go back again!

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MaureenG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks! We enjoyed our food very much!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food seemed really low quality and not fresh ingredients. The combinations used for preparing food was also somehow not blending together. A bit of surprise for fairly rated restaurant.

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Ashley
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice ambience and outdoor seating! service was good and friendly staff. The food was OK.

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MichalR
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff, well heated outdoor seating even in this cold. Delish food / great value for $ - Highly recommended!

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Eater
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and reasonable prices. Service was slow, but it's a pandemic.

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vipSharonM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were pressed for time, and the staff did a great job taking care of us.
However, the food was lacking. The cheese board was pedestrian and over priced. Beer selection was minimal. They ran out of pasta. These are tough times, so may be worth another visit.

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vipDutchBuck
New England
83 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

OK, staffing is a real problem in the World of Covid, but the Tavern wasn’t at all busy while we were there and the service was a combination of incompetence and total indifference. One of our 4 appetizers was completely forgotten and our entrees arrived while we were still eating the appetizers. It took so long to find our server in order to pay that we had to plunk down cash instead of using a credit card which meant that I ended up giving a much larger tip than was deserved. Our first and last time at Russell Tavern.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good to great. Atmosphere was warm and cozy. Service was indifferent, like maybe she didn't want to be there.
Overall a nice place. And I would go back to sit at the bar to eat and drink

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JakeW
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good overall experience. Seated right away.
Wasn't sure what the heated outdoor garden was like, but turned out it is open to the weather so if it rains or snows, it is unavailable.

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EveD
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to be on a snowy rainy evening. Service couldn’t have been better and food was excellent. The braised beef sand which was delicious and I enjoyed a hot buttered cider with rum. I’m looking forward to going th Russell’s again.

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Anonymous
New England
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Bleh, this place is coasting on a reputation and convenience now. Menu is boring and food is tasteless

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My family and I (about 13 of us) came for brunch. The ambience was great. The wait staff was excellent. The food was… okay. Apparently the cinnamon rolls were amazing. (I missed out). But, I appreciate how accommodating the staff was. However, two breakfast’s and three cups of tea coming out to $60 seemed a bit much though.

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cozycelebration
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I came to Russell House Tavern to celebrate our anniversary before going to a show. We were so glad to have an outdoor eating option in December in their cozy patio! Soon after we were seated they brought us each a glass of champagne to toast our anniversary. Our meal was delicious and the staff really made our night special! We'll definitely be back

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BobP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It is OK, not memorable. In a city with amazing food they need to up their game.

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ArlingtonGourmet
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was excellent. Good beer selection. Salmon was quite good, though the sides were a little modest in size. The crab cakes had too much bread crumbs for my taste.

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murph
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place to see and be seen in the square- either on buzzing first level or cozier lower bar dining

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LindaK
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fall sangria was festive and delicious. Excellent salmon and fish and chips. Don’t miss the brussels sprouts!

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AnneM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely decor, excellent service, very good food

Would prefer not to have so many TVs around the room

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vipSamH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The margherita pizza was expensive but terribly bland. The crème bulee was so runny it’s almost like a soup.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a Birthday dinner!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Thanksgiving

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and great service and ambience - highly recommend.

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AliciaT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Excellent service and good food make this worth a return visit. The noise level was a bit much for my preference, but I'm not sure that is the standard or just the two groups of people who were seated way to close for my comfort level.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Thanksgiving with my college junior daughter. No special Thanksgiving items on the menu, but the general selection was great and the food was delicious and well-presented. We both had salmon and found it cooked just right, with crispy skin and texture that was tender but not mushy. Our server was wonderful, just attentive enough without being distracting. We were seated under a speaker and near a sceeen showing sports; the staff turned off the sports as no one was watching, and turned down the volume just a bit on the speaker at our request. The entire experience was warm and pleasant. Very highly recommended.

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SarahP
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Food was not great. Chicken wings plain, and calamari was soggy.

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vipmichelllew
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Overall poor. 1:30 pm Saturday- very busy, too loud. waitress was sort of cold; one cocktail was poorly made-drinks came out very fast given busy environment so suspect it was ‘thrown together’ and not measured. Unimpressive wine list. Food was just ok- not that we got a chance to eat much- the waitress disappeared after appetizers were delivered and never came back until she saw me pull out my credit card once we decided we would just move on to somewhere else rather than wait to be remembered . Friend was from out of town and was not impressed. Won’t go back.

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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 4.3 stars by 2358 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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