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Russell House Tavern, Cambridge, MA

Russell House Tavern

4.5
4.5
2504 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

8:00 PM


Booked 64 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon 11:00 am–11:00 pm Tue–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 Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–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 2,504 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. LH

    LeeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, great, friendly service, and warm atmosphere!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner for me and my 7 year old son
  3. AA

    AAS52

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The french fries listed as "hand cut fries" were disapointing. Small, barely warm, not hot, stringy, most were dry or crispy and many fries were black and hard to the point of being inedible, We asked for replacement fries, but the second batch were not much better. The fries did not match the quality of the rest of the food. This review asked us to tell it as it is. We still recommend Russell House, but don't order the fries.
  4. K

    Kainoa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing. The staff from the hostess to the bartender was terrific as well. Not my first time at this establishment and I will definitely be back. There is such a good vibe here. Highly recommend! Great for just a drink after work or coming out with your friends or the entire family. Recommend making a reservation in advance.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere & our service was very helpful and outstanding! Would definitely come again!
  6. DR

    DanR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice place, good food and nice staff and management
  7. w

    will

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Solid restaurant in the heart of Harvard Square, hard to go wrong
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Really loud and our server seemed a bit overwhelmed, but the food was fine. Very limited options for vegans.
  9. JB

    JanetB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great food and service. The outdoor area is perfect.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service was good and friendly, and the atmosphere was nice. The food was overall underwhelming. Nothing was bad, but for the price, it didn’t stand out either. I would gladly go back if others wanted to, but it wouldn’t be my first choice
  11. MB

    ManpreetB

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I have had dinners there before and thoroughly enjoyed the place. Had brunch for the first time, it felt a complete waste of money. Food was bland, had to send it back to have the dish completed. Plain black coffee was lukewarm. Not sure what was going on, whole thing was off.
  12. CD

    CeciliaD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is not my first time at Russel House Tavern, nor will it be the last. Their Nutella french toast never disappoints. Bravo!
  13. DJ

    DrJimB

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It’s a bar and the quality of the food is on par with most bars - this one is on Harvard Square and has Harvard prices. Service was OK - to sum it up in one word …. “Unremarkable.”
  14. PL

    PatriciaL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe! Atmosphere fabulous. People were friendly and nice. Outdoor space and upstairs bar great. Downstairs has a speakeasy vibe.
  15. MM

    MalM

    New England

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    We had two servers one of whom was training -- they were fine. Several of us got the same salad and it was not good. The lettuce was old and had big chunks of the "ends" of iceberg lettuce. Net/net reasonable service but poor food.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice place, warm environment. The food was very good; not transformative, but tasty and well made.
  17. CG

    ChrisG

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I went to Russell House Tavern for dinner with my fiancee. We had eaten previously here a few times for brunch and had fantastic experiences. Our most recent meal, however, was disappointing. The service was slow, the food was just okay (my salmon was badly overcooked), and my partner had to send back her dish because her dairy allergy wasn't properly communicated to the kitchen. We will be back for brunch but will likely go elsewhere for dinner in the future.
  18. n

    nix75

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    My husband’s steak was not hot when served. My salad was forgotten. It was extremely loud
  19. GR

    GregR

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great good. Great atmosphere and service was exceptional. Bolognese was amazing!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and service, a tad noisy.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Was visiting Harvard with our daughter. Service was poor. Server was very friendly but very inattentive. Food was average for the price. Salmon was dry. Chop salad was very dry (seemed like no dressing on it). Asked for extra dressing. Took at least 10 minutes to get it. Overall disappointing experience.
  22. B

    Becca

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always my go-to when I'm in Cambridge! I bring all my friends here, usually for brunch.
  23. DH

    DallasH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the crab cakes and local beer to start and they were both amazing. We got to pizzas that were cooked very well and full of flavor. Staff was amazing as well.
  24. LB

    LizB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside; staff was very nice and they even let my niece split two dishes with a friend (they divided everything up for them. Very nice!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Netter Diner mit schönem Ambiente innen und außen. Essen war auch gut, besonders die chicken wings und die Kürbissuppe
  26. GK

    GregK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    At a busy time and place, we were surprised that everything went smooth and the food was better than we expected. Service was quick and ambiance was decent as well. The sweet and spicy bacon is recommended, as well as the Nutella French toast.
  27. 1

    1255lex5

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service was great but the food was honestly disappointing and overpriced for how underwhelming it was.
  28. B

    Brian

    Detroit

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is special. So much history. They are well staffed, attentive and friendly. The food was delicious. I liked the selection and look forward to coming back the next time I am in town.
  29. MB

    MaddieB

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The setting is nice (though quite loud downstairs at dinner time) but the food left us unimpressed. None of the four of us particularly liked what we ordered, until we got to dessert, which was tasty! The dishes were overpriced for disappointing flavor. This might be a better spot for drinks and apps than for dinner
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were great. A very nice place to watch the game too.
  31. GM

    GrantM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot to host some friends and have a wonderful evening. Excellent old fashioneds
  32. MK

    MonicaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, service impeccable (requested allergy info, and server was very helpful), ambiance was delightful. Price is what was expected. (Try the Brussel sprouts, yummy!)
  33. RW

    ReginaW

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First Time here! Our server Cleo B was awesome! So attentive to us and we loved it that she kept refilling and giving us a water pitcher that was the best! We all had brunch items and the cinnamon buns were amazing!
  34. M

    Maggie

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Fun spot to go to with friends with something on the menu for everyone.
  35. n

    nancycamb

    New England

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food! excellent service!
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. BC

    BrendaC

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great!
  40. 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.

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 2504 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 64 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–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon 11:00 am–11:00 pm Tue–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 Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–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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