Russell House Tavern

4.5
2268 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 2268 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Sara
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! Hunter’s serving skills are on point. Open palms when setting and taking plates, signals well, well spoken, efficient, perfectly timed ordering and extremely warm and friendly. The food was delicious, as were the drinks! Thank you Hunter for a perfect evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Fairly average

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Steak was ok

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating. And service was very quick! My sister and I ordered a salad, which was very delicious. Our one complaint is that the portion was very small. Usually salads are a decent size, but this one was in a bowl that was slightly bigger than a cereal bowl. I left the restaurant still feeling a bit hungry. Other than that, it was excellent. My boyfriend and brother in law loved their food!

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Jane
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was excellent. However, after requesting only one bill for the table the server asked my mother if she was sure about wanting that. It was insulting and embarrassing. As much as we enjoyed dinner we won’t be back.

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vipLulu1989
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent. We were in the bar. Had a new server and he was excellent!

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Judith
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Great bar and atmosphere.

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saml
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite spots in the Boston Area. Always quick and a great experience for the whole group.

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KPhilly
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu was great - love the attention to finer details in each dish and careful attention given to food allergies proactively by the wait staff. Cocktails are well crafted and always something fun/new to try

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GabrielR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good service though the pizza crust was a bit burnt and maybe a bit more cheese on the marguerita. The tomato sauce flavor was a bit overwhelming. Other than that, great place to eat and have drinks;)

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MarissaS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. We started with a raw seafood patter which was excellent. The Mr. Martinez drink was excellent. My only issue was that the pork chop I ordered was incredibly overcooked. This was especially disappointing because I spoke to the waiter about it and asked that she tell the chef that he cook it under, as I really do not like pork over cooked.

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dgalef
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place to meet friends for anything from a bite to a full meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food is spectacular, I come here often! Will be back soon:)

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AlfredoC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Whole belly clam roll didn’t have too much “clam” to it - it was mostly fried matter. Fish and chips was mostly fries with a couple of small pieces of fish. Better quality food can be had at VFW for half the price. The addition of an automatic kitchen tax/fee is ridiculous.

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Xacerb8
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Cocktail was pretty weak. Fries served cold. Three small portions of fish. Fish and chips seems like the kind of thing you can't ruin, but I was wrong.

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vipProfessionalFoodie
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliable and local.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at our reservation time in a comfortable booth. Our waitress was very attentive and thorough. The food was excellent. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Boyfriends birthday dinner- it was a very nice time!

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CherylB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I was meeting a friend for our weekly get-together. It was crowded, and the noise level made it difficult to converse.

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TableFor2FunForNone
Central Texas
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

In the past, Russell House Tavern was a great place to dine and socialize; however, as of late, service has drastically diminished. I have visited twice over last 3 weeks and each visit, host had issues seating us timely and in areas we'd reserved seating. Wait staff, while busy is understandable, no one should have to wait at least 15-20 minutes just to get a menu and water (to start)...especially when you can see the wait staff socializing with one another, and/or on their phones. For some time, I have refrained from thinking, and/or voicing my concerns from a "racially charged" perspective, as I would like to give all "benefit of doubt"; however, the issues noted were not happening to other patrons of the "lighter skin tones". In fact, several groups/couples that did not have reservations (as we could hear conversations) were immediately seated prior to our table. Needless to say, there are too many other, more classy, options for dinner/drinks/socializing in the city of Boston to return. Russell House - Do Better, Be Better...Love Is Love, we are all human.

Best,

BKS

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jayN
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

soda was flat, food was okay, quality of food not a good as pre-pandemic, hopefully they can bounce back as it was a nice place.

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BenQ
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good food and service. Nice area for outside dining and a good variety of drink and food options. I’ll be back again.

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ThomasO
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Staff were friendly and nice and our drinks were good but the food was inedible. Couldn't even taste the calamari because it had been so overfried it was just a crunchy, charred mess of batter. We'd made a reservation for dinner but paid up and left after our appetizer and went elsewhere.

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vipKLLM
Omaha
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food flavors were exceptional, as was the service. Will definitely be coming back!

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NH93
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ok for years the food and drinks here have been PHENOMENAL. I’ve never had a disappointing bite or sip here!!!! NEVER. NEVER!!! Nothing but hits from Russell House. I think our server’s name was Rami - Rami was sweet, fun, helpful, kind, such a good time. Thank you RAMI!!!!

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vipkertruffle
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The quintessential Harvard Square tavern. With gastropub quality food. And great vibe.
SO GLAD you made it through COVID and are going strong!

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JLfoodie
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food’s okay, but the French fries were overcooked, and I noticed that the prices increased significantly, but the good quality doesn’t sustain or justify the prices.

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nancycamb
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

sat outside in the really beautiful side alley , food was good and it was a nice nite. highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service

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vipjj2009
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service, as always! Our server was especially friendly and attentive!

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BethanyI
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Our server forgot about us a lot.

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MPian
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had an excellent! She was a blonde lady training that night and was so nice and knowledgeable

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vipBethW
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean. Servers attentive. Well-timed delivery of courses. Good food and beverages.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the frozen margarita, tuna tartare, and the mushroom and leek pizza. Had great service and loved the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

We ordered the Tavern breakfast and the pork sausage was served to us raw in the middle. When we tried to discuss this with the waitress she said “I don’t eat meat.” We asked to have it re cooked and they sent out bacon and then charged us for it . There was no sense of what was being plated and no management available/willing to discuss. Unfortunately we will not return.

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CHRP
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The music was bad top40 and too loud. Service was great but the food was only OK. If it had been half the price, we would have been fine but for a $100 meal, the dishes were too oily and flavors not fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation for 3 ppl in advance and were seated in a cramped corner booth for 2. We were then (after we asked) moved to a table that felt like we were in the middle of everything while there were better tables and open booths. They had no lobster roll as we were told they couldn’t compete against their sister restaurant…. So they stopped making them. We left at that point.
The experience was disappointing. It was our favorite spot in Cambridge…

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Our server did not seem concerned about us at all.

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TriciaW2566
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just beginning to get back out there after pandemic. Arrived before the crowds on a Friday afternoon. Got a high top by the front windows and enjoyed the people watching from my seat. Started with delicious Wellfleet oysters and shared a sausage ricotta pizza after. Our server was a standout. She was very friendly and patient with us, true professional. Very much enjoyed my whole experience and return to Russell House after the pandemic hiatus. I will be back soon.

NY
vipNYCfoodies
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Nice ambience but the menu offerings were just unavailable !

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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 4.5 stars by 2268 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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