Russell House Tavern

4.5
2290 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 2290 people are saying
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rachnab
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service at Russell House Tavern! Nice outdoor setup

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vipSusanR
New England
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was dinner with a friend before she heads out of town for a few months. Victor was our server and did an excellent job helping me pick out a wine as well as describing the dishes on the menu.
My only dissatisfaction was with the very limited wines by the glass list. Only 5-6 for both White/Rose and Red offerings and all from The west coast. Not one wine from France, Spain, Chile, Argentina, Italy, or NY. Not even a French Rose. Didn’t look at the by the bottle list so that may be better.
And what was offers was not very interesting, well known, or high quality producers or regions. It’s too bad as I liked the food.

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WorcesterCouple
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Meh. Menu overpromises but the food under-delivers. The atmosphere is great, though. Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.

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vipReana
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was good

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Brian Pawalik is the best around! The food was great and the ambiance is so charming. Thanks for a wonderful evening out!

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vipJulieG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good for brunch. The outdoor space is cute. Food was pretty good!

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Megan
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had a nice brunch with friends here. The service was fantastic; we had an excellent waitress. The food was good. While the makeshift patio was directly next to a busy sidewalk, it still felt like there was plenty of space between us and the walkers.

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carlaf
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lunch for two-outside-service great. Food was good but with tax and tip, the bill came to 75.00 for a burger, small pizza, one drink each, and tea/coffee. Just seemed a bit pricey for the quality. Good selection on menu though.

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John
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The steak au poive had no au poive and was a TERRIBLE piece of meat, hard to cut and chew. Brussels sprouts and asparagus could have been cooked a little longer. Cocktails were very weak and my glass was filled with cheater ice cubes. Pan seared salmon was good. Wait staff was quick and attentive, but the kitchen and bar were very poor. Not likely to try any of the other eateries in the Russell House group

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SBOB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Went for Sunday brunch and sat outdoors. Ambiance was nice and waiter was lovely but they were too busy. We waited an hour for our food and then two of four of us had issues with undercooked food. Have had dinner here several times and it's always been great so this might be an exception.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance! Excellent food and drinks! :-)

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ShellWear
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner with niece who just started Harvard Law school

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Mary
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were seated outside on a lovely night, so that was great. The waitress was nice but we waited a long time for service throughout the meal, which was fine for us as we had a lot of catching up to do. The food was fine, but a bit disappointing. The price was good, especially for our long night enjoying sidewalk dining in Harvard Square.

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JohnFH
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meals, including what I call the “brisket explosion”, and delightful service from Emily! Also, very cool vintage photos of Harvard Square establishments from what looks like the 1940s.

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IndigoAzul
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere.

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CatherineD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great night waitress was really good and the good was delicious

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vipIleneS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were seated on time (had a reservation outside), in a nice shaded part of the patio off the street. The server was very accomodating and pleasant. We shared several appetizers, as well as had wine. Everything was good and nicely portioned.

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Bobb
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious! Great service at both the bar and table. Our party loved the food and cocktails.

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LouiseO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and appetizers were delicious

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vipMegW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place to get a quick bite to eat for brunch. Their outdoor dining on the street can get quite loud with traffic going by.

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KristieK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Visiting Harvard

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor seating! Would recommend the Nutella stuffed French toast for brunch

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viprnlbj
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The restaurant snd bar are very nice- we enjoyed the atmosphere except it was incredibly loud and made conversation with our dining partners difficult.
All 3 loved their dishes- pork chop, farro bowl and cavatelli. I got the recommend chicken sandwich- I should have know better. Incredibly dry. With a burnt bun.
French fries were amazing- to be fair, I would go back just for them.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very quick service! Really enjoyed our dinner

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Elle
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The food came out very quick! Staff was very kind. However, there were not that many waiters/waitresses working and it took us a long time to get our check.

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ering
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place to get small plates. Fun vibe looking out at Harvard Square people passing by.

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Natalie
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Russel House Tavern is decent! They made their ordinary dishes look presentable, but I wish they took the pandemic more seriously by spreading out their tables. I had to ask the waiter to seat us outside because indoor seating was too cramped.

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JoanB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Very college bar type vibe. Food was mediocre at best. Extremely noisy. Would not go back

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really nice place for 4+ big parties

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite date night spots. The food is always great and the outdoor patio seating in the summer is our favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Nice place new and great atmosphere.. food is ok no wow factor

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vipRecommend
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was not the greatest here. We had the steak frites, which lacked seasoning and were not cooked to our liking, and the fried chicken sandwich, which was also lacking in flavor. The brussel sprout appetizer was good though. Also had the Rose Sangria which was not very good either. Even though the food wasn't the best, the service was outstanding! We may try it again for brunch next time!

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Boston8936
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tavern-ambience, All-American food choice. Pizza is great!

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Sara
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
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 on July 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Fairly average

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Steak was ok

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will come back!

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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
22 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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Russell House Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 2290 OpenTable diners.

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