Russell House Tavern

4.5
2332 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 2332 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
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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
8 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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Rach
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service. Made my sister’s birthday very special.

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Ivette
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and efficient service. Dinner was excellent and homey.. perfect for a cold evening! Crème brûlée was the perfect finish.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good! In general had a great time

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KenHer
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious - we got the cinnamon rolls and brisket dish. It helped that it was a perfect autumn day for outdoor seating. Would definitely go back.

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BrianG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor dining in their "garden" off the street, with heaters for warmth.

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MiriamBK
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice atmosphere. Service was really nice

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Chris
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVED ITTT ! WILL BE BACK !

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JENM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raygan our server was great and the food was delicious!

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SamanthaA
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out with friends! Good food, great atmosphere, welcoming and attentive staff. Would love to go back if we are ever in the area again.

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vipCalin
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

How do you say, don’t come here if you enjoy eating good food in French, me neither but that’s what I want say about RHT! Never serve a

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MarkW
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Service slower today due to full restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, great service and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Was Not impressed with the service, solid food and ambiance though. 6/10.

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HarrietF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were seated outside and the heater was ineffective but they changed the propane tank and then it was much better. We kept our coats and wrist-warmers on but had a good time with good service

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patrickM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and fast service before a game

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vipJWNC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wasnt expecting French toast to be fried but it was good! Lots of menu items were 86ed though

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious and the service was friendly.

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vipFoodie4
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Would have liked to sit outside where there were lots of empty tables but was told there were no tables to accommodate 6. We could have done 3 and 3 next to each other. Just seemed to be oddly pretentious considering the casual atmosphere of the establishment.

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MirkoR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My wife and I had a dinner with another couple - catching up after a while. Although some other Harvard Sq restaurants offer better/more interesting cuisine, we had a great evening as the food and drinks were good, service exceptional and the noise level just right to have a private conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still just as great as always! Glad to be able to come back and enjoy

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DahnaF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food okay. Limited brunch options. No pancakes, one omelette. To be fair, we asked for egg white omelettes which was accommodated, but I asked for a side salad with dressing on the side and no squash in my omelette. The side salad had dressing on it, there was squash in my omelette. By that point we had waited so long for our food, that I just picked out the squash. I did ask for a dry salad, which was brought to me right away. Too many miscommunications. Server was pleasant. It is a nice warm place to sit. I would recommend because there just aren't that many options in Harvard Square. For a drink and a simple snack it's fine.

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RachaelM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cozy tavern atmosphere and high-level comfort food. Perfect for a gathering with great food and drinks, that has a more relaxed feel.

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NJresident
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good for and service. Solid but not outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Incredibly loud. We were seated next to a group of drunk college students who were excessively loud. Sorry for being a curmudgeon.

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HollyD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great. The outdoor space was very nice, but tables were a little closer than I would like

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Tmfoodisfun
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great for casual dining!

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vipGarW
New England
121 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Not a bad spot for decently pretty OK drinks and food in Harvard Square.

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CassandraK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and cocktails were both delicious. The farro and kale bowl magically tasted like mac and cheese, but healthier! The hostesses were so helpful getting us seated quickly.

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KellyA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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Yatz
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was adequate but nothing distinctive to taste. If you want to get in and get out and have a quick dining experience this place will do. Our server was pleasant and fast to take our order.

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Linda
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very kind and reassuring about my cousin’s nut allergy. Service was great despite how busy it was, and everyone was very friendly. Food was great quality and perfect portions, you really get what you pay for!

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vipANSN
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambience; good food; friendly service. Thank you.

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vipBrittS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another weekend brunch at the Give Horse Tavern. We love it…food, staff, cleanliness. Will be back next Sunday!

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LouisB
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Burger came out like hockey puck despite asking for MR and double checking he got it right. Also, forgot the bacon while English muffin wasn’t toasted. Fries where very good on the bright side.

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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 2332 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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