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Russell House Tavern, Cambridge, MA
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Russell House Tavern

4.4
4.4
2544 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

7:30 PM


Booked 98 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Pizza Bar

  • 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, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Brian Pawlak

  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,544 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. AJ

    AJCL

    New England

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, great burgers and drinks…friendly staff, love the ambiance but the music a bit too loud for the space.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate here before a performance at American Repertory Theatre. My request for a booth was noted and we got a nice cozy one downstairs by the bar. Service was very attentive. Food was excellent. Would eat here again next time we are in the Harvard Sq area.
  3. WC

    WarrenC

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Average. Just so sadly average. Fish and chips, small fish huge amount of batter. Nothing I couldn’t have gotten at the local 99. This place used to be special.
  4. AC

    AnnaCarina

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Service and ambience was great. However, order was made wrong with little done to make up. Took a few conversations with manager to get the wrong order taken off the charge.
  5. J

    Jonsax

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reserved here for a light dinner before a show at Longy. Food, service, and everything else was excellent. I expected nothing less since this has become a go-to spot for me for meetings and with friends. I love the ambiance of the downstairs lounge area. You can get a terrific small dish (including from their raw bar!), or go for a fuller meal. Waitstaff is very cheery. And the prices are quite reasonable for a good place in Harvarad Square. Highly recommended!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Caesar dressing was too salty and crab cakes need more flavor and less breading
  7. 2

    2ndhelpings

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food is OK but my son couldn't even eat his chicken sandwich. Our server was very nice but she never even asked if there was a reason why he only took one bite. That said, it is a cozy vibe and my husband enjoyed his burger.
  8. S

    Speg75

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and brunch selection
  9. BS

    BillStets

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was awesome! We were taken by surprise when the dinner came a few minutes after we ordered. Don‘t know how they did it that fast, but the short ribs and bolognese were fabulous. Service was great and they didn‘t rush us after the food arrived so quickly.
  10. T

    Tanya

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service, nice seating. Would definitely recommend for casual American.
  11. MF

    MikeF

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Smooth arrival process. Staff attentive and courteous. Food was excellent
  12. KC

    KevinC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great value, excellent service, better than average food. Overdressed dirty Caesar and undercooked burger but the other entrees, fried fish and salmon were excellent. The bar and restaurant have a great energy and vibe. I highly recommend.
  13. JD

    JennaD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is consistently delicious and staff always friendly! We love their appetizers, salads, and seafood.
  14. KC

    KyleC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    I joined the tables next to me in horror watching a rat dart back and forth between tables. I let the manager know and she was politely dismissive and then took no action to even apologize to us. It was really gross and I will certainly never go back.
  15. KS

    KarenS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I was disappointed because the menu I saw on OpenTable was not the menu at the restaurant and was so much not on there. Food was ok...loved the crab cakes. Typical pub affair I guess
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After Harvard hockey game
  17. JA

    JuanitaA

    Caribbean

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The menu is very limited the alcoholic beverage prices are like other restaurants but the glasses are extremely small. I wouldn't go there again. Not worth it
  18. M

    Mihoa

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years celebration
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had Dinner here last night for NYE and it was amazing. Food came out really quick and it was really good! Drinks were also great.
  20. PR

    PattyR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I had an early reservation and was surprised it was the tavern menu vs the dinner one. Tavern was limited and not what I was looking for.
  21. KS

    KarenS

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Brunch was just what we wanted. Food came out very quickly. Lots of choices on the menu.
  22. S

    Spike

    New England

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Russell House has fallen off in quality in the last few years. The service and cocktails remain great, but the food was mediocre at best. Charcuterie was grey and tasteless. Fries were cooked at too low a temp, so they were tough and limp. Creme brulee was grainy and chocolate cake was bland.
  23. LD

    LauraD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fast. Food was excellent and drinks were well made. A little loud when crowded but not unbearable. Great spot for a pre-theatre meal
  24. LE

    LiaE

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went to Russell House Tavern with a group after Christmas, food was very good as well as the service. Would definitely recommend.
  25. H

    Heddagabber

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was good! A bit noisy, but the food and service were good!
  26. DB

    DavidB

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food, great location!! We ate in the bar area, downstairs, our waitperson was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and made great recommendations. Highly recommend.
  27. AS

    AmyS

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service was great (Abigail?). Cinnamon rolls were excellent! The shakshuka was not good though and the chopped salad had super dry chicken. Super fun atmosphere and a great space - but the food was meh. I'd give it another shot though to see if I just ordered poorly.
  28. r

    restauranteur123

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating 11 years together and where we first met!
  29. KM

    KimmM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food, great location!! Highly recommend.
  30. C

    Craig

    New England

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    By far the worst service I’ve had in decades of dining. 50% of the drink orders were wrong. Plates for shared courses not brought for 15 minutes after asking 3 times. Watched multiple staff standing around looking at their phones or goofy tablets as we tried to request plates, drinks, or deserts. The food was mediocre when it arrived and when we had plates to distribute it. Servers seemed oblivious to just how bad they were. And then had the poor manners to look over my shoulder as I grudgingly added an undeserved tip to the check. We will never return and encourage everyone to look for any other options to eat.
  31. RC

    RobertC

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great place just to get together. Great bourbon pours. solid food Oysters and little neck’s were fresh
  32. RJ

    RJsuburbandad

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I had the beef short ribs which were delicious. Brussels sprouts in the sweet potato puree were also excellent.
  33. PL

    PatriciaL

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Ate outside the first time I went to Russell House and preferred it because it was quieter. The food is very good, as is the service and I will return.
  34. TN

    TatyanaN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place! Eat there every time we are in town (we are from California)!
  35. C

    Chappy

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice bustly vibe. Great cocktail. Food was mediocre this time.
  36. CM

    CatherineM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time to this place at the recommendation of one of our staff members. The food was fresh and made quick. Staff were friendly and attentive (replenished my glass with water every 10 minutes). Dark work and low-lit lighting. A little nosy for my taste but overall I could hear my guests talking. I would return back on my own.
  37. L

    Laura

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I really like the drink selection at Russell Tavern. I ordered the black kale caesar salad and when it was delivered it was not kale. I was good, but when I mentioned it to the staff, they said they ran out. It would have been nice to know ahead of time. The noise level can get loud after 8:30pm. I like the restaurant and will go back, but I will ask the staff to let me know if they make any substitutions and arrive before 8:30pm.
  38. BQ

    BenQ

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good menu selections, good service and nice atmosphere. Staff is very nice and attentive and they offer a good variety of menu options for even the pickiest eater. Great location and cool vibe.
  39. JO

    JeanO

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    6 of us for lunch. Great meal and service. Love the crispy Brussels sprouts.
  40. CC

    ChristineC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Ambiance is great! Cozy and good location is Harvard square. Margherita pizza was pretty terrible. Oysters were good. Drinks were mediocre.

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 4.4 stars by 2544 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 98 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, Pizza Bar

  • 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, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brian Pawlak

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, 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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