About Russell House Tavern
Russell House Tavern continues the Harvard Square tradition of local enterprise as a New American Tavern serving seasonally-inspired, classic dishes from New England and beyond. An inviting, multi-level space adorned with vintage photographs of the Square, Russell House Tavern specializes in artisanal fare served alongside carefully hand-crafted cocktails and a distinctive collection of all-American wines and craft beers.
Cambridge, MA 02138
American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Late Night: Sunday-Thursday until 12 am, Friday-Saturday until 1:00 am
Bar: Sunday-Wednesday until 1:00 am, Thursday-Saturday until 2:00am
$30 and under
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Validation for the harvard square parking garage and on street parking
Harvard Square Station (Redline or Bus)
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Russell House Tavern Ratings and Reviews
Food here is pretty good with a very limited menu. If there's something specific you're looking for, I doubt you'll find it. But, if you're OK with whatever they offer, then I'm sure you'll find it tasty. The service was "OK" - waiter was a bit snarky, but not completely out of bounds.
Good GastroPub in the Hood! Very typical of a Pub with mood lighting (ie Dark). Staff were pleasant and helpful. We were 8 at dinner and everyone seemed to be happy with their meal. Relatively inexpensive. Reasonable medium priced wine list and good choice of beers. If you are in the mood for a GastroPub evening and you are in the area its worth giving it a try.
Took an important business client here for lunch and had no idea what to expect - never been here before. The whole experience was great and my business client was very impressed and had a great time. Food was awesome, service was great ; my only complaint was finding a place to park.
I would go back again and recommend to others.
We had a lovely lunch here while visiting the Harvard campus. The restaurant is attractive and the service was excellent. My husband and I both had the hamburgers and they were simply delicious -- some of the best in recent memory, cooked to order and served either with excellent french fries or a tasty green salad (both generous portions). The tables are a bit close together and can get noisy, but the location near Harvard Square is great, the food an excellent, tasty value, and the overall experience top notch.
Brother's graduation. The restaurant made our family of 6 wait ~25 minutes despite having a reservation. Staff was hanging out and laughing instead of clearing our table so we could sit down (even though we were all standing at the bar clearly waiting for our table). Food was bad, specifically the meatballs and the steak frites, the latter of which was cold.
Problem with online reservation-sat us upstairs at a high top - my husband has a bad back and can't sit at such a table- also very loud upstairs- we asked to be sat at a regular table and downstairs(party of seven) which they agreed to immediately but we had to wait over an hour for the final table- we complained a bit over the wait time and they did send over several delicious free appetizers for our inconvenience. Perhaps the wait was so long because we came with seven people not six, anyway, all the food was delicious and our waiter was excellent so I would give the place a four and a half stars and would try it again but be sure I specify what part of the restaurant I want to be sat at And make sure they know we can't comfortably do a high top.
We've eaten here before and had good experiences. This was our first time for brunch, and it was disappointing. Drinks and appetizers came out reasonably quickly, and were good, but we were at our table for over an hour before we got our main courses. Our server was apologetic but did not offer a good explanation for the delay other than the kitchen was backed up. Tables near us with patrons seated after us were getting their food ahead of us. When we did get our food, it was not terribly warm (but tasted good). Something clearly amiss with the kitchen management, coupled with inexperienced waitstaff. They offered a free desert, but at that point, we were done. We'll give this restaurant another chance, but probably not for Sunday brunch.
I love their small courtyard-esque outdoor seating area. The menu features great craft beer selections and local ingredients. My favorite part is that you can get a salad, fries or a little of both with your burger. I've never seen that option before and they provide a great portion of each!
Russell House Tavern appears to have a regular following given the busy dining room. It was our first time there and took the suggestions from our fabulous waiter. Just as she said the chicken dinner was satisfyingly moist. The steak was cooked to perfection.
Visiting Cambridge for the first time. Nothing too special about this place. Hamburger was very good but ambience and service was just okay. We were seated downstairs where it's dark and in a corner. Waitress was friendly but seemed overworked because we hardly saw her.
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