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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.

14 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Brattle Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 500-3055

Website:
http://russellhousecambridge.com/

Parking Details:
Validation for the harvard square parking garage and on street parking

Public Transit:
Harvard Square Station (Redline or Bus)

Executive Chef:
Greg Guevin

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (23)
Good for Groups (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
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Fun (19)
Casual (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Great Beer (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Authentic (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Live Sports (5)
Romantic (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Seasonal (4)
Healthy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tapas (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Aside from one service screw-up (they delivered our table's order to the table next to us and it took the other customers' pointing it out for anyone to notice) it was a very nice outdoors lunch. The tuna BLT was excellent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Bustling brunch spot. Egg BLT was delicious. The oysters were huge and tasty. Glad we made an open table reservation, the place was packed!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We ate on the patio. Waitress was attentive. Ceasar salad with dark kale was great.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The restaurant was half empty but the service was incredibly slow (took over an hour to get an appetizer). The itself was mediocre at best. Overall, very expensive and not worth the money.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

After eating twice at the Russell House Tavern, I can say this is a solid restaurant in the Cambridge area that should be your "go-to" place in case you can't make up your mind for business or personal meals.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Our waitress was so wonderful! One of my friends has a severe allergy and she and the cooking staff were so accommodating. In addition, it was my 21st birthday and she recommended amazing drinks and gave us free dessert. 100% would recommend!!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Food was excellent, nicely presented, and reasonably priced. Service was attentive and friendly.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Very disappointing experience , my meal was not prepared correctly The restaurant was very loud.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Great meal & service!!! Five stars!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Excellent cocktails, great service, food quite good

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Overall nice place, good food. The day we were there we waited over 1 1/2 hours for 3 burgers to be made. The waiter kept apologizing and removed an appetizer from the bill.
I would still go back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Great service with an engaging server and fantastic good. The open window seating is superb!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Russell House Tavern is now a favorite in Harvard Square. The ambiance is perfect for a range of experiences from informal business lunch to drinks with friends. The service is friendly and efficient. The menu is limited but each item is very good.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 31, 2017

This was one of the best dining experiences we've had in Boston. Thanks to Tyler and the entire team.
In-house charcuterie and cheese tray were fantastic.

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on May 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Great food and ambiance! Always a favorite for dinner

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

excellent service and great food. nice spot in the square. we will be back

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, People Watching
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Great casual dining.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Service was awful. Had to get up and ask to be served coffee twice. Poached eggs cooked so much they were dry. Potatoes soggy. Could not find waiter to pay bill.
Stay away.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Russell House serves consistently very good, creative food with a well-chosen menu and many options. Also, a good atmosphere. I have always enjoyed my experience here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This restaurant had the best breakfast sandwich I have ever had. Great brunch menu. Also the coffee was delicious! Would definitely go back. Big space, with a downstairs and outdoor patio.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Nice small graduation celebration!
Burger is huge, mussel delicious, sorbet refreshing
Loved our waitress: a local gal!
Loved sharing food with my family !
Wished we could have tried the brunch menu on Friday!!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Excellent meal for my daughter's graduation celebration lunch. Party of 7, reasonably priced, excellent drinks and service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Great Beer
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I would like a better dessert menu. The choice for chocolate lovers was minimal.
The food was great thoug. And the cosmopolitan was delicious!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I love going here, the food is great and reasonable for the value and the ambience is awesome.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Love this place. Great food, excellent service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Reservation wasn't ready so given the option stayed upstairs with seating in bar area which was not first choice but food and service were excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Great menu selection and spot for drinks and friends get together.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 7, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Got to bring my girlfriends parents here for brunch. It was very nice I felt like I could have ordered more off the menu been here for dinner love the exquisite raw bar, nice waitress she met the needs. Great spot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Excellent cocktail list and creative cuisine. Service while friendly was at times inattentive and overwhelmed.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Service is extremely slow. My chicken was over cooked and dry. Starters was much better than the main course (foie gras, devil eggs and charcuterie board) .

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