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Russell House Tavern

4.3
1585 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub
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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

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Phone number
(617) 500-3055
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Greg Guevin
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Brattle Street
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Parking details
Validation for the harvard square parking garage and on street parking
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Public transit
Harvard Square Station (Redline or Bus)
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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
What 1585 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Was seated for 15 minutes before server came by with water. Only saw server 3 times, to get water and order, to ask for salt and pepper, and the check.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

Terrible service, mediocre food served tepid. The waiter dropped a tray of drinks all over my husband and my purse and barely apologized. No one came over to us until the end of the meal when we said we were hoping maybe a round of drinks oils be comped. The manager then came over and said to write an email and a dry cleaning bill. In the end they did not complete the round. I guess they forgot. Also, the downstairs dining room smells as if it has it been thoughtless cleaned. It was bad

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Music was a bit too loud for our and took over 20min for drinks to be served (2 coffees, a tea, a seltzer, a mimosa and a bloody mary - not complicated cocktails or anything) but the food was great and our waiter was incredibly attentive and knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

It was just ok. Nothing special. I felt like cattle. In and out.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food and good service! Though it was a bit slow while we were there (customer-wise).

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food was ok and service wasn’t the best. Probably wouldn’t go back.

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vipATLDiner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Nothing spectacular at all about the food. Not sure why the rating is so high. Slow service, high prices, mediocre food, at best.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

We enjoyed our visit prior to an event in the area. Nice staff, good food, fun atmosphere.

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scottk 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

The food and service are always great. The lower level is a little noisy for a business lunch

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The wait staff was great.
The food was good, maybe even very good, but not outstanding, or brilliantly creative/imaginative.
Most of the dining is on the lower level, which is mercifully quieter, if not quiet, but lacks much of a vibe. The lower level decor is not especially imaginative.
They have an outstanding location in Harvard Square.
The outdoor dining in nice weather is a real plus.
We will go back. But I haven't developed a sense of passion about Russell House Tavern, yet. Maybe on my/our next try.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Wonderful location. My husband and I met a friend we haven't seen in 11 years! It was a great reunion and the perfect place for a meal. Will highly recommend this restaurant.

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BradfordP (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a wonderful time. We arrived early for our reservation but they still managed to seat us even though they were very busy. Food was very good, cocktails were fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

excellent food, excellent service, deafening noise level, rickety tables, huge bar

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vipCiacolona (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The wait staff weren’t very attentive but the food and drinks were top notch, as usual.

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bdaydinner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Had a really nice birthday meal for my girlfriend. Only problem was we made a dinner reservation for 8PM and at about 8:15 they tried to seat us in the bar. I explained I had made a dinner reservation and wanted to sit in the dining room. We were eventually given a table in the dining room after a bit more of a wait. After that, everything went very well.

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AndyAppSec (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Oysters! Seafood Tower, Mussels, Lobsters, and more Oysters! Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The place is good, but they used to be much better in the past in terms of seasoning and service.

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vipGT8MD (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We went here for Brunch while running an errand to Harvard Yard area. Always love the food here and just the right kind of energy. The waitress who took our order was quite nice and cheerful. My wife ordered bacon extra crispy and eggs. Another lady brought us our entrees and my wife asked for salt and pepper and asked very nicely that the bacon (not crispy) be sent back to the kitchen. this waitress actually scowled at my wife!!! Really!! needs to be retrained.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Loved the environment. Walking distance from my hotel and Harvard. Food was good. My entree was just ok. I would go back.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

It was a great time and the food was excellent!

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