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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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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (25)
Fun (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
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Bar Seating (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Authentic (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Cozy (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Romantic (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Business Meals (6)
Great Beer (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Live Sports (4)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tapas (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 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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 (New England)·Dined 3 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

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 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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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·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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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Live Sports, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was a great time and the food was excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Perfect for casual dinner.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great fresh food. Fast, accurate service.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This is our go-to for business meals. The food and service are quality, and it provides a good atmosphere for talking.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The Salmon and Swordfish dinners were excellent. Service was good. Would definitely return.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great service and food! Loved our experience! It was cozy and swanky without being over the top.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was very good! My husband enjoyed his Pork 5 Ways, and I had the burger. We found the drinks to be good as well. We told Open Table it was a birthday celebration and we received a free dessert for my husband! Thank you!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Consistently good service and food. Their burger is the best around!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on January 16, 2018

We had a delicious lunch with friendly and helpful service. When it gets full it’s very noisy. We were there early. The noise increased

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Unfortunately, quality was a bit uneven for our brunch meal. I had two poached eggs, and one was basically hard boiled. A friend ordered two eggs over medium, and the tools were barely set. At the end of the meal we split the bill across two credit cards, and the waitress misbilled is. To her credit, she noticed this and came back to rerun the cards.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Pizzas ordered had way to much cheese on them and one was flavorful but neither very good. None of us would recommend. Also your goat cheese pizza had regular regular cheese (menu not labeled). Burger was good.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Good food and reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was the worst New Years I can remember in a while. We were seated immediately with a Rez. However a crazy grandma and her family started screaming throughout the dinner demanding a taken table near us. The grandson was horrific even coming up and touching my husband at one time. We complained about the screams but nothing was comped.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service and excellent food! 4 diners all loved their entrees, and the cocktails were delicious.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

great place with great food and service! i got the steak tartar and the leek pizza. both were delicious. our server was Kelly and she was absolutely wonderful. very respectful and always checking in on the table!

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Fun, Late-night Find, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Needs a better kids menu, the grilled cheese was rock hard, had no typical vegetable options. Add the basics, chicken fingers, carrots, broccoli, should be simple and parents will be more likely to come back.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Came here for a friends reunion. It was a perfect spot & they put us at a great table. Food came out quickly and was delicious. The burger was so good & loved that it was on an English muffin! Not too much bread. Drinks were good and moderately priced. Will come back again soon!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The bartenders where incredible. They where flexible and helpful and creative. Even though the menu had been changed the food was still good. The steak tartar was a bit chewy but okay overall. Cute for a Birthday.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Eh, not so much. We won't be back any time soon. The burgers were really dry and tasteless and other folks' entrees were pretty blah. Too bad...

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Welcoming tavern style restaurant where families with children are comfortable at brunch along with the usual Harvard Square devotees. The brunch menu wasn't huge, but there were options and the food was tasty and well prepared. Though the servers were friendly, there was a certain amount of confusion about orders and they seemed a little disorganized.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

There for brunch; great atmosphere and interesting and abundant food.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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