Russell House Tavern

4.5
2114 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2114 people are saying
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vipMoll
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was a little slow, but bartender was by himself and he was working hard - highly recommend

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JeffA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal great food and service also reasonable

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vipsaraiza
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good price, nice service and excellent foods

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DaveC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Considering COVID, the Russell House was fairly crowded but the organization was there to keep everyone distanced and safe. We, my wife and I, sat at the bar, basically in an area that would normally seat 6 people, again very safe. The brunch was pretty good although the delivery was a little slow: It wasn't an issue as we were watching the Pats Game. Overall a good time and meal !!

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Sarah
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was super funny and helpful, food was great, comfortable outside with the heaters! Thank you for the evening!

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Cambridgegirl
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Plenty of outdoor seating. $1 oysters from 4-6. We've been three weeks in a row. My husband enjoys the oysters and I get a glass of wine and either the pizza or burger. Both are delicious.

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vipKristin
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant exceeded our expectations! It was so pleasant sitting on the heated patio under lovely twinkling lights. The food was delicious and the service was great.

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DaveP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife Julie and I enjoyed our experience at The Russell House Tavern. Excellent food combined with friendly service and warm ambiance made this an enjoyable experience. Check this place out!!!!

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was outstanding. I highly recommend dining here. Eating outside in courtyard was beautiful with the lights.

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vipJoanC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went for Sunday brunch and dined outdoors. We were seated in the alley patio next to the restaurant. It was a great space to eat out in. There’s plexiglass dividers between tables and heaters, which we didn’t need as it was in the 70s. The staff were all friendly and professional. There were 4 of us and we all had different meals. We each loved what we got. The only quibble was with the reservation. We had a 1:00 reservation and had to wait 20-25 minutes to be seated. Not sure if any restaurant would honor our reservation had we shown up 20-25 minutes late for it, so keeping us waiting on the street when we were on time, wasn’t ok. That being said, we didn’t rush once seated, nor did they rush us. Once seated, we had a great meal, and a great time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Shakshuka eggs were poached hard - not runny :/

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good, though a little pricey for the portion sizes. The ambiance is nice (as nice as it can be during covid with plexiglass between tables). Our server was very non existent which was Mostly ok since we were chatting away but when it came to the bill she accidentally charged $90 for a bottle of wine which was $40 on the menu we ordered from.. just glad I didn’t throw my card down before checking. Check your bills!

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ShannonS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place. Not sure what else to write here for a min or 50 characters

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

We had a longggggggg wait for our table (even though we had a reservation) and our drinks took at least 25 minutes. Loved the food and vibes, but the service was a bummer.

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vipSeth
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun scene - we always feel welcome & comfortable.

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Tommy
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

it is very cold outside they should make the heating lamp more powerful

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Anon
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the outdoor patio even on a cold evening. Glad to have a great outdoor dining option.

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AllegraE
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Ben was wonderful Sunday morning for brunch (:

-Allegra

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Cwh14
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had brunch - ok choices. Waiter was struggling - not sure why. Safety set up indoors was great

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Leah
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I loved the atmosphere! It’s a great spot right in the heart of harvard sq. The omelette I ordered wasn’t traditional, more like scrambled eggs with some veggies not cooked in. But over all the atmosphere was great and we still had a lovely brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal on the patio with our puppy. Our waitress was extra accommodating and our meal was lovely.

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vipsunnysideup
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Russell House Tavern has always been an enjoyable outing but is even more so in these challenging times -- it's a beacon of comfort and normalcy. The food is ever-delicious -- such as staples like the mushroom leek pizza and burger as well some new items like the warm spinach salad, sausage ricotta pizza, and short ribs! Check out the ever changing desserts! Kudos to the team for making us all feel safe throughout.

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vipPescatarian
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Server was very courteous, but the kitchen was slow. All brunch dishes were a 5, except the kale bowl. The cauliflower was indistinguishable from the quinoa and Brussels were not cooked enough for my liking. Burger and fries were great and the stuffed French toast was especially good.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

really bad service, both orders of steak were overcooked

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ThalissaS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a last minute table on a Sunday afternoon for my birthday with no issues. The courtyard tables were separated by plexiglass and all other tables were spread out. We had our own heater, which was perfect since it was a little chilly. The food and drinks were excellent, the ambience was lovely and the service was impeccable. Definitely one of my favorite places in Boston for cocktails and oysters!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Good oysters!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I’ll start off by saying I give restaurants a lot of credit for operating during a pandemic. With that being said, there were a bunch of things that when added up created a less than enjoyable experience at Russell House. My table of 6 went here for brunch, two of us ordered the burger, 2 the Nashville hot chicken sandwich, and the other 2 ordered a pizza. The burgers were over done and tasted charred, the Nashville hot chicken sandwiches were not spicy at all but otherwise fine, and the pizza was just okay. Additionally, the waiter was not attentive at all and did not seem busy with other tables. For these reasons, I give the experience a 3 out of 5, plenty of better options with the same price point in Cambridge!

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Gabim
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been here a couple times. I have a friend that used to work here and the first time I went was about a year ago. this weekend, I'm glad to say, nothing has changed. good vibes only

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Gina
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service was somewhat slow but the waitress was really friendly. Appetizers took 25 minutes for the corn and oysters. Corn appetizer was delicious but came out actually cold, not as if it was hot and took a while but like actually straight from the fridge. Nashville chicken sandwich had no spice at all for being called a hot chicken sandwich and spots of the breading were burnt, and the salad it came with was just lettuce - no detectable dressing. The bun and ranch were delicious though. Drinks were fantastic, ambiance was beautiful - like the outdoor seating option. Maybe just an off night for the chef.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy spot with great outdoor seating

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I love Russell House. I really enjoy their cocktails, but this is my first visit since Covid and they really weren’t up to their standard. I ordered two always sunnies and they were both different and did not meet their pre-Covid standard. We also ordered a Moscow mule, something that we really enjoy because they make their own ginger beer, this was also not up to their pre-Covid standards of yumminess. I also ordered my FAVORITE Jonah crab cakes and they were prepared substantially differently from their standard. I’ve ordered these countless times and was extremely disappointed not to get what I was expecting. There were also rancid nuts in the cheese platter, which was frustrating. I’m sure they have lost staff, but revisit your recipe books and go back to the old recipes and make sure you’re consistent in the execution. I really love Russell House, I hope they can find their footing again in the new normal.

Outdoor dining experience was really quite nice. Nice job with service and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The menu is rather limited. Hopefully it is just for the current troubled times. Overall a nice experience and a good vibe. Good for a dinner with friends as well as for a date. Meat and fish were really good. Fries not that much (really soft and got cold in a minute): you can go better with other sides.

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JILLM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleased to see proper social distancing in action at Russell House. We had a comfortable, delightful, and delicious dinner. Looking forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was nice place overall I just think the chicken was a small mishap. I would still here again.

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BryanR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I wanted to enjoy a nice night of oysters and cocktails, and Russell house definitely delivered

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vipCarolynG
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outside seating (they have inside too) very clean and safe. Delicious entrees nicely plated. Wonderful service -a perfect night out!

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RyanW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All food was great except for the veggie pasta dish - very flavorless unfortunately. Good service. One of our favorites.

RB
RachelB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was inventive and reasonably priced. Our server was professional and very conscientious about safety protocols. Our meals looked like something out of a food blogger's dreams and tasted even better. I'm sad my stomach couldn't hold more, or I would have tried everything! This is a charming restaurant that is handling the pandemic in the best possible way. Looking for an excuse to go back immediately!

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You can order delivery directly from Russell House Tavern using the Order Online button. Russell House Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 500-3055.

Russell House Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 2114 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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