The Red House Restaurant

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$30 and under
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European
With a seasonally changing menu and nightly specials, The Red House offers European-style cuisine. The Red House setting is intimate and cozy, with 2 fireplaces, tucked into a beautifully renovated historic home in the heart of Harvard Square. The Red House collaborates with its very own certified organic local farm, Charlie's Redhouse Farm, to bring you the freshest foods possible throughout the New England growing seasons. You can find our farm fresh produce incorporated into many of our plates and daily specials.
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KH
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and at reasonable prices. The place is a bit small but cozy. The noise level is better than at many places around here.

T
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a great combination of intimate dining, excellent service and outstanding food!

HS
New England
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New discovery for us. Loved the food, the place, the people. Our new go to in the Square.

CS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The Red House is very small and partly semi outside. No issue in Summer buth we kept on our jackets in October. Waiter let us wait somewhat long before we could order. Food was good. Value a bit of question for the ambiance. Expect a sort of pub with higher prices.

j
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service !

ED
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Tha Fall menu here is always terrific, with many variations on lobster - risotto, carbonara, chowder, etc. Our server, Nathan, was knowledgeable and efficient. Since the restaurant downsized it seems just a little more crowded but this is still our "go-to" spot in Cambridge. We've celebrated our Anniversary here for the last ten years and look forward to returning next year.

N
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. In the midst of Harvard Square and very cute place. We ordered a couple of small plates and a large. The lamb stew was excellent. So was the baked goat cheese.

UG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My husband and I went for a later dinner as we arrived to Boston in the evening. It was perfect because they have small plates. The pan seared scallops were delicious and spicy! But only 2 for a small plate. However, they were very plump and fresh and the perfect size for later dining. I marinated olives appetizer was quite tasty as well. Highly recommend the potato leek soup. The room we were seated in was quite small, which was fine, but other diners were quite loud and actually a bit obnoxious which took away from our dining experience. Not the venue's fault though. Loved the actual "house", it was lovely. Highly recommend.

OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cozy, quaint spot with a live fire. Plenty of regulars, very neighborly. Dinner at granny’s house vibe. Classic good food.

FO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small restaurant creates cozy dining experience. Food was very good and service was good.

R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious, the staff warm and welcoming and our waitress did an excellent job of maneuvering a difficult space.

T
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Extremely poor service but good food.

CT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Sat at the table for almost 20 minutes before anyone even came over to acknowledge us. The server who ended up jumping in to help was amazing. However, it would have gone a long way for the manager to at least come over and apologize. Food was just ok. My fiancé got the large lobster roll for $37...it was smothered in watery mayo and was smaller than something you would get at McDonald’s...

OT
New England
74 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Red House is small and bit cramped, and we had to move our table because people next to us were talking so loudly that it became unpleasant. Our server was very helpful. The food was fine but there is better food to be had at the same price point elsewhere in Harvard Sq. This may be a better place for a drink especially when their outside space is open.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience1

The restaurant was ok, but it is overrun with mice - literally running around under the tables on the walls.

BB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The small plates were fine, but you'll need a microscope to find anything but pasta in the drunken crab rigatoni.

RG
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Red House. This last visit we sat outside. It was perfect. Fabulous oysters, shrimp scampi and a refreshing glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This little place never disappoints, rain or shine. It’s been our go to place for years after a visit to the Oberon or A.R.T.

VS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good experience for a quick lunch near The Square. Sat outside on a high top table and ordered the cold octopus app, beet salad, breadless chicken sandwich and tomato bread soup. All were good and we were served with 15 min.

f
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great for a big party. (We had 12 people)

S
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really enjoyed the evening. Great value especially with the $1 oysters.

MW
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great slew of lobster entrees! What a blast! Thanks for a wonderful and relaxed evening out!

m
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Ordered salad and Mahi-mahi. Food was delicious but we had to wait for one persons dinner because the dish had an allergic ingredient that the server was clearly told about... we we not charged but it is weird when one person at the tables eats later ...

SN
New England
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience at the Red House on Saturday night in Cambridge. The service, food, and atmosphere was perfect. Quite a nice selection of beverages.

AO
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, especially the duck wings. The portion of the pasta was a little light given the price. All in all an enjoyable experience.

LS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Food was excellent! Had many of the small plates...All were delicious! Service is warm and knowledgeable! Highly recommended!

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE the Red House! We have dined inside and outside. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. The food is fresh and delicious. Great place to sit and people watch while you enjoy a great meal!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place with great service!

JC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. especially their lobster entrees. Very pleasant seating out on the porch though a very noisy group next to our table made it difficult to talk. I would definitely go back there again!

OT
New England
111 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was my wife's and my first visit to the Red House. On a rainy evening, we were happy to be seated inside at a table next to the wall that provided more space than most of the other tables. The big surprise came when my wife's $3 beet salad came with enough beets to feed her for days. She's still snacking on it. It was some bargain!! All of the food was delicious. The restaurant became much less appealing after all the tables filled up. People kept trying out the high top table behind me, crawling in with difficulty, and then crawling out again ... bumping my chair in the process. The noise level went from quiet to the edge of noisy pretty quickly. Consequently, I recommend coming early if you are going to dine inside. The wait staff also seemed to be stretched a bit thin, so the service was much better when the room was pretty empty. So again...go early for dinner!

AC
New England
70 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

My friend and I decided to get some good Italian food in Cambridge to which she mentioned Red House. I entered and it is, legit a red house very cozy, older tables, but a nice, homey feel. The food and drinks were delicious, Ioved it for my first time being there. The prices are higher for the entrees than expected and drinks are too, not worth the price for the space and drink portions, but very tasty. The server I was not fond of as he was very awkward and that made us feel the same. He did not check to see how anything was, and we had to ask to be watered; the server was nice, but he needs some work and we’d be fine with another server :-/.

AR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and dishes prepared to the satisfaction of my foodie friends

SD
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Red House has a wonderful vitality combined with excellence in cuisine and hospitality that makes it a delight. We started with a dozen Island Creek Oysters, followed by lobster carbonara for me (yum!) and crab cake sliders for Jessie. Thank you, Vincent and Molly!

c
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely quiet lunch here with excellent food, attentive (not over-attentive) service, and an attractive setting. Rivals the Harvest but at 2/3 the price. The Harvest's only advantage is its wine list; otherwise Red House is its equal.

BS
New England
48 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

went to lunch for a business meeting. was easy to hear each other, food was great and we were able to talk and didn't feel like we were getting kicked out.
the lobster risotto and lobster carbonara were both delicious!

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

National oyster day was a success!!!

YL
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great, and the food was very tasty. My friend and I really enjoyed it.

RB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were excited to try this restaurant but unfortunately, our food wasn't that amazing. I had the Lobster Carbonara and my husband had the Lobster Risotto. Both lacked flavor. We probably wouldn't return. Our server was very nice and we enjoyed our drinks.

LE
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really super place. Unpretentious, excellent food and great service. Would certainly recommend. Noise level slightly too high in our first spot but we were accommodated at a quieter table when we mentioned this.

FG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Possibly my favorite venue in Harvard square. Plates are light and delicious, the location is outstanding and feels very homey.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cambridge to see Harvard with our sons. I booked here because it was close, historical, and had favorable reviews. The food was excellent, the service was excellent. We will definitely dine here the next time we’re in the Boston area.