The Red House Restaurant

4.5
1491 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Award-Winning New England inspired raw bar & seafood-based restaurant located in the heart of Harvard Square including outdoor patio seating and Cambridge's first Conservatory Bar showcasing botanical-based cocktails and infusions
Sit in our Winter Chalet, Pink Room or Conservatory Bar Area. ALL rooms have ventilation to outdoors. You will never be sat in an inclosed room or area.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1491 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had grilled octopus to start (wanted to try it, wasn’t a fan but that could be because we both just aren’t going to be fans of grilled octopus no matter how it’s served), fish and chips, and the scallops. The fish and chips were GREAT. The scallops were sandy and nothing special.

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vipFrankE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. Cal Imari is made to perfection. The lobster roll is to die for. Highly recommend this place for a unique experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ended up being quite early for our reservation, but they were not too busy and worked us in early! My husband and I had the pork tacos and the swordfish and both meals were delicious!

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ChristaE
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional, food and drinks outstanding! Atmosphere was cozy and relaxing on the patio. Definitely will recommend this to fire and hope to be back!

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Imbriano1
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely in the go back list.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

We were served room temperature water tasted like tap water. Oysters seem spoiled or so. Didn’t look appetizing, everything was so overpriced and didn’t seem worth the bill. My seafood pasta did not include the whole lobster like the picture and it seemed to have a soupy liquid at the bottom of it but the pasta itself was not cooked well, curly like ramen and dry. the experience really changed our expectations for the rest of the night :(

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Harmony
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great time. Excellent food. Service was attentive but less family with the food/menu.

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FranckB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Very nice place but just for drinks.
We had a platter of seafood couldn’t finish it was full of chewy octopus and the rest was not good quality

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DanielT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food and ambience with beautiful outdoor dining. Inexplicably, given the quality of the food, the wine was served undrinkably warm...

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TaniaA
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our experience at The Red Table! 10/10 recommend!

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CatherineL
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and delightful experience!

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RoseM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Best lobster roll and the swordfish was perfect. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff. And Sangria drink special was delicious. Will definitely go back!

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vipGuitarman
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place. Excellent drinks! Seafood pasta was wonderful!!!

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enjoythejourney
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very special place.

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Nashfoodie
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

For a cozy, delicious meal, The Red House comes through big time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent appetizers in big shareable portions. Fun original cocktails. Intimate space and great outdoor dining.

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vipBillinBoston
New England
68 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Red House has become really superb. I had the swordfish and my partner had the scallops. Both were excellent. The tables are now farther apart, no longer jammed uncomfortably together as they were before Covid. In other words, Red House has gone from good to outstanding.

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vipMarisaF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh seafood and other options. The wait staff was extremely friendly, and the ambiance was very nice. Perfect for a nice summer dinner! A little bit pricey but everything was delicious.

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vipYogaenthusiast
New England
121 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Red House is an old standard and we always enjoy our visits. We don't expect gourmet food, but the porch is a great spot to share with friends. Summer is so short in New England, and The Red House allows us to enjoy it. Like many restaurants, service can be slow due to the difficulties finding staff, but the staff is friendly, knows the menu items and works to deliver food in a timely way. Have patience, and you'll enjoy the experience. We'll return.

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Eddies
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I was surprised that it was no longer a very good Italian restaurant, but a so-so fish place. We ate outside, but the inside lacked the charm of previous incarnation

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service. Noise level was very high. It was hard to hear conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great time! The atmosphere was amazing! Service was phenomenal ! The oysters were perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing lobster rolls and great drinks

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vipKPMedical
New England
32 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great Lobster rolls and great drinks. Fun location.

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vipAlyJo
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The manager was so kind! We asked to move outside as we were seated in a room with a noisy crowd and they accommodated right away. Food was great. Drinks a bit pricey. We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Drinks were phenomenal and the atmosphere is fun but the service and food were terrible. I ordered a ribeye and it was so dry I ate 3 bites and got rid of the rest. You’d think when they came to clear the table they’d ask why I didn’t eat my food, but nothing. Took forever to find the waitress whenever something was needed and they charged me full price including the steak I didn’t eat. There are many more restaurants in the area I suggest you choose one of those.

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Brinn
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an enjoyable experience. The food was great. The service pretty good considering all restaurants are currently short staffed.

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Mlem
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was delicious, service was spotless and the drinks were great! we had oysters, the original lobster roll and the margarita flight, all excellent! we sat on the patio and it was a really nice quiet ambiance. really nice time overall

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Mike
Oklahoma City
18 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent & pleasant service - My Fish & Chips GREAT - wife had a very nice Caesar Salad & Fried Octopus prepared to perfection. Creme Brûlée was as good as it gets. Simply a truly enjoyable dining experience☹️

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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Kristen
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

beautiful and delicious cocktails, lovely street-side ambience, and a grilled octopus that you should always order

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JillW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So cozy sitting by the fire in July!
The server was so friendly and helpful
Interesting drink menu and the shrimp linguine was perfection

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vipHarrietD
New England
39 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant Harvard Square ambiance. Excellent seafood lunch--I had swordfish with basil pesto and asparagus, and my guest had scallops. Outside dining pleasant. Only complaint--No coffee available!

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GingerPeach
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the patio with our 2 small dogs. It was a lovely day. The staff was very professional and friendly. We started with the guacamole and oysters from the raw bar. Both were excellent. My husband and I had the fish and chips and our son had the salmon. All were absolutely fabulous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Flavor was there, but food came out cold. Oysters came out full of shell and ice had fully melted. However, management was professional in addressing situation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Waitress was nice! Food was absolutely terrible! Will not be going back! Watermelon salad was bad.. watermelon was soggy, no mint or almonds were on the dish, but were listed as main ingredients. Coconut shrimp came with 5 small shrimp and was not split-able between 2 people and definitely not worth the price.. I will not be going back and would not recommend featuring this restaurant on your platform!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Was pretty disappointed in the mussels meal. Was very bland. I’ve had this kinda meal at other places so I do know what good mussels are like. Also even after asking specifically if they had the corn and roast potatoes sides like the menu said and was told yes they did, just as my meal arrived I was told they were actually out of the potatoes then was told they’d sub it for fries which I actually didn’t want. I asked if they could make it a side salad instead but they said no which I thought was a bit ridiculous considering. Honestly would’ve gotten a different meal if I had been told beforehand. My friend also didn’t love his salmon. So for the price it was a waste.

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Personne
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This restaurant used to be excellent, but the new menu is disappointing, and the prices have gone up quite a bit.

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Jawsen
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails were fresh and balanced - only regret is not being able to try them all.

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You can order delivery directly from The Red House Restaurant using the Order Online button. The Red House Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Red House Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 576-0605.

The Red House Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1491 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.