The Red House Restaurant

4.6
1172 reviews
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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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KC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Was there for early wkday lunch so on th quiet side and the one bartender was host, server, bartender for the few tables present. Got crab cake sliders, was ok. Maybe too much flour, couldn't taste much crab and maybe little too fried in that taste so didn't fill the craving I had and had better. I went before part of restaurant closed down and thought it was real yummy so quality felt different this time around perhaps but maybe just this dish I had?

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Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, cozy atmosphere. Nice place to relax with friends.

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PN
New England
38 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy the cozy ambience of this traditional Cambridge spot - rather like coming into a village inn. Compared to other restaurants in the neighborhood, prices are more reasonable, and the food and service are very good. The grilled cauliflower small plate was a very tasty way to begin, and the bread was good, as well. The lobster rissoto was full of lobster and rich with flavor. All in all, a good choice for a pre-theatre meal.

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p
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Disappointing. We were there with a party of eight. Ordered different entrees; unfortunately, all of them were uninspiring and overpriced. The only good thing, and that's rare to find, was the intimate setting and low noise level. Remember the place from previous visits. Has gone down, too bad. They need to work hard to regain their reputation.

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k
New England
35 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There is an interesting choice of small plates or large plates with seasonal ingredients and standbys... There are vegetarian options in each category too. These vary and oysters are always available seasonally as a treat for oyster fans. The welcome is always warm and the experience equally warm—a fine choice in Harvard Square.

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f
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My husband and I had a lovely New Years Eve Dinner at the Red House. We love the atmosphere there
and the food. I had the the lobster far diavolo which was fantastic. My husband was a little disappointed
with the beef wellington that he ordered but we will be back.

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KS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, interesting small plates. Our server Justin was outstanding.

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E
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. We’ve been at least 8 times and miss the dining room with the skylight but it’s still cozy, great cocktails and outstanding food.

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic meal and a great experience. I just love this place.

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FC
London
23 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've been coming here since they opened and have rarely been remotely disappointed. Good food. The best place to sit in winter is by the fireplace across from the bar.

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NE
New England
62 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

They have made this place much smaller so it’s uncomfortable when full

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n
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We mainly go there for the oysters, and we're never disappointed. Always fresh, no variety, but always good flavor. Main dishes very good, too.

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LZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Only flaw was the music was too loud for the small dining area, we needed to ask to have it turned down but it kept being turned back up. It could be the speaker needs to be placed nearer the bar and away from the tables.

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LM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food sharable size portions. Staff was nice and the oysters are very reasonable.

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SR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal was very good, the fireplace was great and the service was excellent. Am planning to come again.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got a table in the bar right next to the crackling fire - very cozy and festive for our team holiday celebration. Goat cheese appetizer was fantastic, as was the ravioli.

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L
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was spectacular. It was a bit noisy and difficult to hear. Although it was warm there was an occasional draft especially by the bathroom.
Out waitress was sweet but she took our plates away with food still on them before we were finished. We did not fuss as we with another couple.

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KK
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to dinner before a concert in Harvard Square-very convenient! We arrived early for our reservation and were happily accommodated. We came in out of the cold and were seated by a toasty fire where we started with drinks and apps...oysters were delicious. We then ordered a few small plates, the polenta with mushrooms was comfort food at its best! Everything was fresh, well seasoned, not overly prepared. Would definitely return!

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s
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fireplace is a welcome feature in the winter months. The atmosphere is cozy and warm. The lobster carbonara was fabulous!

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GK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 7 came to the restaurant for dinner. The waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and always on top of what we needed. The food was outstanding. We ordered many small plates and shared. This was the first time there for all 7 and every one of us said we would come back! We all work in the area and none of us knew about this gem. WONDERFUL choice for our group.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cozy dining room, seasonal cocktails , and lobster carbonara was amazing! Definitely recommend.

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W
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was return trip to The Red House and it did not disappoint. Everyone from the host to the servers is so friendly and the food is delicious! I sampled small plates while my husband enjoyed the steak.

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P
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Had to track down the waiter to place our order; wrong food delivered to our table. The pan fried trout was very good but other dishes were bland.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent and creative. The owner, manager, and all of the others who served us were attentive hospitable, and fast - the one that was our primary was the opposite. Hense the low service score. Don't worry, she won't be there long.

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New England
61 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We have been here for brunch. For the first time we tried their dinner. The best part is $1 oyster. The worst part is poor service. Our waitress even did not bring bread. When we want cheaper oysters, we would come back.

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FH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I didn't answer yes or no to whether or not I would recommend it...the answer is "maybe".
I've been going to the Red House for years and was totally disappointed when I found out that a pharmacy for pot had basically taken it over ..really?! The restaurant is now tiny, crowded, and noisy. If you can sit outside, that would probably be best. We were in the "dining room", which is tiny, and it was fine while we were the only ones there. But then two groups came in (there are only 3-4 tables and you're basically on top of one another) and it was noisy and crowded. Why did you take a great restaurant and turn it into a pot shop....I assume for the money. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against legalizing pot or having shops for it...but ruining a good restaurant for it doesn't make sense. Too bad, I loved the Red House, but no more. I'll consider trying it again in the spring when we can sit outside!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was delicious and our server was excellent. We didn’t feel rushed at all. We will definitely be coming back again. Oh, and the $0.50 oysters were amazing as well.

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M
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I have been to this restaurant a number of times and it was favorite. Not anymore. The size of the place has shrunk, the atmosphere is crowded, tables are very very close to each other, and the menu has changed considerably. The portions are very small on the entree side. We ordered the duck, and while very good, there was only sliced duck on the mini plate. We paid $19 for 6 slices of duck. Can't imagine what the 'small plates ' look like. We went home and had a snack.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the plates were wonderful! Specially the lobster risotto, it was the right amount of creamy and had perfectly cooked lobster. Good ambiance and nice people.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al Fresco dining was delightful. Food was terrific!

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PP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food that is hard to find and excellent service. Definitely would go again.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting friends from out of town

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CB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Perfect restaurant for that in-between... Something nice but not too expensive. Would have liked outdoor seating but it was filled when we got there.

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DB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood, affordable, nice little spot! Accomodated my small dog on patio, loved it!!!

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OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A few small rooms that can be noisy but otherwise, a great and enjoyable surprise.

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e
New England
53 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

This was our first visit since the Red House reconfigured itself. The inside dining area is not as pleasant as previously. We were seated in what was formally a private room, and the noise level (not from music but just people talking) was surprisingly intrusive. Food was ok, but not at the level we remember.

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NC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Our oysters were luke warm as was our shrimp cocktail. The entrées were small and we left hungry. Ended up getting burgers at shake Shake shack. Our waiter was really nice but unfortunately, the next time I want to spend $90 on appetizers we’ll be going somewhere else.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation, and they acted as though they were doing us a big favor by giving us a table. The service was slow. This used to be a great restaurant - now it has to work to regain a reputation.

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PE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

We went for the oyster special. Unfortunately they were poorly shucked and unpleasant to eat. The food was eh in a city filled with delicious seafood. The lobster Alfredo was kind of clumpy instead of saucy and the chowder broth was tasty but very thick with potatoes and tiny pieces of chopped lobster. The prices are great and the staff was very nice. This place came highly recommended so I’m hoping we just hit an unfortunate bad evening.

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OT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

How this place gets these reviews I have no idea. The menu appears to be vivid and creative. It is not. Food is simply slapped together and favors do not jive. The presentation is akin to something an 8yo would do.

Service is non-existent. From the host to the servers. Literally had to introduce ourselves as diners to host. Server never came by to ask how things were going or offer to replenish drinks.

This place is an absolute embarrassment.

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