The Red House Restaurant
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?
Great food, cozy atmosphere. Nice place to relax with friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food, interesting small plates. Our server Justin was outstanding.
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.
Another fantastic meal and a great experience. I just love this place.
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.
They have made this place much smaller so it’s uncomfortable when full
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.
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.
Great food sharable size portions. Staff was nice and the oysters are very reasonable.
Our meal was very good, the fireplace was great and the service was excellent. Am planning to come again.
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.
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.
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!
The fireplace is a welcome feature in the winter months. The atmosphere is cozy and warm. The lobster carbonara was fabulous!
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.
Great cozy dining room, seasonal cocktails , and lobster carbonara was amazing! Definitely recommend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Al Fresco dining was delightful. Food was terrific!
Great food that is hard to find and excellent service. Definitely would go again.
Meeting friends from out of town
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.
Great seafood, affordable, nice little spot! Accomodated my small dog on patio, loved it!!!
A few small rooms that can be noisy but otherwise, a great and enjoyable surprise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.