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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AS
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really love this place. The food is tasty and the setting is cosy. A favorite for a romantic date night!

KV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy, warm, nice fireplace. Lamb stew was perfect on a cold winter night, and fireplace as well. Very good choices of scotch and beverages with a lovely bar. Very enjoyable.

B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice cozy restaurant on Harvard Square.

j
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

had not been since the renovations: food and service = AOK;
ambiance and noise level = instrusion.
seating too tight for our comfort.

JP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

the food was only average

SC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The Red House has a lot going for it - good service, wonderful ambiance, excellent location, imaginative menu. It's the kind of really sweet spot that should result in a truly superb romantic experience. Only one thing was not up to par - the food. We had the lamb skewers as an app, lobster carbonara and tuna steak as entrees. They were OK. Not bad, just OK. The saving Grace was it wasn't ridiculously expensive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Christmas Eve. Food was great, ambiance nice and in general warm and welcoming. The Manager got a little defensive when we inquired about allergens in the food. Considering the life threatening nature of the issue we appreciate patience with questions. Not my first time there so I was a bit surprised.

m
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely and delish Christmas Eve dinner. We wew pleased with the variety of offerings and choices for us all.

e
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a very special evening at The Red House - wonderful, charming old-Cambridge ambience, delightful food and courteous, attentive service. We will be back!

JR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We left a concert early, so arrived at 5:00pm and had no trouble getting a table. The oysters were delicious, with a wedge of lemon and cocktail sauce. Excellant service from our waiter, Lenny.
My wife had the lamb stew. Generous prortion, tasty but with a peppery aftertaste. I had Drunken crab meet carbonara. Plenty of pasta, but very, I mean very little crab meet.

MM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Decafe coffee and regular and decaf cappuccino please. Otherwise, fantastic!

AS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unusual little place. The cozy fireplace seems like it would be lovely to sit next to. But the tables are crushed in together and you feel like you have having a conversation with the next table rather than your companion. It was LOUD, on a Wednesday late afternoon. The food is okay - scallops with a spicy pineapple salsa, lamb kebab, baked goat cheese and a spinach salad with apples and beets. Nothing stand out or unusual. Felt like a meal I could do better at home, and I'm not a great chef or anything. Not worth going back to - which is too bad because it would be nice to have a cozy out of the way place in Harvard Square to go after the theater.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Loved the historic building.

HM
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a special occasion here, and it was the perfect setting. Outstanding, attentive but not hovering, service. Fantastic deal on oysters and shrimp cocktail if you get the timing right, not to mention the extensive lobster menu. Highly recommend for an intimate and delightful experience.

DB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food.

LB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious lobster chowder and turkey pot pie croquettes.

BK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, the food is high quality, beautifully prepared, and the owner cares about sustainablility and local food sources. The ambiance is wonderful.

D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A friend and I tried out the Red House simply because it was close to our evening entertainment. Much to our surprise the interior was charming and comfortable, fostering great conversation. Better yet, the food was inventive without being desperate to be different, and quite good. Service was attentive and quite satisfactory considering the price range. In a nutshell, I am definitely going back with my wife to explore the menu further.

FR
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Red House Restaurant was the perfect place to warm up on a cold day! It is an incredibly cozy spot with a real wood fire crackling in the corner. It was a difficult choice to decide which appetizers and entrees to get, but nearly all of the ones tried were fantastic. Red House would make a great date spot or good spot to eat with friends or even by yourself and still feel right at home.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food was very bland. I thought the chef forgot to use any spices in his dishes. We ordered small plate items. Out of 5 items not one was tasty at all. Very disappointed. We dont need to revisit this restaurant again

RD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Red House is a much better dining experience for dinner. We had a wonderful meal next to the fireplace. The lunch experiences I’ve had have been mediocre.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy ambiance. Good options for vegetarians. Delicious meal.

KH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
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 on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

HS
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
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 !

MM
New York Area
8 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
19 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.

D
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
77 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
21 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.