The Red House Restaurant

4.6
1440 Reviews
$30 and under
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
  • 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

Featured specials

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

Enjoy our patio's spring set up, The Gardens. Sip botanically infused cocktails amongst The Gardens luscious greenery and soak up the Spring sunshine. An unforgettable experience in the heart of Harvard Sqaure.

What 1440 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MadelynR
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

had a great meal for four people! the waitstaff observed covid guidelines and i felt like our party was adequately seated away from others. the food was wonderful and came out promptly. would definitely recommend for a good saturday night dinner!

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Bonzo
New England
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a charming little restaurant - we loved it all!

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AndreB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We were seated by the door at a high top and it was very drafty. The servers were in and out throughout dinner, and a blast of cold air would hit us every time. Please move the high top for two to a different location.

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PatriciaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was a Wednesday night during the pandemic, but still there is no excuse for barely defrosted shrimp cocktail. Lobster role was ok and utterly unremarkable. Fish and chips would have been fine if chips had been warm. It all added up to so-so.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Quick service

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RenataRAB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome seafood. Really recommend grilled octopus appetizer. Well served and delicious!

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AnneK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal on Easter Sunday. Great service, wonderful location, and delicious food. Recommend the seafood pizza!

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Meemee
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We splurged and got the S1 seafood tower and 11/10 did not regret AT ALL.

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MamaMc
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, we sat infront of the fire. Our server was knowledgeable, and helped us with the menu. It was a great meal

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RobG
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food - from the lobster and scallops to the salmon. Would definitely come back!

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joshuas
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal enjoyed at the Hi-Top inside just to the right as you enter, which I think is the best seat on the house. Food was excellent as usual. Ceviche appetizer is a solid choice, and nice presentation. Oyster selection was limited as a result we passed. The idea of a seafood pizza was a little odd at first, but the dish is an absolute must have. The Saffron stew = perfect on a cool spring evening. Portions are on the generous side. Beer list short, but great choices. Covid was well enforced. Highly recommend for a date, family, or small group, large group might present a challenge.

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mariner09
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place. Be advised that the patio is basically another room now, though. Excellent service, no complaints.

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vipBBR1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meal was very good and the fireplace is welcome on cold days. They seem to have reduced the size of the restaurant though in favor of more outdoor space.

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vipNightinBoston
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Red House. The food was excellent, the server was pleasant and the restaurant was quaint.

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vipsbcambridge
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere - love this place! Highly recommended.

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Laurel
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always have a wonderful time at The Red House! Fantastic food and environment.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has been updated since we last dined here, and new menu also. Food was fabulous, and we love the ambiance. We ate inside, but updated outdoor patio area with heaters looked great also. This is one of our favorite places in Cambridge, never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time dining at the red house restaurant! Our server continued to check if we needed anything, the front room was cozy and the food was great.

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JoanneT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and warm, knowledgeable staff. Best restaurant in Harvard Square.

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Gretchen
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was delicious - inspired cocktail list and amazing seafood dishes. Would definitely eat here again!

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FallonC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We recently went here for my husband's birthday! The food was delicious and the drinks were great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood pizza was great!

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vipBurakE
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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LilyB
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this place!! We got the lobster carbonara and the duck and they were both delicious. The best part by far was the clam chowder!! So good we had to get some to go. Our server was great as well :) will definitely be coming back

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Laurel
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and environment! Our waitress had her hands full with many tables and was still able to do an outstanding job!

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vipDunwich
New England
46 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's nice to see that the Red House is still around. We were seated in the enclosed area that was previously outside. Our cocktails were good (F2 with pear puree I think), except that we eventually figured out that one of them had been mixed up with a different choice from the menu (still interesting, but confusing). The ceviche appetizer was a bit bland and would have been better with something crispy instead of bread. The lobster carbonara was very good, and had a nice amount of lobster meat; I really don't understand the other bad reviews for that dish. The Indonesian style swordfish was also tasty. In the desserts, we liked the carrot cake better than the red velvet cake.

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April
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!! A little pricey - but honestly when most of the menu items are lobster you can't complain!! We will definitely be back - Monica our waitress was wonderful and between our drinks and food we were extremely satisfied!! :)

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Julia
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

the "outdoor" space was extremely nice, although didn't really feel like we were outside. The drinks were fun and the food was great! They were out of a few things we wanted but that may have been due to COVID. the seafood pizza was excellent

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VDayDiner
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice food. However, I am concerned that the restaurant was overcrowded during a time when social distancing should be enforced. My partner and I were seated within 6 feet of two other tables — this was concerning for us.

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Haley
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service and overall ambiance were great (the winter chalet/patio was very cute and cozy!). However, the food was pretty pricey for the quality we received. The lobster roll was very basic, soggy, and the meat didn’t taste fresh (the meat pieces were also extremely tiny). The grilled octopus was also rubbery and disappointing. It’s not on par with what I’d expect from a seafood focused restaurant in the greater Boston area. I found the cocktail program to also be pretty straightforward for being charged $16 a piece. All in all, you can find equal quality of service and ambiance with much better food/drink at other restaurants in the area.

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Lulu
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was pleasantly surprised with dinner. The lobster roll while small was fresh and delicious, the seafood tower was out of site and my old fashion was garnished and made just right. It would’ve however been nice if the portions were a little stronger. A side of fries should equal at least a small fry at your favorite fast food joint. Overall service was on point and I will definitely return on my next visit to CM.

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LucasS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The cocktails were excellent and overall the food was very good. I would say a little overpriced, but overall a very good place to eat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was the most miserable dining experience I’ve had in years. From the quality of the food to the taste of the drinks. I do not recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food and drinks will definitely be coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Mixed feelings. Great food. Service was mediocre. They sat us indoors when we had specifically asked for outdoors. When I asked why we were inside they said that they had been over-booked. WHY WOULD YOU OVERBOOK A PLACE DURING COVID??? They brought out apps before drinks which is always a huge no-no. If you know the bar is backed-up, wait on serving the apps. I asked if they serve bread for the table and our serve said yes...but only realized that they charge you for it when we got the check. Again, good food (seafood pizza was amazing), the service kinda sucked.

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vipisvelarde
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I just loved it, the restaurant is beautiful and the food was delicious

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BlakeS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Was a really good experience. Good food and great atmosphere!

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Annika
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night out! Great Covid precautions. Sat in their outdoor chalet and it was such a pleasant dining vibe.

CS
CarolineS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and drink. Small space, but we were the only table inside. Food came out in less than 15 minutes

FAQs

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 4.6 stars by 1440 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.