The Red House Restaurant

4.5
1489 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 1489 people are saying
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vipWorldTraveller
St. Louis
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We saw that the Red House was a highly rated restaurant in Cambridge near Harvard Square. It's in a restored colonial era house. We ate on the porch which had plastic to block the wind and infrared heaters, but my wife was uncomfortable. The service was excellent. The menu and wine list were small and printed on paper likely due to pandemic precautions. I ordered the seafood medley over squid ink pasta, a rarity on menus. The Shellfish were outstanding, but I would have preferred a higher temperature. My wife had the fish and chips which was superb but an enormous portion, easily shared by two people. Also, for a restaurant at this price point, they should have provided cloth rather than paper napkins.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Management and service was kind and considerate. Scallops and chowder was absolutely fantastic.

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vipErinP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! They accommodated our large group very well!

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vipKarenM
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute restaurant with great service! I had the butternut squash ravioli, it was delicious and was a generous portion. There were outdoor heaters for most of the outdoor eating areas that made it comfortable to be on the patio. Highly recommend this place!

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Framingham
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always !! The noise level from Charlie’s kitchen next door was high but we had a wonderful evening in spite of it!

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SusanP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The restaurant was fairly busy but the service was still great. My scallop dish came out completely ice cold and my husband's fish and chips looked and tasted like it had been fried twice. The drinks were good.........

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RebeccaP
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood. I had artichoke pasta and my husband had black ink pasta with mussels and scallops and shrimp. Plenty of outside seating.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We had high hopes but the food was pretty lackluster, especially for the price. The only vegan option was zucchini noodles with red sauce for $22. Two people in my group got the squid ink pasta which was okay. Served us crostini that was cold and hard as a rock. Another person got scallops, which came with a cold and bland side of puréed squash.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and waitress was fabulous.

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JenniferV
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant in Harvard square with lots of outdoor seating. The service is superb and the food is wonderful, very New England. I entertained some out of town guests here and it was perfect.

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SarahC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our luncheon was delicious and we felt comfortable with distance from other diners. We will return soon.

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Lola99
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Although our server was knew he was very attentive and took good care of us. The patio is lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Indoor space is small and a little noisy . The food was okay not great. With the exception of the loaded fries . If you go and it’s nice out definitely sit outside .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
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
7 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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Tanya
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and such a cute outdoor set up! Margarita flight was fun and

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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
17 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
5 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
124 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
33 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!

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 4.5 stars by 1489 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.