The Red House Restaurant

4.2
1505 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 1505 people are saying
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4.2
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4.3
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EleanorZ
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the ambiance and the lobster rolls! Hope to come back soon!

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SusanL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Ordered a pitcher of sangria ….. tasted like cinnamon water… sent it back. Ordered octopus and it was undercooked. Ordered ravioli and it was inedible. Disappointing

JT
JohnnyTea
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Thanksgiving, prix-fixe. Turkey probably the worst ever served--dry, shredded, looked like and tasted like leftovers from last week. Ham inedible. Minuscule portions of potatoes and stuffing. A shameful ripoff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this space, great food and good portions. Very New England

MR
MikeR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic, food was very tasty, had a table in front of the fireplace. Was a very nice homey restaurant overall.

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ErikaH
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice space on the porch. We’re happy to be able to enjoy the full menu outside.

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RachelH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! Great food, service and ambiance. Thank you!

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Susanne
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We were a little disappointed after hearing positive reviews. We loved that they had an outdoor heated patio (a huge reason why we went). While my food (fish and chips) was good, my two companions thought the food was nothing special for the price (dishes either lacked flavor or were way too salty and, based on appearance, had canned ingredients). Too expensive for those kinds of concessions. They have some weird policies like no milk for the coffee, only cream, and no butter for anything. The server was nice and attentive but didn't understand the differences between the types of beer offered on the menu. Probably won't go back.

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vipSpumoni
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I want to believe that our experience was isolated, that staffing levels, etc. will create issues. Our reservation was at 4:00p, so it was not prime time. Everything sounded wonderful. When the swordfish arrived, everything on the plate was cold. the salmon linguine temperature was perfect. The swordfish was returned, and arrived back 10-12 minutes later, an awkward amount of time. New scoop of potato, but the fish and brocollini were nuked, so drier. What do you think? How should a $27 entree be treated in this situation? The salmon linguine was drowning in sauce, and try as I might, the salmon was totally inedible because it was way too salty. Was it the fish or the preparation? Don't know, but I left 80% on the plate. Great ambience, and the server was sincere, but was really disappointed.

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DLGood
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

In some ways, this place feels like they don’t get that they’re a restaurant. No decaf, no milk, no high chair/booster seat. The food is okay. The porch is a nice outdoor dining option.

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SteveS
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Large parties of 6 or more people should be placed with other large parties. They are too loud and make it unpleasant for other patrons. Your questionnaire allowed me to rate the noise level from quiet to energetic. Our experience was way beyond energetic, making our dining experience not enjoyable.

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mcqreview
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love finding cozy neighborhood restaurants off the beaten track. My daughter stumbled upon this restaurant while walking around Cambridge one day. So glad she did. We will definitely make the trip in from the suburbs again to dine here!

SP
SusanP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their food and outdoor patio seating with heaters!

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Aloha
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu, flavorful dishes, well prepared and served with friendly service;
a very pleasant evening.

RG
vipRuthieG
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Red House has been a favorite of mine for years. We often would make it our go-to restaurant prior to or after an A.R.T. performance. We loved the early bird price for their shrimp and oysters and their seafood linguine was terrific. This is the second time I visited since the onset of the pandemic. I cut Red House some slack the first time. It was noisy and our meals were mediocre. The waiter seemed to know little about the food and less about being a waiter. He was sweet and we figured this was a function of getting up to speed with the gradual opening up 15 months into the pandemic. My most recent visit was even more disappointing. The new menu, which is all seafood, no longer has the good early bird prices for shrimp and oysters, though we came at 5:30. We had their artichoke linguini with scallops added in for me and shrimp for my friend. We both said it might have tasted better if it had come hot. At first we thought we’d ask the waitress to have it warmed up, but she was no where to be seen and we didn’t have a long time to wait as we had A.R.T. tickets. Worst of all was how cold the space was. We asked to be seated indoors. It was 38 degrees outside. After shivering through our Caesar salad and wine, we asked if the temperature could be increased. The guy in charge eventually put on the gas fireplace where a feeble flame was ignited. It did little to warm the space. All and all the visit was very disappointing and I’m pretty sure after 2 less than pleasant visits and a bill that was $121 including tip with nothing more than a shared salad, a plate of spaghetti and a glass of wine each, we will be sadly crossing Red House off our list of go-to restaurants when next in Harvard Square.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We arrived on time and were seated inside. There was a very noisy party in the next room who were loud enough to sometimes make conversation difficult. We ordered the ravioli and the fish and chips. The fish and chips was a large portion but overcooked and a little dry. My date had the ravioli which he though were just okay.

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vipSnowboundNYC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Nice outdoor space. Food and cocktails were meh. Wouldn’t go again. But on a nice day, nice place to sit outside.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and atmosphere. Loved the potato ravioli!

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vipsuj1
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We were visiting colleges campuses and read good reviews about this space. The location is perfect. Close to harvard square, we were tucked in a cute back room. The food was hit or miss for the prices. I had the seafood pasta and while the shrip were great, the muscles were gamey. My son had a lobster roll, while, it was very full with meat, lacked any oomph in terms of seasoning. The chowder fries were magnificent. Over-all a good place near a lively scene, but the food was not quite there.

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vipWorldTraveller
St. Louis
32 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
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 on October 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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vipErinP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipKarenM
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
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
6 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.........

RP
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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Sasha
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.

SC
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
10 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 .

OT
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!

OT
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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, nice management, & great seafood selection :)

OT
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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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 4.2 stars by 1505 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.