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About The Red House Restaurant

With a seasonally changing menu and nightly specials, The Red House offers European-style cuisine. The Red House setting is intimate and cozy, tucked into a beautifully renovated historic home in the heart of Harvard Square. The Red House has begun collaborating with its very own certified organic local farm to bring you the freshest foods possible throughout the New England growing season.

98 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
European, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Bar always open between 3 & 5 pm.

Cross Street:
JFK Street and Eliot Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 576-0605

Website:
http://www.theredhouse.com/

Entertainment:
Coming this spring... Live Jazz! Stay tuned for more details by following us on facebook & twitter!

Catering:
Full service, home or office, however our liquor license does not allow us to provide alcohol off premise.

Parking Details:
Charles Square Parking Garage, University Place Parking Garage and the Harvard Square Parking garage are located with a one block radius. The Red House will validate parking vouchers for a discount.

Public Transit:
"T" Red Line to Harvard Square

Executive Chef:
Paul Overgaag & Marc Plourde

Private Party Facilities:
For any party of six or more or to book a private dining room, please call us directly at 6175760605. These parties cannot be booked online.

Private Party Contact:
Deep Khatri: (617) 576-0605

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
The red house has recently become famous for its awesome 2 for $1 oyster promotion, offered daily from noon - 5 pm & 9 pm - close (everyone's first dozen is 2 for $1; after that, all oysters are 1$ each). Please note that this offer is featured both in our bar, and on our patio only. Both areas are seated on a first-come, first-serve basis Reservations are accepted for full lunch and dinner menus only, between 12 & 3pm ( Closed on Mondays for lunch), and 5 & 11pm, Monday - Sunday .

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The Red House Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.4

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4.3

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4.2

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (19)
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Casual (10)
Romantic (10)
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Authentic (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Healthy (3)
Tapas (3)
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Afternoon Coffee (2)
Fun (2)
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Good for Anniversaries (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food, service, and ambiance at the Red House were great! My girlfriend and I went for Valentine's Day dinner and were very impressed with the limited special occasion menu that they were offering. Our only complaint was that the manager-on-duty lingered very uncomfortably beside the bar the entire time we were there. Because we were seated near the bar, it was impossible not to feel like we were being watched through our entire meal. We had a great night overall, but do recommend that the manager either assist on the floor, behind the bar, or in the kitchen rather than watching diners in this extremely tiny dining room.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

We had an amazing Valentine’s day dinner!

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

A favorite for me & my gal. Go for lunch for the oysters - 2 for $1!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Not your usual Harvard Square spot but located just about smack-dab in the center of the Square, it is located in a cozy wood-frame house, the restaurant comprised of 2-rooms inside and an outside deck. There are two fireplaces to warm you in the winter and on cool evenings at other times of the year. A short menu but offering foods of a variety for different palates -- a good choice if you are not sure what restrictions your dining partner(s) have . Beer and wine drinkers will find limited but satisfying choices. Welcoming and homey, and...... the waitstaff are terrific.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Cozy, Seasonal, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on February 5, 2018

The Red House was recommended to us by the concierge at the Charles Hotel and he did not steer us wrong. On Wintrop street, the restaurant was easy to walk to and is charming inside.
The lovely real wood fireplace was pleasant, our waiter helpful and attentive. My oysters were cold and briny and my son's lobster fra diavolo was spicy and delicious. I also had the lobster risotto which was quite good but could use some salt and maybe a little more sauce. I definitely would return if given the opportunity.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I like this place. Good meal and atmosphere.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The vestiges of Harvard Square ambiance-past create a nice-to-visit ambiance; the food is creative with a flexible, attractive pleasantly not overwhelming, menu. The clams were fresh and fairly priced although the wooden picks offered for eating the clams were a nuisance to use and often lost the clam . . . an unfortunate economy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I was really disappointed in the new Red House, less then a quarter of the size of the former restaurant, which has been divided up to house a medicinal legal marijuana shop as well as this new "bistro" that is really just a small extension of what used to be the bar area. The food was still tasty, but most prices seem to have increased slightly, the lobsters were smaller and less meaty, and the oysters were little flat slivers. I'm in Cambridge off-and-on for about eight weeks total across the year, and I've gone to the Red House whenever I'm in town for the last 12 years. But the restaurant I loved isn't there anymore. Along with introducing a new, more casual air, they've eliminated some surprising things. They didn't have decaffeinated coffee, for example. Students on dates might like the new place, except that the prices at dinner are probably too high for most of them. I don't think adults will enjoy it much unless they want to feel like they're crowded into a small neighborhood bar that just happens to charge full restaurant prices for bistro food. The waitperson was pleasant, well-intentioned and did her best. It might be a good place for a casual lunch. I had another dinner reservation for the Red House later this week, but I've now cancelled it, and I don't think I'll be back. If I want a bistro, I'll go to Cafe Pamplona and have a bistro meal at a bistro price.

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite
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 (Raum Frankfurt)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Forget the hype. When the staff rushes to switch the menus from lunch to dinner at 4:30 when dinner starts at 5:00...hmmmm, that’s a clue. Oysters were minuscule for the price, entree the same (lamb paired with verde sauce?), inability to make a simple Mojito, etc. Go elsewhere.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Intimate setting with nice log fireplace. Menu/prices online did not match those at restaurant. Seating is tight but comfortable. Food was fine, but not outstanding. Great service.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Wonderful small place in Harvard Square without the self-consciousness of the usual spots that everyone knows about. Delicious cocktails, perfect portion sizes, and the best duck I've ever, ever eaten—tender and cooked to perfection.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The Red House was good. We had good vegetable or salad for starters and then had a vegetarian pasta. All was good, not spectacular but more than decent.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We love the Red House. Sitting by the fire during winter is so relaxing. On Tuesday we went for a few small plates. Oysters, mussels, mushrooms & cauliflower. Plus Negroni’s made for a perfect meal. Keep up the good work. You never disappoint!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Happy Hour, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Perfect place for New Year's lunch on a cold day. Excellent food and service

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Lovely location and ambiance for Christmas Eve dinner!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were lucky enough to reserve the last table available on Christmas Eve after having spent the day sightseeing with out-of-town guests. We were seated next to the fire, which was lovely on a cold evening. When we arrived, the bartender was making a "Smoked Old Fashioned" for another customer - a drink that was not on the menu. I had one as well and it was fantastic.
Our server's recommendations were spot on, with the Lobster Carbonara and the Scampi Linguini being the group's favorites, along with the Lobster Chowder.
We had a nice chat with the host on the way out. Everyone we met was polite, friendly, and helpful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

In its slimmed down version, this is still a wonderful casual dining place. The fireplace and the small house setting make it intimate. The dollar oysters and excellent lobster and other dishes add to its appeal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

On a cold winters day we four sat by the fireplace and enjoyed a great lunch in a rustic cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My husband and I stopped her for dinner and had a table near the fireplace. The restaurant is small and cozy, we ate here in December, so their patio was not open, but it looks like a great place for an outdoor meal in warmer weather. The food was delicious and the portions were just right, not too big. Will definitely dine here again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The renovation has significantly limited the seating but the two sitting rooms are both very cosy and comfortable. The "outside" room with heaters could be nice as well but make sure you dress for it as the enclosure is just clear plastic curtains. We have been coming here for years and will continue to do so. The menu has remained very similar with all of our favorite seafood dishes.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday, her first time here and my second. I wanted something classy with great dishes and cocktails without completely breaking the bank, and you really can’t get a better value and dining experience in all of Cambridge in my opinion. I would recommend to any diner for any occasion. Truly my favorite spot!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

On two recent lunches, there were no coffee or tea available and no explanation was given. That is unexpected and is a deficiency. Other than that omission, the exerience was very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Recently reconfigured space - now much smaller than before renovations, so reservations definitely recommended. Great selection of small plates as well as excellent seafood main courses. All food delicious and presentation creative. Service attentive and friendly. Simple, adequate wine list. The room with bar has a welcoming open wood fire. The only hot beverage available is warmed cider - no coffee or tea.

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Met a friend for lunch. The food was ok; the texture of the black bean burger was a bit grainy, and the flavor was nothing special - it needed some zip. We had a new server who didn't have all the answers but was efficient in finding out the details. He was confused about a drink order, and he needed us to point out items on the menu and repeat our orders. He was trying his best and was pleasant, however. Drinks were good, but a bit expensive. Seating was awkward and tight.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

good food, nice atmosphere, tables small and too close together. Hard to beleive, but there was no coffee or tea available.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food but noisy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Host is easily frazzled by simple requests, but table service was great and food excellent. The lobster chowder is a must! Many options for lobster dishes.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had an awesome meal. The ButcherBox hamburger was incredible. The place is much smaller now that they did renovations, but the food is still incredible!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This was a sad experience. Part might be due to the fact that the restaurant had only reopened two days before, but it made us wonder why it had reopened at all. Very few tables in a cramped, low-ceiling place, no tea, coffee, iced tea, lemonade available, one choice, albeit a good one, on the dessert menu, and truly tiny portions for the main starters. Alas, we will not back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had reserved a table about a month before arriving to Boston for Saturday night. As we called to adjust our reservation for 2 more people, we could not reach anyone via phone or app. Further on-line research indicated they were closed for renovations.
It would have been Really good to be notified of that before being left without reservations on a prime time Saturday night.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

I really place!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I made a reservation for 6 and asked for a quiet location. The restaurant gave us a dining room that was empty most of the 2 hours we were there. It was perfect, and we really appreciated their effort to accommodate my request! We had a wonderful dinner there. I started with the sriracha charred cauliflower with pistachio & black sesame seed vinaigrette, topped with peppadew peppers. It had the right amount of zing and was an intriguing blend of flavors. I had a taste of the sautéed mushrooms baked in golden phyllo, served with warm scallion-vermouth cream which were rich and flavorful.

I ordered the lobster fra diavolo, with fresh Maine lobster sautéed with spicy stewed tomatoes & garlic, served over linguini. It was a large portion with a good kick to it. The lobster meat was sweet and tender. I tried the drunken crab rigatoni with fresh crabmeat, spicy tomatoes, smoked bacon, vodka, cream & gluten-free rigatoni which was delicious. No one who ordered it needed gluten-free, and there was a little trepidation as gluten-free pasta can have a mealy texture, but this was quite good. We liked the smaller portion option, which was plenty. I gave the food 4 stars because it didn't reach the level of most amazing, but we all enjoyed our meals and would return happily.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Great first visit. Get the chowder

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We came at The Red House upon friends recommendations. We loved the food : sea food plates, smoked Salmon sandwich and watermelon salad. Very good and fresh. Our server has been very nice to move us once a larger table table had been available (we wanted to eat outdoor as the terrasse is great but first got a small table for 2 whereas we were 4).
Very pleasant place!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Having worked near Harvard Square for 10+ years it was nice to try some place new to us. We had siracha grilled cauliflower, lobster roll & lobster risotto. ALL delicious! Outdoor seating was divine for people watching & next time I hope to take advantage of the atrium dining room. We'll definitely return!

Tags: Scenic View, Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Say outside and had great service, good food, and good beverage service. Can't do any better than that!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We were able to get the Music Room for our dinner with our nieces and nephews. One niece must eat gluten-free and there were choices for her. Our server timed her appearances perfectly. We were able to hear the conversation which was a huge plus for the uncle. The food was delicious!

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We had a pleasant outdoor table that did not wobble. The hurricane drink was very good and worth getting another, but we didn't care for the grapefruit shandy. The heirloom tomatoes in the caprese salad were great, and I liked the scallop appetizer with pea tendrils.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2017

This is a really cute, cape-style, restaurant in the middle of Harvard Square. It was not very crowded on a Sunday afternoon. They have great seafood. My group ordered two-dozen oysters for 50 cents each, the shrimp cocktail, and I ordered tuna fish tacos. Everything was delicious! We sat indoors but they have some nice outdoor seating on the patio.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This is a mixed review. First: service was great. Attentive bartender and server. Food: mixed. Lobster fra diavolo was fantastic, the carbonara was a huge miss (scrambled eggs in the sauce means either terrible or lazy line staff), special kale pesto pasta with chicken was good but didn't match the price standard. Cauliflower with sriracha appetizer was a bit different from expectations but a nice appetizer/salad.

Great outdoor seating.

Overall I'd visit again but you have to be choosey about the dishes

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