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The Red House Restaurant

4.5
1086 reviews
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$30 and under
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European
Perfect For:
  • Cozy
  • Creative Cuisine
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Bar
Daily 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 576-0605
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Overgaag & Marc Plourde
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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.
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Private party contact
Deep Khatri: (617) 576-0605
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Catering
Full service, home or office, however our liquor license does not allow us to provide alcohol off premise.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
JFK Street and Eliot Street
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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.
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Public transit
"T" Red Line to Harvard Square
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Entertainment
Coming this spring... Live Jazz! Stay tuned for more details by following us on facebook & twitter!

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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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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1086 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Came here for a birthday dinner and was seated straight away at 7p on a Saturday night. We enjoyed the wine so much we finished our first glass before the appetizer arrived. The food was delicious and we enjoyed the whole experience very much.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Saturday lunch on sunny day. Nice place outside but still sheltered. Seafood dishes tasty and clearly above average. Service good and friendly.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Love this place. Since they made it smaller it’s even more cozy and there’s no better place for great cocktails and food with seating near a REAL fireplace (not one of those fake gas log fireplaces everywhere!). Lobster of varying preparation is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I always have a great experience at the Red House. I happened to be walking near it today and heard two people talking about where they could go for lunch. I pointed down the street where the Red House is and suggested they go there and they did! Love the 2-for-1 oysters...

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Cozy spot, good prices, great food. I'm being taken there for my birthday this May!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I love the two-for-one oysters which I can pair with the farm salad for a great lunch!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was excellent, with nice assortment of options. I found a piece of shell in my fried oysters. The manager offered a fresh plate, but I had nearly finished, so they removed it from the bill. The server was very friendly and responsive, if not overly speedy. We will certainly go back.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We are a group of retired government workers who get together periodically, we used the Red Table before the alterations, and we were very happy to find it even cozier but still quiet enough for conversation; we liked being among adults; and the food was good too. Happy to keep coming back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We loved this cozy, warm, homey restaurant with quirky art and delicious food. Lobster risotto was especially yummy!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

March madness mussels superb! Wines excellent Love it even though much smaller

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Lucked into a day when they were serving oysters at 2 for $1.00. Small but delicious! Followed up with fried oysters with arugula salad - light and tasty - and a dish of mussels - excellent! Key lime pie completed the meal, and just right. Small dining room but not noisy, very pleasant ambiance and good service.

Always a pleasure at this long-established eatery.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Very cozy vibe and great, attentive staff. The service was great and we enjoyed the food and options too!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Perfect place to catch up with friends, great food with cozy ambiance!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Good food! Proportions were surprisingly small for the price. I got the swordfish, which I enjoyed a lot and would highly recommend. However, the duck entree, while good, was very small.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Truly wonderful food - side of olives (nice option); shrimp cocktail (can order by the piece); shared a farm salad (with finely chopped vegetables) a delight; excellent large plates - linguini/shrimp scampi; surf and turf .

A memorable meal despite crowded seating. We had dined here some years ago, before downsizing of its space (last fall?) and it was ok. Stellar food now and makes up for cozy space.

Service was very good & only issue was reminder about bringing bread

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

A great overall experience - the Red Door is the real deal, good food at reasonable prices - well served in a quaint funky old house. What more can you ask for?

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

This is my third time at The Red House, and the first two times the food was slightly better but this experience was still nice. The outdoor seating on a rare 60 degree night in February was a great plus! I've only gotten small plates whenever I've gone, including the scallops, charred octopus, mussels, and pork tacos special. The scallops were missing some of the sauce this time and the mussels were lacking in white wine broth, but overall the dishes were very good. The oysters are great and a fantastic deal.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had an amazing Valentine’s day dinner!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 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.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

I like this place. Good meal and atmosphere.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Lovely location and ambiance for Christmas Eve dinner!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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