The Red House Restaurant

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$30 and under
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European
With a seasonally changing menu and nightly specials, The Red House offers European-style cuisine. The Red House setting is intimate and cozy, with 2 fireplaces, tucked into a beautifully renovated historic home in the heart of Harvard Square. The Red House collaborates with its very own certified organic local farm, Charlie's Redhouse Farm, to bring you the freshest foods possible throughout the New England growing seasons. You can find our farm fresh produce incorporated into many of our plates and daily specials.
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FO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small restaurant creates cozy dining experience. Food was very good and service was good.

R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, the staff warm and welcoming and our waitress did an excellent job of maneuvering a difficult space.

T
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Extremely poor service but good food.

CT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Sat at the table for almost 20 minutes before anyone even came over to acknowledge us. The server who ended up jumping in to help was amazing. However, it would have gone a long way for the manager to at least come over and apologize. Food was just ok. My fiancé got the large lobster roll for $37...it was smothered in watery mayo and was smaller than something you would get at McDonald’s...

l
New England
74 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Red House is small and bit cramped, and we had to move our table because people next to us were talking so loudly that it became unpleasant. Our server was very helpful. The food was fine but there is better food to be had at the same price point elsewhere in Harvard Sq. This may be a better place for a drink especially when their outside space is open.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

The restaurant was ok, but it is overrun with mice - literally running around under the tables on the walls.

BB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The small plates were fine, but you'll need a microscope to find anything but pasta in the drunken crab rigatoni.

RG
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Red House. This last visit we sat outside. It was perfect. Fabulous oysters, shrimp scampi and a refreshing glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This little place never disappoints, rain or shine. It’s been our go to place for years after a visit to the Oberon or A.R.T.

VS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good experience for a quick lunch near The Square. Sat outside on a high top table and ordered the cold octopus app, beet salad, breadless chicken sandwich and tomato bread soup. All were good and we were served with 15 min.

f
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great for a big party. (We had 12 people)

S
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really enjoyed the evening. Great value especially with the $1 oysters.

MW
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great slew of lobster entrees! What a blast! Thanks for a wonderful and relaxed evening out!

m
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Ordered salad and Mahi-mahi. Food was delicious but we had to wait for one persons dinner because the dish had an allergic ingredient that the server was clearly told about... we we not charged but it is weird when one person at the tables eats later ...

SN
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at the Red House on Saturday night in Cambridge. The service, food, and atmosphere was perfect. Quite a nice selection of beverages.

AO
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, especially the duck wings. The portion of the pasta was a little light given the price. All in all an enjoyable experience.

LS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place! Food was excellent! Had many of the small plates...All were delicious! Service is warm and knowledgeable! Highly recommended!

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE the Red House! We have dined inside and outside. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. The food is fresh and delicious. Great place to sit and people watch while you enjoy a great meal!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place with great service!

JC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. especially their lobster entrees. Very pleasant seating out on the porch though a very noisy group next to our table made it difficult to talk. I would definitely go back there again!

OT
New England
111 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my wife's and my first visit to the Red House. On a rainy evening, we were happy to be seated inside at a table next to the wall that provided more space than most of the other tables. The big surprise came when my wife's $3 beet salad came with enough beets to feed her for days. She's still snacking on it. It was some bargain!! All of the food was delicious. The restaurant became much less appealing after all the tables filled up. People kept trying out the high top table behind me, crawling in with difficulty, and then crawling out again ... bumping my chair in the process. The noise level went from quiet to the edge of noisy pretty quickly. Consequently, I recommend coming early if you are going to dine inside. The wait staff also seemed to be stretched a bit thin, so the service was much better when the room was pretty empty. So again...go early for dinner!

AC
New England
69 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

My friend and I decided to get some good Italian food in Cambridge to which she mentioned Red House. I entered and it is, legit a red house very cozy, older tables, but a nice, homey feel. The food and drinks were delicious, Ioved it for my first time being there. The prices are higher for the entrees than expected and drinks are too, not worth the price for the space and drink portions, but very tasty. The server I was not fond of as he was very awkward and that made us feel the same. He did not check to see how anything was, and we had to ask to be watered; the server was nice, but he needs some work and we’d be fine with another server :-/.

SD
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red House has a wonderful vitality combined with excellence in cuisine and hospitality that makes it a delight. We started with a dozen Island Creek Oysters, followed by lobster carbonara for me (yum!) and crab cake sliders for Jessie. Thank you, Vincent and Molly!

c
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely quiet lunch here with excellent food, attentive (not over-attentive) service, and an attractive setting. Rivals the Harvest but at 2/3 the price. The Harvest's only advantage is its wine list; otherwise Red House is its equal.

BS
New England
47 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

went to lunch for a business meeting. was easy to hear each other, food was great and we were able to talk and didn't feel like we were getting kicked out.
the lobster risotto and lobster carbonara were both delicious!

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

National oyster day was a success!!!

YL
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, and the food was very tasty. My friend and I really enjoyed it.

RB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were excited to try this restaurant but unfortunately, our food wasn't that amazing. I had the Lobster Carbonara and my husband had the Lobster Risotto. Both lacked flavor. We probably wouldn't return. Our server was very nice and we enjoyed our drinks.

LE
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really super place. Unpretentious, excellent food and great service. Would certainly recommend. Noise level slightly too high in our first spot but we were accommodated at a quieter table when we mentioned this.

FG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Possibly my favorite venue in Harvard square. Plates are light and delicious, the location is outstanding and feels very homey.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Cambridge to see Harvard with our sons. I booked here because it was close, historical, and had favorable reviews. The food was excellent, the service was excellent. We will definitely dine here the next time we’re in the Boston area.

m
New England
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food is delicious, service is wonderful and environment is warm and cozy.

ZS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our romantic dinner to-go place around Harvard. Dinned twice this summer with friends. Great food, polite service and beautiful lighting at night.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous bartender who created a perfect drink after hearing my preferences! All staff were friendly and accommodating. Shrimp were so very fresh and large. We shared small plates for a light meal. Scallops were sweet, succulent, and jumbo, and the pineapple habanero salsa created an exciting flurry on the palate. Brussels sprouts were divine! Looking forward to returning, hopefully during raw bar happy hour!

MI
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good value, friendly service and nice ambience. Nicely prepared food. Family friendly.

f
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A tremendous dining experience. Wonderful raw oystes and shrimo cocktail to start, and then amazinf lobster roll, scallop small plate. The biggst and best surprise, though =, eas the marinated and grilled octopus with sauteed leeks. A small plate that could have been an entree. Absolutely delicious. Servise a bit slow, but wonderful ambience made up for it

PW
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Great date night spot! Beautiful outdoor patio, delicious food & well priced! We’ll definitely be back!

MR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A completely enjoyable experience in a unique, relaxed, small setting. Nice menu, well prepared food and good service.

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have been more perfect.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I only had appetizers but they were delicious and really enjoyed. Was able to eat outside. During winter months the seating is limited inside

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 4

Some of the dishes are definitely overpriced and not worth

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