Grafton Street Pub and Grill

4.2
1405 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Originally opened in 1996, Grafton Street Pub & Grill has been a beloved institution of Harvard Square for more than a decade. This neighborhood hotspot is named after the spirited cobblestone-lined shopping district in Dublin’s famed Temple Bar area. Grafton Street deftly combines the warmth and coziness of a traditional neighborhood pub with the aesthetic of a contemporary restaurant.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Late Night: Sunday thru Wednesday til midnight, Friday & Saturday til 1:00AM
Bar: Sunday-Wednesday until 1:00am, Thursday-Saturday until 2:00am
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Phone number
(617) 497-0400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Adam Olson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bow St.
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Parking details
Grafton Street offers FREE Parking to all of our guests with reservations between the hours of 6pm and Midnight, 7 days a week in the Old Baptist Church parking lot (1151 Massachusetts Ave). Simply place a printed copy of this email in the lower left hand corner of your windshield. Cars failing to properly display this email will be subject to towing.
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Public transit
We are located two blocks away from the Harvard Square T Station on the Redline.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Gather in Harvard Square with friends and family for a celebratory feast!
In addition to featured Thanksgiving specials from Chef Joe Henderek, we will offer our full dinner menu from 11am until 9pm, with bar service available until 11pm.
Reservations are strongly suggested but not required.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 1405 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My friend said her Fish & Fries were good. I got a beet frisée salad - lots of beets and almonds, very little goat cheese, and frisée had lots of stems vs greens. I’ve had fantastic salads in the same price range ($12-$14) in other places, namely Tatte and Mother Juice.

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PD
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had 13 meet for dinner before the football game -- service, timing, food, drinks, atmosphere -- all perfect!

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CK
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Grafton Street has a fun, vibrant atmosphere. Our group of four had a great meal and excellent attentive service. Beer and drink menu was fantastic - nice Irish pub choices, The dinner menu isn't extensive, but there's something for everyone, including personal pizzas. The scallops, shepherd's pie and burgers were delicious. My only critique is that the food (appetizers and entrees) is pricey and the portions are on the small size. I'd definitely return for the bar scene, but would seek a more reasonably priced dinner elsewhere. $180 bill for 4 people (3 adults, one teen, with 2 burger meals), including 2 rounds of beer.

The service was outstanding!

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B
New England
35 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

The food cesar salad and Sheppards Pie were barely edible.

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l
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food. Usual fare nothing extraordinary but what they serve is nicely prepared.
Would have liked more of an Irish flair since it is one of our more prominent Irish pubs.
I used to frequent this restaurant in its early days and they would make amazing Irish stews, cauliflower with a delicate cheese sauce and other similar dishes. They also had a changing daily special from traditional Irish cuisine and I am sorry they have moved away form this.

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MF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, good location, great time! Party of 18 and they accommodate us all together.

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EM
New England
154 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good but not notable. We enjoyed our salad and our hamburger during the Head of the Charles Regatta, where many places were jammed. It was busy but not full. Our server was pleasant and efficient. The tap water tasted terrible; no idea why. We live nearby and know what it should taste like.

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B
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food—salmon, scallops, risotto—was outstanding! Bit loud for us, but the food was fantastic.
Did I mention the food was really good?!

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HM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Thus is the first bad review that I have ever written in my life. I ordered a dish that was supposed to be spicy chicken with linguini. It very much appeared to be chicken in BARBECUE SAUCE that had been creatively reconfigured into a pasta dish. It was the worst lunch that I have ever been served in a restaurant and thus I feel compelled to let people know that the food was really sub- par. I can’t believe that they served this bbq sauce as a pasta sauce . It was gross.

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d
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

If you have a peanut allergy (or any serious food allergy) avoid Grafton. There for brunch this Sunday. After informing the waitperson of the allergy and ordering we were advised by the chef that the blueberry pancakes might not be safe because of the potential for cross contamination. Fine, we went with the calamari. Again advised by the chef that there might be potential for cross contamination in the fryer. Specifically, we were told we should stick with something that could be cooked in a separate pan on it’s own. Pretty limiting and not a great situation for a 15 year old looking forward to brunch with her family. This was supposedly the directive from a chef that also suffered from a severe allergy of some sort. While we appreciate the kitchens desire to keep customers with allergies safe, any kitchen worth it’s salt should be able to maintain protocols to avoid cross contamination and allow these customers access to a reasonable portion of their menu. The food at Grafton may be fine (not sure we walked out) but if you have a significant allergy it is not the place for you.

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JL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved brunch at Grafton. Our server deserves 10 stars. So entertaining! Great spot near Harvard.

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R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here twice as part of a group numbering 6-7 people. Both times we received great food and all had a great time. It was great that they had everything hamburgers to vegan selections so that everyone in our party was able to dine well! The noise levels are high here, but it's a fun place for a special night out with friends.

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P
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Good music but allows to talk. Not to noisee

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EC
New England
66 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there early so it wasn't very busy. We both ordered cheeseburgers that were excellent. You can get a salad or fries or a combination of both.

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JM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great time with friends in a semi-private area. The service was great and prices reasonable. Food was delicious, especially the appetizers, and I would recommend it again to friends and coworkers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good service

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GM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood hang-out, with lots of great options at competitive pricing.

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GN
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat by the window and loved the warm Sunday morning breeze. The only negative was that they were out of the lobster omelette which was the plan for my husband and son. Otherwise, a great visit and we will come back again.

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f
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

drinks were disappointing but service was fantastic and food was delicious. I would consider going back to try new items.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my daughters favorite place on the square- perfect for
Sunday brunch- food is great- you can tell the chef is Really Good and our waiter was awesome

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great vibe. Love the booths.

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R
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately my friends and I did not have the best brunch experience here at the Grafton Pub. The service was extremely lackluster until the manager took over. I can not be sure if it was staffed with college/highscool students or just underwhelming staff. The resturant itself was full but very quiet as it sits right on a busy street corner in Harvard Square. The food was alright but also not hot. The lobster benedict breakfast and french toast was well enjoyed by my friends. A big issue was that the group of us five women all got our food before my 3 year old who ordered a cheese pizza first. The kids pizza did not arrive until 15 minutes or more after we got our food which was not acceptable since she no longer wanted it after the wait. Her pizza should have came out first. The manager that evening (whos name I forgot) did put a "rush" on the pizza and was much more enthusiastic than the other staff members. I will say my waitress was very busy and seemed to have more tables to service than necessary but she was very well accomodating.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In from dallas. Last minute dinner. Everything was great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service not as good as in the past

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A convenient place for dinner but I thought the portions were very small for the price and our server (although pleasant) did not refill our water or bring us dessert menus. The warm bread was excellent, however.

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m
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Grafton is a favorite spot. Always welcoming.
Enjoy the choices of wine by the glass.

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C
Tampa
51 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael was a very nice waiter. My friend arrived 15 minutes late, and he was very solicitous of me! We both had the Niçoise salad, and it was as good a one as if had in a long time. When the kitchen forgot to put on the olives - an oversight, I’m sure! - Michael brought each of us out a little container with the "missing" olives. Delicious!

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New England
39 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant has potential. The patio is exceptional and the wait staff was friendly. The food was average. The Charcueterie board and cheese board were disappointing. The cheese board had three types of cheese and we were given 1 cubic inch pieces. The burger was a good size and the ravioli was actually amazing. The ambience inside is nice but extremely loud, so the patio is the way to go for quiet conversations. Beef up the appetizers and make your burgers stand out and this will become a gem

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AJ
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

While the food in general and the cocktails are ok could the cooks p,ease change the fry oil?? The French fries and other things deep fried come out brown and over cooked sign of old cooking /fry oil.
Service was very good did not wait long for meal.

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I liked grafton when I was here for dinner. Went for brunch, all three of us felt the meal was lacking. No wonder it's packed at dinner time and pretty empty at brunch

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IK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Heard a lot of good things about Grafton Street Pub and Grill, so decided to check it out during dine out week because the menu sounded really good only to be disappointed that on a Friday night they were out of one of two apps and one of two desserts. That's horrible, non-existing planning on the restaurant's part for sure and a disappointing dining experience. If dine out week is meant to entice people to come again, the restaurant definitely missed the mark. The food was okay and nothing to write home about. We left wondering why so many people seem to like it (haven't been to better places?) and really not planning to return for more.

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CH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I started with the beet salad which was great but really small for $12. I then ordered the plantain encrusted mahi mahi, which was outstanding, especially the rum sauce. For dessert we got a blondie brownie sundae and the blackberry peach cobbler, both of which I tried. The cobbler was pretty good, but the brownie tasted kind of powdery and chalky. I would not order it again. For wine, I got the moscato. Tasted like an actual grape, really crisp and sweet. Overall very satisfied with my meal.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good but l have to say that the chicken wings were very spicy and that was not mentioned in the menu. If that could be mentioned, it would be great. Otherwise, everything else was good. The service was the best and the ambiance was relaxing. All in all a restaurant l would recommend.

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FF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We went for the Dine Out menu. They had ran out of the app I wanted. The Mahi Mahi was a tiny piece dry and bland. The dessert was... ok.
We’ve been there before and the food was better. If you’re going to offer a discounted menu don’t skimp just because you want to make a profit. It lowers the overall level and impression of the restaurant.

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S
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great lunch. Bad fries though. Very good dinners with a variety of choices. Good location. Absolutely the best, spiciest jalapeño infused vodka that I have ever had. It will wake you up.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Calamari was super fresh if a little greasy! Generous portions.

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C
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

My 2nd dining experience there and was just as bad as the first time. Took 5-10 minutes to get water to the table. 10 minutes to get our drink order although we were near the bar. Ordered appetizers and table was not cleared when our meal arrived 10 minutes later that we were holding the plates while the meal was set on the table. After dinner ended our waiter who was semi attentive throughout the night walked by 5 times (each time looking at the table) before finally stopping after we flagged him down on his 6th walk by attempt. Our check came within 5 mins and it took another 3 minutes for him to bring the change back. He is very lucky that my date will still give the 20% after I pleaded with him for the poor service we were provided. I will think hard on whether we want to dine here again.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience. Nice sports bar. Eggs Benedict were very good. Pancakes were good also. Would definitely go back.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Lovely location

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DO
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service with average food. Fun ambiance with large TV screens to watch live sports.

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