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Russell House Tavern, Cambridge, MA

Russell House Tavern

4.6
4.6
2715 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A New American Tavern, Russell House Tavern is a comfortable gathering spot for every occasion-from casual lunch breaks on the patio to after-work cocktails in the upstairs tavern to functions in the private dining room and everything in between. Russell House Tavern delivers a seasonally-inspired menu of modern interpretations of American classics, including signatures like the R. House Burger, a selection of Tavern Pizzas and Steak Frites among other dishes. To complement the menu, Russell House Tavern serves an interesting collection of all-American wines, including two regional wines on tap, and a locally-driven craft beer selection. The cocktail menu strikes a balance between familiar classics and modern hand-crafted recipes using only fresh juices, homemade syrups and infusions.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Gastro Pub, Pizza Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon 11:00 am–11:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am Sat 10:00 am–1:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (617) 500-3055
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Brian Pawlak
  • Private party facilities
    From intimate dinner parties to festive cocktail receptions, the events team at Russell House Tavern awaits your next private function. Our contemporary yet casual atmosphere in the heart of Harvard Square is the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. Please email us at events@russellhousecambridge.com or visit us at russellhousecambridge.com.
  • Private party contact
    Janelle Jenkins: (617) 500-3055
  • Neighborhood
    Cambridge
  • Cross street
    Brattle Street
  • Parking details
    We offer a $2 validation for the Harvard Square Parking Garage located at 20 Eliot Street.
  • Public transit
    We are located just steps from the Harvard Square T Station on the Redline.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,715 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

2,715 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We had calamari & Brussels sprouts appetizers that were extremely salty. The noise level in our section made it impossible to have a conversation

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  2. SusanL

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    High top seating in bar area was a little too crowded and noisy. We would have preferred downstairs which was quiet and more relaxed. I don’t recommend the Quinoa and Farro salad because the dressing wasn’t good - the taste was off-putting. Apps and other meals in my group were very good.

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  3. JamieM

    New Orleans

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch with both savory and sweet options. Friendly service and very nice ambiance. Will definitely dine here again.

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  4. MarkB

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were very happy with the restaurant. A little loud but not unexpected. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and would go again.

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  5. LisaC

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I appreciated that they allowed us to sit outside in the alleyway tables with nice heaters. The waiter was very accommodating. We enjoyed the service and food. The chicken sandwich, Caesar's salad and cookie w/pistachio ice cream were great.

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  6. Carmel2

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was all great. The cocktails, unfortunately, were pretty mediocre. Nonetheless it was an enjoyable evening.

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  7. GabeS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and they were very accommodating with my lateness to a reservation on Valentines Day!

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  8. SteveP

    New York City

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food; excellent friendly service. We wanted to eat outside and the restaurant was very accommodating and the heat lamp worked well.

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  9. elizabethl

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Burger was dry … also no veggy options on the menu. Adding side of grilled asparagus or side of garlicky green beans would make many people happy

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  10. BonnieG

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This place does not disappoint. Due to the pandemic and such, it has been a while since I have been to Russell House Tavern. It is as good as I remember, if not better. A friend and I went here for Sunday lunch/brunch. I ordered the R. House Burger. IT was so good. Juicy. It was cooked to order. I believe with housemade pickles? So, taste. She ordered the breakfastsands which was good and came with a large portion of house fires. We really enjoyed ourselves.

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  11. KennethW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a post theathre dinner. Great food, comfortable setting, great service.

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  12. Onthego

    Greater Boston

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went to dinner before the theater and informed our waiter we were on a timeframe. He was excellent and provided great service and got us out on time. The food was very good and we enjoyed our time there

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  13. KathrynC

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cam the server was so attentive. I got the cod because I was trying to eat something lighter and more healthy. It was amazing and sooo flavorful!

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  14. Pamf

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious. We will definitely come here again.

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  15. NancyB

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a delicious meal and excellent service, but the noise level is more than "energetic." We could not hold a conversation. Will likely return, but sitting at the bar might make conversation an option.

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  16. DonWon

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience! I went with my wife and daughters, 6 & 4 years old on New Year’s Day. We were all hungry and were met by a very positive and friendly server named Dakota. He was very welcoming, polite and energetic. He was also very open & honest about food and drink suggestions and was spot on. We ordered quite a bit of food, and everything came out rather quickly but fresh. The food was so good, we did not have any left overs, and even ordered dessert! Compliments to the cooks, staff and our server, Dakota, which I suggest everyone request for your next visit. Thank you again for a great experience, we’ll be back!

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  17. HayleyD

    New York City

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another excellent meal at Russell House Tavern! We love this spot. They have a great variety of menu options (we have been for brunch and for dinner) from seafood, vegetarian to meat. A must have app is the crispy polenta fries! They are delicious. Carefully crafted cocktails prepared with care are a bonus. Waitstaff is all super friendly too!

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  18. Catherine

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The pork gyoza and the butternut squash soup were magnificent--everything was!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at the Russell House. It was terrific! The food was delicious and moderately priced. The service was wonderful. We will definitely be back! 😀

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  20. MelanieV

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    got dollar oysters and a cocktail. amazing service and super friendly staff. recommend this place 100%

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  21. BethSull617

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice server. On time seating and great food! Parking a bit of a pain, but only 2-3 blocks!

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  22. haeselc

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We had difficulty with service. Our server was slow to take a drink order and we had finished our starter before drinks came. He did not come back to take our order for a long period of time and did not check on the food quality. Eventually he rather abandoned us -- and though he dropped the bill, he did not return to collect payment. Another server took payment and we were offered options for 18%, 20% and, I believe 25% gratuity charge -- I offered 18% though the service was not worth 18%-- I would have offered 10% had that been an option. One note, the servers moved our glasses to set entrees using the rim of the glass -- yuck! who wants someone touching the rim of the your water glass. Poor table manners.... The food was well enough, though not excellent -- and the ambiance was very loud with night-club volume dance music. However, these are so common as to be expected -- but the service was poor.

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  23. BernardG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not many gluten free options. Very spicy vegetable not described that way in the menu

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  24. AngelaE

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Cosy pub atmosphere, good service. I was a bit disappointed with my pizza but prices are decent. I’d go again.

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  25. TOLmusic

    Greater Boston

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cleo the bartender is exceptional! And the whole dining experience is great!

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  26. avsavsavs

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    suuuper chill speakeasy vibe, bartenders attentive and laid back. brussels freakinggg amazing and they have lunch on tap.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious. The cod was outstanding with beautifully cooked vegetables and lobster.

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  28. RebeccaF

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was delicious and we were pleasantly surprised to learn that the kitchen is nut-free, which is a plus for us.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was nice. Short rib was outstanding. Pork dumpling appetizer was great

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  30. PJMA1973

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent service and great food. Nice experience

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  31. SouthEndBrunchers

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Remarkable food, casual and pleasant ambience, modest prices.

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  32. GeneC

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our meal and conversation -- friendly staff, nice vibe, good food.

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  33. Carl

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome seafood!! The downstairs area was warm & cozy. Service top notch.

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  34. KenF

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and excellent service in a great environment.

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  35. RichardN

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to the Russell House several times pre-pandemic and ordered delivery after. We have always enjoyed the food. Yesterday, Thanksgiving, was our first time back in person in several years. The food and service were excellent. They offered the full menu as well as Thanksgiving specials--traditional turkey and a beef offering. Our party all chose the traditional Thanksgiving special. Food and service were excellent even on a special busy day.

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  36. HughW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to go for a Thanksgiving meal, a bit loud but not terribly so. Could’ve had better vegetarian choices

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  37. JTB1

    Greater Boston

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The leek and goat cheese with truffle oil was wonderful. Seasonal salad good choice.

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  38. AlyssaC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's a perfect restaurant with great food in the heart of Harvard Square!

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  39. ChrisM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Parking is a nightmare, but it's Harvard Square, so no shock there. Food was tasty, service was good, atmosphere was good; pricing is a little steep, but it's Harvard Square. Liked it, didn't love it.

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  40. AEAE

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Overbooked and could not honor our reservation. Ate dinner at the bar instead.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Russell House Tavern using the Order Online button. Russell House Tavern also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Russell House Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 500-3055.

Russell House Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 2715 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Russell House Tavern

14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Brattle Street
  • Neighborhood
    Cambridge
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon 11:00 am–11:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am Sat 10:00 am–1:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Gastro Pub, Pizza Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We offer a $2 validation for the Harvard Square Parking Garage located at 20 Eliot Street.
  • Public transit
    We are located just steps from the Harvard Square T Station on the Redline.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Brian Pawlak
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 500-3055
  • Private party facilities
    From intimate dinner parties to festive cocktail receptions, the events team at Russell House Tavern awaits your next private function. Our contemporary yet casual atmosphere in the heart of Harvard Square is the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. Please email us at events@russellhousecambridge.com or visit us at russellhousecambridge.com.
  • Private party contact
    Janelle Jenkins: (617) 500-3055
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