Russell House Tavern

4.4
1754 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Russell House Tavern continues the Harvard Square tradition of local enterprise as a New American Tavern serving seasonally-inspired, classic dishes from New England and beyond. An inviting, multi-level space adorned with vintage photographs of the Square, Russell House Tavern specializes in artisanal fare served alongside carefully hand-crafted cocktails and a distinctive collection of all-American wines and craft beers.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Late Night: Sunday-Thursday until 12 am, Friday-Saturday until 1:00 am
Bar: Sunday-Wednesday until 1:00 am, Thursday-Saturday until 2:00am
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Phone number
(617) 500-3055
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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
Sebastian Navarrete
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Brattle Street
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Parking details
Validation for the harvard square parking garage and on street parking
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Public transit
Harvard Square Station (Redline or Bus)
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us this Thanksgiving to celebrate with friends and family, but let Chef Sebastian Navarette do the cooking. In addition to our regular Dinner Menu, we are offering Thanksgiving Specials you will not want to miss. We are accepting reservations from 11AM-9PM with bar service available until 11PM.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 1754 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Waitress lovely, food very tasty, we had a great time.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The flavor off the tagliatelle bolognese was good but the noodles were undercooked and hard.

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W
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty and delicious food , kind of service , good atmosphere , great experience for dinner , thank you so much .

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TC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Definitely a hip place in Harvard square. I went with a date for dinner. Waiter was great, but our appetizer came before my drink came- which I waited over 20 minutes for. The Moscow mule was not in a traditional copper mug which I would have appreciated because that is a primary experience of a mule. The deviled eggs were amazing, very flavorful and filling but light enough to still be excited for the main course. My pasta bolognese was alright. I wish it had more meat in it and the papardelle was slightly overcooked. The chicken entree was my date's, however it looked splendid and juicy! Overall, I had a nice time!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great cocktails. Very engaging servers.

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MA
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town for Patriots Packer game and spent the morning at Harvard Peabody museum. Reservation for brunch. Awesome bloody Mary’s at bar followed by delicious brunch options.
Had a tasty burger, others in group had eggs Benedict, salmon salad, duck hash and steak and eggs. Huge portions, fresh, tasty and good value. Nice service. Cool space with large round table.

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KT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hospitality comes first here, and that is truly apparent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff went above and beyond to make sure that my birthday meal and experience was great!! Thank you so much for a great night :)

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PF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a birthday brunch with friends. Great vibe. Outstanding food (don't miss the duck hash). Reasonable priced. What else can you ask for?

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DW
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed drinks at the bar during our first night at the Head of the Charles regatta so thought a quick bite before we left for the airport on our final day was a good plan. It was very conveniently located and we liked the vibe. We knew it would be busy - that wasn't the problem. The downstairs was packed that Sunday and the noise level was deafening. The food was presented well and fairly quickly, but was very average bar fare. I don't quite understand why an English Muffin replaces the bun on their burger, but I thought I'd try it. Wouldn't recommend it. The fries weren't even worth eating. Skip the poutine and calamari - not worth the price or calories.

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DE
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Loved the service and drinks. Pasta bolognese was handmade but dry. Lobster sliders were not chunk lobster. Dessert was melted when it arrived. Too loud with hard core music. Dishwasher smell of chlorine a turn off.

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

The food was awesome, and our server was great. There were 5 of us at a round table, and the noise prohibited conversation except for the people immediately adjacent.

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GB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Second trip in a row with sub-par experience. Service was good, room is the same, but last two trips haven't been good. Roast Beef sandwich this time was so bad I couldn't eat it. I've visited Russell House a lot, but i'm moving on...

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LS
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Were great about handling a crown, especially since we added a person at the last minute.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

$25 for a sandwich that was mostly bread and a little bit of meat plus a "salad" that consisted of 6 chopped pieces of a variety of tomatoes. The pieces of tomato tasted very fresh, though.

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New England
171 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It had been awhile, and this is a great place for casual but tasty food with great beer and wine options. We enjoyed the food for the most part, and the service was friendly and efficient.

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LL
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good. The only complaint is they had trouble keeping up with the extras like "second order of bread" or an after dinner dessert drink. Otherwise overall good experience.

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DK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks. We loved the menu options and ambiance. The charcuterie plate was delicious and plentiful; the Korean BBQ ribs were so good. The venue is big and 2 floors so it allows for different crowds who might just want to hang out at the bar vs have a sit-down meal. Would definitely go back!

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TT
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I enjoyed the restaurant and food, the server was great, but the place is TOO LOUD. We got tired of having to repeat ourselves and having to shout.
It's not just this restaurant. It's a trend in most city restaurants. I'm weary of having to lean plates to hear friends speak and having to shout to be heard when I dine out. It isn't exciting. It's certainly not fun or relaxing. Dear restauranteurs: buy some rugs and drop the music level 20 decibels, please.

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great menu, fun atmosphere, good service. Fun spot in a fun town!

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Modest menu, not particularly inventive, but perfectly acceptable on a busy afternoon.

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

The service was excellent as we had requested to move our reservation back 1 hour on a busy Saturday night and were accommodated without issue.

The food was excellent and moderately priced.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good but loud. Steak frites had small portion steak and overcooked. Desserts were okay. Drinks were good.

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Thank you for replacing beer foc when WE spiled it.

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DB
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good food, nice selection of items. Simple, not overstated...casual. Took clients for a ow key evening and was perfect

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1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was a good meal, great service but it was very difficult to hear details in the conversation due to the level of sound in the restaurant.

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had arranged a get together for friends attending a memorial service. People were late in coming, showed up at different times, and we stayed for hours. I had told the server what the occasion was and they were extremely accommodating. I was so appreciative that they were so forgiving. Really good food--something for everyone. Great drinks. And very reasonable. I was just so appreciative we were treated so well.

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great place! Service excellent and the food was too, very comfortable too.
Something for everybody, you can get an appetizer, soup, burger, or a meal!
You can get fries and salad with the the burger too, which is a nice touch!

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R
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Steak Fries and the Cabernet Sauvignon were very good. The Service was quick and friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great night

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Russell House Tavern is such a classic. My recent experience was disappointing though. I indicated it was for my birthday on the open table reservation. This was not acknowledged once during the meal. I understand not all restaurants do some kind of birthday item, but I wish I had known ahead of time. It put a bit of a damper on the meal.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The tavern was a destination since I had read about it. Our waitress was excellent, so I wish I remembered her name. The food was hit or miss. The small plate calamari and clam pizza were delicious. Two people had a hamburger; one came out not hot and both said it was average. The spanish squid was rubbery, but maybe that's just squid. The charcuterie platter got a thumbs up but nothing exceptional. I had hoped the food would be better. If we happened to be in Harvard Square I would go there again since the place is nice and cocktails were good. The prices were right and portions were good.

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

Server was good but several errors on bill and food was just ok

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good vegetarian options. Great service. Fries were soft/limp.

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ST
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food took a while to arrive, and the downstairs space is dark -- not for those who want to enjoy daylight at lunch. But the food and service were excellent.

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CG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, good service, delicious food. Will return. Prices are extremely reasonable

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I came in for brunch with some friends and we were all really pleased with the food. In particular, I had the french toast and it was to die for. The only complaint is that the server, while very nice, seemed to lose attentiveness towards the end of our meal and it was a struggle to get our check delivered.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern is a great place. The food is consistently good, the folks at the bar and who are with you at the tables are amazing are kind and with great humor. As a Black person, I feel comfortable and always taken care of, which is not always the case in Harvard Sq. One of my most favorite places that I know I can relax and enjoy when my mom comes to town or I have to complete work with a good meal. I even chose this place as my birthday dinner this year. I love this spot.

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J
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waitress had poor timing with drinks. She took away a half full glass of scotch when another was ordered.😔Table water was warm. Food was good.

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CP
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I ordered the tavern pasta and my only complaint is that the portion was very small. My date got the steak and his portion was pretty big so I guess just the pasta is on the smaller side. Taste wise it was very good though it just was expensive for the portion.

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