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Russell House Tavern

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Wed., 01-16

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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Through the red-brick sidewalks and hidden back alleys of Harvard Square rises the latest neighborhood tradition: Russell House Tavern.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
American, Bar, Pub
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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All reviews brunch pizza fries house burger oysters salad english muffin tuna tartare pork sandwiches bread harvard square raw bar great lunch sat at the bar outdoor seating on tap
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ate here at a pretty crowded Tuesday night. Nice fact is that they sell the only American Trappist beer: Spencer. Pizza tasted great.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank niklosz
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

We sat at the bar and were served quickly. Very friendly staff and chicken sandwich and burger were excellent! Fiddlehead IPA on tap.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ktzc
Reviewed November 15, 2018

The service was great from a friendly attentive server. The menu had a good variety of food. The stuffed Acorn squash is something I would not normally order, but it was really good.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank John G
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Located in Harvard Square this is a great place for a relaxed meal after a walk around the Harvard Square area to browse the many shops . We enjoyed our meal . They habe a diverse menu . I had an excellent burger and fries...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Richard A
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Amazing - I ate twice in four days at the Russell House and had the steak frites (rare, yes, no eyebrow raised). delightful. I also recommend the extensive list of liqueurs, particularly the Chartreuse Verte. Will be back next year when my travel take me...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Vincent R
Reviewed November 9, 2018

We had great service from a very attentive waitress. The Oysters were some of the best we had in Boston. The seared tuna BLT was phenomenal; the smoked tomato made all the difference. Travel companions had the crab cakes and bolognese. Both were pleased with...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jeff N
Reviewed November 2, 2018

Great Harvard Square location. An attractive space at basement level, the main dining room was already packed by a young crowd when we arrived for dinner at 5:15 on a Friday evening. Hard, reflective surfaces made the noise level very high, and the addition of...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Gregory P
Reviewed October 29, 2018

We popped in here on a Friday afternoon and sat in the bar area at a high-top table. The noise level was high but that's part of the atmosphere at a "tavern". The food was good, service quick and location great in the heart of...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MaryM10159
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Relaxing pub style atmosphere with good food at reasonable prices - try the crab cake appetizer! Service was prompt and friendly.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Don M
Reviewed October 19, 2018

The menu is varied as it offers breakfast to lunch/dinner. Note that it is a small menu but everything sounds so good. The value is excellent...very good quality for what you pay. A nice place to go and conveniently located when visiting Harvard.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Olivia M
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January 29, 2017|
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Response from NancyBmillvalley_CA | Reviewed this property |
I'm guessing it just happened to be the case that night. Our waiter was from Brazil, and two of the young women who greeted customers were black. Cambridge is REALLY diverse.
January 6, 2017|
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Response from Miamijim | Reviewed this property |
Have no idea except management does an excellent job in training staff
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