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Russell House Tavern

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14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909 (Brattle Street)
11:00 - 02:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 01:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 01:00
Thu - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat 10:00 - 02:00
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Harpswell, Maine
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295 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

For a group of 6, this was a terrific choice. Lots of appetizers and small plates to share. The main courses looked fine, but we picked a bunch of things, and they rose well above the level of pub fare. Wine list was pretty large and very reasonable and not just the usual suspects for choice. We enjoyed the charcuterie... More 

Thank Peter B
Hebron, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wife & I and friends met some locals at this wonderful Tavern. Wife had a killer Bloody Mary and I had a stimulating Latte. We shared Pastrami and Pork Loin Sandwiches -- both to die for. All the while, the Octoberfest and HONK parade was passing by in the rain. We'll be back!

Thank Mike D
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've never eaten in the upstairs but the downstairs has a very nice atmosphere and delicious seafood and very good drinks

Thank Rayn H
West Nyack, New York
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for an early dinner. Opted for small appetizer plates as in Tapas style. All were good especially the mussels and the crab cakes. Cocktail was well made and draft beer was fine. A very nice, comfortable place to have an informal dinner with fair prices.

Thank DES106
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I went in to grab a drink before dinner today, and walked out after waiting 30 minutes for a bottled cider and simple mixed drink. We waited 10 minutes just to place our drink order. I asked the waitress to describe the cider and she said it was "sweet and dry" whatever that means, but I ordered... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very popular - initially when we arrived they tried to fob us off and say there were no tables, so I asked again and eventually got one of the 3-4 empty tables. The main dining area in the basement and feels a little claustrophic, although the tables are well spaced out and organised. Food is good but pricey.

Thank Sheila K
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a great spot. Fun atmosphere, good for apps and drinks with friends or a date night! Food is great, drinks are good and the staff is accommodating.

Thank Jess V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great cocktails. Pizza is amazing. Loved the Lobster slider. Service was excellent especially since we were a group of 12.

Thank Cynthia P
Boston, Massachusetts
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80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere is hip and fun, and they play a nice selection of music. Decent wine and mixed drink options. The food was excellent, and we sampled several appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Our server may have been new, as he seemed unprepared for questions, and had to return to our table a number of times to let us know... More 

Thank megalley
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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118 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No quibbles with the food here - the menu is solid and diverse. This is a popular dining/drinking spot in busy Harvard Square, and it's no surprise you'll find yourself shouting at your companion(s) to be heard, which of course, raises the decibel level even higher. Practice your lip reading, have a drink, and you'll be just fine.

Thank Lmsarch

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
    (Brattle Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 617-500-3055
Through the red-brick sidewalks and hidden back alleys of Harvard Square rises the latest neighborhood tradition: Russell House Tavern.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?