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Russell House Tavern

14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good49%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (60 reviews)
“burger” (81 reviews)
“fries” (57 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My brother and I were in the Boston area for the first time on business. We started the evening with an excellent dinner at Abe and Louie's, and after our meal caught an Uber to Harvard Square. We walked around a while looking for a...More

Thank mosbarger77
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like many American restaurants the portions are enormous. We were a large family party of 8 on a very busy weekend (believe it was Harvard freshman parents weekend) so everything was crowded. This restaurant was no exception. We were seated at a long bar table...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a haven for us on New Year's Day out of the cold. We didn't realise how big and vibrant it was downstairs but it was a nice surprise. Good food, good service and nice a warm

Thank Bumble1980
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Russell house is consistent with service and food quality. I’ve sat upstairs and down and had positive experiences with both. I’m sure their small outdoor space is also nice in the warmer months. They are pricey but not out of line with their peers in...More

Thank Jen L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a good place for a relatively quick (~1 hour) sit-down down lunch with a colleague or a client. It's busy enough to feel lively, but not so loud as to be distracting. The food is very good (well prepared and high quality). The...More

Thank Charley S
Reviewed 14 December 2017

After touring Harvard and walking the square, popped in for dinner without reservations. Was able to get seated but had to be out in 1:15 - no problem and appreciated the flexibility. Had the "secret" burger with Mushrooms, brie and bacon - it changes everyday...More

Thank Silvano1996
Reviewed 7 December 2017

We stopped here for lunch during the day and enjoyed some great specialty cocktails, and the tuna tartare. But the pastrami sandwich blew everything out of the water! So delicious. Great service, great atmosphere.

Thank s_lauren_tbay
Reviewed 11 November 2017

We stopped in, on a Saturday afternoon. Very busy town, very busy restaurant. We found seats at the bar and had a great time. Jeremy is a fine bartender and was very attentive. Our dishes were excellent and all the plates we saw looked great....More

Thank John G
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Had a great lunch here today. Waiter was busy but attentive. Burger was excellent and fries were hot and crispy.

Thank Cathy S
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This bustling Harvard Square restaurant is a good place to go for a before- or after-theatre meal. Wood paneled with brown leather seats, it’s dark(ish) and cozy. The wait staff is friendly and competent. The bar offers a full range of creative drinks, the wine...More

Thank SisBoston
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29 January 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.
6 January 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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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