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Tavern in the Square

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
+1 617-354-7766
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Madison, Wisconsin
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78 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Where to start? I ordered a cheeseburger medium rare due to a dietary issue. I received a well done burger, so I explained to the waitress I wasn't trying to be picky, but I really needed it to have pink and be more tender. I received a second burger cooked well done. I told them not to worry about it... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We are regulars at this restaurant as well as the Burlington location. They have a lot of great gluten-free options for the celiacs in our family including french fries and really excellent fish and chips.

Thank Kristin N
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77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

Traveling to a wedding in Boston Area on the weekend from out of state. We were looking to see if there just happened to be a meeting place for Michigan alumni to meet to watch big game between in state football rivals MI and MI State. Sure enough Tavern on the Square, Porter Square was the restaurant. After much difficulty... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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112 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015

This is a great place to come with a group, for drinks with food, trivia contests. This is clearly mostly for beer although they have a small selection of wines. The variety of food choices is what you would expect in a beer joint. We had the truffle, grape and goat cheese pizza, nachos, clam chowder, salad with steak, and... More 

Thank Nigerdave
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279 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

I might not have chosen a tavern, but we were with a five year-old whose mother picked it out as a smart option. We all had burgers (veggie and otherwise), and I have to admit that my veggie burger was completely delicious.

Thank steventobolsky
Somerville, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

I visited this past week with my boyfriend. We were seated by the open window (on a very nice day out) and really enjoyed what seemed to be a new menu (I'd last visited about a year ago). I tried a random cocktail and loved it (sorry I don't remember exactly which one)! Our entrees were great, very nicely crafted... More 

Thank H F
Boston, Massachusetts
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402 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

This place in not bad but nothing special. The drinks are fine and the place is designed well but not much of a food menu mostly a bar.They seem to be multiplying everywhere. There is a new one in the middle of our train station at South Station and I heard that they will be putting one in our other... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

Lunch at this place with out of town friends. Over appetizers , one member of the group pointed to below the table and put down his fork with a disgusted expression. Making the rounds between the legs of our table was a large rodent, confidently and leisurely picking up and eating the crumbs and pieces that were there. When everything... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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307 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

I feel like everything on the menu is either A) fried, B) $13 and up, or C) both. All of the Tavern in the Square locations have kind of an empty, soulless feeling to them and I never feel thrilled with what I ate there. Literally every location has better stuff nearby. Give it a pass

Thank Riptor3000
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

We dropped in to the Tavern in the Square on a lark after parking in Porter Square merely because it's possible to park there. We were in for a very good meal! This restaurant is almost two restaurants in one. The front section was vibrant, noisy and tavern-like -- good for students -- and the back section was quiet and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-354-7766

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