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Russell House Tavern

14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good48%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (60 reviews)
“burger” (79 reviews)
“fries” (56 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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1 - 10 of 658 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Russell House Tavern is a popular restaurant a stone's throw from Harvard Square and reservations are essential on weekends. It has a number of dining rooms including a large one at basement level, where we had dinner. I had the crispy fried Cape Cod oysters...More

Thank schmidtmg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Busy restaurant with great food. We sat at the bar and service was quick and friendly. Food is pricy with upscale fresh choices. Very nice atmosphere

Thank jln62
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Close to Harvard-Square, this old Tavern offers various rooms and is always quite busy - sometimes a little noisy. Nevertheless the service is very attentive, and the food excellent. As an old Harvard-Fellow i'm visiting this place quite often, and we like it very much.

Thank Raeber-Mendez
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place has gotten busier over the years but the quality remains high. A younger crowd on the weekends; don't let that discourage you from trying their ever changing menu!

Thank Deanna D
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I had lunch here and had the special burger which was bacon, cheese, and a pesto aioli on a ciabatta bun. It was cold when it arrived as it had obviously been left sitting. My wife had the house burger that was overdone as well....More

Thank Stephen W
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

And was not impressed by slow service, or subterranean dining room. But, the food was quite good. Especially the burgers (delicious, fresh and juicy), over the top coarsely ground grits and cream of kale. Also good, the fresh oysters and clams and cheese platter. Wines...More

Thank Ritz1165
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Questions & Answers
30 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.
7 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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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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