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Russell House Tavern

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14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909 (Brattle Street)
11:00 - 02:00
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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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Toronto, Ontario
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Russell house for lunch after a walking tour of Harvard. I ordered the Falafel burger with fries and salad which was very delicious (the fries were super fresh and homemade). My sister ordered a brunch meal with poached eggs on an English muffin which was similarly delicious. The service was lacking in that our waitress was not... More 

Thank travelingteacup675
Belo Horizonte, MG
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are at Harvard Square, this place is a good option for lunch. They have very good sandwiches!! Moreover, service is very friendly and attentive.

Thank Sneves62
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338 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We, (two English tourists) came to Cambridge for a look round Harvard & then, exhausted, decided to stop somewhere for a beer before returning to Boston. Russell House couldn't have been more friendly & welcoming. We went down into their cozy basement bar, had a beer, weren't pressured to eat or drink more than we requested (unlike if you're in... More 

Thank Jingle05
Hong Kong, China
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152 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed our few hours in this bar restaurant. Had drinks at the bar while waiting for our table. The place is so full and most tables are also reserved before hand so we had to wait some 15 to 20 minutes to get a table. Anyway, the staff are efficient and helpful and food ordered arrived in time. We ordered... More 

Thank jinshen55
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

RH is reliable and popular. Raw bar, full bar, and great burgers. What else is there? Locally sourced ingredients and generous portions make RH a perfect place to drop in anytime. You can usually find a seat in the basement even at peak times.

Thank jsmiii
Enfield, Connecticut
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate downstairs; the place was buzzing, but not overly noisy. Very pleasant pubby kind of atmosphere. We were seated and served promptly. They didn't have a huge menu, but the offerings were carefully chosen and well executed. They also had a large amount of mixed-drink offerings that sounded original and innovative, but the prices were very steep, so we... More 

Thank Span_pro
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We go to Russell House Tavern quite a bit because their Extra Dirty Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken is just amazing. Also really good is the Shrimp + Avocado Salad. The place is always busy and always loud, but it's still worth it.

Thank GraceMarieGMC
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a college visit to Cambridge and Russell House was recommended as a fantastic brunch destination - true to the recommendation - it was fabulous. The omelettes were outstanding as were the mimosas. We dined downstairs in a cozy nook, the noise level was not elevated even though the room was packed. Our waitress was a sweet graduate student from... More 

Thank J H
Potomac, Maryland
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361 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decent place but food is average 'bar' type food. The atmosphere is why you come here. Old building and historic. Very "Harvard"...

Thank GL726
Orleans, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We really like this restaurant right in Harvard Square. It's noisy but has a nice, friendly vibe, and the food is great for the reasonable price. However, it takes AGES for that food to arrive. My short ribs were top notch, but almost cold enough to send back. My husband's meal ditto. Our waiter was sweet and apologetic - -... More 

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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
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?