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John Harvard's Brew House

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2093 Smith Haven Plz, Lake Grove, NY 11755-1209
631-979-2739
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
good beer on the island

John Harvard's makes a decent brew, serves up some good bar food, and has a lively atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone looking to have a casual drink, and doesn't want to spend a ton.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2016
Shane S
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Medina, Ohio
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Medina, Ohio
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146 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

John Harvard's makes a decent brew, serves up some good bar food, and has a lively atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone looking to have a casual drink, and doesn't want to spend a ton.

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Thank Shane S
Miller Place, New York
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332 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

The food at john Harvard's brew house, a restaurant that is situated in the parking lot of the Smithaven Mall, offers good pub food which doesn't really complement its wide array of micro brewed beers. Meatloaf, fish and chips, Mac and cheese, shepherds pie, and chicken pot pie are the staples of their menu but they have a beautifully set... More 

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Thank danfriedmanmd
Stony Brook, New York
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81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Well established in a stand-alone building at the edge of a the large Smithhaven Mall in Lake Grove NY. The former retail space now brewery has high ceilings, dark wood furnishings but almost floor to ceiling windows on three sides provide ample light when needed, blinds reduce light as well. Separate large private function room, large full bar. Beer menu... More 

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Thank ITCountM
Rockville Centre, New York
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I brought my elderly mother and aunt here. Nachos and wings for starters, all terrific, everyone in the party was happy. My wife and I got 22 oz beers, she a summer blonde, I got IPA. The beers were WARM! The glass was nice and cool, but the beers were room temperature. The waiter told me they were brewed to... More 

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Thank John B
Lake Grove, New York
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Food is very greasy fatty and heavy. Nothing healthy about the food in this place. Service is below average and could improve alot. Beer is excellent.

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Thank Edward H
Blue poi
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Food always good but this visit the service was exceptional. We were early arrivals due to our party consisting of our two 90 something parents, and were seated at a table in the bar. Our waiter Mike was consistently attentive; and even when he was chatting with another customer near the bar while waiting for our orders to be ready,... More 

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Thank Chris D
Selden, New York, United States
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93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

They have a great selection of beers for the seasons. The food is ok, the staff is good. Their beer is excellent, now they should work on the food. I will try it again soon

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Thank Anthony S
NY
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I generally go here once or twice a year around the fall to get pumpkin beer. It is usually very good from here. The food however is not very good, so we don't go to dine. While sitting at the bar last visit I did notice that the bar was filthy. All the bottles and glasses had... More 

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Thank CandiceSNY
Stony Brook, New York
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a standard brew house/restaurant. My family dines there frequently when we want to go out to a nice place, but don't want a big fuss. There is a great variety of "home brewed" beer and we always find something new to try. The food is standard American casual, but that is not a bad thing. Burgers, Fish and... More 

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Thank Arlene R
Port Washington
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149 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Went to pick up my nephew at Stony Brook University and needed to eat. Had no idea where to go but saw this place on the way and thought we like beer lets try it. Glad we did. Although this is a pub there were no big screen TV's all around distracting you and making a great deal of noise.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2093 Smith Haven Plz, Lake Grove, NY 11755-1209
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Long Island  >  Lake Grove
  • Phone Number: 631-979-2739

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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