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The Red House

98 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4930
+1 617-576-0605
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Ranked #32 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $35
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: JFK Street and Eliot Street
Transit: "T" Red Line to Harvard Square
Description: The Red House specializes in locally-sourced, European & Mediterranean inspired cuisine. Our seasonally changing menus features a variety seafood, poultry, and pasta dishes, many of which are prepared with greens and vegetables from our organic farm in Winchendon, MA. In crafting the restaurant's menu, owner Paul Overgaag and executive chef Marc Plourde have chosen to bring fresh organic foods and locally produced ingredients to center stage. In addition to our main dining room and bar-area, the Red House also contains three intimate private dining rooms which can comfortably seat between 8 and 14 guests. Perfect for your next family or business gathering, each of our three private rooms features authentic period detail, with fireplaces and original wide pine floorboards and woodwork. Additionally, we are able to provide customized-set menus for private diners and events as needed.
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113 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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English first
Saint Paul, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

An excellent dining experience. Coming from the Midwest, good seafood is hard to find, so the Red House was a real treat. I had an amazing lobster risotto. Very comfortable for a single person there for a conference. I was not shunned or ignored as I have been at other places.

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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

We were hungry and looking for something to eat, so we stumbled in here without any TA prior review. Food was very nice, atmosphere was good with some interesting student and academic types in the restaurant. I enjoyed my Lobster Risotto and my oysters were fine if not great (but they were cheap). This was a nice place to eat... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This place had a great menu and ambiance, and before I ate, I was looking forward to returning the next night. Then, I ordered the lobster risotto. It was undercooked, the lobster was tough, and the whole dish had no flavor. For the price, it was a place I wouldn't go back to.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

this was the most amazing experience. The service was EXCELLENT. We had a wonderfully , delightful , knowledgeable waiter ever. He was funny and taught us things about how to properly pour a glass of wine. We tried all kinds of delightful foods. Their Baked Black Misson Figs were to die for. So yummy!!! They served the most delicious OVEN... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were looking for a beer and some appetizers in Harvard Square, on a perfect day. We were able to sit outside and enjoy some excellent beer (I had my favorite, BBC Sorachi Ace) and some oysters. We've been for dinner in the past and that was also a fine experience. Love sitting inside in the winter time near the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We met friends from out of town for dinner before attending a show. This is a cozy place with excellent food. We purposely chose a booth in the back away from the rooms with the fireplaces (too hot for us). Dishes were superbly prepared and presented. Service was attentive. The location off Harvard Square was convenient for getting to the... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Well, let me know when you find it because it surely isn't at The Red House. I went here recently for their 2 for 1 oysters and when I finally got served they were definitely "off". And here is the real kicker, their beer was either a) warm (they said they left the kegs outside overnight, why would you do... More

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Hong Kong, China
11 reviews 11 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

i was pretty amazed when my food arrived it was really cool and extremly fine dining. I've never seen anything so go before in an European restaurant. I really like the environment around the restaurant. I love the lobster tomato linguine. It was the best fine dining food I ever seen. I mean seriously seriously good. I suggest the people... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We went specifically for the seafood having read positive reviews on TA. We were not disappointed. I had the traditional steamed lobster and my wife the baked stuffed lobster. Both were excellent! I started with oysters which were extremely fresh and succulent whilst my wife had the baked figs , filled with goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto !! I... More

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Cape Coral, Fl.
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66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We had a delightful meal at this nice restaurant, which is very conveniently located. The raw oysters were fresh and briny and priced right. The cold lobster and potato soup was unusual and wonderful. One of the best attributes is the choice of either a half or full portion--we had the excellent linguini with carciofi, and the half portion was... More

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