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The Red House

98 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4930
+1 617-576-0605
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Ranked #34 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $35
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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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English first
Surbiton, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Stopped for drinks here after a long walk up Massachusetts Avenue. It's an interesting place with a real character outside and in. There is an outside eating area in addition to the dining rooms at the rear. The bar area is relaxed and friendly and a good place to chill out with beer/wine and snacks, mainly seafood.

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west MA
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We went to this lovely restaurant today for lunch after checking TA reviews and were quite surprised with our experience. The positives were the well prepared, delicious food and the beautiful ambiance and our sweet young waitress. The place was much less busy than we expected and I think we know why. We were the only people to be seated,... More

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The front of The Red House is deceptive as you are led down a hallway that opens onto the dining rooms. The service is excellent, the menu leans towards oysters and seafood, the wine list is short but sufficiently inclusive, and the beers represent craft breweries from across the country. Seats outside view the passing scene from the Square.

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San Francisco, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This place was great. I sat in the bar area (at a table) but they also have outdoor seating and more space in the back. The service was great as were the cocktails. I ordered the lobster carbonara and it was great, two of my favorite things in 1. Would be a great date spot as the whole place is... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 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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