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Grafton Street

1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-3820
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Ranked #58 of 541 restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Pizza, Eclectic, International
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Bow St.
Transit: Just a short walk away is the Harvard Square Red Line train stop. There are also several bus routes that empty into Harvard Square.
Description: Opened in 1996, Grafton Street Pub & Grill has been a beloved institution of Harvard Square for more than a decade. This neighborhood hotspot is named after the spirited cobblestone-lined shopping district in Dublin’s famed Temple Bar area. Grafton Street deftly combines the warmth and coziness of a traditional neighborhood pub with the aesthetic of a contemporary restaurant. During the summer months, guests can enjoy al fresco dining on Grafton Street’s spacious sidewalk patio. The restaurant offers full bar service and boasts a seasonally-changing wine list with over 75 varieties, as well as a robust selection of craft beers from several local breweries.
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77% Recommend
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Zagreb, Croatia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A large group of us went during one summer evening for some drinks and a side bite, and it proved to be a good decision. Place has a nice vibe with plenty of people (our group was multinational from every world continent), so we've merged with them. Place has a nice terrace overlooking nice streets and street crossing. Service was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Paul, the bartender is the most thoughtful and attentive waiter that I have ever met. This is my favorite place for lunch while working on the fog art museum

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190 reviews 190 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had dinner at Grafton Street with our grandson and one of our friends. Our friend is very familiar with the area and he thought Grafton Street was a good spot for dinner with a 6 year old. He was right. The menu had lots of options for adults and kids as well. Our server was very attentive to our... More

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Irvine, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

When for lunch after walking round Harvard doing the touristy things. Food was good, we both had Flatbed Pizza's. Had a couple of craft beers and cocktails, watched the world go by as it is a calm away from the bussle of Havard Square.

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Dublin, Ireland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A nice place with a nice, but small menu.... good tasty food.... a nice place to stop for a beer and watch the world go by.....

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Madison, Wisconsin
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The atmosphere is great, but it stops there. We were 1st given dirty water glasses - with food particles stuck on them. I ordered a Ceasars salad which was ice cold and a bit wilted. I tried to eat it, but I stopped when I realized there was still dirt on the lettuce. I prefer all the dirt washed off... More

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Boston, MA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My wife and I have long enjoyed eating at both Grafton Street and Temple Bar (same ownership), but the Grafton Street location has long been my favorite for good people-watching as well as great food. Our recent visit was no exception. On a wonderful warm day, a nice breeze and shade was just what we wanted. Amanda really enjoyed the... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Grafton Street may look like your average student pub from the outside, but the food is surprisingly good. The restaurant seems to cater to both the students of Harvard - the university which is literally only a few steps away - and a crowd of more critical eaters. The inside is a combination of a pub and a trendy restaurant,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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128 reviews 128 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Bland tuna tartar Slow service Distracted slightly angry waiter Meh I've been 4-5x and the last two have been horrible - this is not how you want things

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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I've been for lunch often but only had dinner here once. My wife and I enjoyed a really good, pre American Repertory Theater dinner a few weeks ago. Noting that the Oysters came from island creek, I ordered a dozen. Not only were they really good, but they were a bargain --$2 an oyster. The New England bouillabaisse was also... More

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