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Grafton Street

1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-3820
617-497-0400
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Ranked #76 of 542 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Boston, Massachusetts
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113 reviews 113 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The atmosphere here is OK not great - there were 4 of us and they put us at a round table with one person in a chair - it was way too big and we all ended up sitting in a semi-circle - annoying. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. However, she checked on us every 5... More

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Sharon, Vermont
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138 reviews 138 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We were a fairly large group--- 6 people--- on a Saturday night, so things were very busy. Our waiter seemed to be a very friendly and thoughtful fellow but the service could not keep up with demands from all the patrons. Our waiter seemed to have tables in various parts of the restaurant and would disappear for 5-10 minute stretches.... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

we went here for lunch and the food was great! the sandwiches are worth it and not too pricey. very good service and divine french toast.

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Green River, Wyoming
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have been here multiple times and have always had a great experience. The staff is friendly, the food is good and so are the drinks. I feel that they have some pretty unique things on the menu, plus some familiar ones as well. I have ordered the salmon a few times and it is always moist and the sides... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This venue looked amazing but the bar man was not accommodating in chatting to customers - hence he does not get a great tip especially when tourists are paying their wages when the only earn $2.63- at todays rate of exchange for British pounds that is a bout 90p per hour. How does America get away with paying this. The... More

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london
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Disappointment 1: We were served a Sunday brunch menu as we went on Labor day, so no clam chowder (note to self...it is impossible to find seafood on Labor Day. Don't even bother again) Disappointment 2: Staff were overworked so we did not get good service and waiter constantly forgot our orders. Overall, the food was good (we had pancakes... More

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Houston, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The service was quick. They allowed us to share plates. The Brussels sprouts pizza was very unusual and very good. The fish and chips were also well done. Nice craft beer selection on tap. Pleasant place to socialize. They did not try and rush us on a Sunday afternoon. I rate it average because it isn't anything special, but it... More

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

I ordered baked lobster Mac and cheese. That should say enough. Good helpings of lobsters, but I was hoping the cheese would be a bit stronger. I can't complain though, it was very good. The oysters weren't bad either. There is a lot of seating inside and some spots outside as well, seems likes it's pretty popular.

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We ate outside on the sidewalk which was was perfect. We got there early so parking on the street on a Sunday was easy. The server said the lobster Mac and cheese was rich (it was), and salmon was cooked perfectly. The chef cooked off the menu for my son (age 13), and charged a very reasonable price. We have... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I spent three years living in Boston and this place never disappointed. It is fancier pub food with excellent service. The portions are very big. In summer try get an outside table.

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