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Grafton Street

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American, Pizza, Eclectic, International
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1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-3820 (Bow St.)
Just a short walk away is the Harvard Square Red Line train stop. There are also several bus routes that empty into Harvard Square.
617-497-0400
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Opened in 1996, Grafton Street Pub & Grill has been a beloved institution...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very Nice Bar, Good Time

Had lunch here on a cold Friday afternoon after a day walking around the Harvard campus and exploring Cambridge. I found this place to be very good, lots of good craft beer. The bartenders were very friendly, had a great sense of humor, and the service was very good. I had chicken and noodle... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
GolfGuy777
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Wilmington, DE
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Wilmington, DE
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Had lunch here on a cold Friday afternoon after a day walking around the Harvard campus and exploring Cambridge. I found this place to be very good, lots of good craft beer. The bartenders were very friendly, had a great sense of humor, and the service was very good. I had chicken and noodle soup that was outstanding. That was... More 

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West Babylon, New York, United States
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64 reviews 64 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I went to Grafton St, restaurant, as it reminded of Dublin, Ireland. Sadly, the food was just ordinary, and no irish dishes to be had. Alright for a quick snack/burger.

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Cambridge MA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Menu offers seasonal variety of light fare: fresh salads and soups. Seating: booth, tables or bar. Good service with no pressure.

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Lansing, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

My son and I stopped in for drinks before heading to another establishment for dinner. We just left campus and noticed the storefront and decided to stop in for a cocktail. The ambiance of this place set the mood as the facility was warm, staff was friendly, and the laughter was abundant at the bar. We sat at the bar... More 

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Wappingers Falls, NY
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We went to the Grafton for New Years Eve and had the most wonderful dinners. Relaxed atmosphere. Service was excellent. The steak dishes were most tasty. We wanted to go back the next day! The restaurant was recommended by our hotel, and was an excellent choice!!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is my favourite restaurant in Cambridge. This time, I had dinner with my wife and 2 kids. They loved the food and so did I. The mussel starter is superb. The steak is amazing and their pizzas highly recommend. They also have a great range of craft beers on tap. I tried the Portico and loved it. If you... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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195 reviews 195 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

When we came here for dinner it was nice, feels like a typical sports bar with some pastas as well. But for brunch and breakfast this place is one of the best around.

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

On regular travels over the years to Cambridge, Grafton St has always been a restaurant of choice. During our stay for New Year we went to this restaurant for dinner on 29th December and have to say that we were both disappointed with the quality of food served up. Uninspiring food. Over seasoned fries - would prefer to add my... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I was in town for eight days at Harvard and this place became my 'local'. Friendly staff and great Guinness made a good first impression. The bar food was top notch too. No frills, but it has a lovely energetic buzz to it. Nicely located and very well laid out. By my last night, the barman poured me a drink... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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88 reviews 88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

You can taste from a delicious salad, passing to order a pizza and ending with a hamburger. We only taste the caesar salad and was good and very close to harvard yard

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-3820
    (Bow St.)
  • Public Transportation: Just a short walk away is the Harvard Square Red Line train stop. There are also several bus routes that empty into Harvard Square.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 617-497-0400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Pizza, Eclectic, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 2:00 am

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