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Grafton Street

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American, Pizza, International, Eclectic
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1230 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 (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.
+1 617-497-0400
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11:00 am - 1:00 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: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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    Very good
  • 21
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  • 12
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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My daughter and I came for a mid-week lunch. The atmosphere was cozy, the service prompt, (if not terribly friendly), and the food was mostly good. The Margarita Pizza reminded me of tomato soup and grilled mozzarella cheese. The corned beef on the Rueben was perfect, though the sandwich overall... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Woodstock, Illinois
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Woodstock, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I came for a mid-week lunch. The atmosphere was cozy, the service prompt, (if not terribly friendly), and the food was mostly good. The Margarita Pizza reminded me of tomato soup and grilled mozzarella cheese. The corned beef on the Rueben was perfect, though the sandwich overall was bland. Still, I'd come back.

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Boston
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We ate dinner here before seeing a play at the ART. A couple blocks from the Harvard Square T stop, it was a good choice. Good food, decent pricing, varied menu, outdoor seating, but it was the service that was really great. Even though it was crowded because it was Harvard graduation week, our waitress did not make us feel... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Watching Good Will Hunting and anything next to the One Bow Street is a hit. But not just because of being the next-door neighbor to the well-known One Bow Street, the receptionist to the waitstaff were amazingly nice and helpful. I enjoyed coming in by myself, being seated at the bar, watching the people pass by and devouring the moments... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We recently ate here for the first time. We went in for lunch, but were actually surprised to find that it was still the brunch menu! However, even their brunch menu has a nice selection of lunch items and two of the party actually ended up going with breakfast food anyways. Everyone had a few drinks (the sangria is quite... More 

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Kildare, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Visited Grafton Street twice on a recent visit to Boston. The location is fantastic with a great buzz in the outside seating area in particular. Had lunch on my first visit which was really good. the menu has lots of choice and the food is great quality. The bowl of jellies or

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132 restaurant reviews
280 helpful votes 280 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This is a large informal restaurant with a sports bar atmosphere. SIdewalk tables available in summer. Food is pretty reliable, well-stocked bar with very good beer selection, service excellent, good value, no valet parking. On a recent family visit, we enjoyed moules frites and caesar salad starters. Among the entrees, the scallops and the pork loin were both rated highly... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We vistited twice during a short stay in Cambridge. One evening we had the Grafton Burger, and that was absolutely delicious, with the meat cooked to our liking. The french fries were very good too. The second time we went, was for an ice coffee and sorbet on a warm day. Sitting outside in the shadow was a huge hit.... More 

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Boston
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70 reviews 70 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Went to the Grafton Street for brunch. Was seated in a booth; and my first impression was made staring at the duct taped seat cushion and did not expect much after seeing this....but I was wrong. The service was delightfully and the food was good. I would liked to have a larger menu; the brunch is somewhat limited in choices.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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84 reviews 84 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Grafton Street is a good, safe bet. The service is always above average and the food is quite tasty. There is also a wide variety of options, making it a great place for a group or people who may be picky eaters. Nothing will absolutely blow your mind, but it will generally be a very positive experience, from start to... More 

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New Jersey
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Loved the decor and seating. Food was slightly better than average, and our waitress was wonderful! My husband didn't like his salmon, but we enjoyed the goat cheese bruschetta and my scallops with ratatouille was pretty good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1230 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
    (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: +1 617-497-0400

Price and Cuisine

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

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?