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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
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
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 81
    Very good
  • 21
    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
Good option in Harvard Square for an upscale meal

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Michele M
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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44 reviews 44 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I used Grafton Street Pub and Grill for an event that one of the astrophysics were hosting in Boston, September of 2014 This was a group of mostly Europeans. We wanted to ensure that they had a "New England" Experience. It totally met our expectations. Actually exceeded our expectations. I first had a tasting, literally, I was invited to taste... More 

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206 reviews 206 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A quick brunch visit without reservation. We had to sit at the bar and that was quite enjoyable given the wit and friendliness found there. The ham and eggs, the eggs Benedict and the complete Irish breakfast as well as the salmon plate or the bangers and mash all quite good. Many locals seem to love starting the day with... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I dined here on a brief stay in Cambridge, and it was just great. The food was excellent, and the staff was really friendly. They gave great recommendations on local draft beers, and brought out several to try. The food was a fun mix of modernized pub classics.

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Rye Brook, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My friend and I just enjoyed a wonderful dinner, even better than expected, at Grafton Street. To start we shared the Moules Frites, which were really delicious and the perfect appetizer. I then had the grilled Bavette steak which was good medium rare as I asked and accompanied by yummy buttermilk whipped potatoes. The whole dish was excellent. My friend... More 

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Isle of Gigha
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is a lovely place to eat food excellent a lot of choice, I had steak which was ace again large portions but managed none the less! We all tried each other's food and the rotisserie chicken was amazing!!! Dessert good but not great but we had really eaten plenty anyway. Was amazed that they had whiskey from my near... More 

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Wilmington, DE
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 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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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, Outdoor seating

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

Questions & Answers

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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?