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Grafton Street

1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-3820
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Ranked #70 of 541 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Zagreb, Croatia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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230 reviews 230 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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