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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, 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
  • 79
    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
A really nice evening

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
MmePince
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Louisville, Kentucky
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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163 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Louisville, Kentucky
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

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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45 reviews 45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 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
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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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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Lansing, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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203 reviews 203 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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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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?