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John Harvard's Brew House

33 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5002
617-868-3585
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Ranked #94 of 538 restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Massachusetts Avenue
Transit: Red Line T stop- Harvard Square, Cambridge
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Bowie, Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My husband and I were wandering around Cambridge last month when we decided to stop in for lunch at John Harvard's. It was a fairly hot day, and the dark, cool atmosphere we a perfect respite. We sat in one of their raised booths near the bar, which was large and deeply padded and very, very comfortable. My husband ordered... More

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Cusco Region, Peru
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76 reviews 76 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We head to John Harvard's House for beers every now and then. A nice pub with good music played by bands occasionally. Not a place of special interest. I like the murrals at the walls though.

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Morrisville, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Stopped by John Harvard's after visiting Harvard. The food was great and the atmosphere was good. They ID everyone so paring yours with you ....mixed crowd as we were there during the World Cup. It was packed. Wait staff was friendly and the food arrived quickly.

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Connecticut
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68 reviews 68 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A friendly atmosphere pub/restaurant. All your standards are done well from mac n cheese to fancy grilled cheese to 1/2 burgers. Really love their nachos. And always has a good selection of beers brewed on premises. What's not to like?

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Milan, Italy
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is one of Harvard's best places for me ... every time I go to Boston I must visit the John Harvard's ... they serve one of my favorite clam chowders ( however, do ask your waiter to serve it extra hot ) and their beer ( brewed there ) is truly fantastic ... do bring your ID ( passport... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I've had dinner here off and on for several years. This is still a good place to hang out: authentic atmosphere, and a mix of students, parents, and Cambridge bohemian types. Unfortunately both the food and the beer have slowly declined: the food from better-than-average to poor; and the beer from good to indifferent. The beer isn't as fresh as... More

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Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I ate here with friends and family for a late lunch and it proved to be a perfect choice. Food was delicious as were the drinks that I imbibed and we all left very satisfied. Would definitely return!

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Bangor, North Wales
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Let me make one thing clear at the start - I love this place. On regular visits to Harvard, I always come to this place for a few beers and a bite to eat and, over the years, I've had some great nights and great food here. However, I can't help but feel that this place has lost its way... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We were a large group, and we were well accommodated. The service and food was great. Nice to try some of the local brews and the atmosphere was a very typical old pub. Can't wait to go back on our next trip to the Boston/Cambridge area.

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134 reviews 134 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Over the past two decades I have made a point to eat here each time I come to Boston. The beers are, consistently, very good. The food is usually excellent but my last visit was a little disappointing. The service was Ok. The ribs with stout BBQ sauce were not tasty and the ribs themselves were dry and overly fatty.... More

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