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John Harvard's Brew House

33 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5002
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Ranked #109 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
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Price range: $20 - $35
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
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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English first
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121 reviews 121 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Enjoyed tasty and well prepared burgers and the 'ridiculously good grilled cheese sandwich' which was in fact great. Beer was interesting and tasty and ambiance just what we hoped for. Glad we came.

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Scotts Valley CA
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176 reviews 176 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

so we had to have a brown ale instead which didn't very good ... it was just okay ... so a bit disappointing there. As for the food, it was pretty good. A burger, the 4-cheese and the lobster/avocado club were shared; bacon was placed on the side as requested. I like to judge the food prep by the quality... More

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Visiting Harvard Square with family, we were looking for a dependable place for lunch. Remembering the Brew House from student days, we went over to see if it was still there. Not only was it there, but nothing had really changed. The beer was still very good, the food was basically ok and the service was a little too casual.... More

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398 reviews 398 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Our family had such a great time the first time we visited here we returned twice during their last visit. The first time was only for beer; the second time we had lunch. If we return, it will only be for beer. On our lunch visit, the restaurant was empty but the service was non-existent. Because we were a large... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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215 reviews 215 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

For a college pub, this was a fun place to catch up with friends and enjoy some drinks. While waiting for our food, we participated in the trivia night and ordered several rounds of drinks. If you are in the Cambridge area, this would be a one of my top choices to go when meeting a group of friends in... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The food here is not outstanding, you would find mac'n'cheese, ribs, meat loaf... very north american food. But it is a good cost benefit and also a plaesant ambience, very informal and nice choice to have a beer with friends

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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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87 reviews 87 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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