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John Harvard's Brew House

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33 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5002 (Massachusetts Avenue)
Red Line T stop- Harvard Square, Cambridge
617-868-3585
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups

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  • 40
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Enjoyable meal

The service was pleasant and professional. The portions were large and the food was very good. The lobster avocado club was a nice addition to the menu.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
Rny321
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New York
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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South Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I spent 3 nights at John Harvard's while attending a program at Harvard. The food and drinks were good and reasonably priced. The servers were very friendly and accommodating, always willing to change the channel for a requested sports game or suggest a drink or explain menu items. The place was spacious and clean. Overall, I had a very good... More 

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Port Huron, MI
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37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

If my friend had not introduced me to john harvards, I likely would've missed this gem! It's become our "cheers" this term! The staff is all outstanding! Super polite and great service! The food is amazing the fries are top notch and the hummus plate everyone simply must try! I am so so on the spinach dip; it isn't bad... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The service was pleasant and professional. The portions were large and the food was very good. The lobster avocado club was a nice addition to the menu.

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Medford, Massachusetts
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Went there last night with my friend visiting from Ireland and we had a great time. The decor is awesome, the food was pretty good & the beers were awesome! A wonderful pub experience. I stuck to the pub theme & order (GIANT) fish n chips, my friend good mac n cheese with buffalo chicken. The menu is very diverse,... More 

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Enjoyed the selection of beers offered. Winter salad is top notch and the Turkey burger was very tasty (with a side of jalapeños).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Great beers, very nice food and warm atmosphere! Went for late lunch and had a shepherds pie and my husband had meatloaf! Both were delicious and reasonable big portions! Loved it! Hardly recommend it!

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Like many chain restaurants the food is ok at best. While definitely a step above national chains the food is still for the most part bland and uninspired. The quality is mediocre and it's overpriced for what you get but then again that's common these days.

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Troy, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Visited for my 40th birthday. There beer is very good as is their food. My husband and i both got salads and they were fresh and very good. Since it was my birthday i got a dessert for free and i chose the flourless chocolate almond torte. It came in a jar with vanilla ice cream. It was heaven. It... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I have been to this restaurant twice over the past three years. The food and service has been too awful to forgive. The only good thing they do well is brew beer. Although, they were out of half of their options during the last experience. Harvard Square has many better options for spending your time and money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Great quality food. So not only great beers but the food is great too. I had the pressed Creole Cuban sandwich. It was perfect. The fries were perfect too

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5002
    (Massachusetts Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Red Line T stop- Harvard Square, Cambridge
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 617-868-3585

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?