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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
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11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good old school brew house and good food

Great selection of beers and reasonably priced. The food was good - I had the chicken BLT. Fresh, warm and tasty. The place is really pert of Cambridge history. A bit dark but that fits the image.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Westchester County, New York
via mobile
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Westchester County, New York
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232 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great selection of beers and reasonably priced. The food was good - I had the chicken BLT. Fresh, warm and tasty. The place is really pert of Cambridge history. A bit dark but that fits the image.

Thank Boxter98
Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a fabulous time and dinner at John Harvard's! Excellent beer and lobster mac and cheese were a great way to end the day!

Thank K8errm24
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Honestly, we wanted to like it because it's a great location, a roomy place and the atmosphere seemed nice. And, since it was raining pretty hard, we were happy to find it! But, that's it. The service is slower than slow--even when there were only 3 tables with customers and about 4 people at the bar! When were finally acknowledged,... More 

Thank RiseandWine
Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has great beer. The food is also quite delicious. My BiL still talks about this place 6 years after visiting. I went recently at an off peak time and the service was a little off, but the beer and the food are really hard to beat.

Thank vanessaw1121
Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

DO NOT EVER GO HERE. Every single server we encountered was terrible!! We had two different men serving us, one was extremely miserable, grumpy and rude and the other literally snorted a line at the kitchen entry and was high as a kite, the entire experience was extremely uncomfortable!! My glass was absolutely filthy and when I mentioned it to... More 

Thank Britt W
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I've been coming to this place since back when it was just "33 Dunster Street" and its always been a great place for beer and good food. Not this time, though. The food was okay and the beer was fine, as always, but the vibe of the place was weird and unwelcoming. The service was rushed and not too professional.... More 

Thank Artboy2015
Claremont, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

My daughter selected this place based on the website description that offered "60 brews". When we arrived there was only one made on premises.

Thank 121maggiec88
San Diego, California
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We made the mistake of showing up near the end of a Patriots game. We had to find our own seats, there was no hostess working. Found the single unoccupied table in the bar area. With that kind of crowd, I expected better. It took forever to get the attention of a server, who took our drink orders and disappeared.... More 

Thank 2BeachLvrs
Pompton Plains, New Jersey
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89 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Pleasant ambiance with good beers on tap. The lobster Mac and cheese is great and for dessert get the bread pudding. Is a little loud and they have TVs on the bar area. Good place to watch football

Thank maritzabruno
Bangor, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Been coming here a long time now and I'd agree with other reviewers that it's okay, it's nothing particularly special. The odd thing is that, for a brewhouse, the food is actually better than the ale (which is, for the most part, distinctly average). What you get here is typical US bar food at a reasonable price. Service is generally... More 

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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, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am

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