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Grendel's Den

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89 Winthrop Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-1160
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11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

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  • 54
    Very good
  • 27
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  • 6
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good spot!

Cozy spot for a bite.Casual, good menu and very decent prices. Salads, burgers and gary apps. Service was good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Dorothy K
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English first
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Cozy spot for a bite.Casual, good menu and very decent prices. Salads, burgers and gary apps. Service was good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I was in the square and could not help but to notice the appeal. Great location and just a super inviting place Sat at the bar to work and the bartender(Jeezy) was just incredibly helpful and quick to help with great service I ordered the chicken nacho which was done extremely well. Atmosphere of a laid back fun place to... More 

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Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I stopped here for an afternoon beer while waiting for the missus to finish up some nearby shoe-shopping. The outdoor tables have a nice view of Brattle Square, just off of Harvard Square. There were a lot of interesting people to watch. The "Be Hoppy" ale that they had on tap was cold and delicious. I was informed that in... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Stopped here w hungry tired family; got to sit outside- perfect temperature! Our server was great and the food was great! The bar inside looked fun - but not for family!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I sat outside and had an early dinner on a lovely summer evening. I revisit this place when I’m in town every few years, because it was a favorite when I was in college those many years ago. I like it for the genuine college vibe and nostalgia. I avoided the long waits experienced by other reviewers by being rather... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This review is purely based on the attitude of the staff and not on the quality of the food or ambiance. We chose Grendel's because we wanted to sit outside on such a nice day. There wasn't a sign that said seat yourself, so we went inside to talk to the host. After waiting for the host who never appeared... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We had lunch here on June 22nd after doing the Harvard Tour. The name caught our attention due to its literary reference. Grendel is the monster in the story Beowulf. I had the Half Sandwich-of-the-day and a Ceasar Salad. They were both very tasty. I can't remember what my husband had but I know that he enjoyed his meal also.... More 

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Gresham, OR
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I am sitting in Grendel's Dan as I write this. There are only 11 customers in the main area... 3 times that number of empty tables. Certainly not a busy afternoon. I have been here for 20 minutes, and only saw the waitress after waiting for 15. She still has not come back. I may never get served at this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I had the Peruvian quinoa stew (held the cheese) and a cold beer. Perfect meal! Proceeds from this particular Nantucket beer benefit OCEARCH education and science programs. It was a very tasty and feel-good kind of meal. We'll be back!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The appetizers were average & the beer was okay. I guess I can't complain since everything I ate was half price. However, this really is a 'den', that being said there is a terrible musty basement smell.

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Additional Information about Grendel's Den

Address: 89 Winthrop Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: (617) 491-1160
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Monday 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Average Prices: USD 8 - 20
Cuisine: Pub

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 89 Winthrop Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: (617) 491-1160

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 20
  • Cuisine: Pub
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:00 am

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