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Grendel's Den

89 Winthrop Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-1160
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Ranked #143 of 538 restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $8 - $20
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is a great tavern in central Cambridge, with outdoor and indoor seating. After a short wait, we secured a table outside. The beer selection is great, including their own Grendel Ale - unlike many American beers, this is an amber ale, without an overwhelming citra hop-inspired citrusy-bitterness, which tastes much like a classic British IPA. The food menu is... More

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Minneapolis, MN
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

In a word, this place is good. Can't complain about the prices, especially for the area, with most entrees between $6 and $10. The Lobster Roll at $15 is delicious. A simple blend of just lobster and mayonaisse with a hint of cayenne. Good food, great prices. No complaints.

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Dublin, Ireland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Located in the Harvard district of Boston, this place attracts a lot of students; both undergrad and mature alike. Inside the restaurant, it is very quaint and full of character. It's clearly been in operation for a while. There is a bar as well as a dinner service available. You have to seat yourself. We found no problem with that.... More

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Schenectady, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We came here for lunch on a Sunday and loved everything we ordered. We had a Greek salad, a Mediterranean Salad and a bowl of Cream of Tomato soup. Everything was great! The salads had nice dressings and a variety of fresh vegetables. The soup was very flavorful and filled a large bowl. The ambiance was relaxed and the decor... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This restaurant, located with 2 blocks of Harvard Square is a gem! They offer a great selection of 'starters', salads, sandwiches and 'full meals' at unbelievably reasonable prices. They also serve beer, wine, etc. We sat outside on a beautiful day, it was so enjoyable. Also, great 'attentive' service.

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Rochester
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101 reviews 101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Picked this place during day I'm Cambridge. Ordered a burger, it had no flavor and the meals my friends ordered did not wow us. I would not return here given the number of places to eat in the town.

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Massachusetts
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292 reviews 292 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Grendel's Den is typically very crowded with a mix of bar and food patrons. The food is amazingly low-cost for Boston, but actually a much higher quality than you would expect for the price. The servings were not huge, but they were quite reasonable. Mixed drink specials not expensive either, but not the best I have had. great place for... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is one of my favorite places to go in Harvard Square! They've got a nice beer selection (and a nice cider selection, since that's what I drink) and the service has always been very good. HOWEVER, the best thing here is their "half off" menu deal. Almost every night a week at certain hours you can eat from the... More

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Donalsonville, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It was better than ok but not great. A good value for the food. We were there for an early lunch so it was not crowded. The hamburger was good and very reasonable. My husband had the French dip and it was also good.

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New England
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188 reviews 188 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Grendel's Den is a popular pub in Harvard Square. The pub food menu and the beer selection are good - but it can get very busy on weekends.

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