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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 24
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good food, great beer

I went with my family for lunch. The food was good, but nothing special. My son had the Rainbow trout with coleslaw and mashed potato. I had the Andy's Manwich. They were okay. The beer on the other hand is really good and fresh. If you are a fan of beer, this is a great place for you.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2014
amyegm
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Arlington, Virginia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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English first
Arlington, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I went with my family for lunch. The food was good, but nothing special. My son had the Rainbow trout with coleslaw and mashed potato. I had the Andy's Manwich. They were okay. The beer on the other hand is really good and fresh. If you are a fan of beer, this is a great place for you.

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9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Grendel ' s is my favorite bar in Cambridge. Great beers, good appetizer selection. On a cold day I like a warm apple cider and dark rum and sitting by the fire place.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Found this place whilst wandering through Harvard Square, hidden away underneath a city-hall type building. The atmosphere is lively, but not too loud to be uncomfortable whilst eating. We ordered the brisket and the beef au jus, and my goodness were they huge! Really delicious too. I tried two of the beers here on knowledgable recommendations from our waitress, both... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Lazy Sunday lunch on the square, service slow and easy like the day. Go and enjoy the Sunday Brunch menu.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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54 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The food was average, but we were pleasantly surprised by the prices! The Harvard Square area is typically on the more expensive side, so we were very happy to find this little gem. We just missed the happy hour half price food time, but the prices were so good that we didn't mind.

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Denver, Colorado
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66 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was my third trip to Grendel's Den and I have not been disappointed. I've mainly gone there for the sandwiches and beer. Anyway, I thought it was about time I write a review. One of the things that attracted me to this place was the concept of a happy hour. Apparently, Massachusetts does not allow a happy hour on... More 

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San Francisco, California
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47 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I've been here a couple of times and it's a good spot for a beer and standard fare pub food. I had the Reuben which was tasty, and I heard the portobello rueben was also good. Decent beer selection as well. They can't do half price happy hour drinks in MA, so their loophole is half price food if you... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I've been coming to Grendel's ever since my job assignment in Cambridge ten years ago. The food is good, the beer is better. It does get crowded during the extended happy hour (s) when all food is halgf price with a drink purchase. I've seen the place crwod up with starving grad students from Harvard, BU, BC and the myriad... More 

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Marlborough
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40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The main reason I go to Grendel's Den is the hefeweizen. The food is decent and reasonably priced, particularly during happy hours. The service can be bit slow when it is crowded but that is to be expected.

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London, United Kingdom
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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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Restaurant Details

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
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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