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Russell House Tavern

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14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good49%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Spent the afternoon walking around and looking for old haunts that have sadly closed. This place was a surprising but welcome find. The menu is modern, food decent and the beer and wine list was decent too. Unfortunately the service, while friendly, was slow and...More

Thank Tleemur
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The acoustics in the downstairs dining area are extremely poor. Conversation was very difficult. I had the “cauliflower steak” a sizable portion that was overseasoned and undercooked. Very disappointing service. I actually had to wait by the kitchen door to get our server’s attention and...More

Thank liviBoston
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Thanks to the barmaid, she did a perfect cocktail. The food was great but the place is noisy -it always is in US as Americans are used to shout and laugh very loudly...

Thank PiratedesEbihens
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After doing touristy things around Harvard Square, we came across this super cool tavern and decided to stop in. The bar is cool with industrial lighting and tavern is super chill. Overall, my husbands chicken sandwich looked great, my salad was super tasty, waiters were...More

Thank Ginny L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I was wandering Harvard Yard and a summer storm was coming. This place was in the right place at the right time so I stopped in. I sat at the bar but the bartender/server was friendly and my order was prepared quickly. I had a...More

Thank Russ B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was hungry after quite a few hours wondering the grounds of Harvard University and wondering in and out of several shops in the Harvard Square area and came upon the lovely Tavern, our party of 3 decided to have a meal and drink at this...More

Thank Misty46_13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was walking around the area to pick a place to eat. I’m glad I came in here. It has three sections: outside, bar first floor and basement. I had great food and good service. Prices were very reasonable. I had the steak tartare plus the...More

Thank Juancho D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So nice to sit outside in their alley seating and watch the people go by on the sidewalk. Good beer selection and sandwiches. We shared a big BLT on a croissant with a side of delicious home fries. Good service and did not get hurried...More

Thank ilkkats
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped in for dinner and had great cheese and charcuterie, naturally accompanied by a glass of red wine! A great choice!!

Thank MeanMuller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Russell House Tavern is right next to the Harvard Square and just about 10 minutes short leisurely walk away from Harvard Business School campus and we hang out there from time to time with classmates as it is easy to find, convenient location, and popular....More

Thank Maryann T
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January 29, 2017|
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Response from NancyBmillvalley_CA | Reviewed this property |
I'm guessing it just happened to be the case that night. Our waiter was from Brazil, and two of the young women who greeted customers were black. Cambridge is REALLY diverse.
January 6, 2017|
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Response from Miamijim | Reviewed this property |
Have no idea except management does an excellent job in training staff
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
    (Brattle Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 617-500-3055
Through the red-brick sidewalks and hidden back alleys of Harvard Square rises the latest neighborhood tradition: Russell House Tavern.
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