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John Harvard's Brew House

American, Bar, Pub
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33 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5002 (Massachusetts Avenue)
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Chicago, Illinois
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133 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Downstairs and dark, seemed overpriced for the amount of food we got. Service was quick and beer was good. Would not visit again.

Thank lmiller586
Baton Rouge, LA
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46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sloooooooowww service . Food was ok. Server didn't watch our glasses for refills and we never received napkins. The beer, when we got it, was good, though.

Thank botmatrix
Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had some good food here and an awesome selections of beer and it was a fun and interesting place to eat. The Fish and Chips is awesome and huge portions, the burger are massive and excellent. My only minor complaint was the waiter we had, he was ok but at times seemed a little lost in space. There were... More 

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to John Harvarda many times and the food and atmosphere are always Great ! It's a good place for families and a quick bite

Thank cubes1234
Hatfield, Pennsylvania, United States
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Saw John Harvard's while walking the street in Harvard Square. It was a great brew house located below a few shops. The bartenders were very friendly. We tried a few beers and ciders while the bar began to get busier. There was a band scheduled so it seemed to bring a crowd. They had their own brews which were pretty... More 

Thank Kate S
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177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

We stopped by for lunch on July 4th and the place was dead. We sat at a table in the bar area for a little better ambiance. We stuck to pub type food and it was fine - burgers and pot pie - and the beer selection was pretty decent. The service on the other hand was TERRIBLE! We had... More 

Thank account4fun
Oswego, New York
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

I chose this place after a long day of college visit because they make their own beer. We got there around 4 and the place was pretty empty. We were quickly seated and our server was quick to take a drink and appetizer/meal order. The service was quick but that may have been because there were minimal people there?? The... More 

Thank Chris S
Fort Worth, Texas
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63 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

We arrived at the pub and had to go down the stairs to the underground pub. The atmosphere was cool. The stained class is something to see all in itself. The cocktails was good (expensive) and the beer was great as well. We ordered the nachos. When they came out, they were doused in sour cream and guac. The cheese... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

I was there late on a Friday night after walking up from Kendall Square and having a few drinks along the way. The food was fine. The prices were reasonable for Harvard Square. It had quieted down, I'm sure, but it was subdued when I was there. The menu has something for everyone, and that was a great reason to... More 

Thank DiamondfromBaltimore
Stockholm, Sweden
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I like the (basement) atmosphere of the place. The appetizer (taco) was great. I didn't like my main dish so much but that's mostly due to making a bad choice myself. Unfortunately I didn't try their beer. The gentleman who took care of our table was extremely polite.

Thank Danupon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $35
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children
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
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?