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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
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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387 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with friends during a tour of Harvard. They have a nice selection of beers and a varied menu. It has the feeling of a sports bar as there are many TVs. The staff were friendly and attentive.

Thank gpotvin
Baltimore, Maryland
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82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our party of 4 enjoyed having lunch at John Harvard's Brew House in Harvard Square. We took advantage of the soup and salad options, as well as the burgers, and also enjoyed the excellent choices for beer and wine. Service was prompt but discreet, and there is a helpful electronic chair for those needing help getting down the stairs from... More 

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New Vernon, New Jersey
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385 reviews
286 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Found this place when looking for lunch and visiting Harvard Square. I am very picky about my chicken pot pies and take pride in making the best. This is the first restaurant I have been to that rivals my chicken pot pies in taste and texture. We also had the chicken wings, Cesar salad, and Mac and cheese. All the... More 

Thank Dan P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Great place to come with groups to try their burgers and brews. This is an underground bar, can get hot in summer, but great in winter. Food is good, but I wouldn't come here for the food only.

Thank pinacolada2017
Chicago, Illinois
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134 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 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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37 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 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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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
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?