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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 - 1:00 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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Hatfield, Pennsylvania, United States
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 M
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371 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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70 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
York, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We stopped part way through the day for a drink and almost had the place to ourselves. The barman was very pleasant and friendly and the beer was good.

Thank RJK-traveller
The Woodlands, Tx
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101 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

We came with a big group but the place was easily able to handle us. Snacks included genuine nachos (we are from TX and have high standards), staff very responsive.

Thank Greenwell3
Des Moines
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95 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We stuck with "bar food" and beer and had no regrets! The Buffalo Wings were some of the best we've had - not greasy at all! The pretzels were delicious. Several craft beers are available and you may ask for a taste. The atmosphere can change within minutes as the bar may be full of people watching a game and... More 

Thank SLWS1
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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

I was in Boton for one week and I was in this restaurant close to Harvard Square. The enviroment is great with good music; the food was good but I drank a beer and it was not good (I dont remember the name).

Thank Paola R

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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
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?