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Grendel's Den

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89 Winthrop St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-4929
+1 617-491-1160
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good42%
  • Average25%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
89 Winthrop St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-4929
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

In Harvard for a quick look around. Half way though a tour and the rain started. Within 10 mins tour abandoned and we were soaked through but lucky enough to stumble on Grendel's Den. The Dark & Stormy was the best I've had and husband...More

Thank PamGreg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding...there was something wrong...but I can't remember what it was, great food, cozy, cool in the basement on a very muggy boston day. reasonable prices, obvious menu (no questions like...what is that?). nice change from the attempts at foodie delights we have experienced in the...More

Thank Eric D
Reviewed June 14, 2018

This restaurant was suggested by the cab driver and I'm glad I asked! The entrance is hidden and the restaurant is almost underground. They were super busy on a Saturday morning at around noon but as soon as my Bombay Salmon came in, I was...More

Thank dreamer8313
Reviewed June 10, 2018

The food is great in this restaurant. Our waitress was a bit moody and not too friendly but okay overall. The kids liked the food too (which is a good sign).

Thank Michael T
Reviewed April 11, 2018

I will always pop into Grendel's Den for a chat and a drink but I won't be doing food again. Look, it's fine and the value is good because the price is low, especially if you get there during happy hour. It's just that anything...More

Thank Gamberioni
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Set in the basement for a dark and cozy atmosphere, this is a great place to grab a delicious lunch and drink on a cold day. The lunch special menu is a good value and was tasty although we liked the daily soups and burritos...More

Thank Marco W
Reviewed April 4, 2018

We stumbled on Grendel's Den while walking around Cambridge earlier in the day and were able to peak at the menu since they wisely had it posted outside. Figured we would grab a bite there after a college game we were in town for. What...More

Thank RM41MR
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

I used to frequent Grendel’s when it was “upstairs “ many years ago when I was a young and carefree student. While I still miss that great salad bar, Grendel’s Den in the “downstairs “ location did not disappoint. The affordable casual menu was still...More

Thank Julie D
Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

This long time Harvard Square favorite offers 1/2 price food from 5:00-7:30 as long as you buy a drink. The food is good and varied, and prices are low. The setting is casual and comfortable.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed November 25, 2017

I stopped here specifically because they advertised a Happy Hour on the web. I was solo, so I sat at the bar when I arrived. There's a sign hanging that says Happy Hour prices are only good for table service, but it was busy and...More

Thank jessaugusta
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June 22, 2016|
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Response from KIKIg28 | Reviewed this property |
I was in Grendel's last night (Wednesday) and they advertised "Half Price APPETIZERS" from 9:30-11:30. Their *website* does advertise 5:30-7:30 Half Price FULL Menu nightly.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $20
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 89 Winthrop St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-4929
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-491-1160
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