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Grendel's Den

American, Bar, Pub
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89 Winthrop Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-1160
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Vestal, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a recommendation from another restaurant, we took our family of 4 to Grendel's. We got there around 6:30 pm and were able to get a table indoors with the a/c. It was half price meals if you order at least a $3 drink. Did not matter if it was alcoholic or not. Our family had a tasty appetizer, 2... More 

Thank Christi S
New York City, New York
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's been a while since I was last there. It seems the overall concept has changed from what I remember 30+ years ago. The food was OK, not great, as was the service. Outside seating in the park was quite pleasant, but not really worth a special trip. Nachos was large and pretty good. Brisket sandwich was small and fair.... More 

Thank davidloew
Glastonbury, CT
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47 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I were walking around Harvard Square and came across this place. We wanted to eat outside and were told we could sit at any table we liked. Shortly after we sat down Annalise dropped off some menus. I decided to order a chicken burrito and my boyfriend got a tuna melt. The food arrived quickly and hot.... More 

Thank Emily P
East Granby, Connecticut
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317 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The place has great outdoor/shaded seating, away from heavy foot traffic. Walking distance from the Harvard Square subway stop. Reasonable prices for breakfast and lunch. Wait staff was slow, we had to go ask for the check. Good selection of breakfast, just right servings. There were 3 of us. Excellent potatoes, but be benedict lacked hollandaise sauce (it looked the... More 

Thank lakwatsera2014
Natick, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

Grendel's is a Harvard Square staple and should definitely be visited if touring the area. It's atmosphere is nostalgic of it's history and the staff is always pleasant; it's as if you are visiting their home for dinner. I find the environment warm in every sense (like, I never need to worry about bundling up to adapt to an uncomfortably... More 

Thank KIKIg28
Toronto, Ontario
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Like something out of the movies. Couple of old guys, who look like they used to be students and never left, and groups of current students having a beer and chatting.. Bare bones, wooden tables, good beer and good food. Can't go wrong here.

Thank petem419
Gainesville, Florida
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94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

Stopped to get something for lunch while touring the Harvard area. Food was good, but typical college food, so nothing special. Fueled us up for the next foray of toursting.

Thank Richard R
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

After walking around Harvard Square, visiting bookstores and going to the Coop, we followed our daughter down some stairs into a unique restaurant - Grendel's. We were allowed to take all the time we wanted to eat and enjoy each other's company and people watch. The food was excellent and they had a nice bar selection of draft and mixed... More 

Thank JacqueE53
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

Went here with a couple friends around 10 at night. Service was great, our server was really friendly. The clam chowder was excellent, but my burger was only so-so.

Thank Ariel T
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

Stopped in for a couple beers and seemed to be too much to ask for the waitstaff at the time. The beers were good but the service was a moodkiller.

Thank Joe C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $20
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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 Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: (617) 491-1160

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?