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Grendel's Den


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Certificate of Excellence2015 Winner

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available monday - friday 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Hamburger, Cheeseburger or Garden Burger
with choice of potato chips or coleslaw
Half Sandwich with Small Caesar, Greek, or Mediterranean Salad
Half Sandwich with Small Soup of the Day
Greek, Mediterranean, or Caesar Salad with Chicken or Tofu
Turkey & Havarti Sandwich
with chips or slaw
Soup of the Day and Salad
greek, mediterranean or cæsar
Monday: Mac & Cheese
Tuesday: Five Bean Chili
with cornbread
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken
with chimichurri, rice, & salad
Thursday: Burrito del Dia
Friday: Chef's Choice
Ask your server what we've got!
9 AT 9
Each item is only $5 after 9 PM Sunday - Thursday nights
Buffalo Wings
10 piece bufffalo wings
Bacon Potato Skins
Sambal Chicken Skewers
Loaded Baked Potato
classic or southwest style
Double Cheeseburger
Pasta with Pesto
Macaroni & Cheese
with bacon or brisket mixed in if desired
Five Bean Chili
Buffalo Chicken Dip
served with tortilla chips and celery sticks
5 Pcs $8.0
10 Pcs $12.0
buffalo or chipotle
Nachos Supreme
cheese, guac, sour cream, salsa, and choice of black beans or vegetarian chili
Brisket Nachos
pulled beef brisket, jalepeños, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream
with chicken, black beans, or just cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream on the side
Hummus Bi Tahini
pita bread and cilantro pesto stir-in
Loaded Bacon Potato Skins
with bacon, cheese, scallion, jalpeño, chive sour cream
Sambal Chicken Skewers
boneless skinless sambal & lime chicken
Spicy Shrimp Wraps
ten shrimp in cajun spice or sambal sauce, with flour tortillas & lettuce for wrapping at the table
Chips & Salsa
fresh made and spicy with 100% corn chips
Loaded Baked Potato
the classic: idaho russet twice baked with bacon, scallions, cheese, chive sour cream & butter the southwester: idaho russet twice baked with bean chili, chopped red onion, avocado, cheese, sour cream & butter
The Impossible™ Burger
an impossibly delicious vegan patty on a vegan "buttered" bun with lettuce, tomato and americana sauce, with potato chips on the side
Steak Tips
Marinated in smoky bar-b-que sauce, cooked medium. 12 oz of just tips with choice of sauce: bbq, honey mustard, cajun, honey-bbq ranch
Boneless Rib-Eye Steak
10 oz grilled medium rare with choice of baked potato (classic or sourthwester) or mashed potatoes and veg
Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding
with maple glaze
Brownie In A Mason Jar
Cup $4.0
Bowl $6.75
Soup of the Day
Cup $3.0
Bowl $5.75
Vegetarian Soup of the Day
Caesar Salad
romaine, croutons, parmesan, cæsar dressing
Greek Salad
romaine, tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, red onions, kalamata olives, feta cheese, with greek dressing
Buffalo Cauliflower
florets in franks red hot sauce, carrot, celery salad with bleu cheese dressing
Santa Fe Salad
grilled chicken, avocado, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, with honey-bbq ranch dressing
Mediterranean Salad
romaine, tomato, spanish onions, olives, feta, roasted red peppers with tahini dressing
Served with potato chips or coleslaw (we don't have fries). Substitute salad $2, Extra chips or coleslaw $2
Portobello Reuben
mushroom, swiss, sauerkraut, russian dressing on rye
Vegetarian Burger
meatless patty made with grains & cheese
Tofu Mediterranean Wrap
tofu, feta cheese, hummus, lettuce, tomato, onion, bell pepper & olives with tahini dressing
Served with potato chips or coleslaw (we don't have fries). Substitute salad $2, Extra chips or coleslaw $2
Tuna Melt
on english muffin
Faroe Island Salmon Gravlax Sandwich
peppercorn, dill and coriander seed cured gravlax with honey mustard, cream cheese, cucumber, arugula on dark rye
Turkey & Havarti
lettuce, tomato, pesto mayonnaise on baguette
Turkey Burger
with lettuce, tomato, pickles
Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich
on baguette with a choice of cajun, honey-mustard, or honey bbq ranch dressing
The Sonoma Wrap
turkey, bacon, sundried tomato-goat cheese, guacamole, arugula, onion
Mediterranean Wrap
grilled chicken breast, feta cheese, hummus, lettuce, linguini with shrimp & clam sauce with mushroom, tomato, onion, bell pepper & olives with tahini dressing
The Reuben
corned beef, swiss, sauerkraut & russian dressing
German Cuban
bavarian roast pork, ham, swiss, pickles & whole grain mustard, grilled on a panini press
Served with potato chips or coleslaw (we don't have fries). Substitute salad $2, Extra chips or coleslaw $2
double patties with lettuce, tomato, pickles
The Reuben
corned beef, swiss, sauerkraut & russian dressing on rye
French Dip
roast beef on baguette with au jus
The Grendel
roast beef & herb-garlic cheese on dark rye or baguette, lettuce & tomato
Andy's Manwich
house-roasted grass-fed beef with bbq sauce, horseradish cream, onions & cheddar served on a deli roll
$8 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
American, Bar, Pub
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
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All reviews potato skins sandwich hummus soups salmon harvard square half price menu happy hour pricing dark stormy cozy atmosphere harvard tour great place to grab table service sat at the bar selection of beers the wait staff the food is great
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

Grendel's Den situated in the heart of Cambridge Boston and a short walk from the river Charles and Harford University is a bit of a spit & sawdust bar with a whole load of atmosphere. They have a great selection of craft beers & a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Dawacu
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

I liked the place. The vibe was relaxed and easy going. The service was friendly and patient (I'm English and had questions). But...the food? Whilst reasonably priced, its bizarre. The humus did look or taste right. The pickle selection is weird. However, we liked our...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank RFareway
Reviewed October 23, 2018

When visiting Harvard, we stumbled upon Grendel's Den near Harvard Yard. What a great place! I was suspicious at first, as the restaurant is located in the basement of the building, but it has a really nice atmosphere inside. The food was good, the only...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Shannon S
Reviewed October 7, 2018

We stopped here to eat before a concert and ate outside to enjoy the nice weather. My only regret (other than our food choices) was the smell of urine coming from a nearby homeless person. Our server was good, and my husband really liked the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank LoriLovesFood
Reviewed August 11, 2018 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

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank PamGreg
Reviewed July 28, 2018 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

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank S9345LNericd
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

Date of visit: April 2018
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).

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 746MichaelT
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

Date of visit: March 2018
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

Date of visit: April 2018
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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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