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“Surprisingly good and relatively cheap”
Review of Grafton Street

Grafton Street
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Ranked #39 of 690 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Bow St.
Transit: Just a short walk away is the Harvard Square Red Line train stop. There are also several bus routes that empty into Harvard Square.
Description: Opened in 1996, Grafton Street Pub & Grill has been a beloved institution of Harvard Square for almost two decades. This neighborhood hotspot is named after the spirited cobblestone-lined shopping district in Dublin's famed Temple Bar area. Grafton Street deftly combines the warmth and coziness of a traditional neighborhood pub with the aesthetic of a contemporary restaurant. During the summer months, guests can enjoy al fresco dining on Grafton Street's spacious sidewalk patio. The restaurant offers full bar service and boasts a seasonally-changing wine list with over 75 varieties, as well as a robust selection of craft beers from several local breweries.
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Grafton Street may look like your average student pub from the outside, but the food is surprisingly good. The restaurant seems to cater to both the students of Harvard - the university which is literally only a few steps away - and a crowd of more critical eaters. The inside is a combination of a pub and a trendy restaurant, which can also be said about the menu. For students and less adventurous people, there's some pizzas and burgers ($9 -$13) and even those look stunning. The real surprise here is the combination of flavors and presentation. A roasted beet salad ($9) does not excite very much on paper, but the way that Grafton street presented it was pure magic. The dish was visually stunning (see photo) and the combination of french feta, candied walnuts, mint, and a cumin vinaigrette was absolutely to die for. The mains are equally impressive: the one that appealed to me most was the sweet potato ravioli ($18). The ravioli was cooked to perfection and the brown butter sauce with pickled cranberries, Parmesan, crispy sage and hazelnuts really elevated this dish. Although the meal was very satisfying, curiosity made me also want to order the rosemary truffle frites ($5). Although they were slightly too salty, they proved again that the chef really knows how to make flavors come together and how to provide a new twist to known dishes. Well worth a visit when going to Harvard.

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Thank Jules J
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Bland tuna tartar
Slow service
Distracted slightly angry waiter
Meh
I've been 4-5x and the last two have been horrible - this is not how you want things

Thank Sluggo65
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

I've been for lunch often but only had dinner here once. My wife and I enjoyed a really good, pre American Repertory Theater dinner a few weeks ago. Noting that the Oysters came from island creek, I ordered a dozen. Not only were they really good, but they were a bargain --$2 an oyster. The New England bouillabaisse was also a great deal, tons of shellfish in a fairly traditional broth. My wife started with an appetizer of sautéed little necks and moved on to a cheeseburger. All really good with a wonderful waiter. we will be back. Others may disagree but it is probably the best "bang for your buck" in Harvard Square. That said, it is definitely more of a neighborhood restaurant than a destination.

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Thank Afstrom
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Food was great.... service was excellent. Bar can sometimes fill up and be bit too hip, so pick a quiet night and enjoy:)

Thank nancycamb
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Grafton Street is a great, low-key stop for drinks in Harvard. It's cozy, especially with the 2 delicious hot drinks that they offer (a buttered bourbon cider and gin toddy). Food is pretty good, but nothing to write home about. The warm chocolate chip cookie sundae is quite good...! Excellent service.

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Thank gkincaid
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