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Grafton Street Pub & Grill, Cambridge, MA

Grafton Street Pub & Grill

4.4
4.4
1100 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

*New Address: 59 JFK Street, Cambridge MA*
A Harvard Square destination, Grafton Street Pub & Grill has hosted locals and visitors alike for perfectly pulled pints and creative takes on classic comfort food for over two decades. Named after the bustling cobblestone-lined shopping district in Dublin’s famous Temple Bar area, Grafton Street deftly combines the warmth and coziness of a traditional neighborhood pub with the elevated fare and thoughtful beverages that define contemporary dining. Grafton Street boasts a spacious bar and four distinct dining areas perfect for your next night out with friends or for an upcoming special event. We look forward to serving you.

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Booked 13 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 714-5954

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Thomas Borgia

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate dinner parties to festive cocktail receptions, the events team at Grafton Street Pub & Grill awaits your next private function. In the heart of Harvard Square is the perfect for any special occasion. Please email events@graftonstreetcambridge.com or visit our website for more information https://graftonstreetcambridge.com

  • Private party contact

    Events Coordinator: (617) 714-5954

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Eliot Street

  • Parking details

    FREE Parking validation all day Sunday and after 5pm Monday thru Wednesday directly above the restaurant in the Harvard Square Parking Garage (20 Eliot Street) with the purchase of 2 brunch or dinner entrees.

  • Public transit

    We are located just two short blocks from the Harvard Square T Station on the Redline.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 1,100 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. S

    Sarah

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I love Grafton Street's new location! It's a more intimate setting than its previous iteration, but there are still multiple seating areas that have a distinct decor and feel. We've now been just for a drink at the bar and for brunch. We haven't gotten anything too adventurous but my salad was very fresh and I know my boyfriend was happy with his steak and sweet potato home fries. We also enjoyed the blueberry sheet pancakes, though they were a little small. Wishing the Grafton Street team all the best!

  2. KB

    KenB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    My wife and I found Grafton Street just as pleasant as we recalled before they moved. We're looking forward to returning.

  3. G

    Gordon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, service, and ambience, all at reasonable prices.

  4. r

    rachnab

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were very good! I would definitely recommend Grafton street to friends.

  5. FA

    FernandoA

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great burger and good wine selection. Will be back.

  6. JW

    JohnWFarrell

    New England

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time at the new location. It's great. Comfortable seats and great small plates along with entrees.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Great service, but the food quality has really gone down hill since the prepandemic days. What happened to the old staples like lobster mac and cheese and the bavette steak? Most of the new dishes are standard pub fare and average—but the gnocchi was quite good Overall: Great service, location and ambience, but have to be careful with what you order

  8. AM

    AnnetteM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So happy to have discovered that Grafton Street was back in Harvard Square. It was always a favorite on trips to Cambridge and I was sad when the old location shut down. The new place is even better!

  9. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great place to grab dinner and drinks with friends!

  10. U

    Urikhai

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Had a great meal. Atmosphere was lively but noise level was fine for conversation. Seems to be a shortage of staff in every restaurant these days, so par for the course!

  11. S

    Scooter

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It is a cozy and yet sophisticated environment that made me feel pampered and respected. The food was imaginative and delicious, and the service was warm and helpful. Our server was completely cognizant of what the dishes were made of and how they would be presented, a great help for my husband who has allergies. The lighting gives a kind of elegant privacy to the scene.

  12. EM

    EMSD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Food was good with a good amount of choices. I love small plates and we tried a few which were all tasty.

  13. KO

    KennethO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent experience during restaurant week. Selections were excellent, from first of duck with warm greens, mains of swordfish with parsnip sauce and steak, and desserts of churros with chocolate sauce and cake topped with ice cream. Service was just right - attentive without being suffocating. Will definitely be back!

  14. NH

    NHWineGuy

    New England

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Overall, dinner was fine. My friend's meal was very good. My steak, however came out very rare, when I asked for medium. I asked them to just to cook it for a bit more but they remade my whole meal. I also think they forgot me, as it took 30 minutes for my food to come back. Unfortunately I watched my friend eat and he watched me eat. Still, when my food did arrive it was very tasty. To their credit they also took it entirely off of the bill, which was appreciated. Also, the parking garage was free when dining there so that was a huge bonus. I would give it another try next time I'm in the square.

  15. JP

    JPfoodie

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Crowded and noisy at 6pm on a Saturday night. We had a reservation but we still had to wait 20-25 minutes to be seated. Staff were great, however. They were friendly, attentive, and accommodating. We told them we had an 8pm show, and they served our order super-sonic fast.

  16. EM

    EileenM

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We loved the vib, the chicken wings and the buffalo cauliflower appetizers!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Excellent food and atmosphere in Harvard square, hard to be beaten.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Park delivered as usual

  19. B

    Bostonlocal

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very nice casual tavern with good food and great service.

  20. K

    Karl

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Great drinks. Food was ok. Good service. Atmosphere was nice.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, unique drinks. Lovely decor. !!only note is that it is DARK in there. May want to bring readers & be ready with the phone flash light!!

  22. MC

    MaryellenC

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    This place is definitely geared toward a younger crowd. It would probably be ok as a neighborhood bar. The drinks and the appetizer were ok. Our table was in the dark, and as mature patrons, we had to dig our phones out for flashlights. The service was very slow, even as far as coming around an offering another round of drinks. The Cesar salads were doused with a creamy dressing and there were shaved strips of Parmesan on top as well as toad in the hole toast instead of croutons. Overall not appetizing. The clam chowder was primarily bacon bits and potato, with precious few clams. This is a failing of many restaurants. The best chowders are usually at seacoast restaurants.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    I really liked the food and the atmosphere. Just not a place to have a first date. It was really loud but will say it is a very comfy restaurant and the staff was friendly and the service prompt.

  24. h

    happycamper

    New England

    66 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Fine but nothing to get excited about. The menu has a lot of interesting sounding options, but nothing we had was all that great. Nothing bad, but nothing I'm eager to go back for.

  25. AL

    AL27

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Nice restaurant with reasonable prices. Noise level can get a little high at night, but a good place for a group meal.

  26. k

    keithonearth

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were staying in Boston (Cambridge area). We tried this restaurant the first night and LOVED it. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The food was reasonably priced and delicious. The second night, we tried another restaurant but the place was so unwelcoming and pretentious that we Ubered back to Park. We were NOT disappointed. Again, the staff, service and food was EXCELLENT. We highly recommend that you try it!

  27. s

    slappy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    The issue with PARK is its limited menu, especially for anyone with dietary restrictions. They have a 1 page menu that does not indicate which items conflict with food allergies/intolerances, and the server was not aware what was gluten free or could be made gluten free (although she did a little research and get back to us). As it turns out, there were very few things to choose from. For a nice place in Harvard Square I expected more diet awareness and options. (But if you really like bread go for it!) Other than that, the prices were pretty good and service was quick. It's noisy though. Very dim lighting.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great and food was excellent. Will be returning

  29. JD

    JulieD

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I never knew this restaurant existed here in Harvard Square. The food was wonderful and the ambiance cozy and warm. My friend and I decided we weren't going to tell anyone about Park because we want it all to ourselves! This is our new favorite restaurant!!!

  30. R

    Ryan

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Brunch has certainly gone downhill here. Everyone ordered the same classic breakfast and got the same cold sausage, toast without butter - got looked at like we were odd for asking for jam - which was brought out as blueberry syrup. Tiny (<12oz) pours for $9 milk stouts. Very little value. Nice people and warm, cozy space - but the place was dead.

  31. LF

    LeslieF

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    Not a great experience. Host was terrific, seating us close to on time on a frenzied Saturday night. Getting service was grueling. Our drink order came way after our food. Granted Saturdays are busy, so staff your restaurant accordingly. I doubt it was a surprise. Food was just so so. Well priced though for Harvard Square. All in all, I doubt I will return, at least on a busy night.

  32. SF

    SamF

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food5service2ambience3

    Food was great. The tasting of toasts app was absolutely delicious. Drinks were a bit pricey for the size but overall good. Service was definitely slow and our waiter seemed a bit overwhelmed/frazzled at times. We were probably seated for at least 10 minutes before he came over. Drinks took forever to arrive. He asked us if we wanted to put food in even after we had ordered. Thankfully once we finally ordered the food did come out in a timely fashion and was very tasty.

  33. JB

    JenniferB

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall2food4service2ambience2

    This is the place I met my now husband at for our first date. We come back every year...or more. Each time we come, something is always off. It was loud, which is ok...it’s Harvard Sq on a Saturday. My drink took a while, our app took a ridiculous while (they ended up removing both from the bill without us asking) and our entrees were good, except my salmon was missing the actual flavor (maple sriracha) it was supposed to have. Service was tough for everyone around us.

  34. JS

    JoeS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Good food and decor. Music made it almost impossible for a table of four to have a conversation. Will definitely go back, but will ask for a table that is not so close to a speaker.

  35. L

    Lethe

    New England

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall2food1service5ambience5

    The New England clam chowder was underseasoned and stodgy. The Shepherd's Pie featured ground beef (making it a cottage pie) that felt grainy in the mouth. The filling was underseasoned. The pastry crust was satisfyingly crispy if also lacking for salt. The service was both timely and friendly despite the absolutely packed house. The decor and ambience were lively and exciting.

  36. MS

    MazzS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Somehow the photos and menu make it seem a little higher class than it really is. Think of it as a college dinner spot. The food is just ok. Decent but not exactly gourmet. Service was probably the best thing about the place - hostess was super friendly and I liked the young lady who was my server as well. Not really worth the price but not the worst place I've been to.

  37. l

    luv2dine

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall4food3service2ambience4

    Overall our experience was good and I'd go back. We were seated promptly at a large table in the corner, as requested. A Wednesday night, it wasn't super busy, but there were several other tables occupied and folks at the bar. We ordered drinks, which came promptly, the cheese board and our entrees, which all came our rather fast surprisingly. The runner didn't know what the local cheeses were beyond hard and soft, so I asked her to find out and come back. The server came back and sort of explained the cheeses. She knew that they came from Vermont and were cow's milk. (Though the "triple cream" as she called it tasted more like a goat milk.) There was a lot of berry jam, dried fruit, fig, strawberry and granola on the board. Would have been nice to have a suggestion pairing or 2 from the server, like "the dried apricots go well with triple cream." I ordered the shepherd's pie, which was a unique presentation. Looked like a loaf of bread on my plate, with a tiny ramekin of peas on the side and a gravy boat of sauce. I guess I was supposed to pour the sauce onto the bread and call it shepard's pie. The filling was very bland ground beef, peas, and a thin layer of mashed potato at the bottom. Underwhelming. Other guest ordered bolognese. That was good, but suspiciously looked like the same ground beef in my pie. Our friends arrived later. Had to flag the server for service. She came and took orders. Not much for beer recommendations. Then we had a longer wait until the food was served. The soup was served at the same time as the entree, which annoyed our friend. Rightly so, the soup could have easily come out before the entree, so he could eat it before... He said the soup and pork chop were good. Rest of the night was uneventful. Our server left at some point without a good bye. No dessert menu. Ambiance was good, dark, a bit loud. Value average, $20+ entrees, $14 cheese plate. Hope manager trains all staff on the menu. Hostess was great, friendly, courteous.

  38. JZ

    JodyZ

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The server was exceptional

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    One of my favorite restaurants in Boston, wine and the bolognese is to die for!

  40. BD

    BetseyD

    New England

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall1food2service3ambience1

    Smelled of cleaning fluid as we entered. Dining room were tattered, Food average.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Grafton Street Pub & Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 714-5954.

Grafton Street Pub & Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 1100 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Grafton Street Pub & Grill

59 JFK St. Cambridge, MA 02138

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Eliot Street

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    FREE Parking validation all day Sunday and after 5pm Monday thru Wednesday directly above the restaurant in the Harvard Square Parking Garage (20 Eliot Street) with the purchase of 2 brunch or dinner entrees.

  • Public transit

    We are located just two short blocks from the Harvard Square T Station on the Redline.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Thomas Borgia

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 714-5954

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate dinner parties to festive cocktail receptions, the events team at Grafton Street Pub & Grill awaits your next private function. In the heart of Harvard Square is the perfect for any special occasion. Please email events@graftonstreetcambridge.com or visit our website for more information https://graftonstreetcambridge.com

  • Private party contact

    Events Coordinator: (617) 714-5954

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