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Russell House Tavern, Cambridge, MA

Russell House Tavern

4.4
4.4
2458 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A New American Tavern, Russell House Tavern is a comfortable gathering spot for every occasion-from casual lunch breaks on the patio to after-work cocktails in the upstairs tavern to functions in the private dining room and everything in between. Russell House Tavern delivers a seasonally-inspired menu of modern interpretations of American classics, including signatures like the R. House Burger, a selection of Tavern Pizzas and Steak Frites among other dishes. To complement the menu, Russell House Tavern serves an interesting collection of all-American wines, including two regional wines on tap, and a locally-driven craft beer selection. The cocktail menu strikes a balance between familiar classics and modern hand-crafted recipes using only fresh juices, homemade syrups and infusions.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 62 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Wed 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Mon 11:00 am–11:00 pm Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am Sat 10:00 am–1:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 500-3055

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate dinner parties to festive cocktail receptions, the events team at Russell House Tavern awaits your next private function. Our contemporary yet casual atmosphere in the heart of Harvard Square is the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. Please email us at events@russellhousecambridge.com or visit our website for more information russellhousecambridge.com.

  • Private party contact

    Janelle Jenkins: (617) 500-3055

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Brattle Street

  • Parking details

    We offer a $2 validation for the Harvard Square Parking Garage located at 20 Eliot Street.

  • Public transit

    We are located just steps from the Harvard Square T Station on the Redline.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,458 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
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. BS

    BelaS

    New England

    55 reviews

    2.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Service was slow. We were a party of 5. Three of us ordered fish and chips which were good, fries requested to be hit temperature wise and Luke warm. One ordered salad which was good. I had brisket hash which was undercooked potatoes in a soup of barbecue sauce. Maybe 3 small bites of brisket. It was topped with eggs requested to be over hard, with runny yolks. It was awful. We had waited over 30 minutes for our food so none of us sent anything back. I’ve been a patron of this restaurant since it opened. This was uncharacteristic of typical experience. To top it off… one of our party ripped his pants on a sharp piece of a chair at table next to us. We pointed it out to manager who must have thought we were after a free meal (we had already paid and tipped for full meal and drinks). We were pointing out so no one else got hurt. The manager left, leaving chair as is and returned with a gift card ($25) which probably will never be used.
  2. B

    Becca

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Upstairs bar chairs are the most uncomfortable chairs ever. Please replace. You can’t even turn them a little to talk to a person next to you because they turn back to the bar. Very annoying.
  3. GL

    GabrielL

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent and quick service. Perfect place for lunch with kids
  4. N

    Nothol

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    Stale smell evident going downstairs that permeated the space. Subpar housekeeping carried to dirty water glasses. Knob Creek wasn’t as labeled. Left after appetizer.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We had to wait 15 minutes to get our table even when we made reservations. We saw a group of the same size that arrived after us being seated before us. They then took us and sat is in the bar area instead of the dining area. The food is okay. Their crab cakes were tasty, their fish and chips were ok, but I would not recommend their fried chicken sandwich.
  6. JC

    JohnC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was great. Thursday night- very crowded and noisy. Burger was super as were the salads. Only complaint was that a martini tasted “off” and came with no olives. But other than that we had a good experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Good eggs, bad salmon, brisket too tough to be called brisket. Good service
  8. RB

    RachelB

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service here is and always has been top notch. Creative cocktails, food for every taste and budget, and wonderful atmosphere make this a place I will return to again and again.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My boyfriend and I took my parents there for dinner. We sat indoors and it had a good atmosphere with lots of conversations around us. We ordered the bolognese, the chicken, the salmon and the duck. Everyone said there meal was good except the duck. That person said they wish they were warned that the duck is cooked rare and the side was minimal. Otherwise it’s a great choice for dinner.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service with good food
  11. R

    Rissa

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our waitress was shy. Food was delicious and appropriate temperature. I wanted avocado toast, but it was sold out. Other items which listed avocado were also unavailable.
  12. BB

    BarryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Hillary was fantastic! Great service, lovely personality and great suggestions about the menu! Could not have been better!
  13. HD

    HelenD

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anna was a pleasure as a server, cocktails were yummy and perfect, leek and mushroom pizza always delicious. Sitting on the patio was fine, quiet enough on a bustling Wednesday evening on the square.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, portions were reasonable. Cocktails were quite good. Service was good.
  15. MP

    MichaelP

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great location, large venue, nice atmosphere.
  16. L

    Loripuppy

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and the service was great! It was a little too dim inside, but overall the ambiance was good too.
  17. DJ

    DJNAVAL2002

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It was alright!
  18. JB

    JBuzz

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent menu; food excellent; great prices; service a bit slow!
  19. DJ

    DJNAVAL2002

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was a good experience.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We ate downstairs. A bit dark. The fried with short ribs au jus could have had more short ribs on it. The brussel sprouts were good but possibly a little overdone (they were black) and could have had more maple syrup/sauce on them. The brisket sandwich was excellent but could have used more jalapeño. Overall, the food was good, and I would go back.
  21. m

    marcys

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our server did not seem like she was in a great mood. Food was good.
  22. JO

    JOHN

    New England

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We ate brunch outside on a beautiful day. Nutella stuffed french toast was awesome! Brisket Hash was really good also.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was presented very well, but the fish and chips was lacking flavor. The dozen oysters were nice. Unfortunately we were placed in a corner with three dark walls to view. Due to its table location also, the noise was amplified. I used my smartwatch to check the noise level (and took pictures of them) and they were constantly above 80 decibels up to 91 decibels. Mind you there were no music either. It seems like everyone around the tables have to shout to have conversations with each other. My other experiences with other restaurants with crowds are usually 58-70 decibels. For reference from the internet, "90 decibels is a high noise level, equivalent to the noise generated by a leaf blower or the sound level of a concert." It was very hard to have conversations, extremely uncomfortable, and hard to get attentions from the restaurant employee. I would come back again for entertaining guests from other cities but not if we're seated in similar situations again.
  24. D

    Diana

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really great spot. The service was good with the food arriving so quickly it was shocking. The Apps arrived before my drink (a whippersnapper, with was dangerously delicious). The tuna tartare was delicious (though the cucumber is more of a garnish than an ingredient), the crispy brussels were a little underwhelming and could use some seasoning. We all enjoyed our food, there were just small things that could have been done better. We felt a bit rushed, not by our waiter but by how quickly the food came and how it was brought the to table, hard to explain but it felt like the food runner was playing beat the clock. And the bathroom could have used some attention and it was still early in the evening.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good. Service was friendly but not that knowledgeable about wine and such.
  26. H

    dkmHoptown

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Bartender needs to brush up on what a dry martini is, but the homemade ginger beer cocktails were exceptionally good!
  27. G

    Greifenklau

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is one of my favorite Cambridge restaurants. I never feel rushed there, and the food is always wonderful. I usually eat downstairs, but this time, we ate outdoors, which was very pleasant. As usual, we started with an order of oysters, which are always excellent. They have a great burger, and their fries are among the best anywhere. I do wish they would bring back their pork loin sandwich, though. Highly recommended.
  28. RC

    RobertC

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good place! The pizza was the primary weak spot - everything else was excellent.
  29. JD

    JosephD

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was mediocre and service was slow.
  30. L

    Littas

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Nice ambiance and drinks for a date but the food fell quite short: very small oysters and clams and soggy “crispy” Brussels sprouts.
  31. MR

    MindyR

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food, great service, fun location
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Family vacation
  33. r

    rickj

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice outdoor setting! Great food & service. Great place for a business lunch.
  34. CL

    CarolL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservations for a late lunch, and we sat outside. It was a beautiful day. Traffic is heavy but it wasn't overly noisy. We started with a cocktail, then ordered lunch. The food was presented beautifully, and it was delicious. We did not have dessert. I would recommend this restaurant and would definitely go back.
  35. j

    johng

    Raleigh

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We sat outdoors, in a lovely area. We both had meals we would have again.
  36. BC

    BicoastalCambridgeSF

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Sat outside for brunch. Good experience.
  37. LM

    LadyMacdeath

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    I've eaten here numerous times and the food is consistently good, if not a bit overpriced for the portion sizes (but it Harvard Square prices after all). Unfortunately, on this particular visit the service was pretty mediocre, with our non-alcoholic drinks arriving AFTER our entrees and our server returning to table three times to ask us if we need anything else, each time showing up without the one thing that we had requested the time before. We were also overcharged on an entree that wasn't even prepared correctly and had to be remade. Definitely not their best day, but it won't keep us from returning.
  38. m

    michelleb

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Food good. . We went for Brunch on Saturday. Husband ordered side of crispy bacon, arrived just cooked. Other entrees ok.
  39. JF

    JohnF

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Mixed drinks were not very good. Fiddlehead was great.
  40. AM

    AnneMarie

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, good outdoor seating. The tables were a bit close and I was sitting on a bench that was about a foot higher than my friend in a chair, but it worked. Food was delicious.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Russell House Tavern using the Order Online button. Russell House Tavern also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Russell House Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 500-3055.

Russell House Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 2458 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 62 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
Google Map for Russell House Tavern

14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Brattle Street

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Wed 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Mon 11:00 am–11:00 pm Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am Sat 10:00 am–1:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We offer a $2 validation for the Harvard Square Parking Garage located at 20 Eliot Street.

  • Public transit

    We are located just steps from the Harvard Square T Station on the Redline.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 500-3055

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate dinner parties to festive cocktail receptions, the events team at Russell House Tavern awaits your next private function. Our contemporary yet casual atmosphere in the heart of Harvard Square is the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. Please email us at events@russellhousecambridge.com or visit our website for more information russellhousecambridge.com.

  • Private party contact

    Janelle Jenkins: (617) 500-3055

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