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Russell House Tavern

14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good49%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (62 reviews)
“fries” (68 reviews)
“pizza” (82 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is always a very good reliable restaurant in the middle of Harvard area. the service is excellent and the food is consistently high quality.

Thank James W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stopped in for a light lunch. Great entrees. Disappointed that they stopped offering the house made pastrami. It was outstanding and is so much flavorful than typical dried out deli pastrami. Really made a great sandwich. Roast beef was an okay substitute but lacked the...More

Thank Greg H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I happened into this place while in Cambridge recently. Lucky us! The service was excellent and friendly. Most notably were these “pork wing” things on the appetizer menu. They were amazing. Be advised, those are only served at dinner, which I learned...More

Thank SPEEDERZ5280
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is a warm place, with good service and food. I believe is one of the best place in the Harvard Square. I would come back.

Thank Daniel D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a different environment. Good food, underground is something different, still nice. Drinks are good. Confortable table and well served. Worth a visit for sure

Thank GMSRizzi
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

The food at the Russell Tavern is fine but without surprise. Burgers are good and the choice of beers is correct. But this place is really noisy especially on the 1st floor.

Thank Eric G
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Awesome food choices with nice portions to go with it. Aesthetically pleasing along to go with good flavors in the heart of Cambridge. We had Nutella stuffed French toast and Strawberry Yogurt parfait style breakfast. Highly recommend. Pictures don't do them justice. The place is...More

Thank David G
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Went here for lunch and had the House burger! They give you a choice of fries vs salad (or a mix of both which is what I chose). The burger was delicious, very juicy and it's a bit different with an English muffin as a...More

Thank valarie_duquette15
Reviewed 5 April 2018

Recommended, very nice place, the four of us had lunch for 60$. Good dishes for good prices, quick and friendly service.

Thank Ellenbro
Reviewed 2 April 2018

I am so conflicted...we had a really weird experience. We had reservations at 9, we arrived 15 minutes early because our previous event ended early. Fully expected to wait...but we waited and waited...standing up against a wall...finally close to 915 the host apologized and offered...More

Thank itinerantme
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30 January 2017|
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Response from NancyBmillvalley_CA | Reviewed this property |
I'm guessing it just happened to be the case that night. Our waiter was from Brazil, and two of the young women who greeted customers were black. Cambridge is REALLY diverse.
7 January 2017|
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Response from Miamijim | Reviewed this property |
Have no idea except management does an excellent job in training staff
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
    (Brattle Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 617-500-3055
Through the red-brick sidewalks and hidden back alleys of Harvard Square rises the latest neighborhood tradition: Russell House Tavern.
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