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The Red House

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98 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4930 (JFK Street and Eliot Street)
+1 617-576-0605
12:00 - 23:30
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Tue - Thu 12:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:30
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Rehoboth MA
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of those restaurants which wasn't bad, it's just that there are so many better restaurants around and you have to decide if the value (certainly the bill was less) delivered is worth the decrement in presentation and quality. Details: Great deal on 2 oyster for a buck and shrimp cocktail for $5, BUT things went down hill... More 

Thank mackerel
Cheddar, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A cold February Saturday evening, and the night before I'd walked right by The Red House, making a mental note of the board outside advertising their oysters. Tonight, with some delightful company, I was able to sample their ambience and food at first-hand. We found a table for two in the first dining room - the one with the welcoming... More 

Thank Barry R
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

This place has them for a buck each most of the time it seems. The wife even ate 2... after enough drinks around the area and here 10 went away in this trip. Great people, friendly and the local guy Tim/Tom... hope you enjoyes the drink.

Thank Brett M
Sarasota, Florida
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64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I came for the oysterS only so can't evaluate the food otherwise. We sat in a cozy barroom and enjoyed the oysters which were reasonably priced, possibly the most so in Boston. They were good quality oysters. I would come back because I like to eat oysters when they are reasonably priced,

Thank Jack P
Asheville, North Carolina
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561 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 375 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We had dinner for seven at The Red House. It worked for us because it is close to where two of the party live in Cambridge and because we could get a round table, which makes conversation in a group a lot easier than at a rectangular table. The atmosphere here is great -- warm, cozy and comfortable without being... More 

Thank LanSluderBelize
Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The restaurant has nice atmosphere, different type of food selections. I ordered the scallops that came with some things that I cannot eat because of gastric problems. I asked if instead of all the sides I could have French fries, which were on the menu with other dishes. The waitress told me that I would have to pay $3.00 extra.... More 

Thank eva k
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We had a wonderful celebration in the Red House Restaurant for our family -- 12 people attended and it was in the Delft Room. The service was fantastic. Nicole excellent server, everyone enjoyed their dinner even the teenagers, and the room was comfortable and cheery with the flowers I brought from Brattle Street Florist. Thank you

Thank Anna W
Danbury, Connecticut
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

This place is on a quieter street near Harvard Square and very cute, inside and out. Food was delicious; all of us enjoyed our meals. Portions were just right. Although the menu has a lot of variety, lobster is clearly the specialty, with many lobster dishes available. Service was spotty; we waited for more water and other items. Must make... More 

Thank familymemory
Newton, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Need I say more? This cozy, atmospheric and old restaurant in the heart of Cambridge was recommended to us by locals who are regulars. We settled into a booth and started with oysters...how could we not at that price? Our dinners included a variety of pasta, meat and fish and each of us was happy with our meal including salads,... More 

Thank good2go195
England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This was the second year I visited this restaurant. I dinned twice there and had late lunch of oysters three times, this year alone. The salads are absolutely wonderful, fresh and delicious, the meat is terrific and the oysters were particularly tasty.

Thank marjoriehulot

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 35
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 98 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4930
    (JFK Street and Eliot Street)
  • Public Transportation: "T" Red Line to Harvard Square
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-576-0605
The Red House specializes in locally-sourced, European & Mediterranean inspired cuisine. Our seasonally changing menus features a variety seafood, poultry, and pasta dishes, many of which are prepared with greens and vegetables from our organic farm in Winchendon, MA. In crafting the restaurant's menu, owner Paul Overgaag and executive chef Marc Plourde have chosen to bring fresh organic foods and locally produced ingredients to center stage.

In addition to our main dining room and bar-area, the Red House also contains three intimate private dining rooms which can comfortably seat between 8 and 14 guests. Perfect for your next family or business gathering, each of our three private rooms features authentic period detail, with fireplaces and original wide pine floorboards and woodwork. Additionally, we are able to provide customized-set menus for private diners and events as needed.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?