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The Red House Restaurant

98 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4930
+1 617-576-0605
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good43%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“lobster risotto” (24 reviews)
“dozen oysters” (5 reviews)
“fresh oysters” (3 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm Hours
Seafood, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
98 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4930
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here with girlfriends and we were seated at our reservation time and on the patio. Staff was friendly and attentive, food was good, drinks were good, and it's in a bustling part of Harvard Square so lots to do around this restaurant as well....More

Thank TravelJunkie01960
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Plymouth oysters and a great bloody mary. Real good atmosphere. Bartender made some great cocktails.

Thank TWardwell5
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

The Red House is one of my favorite places in Harvard Square. It's a cozy little place, made cozier by its having given its back dining room over to a medical marijuana dispensary. The bar is best, with a fireplace in cool weather, but only...More

Thank Viejo_Joven
Reviewed 25 October 2018

It's no wonder that my friend and I initially had difficulty in getting a booking at this place. We arrived for dinner at 6pm on Monday 22 October 2018. We were pleasantly greeted and shown to our table near the fire, which suited my old...More

Thank Peter W
Reviewed 17 September 2018

The menu looked amazing, we were so excited. The atmosphere is sweet, cozy and well appointed. The food wasn't up to par with our expectations at all. We ordered 5 small plates, which all came out at once, and they weren't as small as we...More

Thank bettyz
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

A dozen oysters for $1 each .. good but wished there were some condiments also. The mussels were outstanding paired w fries. Enjoyed sitting on patio (inside was quite dark). Really enjoyed the service too

Thank MSLovell
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Setting was French or English country-kinda shabby chic. Menu limited but delicious & waitstaff pitch-perfect. Fireplace roaring fire & for some reason heat on high. For a late fall evening, way too hot & stuffy. I’d recommend patio dining in warm weather. Other patrons &...More

Thank Jeanne C
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

We had a very good dinner here when we recently visited Boston to drop our daughter off at college. We ordered a bunch of small plates and 2 large plates of pasta. Mussels and fries were delicious and fries were perfectly cooked. Lobster carboara and...More

Thank ebkesq
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Was looking for a place in Harvard Square that was not fast food or chain, but also not going to break the bank. The menu had some interesting items, including my favorite duck, at affordable prices. Service was very attentive. Just wished we had been...More

Thank carenb_MA
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

My husband & I had dinner here on a recent Saturday night. Though we wanted to sit outside, every table was filled, so we sat at the bar. The bartender was extremely busy but very attentive. We ordered a dozen of the $1 oysters, which...More

Thank edithmillard2013
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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