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John Harvard's Brew House

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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33 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5002 (Massachusetts Avenue)
+1 617-868-3585
11:30 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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Brasilia, DF
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149 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I've been a local customer, always going there everytime I go to Boston area, I loved this place, it hás been changed many times the management over the years, but is consitently good. Great Beer and delicious food.

Thank Claudya P
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181 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went several years ago, loved it. Returned a couple years later, closed for "renovations". Went today, open for business, no renovations ever occurred to the naked eye. Quality took a dip, but still pretty decent. If I didn't return, no tears would be shed, and if I ate there, I would go without kicking and screaming in protest. Place is... More 

Thank plz2meatu
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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218 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went here for dinner at the recommendation of a waiter at the Hyatt in Cambridge. You always run a risk with brew pubs since most of them serve so-so beer and below average food. That is this place. My wife had mushroom ravioli which obviously, besides being plentiful and unnaturally huge clearly came straight out of... More 

Thank Tom P
Erlangen, Germany
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55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just had a couple of beers at the bar. Staff was neither friendly nor unfriendly. Just did not seem to care a lot about the early evening crowd. Beer was average - coming from a German that's quite good for the place

Thank KristoferER
Whitby, Canada
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had lunch at this location during a recent visit to Boston, the Pastrami french dip sandwich I had was outstanding.

Thank kayak_traveller
West Boylston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Surprised to get a seat on a busy Saturday right away. Party of four each liked their choice of meal. Large portions. Had the kale salad with salmon and ate the whole dish. Forgot what beer we had but this non-beer drinker really enjoyed it. It was one of theirs, a pils I think. Still thinking about the beer a... More 

Thank FishinGal312
Columbus, Ohio
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I just stopped in for a quick drink. I enjoyed my beer and loved the setting. Our bartender was nice and efficient. I didn't eat but was pleased to see they offered some vegetarian/vegan options.

Thank Kathy F
Boston, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I used to love to come here quite often but haven't visited in about two years, so I was slightly disappointed that the food is not as good as it used to be and a bit overpriced as well. The beer made on premises is as good as ever, I'm glad to say, however, they don't have as many of... More 

Thank ItsMeAndy
Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Who knows what John Harvard, a "godly gentleman and a lover of learning," would make of the brew house chain that now bears his name. Given that plague and other such afflictions did in so many of his loved ones over the course of his relatively brief lifetime, one likes to think he enjoyed a cheering drink every now and... More 

Thank William M
Norton, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 March 2017

On our way to a show at the Sinclair we decided to check this place out. The atmosphere is so, so cool--there are iconic stained glass windows Andy paintings on the 20 foot walls. Just incredible. Our waiter was very cool, and the food was fantastic. We started with the most delicious spinach artichoke dip either one of isn't had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 35
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5002
    (Massachusetts Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Red Line T stop- Harvard Square, Cambridge
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-868-3585

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?