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Grendel's Den

American, Bar, Pub
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89 Winthrop St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-4929
+1 617-491-1160
11:30 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While local liquor laws prohibit alcohol from being discounted in Massachusetts for happy hour, a few places in Cambridge/Boston have great food discounts, and this is one of them. All food is half off from 5-7:30 if you order a drink. Their turkey burger is great, I usually get it with avocado and grilled onions. Overall a really enjoyable place... More 

Thank Stephanie E
Boston, Massachusetts
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194 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been avoiding Grendel's Den for years for some reason, and I'm sorry I have, because it's a really nice, laid back local bar and restaurant. I can't vouch for the food as I only had drinks, but service was friendly and the ambiance was pleasant and dare I say even a bit homey. I had Danish mead here and... More 

Thank Dimitrios D
Brookline, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Sometimes you make a reservation and get dressed up for a fancy meal out, and sometimes it's Saturday night and you're just looking for a place where you can drop in for a good selection of beers and decent pub food. If you want the latter, Grendel's is your spot. The menu becomes even more reasonably priced between 5:30 and... More 

Thank Boarding_Group_4
Boston, Massachusetts
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2 reviews
Reviewed 19 January 2017

It was a decent place to stop in and grab a bite. Service was ok, lighting was pretty dark and the food was decent. I will say their bread pudding dessert was delectable!

Thank Cookie723
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

This old school pub is worth seeking out -- one of the leftovers from when Harvard Square was less of a shopping mall and more filled with funky places. Half price food from 5:00 to 7:30 make it a true bargain. Cozy and friendly -- this is a perfect spot for a quick drink or snack. Bonus points if you... More 

Thank susan t
1 review
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Longtime customer, my second home when in Harvard SQ! First started hanging here in the last century in the Herbie days, the place is still going strong under his daughter Kerri's mgmt. Half price food during weekday happy hour can't be beat!

Thank Charles H
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272 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Go early to get a seat, but the food is so good and the prices are even better. It's a pub atmosphere. The macaroni & cheese is a favorite of our family. We love this dining spot on Harvard Square!!

Thank lovenyc210
Cleveland, Ohio
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151 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We enjoyed our lunch at Grendel's. The soup was very good, and the sandwiches were fresh, and tasty. We sat outside. The only problem was it is right next to a park and there were people smoking, someone was smoking a cigar, that was a bit of a problem.

Thank LondonLady
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83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The service was slow but the food was amazing for the price. We had a burger for $9 and a plate pesto pasta for $9. The salmon on top was an additional $6. They offer an outdoor patio. On the Saturday night we visited we were lucky that live music was playing in the park.

Thank Felicia G
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped in here for a drink but took advantage of their special offer to get half price nachos. It's a warm welcoming little pub with a very British vibe. Could see us spending a few nights here if we had more time.

Thank Daniel P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 20
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 89 Winthrop St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-4929
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-491-1160

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?