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Russell House Tavern

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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
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14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 egarnier1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Ellenbro
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just walked in in this place after checking out Harvard. We didn’t wait and got seated right away. We got nice drinks, waiter recommended nice beer for my hubby, and i got very nice apricot drink. They were strong and tasty. Then we ordered...More

Thank Rudyakovochka
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As the title suggests, the tavern is nice and the food is fine and they have a nice selection of beer but you’ll forget it pretty quickly... thanks to trip advisor for reminding me where I went for lunch today!!

Thank Bart K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located in the heart of Harvard Square this place is always packed. For good reason great food and drink!

Thank 970alexanderp
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Place for chilling and dining under dim lights and cool music. Prices are reasonable and location is perfect. Come for a beer and snack or a meal, you won't regret it

Thank Maja B
Reviewed 16 March 2018

I was eager to try this bar/restaurant because of its historic role in Harvard life. However, myself and my fellow diners found the food disappointing. We ordered various pizzas. The waitress told us that they were delayed because the chefs were trying out a new,...More

Thank B. M
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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
US$ 30 - US$ 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
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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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