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Russell House Tavern

14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good49%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (60 reviews)
“burger” (81 reviews)
“fries” (57 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4909
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful fall weather in September calls for a place where feeling a breeze and watching college students is part of the lunch experience. Sitting by the window at The Russell House Tavern satisfied both criteria. Food took a while but it was really good when...More

Thank Maria de los An... G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only had a couple drinks here, service was a little slow and the drinks were fairly expensive. I get the vibe they were going for, a bit upmarket and pretentious but it didn’t really do it for me. The food I saw looked decent though...More

Thank jboardman91
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent french fries and pizzas. Warm atmosphere. Not noisy. Did not too oroginal but of great quality. Very reasonably priced considering the location and touristic aspect.

Thank OlivierAZ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant can't be beat. The menu offers something for everyone and we've never had something that we did not totally enjoy. This recent visit we chose a number of small plates versus individual entrees. Pizzas are exceptional, salads a great balance, Shared a sandwich...More

Thank drosen85
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

All aspects of dinning experience was amazing - from booking through serving, food and payment. The tuna tartare is highly recommended. All diners in my party were thoroughly pleased with their mains. And last bit not least, the bottle of Pinot Noir was super yummy.

Thank Coleman21
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My brother and I were in the Boston area for the first time on business. We started the evening with an excellent dinner at Abe and Louie's, and after our meal caught an Uber to Harvard Square. We walked around a while looking for a...More

Thank mosbarger77
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Like many American restaurants the portions are enormous. We were a large family party of 8 on a very busy weekend (believe it was Harvard freshman parents weekend) so everything was crowded. This restaurant was no exception. We were seated at a long bar table...More

Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

This was a haven for us on New Year's Day out of the cold. We didn't realise how big and vibrant it was downstairs but it was a nice surprise. Good food, good service and nice a warm

Thank Bumble1980
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Russell house is consistent with service and food quality. I’ve sat upstairs and down and had positive experiences with both. I’m sure their small outdoor space is also nice in the warmer months. They are pricey but not out of line with their peers in...More

Thank Jen L
Reviewed 17 December 2017

This is a good place for a relatively quick (~1 hour) sit-down down lunch with a colleague or a client. It's busy enough to feel lively, but not so loud as to be distracting. The food is very good (well prepared and high quality). The...More

Thank Charley S
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
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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