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The Red House

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98 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4930 (JFK Street and Eliot Street)
12:00 - 23:30
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All hours
Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Tue - Thu 12:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:30
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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant has nice atmosphere, different type of food selections. I ordered the scallops that came with some things that I cannot eat because of gastric problems. I asked if instead of all the sides I could have French fries, which were on the menu with other dishes. The waitress told me that I would have to pay $3.00 extra.... More 

Thank eva k
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful celebration in the Red House Restaurant for our family -- 12 people attended and it was in the Delft Room. The service was fantastic. Nicole excellent server, everyone enjoyed their dinner even the teenagers, and the room was comfortable and cheery with the flowers I brought from Brattle Street Florist. Thank you

Thank Anna W
Danbury, Connecticut
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is on a quieter street near Harvard Square and very cute, inside and out. Food was delicious; all of us enjoyed our meals. Portions were just right. Although the menu has a lot of variety, lobster is clearly the specialty, with many lobster dishes available. Service was spotty; we waited for more water and other items. Must make... More 

Thank familymemory
Newton, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Need I say more? This cozy, atmospheric and old restaurant in the heart of Cambridge was recommended to us by locals who are regulars. We settled into a booth and started with oysters...how could we not at that price? Our dinners included a variety of pasta, meat and fish and each of us was happy with our meal including salads,... More 

Thank good2go195
England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This was the second year I visited this restaurant. I dinned twice there and had late lunch of oysters three times, this year alone. The salads are absolutely wonderful, fresh and delicious, the meat is terrific and the oysters were particularly tasty.

Thank marjoriehulot
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I came by chance for lunch at Red House; I chose a Half sandwich and soup of the day, everything was fresh and delicious

Thank Dominique C
Manila, Philippines
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82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

I loved it that I stumbled upon this place when it was cold and raining. It was nice to enter a quaint, cozy cabin with a fireplace. Loved the rustic and homey ambience of this restau bar. The food was ok. I ordered octopus salad and lobster chowder. I've had much better pulpo, this was one was on the rubbery... More 

Thank TuttieG
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We were at The Red House before, but after this experience we will not come back. The octopus was like leather, literally not edible. We sent it back, and to be fair, they did not charge for it. The waiter confided, that other people had complained about the octopus before, yet they still kept it on the menu. The tuna... More 

Thank Ariane B
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We have been here before and always liked it but this time it felt like a horrible chef has been put into a nice environment. The octopus was so rubbery that you could no longer cut it with the knife provided (when we mentioned this to the waiter, he said "yeah, others have complained too" ...). I ordered the tuna... More 

Thank Stefan F
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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151 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is a truly lovely establishment in a historical location at Harvard Square. There's a number of very interesting Mediterranean and generally fish inspired dishes but there are plenty of meat, chicken and pasta related choices And the oysters, well, they're superb. Polite service, good and not prohibitive wine list. We have plenty of that around the square...

Thank Eleni O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$35
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
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: 6175760605
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?