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“Happy Harvest”
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Ranked #28 of 666 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$80
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: On the walkway between Mt. Auburn and Brattle
Transit: Red Line, Harvard Square T Stop
Description: Located in the heart of Harvard Square, Harvest celebrates the modern New England table. We present contemporary New England cuisine focused on the region’s freshest ingredients. Tucked along a cobblestone pathway in the heart of the square, Harvest provides a welcome respite from the fast-paced world outside. Inside is a combination of soothing earth tones, supple banquettes, dark woods and pastoral art that lend an air of understated elegance. Our newly re-designed open kitchen, spacious bar, and fireside dining complete the comfortable interior. Graceful linden trees offer shade to the Garden Terrace, our private garden café that boasts fireside dining, blooming flower boxes, and heaters for the chilly nights of spring and fall. Noted by Travel & Leisure as a Harvard Square classic, Harvest has also been lauded for its New England Cuisine by Zagat, Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian.
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Other than parking being at a premium, the place is very nice, with larger, noisier rooms, to smaller, quieter rooms.
We had a view of their outside room with a fireplace and fire, but with it raining, we were glad to be inside.
Shrimp cocktails, fish boil, duck soup, paella, steak and potatoes, and cheese burger were all winners! The pasta dish was not my favorite, but the steak and potatoes were the best.
Good bar with great variety.
Excellent service
This was our second visit. We’ll be back

Thank skiNebraska
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Allison C, Manager at Harvest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thank you skiNebraska. We hope you get to enjoy our patio on your next visit!

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

A consistent gem in Harvard Square. Food and service are both excellent and the space is nicely laid out so the dining room isn’t cavernous and loud.

Equally good for business or a special date night.

Thank swelch
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Allison C, Manager at Harvest, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Thank you Swelch, we hope you join us again soon!

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

We are a week into our stay in Cambridge and have been eating out each night. We stumbled upon this restaurant, the menu looked interesting and the interior looked inviting so we went in on spec and were shown to a table. Within minutes 4 members of the waiting staff came over to introduce themselves. My wife informed them that she was coeliac and one went to check on suitable dishes. Thereafter we were presented with a plate of ordinary bread but they couldn’t provide gluten free bread. The wine list was extensive and expensive if not simply outrageously overpriced. In virtually ever other restaurant we had been in they had a reasonably priced house wine, not here. As it turned out the food wasn’t great either. I had a seafood dish with a “broth” which turned out to be a grey insipid slightly greasy water with a very vague hint of lemon. My wife had a steak and indicated that it was quite tasty but exceptionally tough. Certainly not fine dining. The service was poor, when we did want to speak to a waiter they were all standing with their backs to us,for some time, talking to the kitchen staff. We both left with an overriding feeling of disappointment. We can’t recommend this place and wouldn’t go back.

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Michael S, Owner at Harvest, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

Hello Aequitas6,
Thank you for your note. I am extremely embarrassed by the experience you report. Clearly this is not the standard we strive for. Please be assured that we take all feedback - good and not good - and try to learn from it. I would appreciate the chance to speak with you and learn more of the details. Please call or email, I will respond promptly. Thank you. Michael Seznec, mseznec@himmelhospitality.com, 617-896-1068.

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Been here many times (I often go to Cambridge on business and stay at the Charles, which is a block away). Best restaurant in Cambridge. The food is always good, the ambiance is wonderful. Quiet enough that you can have a conversations but still lively feeling. It's a bit pricey, but it's worth the money. Can't recommend it too highly.

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Thank Allen H
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Allison C, Manager at Harvest, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Thank you Allen! With all the amazing cuisine that Cambridge has to offer, it's nice to hear we're your go-to! Looking forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

I had made a reservation for our group as it involved a birthday with a close gathering of friends. At the last minute, I realized I needed to add 3 more guests to the reservation - and was worried it would be tough to enlarge our reservation only 1 hour before the dinner event. I called and was immediately put at ease by Jeff, the general manager.

Our group was seated in a perfect spot- a quiet back area of the restaurant. Handling this on a busy Saturday night was just the start to a memorable evening.

The friendly professional service was noted by most of our guests-
Kevin and his crew handled the drinks, meal orders, additional requests and special touches to the birthday boy’s dessert. Every detail was handled with ease- nothing was too much to ask.

Many of the hungry gentlemen ordered steak or salmon with a number of sides being shared by all. Others of us dined on mushroom risotto or some seafood offerings. One of the guests announced this was truly the best steak he had ever eaten!
All were artistically prepared and presented - consumed happily by hungry lads.

Although most were almost full -
Yummy assorted - mostly chocolate desserts were ordered and shared - with a special finishing touch of HBD in chocolate on the plate of the birthday boy- along with staff/vocalists all joining in for a round of HBD enthusiastic singing by all!

We have been to 3 Harvest restaurant locations on the east coast - but this one really is top shelf and was appreciated by all.

Thank you Jeff, Kevin and Saturday night crew. Your back room gang will forever remember a special 22nd birthday at Harvard Square Harvest !




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Allison C, Manager at Harvest, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Thank you so much janbK6058QR! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed such a great birthday celebration, and we look forward to the back room gang's return!

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