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Grendel's Den Restaurant & Bar

Grendel's Den Restaurant & Bar

Bar, American Restaurant, and Burger Joint$$$$
Harvard Square, Cambridge
  • Dmitri M.
    "veggie options near Harvard Yard / Kennedy School."(8 Tips)
    John C.
    "Happy hour = half price food."(3 Tips)
    Mark T.
    "Dark and Stormy's are the drink to get."(3 Tips)
    Debra A.
    "Vegan chili is incredible!"(3 Tips)
109 Tips and reviews
  • harvard
  • beer
  • lively
  • vegetarian food
  • price food
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  • Teresa E.
    Food is ok. Staff is great. We had a couple of brunch specials.
  • Alexa S.
    Alexa SternAugust 12, 2017
    Very cute and cozy dining option. The food is simple but really hits the spot. I love soup and sandwich combo on a cold day!
  • Diana H.
    Diana HamiltonDecember 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great warm (and cold) winter drinks, solid beer list, and an amazing happy hour deal on food. Pro tip: get the pickle plate, the pickled tamarind jicama is amazing.
  • Sebastien L.
    Sebastien LatapieMay 21, 2016
    Have your ID ready - bouncer is quite rude
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SnyderApril 28, 2016
    We have to go here a lot because the prices are good, the beer and food good. A best deal for Harvard Square. Plus, the ambience is comfortable. Bonus, go at happy hour, and go outside too.
  • Dennis K.
    Dennis KeohaneJanuary 14, 2016
    The French dip is simple and perfect
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleDecember 16, 2015
    great selection, great underground ambiance!
  • Dmitri M.
    Dmitri MehlhornDecember 8, 2015
    Best beer, ambience, & veggie options near Harvard Yard / Kennedy School.
  • Will V.
    Will VaughanNovember 10, 2015
    Great atmosphere with a simple yet killer beer and drink list. Delicious food at half price until 7:30 doesn't hurt either!
  • Peter S.
    Peter SmithSeptember 13, 2015
    Cheap, simply yummy food. Definitely a valuable place to have in the Square
  • John U.
    John UmryszSeptember 5, 2015
    Bubba burger with jalapeños!
  • Andrew
    AndrewAugust 9, 2015
    PRO TIP: When a waitress asks you if you're just drinking or going to eat, don't eat there.
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie BevisJuly 11, 2015
    Lively and laid back at once, Grendel's Den is a Harvard gem offering affordable and appetizing pub food, Wormtown beer, fun cocktails, and good vibes.
  • Xavier
    XavierMay 23, 2015
    Nice place happy hour at 5:00pm, half price on food ;)
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.February 21, 2015
    The happy hour is a killer deal.
  • Onur Ö.
    Onur ÖzgünDecember 21, 2014
    Don't use splitngo. It's not working.
  • Jo T.
    Jo Thornley CoxNovember 1, 2014
    Peruvian Quinoa Stew is very good. Hits the spot.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzOctober 23, 2014
    Great spot to grab some brunch on Sundays
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥October 20, 2014
    Great selection of decent beers!
  • Craig A.
    Craig AustinOctober 9, 2014
    Nice outdoor seating
  • Monica T.
    Monica Tucker-SchwartzSeptember 5, 2014
    Drinks, beer, food for all!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Grendel's Den as seen on Rachael Ray - $40 a Day Read more
  • Mark T.
    Mark TheilmannAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Dark and Stormy's are the drink to get.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CassidyAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    An iconic bar with indescribable character. Be sure to try their drink specials.
  • Sheila T.
    Sheila ThomsonAugust 16, 2014
    Tasty nachos with veggie chilli. Service wasn't great though. Slow to take my order and brought the check, unasked, before I'd finished despite many empty tables.
  • Alana L.
    Alana LynchAugust 8, 2014
    Happy hour is one of the best deals in the city.
  • Peter M.
    Peter McCullaghAugust 7, 2014
    Great place to have a beer and sit outside
  • Jaein N.
    Jaein NhaMay 2, 2014
    Only $35 for three solid beers and an appetizer and two dinner plates. Half off all food from 10-1130! So cheap but the food is a little bland but doesnt seem to sacrifice quality for taste.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithApril 6, 2014
    With a Sandwich Menu that offers a diverse selection of wraps and sandwiches, it is tough to go wrong. Try the Grendel or take advantage of the toppings combos they offer for Chicken Sandwiches.
  • Margaret M.
    Margaret MyersMarch 26, 2014
    Pretty okay vegan chili.
  • Peet S.
    Peet SnackMarch 22, 2014
    Bathrooms here are unisex, so if you are a douche about gender politics, you probably shouldn't go poopies here.
  • Julia M.
    Julia MartinFebruary 2, 2014
    If you're planning on coming here on a Friday or Saturday night, be sure to arrive early if you want a table.
  • Dana V.
    Dana VillmoreJanuary 25, 2014
    Hot mulled wine was lovely as was the cheese fondue! :)
  • Babashook
    BabashookJanuary 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The natural disaster veggie burger is easily the best I've ever had. And I've been eating veggie burgers for 15 years
  • Adam B.
    Adam B.December 14, 2013
    Excellent food and great spot to hole up anytime for a cozy beverage and friendly laughter.
  • Ruth V.
    Ruth VictorinOctober 31, 2013
    you have the try the spiced cider here! Amaze balls!
  • Lizzie G.
    Lizzie GilbertOctober 19, 2013
    No Bud, no Coors, no Miller, no Michelob. 👍
  • Brie F.
    Brie FOctober 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    So beware, if you eat outside during happy hour they charge you full price. Oh and don't expect the waitress to tell you this...even after the bill is dropped off.
  • Daud A.
    Daud AlzayerSeptember 6, 2013
    Great beer and dirt cheap food. What's not to love? "Natural disaster" was the best veggie burger I've ever had.
  • Jaeyeon C.
    Jaeyeon ChoiAugust 16, 2013
    The half off anything on food menu is a great deal. 5pm-7:30pm and then again from 9pm.
  • Keith B.
    Keith BitelyAugust 12, 2013
    Such slow service. Some of us have to actually get back to work after our lunch hour. Waited half hour for check, never came. Left estimate of bill on table. Hope nobody stole it.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WellsAugust 1, 2013
    Great place to people-watch! A man and woman (strangers) struck up a steamy convo next to me re: sex, illegitimate children, drug use, and divorce. I was amused straight through my dinner and drink!
  • Laura N.
    Laura NJuly 30, 2013
    Awesome great good cheap. If you go from 4-7
  • Annie B.
    Annie BergenJuly 28, 2013
    It's just so cozy and lovely. Be sure to order your food before 11 though cuz they'll cut you off promptly!
  • Evan M.
    Evan MorikawaJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come for their express lunch. $4.95 11:30am-3pm. Very high bang for buck
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HJuly 6, 2013
    Vegan options! Craft beer. Don't expect to see bud or coors on the menu :)
  • Meghan S.
    Meghan SJune 1, 2013
    Great straws, hooks under the bar
  • Debra A.
    Debra AskanaseMay 29, 2013
    Vegan chili is incredible!
  • Andrea A.
    Andrea AndoMay 18, 2013
    Come because its Grendel's Den
  • Paul L.
    Paul LukehartMay 4, 2013
    Drink here. Don't eat here.
  • Kibbee
    KibbeeMarch 23, 2013
    Dark and stormy. You're welcome.
  • The Daily Free Press
    The Daily Free PressFebruary 14, 2013
    Located in Harvard Square in the basement of a charming white building, Grendel's does feels like a den - it's a cozy space for college students to congregate.
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MartinFebruary 7, 2013
    Their cream of spinach soup actually rivals chowder. Always a bit surprised by the food in a good way. French dip, Reuben, and the artichoke dip are my faves here
  • Brandon G.
    Brandon GreenDecember 9, 2012
    These quesadillas were OK, the whiskey drinks were delicious.
  • Gordon W.
    Gordon WayneNovember 11, 2012
    Eh, music did not match atmosphere.
  • Ben
    BenOctober 19, 2012
    they don't split up checks
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HiemenzOctober 8, 2012
    Lots if vegan and vegetarian options. The chili is vegan on the nachos.
  • John C.
    John CapecelatroAugust 17, 2012
    Happy hour = half price food. One of the only spots around that has Paulaner Hefeweizen on tap.
  • Giulia B.
    Giulia BiaminoAugust 13, 2012
    Nice place recommended outside during the summer
  • Gretchen B.
    Gretchen BostromJuly 27, 2012
    Lunch specials & happy hour food every day. Great place to go for decent food w/o spending a lot of $. The fondue is delicious & 1/2 off for happy hour. Can't go wrong w/ bread & melted cheese!
  • Mel
    MelJuly 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    half off food 9-11:30pm
  • Kat C.
    Kat ChenJuly 24, 2012
    No bro beers, thank heavens!
  • Caroline B.
    Caroline BurnsJuly 24, 2012
    Order Kanye's Workout Plan and fall in love
  • Whitney S.
    Whitney ShawMay 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best sangria in the square (can be hit or miss though)
  • Pete B.
    Pete BorschMay 23, 2012
    The service was slow (only one person working) and I didn't like the food (French Dip was terrible). Looks like a great place to drink though
  • Laura A.
    Laura ArcagniApril 6, 2012
    Nice place to have lunch near Harvard Square -very cheap!
  • Rachael
    RachaelMarch 27, 2012
    Eating and drinking outside is awesome, but no half-priced menu unless you eat indoors!
  • BU Today
    BU TodayMarch 20, 2012
    Grendel's famously fought a legal battle over its liquor license all the way to the Supreme Court and won. Celebrate their victory with a burger and microbrew (or two). Read more
  • Daniel
    DanielMarch 18, 2012
    Food isn't great, service wasn't either. Only saving grace was outdoor seating.
  • Grendel's D.
    Grendel's DenFebruary 28, 2012
    You never have to give out your email address to get a good deal here, or worry that some one at the table next to you is getting a better price offer than you or anyone else here.
  • Grendel's D.
    Grendel's DenFebruary 28, 2012
    Grendel's has Half Price food from 5-7:30 nightly and 9 - 11:30 sun thru thurs, and all you gotta do to get it is show up, buy $3 min bev, and you're good. No checking in, couponing, or "liking"!
  • Grendel's D.
    Grendel's DenFebruary 28, 2012
    The people at Foursquare hi-jacked Grendel's Venue page to advertise a check-in special that they are running which misleads people into thinking that Grendel's has a $10 rebate, which is not true.
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin McManusFebruary 21, 2012
    Honey Maker Dry Mead by the glass... I go with the bottle! Always Amazing!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MullaneJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Good beers only! If you're looking for bud, coors or michelobe, look elsewhere.
  • The Next Great Generation (Boston)
    The best feature of Grendel’s Den is their half-off food deal, so try to come between 5 p.m. and 7:30p.m. every day, or 9 p.m. to 11:30p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Read more
  • Dan B.
    Dan BergeronJanuary 14, 2012
    I thought there would be equations on the walls...
  • Curtis A.
    Curtis AntoineJanuary 9, 2012
    Half-price food happy hour, roving guest tap, large menu
  • Lindsay
    LindsayDecember 31, 2011
    They've got a great selection of local microbrews on tap and the bartenders are great to chat with.
  • Alexandra H.
    Alexandra HodgmanSeptember 28, 2011
    Other than the amazing name, this place is cheap with a cool atmosphere with good gluten free options!
  • Timmeh M.
    Timmeh MAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    this place always has a great Friday play list from bartender BK!!
  • Leila S.
    Leila SamiiAugust 6, 2011
    Veggies burger and kanyes work out plan are the eat to go!
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda ParkerAugust 1, 2011
    They have really resonably priced cocktails and only serve good beer! Read more
  • Janet K.
    Janet KomatsuJuly 8, 2011
    Moroccan shells with shrimp were delicious!
  • Rachel
    RachelJune 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best. Staff. Ever. Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Harvard students, both grad and undergrad, flock to this below-ground eatery, where the drinks are cheap and the food is actually really great. Broke students should get there before 7 for half-priced Read more
  • Abigail T.
    Abigail TaylorMay 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    As the mayor I advise you to tip well. You will be rewarded.
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixMarch 18, 2011
    If Beowulf showed up, [the bartender] would be like, 'Dude, take that metal armor off. It's not OK to wear that in the bar' ... Then he'd say, 'OK, what do you want?' " Read more
  • Courtney C.
    Courtney CarterFebruary 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Re: service complaints. I've been here 5 times or so, and I've never had bad service. Maybe I've been lucky, or others have been unlucky . IDK. But I love Grendel's Den.
  • CityRover M.
    CityRover MediaJanuary 6, 2011
    Try the vast assortment of imported and domestic beers on the sunny patio overlooking Winthrop street or enjoy the half-priced food between 5 and 7:30pm every evening (indoors only). Read more
  • Mark N.
    Mark NolanDecember 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid the nachos. The topping to chip ratio is way out of whack and the guac isn't great.
  • Marc E.
    Marc EbunaNovember 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Always have a 1/2 litter of Paulaner or Franziskaner...unless they don't have it on tap...
  • Courtney C.
    Courtney CarterNovember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
  • Julia S.
    Julia SmithOctober 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try their Hot Rum Cider! Only in fall and winter! It is amazing!
  • Dave M.
    Dave MajorAugust 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best bar in Boston.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BisaillonAugust 4, 2010
    Service is slow like hell!
  • BostonTweet
    BostonTweetJuly 29, 2010
    All food at Grendel's Den in Harvard Square is 1/2 price 7 nights a week from 5 to 7:30pm and 1/2 price Sunday through Thursday from 9pm-11:30
  • Johnny N.
    Johnny NegrettiJuly 22, 2010
    The french dip is so so...
  • Mike D.
    Mike DelRose Jr.June 19, 2010
    Service is terrible. 1 hour for serving food, drink orders took about a half hour. Mediocre beer. :(
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CurtisJune 3, 2010
    One is the few places in Boston with a sazerac cocktail on the menu don't pass it up
  • Shari G.
    Shari GrimesMay 24, 2010
    The Royal Screw is delish and the turkey + havarti sandwich is to die for!! The vegan chili is not only a great veg dish but worth ordering even if you're a carnivore. All in all, wonderful!
  • Rob D.
    Rob DaviesApril 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The shrimp sambal is amazing. Very spicy.
  • Mike N.
    Mike NagelMarch 14, 2010
    Happy hour means half-priced food (before 7 for Sundays)
  • Nicholas Adam O.
    Nicholas Adam OwensMarch 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Franziskaner Hefeweizen + Reuben = Happy Place.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EustaceFebruary 12, 2010
    Irish coffee is strong but. The whip cream is homemade thus not that sweet
  • EJL
    EJLFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Half-priced MENU with a $3 drink purchase - food isn't great but it's CHEAP. Crab and artichoke and spinach dip is suuuuper good.
  • Karen W. M.
    Karen W. MasseySeptember 11, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    ...have a dark and stormy. Plus, the lobster rolls (specials: 9/11) are the best in harvard square.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SagerJuly 21, 2009
    get half price food nightly from 5 to 7:30
  • Sean F.
    Sean FitzroyJuly 14, 2009
    order a Hendrick's for $6.50.
  • Mariana K.
    Mariana KoettkerMarch 1, 2015
    Muito legal!!!!! O atendimento melhor ainda. Ambiente aconchegante e boa cerveja artesanal!
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