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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

Brewery and American Restaurant$$$$
Harvard Square, Cambridge
  • Kelly R.
    "The triple chocolate brownie sundae in a mason jar is phenomenal."(2 Tips)
    Matthew T.
    "Great beer range."(4 Tips)
    Annie W.
    "Get the beer sampler! 5 small beers for a great price."(2 Tips)
    Marc B.
    "John Harvard's home brewed Oatmeal Stout."(2 Tips)
65 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • burgers
  • triple chocolate brownie sundae
  • good for groups
  • mac & cheese
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  • Chris K.
    Love the darker basement feel of this place. I haven't been during peak hours but always has been a good place to escape crowds for a beer
  • Kyle P.
    Kyle PurdonMarch 10
    Pretty crappy service on our visit. Food was mediocre bar fare. Usually a decent beer list though.
  • Ben G.
    Feels like you've been locked in a basement with a bunch of really smart kids. But this time they brought beer and it's fun.
  • Dan R.
    Dan RaihaApril 15, 2016
    You could get sober with the speedy, attentive service.
  • Rob A.
    Rob AtkinsonNovember 18, 2015
    Passable pub food and beer. Good for big groups and busy weekends as it's a huge place and you can almost always get in
  • Jakob H.
    Jakob HeinemannOctober 27, 2015
    Excellent blue cheese bacon burger
  • Brian M.
    Brian ManningSeptember 15, 2015
    A Boston classic!
  • Ilke T.
    Ilke T.August 18, 2015
    Service is not the best but it is a good place for crowded groups. Variety of beers. Cambridge's tradition :)
  • Naiara
    NaiaraAugust 1, 2015
    Great place for drinks in Harvard Square. Good live music too!
  • Cristina R.
    Cristina RuizJune 23, 2015
    Pretzels with spicy mustard & cheese sauce. Great with beer!
  • Xavier
    XavierMay 9, 2015
    Hot summer outside-> brattle blond!!! :D
  • Charles W.
    Charles WoodsApril 21, 2015
    The Lobster Mac and cheese was good. Could do without the hot sauce, though.
  • Brent G.
    Brent GatewoodApril 10, 2015
    Good beer. Food was good. Service a bit slow.
  • Basy H.
    Basy HaMarch 14, 2015
    Interesting place, mediocre dinner. Nice beer.
  • Kate G.
    Kate GwiltMarch 4, 2015
    Cheap, delicious beers! Definitely returning.
  • Sara M.
    Sara MiltenbergerFebruary 16, 2015
    Great burgers!
  • Cristina R.
    Cristina RuizJanuary 29, 2015
    Fish n chips
  • Cristina R.
    Cristina RuizJanuary 29, 2015
    Sheppard's Pie
  • C B.
    C BaileyJanuary 4, 2015
    Service isn't the greatest but the Mac and cheese and fish and chips are really good. Cool beer selection. The oatmeal stout was my favorite
  • 🌀Ipek Ebru Y.
    Please Try Calamari -an appitizer- but you may also have it as a main course it is really big
  • Seyda C.
    Seyda CaskurluMay 22, 2014
    Typical American pub, with dirty forks and knifes, glasses and plates. Nonetheless food is really good... Tried Shepard's pie and apple crumble - both were delicious...
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RenApril 20, 2014
    The triple chocolate brownie sundae in a mason jar is phenomenal.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LaraFebruary 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Do not get the flourless chocolate and almond torte. It is such a disappointment... :(
  • Alex S.
    Alex SongOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Triple chocolate brownie sundae omg.
  • Sunshine B.
    Sunshine BakerSeptember 30, 2013
    Try the Chicken Pot Pie - Lovely flaky crust, tasty sauce- perfect!
  • Ashly S.
    Ashly SanfordAugust 29, 2013
    Good place for drinks and food while in Harvard Square. Large space, nice atmosphere (but dark), and good drink selection.
  • Ana R.
    Ana RamosAugust 10, 2013
    Why is it so cold?! No need for the extra ceiling fans!
  • Brooke E.
    Brooke EvansMay 12, 2013
    I probably don't have to tell you this, but try the sampler! Great deal and 4 of 5 were jaw-dropping.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SilanoApril 12, 2013
    food is great, good atmosphere depending if you want a bar feel, great beers.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LemaireMarch 24, 2013
    Don't get their pizza! But definitely try their Bourbon Salmon!
  • Aiesha P.
    Aiesha PMarch 22, 2013
    The Chicken BLT is a great sandwich and the Lobster Mac n Cheese hits the spot.
  • Nicholas L.
    Nicholas LamphereFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Some big TVs w/ EHF (European Handball) = surprisingly awesome. Want to start a league here
  • Nicholas L.
    Nicholas LamphereFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    XO Porter. Nice one (seasonal).
  • Christopher W.
    Christopher WJanuary 7, 2013
    Get the Dunkel Weizen!
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CampbellNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pilsner Falscher. Do it.
  • Austra Z.
    Austra ZubkovsMarch 11, 2012
    The pulled pork is serious #LINsanity.
  • Nick P.
    Nick ProkeschJanuary 27, 2012
    Awesome beer & meatloaf (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Max M.
    Max MaddenDecember 18, 2011
    Go somewhere else. The service here sucks.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SalesNovember 26, 2011
    The "Fall'N Stormy" is incredible. Dangerous
  • Malek B.
    Malek BsatNovember 13, 2011
    If you like sour then go for the Flemish brown. Really good
  • Matt L.
    Matt LloydOctober 26, 2011
    Porter is very nice.
  • Bill G.
    Bill GreerOctober 22, 2011
    Race at the Head of the Charles, then drink 1 pitcher of each beer. Do it!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithOctober 9, 2011
    The chips at the bar are delicious, but addictive. Be careful, you've been warned.
  • Cesar H.
    Cesar HernandezAugust 6, 2011
    Great BBQ Burger!!!
  • Mark K.
    Mark KowalskiJuly 28, 2011
    Oatmeal stout=good
  • Marc B.
    Marc BaskinJuly 28, 2011
    John Harvard's home brewed Oatmeal Stout. Ridiculously good. nom nom nom
  • Evan M.
    Evan MorikawaJune 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Five 5oz each beer sampler for $5.50!! Oh snap
  • Phil V.
    Phil VicarioJune 4, 2011
    This is a great place to visit if you are severely depressed. Good beers in a dungeon esque environment. Don't forget to take off your socks and walk across the vintage carpet!
  • Katie C.
    Katie ContarioApril 21, 2011
    Try the Cuban, it's amazing!
  • Swemeatballs ..
    Swemeatballs .March 2, 2011
    Excellent student (and non student for that matter) boozer. Try the local brew
  • Annie W.
    Annie WangFebruary 5, 2011
    Get the beer sampler! 5 small beers for a great price.
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PluffDecember 12, 2010
    Pepperoni pizza leaves a lot to be desired...ale steak and cheese sliders are great!!!! Carbonara Mac and cheese a+, meatloaf no good!
  • Rod G.
    Rod GallagherNovember 7, 2010
    cask ale and Boston cream pie are good.
  • Al S.
    Al SOctober 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Yellow Belly is a fantastic hoppy-yet-not-quite-IPA-hoppy American Ale. Drink it, you will.
  • Marc P.
    Marc PitmanSeptember 25, 2010
    Pleasantly surprised by the great beer! Get the sampler. They'll let you switch things out if you ask.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DanielsonJuly 30, 2010
    Awesome place to grab lunch. Great beers and priced right!
  • Christine F.
    Christine FrostJune 3, 2010
    A long-time favorite haunt. Buffalo chicken sandwich, fish & chips, and must have espresso stout when available!
  • Jenny N.
    Jenny NMay 16, 2010
    Must order chicken pot pie as it's hands down best in Boston!
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TilleardApril 23, 2010
    Great beer range.
  • Chris S.
    Chris S.April 10, 2010
    The grilled meatloaf with the cask ale is superb!
  • Mark
    MarkFebruary 19, 2010
    Surprisingly good "Demon" IPA.
  • Courtney M.
    Courtney McMahonDecember 2, 2009
    John Harvard's has three overly priced, unique macaroni and cheeses on their menu. I hate to pay $17.00 for a plate of pasta, but this brew house makes it completely worth every penny! Read more
  • Caraline Z.
    Caraline ZeizelMarch 29, 2009
    The french fries are the best.
  • Spudly D.
    Spudly DudlyMarch 19, 2009
    eat haddock salad dinner special
  • Estrawen
    EstrawenMay 5, 2014
    Отличное заведение, большой выбор пива. Супер атмосфера.
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