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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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3.58/5
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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale HouseJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

33 Dunster St
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138
United States

(617) 868-3585 | map
www.johnharvards.com

Notes:
No longer brewing beer at this location.

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Reviews by atigerlife:
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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Stopped in after doing the touristy tour of Harvard U. Pretty easy to find on a side street. Decended to the basement to find a whole lot of dark wood. I really like the decor and was impressed by the size of the place. Lots of seating. Of course, I was there in the afternoon, so there was very few people around.

Service was stellar. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. We sat at on the bar stools [as opposed to the tables]. Nice option.

Food was the only disappointment. We weren't that hungry, so only ordered fries. They came out quick [too quick] and it seemed as if they had been sitting around for a while. We may have had better luck with other options. The food menu looks good for beer [nachos, calamari, wings, burgers, pizza, salads] but I have no idea if it is better than the fries.

Overall, a nice place. The one beer I tried [Imperial Stout] was well made and quite tasty. On a humorous note, on the way out I noticed that they were using a BA magazine as their doorstop!! Not sure what that was all about!

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Photo of mothman
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2

Photo of jeanphoenix
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of scxcrunner
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of fastestmanalive
3.55/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Stopped here before Harvard's home opener v Holy Cross in September. It was average. They had a beer from most styles on the menu and my wife and I both chose to go with the all seasonal harvest ale. Food was average. Cant go wrong with a burger but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of DavidSomers
3.55/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Sludgeman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Visited in the 90's and have a pint glass to prove it

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of skepticus
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I didn't read all the reviews, but IMHO it is very important to mention that John Harvard's (nee 33 Dunster St) was the _first_ (and still the only) brewpub in Harvard Square. It may have been the first brewpub in the state of Massachusetts for all I know. Like many other chains, the Harvard Square location was the first. (Au Bon Pain, Steve's, Herrell's, the Coop, etc....) So, I guess the question is, did they start this trend? Maybe. It might just be that the Cambridge Brewing Company would not have happened if John Harvard's had failed.

And it continues, as a reliable, albeit too busy, brewpub destination in the heart of Harvard Square, if bitten somewhat by the 'family-friendly' label.

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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Cambridge, MA
84 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.