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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale HouseJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Active Beers: 206
Beer Ratings: 904
Beer Avg: 3.55
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

33 Dunster Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138
United States
phone: (617) 868-3585

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @johnharvards

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Reviews by msolar:
Photo of msolar
4.15/5  rDev +14%

John Harvard’s is one of my favorite restaurants.

Atmosphere: I’ve been to the Cambridge location (just a couple times) and the Framingham location ( a LOT of times) and to be quite honest, I like the Framingham location more. Not there there’s necessarily anything wrong with the Cambridge location, I have just found it to be a bit stuffy, dark, and crowded. The Framingham location usually consists of co-workers grabbing an after-work beer and Boston sports fans (although it’s far from a sports-pub) with the approximate age range of late 20’s and early-to-mid 30’s. My friends and I usually fit in perfectly.

Food: They have some good specials. I’m not a seafood fan, but I can almost always find something on the specials list to distract me from what I normally get there – either an awesome burger, or the chicken pot pie.

Beer: they have a decent selection (usually about 8 beers on tap) but with pretty diverse qualities. They also do an excellent job of describing the beers and their individual characteristics.

Overall, I like JH’s quite a bit. It’s easy to do with a group and everyone can find a basic item on the menu that they’ll like. John Harvard’s is one of my favorite restaurants for a group.

msolar, Jan 13, 2005
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MJSawyer, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of skepticus
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

skepticus, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of orangesol
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%

Stopped in here for brunch after a bit of sight seeing over the weekend. Decent atmosphere with a large space. Long bar looking into the brewhouse with some TV's above it, a large dining area behind you. Quality was decent enough but nothing over the top. Selection was a good variety but nothing overly amazing. Service was ok, he forgot a few things I asked for but he seemed to have an ok beer knowledge. Since I was there for brunch I went with their platter. Eggs were not the greatest, I only finished about half of them, and their in house sausage was quite dry and rather bland. Decent pricing on the beer and food for the area. I had a cask ESB with my food, it was ok but it tasted a little dull. Overall an ok stop but I doubt I would return with so many other places in the area.

orangesol, May 29, 2013
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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Cambridge, MA
83 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.