John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

John Harvard's Brewery & Ale HouseJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale HouseJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

33 Dunster St
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138
United States

// CLOSED //

Notes: Closed on May 30, 2019.
BEER STATS
Average:
3.56
Beers:
187
Reviews:
596
Ratings:
944
Master Beer Listing
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.62
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
110
pDev:
12.98%
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Reviews by FrankLloydMike:
Photo of FrankLloydMike
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I had gotten dinner here with my dad and brother several years ago, but only recently returned on a Wednesday night. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the atmosphere, which embraces its location in a basement with no windows. The place is large, but successfully divided into different areas with plenty of intimate nooks to keep it all interesting. Overall, the feel is of an old tavern, which is cozy and warm. Unfortunately, the bar table area (not the bar itself) began to fill up with a somewhat rowdy crowd more befitting a college frat bar than a brewpub. This is more what I had expected, perhaps unfairly, and makes me weary of returning on a busier night.

The quality of the brews was solid without being amazing. I had the ESB on cask, which was good but a little empty feeling. The range of styles on tap gave a lot of options, which was nice. Overall, the beers were a bit cheaper than most pints nearby and were available as full or half pints, which I always appreciate.

Perhaps because of the growing crowd, the service wasn't great. Our server didn't seem very knowledgeable about the beers and took forever to come by to ask if we wanted another round (we did when we finished our first, but by then we had changed our minds). She dropped the check and we put cash out but were waiting for change. When she never returned, we simply left the appropriate tip (not stiffing by any means, but less than we would have if we had change).

Overall, I really enjoy the space here and the convenience of its location. The beers were appropriately priced for their quality, and I'd like to come back, but it probably won't be a priority.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FannYu
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of jcoleMA66
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A neat basement bar near Harvard with a full bar, a couple house beers and 4 or 5 guest taps. There is decent food and a good selection of styles on their limited taps (at least when I was there). Good vibe, cool stained glass, beer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Large open dining room one floor below street level. Only had 2 of their own beers on tap. 6 or so local craft guest taps. Friendly service. Food was reasonable priced, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of HurryItsJacob
2/5  rDev -44.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2

Photo of sbuchert
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of flek
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of MilaMila
3.33/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of mothman
2.86/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2

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

Photo of scxcrunner
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of fastestmanalive
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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 TrilliumFan
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Sludgeman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

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Photo of dabarton
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of ricp215
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tikk
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of harsley
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of CAMay
4/5  rDev +10.5%

John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Cambridge, MA
Brewery rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 944 ratings