John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

BEER AVG
3.59/5
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale HouseJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

33 Dunster St
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138
United States

(617) 868-3585 | map
johnharvards.com

Notes:
No longer brewing beer at this location.

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PLACE STATS
Score:
83
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.96%
 
 
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Reviews by atigerlife:
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3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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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2/5  rDev -45.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2

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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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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3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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

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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Cambridge, MA
3.59 out of 5 based on 942 ratings.
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