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 skepticus:
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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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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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