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The Red House Restaurant, Cambridge, MA

The Red House Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1569 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Award-Winning New England inspired raw bar & seafood-based restaurant located in the heart of Harvard Square including outdoor patio seating and Cambridge's first Conservatory Bar showcasing botanical-based cocktails and infusions
Sit in our Winter Chalet, Pink Room or Conservatory Bar Area. ALL rooms have ventilation to outdoors. You will never be sat in an inclosed room or area.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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  • Order online
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Cocktail Bar, European

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 576-0605

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Party? Work event? Corporate meals? Just want a really big spread for yourself? Awesome! We have got your full service and delivery catering needs covered. Contact us directly 617.576.0605. Website Form: EZ Cater (third party):

  • Private party facilities

    We love a good party and can't wait to host your next event. Follow the link to submit a form online: https://www.theredhouse.com/privateparty or contact us at 617.576.0605.

  • Private party contact

    Deep Khatri: (617) 576-0605

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    JFK Street and Eliot Street

  • Parking details

    Charles Square Parking Garage, University Place Parking Garage and the Harvard Square Parking garage are located with a one block radius. The Red House will validate parking vouchers for a discount.

  • Public transit

    MBTA Red Line @ Harvard Square Station

  • Entertainment

    Coming this spring... Live Jazz! Stay tuned for more details by following us on facebook & twitter!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,569 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. A

    Amandab

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Good food, nice ambience, outdoor options, good service!
  2. K

    Kathleen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food, good drink options. Love the ambiance near the bar. Highly recommend.
  3. MQ

    MoreQthanA

    Denver

    102 reviews

    3.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    First time back to The Red House in more than five years and oh my how it has changed. While the food was pretty good, and the service efficient and friendly, the décor was not what we recalled - at all - and the ambience has changed significantly. Not the chintzy little New England restaurant in the pretty little lane, more the vibrant pink walled cocktail bar with bench seating and very basic amenities. Could not have been more disappointed, but that's not the restaurants fault; time moves on and Covid took it's toll everywhere. Probably does quite well with the student crowd, we would guess - but really not for us.
  4. S

    Singaporean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff; not crowded; tables well spaced; great lobster roll
  5. JS

    JenniferS

    New England

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Menu looked great but the food was cold, cooked improperly- overly seasoned. Server saved it, but wouldn’t return based on food quality.
  6. JH

    JamesH

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    had a lovely summer evening in November to return to the Red House for a very pleasant dinner for two Great to be able to book the patio and look forward to winter dining out there. Lovely service staff and great meal.
  7. BD

    BethesdaDiner

    Washington DC

    112 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We had a wonderful Sunday brunch here. Nice location near Harvard Square.
  8. T

    Thereforparentsweekend

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely evening on the porch at the Red House - attentive service, delicious comfort food, and a great vibe.
  9. w

    williamc

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm cozy table next to a fire. Delicious food. A server who paid the right amount of attention - she never rushed us but was always available when we wanted something.
  10. A

    Alex

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Food quality very poor. Ordered swordfish, but was smelly and I left 75% of the food. My friend’s Tuna was the same. I felt NE calm chowders was good. I felt embarrassed for taking my friend who was visiting from Philly. Not worth for the price. I would rename this as “Redhouse burger shop”.
  11. IL

    IngaL

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Between the ambiance & the menu, The Red House has no rivals. Imagine an upscale fare at the pre-pandemic prices in a restaurant where you could actually hold a conversation, and you’ve got it all!
  12. MG

    MarkG

    New England

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    They need a better lunch menu. Options are either a salad or a heavier meal.
  13. C

    Chris

    Exclusive

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Appetizers and wine were excellent. I had the beef stroganoff. The meat was wildly overcooked and the noodles were inch wide, eight inch long globs of gluten all stuck together. Just incompetent. Someone asked how it was, we told them, and that was that. Full price for everything. Harvard square has lots of options. This is not a very good one at the moment.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It has been more than 20 years since I lived in Cambridge, attending grad school. So much has been added to Harvard Square. I decided to take myself out to The Red House. I ordered the lobster chowder, followed by the crab gnocchi. That gave me a wonderful fix of New England seafood cuisine. I had been doing research all afternoon and my body and brains needed some nutrition. This hit the spot. I went to an overrated restaurant the day before and it was uneventful. The Red House was understated and over performed. The server was polite, attentive and I enjoyed overhearing the staff’s choices of Christmas songs and why one of them loves “The Princess and The Frog.” Thank you for an enjoyable final night in Cambridge!
  15. S

    johnS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    food, setting, and service were nice. better than most Harvard Square restaurants.
  16. DS

    DeeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I missed salmon on the menu! I believe it was available in past years?
  17. EM

    ErinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went here for the first time and had a great time. The drinks were fantastic and they had a good variety of seafood and delicious desserts. The atmosphere was noisy but it's to be expected with any restaurant on a Saturday night.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from Indiana and thoroughly enjoyed all the seafood! We had oysters on the half shell, ceviche, and the classic lobster roll. For cocktails we loved the M4 and the Rosemary Tonic. I recommend it all. The service was excellent and we really loved the ambiance. So happy with our experience!
  19. K

    Kathy

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice little restaurant tucked away near Harvard. Lobster rolls were great. Would definitely recommend and go back.
  20. V

    Veronica

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They were very welcoming and accommodating to move us from the indoor seating outside. The drinks and food were great in terms of both quality and quantity. Maybe just one of the pastas we ordered was a bit dry but they offered us extra sauce. It’s one of my happy places honestly.
  21. EC

    EdC02537

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Was a great meal up until my wife found a hair in her pasta dish. Nice apologies from the team and they took her meal off the bill, as they should have. Offered another meal to replace but hard to say yes to after an experience like that. Often wonder if a restaurant offered even more as an apology if it would change my view of the experience - didn’t find out this time.
  22. OH

    OllieH

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming, intimate, comfortable, the Red House remains one of my favorite restaurants in Harvard Square.
  23. W

    Woodie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    love this place... FOOD IS AWESOME, bravo to the chef(s)... best easy / bistro'y seafood in Harvard Sq
  24. SB

    SarahB

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely dinner and loved the Brussel sprouts especially
  25. AM

    AnnMarieJ1278

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful But pricey!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delish seafood pasta-highly recommend. Patio is very nice-hidden gem in Cambridge
  27. JJ

    JJR123

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great place! Tried one of almost every big meal but was disappointed in the pastas. Energy was great, could use some more waiters to get a bit more attentive service but our waitress was the best! Grilled octopus and the sampler were the highlight of our meal and they were so sweet for my date’s birthday! Desserts were incredible. If you have never been here, you are crazy.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Loved the ambiance of an old time house, good menu variety, good specialty drinks. Great lobster options too. Server was very attentive and pleasant.
  29. s

    spiderweb

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Helpful service. Lovely patio. Nice evening.
  30. R

    Rose

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Nice ambience, but food was only okay and overpriced.
  31. MW

    MartW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were seated outside, which was comfortably ventilated, but one guest encountered some drips from recent rain. The service was attentive, and the food was tasty but a slightly more generous serving would have been nice.
  32. L

    Lolo

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Waitstaff gave good recommendations.
  33. AS

    AmyS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I remember being treated to a wonderful meal here about eight years ago. Last night I went back with a friend, and the entire experience lived up to my memories. All the food here is good—and the classic lobster roll is "to die for." Chef's kiss!
  34. BK

    BethK

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening outdoors. Good food, good service, pleasant all around!
  35. TH

    THGS75

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Really good lobster roll which was our objective. Some creative cocktails. Ate outside and the neighboring bar/restaurant (Charlie's) had some unpleasant odors wafting up to our dining area - a bit of a downer in that.
  36. j

    joanl

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We were hoping to have a nice relaxing dinner at The Red House...didn't happen. After ordering (having been reminded repeatedly by our server that there was no rush) we enjoyed our drinks. The appetizers sounded promising, but my summer salad was dry and uninteresting. We were still eating our appetizers when our entrees appeared. My husband's was left on the table (near his unfinished appetizer) while I refused to accept mine because I was still eating my salad. I was told it was being taken back to be put under the heat lamp. Well, when I finished my salad I was told that a new dish was being prepared for me. Fine, but by the time it arrived my husband's dinner was cold. My entree was good, but hard to enjoy after the hassle. Though it was pleasant to eat in the outside dining area, I wouldn't go back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere. Ate on porch on a beautiful summer day. The food was excellent and service was perfect. Highly recommend.
  38. EK

    EmilyK

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This food was amazing, everything was 10/10 will come back again
  39. t

    travellingfoodie

    New England

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, food and drinks all very good! Great vibe! Ty
  40. RD

    RevDocDiner

    New England

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem. Red House has been quiely sitting there on Winthrop Street in the midst of Harvard Square for years and is a unique venue of an old home with a lot of charm, warmth, and comfort. The outstanding Botanical Collection Cocktails from the Conservatory Bar are inventive, refreshing, and delicious. The food is funky and flavorful, including very crispy Calamari with a flavorful dipping sauce with a kick Street Corn that just explodes with flavor in your mouth, and the very best Lobster Rolls amazing fresh French Fries, amongst many other tasty selections. Great comfortable place to hang out with friends adn enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere with wonderful food and drinks, and good service. Can't wait to go back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Red House Restaurant using the Order Online button. The Red House Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Red House Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 576-0605.

The Red House Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1569 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Google Map for The Red House Restaurant

98 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    JFK Street and Eliot Street

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Cocktail Bar, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Charles Square Parking Garage, University Place Parking Garage and the Harvard Square Parking garage are located with a one block radius. The Red House will validate parking vouchers for a discount.

  • Public transit

    MBTA Red Line @ Harvard Square Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Coming this spring... Live Jazz! Stay tuned for more details by following us on facebook & twitter!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 576-0605

  • Catering

    Party? Work event? Corporate meals? Just want a really big spread for yourself? Awesome! We have got your full service and delivery catering needs covered. Contact us directly 617.576.0605. Website Form: EZ Cater (third party):

  • Private party facilities

    We love a good party and can't wait to host your next event. Follow the link to submit a form online: https://www.theredhouse.com/privateparty or contact us at 617.576.0605.

  • Private party contact

    Deep Khatri: (617) 576-0605

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