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The Red House Restaurant, Cambridge, MA

The Red House Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1539 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


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • 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 1,539 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. EK

    EmilyK

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    travellingfoodie

    New England

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

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

    RevDocDiner

    New England

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 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!
  4. SB

    SarahB

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening. Would love it if they added cool mock tails. Otherwise food is delicious and patio is nice.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    Chose the place for the great reviews for lobster rolls. Ambiance in historic district did not disappoint. The meal, another story. We all understand the complications of finding staff and servers to meet the expectations of customers, but a sandwich that sat under a heat lamp to the point of being completely dried out was disappointing. Ordered chowder that was forgotten (that happens), just cancelled the order when the entrees finally arrived. Asked for a few condiments (salt for fries) took forever. One special order roll was delivered as “plain” so their solution was just to bring out the 2 extra sauces that were left off the sandwich (cold by now). If we had the experience to do again , we would look for somewhere else to go.
  6. KS

    KentS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inventive menu, well prepared, good service, close to everything in Harvard Square.
  7. F

    Fatboy

    New England

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    their brussels sprouts are amazing! I had the the lobster flatbread and enjoyed it tremendously. brought smoe home since it was a large portion. My date had a lobster roll which she enjoyed too
  8. s

    spiderweb

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The 4 of us loved our meals. Our waiter was fabulous. And we loved the raspberry vinaigrette!
  9. P

    Pkj02138

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A reasonable choice when you need a place to eat in Harvard Square. The food is just okay but the location is convenient.
  10. AM

    AlanM

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Service was okay. Food was also just okay. Good to be in the small outdoor space on a warm night. Have been there a handful of times over the past 5-10 years. Seems to be not as good overall as I remembered it being.
  11. KC

    KrisC

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The oysters were good. The calamari was good just a tad over cooked. The extra grilled chicken was a tasty option with the summer salad. The spinach pasta was not good at all. It was way undercooked and served in one large clump. The Bloody Mary tasted like it was watered down. No flavor or spice whatsoever. We will not return nor would we recommend. Too pricy for the quality.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    July 4 lunch on patio - good food and drinks!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Lobster dishes & amazing frozen drinks !!
  14. Z

    Zebra

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Over-attentive service, but friendly. A fun, casual place with a great patio.
  15. CP

    CambridgeProf

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The patio is a delight, the servers were great. Food was good and fresh -- a perfect summer evening!
  16. A

    Annie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    The food was very mediocre to poor. The food quality has gone down A LOT over the last few years. I would never eat there again, except for the fact that it's a lovely location, they have outdoor dining, and in the winter they have a charming fireplace. But the food was really horrible. The wait staff was very nice.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The cocktail flights are super fun and great options for seafood lovers. Different and fun menu but should have something for everyone.
  18. T

    Tar10

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot, right at the Square. Terrific food, setting, and great, very attentive service!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    We and others guests saw a mouse on the patio and were stunned. The staff saw that as well but did nothing at all.
  20. S

    Sydney

    New England

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    As always, good food and comfortable atmosphere. Great to sit on the porch to feel the cool air and see the summer traffic walk by. Wait staff competent and attentive. Enjoyable evening.
  21. M

    Mariannap

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience lovely food and atmosphere
  22. a

    angie

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great lobster rolls! My daughter and I really enjoyed our meal!
  23. S

    Stop

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fish and chips was crispy and tasty. The Margaritas were just right. The service was timely and courteous and helpful in making choices.
  24. L

    Leslie

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious seafood dishes and the Brussel sprouts were amazing. We tried a few different cocktails, all delicious. We will def be back
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Food is absolutely terrible (beware of the ceviche and risotto). Drinks are extremely week. Severely needs renovations— poor ambiance/decor. Waitstaff is not knowledgeable when it comes to food allergies, either.
  26. HK

    HughK

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I was happily surprised by the quality of the food at Red House, as well as the attentive service and the cozy outdoor deck. The prices also were reasonable given current inflation as reflected in restaurant menus. This was a Plan B reservation when someone in our party forgot to get a table at Harvest, but I think all of us would go back.
  27. MB

    MariaB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambience, service and food. I can’t wait to go back. Thank you so much!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this quaint little place. Service was great food was excellent. Area is of course adorable.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service - very quick, beautiful restaurant, delicious food and drinks!
  30. p

    poolcat

    Atlanta

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally exceeded my expectations! First time to the area and picked the restaurant off open table list and we loved it! Will definitely be back!
  31. JH

    JamesH

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the great opportunity to order the Seafood Risotto...It was superb...Problewm was my wife order something else and wanted mine because it was go GOOD!
  32. JG

    JimG

    New England

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Mother’s Day lunch - service was friendly and efficient. Calamari appetizer with cherry tomatoes and olives was tasty. Ordered linguine and mixed seafood in a white wine sauce. Seafood was fresh and linguine cooked properly, however the dish was quite bland and uninspired. There were no discernible herbs to enhance the flavor or give it any complexity. We added fresh lemon, salt and pepper, but still didn’t help. The server brought us some dried red pepper, but was probably old, and entirely without heat. We took it home to dress it up in our own kitchen. We had key lime pie for dessert which was creamy and zesty-best part of the meal. We rarely go into Cambridge, but sadly will eat elsewhere. The basics were there-it just needs some inspired flavors.
  33. JA

    JamesA

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food prep, value, quiet, outdoor heated table. Friendly and competent staff.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Wonderful oysters and best fish and chips! Our server was very helpful and friendly and made good recommendations. The only drawback was the small size of the pink room. We had to listen throughout dinner to 2 very loud, drunk faculty members.
  35. JG

    JohnG

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Fine meal and service, portions were large. When I made the OpenTable reservation there was no indoor seating - but when we arrived there was plenty so we chose that.
  36. TM

    TedM

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best restaurants globally are usually "small" simply because the dinners are not "mass produced" and the servers are not overworked, and they can discuss meals and drinks quite well. The Red House fits that description, and it features excellent fresh and local seafood, and varied beer and wine.
  37. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Although the service was adequate the food is less to be desired. The risotto was watery at best with very little to no flavor. There were tons of nats in the restaurant which made it worst. Not a place I would recommend to anyone that enjoys eating food with flying insects.
  38. J

    Jessica

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Super quaint restaurant with super delicious food & drinks! Perfect indoor dining for a date night!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner, with attentive service. Highly recommend!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    1.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    We were celebrating our anniversary with our daughter. The dining room was quiet but it did not have anything to make it more than a room with tables. The meals came very quickly but the swordfish was so dry, My husband and daughter had a lobster dish not Impress them. My daughter asked for sparkling water. It was on the menu but they didn’t have any. My husband asked for decaf coffee, They didn’t have any! We then asked for the dessert menu. The waiter told us the 3 choices. Mousse, key lime pie, cheesecake. Nothing was ever mentioned about our Anniversary. What is the point of asking?? We tried the key lime pie which was ok. We left VERY disappointed. Nothing about the evening was appealing or special in any way. Before the renovation this was one of my favorite restaurants. We will never return at our family gathering and they asked about our night and we told them to NEVER go to the restaurant. Overall poor!!!

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 1539 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


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
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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