The Top 7 Restaurants Around Harvard Square

Russell House Tavern | Courtesy of Russell House Tavern
Russell House Tavern | Courtesy of Russell House Tavern
Photo of Casey Campbell
9 February 2017

If you’re looking for a place to have dinner in the Boston area, there’s no better option than Harvard Square. The neighborhood has always been a hub for small, independent businesses, and it’s home to some of the best dining options around. Here are seven great places for a delicious meal.


Embracing the best of Tuscan flavors, Toscano brings the native foods of the region to your plate. The atmosphere is rustic but elegant, and the food builds on simple, fresh ingredients to create spectacular flavors in each dish. Their menu is traditional, transporting you to Italy without ever leaving Cambridge.

Toscano, 52 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA, USA, +1 617 354 5250

Alden & Harlow

Alden & Harlow may be one of the most innovative culinary experiences you can have in Cambridge. Their menu of small plates is unlike any other, where you can order delectable dishes such as dressed oysters, smoked arrowhead cabbage, and charcoal grilled duck hearts. Featuring a warm, inviting atmosphere and delicious menu, Chef Michael Scelfo created a perfect place where family and friends can gather and enjoy a wonderful meal together.

Alden & Harlow, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA, USA, +1 617 864 2100

Alden & Harlow

Alden & Harlow | © Casey Campbell


Orinoco is a classic Latin kitchen serving up traditional Venezuelan cuisine. Its creation was inspired by ‘taguaritas,’ which are rustic and inviting roadside eateries that you can find throughout Venezuela. Through old family recipes and fresh, local ingredients – as well as some imported from Venezuela – you can’t go wrong with this menu. Stop in for a couple of arepas and some South American drinks at this friendly, neighborhood spot.

Orinoco, 56 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA, USA, +1 617 354 6900

Russell House Tavern

Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
Russell House Tavern
Russell House Tavern | Courtesy of Russell House Tavern

Russell House Tavern brands itself as a ‘New American Tavern,’ and that just may be the perfect way to describe it. From weekend drinks to quick business lunches, it serves as a comfortable restaurant for all occasions. Chef Thomas Borgia’s food menu is seasonally inspired and matched only by their extensive drink list. They have a great beer and wine selection, and their cocktails are crafted with fresh juices plus house-made syrups and infusions.

Beat Brasserie

Brasserie, Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
Beat Brasserie
Beat Brasserie | © Casey Campbell

If you’re looking for a restaurant atmosphere that transports you out of Boston and to a more glamorous place, then have a meal at the Beat Brasserie. It’s operated by the same team as The Beehive, which is anessentialstop if you’re in the South End. The Beat serves a fresh, seasonal menu and has plenty of options for carnivores and vegetarians alike. They also have an impressive bar, complete with over 35 American artisanal wines. Be sure to check out their calendar for dinner and a show.

Border Cafe

Restaurant, Cafe, Mexican, Cajun
Border Cafe
Border Cafe | © Josue Mendivil/Flickr

For an all-around good time, and some great margaritas, Border Cafe is the place to be. They’ve been located in Harvard Square since 1987, serving up delicious food at reasonable prices. Today, the menu consists of Tex-Mex and Cajun-inspired dishes, and every meal begins with unlimited chips and salsa. Their menu is expansive, and you’ll always leave feeling satisfied.

Park Restaurant and Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Beer, Wine, $$$
Park is one of the newer restaurants to come to Harvard Square. Opening in 2012, it instantly became a local favorite. Park offers a lively and friendly environment, complete with soft leather couches, bookshelves lining the walls, and a collection of artwork and photography. Chef Mark Goldberg is serving up New American classics to accompany their impressive list of spirits, wine, and beer.

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