Cozy spot in Cambridge. Loved The Red House. We showed up without reservations and got a wonderful seat in the bar right in front of a glowing fireplace. The food was innovative and delicious. Great artisan bread with olive oil and fresh grated cheese. The service was very good. Had passed by a few times and thought how unique and cozy it looked and finally remembered it as an option when next I found myself in the square. With all the history in the Square, you'd think that there would be more restaurants like this near Harvard rather than cookie cutter cold national chains. This location is genuine early Cambridge--like an old inn that is still in operation. I was reminded a bit of the Turf in Oxford.
I kept trying.
The place was packed yet we were seated right away. The server offered water & took our drink order. Bread, water & each drink came out staggered. None of that mattered coz of the festive vibe. I ordered Linguini con Carciofi w/ shrimp & my date had the Lobster Risotto. The linguini was not al dente, it was simply soaked in SALTY water. The shrimp were over cooked but the sauce & veggies were nice. The risotto was, I don't know what it was but it wasn't risotto. I know a full house is stressful but it seems the staff really struggles.
I'd rather wait than chew on salty gluten & burnt shrimp.
Inventive seafood dishes and rustic charm make for a memorable meal in this 19th-century Harvard Square house..
This restaurant for all seasons occupies a cozy 19th-century house; its patio is one of Harvard Square's loveliest. The thoroughly modern bar includes a flat-screen TV and separates the noisy interior dining rooms, most of which feature operational fireplaces, from the popular, sunny patio. Young waiters do their best to explain the menu's many intricacies.
By serving many items in both appetizer and entree portions, the House smartly encourages diners to sample liberally from the versatile, constantly evolving menu of modern American cuisine (think intricate roasted vegetable tureens sharing table space with creamy, homemade seafood risotto and tender, grilled steaks). Don't pass on the house-made spinach pappardelle (ethereally light and tossed with crab meat, an ideal summertime dish) or the satisfying potato torte appetizer (filled with creamy Gruyere cheese and Westphalian ham).
very slow service. I passed this restaurant nearly everyday and loved the patio so I finally stopped by for lunch a few weeks ago. My dish was fine... BUT it was over 20min before anyone took our drink order, and much longer after that before the drinks arrived or our lunch order was taken. We almost got up and left (which I have never even considered doing before) because, by that point, the kitchen was supposed to be closed, we were starving and we thought we just weren't going to get food. When the food finally arrived my pasta was fine, a little heavy on the oil for my taste, but had a good combination of flavors. However, the awful service completely ruined my ability to enjoy the ambiance or my meal.
Mediocre food terrible service.
I've gone 4-5 times with different groups, but the experience was always underwhelming. The last 2 times, the front desk has been unacceptably rude and condescending and it felt as though he was trying to humiliate us in front of our guests. If I'm paying for a meal, especially a decent meal, I don't want to have to kowtow to the service. I can always get fast food, at least the service is better and I'm not out the money that it costs to go to the red house.
Not bad, wouldn't frequent it.. I go out to eat a lot and have been to many different retaurants in Boston. The Red House feels very homey and inviting. The dining we were in (I believe there are 2) was small and pleasant. Service was average, the waiter didn't have much personality at all, but was overall prompt. Food was also average. Although I didn't love it I would definately go back and give it a second chance- and probably try to sit outside next time.
Worst Place EVER- Don't go if you want to be spared of unpleasant experience.
Worst service! A waiter spilled salad dressing all over my hair, suit and blouse, and didnot even apologize. He looked at me and handed me a wet napkin.
When I asked manager for dry cleaning expense, he told me to bring the receipt.
Food was mediocre at best, and waiter kept hitting me whenever he brought food on the table.
The worst service ever. Very badly managed.
Don't go there, especially if you are wearing nice clothes!!
A little bit of rustic charm in Harvard Square. Though not a big fan of the actual dining room, I think the bar area dining next to the fireplace and private dining rooms are great! Went here a few weeks ago with my family and 8 great friends. We booked one of the private rooms (with fireplace) on the 2nd floor and were treated to a fun and charming dinner setting. Some candles would have been nice (they said they were all being used), but great appetizers that pleased the whole crowd and good entree portions and plenty of wine, it was a great place to host a large party. My sea bass was excellent by the way, however if you're looking for "fine"/exquisite dining, this isn't the place, though the food is still pretty good. And the prices are not staggering either, so it isn't too hard on the wallet. Definitely good value, it offers a bit of ambience and intimacy that harvard square should be known for. I have never eaten here during warm weather on the gorgeous patio, but look forward to when spring comes again.
The Red House has great ambience and a romantic setting. I had the Lobster Risotto which was good, but not excellent. The service was good, but the bench seat was very uncomfortable, and the tables were just a little too close together.
I will go back to the Red House, because I think their menu will prove to be excellent, and I do think this little red house is a very cozy spot on Harvard Square.
Food was delicious - service left a bad taste. My wife and I chose The Red House for our 6th wedding anniversary dinner. We were greeted and seated promptly, but apparently that was the end of the show of hospitality. The waitperson barely spoke English, which would not have been an issue had they not had the personality of a napkin holder. Not so much as a smile or a hint of friendly conversation the entire meal. We were asked if we wanted anything from the bar. I barely got the words, "We'd like to order a bottle of wine..." out before he was grabbing the winelist off the table. It got worse from there on. Long story short, the food was delicious, but the service led us to believe it was waitperson amateur night at best.
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