An okay restaurant. I went to the Red House for Valentine's Day after reading all the great reviews here. I have to say, I wasn't all that impressed. My biggest dissapointment was the ambience, also the food was just okay. The Red House is a higher end restaurant with small portions and higher prices. However, I felt like I was eating in a basement due to the layout and quality of the room. I'm guessing the outdoor dining experience is better from reading the other reviews. In terms of food, it was mediocre. The appetizers and dessert (I think they get desserts from Finale) were great, however the pasta/entree dishes my gf and I ordered were below average. Service was top notch though. In my opinion, if a restaurant is going to charge $10 for a 2 scallop appetizer, the food/ambience better be great, and this restaurant was lacking.
In a word, outstanding. Fresh, flavorful dishes come in large portions. Venison shank was unique and outstanding, an slightly gamey upgrade on ossobuco. Stuffed veal medallions were fantastic, as was the mushroom stuffed filo dough appetizer and the duck confit. Nicely structured menu with lots of options and a chance to try many dishes.
Only downside was a server who was nice enough, but seemed inexperienced and not too knowledgeable about wines. Overall though, one of the best restaurants in the Boston area for an upscale, yet casual meal. Small in size, so make reservations.
Wonderful Ambience and Service. Once inside the Red House you forget that you are in the middle of busy Harvard Square. The service was incredible and the fireside dining was so romantic. The fig appetizer was great, a nice start to a meal. The entrées were tasty, but nothing special. However, the setting and service made up for any shortcomings in the food. Will come back many times, especially when entertaining out-of-town guests.
Amazing food, lovely outside patio. One of the nicest outdoor dining experiences I've had in Boston. A quiet side street in busy Harvard Square, the patio was beautiful both early in the evening and late into the night when we went. We had to wait about 15-20 minutes even with reservations (they don't take reservations for the patio), but the food was well worth the wait. We had the linguine (excellent) and the lobster risotto (perfect, not toooo creamy) and enjoyed every bite. I imagine it's beautiful inside with the redwood-lined walls during colder months. Very romantic place, I was sad I went with a girlfriend.
Great for a date. Quaint spot in Harvard Square. Good food. Nice Valentine's spot.
Our new favorite place! Inviting staff, cozy fireplaces & comfy seating equals an oasis from the square. Seasonal menu has Mediterranean influences & offers a wide selection and a dozen specials. Entrees are available in an appetizer size (perfect for tasting alot of things) with prices to match. Butternut squash gnocci was al dente in a delicate sauce; autumn mushrooms in phyllo was crunchy & earthy with a lively scallion-vermouth sauce; pumpkin soup was sweet & warming and wild mushroom ravioli was freshly handmade. Other great dishes include: raw oysters, seared tuna, lamb tortellini & pork chops.
Location is ideal; atmosphere is pleasant and the service inobtrusive. Full bar with premium liquors & moderate wine list. Reservations aren't essential - we've walked in on weekday nights. For easy parking use the valet at Upstairs on the Sq. All in all, a great value & a tastey meal!
Deliciously Unique. I went here with a friend on a Friday night, and was pleasantly surprised. First of all, the location is great, right in the middle of Harvard Square, but somehow hidden on a small street. If it werent for the sign outside the house I would have mistaken it as a residential building. The owner did a great job converting this house to a restaurant. Each component of the building was designed to a separate dining area with its own flavor. We crossed the chic bar area and walked into a lovely patio. The menu was well diversified offering many items at both appetizer and dinner potion. The price were kept just under $20 for entrees. My filet mignon was cooked perfectly medium rare. My friends Risotto was tastely made. The tiramisu afterwards was just at the right texture. BTW, the server was great too. I will come back again.
A Beautiful Summer Evening. The outdoor terrace seating area was absolutely perfect for a July dinner. Wonderful ambiance. Good wine list. And, the food was fabulous! Stuffed oysters, roasted vegetables, some potato torte thing . . it was all so good.
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