Fantastic Food, Service and Hospitality. My wife and I ate at Grafton St with two friends from out of town. We were going to a show at 7:30. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating to our time restraints. The food was delicious and the wine list inexpensive with a large selection. When they overheard that it was my wife's birthday, they even sent over an extra dessert. Our server was friendly and professional, as was the host and valet (they have complimentary valet when going to the ART)! We will definetly be back when in Harvard Square!
Stay away from this Harvard Square Diaster. This wannabe Pub/Bistro needs a MAJOR Overhual. Fire Chef Dan Poque & Hire Waitstaff that actually enjoys working. Small Portions and Overpriced Drinks and Entrees will keep this Consumer & Friends away from this Harvard Square Diaster.
Travel to Boston or Providece for better dining experience. Hostess was polite and timely, not so for the waitstaff. Music was horrible. Food was reheated. It has potential, but would rather travel into Boston or Providece for better dining experience.
A tidal wave of bad luck or just poor service..
A tidal wave of bad luck or just poor service. Take my advice, spend your money and your time looking for better dining experiences. The food was greasy, fatty, undercooked and thrown on a plate. Our service was an order taker and made no recommendations and offered no guidance. Entrees were overpriced.
Another disappointing Night! AVOID GRAFTON STREET CAMBRIDGE. Save Your Money & Your Time!
A real disappointment. I have been eyeing this place for awhile and finally got to try it out on a Saturday night meeting up with friends. I am extremely disappointed. It looked like such a nice place, but obviously looks can be deceiving. The service was terrible. The waiter could care less about us and he took forever to get us our drinks. Like another reviewer had mentioned, he was too busy chatting with the rest of the wait staff and complaining about his tables to notice we needed refills. Well, the food was even worse. We ended up ordering a few appetizers instead of a meal and they were awful. The brushetta was a piece of hard, stale,end pieces of bread, with a slice of tomato and a big chunk of fresh mozzerella stuck on top, and the calamari was rubbery. The sauce that came with the calamari tasted like a bowl of mayo. The clam chowder was the only thing edible. Needless to say I do not recommend this place, and I will never be going back.
Another good place for afternoon snacks and drinks.... My boyfriend and were in Harvard Square for a second day in a row and got hungry and thirsty again. We saw this restaurant and thought it would be nice to sit on their sidewalk patio. It looked busy so i asked the hostess if we could sit there and just have an app and some drinks. She said it would be fine, but that our server might be "a little mad" if that was all we ordered. We decided to risk it. I had the best mojito of my life and my BF got an OK sidecar. The calimari was tender and yummy, but the salad was a little overdressed and limp. I guess we lucked out, because our server was very nice and did not seem mad at all. We had a nice time. I think I prefer the ambiance of Temple Bar more. Grafton Street is a little more chaotic with large parties and kids all over the place.
Poor Service / OK Pub Food. We waited an extended amount of time to get our bill... and even had to get up and ask the waitress for it . The food is nothing special. I would stick to the basics (club sandwiches / basic salad).
Bad Brunch Eggs. If you go to Grafton St for Brunch, do not order eggs! Five people in our group ordered various omlette and egg items, and the consistency of the eggs were terrible! And they left a strange aftertaste...almost like a residue in your mouth. I cannot explain why it was so bad, but order their pizzas or something else other than eggs.
Something different in Cambridge.... Although the people that hang out there aren't very different from most other Cambridge spots, the place itself is. I've been to Grafton Street several times and it's always a place I'm willing to try again. Food is a bit pricey, but if you are going for a few drinks they have a great beer selection and live music on the weekends. The difference with the music is that it's typically a one-man-band, so it's not quite as loud as other live music bars (which is a good thing). Check it out, it's worth it...
VERY POOR. I found the staff very rude and more interested in counting out their tips and chatting to each other than paying my group any attention. Crab cakes came highly recommended. they were poor at best. that the place lacked character.
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