Interesting place. Always a crowd in there. Cheap food, cheap beer, can't go wrong if that's what you're looking for. Staff very down to earth, almost too down to earth, (smoking out front, wearing street clothes etc.) They've been around for a while so they're doing something right. Good happy hour spot, 1/2 price food when you spend 10 bucks on drinks or something. Patio is cool spot to people watch and drink. The food is nothing special but not terrible. I'd recommend this place, just know what you are getting.
Great Value on Great Food. For the budget conscience - this is the best place to go for great food at extremely reasonable prices. The atmosphere is a great college hangout kind of place. If you want a more "proper" attire - the outside dining is just as good. Portions are not too large (just the right size) and great tasting. Highly recommend. Got it on a recommendation from a TV show and so far she hasn't been wrong yet!
Harvard Sqaure's beloved subterranean hangout provides one of the city's best dining deals..
This subterranean hangout is usually filled to capacity with Harvard kids, grad students, recent grads and long, long-ago grads. Grendel's varied menu includes everything from portobello reubens and potato skins to steak tips, and everything is half-price nightly from 5pm to 7:30pm (and 9pm-11:30pm, Sun-Thu), with $3 drink purchase per person. The bar features hard-to-find beers like Caffrey's Irish Ale and Berliner Weisse.
Good for drinks. Grendel's Den has a great atmosphere for drinks but I do not reccomend the food. Grendel's Den half price menu might lure you in but the food is unfortunately below average. Between me and the individuals I dined with we ordered a burger, salad, turkey sandwich, and artichoke dip, among many other things. No one was satisfied with their meal, however, everyone was pleased with their drinks. Want to go to Grendel's Den? Stick with the drinks and skip the food.
Yummy food and great deal!. Grendel's is such a great place to get together with friends for a drink after work or to relax at on the weekends. They have awesome happy hour specials (check their website), so as long as you order a few drinks, you get a good deal on food. Try the spinach artichoke and crab dip. It is the best! Their sandwiches are excellent as are most of the appetizers. Sometimes I will just order several apps for a meal. They have quality pasta dishes as well. My main gripe with Grendel's is that they do not serve French fries! What is a hamburger and a beer without fries? Grendel's management people, please, invest in a fryer! I love the place though, so I keep going back. But fries, please, fries! Also, do not get the fondue. It's not that great.
My Favorite After Work Hang.
What can I say? I love this place. I really do not want more people to go there because it interferes with my chances of getting a seat, but I also wish them excellent business, so they change nothing and are always in thriving business.
To the management. Do not change the menu, the interior, the prices. It all works beautifully. Just ever so slight increase for inflation.
One observation. I never recognize recurring staff. Sometimes this makes them a little slow, but the newness makes them extra attentive.
Always Reliable. Grendel's is one of the few places i know in the Boston area which is consistently a great place to go. Great cheap drinks, always good music, and fun people that go there make a great atmosphere. They have some sort of happy-hour food deals that are really cheap too. Always a perfect place to hang with friends.
Schwing!. A nice combination of price and quality. Portions are generous without going overboard. Service is friendly and quick. The outside patio is nice on a warm day, except that it is located on a busy walkway. I highly recommend it as a place to take friends for a great lunch or dinner at a great price.
Awesome Fondue!. Just the perfect stop in Harvard Square - Fondue, Sangria, Hummus! Delicious and VERY inexpensive!
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