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Harvest

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(15 Reviews)

44 Brattle St Fl 3, Cambridge, MA 02138

(617) 868-2255

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Today: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
21
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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General Info
Located in the heart of Harvard Square, Harvest celebrates the modern New England table. We present contemporary New England cuisine focused on the region’s freshest ingredients. Tucked along a cobblestone pathway in the heart of the square, Harvest provides a welcome respite from the fast-paced world outside. Inside is a combination of soothing earth tones, supple banquettes, dark woods and pastoral art that lend an air of understated elegance. Our newly re-designed open kitchen, spacious bar, and fireside dining complete the comfortable interior. Graceful linden trees offer shade to the Garden Terrace, our private garden café that boasts fireside dining, blooming flower boxes, and heaters for the chilly nights of spring and fall. Noted by Travel & Leisure as a Harvard Square classic, Harvest has also been lauded for its New England Cuisine by Zagat, Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian.
BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (617) 868-5422

Phone: (617) 229-7980

Fax Number: (617) 868-5422

Fax: (617) 868-5422

Payment method
cash, amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhood
Harvard Square
AKA

The Harvest Restaurant

Harvest Restaurant

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Categories
American Restaurants, French Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Dressy

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: No

Cuisines: Caterers, American, French, European, Seafood, Continental, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

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adamlipson

03/24/2010

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Overall
Fun Place - Great Outdoor Dining

Harvest is consistently good. The outdoor dining is beautiful. The food is well presented. The service is terrific.

Linda02148

01/08/2010

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Overall
Fantastic Elegant Luncheon with Work Staff

We had made a reservation a few days ago (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) for 13 of us from work. Our table was waiting for us and the drink order was taken pretty quickly. With the large party we had they brought over two servers to take our orders and everything came out fantastic! On this very cold day, even sitting near the window, it was extremely cozy. Most comments I received from my group was wow what a presentation and the portions. A+++++ In our book

dizzy02138

07/29/2008

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Overall
simply great

Very simply, delicious food and attentive wait staff. We went during restaurant week so it was very busy and had a more electic crowd than usual... but it definitely didn't disappoint.

jeffcoh100

08/22/2007

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Overall
Worst Restaurant Service I have ever experienced.

My wife and I were seated at Harvest Restaurant at 7PM as per our reservation on a Saturday night through Open Table. We were there with a gift card from our daughter for our 35th wedding anniversary. We got up to leave after 20 minutes when no waiter had yet come to the table. The room was half full at best and a ll other staff avoided eye contact. The hostess reacted by saying, ""What do we have to do to have you dine with us"". Not looking to negotiate, but just looking for a good meal on our special occasion, we left. Our 100 Open Table points were immediately deducted by the hostess even though we had been seated. Open Table, reinstated the points without any questions. Horrible and insensitive service by Harvest.

hennasmom

08/16/2007

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Overall
stay away during restaurant week

I was looking forward to dinner as we have enjoyed restaurant week meals at many the local restaurants. This was the worst ever. Under-ripe tasteless heirloom tomatoes, the toughest pork loin chop I have tasted (probably due to keeping it on a steam table), mashed potatoes that could not have been made that day since they tasted like a refrigerator, mushy tasteless veggies served with a passable swordfish and unremarkable desserts - what was that jelly stuff under the sorbet?. We even complained about the pork to our waitress with no satisfacation or even acknowledgement from management. Maybe the staff was tired of preparing the same featured meal for 1 1/2 weeks and it showed. We will not be returning at any time.

dave5056

05/12/2007

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Overall
Cambridge's Best Upscale Restaurant and Bar

I don't live in Cambridge but when I'm in Harvard Square area 2-3 times a month I frequent Harvest for its very comfortable atmosphere, warm bar, outside garden dining in the summer. It has a modern New England feel with great fish, game, hamburgers, salads, and nice wine list. The bar is great if you are sitting alone. The restaurant is off the main street found in large walkway /alley. The service staff and management is very nice and professional. It's great place for a casual dinner or a intimate dinner out for a special occasion. The Sunday Brunch is great but be sure you are hungry.

momwithstyle

11/16/2006

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Be prepared to wait... but it's worth it!

My boyfriend and I went on a whim (without reservations) and had the longest wait to be seated (approx. 1 hour!). But it was definitely worth it. We were made to wait in the bar area which was too small to hold the patrons that were there to drink and eat (never mind the people waiting to be seated). We had to do all we could to avoid having our drinks spilled all over us from the constant flow of people in and out of the bar and the bathroom which was on the other side of the bar. However, once we were seated, the night drastically improved. The menu selections were varied and the prices were on the high side but not unreasonable. The service was excellent and the overall ambience was nice. You could peak into the kitchen are since it was an open concept kitchen but you don't see everything so that it would be distracting. The place is very small and cramped but again once you are seated you don't notice. They also had outdoor seating that I would like to try next time when the weather is better. Overall great experience.

elmowb

08/27/2006

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Overall
Don't waste your money

This a horrible restaurant. We went for Restaurant Week and learned after we had been seated that they did not offer the special prix fixe deal on Saturday nights. This, I pointed out, was not clearly indicated on their publicity for the event and that, in fact, the material I had (and showed them) was down right misleading. The hostess who came to my table was patronizing and not only did not offer satisfaction did nothing to even attempt to make us feel that we were anything other than dopes. I guess we were dopes to stay because the meal that followed went from mediocre to awful. The entree especially which was a pork tenderloin with peach salsa was nearly inedible (hard to do with such a simple preparation). The meat was overcooked and tasteless and had a texture that was odd as if it was injected with brine or something in an effort to give it moisture. The plate was hot as if it had been sitting a long time under a heat lamp and the salsa was tasteless and also had a sad, glazed look of having sat for awhile. The service, apart from the rude hostess was perfunctory and not exactly unfriendly so much as affectless. I had eaten here a couple of years ago and was disappointed (same super hot plate and stale seeming food), but came back for the Restaurant Week deal. What a mistake. I would never set foot in this restaurant again.

carll

07/07/2006

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Overall
bad service, bad food

This place is so highly ranked, so I thought I'd try it. The cheese plate wasn't good and the fish was not good. The atmosphere was OK. The waitress seemed like she was new to the job. Very crowded and loud. I don't think I will go back. Dessert was kind of boring.

jmb1245

05/25/2006

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Overall
Horrible

If you like pretentious conversation, poor service by odd little waiters who basically ignore you and overpriced food that isnt very good regardless, feel free to visit this little gem tucked away in Harvard Square. The shrimp cocktail was chewy, the veal was tough and the asparagus was overcooked. The weird little waiter was our favorite. He was one of the least sociable individuals we have come across and the fact that Harvest even hired someone like him calls their judgment into serious question. I would have rather given the $100 to a homeless person and gone to Burger King.

teurope

04/05/2006

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Overall
Great food, but service is variable

With its delicious food and warm atmosphere, the Harvest should be a terrific dining destination. But the service ranges from very good to downright awful. Once when dining with friends, I ordered the wine, but the waiter presented it to the only male at the table for tasting (who then directed the waiter back to me). Another time, a friend staying at the Charles Hotel made brunch reservations. We were the first arrival, so were asked to wait at the bar while our table was prepared. But as other diners came in, they were promptly seated while we were ignored. After about 25 minutes, I flagged down the hostess and pointed out that since we'd arrived before everyone else, we should've been seated before everyone else. While my other experiences here were excellent, one expects better at an institution like the Harvest.

bbarts

03/18/2006

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Overall
disappointed

I've read many positive reviews of Harvest, but I wasn't as happy as I might have been about the food or service.

cardoni

01/27/2006

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Overall
was looking forward to my meal

I guess I don't see what the hype is about. I wasn't happy with my experience here. I can't recommend this restaurant based on the food I had.

hotfudge

11/26/2005

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Overall
definitely worth a visit

anytime i am in cambridge, i try to arrange to meet friends at the harvest bar. great spot for great conversations - and if you decide to stay for the food - i always have had stellar experience. Love the drinks, the wine, the service, and especially the food. And leave room for dessert. Pastry chef is Liz O'Connell, and her desserts are fantastic. ALthough I love chocolate and usually make a beeline for it, she makes desserts that are special even without the sinful stuff! Definitely worth a visit - haven't been disappointed yet!

mytwocentsarefree

07/15/2005

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Overall
You Won't Go Wrong with a Visit to Harvest

Although not a place I can afford to eat weekly, Harvest will not disappoint even the most seasoned palettes. The service was inpeccable - extremely knowledge waitstaff, and a menu that was extraordinarily creative. I had the lamb chops, which have since become the benchmark by which I measure the quality of all other lamb chops - no one comes even close. Presentation, service, and the wine list (which was extensive, yet there is something for everyone) are well worth the price of admission.

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