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Grendel's Den

American, Bar, Pub
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89 Winthrop Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 617-491-1160
11:30 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

It was a decent place to stop in and grab a bite. Service was ok, lighting was pretty dark and the food was decent. I will say their bread pudding dessert was delectable!

Thank Cookie723
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

This old school pub is worth seeking out -- one of the leftovers from when Harvard Square was less of a shopping mall and more filled with funky places. Half price food from 5:00 to 7:30 make it a true bargain. Cozy and friendly -- this is a perfect spot for a quick drink or snack. Bonus points if you... More 

Thank susan t
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Longtime customer, my second home when in Harvard SQ! First started hanging here in the last century in the Herbie days, the place is still going strong under his daughter Kerri's mgmt. Half price food during weekday happy hour can't be beat!

Thank Charles H
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173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Go early to get a seat, but the food is so good and the prices are even better. It's a pub atmosphere. The macaroni & cheese is a favorite of our family. We love this dining spot on Harvard Square!!

Thank lovenyc210
Cleveland, Ohio
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151 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We enjoyed our lunch at Grendel's. The soup was very good, and the sandwiches were fresh, and tasty. We sat outside. The only problem was it is right next to a park and there were people smoking, someone was smoking a cigar, that was a bit of a problem.

Thank LondonLady
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The service was slow but the food was amazing for the price. We had a burger for $9 and a plate pesto pasta for $9. The salmon on top was an additional $6. They offer an outdoor patio. On the Saturday night we visited we were lucky that live music was playing in the park.

Thank Felicia G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped in here for a drink but took advantage of their special offer to get half price nachos. It's a warm welcoming little pub with a very British vibe. Could see us spending a few nights here if we had more time.

Thank Daniel P
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Sat at an outside table, thinking it looked a lovely spot.,waited ages for drinks order to be taken then ages for the drinks, ages for our food order to be taken and an even longer age for the food to arrive. Poor kids were shivering by the time we got to eat. The food was cold - really disappointing experience.... More 

Thank KAC130476
Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Went here 3 times .The loaded potatoe skins are highly recommended.Found the food very reasonably priced.The first time the service outside was a bit slow but made better by price and quality.The next 2 times sat insidewas much better.Decor is a bit dated but overall enjoyed the experience.

Thank Steve D
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Decent looking but not as impressive in quality or service. Only been for a quick drink & a salad but didn't leave with a great impression. Plenty of options around to come back.

Thank Ashraf A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 89 Winthrop Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-491-1160

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?