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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Grendels Den has been a "go-to" of mine since my first Friday night beer there in the 80's! The atmosphere inside on the weekend is always lively and full of wicked smart conversation to go with your dinner and drinks. For the last several years, when I am in town, I have been enjoying the outside seating, alongside Winthrop Square... More 

Thank Wynndi
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Definitely a must-taste Cambridge "pub" type of place with excellent lunch service. It isn't pretty but it's great!!

Thank UtAhjudy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We didn't know we had to order at least some natchos to have a beer outside, but apparently that's the rule for this square. Just something to know for other travelers. Although there are less than 10 tables outside it took them a while to realize that we sit at a table and clean it. Beer and natchos were ok,... More 

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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?