Best of Boston

BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, neighborhood

2012 BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, Neighborhood
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Russell House Tavern

Cambridge

Just as good for a boisterous brunch as it is for an evening gabfest over Moscow Mules, Russell House Tavern is an ideal spot for every social objective. There are late-night $1 oysters, a patio, a choice of two bars,… read more »

2010 BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, Neighborhood
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Daedalus

Boston

Just a couple blocks from the Harvard T stop, this spot draws long lines for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. But it’s not just the comfort-food eats we adore. Daedalus is equipped to serve your every need: Two bars on… read more »

2009 BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Temple Bar

Cambridge

A dark, cozy eatery well away from the heart of the square, Temple Bar is nothing like its raucous Dublin namesake (think Cancún goes to Ireland), a fact that suits its typical clientele just fine. Off-duty Harvard dons, hipster scholars,… read more »

2004 BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Cambridge, 1

Cambridge

The menu of pizza, salads, and one dessert may sound like no great shakes, but at Cambridge, 1, a devotion to simplicity makes the food soar. Said pizzas are extra-thin-and-crispy ovals topped with flavor-packed ingredients that range from basic tomato… read more »

2003 BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Casablanca Restaurant

Cambridge

There’s nothing wrong with the dining room at Casablanca, but the bar is where the real action is. From midday to midnight, the barstools are occupied by businesspeople, students, professors, and others who come here not only because the room… read more »

2002 BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Casablanca

Cambridge

We’ll forgo the hackneyed movie references here. Casablanca, while canonized by the classic picture of its namesake, has forged its own identity as a tried-and-true Harvard Square hangout. Every night of the week pulls in cute young couples huddling over… read more »