Best of Boston

BEST Harvard Square Restaurant

2012 BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Russell House Tavern


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»

2011 BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, Casual

Chez Henri


Harvard Law students flirt with hipster artists at the bar. Undergrads flirt with their first taste of grilled octopus in the dining room. Software publicists pitch clients in the bistro’s corner, between gulps from the smartly chosen wine list. And… read more»

2010 BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, Neighborhood



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


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»

2006 BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, Quick Bite



This fast-food joint serves burgers, sandwiches, and salads big on flavor and low on nasty trans fats. read more»

2005 BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Grafton Street Pub & Grill


There’s something for every Cantabrigian at Grafton Street, from tweedy professor to tyke-toting moms. Appetizers range from the unusual (lobster risotto, spring rolls with duck confit and Asian vegetables) to the more familiar (calamari and salads), and entrées from walnut-crusted… read more»

2004 BEST Harvard Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Cambridge, 1


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


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



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»