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Grendel's Den Restaurant & Bar
American Restaurant$$
Today 11:30AM–1AM
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89 Winthrop St Cambridge, MA 02138
89 Winthrop StreetUSMassachusettsCambridge02138
$$American Restaurant, Bar
American Restaurant
Bars and Pubs
Western Food
Today 11:30AM–1AM
Tuesday 11:30AM–1AMWednesday 11:30AM–1AMThursday 11:30AM–1AMFriday 11:30AM–1AMSaturday 11:30AM–1AMSunday 11:30AM–1AMMonday 11:30AM–1AM
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Staple pub that's popular with students for beer selection, happy-hour bar bites & a patio.- Google
"AMAZING staff, great prices, and a unique, home-cooked menu."
"Love this place, the food is good and the half price deals they offer are great."
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F. Stephen Quaratiello
in the last week
If you're a Tolkien fan, imagine the Prancing Pony of Bree. This is as close as you can get on this earth. It's a Harvard touchstone like no other, and the drinks are always great. The food is hit or miss; if you're a gourmet or especially health-conscious you might be pleasantly surprised. Food is half-off during their "happy hour" period, which makes this a great place to grab a cheap weeknight dinner. They also serve absinthe here, with the full "ritual"; if you haven't done it before, it's worth a shot. It involves fire, sugar, and a heck of a kick.
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Response from the owner - in the last week
Thanks for the review, we love that you get a Tolkien vibe from our place.
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Daniel Decline
in the last week
Best food special price point in the city and twice the quality of what you pay. Strong drinks and cozy, fun environment. I have been coming here almost my entire life and I never get sick of it.
Response from the owner - in the last week
Thanks for your support and continued patronage!
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Ronald McCollam
2 months ago
Grendel's is an institution. Pub food (with some good vegetarian options) and cold beer in a relaxed setting. It's unpretentious and a great place to go to eat and drink while talking with friends.
Response from the owner - in the last week
Thanks Ronald, nice review!
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Kelly Carmichael
7 months ago
Grendel's is one of my favorite places in Harvard Square. Be sure to go during happy hour from 5-7:30pm for half price on all food items. There is always a pretty good beer list. One word of advice is to order as much as you can when the server comes around. I've been several times and the service is always extremely hard to get. They always wait on us but will disappear for long periods of time. We have gotten to the point where we always order everything the first time the server comes.
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Robert Garner
in the last week
An underground bar/restaurant with a decent drinks selection, and good food. The prices are also very reasonable for this part of Cambridge. Was relatively busy on a Tuesday evening (50% - 75% capacity).
Response from the owner - in the last week
Thanks for the review Robert!
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Barbara Gifford
2 months ago
A cozy little bar my friends took me to while visiting Boston. I loved the relaxing atmosphere, the food was fantastic and the service was great! I can see why it's such a popular bar with the locals and I look forward to coming again on my next visit!
Response from the owner - in the last week
Thanks Barbara!
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Tyler Hess
2 weeks ago
Didn't even get to try the food/drinks because of the horrendous service.
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Brian Watson
a month ago
Good dive-ish bar. Can get cramped. Cheap drinks is nice.
Response from the owner - in the last week
Thanks Brian, weeknights after half price hours we're a little less crowded, and still pretty affordable!


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