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Grendel's Den Restaurant & Bar
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89 Winthrop St Cambridge, MA 02138
89 Winthrop StreetUSMassachusettsCambridge02138
(617) 491-1160grendelsden.com
$$Restaurant, BarToday 11:30 am – 1:00 am
Monday 11:30 am – 1:00 amTuesday 11:30 am – 1:00 amWednesday 11:30 am – 1:00 amThursday 11:30 am – 1:00 amFriday 11:30 am – 1:00 amSaturday 11:30 am – 1:00 amSunday 11:30 am – 1:00 am
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Grendel’s Den is a European style eatery in Cambridge, MA. Nestled in Harvard Square, come see what makes Grendel’s Den a university staple.
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Staple pub that's popular with students for beer selection, happy-hour bar bites & a patio.- Google
"A classic bar and restaurant, with good food and good beer."
"Go during one of their half price food hours and it becomes a damn good deal."
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Joey Melnick
9 months ago
Unless your a tourist and are thinking, hey I'd like to check out this "Harvard square" thing you've probably been to Grendel's. And let me go out on a limb here and say, if you didn't like it, you probably should have guessed a place with the word "den" in it wasn't really in your wheelhouse. The food is good, but not great. Go during one of their half price food hours and it becomes a damn good deal. Pro tip: order the nachos. Its filling and comes with their vegetarian chilli on top. Awwww yeah. The drinks are drinky. The dark and stormies, both dark and stormy (and delicious). I also tried a sip of my roomates "Kayne's workout plan" and it was refreshing and delicious. And of course, they have a decent number of beers on tap. The service ranges from merely OK to sort of hostile. I mean I get it, you work in a basement, but you don't need to be rude. The price is right, the atmosphere basement bar like . Go here if you want. Or don't
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Response from the owner - 9 months ago
I'm glad our basement bar atmosphere is up your alley, Joey. It's also great that you enjoy our nachos and drinks. But I'm sorry to hear that you've had merely OK service to poor service. Be assured that I'll share your feedback with the staff. Thanks so much for your honest feedback. Hope you'll visit us again soon and give us the chance to serve up the 5-star experience I know we're capable of. Best, Kari K, Owner
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Branden Etheridge
9 months ago
Great beer and friendly staff. The food is half off pretty often and always pretty good. One of my go-to places.
Response from the owner - 9 months ago
We're beyond thrilled to be one of your go-to hangouts, Branden. It's great to hear you love our half off specials and beer. Hope we'll see you soon! Best, Kari K, Owner
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Guillaume Arcand
10 months ago
I loved the place! Staff seems to enjoy their job and waiter was very friendly, food was excellent (nachos, quesadillas) and beer choice was great. I'll recommend to anyone going in the area.
Response from the owner - 9 months ago
Your review made our day, Guillaume. It's awesome to hear you enjoyed your nachos, quesadillas, and beer. Looking forward to seeing you again! Best, Kari K, Owner
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Jake Hueras
a year ago
Most snobby atmosphere I've ever encountered, which isn't good since it's such a tight space. Sat next to a girl at another table on the bench and was immediately sassed when my leg touched her purse. I felt uncomfortable and like I needed to move. An older waitress came over and was very short with all of us. She could tell my brother and his friend were under age and very rudely asked "and what about you, are you gonna order something or are you just gonna sit there?" Ugliest hipster spot in Boston. WILL NEVER GO BACK
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Alex Polimeni
3 months ago
Mediocre drinks, bad food, awful service. Would not recommend, but your mileage may vary.
Response from the owner - 3 months ago
It's truly disheartening to hear your feel this way, Alex. Comments like these are definitely not the norm for us, so I apologize that your experiences here left you feeling as such. First impressions can be hard to shake, but a second chance is all we need to really knock it out of the park for you. Hope to see you again, Kari K, Owner
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Kinjal Mistry
a year ago
Food was good. But server was very rude. After we added tips in the bill, she looked at it and asked for more. We already paid 15% tip and she was asking for more. She can't demand for more tips. Disappointed at the end. :(
Response from the owner - 9 months ago
Sorry to hear you feel your server treated you rudely, Kinjal. That is the last thing we want! We'd love another chance to make this up to you. Best, Kari K, Owner
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Kathy Moody
a month ago
I always love Grendels!!
Response from the owner - a month ago
And Grendel's has always loved you, Kathy! -- Kari K, Owner
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Charles Bosse
a month ago
Grendel's is a great little spot to grab a beer and a bite.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Charles, we can't thank you enough for this awesome rating! It's great to know you love grabbing beer and a bite with us. Hope to see you back again soon! -Kari K, Owner

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