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Boston Restaurants

Harvest

Updated 11/13/2013

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Down a cobbled brick passageway in the heart of Harvard Square you'll find this sophisticated shrine to New England cuisine. Chef Mary Dumont's modern interpretation of locally sourced ingredients might yield a meal of braised rabbit over pillowy gnocchi, Scituate lobster in lemongrass broth, and a decadent chocolate cremeux made from Mexican-style Taza Chocolate produced in Somerville (yes, you can tour the factory). The open kitchen makes some noise, but customers at

the ever-popular bar don't seem to mind. Outdoor heaters and fireplaces beat back the elements and keep the lush outdoor patio warm and inviting for a surprisingly long stretch of the year. Brunch is served on Sunday.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

44 Brattle St., on walkway, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, USA

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Phone:

617-868–2255

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted

Updated 11/13/2013

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Nov 25, 2008

Good high end Cambridge spot

A longtime high-end Cambridge favorite that attracts professors, well-to-do writers, and similar clientele. Very good food, attractive space (has a patio in warm weather), and capable service.

By Lynette

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Sep 6, 2006

Great wine, bland food

Ventured out to Harvest in May and I must say it took me some time to find. It is discreetly tucked away from the main street. My first impression was that I was in a furniture showroom with wooden floors. I guess they call this a 'new American feel' or 'modern tacky'. The staff were a bit snooty and self absorbed, prancing and preening like peacocks on display. Once seated, it took them ages to present me with a menu, they seemed to have difficulty

in finding one..even though the restaurant was barely full. I began with a glass of champagne, followed by a very cold, ordinary veggie dish with goat cheese. I had to ask for the menu again, the make sure that it was presented as it was published. Then came the next disaster, my entree..a very bland, huge piece of cod, sitting on a bed of wilted meslcun leaves. There was not even a hint of garnishes or an inkling of jus for the cod! It was the most awful creation! Last, but not least..came the banana mousse disaster..ewwww! It was a mess! Reminded me of baby food with mashed bananas..the waiter raved about it...and I wanted to cry! What a palava! The saving grace for my evening was the wines..they were wonderful. Luckily, I had the sense to order from the wine pairings menu..even though the food did not measure up to the wines. I hope that Harvest has harvested and has improved for the better! It has great potential as a wine bar!

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By Joe

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May 18, 2003

Worth Going Back

We have been to Harvest twice now. Both meals were excellent. Love the seafood appetizer platter and great veal! Can get noisy...but now know to go early. Can't wait to return.

By Ellen

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Dec 31, 2002

Careless service overshadows great food

Although our meals were all very good, our confused and sometimes rude waiter made for a disappointing evening. Managements feeble attempt at an apology was too little too late. Doubt we will return.

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Jul 8, 2002

Wonderful food in Cambridge

Wonderful dining, every course a winner. The interior courtyard is lovely on a pleasant evening (heat lamps can take the chill out of a cool evening,) but sitting by the large windows is also refreshing. Insiders know about hte wonderful hamburger, not on the menu of this fine dining experience.

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