Boston >Restaurants > Harvard Gardens
316 Cambridge St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211442.361016 -71.068939
Sat, Sun 11am-2am
Neighborhoods: Beacon Hill, Back Bay
Great place to grab a few drinks – I've been to Harvard Gardens on several different occasions and I have always had a great time. Located close to Mass General Hospital, Beacon Hill, Kendall Square, and downtown, so it draws a crowd from all over. It is a great after work spot, as well as a fun place to go at night... or even after going to a few other bars in the area. It is one of the more versatile bars in Boston and dependable for a good crowd. If you happen to be there late night, I highly recommend their White Truffle Parmesan Fries. They really hit the spot.
classy, casual and fun – My friends and I ventured over to HG after the Liberty Hotel line did not move at all. Conveniently located right by the MGH t-stop in Beacon Hill, HG offers a mix of casual and classy under one roof. The selection of males and females is an equal balance, and Saturday nights tend to bring out an evolving crowd of people either there to pregame, or there to stay, with new people constantly in line to get in. I have not tried any food – stuck only to wine – but my friends had mixed drinks and all the prices were on par for Boston. As a single female looking to mingle, I found a variety of men interesting enough to let engage me. I prefer when bars are most crowded to sit at the bar – that way you can scope out the scene better – and meet people who need to get drinks by helping them get the attention of the bartenders. Not a date spot because it can be too loud and busy to really get to know the person you went with. I recommend HG as a place to go with a group of people that might not all know each other, or a place to go if only a few people want to go out.
Worst Brunch Experience – We only waited a few minutes to sit down, but were not greeted by out waiter right away. When he did greet us he said they were out of ALL brunch items accept for eggs and omelets. He didn't come back for another 15-20 minutes to place our order. Our food took an hour to get to the table and the waiter did not alert us once to any kitchen updates or why the food was taking so long. We had ordered two omelets. When the food finally came, he didn't apologize for the delay. All of the food - eggs, bacon and potatoes were overcooked and looked and tasted as though they had been sitting out for a while. The waiter did not put any more effort than minimally needed to get us our food/see how we were doing. He also got one of the orders wrong. The check took just as long to get as it had to order our food. To say the least - not returning. Who is out of everything but eggs during brunch before noon?
Great Food, Nice Bar Scene – Went out to this restaurant for dinner with my sister and really enjoyed it! We were a little short on budget but still have high standards and this one met them and exceeded! We shared everything that we ordered and the staff was very courteous about it. The butterleaf cashew salad was excellent, the truffled parmesan fries were awesome, (very big serving, and even better on oven reheat later that night!) and the asparagus ravioli was particularily memorable. It had a great bar scene but still very convenient and comfortable dinner seating. If anything was lacking it was the airconditioning. It wasn't too hot, but on a stifling day I wanted a little more than room fans.
ridiculously HOT waitstaff & bartenders – great bar scene with equally great food. service is comparable to most other good restaurants only the staff at HG is downright gorgeous - read: serious eye candy. thursday nights are not to be missed - get there early, it fills up quickly so if you get there before 10, you can secure one of the coveted high top bar tables and stake out your section before the rush.
definitely try the tuna tartare - best in the city
Solid comfort food – The bar has a great vibe as it fills in during the weekdays with local doctors and businessman. The food is good, try the hamburger, its pretty good!
A lively bar scene and extensive, inviting menu of comforting faves make for an ideal all-purpose hangout on Beacon Hill. – The Scene
Located across the street from Mass General Hospital, the Gardens attracts a diverse crowd of area workers and Beacon Hill residents. At night, the dining room glows with candlelight and other romantic touches, while the handsome bar hosts a renowned singles scene. Friendly bartenders, a good selection of draft beers and an extensive, inventive drink menu (white chocolate mint martinis, watermelon margaritas) add to the appeal.
Chef Jared Hargreaves splits his lengthy menu between comfort food classics (creamy baked brie, savory Portobello sandwich, creamy mac-and-cheese) and an ever-changing list of modern fare (grilled romaine salad, savory blackberry-chestnut waffle with venison sausage). Thin-crust pizzas are light and flavorful; toppings include seared scallops, spicy chorizo and roasted artichokes. Popular weekend brunch service provides several hangover cures (pastrami hash, applewood-smoked bacon), done in style. Homemade desserts like a Guinness float or a sinful "chocolate lovers" platter for two are worth a visit alone.
obsessed... – LOVE the HG for food and drinks on an off-night.
The menu is great, my only negative is that I have so many favorites, I rarely try anything new. There is tuna tartar in a martini glass with plum sauce, good bibb lettuce salad, delicious chicken salad, inventive pasta dishes that can come in half-sizes, creative pizzas, etc. Wine list is decent, and quite inexpensive. Martinis and special drink list is fun and reasonably priceD. It is a little too much of a scene on thurs/fri/sat, as a line develops out front by 10pm, but the rest of the week it is not crowded.
Perfect neighborhood locale for casual dinner and drinks!
Not the same as it was – Fun food, fun drinks.
I love being able to order the best tuna tartar in boston, at the same place I can sling back beers have a burger and people watch. This place has come along way, I can call this my neighborhood place for any occasion, date, watching a game or special occasion
Suprise – I have not been to Harvard Gardens in sometime, I went back recently and was very suprised the food is not what it was, its much better, very exciting and the lovely crowds are still here. there now is a hugh menu with ton of specials, its worth trying
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