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Food and restaurants in Harvard Square

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“Also listed in the dining and drinking section - there is great live music here.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Amazing gastropub. Great, creative food, and a vast array of libations. Another Harvard staple.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“they have great bar nice restaurant. THE BEST MARGARITAS EVER!!!!!!! Amazing Tex/Mex food right at Harvard square”
  • 26 locals recommend
Cafeteria
“Clover Food Lab is a vegetarian fast food chain, founded in 2008 by MIT material science graduate and Harvard MBA Ayr Muir, which operates food trucks and restaurants in Massachusetts, United States. The company serves a simple menu that changes day to day and with the seasons based on what is available from local farmers and includes a large mix of organic ingredients. he company was founded by Ayr Muir, a graduate of MIT in Material Science and Harvard Business School MBA program.[6] Muir, a distant cousin of naturalist John Muir,[6] has cited environmental motivations as a driving force behind the company's creation. He wishes "to shrink the ecological footprint of the food industry by making fresh, local, sustainable vegetarian food as common and convenient as the fare at Burger King or McDonald's".[6] The company's food trucks are decommissioned and retrofitted cargo vehicles that use recycled vegetable oil to help them run.[7][8] All of the company's utensils, napkins, and other items are compostable.[9] Despite Clover Food Lab's focus on local, sustainable and vegetarian food, Muir consciously avoids branding the company's food as such, fearing that "no one will eat it if we do".[6] Clover Food Lab's trucks and restaurants have minimalist, somewhat industrial design, and include elements that give them the look and feel of a laboratory.[7] The sides and walls are plain white, menus are written on whiteboards with black dry-erase marker, and the restaurants are brightly lit and have mostly stool seating. The kitchen has "a pop-up quality, as if the crew is here temporarily, planning to relocate elsewhere."[10] Staff enter customer orders and process credit and debit cards through an iPod touch system, and give change from their money belts instead of cash registers.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Really good up-scale pizza, take-out spot, no seating at this location. Right in the center of Harvard Square. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A great Harvard Square tucked away jewel. Beautiful atmosphere, great salads, pizza's and more but the spinach and roasted tomato will make you dance.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Brewery
“Beer–inspiration to scribes and essential to the foundation of cultures–is the basis for & key ingredient in the remarkable embellished history of John Harvard’s.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good burgers, beers and right in the middle of all the action. This place opened up their second location in Harvard Square recently and it's worth a stop if you're in the area.”
  • 10 locals recommend

Cafes

Cafeteria
“Clover Food Lab is a vegetarian fast food chain, founded in 2008 by MIT material science graduate and Harvard MBA Ayr Muir, which operates food trucks and restaurants in Massachusetts, United States. The company serves a simple menu that changes day to day and with the seasons based on what is available from local farmers and includes a large mix of organic ingredients. he company was founded by Ayr Muir, a graduate of MIT in Material Science and Harvard Business School MBA program.[6] Muir, a distant cousin of naturalist John Muir,[6] has cited environmental motivations as a driving force behind the company's creation. He wishes "to shrink the ecological footprint of the food industry by making fresh, local, sustainable vegetarian food as common and convenient as the fare at Burger King or McDonald's".[6] The company's food trucks are decommissioned and retrofitted cargo vehicles that use recycled vegetable oil to help them run.[7][8] All of the company's utensils, napkins, and other items are compostable.[9] Despite Clover Food Lab's focus on local, sustainable and vegetarian food, Muir consciously avoids branding the company's food as such, fearing that "no one will eat it if we do".[6] Clover Food Lab's trucks and restaurants have minimalist, somewhat industrial design, and include elements that give them the look and feel of a laboratory.[7] The sides and walls are plain white, menus are written on whiteboards with black dry-erase marker, and the restaurants are brightly lit and have mostly stool seating. The kitchen has "a pop-up quality, as if the crew is here temporarily, planning to relocate elsewhere."[10] Staff enter customer orders and process credit and debit cards through an iPod touch system, and give change from their money belts instead of cash registers.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bookshop
“This used to be a Barnes and Noble.. it still is I believe (the company may have been purchased) Now its called the Coop bookstore. You can read and browse a massive variety of books. Perfect for studying for Harvard!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Free wifi and a good place to sit and watch the locals get there caffeine fix.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“The closest thing to a quality tea house in the area. A large selection of MEM teas (a local importer). ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“The correct address is not loading up on this map, it is located on 36 JFK Street. I'm not a big Starbucks fan and only think it's worth mentioning because the view of Harvard Sq is simply gorgeous.”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“They are open until 1 am every day. You can't beat this kind of availability. The upstairs is great.”
  • 1 local recommends

Bakeries

Dessert Shop
“You'll see super long lines for this famous shop in Little Italy--only the locals know to go to the Cambridge location! ;) Grab one of their cannolis and a slice of cheesecake.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious deserts. You are not going to regret a trip here if you love deserts. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends
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