For more than 40 years, this refined Harvard Square restaurant has led the farm-to-table charge, celebrating regional ingredients with an elegant, seasonal menu. This is New England cuisine at its finest: lobster and homemade pastas are meticulously and creatively prepared; even a simple starter, like watermelon salad, gets the four-star treatment. Come summer, a seat on the garden terrace is one of the most coveted in the city (same for a spot near the fireplace, come fall). Don’t skip dessert at Harvest because executive pastry chef (and sometimes Food Network star) Joshua Livsey serves some of the most exciting sweet bites in town.
A visit to the Boston area isn’t complete without a stroll around Harvard Square in Cambridge. And while locals love to talk about the old days when the area was a lexus of bohemia and wild times, it has changed and cleaned up a bit. The restaurant scene has also evolved with the times, giving residents and visitors alike good reason to return regularly to both longstanding mainstays and exciting newcomers. Read on to find the best Harvard Square restaurants, so you can discover this delicious slice of Cambridge. Make a night of it by pairing dinner with one of the best free things to do in Boston, or check out our guide to the best live music in Boston.
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