For 40 years, the refined Harvard Square restaurant has led the farm-to-table charge, celebrating regional ingredients with an elegant, seasonal menu that personifies “event dining.” This is New England cuisine at its finest: lobster, pork loin and homemade pastas are all meticulously and imaginatively prepared; even a simple starter like turnip soup gets the four-star treatment. The two-course “business lunch” is one of the Square’s hidden gems, while the three-course prix-fixe brunch is a decidedly grownup affair (no hangover hash here). Come summer, a seat on the garden terrace is one of the most coveted in the city. The term “institution” is bandied about way too frequently, but Harvest more than earns the honor.
44 Brattle St
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-11pm|