UpStairs on the Square

★★★☆☆
  • 91 Winthrop St

    Cambridge, MA 02138

    Cross street: At John F. Kennedy St, Harvard Square & Vicinity

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  • 617-864-1933

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Definitely one of the best restaurants in Harvard Sq. My friend and I went there to try their special SuperBowl menu. We just got appetizers and drinks, but they were extremely good. The maple-glazed wings especially (though according to

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Definitely one of the best restaurants in Harvard Sq. My friend and I went there to try their special SuperBowl menu. We just got appetizers and drinks, but they were extremely good. The maple-glazed wings especially (though according to

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We were told to come here for the grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch. It was DELICIOUS! This is such a cute restaurant, very artsy and comfortable. We will be back to try other things.

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We were told to come here for the grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch. It was DELICIOUS! This is such a cute restaurant, very artsy and comfortable. We will be back to try other things.

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This is a great place for dinner in Cambridge. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is really relaxed.

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This is a great place for dinner in Cambridge. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is really relaxed.

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A great place for lunch or dinner in Cambridge. The menu has a number of unique offerings and the atmosphere is a high end fun. Worth your while to stop by for a special occasion or lunch with a friend.

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A great place for lunch or dinner in Cambridge. The menu has a number of unique offerings and the atmosphere is a high end fun. Worth your while to stop by for a special occasion or lunch with a friend.

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My party of four arrived at 8.30 pm for an 8.30 reservation. The hostess - an ugly disinterested troll - made us wait for 20 minutes in a dark crowded hallway where people were pushing past us to go to the washroom. A second hostess - a younger bimbo with no qualifications - told us that our table would be another 10 - 15 minutes. No apologies or explanation. We were treated like dirt.

(For those readers who think the previous paragraph is sexist, all I can say is that my wife concurs with this assessment of the appearance and behavior of the hostesses.)

We noticed that other people were invited to sit at the bar so we pushed our way into the restaurant and stood at the bar where we waited ten minutes to be served.

45 minutes after arriving I asked the bimbo when our table would be ready and said if it wasn't soon we would leave (which we should have done at that point). Nothing happened so after a few minutes I told her to go upstairs and find out if the table she had said would be ready in 15 minutes half an hour ago was ready. She came back and said it was. This was 45 minutes after the time of our reservation.

We went upstairs to find the staff throwing a tablecloth over a table that really was too big for four people.

We had planned to have the vegetarian and vegan tasting menus promoted on the website but first we didn't get menus for the tasting menu and then the waiter made it pretty clear that, because it was now 9.30, the tasting menu was not a good idea because it took a long time. As if the fact that it was so late was our fault? The vegan tasting menu was not on the menus we finally forced the waiter to give us.

So we left and had a nice meal for about one fifth of the cost nearby.

I can't comment on the food at Upstairs on the Square because we never got any.

But I can comment on the fact that if you plan to make a reservation at a nice restaurant and spend $150/person on the meal, then Upstairs on the Square is not the place to go because their ability to courteously host and seat their customers is hardly world class. In fact, it's unconsciounably bad.

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★☆☆☆☆

My party of four arrived at 8.30 pm for an 8.30 reservation. The hostess - an ugly disinterested troll - made us wait for 20 minutes in a dark crowded hallway where people were pushing past us to go to the washroom. A second hostess - a younger bimbo with no qualifications - told us that our table would be another 10 - 15 minutes. No apologies or explanation. We were treated like dirt.

(For those readers who think the previous paragraph is sexist, all I can say is that my wife concurs with this assessment of the appearance and behavior of the hostesses.)

We noticed that other people were invited to sit at the bar so we pushed our way into the restaurant and stood at the bar where we waited ten minutes to be served.

45 minutes after arriving I asked the bimbo when our table would be ready and said if it wasn't soon we would leave (which we should have done at that point). Nothing happened so after a few minutes I told her to go upstairs and find out if the table she had said would be ready in 15 minutes half an hour ago was ready. She came back and said it was. This was 45 minutes after the time of our reservation.

We went upstairs to find the staff throwing a tablecloth over a table that really was too big for four people.

We had planned to have the vegetarian and vegan tasting menus promoted on the website but first we didn't get menus for the tasting menu and then the waiter made it pretty clear that, because it was now 9.30, the tasting menu was not a good idea because it took a long time. As if the fact that it was so late was our fault? The vegan tasting menu was not on the menus we finally forced the waiter to give us.

So we left and had a nice meal for about one fifth of the cost nearby.

I can't comment on the food at Upstairs on the Square because we never got any.

But I can comment on the fact that if you plan to make a reservation at a nice restaurant and spend $150/person on the meal, then Upstairs on the Square is not the place to go because their ability to courteously host and seat their customers is hardly world class. In fact, it's unconsciounably bad.

Pros: None

Cons: Too many to list

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HAVING SEEN THE VERY FAVORABLE REVIEW OF "UPSTAIRS" ON CHRONICLE RECENTLY, MY FRIEND AND I WENT FOR BRUNCH YESTERDAY (02/09/09) AND LEFT FEELING VERY DISAPPOINTED FOR THESE REASONS: THE FOOD WAS ONLY MEDIOCRE--OUR APPETIZER OF PROSCIUTTO AND MELONS (AT $10) WAS SKIMPY WITH ONLY TWO THIN NOT-QUITE-RIPE SLICES OF HONEYDEW AND CANTALOUPE; MY ENTREE, FRENCH TOAST ($14) WAS SO DENSE AND SYRUPY RICH THAT I WAS UNABLE TO FINISH IT (IN FACT, I GAGGED AT THE MERE THOUGHT OF SUGAR FOR THE REST OF THE DAY); AND THE COFFEE WAS LUKEWARM, DESPITE REPEATED CUPS, EACH OF WHICH HAD GROUNDS SWIMMING IN THE BOTTOM. MY FRIEND'S FRESH-EGG TART ($13) WAS LITTLE MORE THAN MUSH, THOUGH SHE LIKED THE SALAD DRESSING ON THE GREENS THAT CAME WITH THE EGG DISH. THE BRUNCH MENU WAS VERY LIMITED.
ON THE BRIGHTER SIDE, OUR MALE WAITER, THOUGH VERY BUSY, WAS PLEASANT AND ATTENTIVE, AND THE REST OF THE STAFF SEEMED CHEERFUL. THIS, HOWEVER, WAS SCANT COMPENSATION FOR THE EXORBITANT PRICE OF OUR UNSATISFACTORY GOURMET EXPERIENCE. WE WILL ADVISE OUR FRIENDS NOT TO MAKE OUR MISTAKE, NOR DO WE PLAN TO RETURN.

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★★☆☆☆

HAVING SEEN THE VERY FAVORABLE REVIEW OF "UPSTAIRS" ON CHRONICLE RECENTLY, MY FRIEND AND I WENT FOR BRUNCH YESTERDAY (02/09/09) AND LEFT FEELING VERY DISAPPOINTED FOR THESE REASONS: THE FOOD WAS ONLY MEDIOCRE--OUR APPETIZER OF PROSCIUTTO AND MELONS (AT $10) WAS SKIMPY WITH ONLY TWO THIN NOT-QUITE-RIPE SLICES OF HONEYDEW AND CANTALOUPE; MY ENTREE, FRENCH TOAST ($14) WAS SO DENSE AND SYRUPY RICH THAT I WAS UNABLE TO FINISH IT (IN FACT, I GAGGED AT THE MERE THOUGHT OF SUGAR FOR THE REST OF THE DAY); AND THE COFFEE WAS LUKEWARM, DESPITE REPEATED CUPS, EACH OF WHICH HAD GROUNDS SWIMMING IN THE BOTTOM. MY FRIEND'S FRESH-EGG TART ($13) WAS LITTLE MORE THAN MUSH, THOUGH SHE LIKED THE SALAD DRESSING ON THE GREENS THAT CAME WITH THE EGG DISH. THE BRUNCH MENU WAS VERY LIMITED.
ON THE BRIGHTER SIDE, OUR MALE WAITER, THOUGH VERY BUSY, WAS PLEASANT AND ATTENTIVE, AND THE REST OF THE STAFF SEEMED CHEERFUL. THIS, HOWEVER, WAS SCANT COMPENSATION FOR THE EXORBITANT PRICE OF OUR UNSATISFACTORY GOURMET EXPERIENCE. WE WILL ADVISE OUR FRIENDS NOT TO MAKE OUR MISTAKE, NOR DO WE PLAN TO RETURN.

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Dining at UpStairs on the Square can best be described as a heavenly experience. Located in the center of Harvard Square overlooking a park, the two-story restaurant features all the trappings of a fine dining establishment - but with a funky twist. The formal atmosphere and beautiful china is tempered by a Zebra-print rug and hot pink walls in the first floor dining room. The more formal second floor Soiree Room is adorned with lipstick-pink and gold walls with a mirrored ceiling. The wait service is impeccable and the American cuisine is some of the best you will have anywhere. The flavorful Seared Nantucket Sea Scallops melt in your mouth. The Crispy Golden Halibut with Smoky Bacon and Marinated Shrimp make you want to sing with delight. Amazingly, the deserts are even better. Their famous Milk Chocolate Pecan Turtles are a slice of nirvana without being too sweet. And the UpStairs Blondie, a white dough brownie with butter rum sauce and toasted pecans, is unique vanilla treat that you will be talking about long after you leave.

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★★★★★

Dining at UpStairs on the Square can best be described as a heavenly experience. Located in the center of Harvard Square overlooking a park, the two-story restaurant features all the trappings of a fine dining establishment - but with a funky twist. The formal atmosphere and beautiful china is tempered by a Zebra-print rug and hot pink walls in the first floor dining room. The more formal second floor Soiree Room is adorned with lipstick-pink and gold walls with a mirrored ceiling. The wait service is impeccable and the American cuisine is some of the best you will have anywhere. The flavorful Seared Nantucket Sea Scallops melt in your mouth. The Crispy Golden Halibut with Smoky Bacon and Marinated Shrimp make you want to sing with delight. Amazingly, the deserts are even better. Their famous Milk Chocolate Pecan Turtles are a slice of nirvana without being too sweet. And the UpStairs Blondie, a white dough brownie with butter rum sauce and toasted pecans, is unique vanilla treat that you will be talking about long after you leave.

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I took my boyfriend here for his birthday, which also happened to be the night of Obama's inauguration. I can't imagine a better place to have spent this important day! We dined in the elegant and romantic soiree room and ordered from the special event menu. Between the two of us we tasted everything on the Obama menu. It's always a challenge finding a place that won't disappoint my boyfriend, a five-star chef by profession. Here he thoroughly enjoyed his meal and didn't try to analyze the complex flavors in his meal-- he simply enjoyed. They also surprised him by presenting him with a beautifully scripted birthday message on his dessert. (I had mentioned his birthday when I made reservations). Strongly recommended!

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★★★★★

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday, which also happened to be the night of Obama's inauguration. I can't imagine a better place to have spent this important day! We dined in the elegant and romantic soiree room and ordered from the special event menu. Between the two of us we tasted everything on the Obama menu. It's always a challenge finding a place that won't disappoint my boyfriend, a five-star chef by profession. Here he thoroughly enjoyed his meal and didn't try to analyze the complex flavors in his meal-- he simply enjoyed. They also surprised him by presenting him with a beautifully scripted birthday message on his dessert. (I had mentioned his birthday when I made reservations). Strongly recommended!

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Two years ago, I ate at Upstairs on the Square and had the single greatest dish I have ever eaten in my life. It was a kuri squash ravioli, with such a delicate balance of flavor and texture that I was speechless. When I discovered that a new kuri squash ravioli was once again on the menu, I knew I had to return. I arrived early on a Thursday, when the restaurant was mostly empty. I was disappointed to learn the ravioli was no longer available, but luck was on my side. The kitchen staff was meeting at a nearby table, and the chef informed me that she would gladly make the dish. She seemed even more excited after I told her about my last visit. Before the ravioli I tried two soups - a french onion and a tomato soup served with grilled cheese. The french onion soup was good, not great, but the tomato soup was delicious. It had a buttery texture, and the grilled cheese was tasty as well - the ultimate comfort food. The soup was followed by the ravioli, this time containing a lemon fondue, and while it was not as breathtaking as the original dish (which had become the thing of legend in my mind) the new version was still excellent. Upstairs on the Square is a master of combining unique flavors in such a way that you can taste each component individually, while losing yourself in the harmony they create as a dish. I was equally impressed with the duck confit appetizer, though the gingerbread accompaniment was confusing. For entrees, the standout dish was the pappadelle bolognese. I took one bite of this dish, and the flavor resonated in my mouth for at least a minute. The combination of a classic bolognese, fresh fennel fronds and hand rolled pasta is reason alone to visit this restaurant. I also enjoyed the skirt steak that, while slightly oily, was well seasoned and medium rare. The texture of the "tater tots" that came with it was also lovely. This is a restaurant that is creating original flavors with classic dishes, and is well worth the trip.

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★★★★★

Two years ago, I ate at Upstairs on the Square and had the single greatest dish I have ever eaten in my life. It was a kuri squash ravioli, with such a delicate balance of flavor and texture that I was speechless. When I discovered that a new kuri squash ravioli was once again on the menu, I knew I had to return. I arrived early on a Thursday, when the restaurant was mostly empty. I was disappointed to learn the ravioli was no longer available, but luck was on my side. The kitchen staff was meeting at a nearby table, and the chef informed me that she would gladly make the dish. She seemed even more excited after I told her about my last visit. Before the ravioli I tried two soups - a french onion and a tomato soup served with grilled cheese. The french onion soup was good, not great, but the tomato soup was delicious. It had a buttery texture, and the grilled cheese was tasty as well - the ultimate comfort food. The soup was followed by the ravioli, this time containing a lemon fondue, and while it was not as breathtaking as the original dish (which had become the thing of legend in my mind) the new version was still excellent. Upstairs on the Square is a master of combining unique flavors in such a way that you can taste each component individually, while losing yourself in the harmony they create as a dish. I was equally impressed with the duck confit appetizer, though the gingerbread accompaniment was confusing. For entrees, the standout dish was the pappadelle bolognese. I took one bite of this dish, and the flavor resonated in my mouth for at least a minute. The combination of a classic bolognese, fresh fennel fronds and hand rolled pasta is reason alone to visit this restaurant. I also enjoyed the skirt steak that, while slightly oily, was well seasoned and medium rare. The texture of the "tater tots" that came with it was also lovely. This is a restaurant that is creating original flavors with classic dishes, and is well worth the trip.

Pros: Ambiance, decor and original, delcious dishes

Cons: Expensive, but worth it.

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I hadn't been to Upstairs since they moved to their new space. I tried it last night for a special evening out, and will not go back.

The service was inconsistent at best. Our waiter practically hovered over us in the beginning, but seemed to be oblivious to the fact that no bread had been brought to our table. He made a huge deal of telling us that the wine we ordered was sold out and they were giving us a deal by bringing a much nicer wine for the same price, as if it was a huge favor. When it came to ordering dinner, I asked if the kitchen could make me a simple green salad. There was a salad on the menu but it included things I don't like. I figured if they had mesclun greens already available, how hard could it be to throw some vinaigrette on it? The waiter asked why I didn't want the salad on the menu. I explained that I didn't like most of the items on the salad. I was made to feel like I was an idiot not to like these foods, but I stood my ground and got my salad. It was just right -- fresh greens with a tangy vinaigrette. With the salad we got a small gruyere puff that was oddly sweet - a preview of the rest of the meal.

My companion had a pasta with beef short ribs. The pasta was tender with a nice bite and the beef was fork tender. My duck with vanilla mascarpone potatoes was as sickly sweet as it sounded. I felt the waiter had misled me on how sweet it was. Also, the duck was extremely tough. I've eaten duck quite a lot and it has never been that tough. The potatoes were gooey sweet although they were plain white potatoes, not yams.

To their credit, the restaurant did make every effort to address my dissatisfaction with the meal, and handled it better than I expected. However, I found the entire evening unsatisfying. The dining room, supposedly the quiet space, bustled with activity and never felt relaxing. This place is an expensive disappointment.

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★★☆☆☆

I hadn't been to Upstairs since they moved to their new space. I tried it last night for a special evening out, and will not go back.

The service was inconsistent at best. Our waiter practically hovered over us in the beginning, but seemed to be oblivious to the fact that no bread had been brought to our table. He made a huge deal of telling us that the wine we ordered was sold out and they were giving us a deal by bringing a much nicer wine for the same price, as if it was a huge favor. When it came to ordering dinner, I asked if the kitchen could make me a simple green salad. There was a salad on the menu but it included things I don't like. I figured if they had mesclun greens already available, how hard could it be to throw some vinaigrette on it? The waiter asked why I didn't want the salad on the menu. I explained that I didn't like most of the items on the salad. I was made to feel like I was an idiot not to like these foods, but I stood my ground and got my salad. It was just right -- fresh greens with a tangy vinaigrette. With the salad we got a small gruyere puff that was oddly sweet - a preview of the rest of the meal.

My companion had a pasta with beef short ribs. The pasta was tender with a nice bite and the beef was fork tender. My duck with vanilla mascarpone potatoes was as sickly sweet as it sounded. I felt the waiter had misled me on how sweet it was. Also, the duck was extremely tough. I've eaten duck quite a lot and it has never been that tough. The potatoes were gooey sweet although they were plain white potatoes, not yams.

To their credit, the restaurant did make every effort to address my dissatisfaction with the meal, and handled it better than I expected. However, I found the entire evening unsatisfying. The dining room, supposedly the quiet space, bustled with activity and never felt relaxing. This place is an expensive disappointment.

Pros: Nice fireplaces, accessible via public transportation

Cons: Food was not very good for any price, and dreadful at this price

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I wouldn't bother to climb the stairs and spend the $$$. Last June we arranged a special celebration for our son and a friend who were graduating from the Harvard / JFK School. The $85 fixed price meal was a ripoff. Two dinners were good but very small - the 2 steak dinners were so tough as to be inedible. Several attempts at contacting the owners have met with no response. Bad food - bad attitude.

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★☆☆☆☆

I wouldn't bother to climb the stairs and spend the $$$. Last June we arranged a special celebration for our son and a friend who were graduating from the Harvard / JFK School. The $85 fixed price meal was a ripoff. Two dinners were good but very small - the 2 steak dinners were so tough as to be inedible. Several attempts at contacting the owners have met with no response. Bad food - bad attitude.

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I found Unstairs on the Square ramdomly on the internet and was instantly intrigued by the menu, photos and concept of throwing a dinner party every night. I was absolutely delighted to be greeted in the Monday room by a friendly maitre'd and was seated promptly near the roaring fireplace. The inside has a bohemian alice in wonderland feel--almost like you are indside of a birthday cake! Every meal that we ordered was delicious and unique. I highly recommend the kobe beef skewers. UATS is sure to be one of my favorite Harvard Square haunts.

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★★★★★

I found Unstairs on the Square ramdomly on the internet and was instantly intrigued by the menu, photos and concept of throwing a dinner party every night. I was absolutely delighted to be greeted in the Monday room by a friendly maitre'd and was seated promptly near the roaring fireplace. The inside has a bohemian alice in wonderland feel--almost like you are indside of a birthday cake! Every meal that we ordered was delicious and unique. I highly recommend the kobe beef skewers. UATS is sure to be one of my favorite Harvard Square haunts.

Pros: Fireplace, mood lighting, unique menu

Cons: Valet Parking is $14, but you can certainly find street parking in the evening

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I've had the good luck to experience Upstairs on the Square three times this month. I've been so thrilled with my time there, I had to write. I watched one of the Red Sox games at the downstairs bar and had some artisan beers I'd never tried before that were priced better than commercial beers. The bartender was friendly and attentive. Dinner a week later upstairs in the Soiree Room with my parents for moms birthday was one of the best meals I've ever experienced. To start the wine director came over to help us choose the perfect wine for our meals and it was very reasonably priced and the best! We ordered off the menu, although we were tempted by the vegetarian tasting menu. We all devoured our beautiful dishes that tasted equally grand. I started with the salad of baby roasted beets. It had a passion fruit sauce and arugula with a horseradish panna-cotta. YUM! My entree was the trout dish that was served with the freshest baby sprouts, from local farms. I love that I can come to a restaurant in Cambridge that is on the Green wave. The waiter, who was exceptional, told us how they are becoming green. Switching to recycled materials, whenever possible. The wine list is becoming bio-dynamic/ organic/ or sustainable, and the kitchen, whenever possible is using local, organic meat and produce. Dessert had seasonal favorites, along with classics like profiteroles. We had the apple strudel and they wrote a Happy Birthday message and gave a candle to my mom. My latest visit was for brunch. They were so busy, so we waited a little to get in, but it was worth it. I enjoyed decadent French toast and I love the MEM tea selections they carry. Brunch was in the Monday Club Bar, downstairs and the service was great, we saw lots of different faces, helping us, but we were never for want. A manager stopped by to check on us and invited us to their Thanksgiving pris fixe menu. We'll be there! I can't wait to go back!

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★★★★★

I've had the good luck to experience Upstairs on the Square three times this month. I've been so thrilled with my time there, I had to write. I watched one of the Red Sox games at the downstairs bar and had some artisan beers I'd never tried before that were priced better than commercial beers. The bartender was friendly and attentive. Dinner a week later upstairs in the Soiree Room with my parents for moms birthday was one of the best meals I've ever experienced. To start the wine director came over to help us choose the perfect wine for our meals and it was very reasonably priced and the best! We ordered off the menu, although we were tempted by the vegetarian tasting menu. We all devoured our beautiful dishes that tasted equally grand. I started with the salad of baby roasted beets. It had a passion fruit sauce and arugula with a horseradish panna-cotta. YUM! My entree was the trout dish that was served with the freshest baby sprouts, from local farms. I love that I can come to a restaurant in Cambridge that is on the Green wave. The waiter, who was exceptional, told us how they are becoming green. Switching to recycled materials, whenever possible. The wine list is becoming bio-dynamic/ organic/ or sustainable, and the kitchen, whenever possible is using local, organic meat and produce. Dessert had seasonal favorites, along with classics like profiteroles. We had the apple strudel and they wrote a Happy Birthday message and gave a candle to my mom. My latest visit was for brunch. They were so busy, so we waited a little to get in, but it was worth it. I enjoyed decadent French toast and I love the MEM tea selections they carry. Brunch was in the Monday Club Bar, downstairs and the service was great, we saw lots of different faces, helping us, but we were never for want. A manager stopped by to check on us and invited us to their Thanksgiving pris fixe menu. We'll be there! I can't wait to go back!

Pros: Valet Parking, Friendly Attentive Service, Amazing Food and Wine

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Upstairs is like No. 9 Park's cooky Cambridge cousin. Sort of like No. 9 on magic mushrooms. The decor is so cool, unlike any other restaurant in Boston. The mismatched color schemes, funky chandeliers and rustic wood accents creates a chic-watermelon-in-the-jungle vibe (if that makes sense). It was pricey but worth it because I had a great time and the food was pretty darn good. I compare it to No. 9 because many menu items are similar - salads with farm fresh eggs, lardons everywhere, gnocci, weird cocktails, etc. I'm no food critic, but I was satisfied with every thing I ate (hot dates, yeah!). No doubt, this one is in my top 4 faves.

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★★★★☆

Upstairs is like No. 9 Park's cooky Cambridge cousin. Sort of like No. 9 on magic mushrooms. The decor is so cool, unlike any other restaurant in Boston. The mismatched color schemes, funky chandeliers and rustic wood accents creates a chic-watermelon-in-the-jungle vibe (if that makes sense). It was pricey but worth it because I had a great time and the food was pretty darn good. I compare it to No. 9 because many menu items are similar - salads with farm fresh eggs, lardons everywhere, gnocci, weird cocktails, etc. I'm no food critic, but I was satisfied with every thing I ate (hot dates, yeah!). No doubt, this one is in my top 4 faves.

Pros: Fun and delicious

Cons: Server was unfamiliar with menu

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The decor at Upstaris on the Square is wild! The interior colors are bold and exotic animal prints are carried throughout the design. When I took my girlfriend for her birthday, we sat in the Monday Club downstairs and our table looked out onto Winthrop Park in Harvard Square. It was a Friday evening. The whole dining room was full and yet we enjoyed the bussling about of the prompt waitstaff. There was even a piano player adjacent to the fireplace who played requests. For a starter, we tried the almond-stuffed dates. They were awesome! My new favorite comfort dish is the roasted red pepper soup and my girlfriend loved the frise salad. The soup was mouth-watering and anchored with a touch of cream, while the frise salad came with a poached egg, lardons, home-made croutons, and fresh field greens. For our entrees, we tasted Fernando's shrimp scampi and the seared ahi tuna. Fernando's scampi was better than my mom's. Sorry mom. The sauces and sides for the tuna dish--almonds, peas, and olive tapenade-- highlighted the fresh flavor of the seared tuna steak. We were very impressed with the kitchen's creativity and also the plate presentation. To finish, my girlfriend and I shared the Affogato dessert--a perfect choice on her part. I can think of no better way to end a meal than with hot espresso poured over home-made ice-cream with home-made amaretti cookies on the side. Or home-made mint chocolates...drool drool drool. I have to go back! The food at Upstairs is sooo delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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★★★★★

The decor at Upstaris on the Square is wild! The interior colors are bold and exotic animal prints are carried throughout the design. When I took my girlfriend for her birthday, we sat in the Monday Club downstairs and our table looked out onto Winthrop Park in Harvard Square. It was a Friday evening. The whole dining room was full and yet we enjoyed the bussling about of the prompt waitstaff. There was even a piano player adjacent to the fireplace who played requests. For a starter, we tried the almond-stuffed dates. They were awesome! My new favorite comfort dish is the roasted red pepper soup and my girlfriend loved the frise salad. The soup was mouth-watering and anchored with a touch of cream, while the frise salad came with a poached egg, lardons, home-made croutons, and fresh field greens. For our entrees, we tasted Fernando's shrimp scampi and the seared ahi tuna. Fernando's scampi was better than my mom's. Sorry mom. The sauces and sides for the tuna dish--almonds, peas, and olive tapenade-- highlighted the fresh flavor of the seared tuna steak. We were very impressed with the kitchen's creativity and also the plate presentation. To finish, my girlfriend and I shared the Affogato dessert--a perfect choice on her part. I can think of no better way to end a meal than with hot espresso poured over home-made ice-cream with home-made amaretti cookies on the side. Or home-made mint chocolates...drool drool drool. I have to go back! The food at Upstairs is sooo delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere

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I have eaten at Upstairs on the Square several times over the past 3 years. My first experiences were pleasurable-great staff, excellent food, fun atmosphere. Over the past 3 years, as the prices have gone up, the food quality has gone down, it's not terrible, but I have had better for similar or less price. Since my last not-so-great meal I have limited my visits to drinks only. However about 2 months ago my boyfriend and I paid $40 for two Irish coffees and officially have declared, Never Again! I am not cheap when it comes to food, but that is simply uncalled for. Plus, we waited about 15 minutes for our check.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have eaten at Upstairs on the Square several times over the past 3 years. My first experiences were pleasurable-great staff, excellent food, fun atmosphere. Over the past 3 years, as the prices have gone up, the food quality has gone down, it's not terrible, but I have had better for similar or less price. Since my last not-so-great meal I have limited my visits to drinks only. However about 2 months ago my boyfriend and I paid $40 for two Irish coffees and officially have declared, Never Again! I am not cheap when it comes to food, but that is simply uncalled for. Plus, we waited about 15 minutes for our check.

Pros: Original atmosphere, Good location (Harvard Square)

Cons: Parking, prices, sevice

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I really wanted to like this place but after several experiences I am left with very few positive things to say. The cocktail menu is inventive and the bartender experienced. It is a great place to come for a unique, admittedly overpriced, cocktail. The woman who runs/owns the restaurant is very friendly and made me feel comfortable on all occassions. That said, the brunch menu is extremely limited and the service mediocre. I ordered the Huevos Rancheros which, for $15, should be more than two tiny poached eggs on top of a scoop of black beans floating in liquid. It was just plain gross. We had to ask for coffee repeatedly which is the downfall of any breakfast establishment. Overall, is just feels like this place is past its prime and needs to be skaken up a bit. It has potential.

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★★★☆☆

I really wanted to like this place but after several experiences I am left with very few positive things to say. The cocktail menu is inventive and the bartender experienced. It is a great place to come for a unique, admittedly overpriced, cocktail. The woman who runs/owns the restaurant is very friendly and made me feel comfortable on all occassions. That said, the brunch menu is extremely limited and the service mediocre. I ordered the Huevos Rancheros which, for $15, should be more than two tiny poached eggs on top of a scoop of black beans floating in liquid. It was just plain gross. We had to ask for coffee repeatedly which is the downfall of any breakfast establishment. Overall, is just feels like this place is past its prime and needs to be skaken up a bit. It has potential.

Pros: Great Cocktails, Unique Ambiance

Cons: Pricey for what you get, parking, unattentive staff

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This place is great. The decorations are great - the food is great - the service is great. Great!!

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★★★★★

This place is great. The decorations are great - the food is great - the service is great. Great!!

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Where do I begin? The tasting menu with wine pairings - the food was miniscule, uninspiring and our wine glasses only a fourth full. I am not one for large portions, but even I left barely satiated. We were served by a 15 year old - I really believe he was 15 and that clumsy and unknowledgeable. Our bill was at least $130 per person. I love fine dining but next time I will stay in the South End.

1
★★☆☆☆

Where do I begin? The tasting menu with wine pairings - the food was miniscule, uninspiring and our wine glasses only a fourth full. I am not one for large portions, but even I left barely satiated. We were served by a 15 year old - I really believe he was 15 and that clumsy and unknowledgeable. Our bill was at least $130 per person. I love fine dining but next time I will stay in the South End.

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I have to say I'm very disappointed with Upstairs. It used to be my favourite restaurant, especially when it was located on Holyoke Street.

I went for Restaurant Week last week for lunch and was horrified at how the service has gone down even more than the last time and the food was nothing special. It used to be outstanding in my opnion and it didn't come close , yet again.

We we'ren't seated at the reseravtion time. We sat for at least 20 minutes and we weren't acknowledged by the waiter. I finally asked the host for the waiter. The waiter then came to the table with attitude and stared at us and I just coud'nt believe how rude he was. No apologies. I asked are you ready to take our order and heis response was 'that's what I'm here for". What is that!

He changed his tune once he realized we werent' going to stoop to his level of rudeness!

I really wanted to let the waiter know how much I disapproved, but my guest who is in the restaurant business suggested we not go there!
I guess the powers that be at upstairs probably don't care about negative reviews, but they should. They won't get my business anymore! Step it up Upstairs!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have to say I'm very disappointed with Upstairs. It used to be my favourite restaurant, especially when it was located on Holyoke Street.

I went for Restaurant Week last week for lunch and was horrified at how the service has gone down even more than the last time and the food was nothing special. It used to be outstanding in my opnion and it didn't come close , yet again.

We we'ren't seated at the reseravtion time. We sat for at least 20 minutes and we weren't acknowledged by the waiter. I finally asked the host for the waiter. The waiter then came to the table with attitude and stared at us and I just coud'nt believe how rude he was. No apologies. I asked are you ready to take our order and heis response was 'that's what I'm here for". What is that!

He changed his tune once he realized we werent' going to stoop to his level of rudeness!

I really wanted to let the waiter know how much I disapproved, but my guest who is in the restaurant business suggested we not go there!
I guess the powers that be at upstairs probably don't care about negative reviews, but they should. They won't get my business anymore! Step it up Upstairs!

Pros: Great food when they're on point and you don't mind the price

Cons: When they're not on point, it's a big let down, especially on the wallet

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I'd have to agree that the food is mediocre and overpriced. I think you're paying for atmosphere and ambience. They should pay as much attention to the food as they did to the decor. I do have to say, the desserts were outstanding, even though we waited a good 30 min. for them. The servers are another story entirely. They are the most pretentious waitstaff I've ever encountered. You'd think that someone trying to earn tips would be a little nicer.

2
★★★★☆

I'd have to agree that the food is mediocre and overpriced. I think you're paying for atmosphere and ambience. They should pay as much attention to the food as they did to the decor. I do have to say, the desserts were outstanding, even though we waited a good 30 min. for them. The servers are another story entirely. They are the most pretentious waitstaff I've ever encountered. You'd think that someone trying to earn tips would be a little nicer.

Pros: Desserts are great, decor

Cons: service, overpriced

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The wine selection was mediocre at best. The food was nothing to write home about. Our group of four asked the waitress to evenly split our final bill (not an outrageous or unusual request). She proceeded to charge one friend the full price of the meal, me 3/4 the price of our meal, and so forth. When we tactfully pointed this out to her and asked her to remedy it, she said she didn't know how and generally acted like a flake for a full 15 minutes. Finally she had enough sense to get a manager to help her. He was equally rude and entirely apologetic - as if it were our fault she mis-charged us. And then there's the tacky pink decor...

0
★☆☆☆☆

The wine selection was mediocre at best. The food was nothing to write home about. Our group of four asked the waitress to evenly split our final bill (not an outrageous or unusual request). She proceeded to charge one friend the full price of the meal, me 3/4 the price of our meal, and so forth. When we tactfully pointed this out to her and asked her to remedy it, she said she didn't know how and generally acted like a flake for a full 15 minutes. Finally she had enough sense to get a manager to help her. He was equally rude and entirely apologetic - as if it were our fault she mis-charged us. And then there's the tacky pink decor...

Pros: fun location

Cons: service, management, food

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Great place to hold a bridal shower, small wedding or baby shower.

2
★★★★☆

Great place to hold a bridal shower, small wedding or baby shower.

Pros: decor, food, harvard square

Cons: parking, limited menu

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I recently visited the Monday Club for lunch with a girlfriend of mine. We were not ravenously hungry, so the 3 tiered tea with a champagne kick seemed like it would be just the right thing for us-- tea, tea sandwiches, and a few treats. We got much more than we bargained for; everything was very rich, and very delicious. Their amazing turtles were devilishly hidden on the bottom tier, which I reach well after I was completely full. I could not leave that turtle uneaten. We may have walked (rolled?) all the way home to Boylston Street to compensate for the rich food, but it was completely worth the effort.

2
★★★★★

I recently visited the Monday Club for lunch with a girlfriend of mine. We were not ravenously hungry, so the 3 tiered tea with a champagne kick seemed like it would be just the right thing for us-- tea, tea sandwiches, and a few treats. We got much more than we bargained for; everything was very rich, and very delicious. Their amazing turtles were devilishly hidden on the bottom tier, which I reach well after I was completely full. I could not leave that turtle uneaten. We may have walked (rolled?) all the way home to Boylston Street to compensate for the rich food, but it was completely worth the effort.

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At first I thought the service was slow - then I realized I am getting used to not being rushed... and my husband and I could really relax and enjoy our meal. We felt the service was very attentive and took the time to discuss food and wine with us. We ordered the Restaurant Week menu, but saw they have a regular prix fixe. Now they have regular customers! Our second visit was just as enjoyable.

2
★★★★★

At first I thought the service was slow - then I realized I am getting used to not being rushed... and my husband and I could really relax and enjoy our meal. We felt the service was very attentive and took the time to discuss food and wine with us. We ordered the Restaurant Week menu, but saw they have a regular prix fixe. Now they have regular customers! Our second visit was just as enjoyable.

Pros: great prix fixe, friendly, no attitude, nice food/wine choice

Cons: parking (?), , we took the T

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If you are looking for a true dining experience, rush to Upstairs on the Square. My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary there - we can not say enough about the service, the ambience, and the food. Everything was first rate from beginning to end.

2
★★★★★

If you are looking for a true dining experience, rush to Upstairs on the Square. My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary there - we can not say enough about the service, the ambience, and the food. Everything was first rate from beginning to end.

Pros: Ambience, Food, Service

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Lunch is elegant and a good deal, with delicious tomato soup and grilled cheese. Brunch is also yummy with the most amazing bread basket. The best thing about Upstairs though, besides its zany interior, is the staff.

2
★★★★☆

Lunch is elegant and a good deal, with delicious tomato soup and grilled cheese. Brunch is also yummy with the most amazing bread basket. The best thing about Upstairs though, besides its zany interior, is the staff.

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Soiree Room. Very disappointed. Made reservations, supposedly only early times left. WORST table - right by the room entrance, near heavy door that waitstaff uses constantly. Room was half-empty the entire time, so we wondered why we were seated there, better tables remained empty. Food - good, sometimes great, but many places offer great food with better experiences and lower $$. Portion - if not for the bread, we would have left hungry. Service - good, sometimes snooty - overall room ambience is not consistent with fine dining experience. VERY loud table very close to us, ruined the 2nd half of our meal - not the restaurants' fault, but with the room not full, why the proximity? Overall, $200+ for two after tax and tip was out of line - great food does not make up for an environment that detracts from the ability to enjoy the food.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Soiree Room. Very disappointed. Made reservations, supposedly only early times left. WORST table - right by the room entrance, near heavy door that waitstaff uses constantly. Room was half-empty the entire time, so we wondered why we were seated there, better tables remained empty. Food - good, sometimes great, but many places offer great food with better experiences and lower $$. Portion - if not for the bread, we would have left hungry. Service - good, sometimes snooty - overall room ambience is not consistent with fine dining experience. VERY loud table very close to us, ruined the 2nd half of our meal - not the restaurants' fault, but with the room not full, why the proximity? Overall, $200+ for two after tax and tip was out of line - great food does not make up for an environment that detracts from the ability to enjoy the food.

Pros: Nice coat check, Good service, Food is good

Cons: Not a value for $, Loud

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First let me say, the food itself was amazing. Very delicious. Of course, the portions were extremly small, even for fine dining. The service was extremly slow, but good when actually aorund. The bar took forever to make sub par drinks-I expected alot more from the bar side of things, more creativity, steping outseide of the box. I would go again, maybe on a much slower night, and drink wine.

1
★★★☆☆

First let me say, the food itself was amazing. Very delicious. Of course, the portions were extremly small, even for fine dining. The service was extremly slow, but good when actually aorund. The bar took forever to make sub par drinks-I expected alot more from the bar side of things, more creativity, steping outseide of the box. I would go again, maybe on a much slower night, and drink wine.

Pros: fireside dining, cool interior, nice people

Cons: slow service, expensive, very small portions

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The first time I went to Upstairs, I was taken by several friends for my birthday. They were horribly embarassed, the food was terrible. The second time I went during restaurant week, assuming they would put on a good spread and a good showing. Wrong! The third time, I stopped-up with some friends b/c they wanted to try it - we never ended-up eating, since no one ever checked back with us after we got our wine. Speaking of which, it is a great wine list - and it is a beautiful space - I would highly recommend sitting at the bar and having a glass of wine, but don't eat the food. It is not good, and is very over-priced.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The first time I went to Upstairs, I was taken by several friends for my birthday. They were horribly embarassed, the food was terrible. The second time I went during restaurant week, assuming they would put on a good spread and a good showing. Wrong! The third time, I stopped-up with some friends b/c they wanted to try it - we never ended-up eating, since no one ever checked back with us after we got our wine. Speaking of which, it is a great wine list - and it is a beautiful space - I would highly recommend sitting at the bar and having a glass of wine, but don't eat the food. It is not good, and is very over-priced.

Pros: wine list, atmosphere

Cons: service, food quality

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The upstairs part of the restaurant is a lovely place to dine on a weeknight--it's very quiet and empty, and you can actually hear your companions speak. Our waiter was very solicitous and when we raved about the amuse-bouche, he had the chef make us another! I ordered the skate and it was absolutely delicious--it came in a grapefruit reduction that added just the right amount of tartness. My friend ordered the cod, which was perfectly cooked.

2
★★★★☆

The upstairs part of the restaurant is a lovely place to dine on a weeknight--it's very quiet and empty, and you can actually hear your companions speak. Our waiter was very solicitous and when we raved about the amuse-bouche, he had the chef make us another! I ordered the skate and it was absolutely delicious--it came in a grapefruit reduction that added just the right amount of tartness. My friend ordered the cod, which was perfectly cooked.

Pros: Quiet, Intimate, Food

Cons: Parking, expensive

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Actually a wonderful night with the food being stellar. a spicy skirt steak flanked by a salad was a wondeful starter and then pea shoot ravioli was to die for. Impressive wine list that is shared with the upstairs restaurant. However, the service was more fitting of a tavern than an upscale restaurant. probably the worst service I've had all year. Come with low expectations and you'll have a good time. Lots of people watching. We were there when the harvard glee club took over a portion of the restaurant and frequently broke into song. Quite a spectacle. Enjoy.

1
★★★☆☆

Actually a wonderful night with the food being stellar. a spicy skirt steak flanked by a salad was a wondeful starter and then pea shoot ravioli was to die for. Impressive wine list that is shared with the upstairs restaurant. However, the service was more fitting of a tavern than an upscale restaurant. probably the worst service I've had all year. Come with low expectations and you'll have a good time. Lots of people watching. We were there when the harvard glee club took over a portion of the restaurant and frequently broke into song. Quite a spectacle. Enjoy.

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This is my new favorite restaurant. The decor is absolutely gorgeous. This alone is worth the visit. But the food is spectacular and even though some things are a bit more than you may normally pay the value is there. Super delicious.

2
★★★★★

This is my new favorite restaurant. The decor is absolutely gorgeous. This alone is worth the visit. But the food is spectacular and even though some things are a bit more than you may normally pay the value is there. Super delicious.

Pros: Excellet Food, Friendly Staff, Stunning Decor

Cons: Slightly Pricey, Few Low-Fat Choices

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I had read so much about this place that I made sure to visit there when my parents were in town. It was better than I expected. The food was amazing, the decor was almost worth the trip itself. the most beautiful paint and lighting I've ever seen. The prices were high, the downstairs dining was a little less pricy but everthing was so perfectly cooked it didn't seem unreasonable. I would go more often it fhe prices were lower but this is an amazing restaurant, definitely going to be my special occasion place from now on.

2
★★★★☆

I had read so much about this place that I made sure to visit there when my parents were in town. It was better than I expected. The food was amazing, the decor was almost worth the trip itself. the most beautiful paint and lighting I've ever seen. The prices were high, the downstairs dining was a little less pricy but everthing was so perfectly cooked it didn't seem unreasonable. I would go more often it fhe prices were lower but this is an amazing restaurant, definitely going to be my special occasion place from now on.

Pros: Beautiful Decor, Amazing Food, Professional Servers

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This place is great! With wonderful treats for the eyes and the tastebuds. Started out in the Monday Club with drinks and a yummy crabcake and scrumptious Rabe pizza. We had reservations on a Saturday night (highly recommended) and were told it was going to be a slight wait (but that should be expected every place that is this popular on Saturdays) My husband had the Steak and I had the rabbit, which is now my all time favorite meat. Leave room for the yummy dessert! These people even make their own ice cream...try the coconut. The service was impecable friom the moment we arrived, till the moment we departed. The host even printed out us directions from her computer and gave my husband the Patiots score throughout the evening. Now that is what I call service. :-)

2
★★★★★

This place is great! With wonderful treats for the eyes and the tastebuds. Started out in the Monday Club with drinks and a yummy crabcake and scrumptious Rabe pizza. We had reservations on a Saturday night (highly recommended) and were told it was going to be a slight wait (but that should be expected every place that is this popular on Saturdays) My husband had the Steak and I had the rabbit, which is now my all time favorite meat. Leave room for the yummy dessert! These people even make their own ice cream...try the coconut. The service was impecable friom the moment we arrived, till the moment we departed. The host even printed out us directions from her computer and gave my husband the Patiots score throughout the evening. Now that is what I call service. :-)

Pros: Friendly Service, Romantic, Food

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The worst dining experience I have had in the Boston area. Made a reservation for the upstairs dining room only to arrive, trek up five flights of stairs and find the dining room empty expect for cases of beer. Went back to the cafe and waited while several members of the staff walked by but refused to acknowledge us. Finally stopped someone to ask for a table. Apparently the formal dining room is closed on Sunday nights. The host seemed to have fogotten this when booking our reservation. Sat down in the cafe, were given an after dinner drink list instead of the wine list and were unapologetically informed that 2 items on the very skimpy menu were unavailable. What was available was overpriced and the staff seemed like they couldn't be bothered to wait on us. Finally walked out without so much as a piece of bread.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The worst dining experience I have had in the Boston area. Made a reservation for the upstairs dining room only to arrive, trek up five flights of stairs and find the dining room empty expect for cases of beer. Went back to the cafe and waited while several members of the staff walked by but refused to acknowledge us. Finally stopped someone to ask for a table. Apparently the formal dining room is closed on Sunday nights. The host seemed to have fogotten this when booking our reservation. Sat down in the cafe, were given an after dinner drink list instead of the wine list and were unapologetically informed that 2 items on the very skimpy menu were unavailable. What was available was overpriced and the staff seemed like they couldn't be bothered to wait on us. Finally walked out without so much as a piece of bread.

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Service was ok, wine list very good, prices not justified, my lamb $39.00, asked for m/r came m/w, lamb ragu quite pleasant, but when did a rack mean 3 small chops, which looked like they were "in shake and bake" my partners steak was perfect, room was also quite cold. All the staff were excellent apart from the waiter who seemed like it was all to much of a bother.Eat downstairs, where the food is more reasonable, I've been downstairs many times and it has always been perfect.

1
★★★☆☆

Service was ok, wine list very good, prices not justified, my lamb $39.00, asked for m/r came m/w, lamb ragu quite pleasant, but when did a rack mean 3 small chops, which looked like they were "in shake and bake" my partners steak was perfect, room was also quite cold. All the staff were excellent apart from the waiter who seemed like it was all to much of a bother.Eat downstairs, where the food is more reasonable, I've been downstairs many times and it has always been perfect.

Pros: Room, View, Most Staff

Cons: Waiter, Price

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1) A diner could make much better eggs than this place. 2) The freshness of the ingredients is questionable. 3) The waiter is great with spilling water and coffee but not with listening to a customer's order. 4) Ridiculously overpriced for the quality and service. With the price I am paying, I know that I will get at least good food at comparable restaurants.

0
★☆☆☆☆

1) A diner could make much better eggs than this place. 2) The freshness of the ingredients is questionable. 3) The waiter is great with spilling water and coffee but not with listening to a customer's order. 4) Ridiculously overpriced for the quality and service. With the price I am paying, I know that I will get at least good food at comparable restaurants.

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For graduation we went there with our 13 year old daughter and i turned ou to be a great disappointment. We got sat late, the waiter left us for 10 minutes, water took for ever, refills had to be asked for, food took long, salad was disgusting, everything is crazy expensive. for us never again. there is a lot of places around that are a lot better than this

0
★☆☆☆☆

For graduation we went there with our 13 year old daughter and i turned ou to be a great disappointment. We got sat late, the waiter left us for 10 minutes, water took for ever, refills had to be asked for, food took long, salad was disgusting, everything is crazy expensive. for us never again. there is a lot of places around that are a lot better than this

Cons: price, service

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The food was good and the portions were reasonable. The room is enchanting and the decor is fun. Service was slow and not terribly knowledgeable. Good wine list. Restaurant is superior to most restaurants in Harvard Square but that is not saying much.

2
★★★★☆

The food was good and the portions were reasonable. The room is enchanting and the decor is fun. Service was slow and not terribly knowledgeable. Good wine list. Restaurant is superior to most restaurants in Harvard Square but that is not saying much.

Pros: food, ambience, value

Cons: service, noise level

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I don't know what these other people are talking about....I had a great experience!! The food, service, and ambiance was amazing! We were not seated right on time, but have a drink at the bar, it's really not that big of a deal! I am wondering if the authors of the other reviews eat out often in Boston- it's really the same everywhere.

2
★★★★★

I don't know what these other people are talking about....I had a great experience!! The food, service, and ambiance was amazing! We were not seated right on time, but have a drink at the bar, it's really not that big of a deal! I am wondering if the authors of the other reviews eat out often in Boston- it's really the same everywhere.

Pros: nice decor, friendly service

Cons: prices

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Reading all the wonderful reviews we thought we would try Upstairs on the Square on a Saturday night and were very disapointed. We had 8:15 reservations and arrived at about 8:05. We were told it would be about 5 minutes before we were seated, 25 minutes later we were told our table was ready only to go upstairs and waot another 5 minutes. The host asked us what time our reservations were for and when we replyed 8:15 he filpped his head and brought us to our table. While the upstairs is very nice to look at it was very hot, very crowded and very very noisy. and we ended up walking out. While we can't comment on the food the experience up to the food was not what we expected from a restaurant at this level.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Reading all the wonderful reviews we thought we would try Upstairs on the Square on a Saturday night and were very disapointed. We had 8:15 reservations and arrived at about 8:05. We were told it would be about 5 minutes before we were seated, 25 minutes later we were told our table was ready only to go upstairs and waot another 5 minutes. The host asked us what time our reservations were for and when we replyed 8:15 he filpped his head and brought us to our table. While the upstairs is very nice to look at it was very hot, very crowded and very very noisy. and we ended up walking out. While we can't comment on the food the experience up to the food was not what we expected from a restaurant at this level.

Pros: Nice interior

Cons: Very noisy, Very hot, Very crowded

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I took my girlfriend for what was supposed to be a nice dinner... Far from it. The menu was impossible to order from and the food we did order was decent, but certainly not worth the money. The over all experience was brutal - topped off by the owner or manager (I'm not sure which) stand at between our table and the table next to us for 20 minutes - While describing the lurid details of a how a friend of his *had the best of luck* after running into a former lover while on vacation in Tuscony with his family and then divorcing his wife for the lover...

The space was better used as a theater. You are better off at Rialto, Casablance, Grafton Street, or even the Red Line.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I took my girlfriend for what was supposed to be a nice dinner... Far from it. The menu was impossible to order from and the food we did order was decent, but certainly not worth the money. The over all experience was brutal - topped off by the owner or manager (I'm not sure which) stand at between our table and the table next to us for 20 minutes - While describing the lurid details of a how a friend of his *had the best of luck* after running into a former lover while on vacation in Tuscony with his family and then divorcing his wife for the lover...

The space was better used as a theater. You are better off at Rialto, Casablance, Grafton Street, or even the Red Line.

Pros: Location, funky decor

Cons: Overpriced

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Good food. Went for lunch and had a very nice time, especially having sat near the fireplace. The room however, is like Alice in Wonderland meets the Junior League. Too many colors, which is a distraction from the meal.

1
★★★☆☆

Good food. Went for lunch and had a very nice time, especially having sat near the fireplace. The room however, is like Alice in Wonderland meets the Junior League. Too many colors, which is a distraction from the meal.

Pros: good food, attentive waitstaff

Cons: decor

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I don't agree with the other reviews. The restaurant was excellent. Service was impecable and the food was delicious.

2
★★★★★

I don't agree with the other reviews. The restaurant was excellent. Service was impecable and the food was delicious.

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The service was so bad we thought our table was not on the floor plan. The veggies were cold ~ the steak was alright. The place was very noisy with absolutely no atmosphere. The tables were so close that a loud speaker sitting adjacent could drown out your conversation! Awful place. I also think it is a fire trap with the narrow stairway. I would not return.

1
★★☆☆☆

The service was so bad we thought our table was not on the floor plan. The veggies were cold ~ the steak was alright. The place was very noisy with absolutely no atmosphere. The tables were so close that a loud speaker sitting adjacent could drown out your conversation! Awful place. I also think it is a fire trap with the narrow stairway. I would not return.

Pros: Harvard Sq.

Cons: noisy, cold,, overrated, expensive

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After waiting for the Pudding to complete it's move to the new digs, we had to pay a visit. Our first try for a Christmas dinner for three gets poor reviews for food and service. Portions were ridiculous, including a $22 fois gras that was the size of a dime. Our server knew nothing about service or wine. And the scallops were BAY, not sea. Sad and hungry after 4 courses. A larger group (10) of us went two weeks ago and none of our food was great. Only the steak was passable and it was grainy. They totally lied and served us salmon instead of char and then SWORE it was char. AMAZING! Service is better downstairs than up and the downstairs servers know more about wine!

1
★★☆☆☆

After waiting for the Pudding to complete it's move to the new digs, we had to pay a visit. Our first try for a Christmas dinner for three gets poor reviews for food and service. Portions were ridiculous, including a $22 fois gras that was the size of a dime. Our server knew nothing about service or wine. And the scallops were BAY, not sea. Sad and hungry after 4 courses. A larger group (10) of us went two weeks ago and none of our food was great. Only the steak was passable and it was grainy. They totally lied and served us salmon instead of char and then SWORE it was char. AMAZING! Service is better downstairs than up and the downstairs servers know more about wine!

Pros: Ambiance, Color, Downstairs service ok

Cons: Food, Price, Service upstairs

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We had a great time here. I'd go back in a second.
Waitstaff was fast and friendly. Atmosphere was hip but not trendy.

2
★★★★★

We had a great time here. I'd go back in a second.
Waitstaff was fast and friendly. Atmosphere was hip but not trendy.

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"Upstairs on the Square" was truely a delite to dine at. The drinks at the "Monday Club Bar" were festive and creative. When walking up to the restaurant you can see the "Zebra Room" radianting "pink" charm and glamor to the outside world. If you follow the leopard print carpet up the stairs you will find yourself at the main dining room, known as the "Soiree Room." Bravo to the chefs for creating a wonderfully juicy Beef Tenderloin and very tasty scallops. The chocolate soufle was deliciously decadant, and the citrus sorbet was very nicely presented. I do hope that they fix the coatroom, as well as making it a bit brighter in the bar area. I can see why the staff seems to be delighted to be at work and why friends as well as critics have been raving about the re-awakening of Cambridge's lost jewel. Welcome back home!

2
★★★★★

"Upstairs on the Square" was truely a delite to dine at. The drinks at the "Monday Club Bar" were festive and creative. When walking up to the restaurant you can see the "Zebra Room" radianting "pink" charm and glamor to the outside world. If you follow the leopard print carpet up the stairs you will find yourself at the main dining room, known as the "Soiree Room." Bravo to the chefs for creating a wonderfully juicy Beef Tenderloin and very tasty scallops. The chocolate soufle was deliciously decadant, and the citrus sorbet was very nicely presented. I do hope that they fix the coatroom, as well as making it a bit brighter in the bar area. I can see why the staff seems to be delighted to be at work and why friends as well as critics have been raving about the re-awakening of Cambridge's lost jewel. Welcome back home!

Pros: fireplaces, romantic, unique

Cons: cramped coatroom, a little too dark

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The service here was atrocious! My husband and I made reservations for "Upstairs on the Square". When we arrived we were seated in "The Monday Club" and I noticed atmosphere and menu were completely different than they were shown on the website. They had neglected to tell us that the main diningroom "Upstairs on the Square" was closed for a private event when we made reservations. The waiter was so unattentive that it took him about a half an hour to find this out despite the fact that it was not crowded.

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★★☆☆☆

The service here was atrocious! My husband and I made reservations for "Upstairs on the Square". When we arrived we were seated in "The Monday Club" and I noticed atmosphere and menu were completely different than they were shown on the website. They had neglected to tell us that the main diningroom "Upstairs on the Square" was closed for a private event when we made reservations. The waiter was so unattentive that it took him about a half an hour to find this out despite the fact that it was not crowded.

Pros: Fireplaces

Cons: Stuffy, Snobby

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Institutions are a dying breed in ever-more-commercialized Harvard Square, so kudos to restaurateurs Mary-Catherine Deibel and Deborah Hughes for fighting the good fight---with wild style. After losing the lease for the site of their…

 

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