First a confession. Due to circumstances totally beyond my control, we had to cancel successive reservations at Ten Tables and The Blue Room last night and ended up with a group of people at Grafton Street. My expectations were very low.
It was very late and I was very hungry, and every single thing I ordered was terrible; a complete zero. Beet salad featured gritty (!) wet lettuce sitting in a pool of water(!!), tasteless though good looking beets, and some cheese which was also completely without flavor. I can't think of much worse than gritty wet salad. Only the late hour (their kitchen was closing) kept me from sending it back. A glass of lukewarm beer arrived. Fish and chips was perhaps the worst rendition I've ever had. Thick doughy crust surrounded crumbly fish which was not only lacking flavor itself, but seemed to suck all flavor out of everything it touched. Shockingly pink cole slaw was likewise without flavor, and the thick steak fries weren't any better. The waitress looked at me like I was a nutcase when I asked for mustard (I thought vinegar would be a stretch). The only edible thing were the fries which came with the hamburger on the plate next to mine. They were fine.
In sum, it was awful. I mostly mention it because Grafton Street comes up sometimes as a suggestion for somewhere to eat in Harvard Square. I can assure you that, absent duress, I'll never be back.
Grafton Street Pub and Grill
1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138