Catalyst Restaurant
Catalyst Restaurant

Catalyst Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.catalystrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6175763000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Friday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Catalyst Restaurant
Catalyst Restaurant is a reflection of Chef/Owner William Kovel’s passion for simple, delicious food delivered with warm service in a comfortable, modern environment. The modern American cuisine begins with exceptional products centered on locally grown organic produce and wild and farm raised food from sustainable practices. With an ever-changing menu, Catalyst celebrates each season by featuring the best ingredients from a wide range of farms and food producers in the region.
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Catalyst Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (104)good for groups (72)neighborhood gem (66)great for lunch (65)special occasion (64)great for outdoor dining (42)vibrant bar scene (30)notable wine list (27)hot spot (27)romantic (27)great for brunch (26)late-night find (11)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Disappointment
    boathouseVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From start to finish, the restaurant is a disappointment. The space/decor is cold, loud and not the least bit inviting/comfortable for an evening out. The service was not measured -- initially very slow for drinks and bread to arrive -- and then sped up to the point where plates were removed virtually when forks were put down after completing a course. We felt rushed. The salad was dry, bitter and boring. The beef entree had a wetness to it -- almost as if it had been in a steamer to keep warm or as being prepared. Had a pot roast texture/flavor to it. The chicken was also "wet" and lacked flavor despite the description of spices on the menu. The baked alaska was flavorless except for anoverly sweet caramel drizzle. Avoid this place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could have been better
    genemiae
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I tried this restaurant on a Friday night. The restaurant is in the middle of a lot of high tech companies so I imagine it does well during the week days. It was busy but not packed. I tried the fried green tomatoes starter. Good but not the taste I remember as a kid. My wife had the arugula beet salad which she liked. She also had the deep fried chicken. Very heavily battered. After peeling away the batter, her choice of eating fried foods, the chicken was very moist and tasty. I had the lamb sirloin. It was slices of lamb over fresh uncooked green and yellow berms and I think a goat cheese flavored dressing. Great overall taste but I thought my jaw would fall off trying to chew the meat. The baked Alaska was very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    With a name like catalyst, one probably expects interesting food combinations or drinks. My food is ordinary and my friends did not seem to like their good with more than 2/3 still untouch. Overall, a bit disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We recently dined at Catalyst on a Monday night with some friends who are foodies. We shared several small plates and main dishes. We found that each dish was prepared with great attention to the ingredients and favors that worked together perfectly. We found the prices to be reasonable as well. We would go back in a heartbeat. I intentionally did not list the specific dishes we ordered because they were all amazing. I plan to try other dishes on the menu on our next visit. Thank you for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food! A bit pricey
    Heyalexa6
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was fantastic. They were more than happy to split meals for us. We ate outside which was great. There is a big open grass field in front where our son could play. Plus parking is available. My only complaints are that there was no bicycle parking and it was a bit expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice addition to Kendall area!
    NightowlbrandyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had lunch w. a friend & ended up spending several hrs. & no one minded which was nice. Menu limited but certainly adequate, & on creative side w. emphasis on presentation. Trendy decor, down to the odd angled knives & bathroom faucets! Tomato soup tasty & full bodied w. nice crostini toast. Turkey sandwich w. avocado slices & cranberry relish served on a lovely bun; also liked lobster & corn soup w. an interesting rb sandwich. Desserts good sized & worth indulging in, esp. W. exotic ice cream flavors. Service very attentive & personable. A big plus is validated parking in nrby garage, esp if seeing a Kendall Theater movie. Only downside is finding the place if not familiar w. Technology Sq; even a GPS & Google maps needed lots of prompting!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grt but too loud for business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food & service were excellent, but it was too loud for an effective business lunch which is what we were looking for.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit- won't be my last!
    New2Cambridge
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I was responsible for making dinner arrangements for an important business dinner with our Chairman of the Board and key consultant's. I was looking for a nice restaurant that would have the perfect mix of great food with a good variety, ambiance conducive for a group of 5 to converse, and the right blend of "special but not pretentious", and The Catalyst delivered it all! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tudeng
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The creativity of the kitchen and general quality of food are outstanding. There is an optional, but noticeable Asian flavor in the cuisine (hot and sour soup which is great, Vietnamese style sandwiches) Prepare to the fact that the portions are dramatically on the small side. If you after small amount of outstanding food - this is a right place. Otherwise - prepare to pay more and order more and sample from different entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food!!
    Curious
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Really Impressed with the food from appetizer to dessert it was a incredibly enjoyable experience. The bar and sitting area by the fireplace was very inviting and the open kitchen concept was cool. The only down side was that the crowd for a Friday was rather tame however this just could have been an off night. Overall I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eating4meeting
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nice place for a quiet dinner...parking is free and convenient. Nice presentation and wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great find for suburban foodies!!
    Gibbiegabble
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were impressed with the modern and clean lines of the restaurant. There was a wonderful feeling of space, both architecturally and personally, with high ceilings, expanse of windows, and plenty of room between and around the tables. Our server, Anne, was friendly and knowledgeable about the food and its preparation. We enjoyed a most delicious French Malbec to begin our lunch. My husband had the burger, and I had the top sirloin tips. Portion sizes were ample, the meat cooked exactly to our individual requests, presentation attractive, and the tastes were wonderful. We finished the meal with coffee that was a rich, dark Italian roast, and the equally rich chocolate flourless cake topped with a peanut butter ice cream. Great find
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Catalyst is a terrific restaurant. The food and service are consistently great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food excellent.
    Dab813VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was fantastic. That alone will bring me back. A real neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night!
    Kaleigh
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Catalyst is a open restaurant with great energy, service and food! The restaurant has floor to ceiling windows that looked out onto Main st in Kendall square, small and large tables for big groups but was not crowded for space at all. They also had a spacious outdoor seating area. The food was amazing, everything we had was prepared well and just delicious. I would definitely recommend Catalyst.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable dining experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great food, service and atmosphere. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Catalyst always good
    BusinessdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It was my third or fourth time at this restaurant. It is a great place to meet for a business lunch (not easy to find in Cambridge). The service is always good as is the food. I know I can count on Catalyst for a quiet place to chat and eat.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Girls Night Out
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Perfect location for after work girls night out. Noise level great and able to chat with friends. Wait staff took too long to bring cocktail orders to the table. And my friend had to ask about the evening specials. I looked at menu on-line early in the day and excited to try a new cocktail. When I ordered the cocktail from on-line menu informed it is not available as menu updated recently. Not good..... But food good and would go back. Great spot and loved it is walking distance from my office.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dependably delightful
    hooked
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    From the kind, courteous and attentive staff, who are generous with smiles, to the tasty dishes, it's always a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely evening
    chrissy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    the scallops were perfectly cooked. a chocolate dessert to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food & you can talk & hear
    SRDines
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    If I am taking the time to meet with special people and have a fabulous meal, there are very few restaurants where you can actually enjoy your meal and your conversation. I have been to this wonderful restaurant twice with 4 additional people. We all had a great time and each dish was superb. But, most importantly, we were very comfortable, could hear everyone at the table and enjoyed the ambiance. Thank you Catalyst.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth seeking out
    PenelopeVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    What a terrific place - beauty, quality, design, and a bit of edge - adventurous menu plus friendly service. Couldn't have had a better evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow service
    aniversary
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have been to Catalyst a number of times and the food is always good, but it took us 1 1/2 hours for lunch, which is too long. Service needs to improve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greatplace
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    excellent food, friendly staff, in an upbeat venue, well-designed
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best lunch in Kendall
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This is my favorite lunch place in the greater Kendall Square area, though I wish it were slightly less busy so I didn't have to remember to make reservations in advance. Everything tastes great, it's not exorbitant, and there's daily specials for both soup and sandwich. (Announced on twitter!). It's also a very tasty Sunday brunch. (I'm sure it's great for dinner too, but I have less experience with that).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • xxxxxVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very noisy; service sometimes inattentive; food normally very good
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • striking space, delicious food
    Traveler2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Architectural gem. Exceptional food. Attentive service. A real find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinerVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Excellent, interesting food.creamed kale is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful but won't go back
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went to this restaurant with our two small children and enjoyed almost everything about it: the location is nearby our home, there is free validated parking in the technology square garage, the outdoor seating is conveniently located by a grassy field for the kids to play, the food was interesting and delicious, and they include a "bartender's choice" for cocktails on the menu, which I really enjoy. Our evening, however, was ruined by a really poor service experience, which was unacceptably slow for a family with kids and our waiter disappeared for painfully long periods. The other servers seemed much more friendly and responsive, so while we will not return, other people may have a better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular food
    ClaudiaWey
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I went last night with some friends and everything we ordered was outstanding. My favorite course was the Tournedos of Beef. Absolutely recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    DityVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The service was excellent and a great spot for lunch. I had the soup and 1/2 sandwich. The soup was flavorful and the chicken sandwich was incredible. I also had the lemonade and it was not sweet, perfect for a hot summer day. A great lunch and you felt like you really had an office break.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So Close to Great
    EYEMORE
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This place is good. I like the decor and ambiance. Everyone was attentive, it was clean and food was good. Fresh produce was used and ideas were fresh, portions were fair for the price. Particularly the first courses. Now the reason it's not great. Our waiter made it a bit more about him than me. I like it when they check in and complement your choices but overflowing with personal details, sharing etc and interrupting my dinner conversation to see how the food is a bit much. Everyone's dishes were under seasoned and the desserts were subpar for the cost. Worst of all my beautiful favorite drink of a Grey Lock Martini was ruined, the bar tender must have left too long on the ice and my twist overpowered the subtle qualities of the gin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Save room for dessert!
    Shuba
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Catalyst always has an interesting take on traditional lunch items - their chickpea fritter wrap is falafel but with a pickled carrot garnish that puts the whole thing into a different level of heaven. But, and here's the most important thing - *always* save room for dessert. I had the dark chocolate mousse with thai basil cream and it was unbelievably good! The thai basil cream is actually the strangest thing I've ever had - it's like essence of basil in whipped cream - but it somehow enhances and intensifies the chocolate flavors. Truly an eating experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Al
    Alan
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great food. Excellent wine list. Outstanding service with Christina
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special event, special evening
    ReadingCam
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Dinner for 10, well cared for, thoughtful, quiet service. Excellent food, the menu choices were nicely balanced. Nice that the din of the city does not enter here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovely dinner
    ddf8VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My daughter and I had a wonderful dinner--her cod was outstanding and my pork chop special was as well. My mussel soup was great as well--but missing the promised garnish--when I asked I was told they were "out", which raises my one quibble with this restaurant. Our waitress had a fabulous demeanor but was not so great on execution--she greeted a table next to us first when we were seated before them. She was great about letting my daughter change her salad ingredients, but then it arrived missing some ingredients and she was oblivious, so we had to hail another server. She was around a fair amount, but never when we needed anything. But all in all a great dinner and a lovely, peaceful outside seating area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was our third visit here in the past 3 years. The food choices are varied and the results are superb. We'll be returning on our next visit to Cambridge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unexpected Surprise!
    EatRealFoodVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Met a friend here recently for dinner and was surprised at the overall ambience inside. We shared the fried green tomatoes which were delicious with the pickled onions. We both ordered scallops and the combination of the veggies with the color palette was pleasing to the eye and taste buds. Slight mix-up with dessert order but it was quickly rectified and was even brought out the extra dessert. Small outdoor dining area. Quiet spot inside Technology Square. Oh, btw, their essence drinks are a must have. I ordered the Cambridge Favorite and it quickly became mine. I'm still thinking about it! My friend had the Rose of the Day - catchy concept and light for any fare. Would recommend and would go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • alocal
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Food was delicious and well presented. Old wood and stone interior in tech building is very successful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Ok2dine
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Been there before and very satisfied. Had out of town guests went back. Neither finished their main course, ,one didn't finish appetizer, my chicken was dry, service excellent, I like the atmosphere
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    • Noise LevelModerate