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Catalyst Restaurant
Catalyst Restaurant

Catalyst Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.catalystrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (617) 576-3000
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "excellent food, friendly staff, in an upbeat venue, well-designed"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Very noisy; service sometimes inattentive; food normally very good"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Architectural gem. Exceptional food. Attentive service. A real find."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Excellent, interesting food.creamed kale is outstanding."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Great food. Excellent wine list. Outstanding service with Christina"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Food was delicious and well presented. Old wood and stone interior in tech building is very successful."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went as a group of 5 people with very distinct and individual tastes. The restaurant appealed to all of us. The appetizers, wine, main course and dessert were all delish. The decor was mix of contemporary and country. Recycled wood panels with modern clear glass lamps and floor to ceiling windows just opened up the space to let light in and draw everyone in. The server was knowledgable about the restaurant and its clients. Her suggestions were wonderful."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Found them excellent for a nice corporate event of 25. Great food, wine, and attentive planning and service. Very knowledge bat tenders bordering on mixologists. Tried them for date night. The server was very knowledgeble and attentive. The rest of the staff was checked out. The food was unremarkable. The desert was a waste."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The service was so poor that it ruined the meal. Tables around us were seated and got their meals while we waited in between our appetizer and main course. Our waiter's attentiveness was so poor that I can only explain it as he was deliberately ignoring us. I will not return."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Convenient location near MIT for a friendly meeting after some conference sessions. No one at the table was a wine lover but the beer selection was varied and excellent (though not extensive). The food was superb... scallops or cod you could not go wrong. Atmosphere was quiet early in the evening but got moderately louder as the night progressed (we were here on a Monday so the restaurant was only partially full). There are plenty of options for seating -- a booth in our case for some technical discussions -- but plenty of open tables to enjoy the full atmosphere and a spacious bar to gather around. Go. Enjoy."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The scones were the best I have ever eaten and my husband loved the cornbread. Rest of brunch and drinks were great and service very good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were seated in a private area that allowed the eight of us to talk as one conversation instead of only hearing the person next to you. The food was fantastic, waiter was funny and a great help for recommendations. We shared food and stories for several hours and loved our dinner at Catalyst."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a little trouble finding the place, but once we did we lucked out with street parking almost right in front. Although we were a little bit early, we were seated right away at a table by one of the windows. There's plenty of wait staff, and they are knowledgeable about the food and drink. The wine list is mostly French, with a couple of California choices. I started with the Fried Green Tomatoes, which I couldn't resist if only for the name. But they were very good, buttermilk battered and served with grilled jalapenos. My son had the pork ribs. Then we both had the tournedos, which came with kale, and split a basket of potato puffs. For dessert, we split some beignets that came with three different dipping sauces."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "and along with A-4, make for great additions to the Kendall Square neighborhood. The carbonara and pork ribs are must-trys. Fairly casual but has a slightly trendy upscale vibe. Would definitely recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "What a find - saw the restaurant on a hotel's website and decided to try it out since it was chef owned. We were not disappointed. The staff was nice to split the salad into two plates. We could not say enough good things about the salmon dish and the scallop dish. We also had snap peas. The dishes were well prepared and beautifully presented. We would recommend it to any one. The service was very attentive."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Pleasant space, delcious food, lovely service. A new favorite"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "carrot coconut soup was excellent; cod delicious; scallops fine but not special."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Had the beet salad and it was fantastic. Mu business associate had the Salmon and shared my comments on food. Very energetic, great food, great service. Went during lunch so we expected a higher noise level. Sat at window and it was no problem conducting business. Highly recommend and will visit for dinner"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Even as seasoned foodies, we found new and exciting dishes here and the service was exemplary. So happy we took a chance and tried Catalyst. It was superb. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We had reservations, I asked for a good seat w/view and got it. When I was last there, we sat at the bar and the bartender made a drink called Sazerac infused with Absinthe and can be made w/either Bourbon or Rye. I asked for that bartender, but he was off that night, but the drink was delicious as well, as the meal. The graduate had the Slow Roasted Salmon and I had the Ricotta Cavatelli - both were delish. We had seconds of the Sazerac for desert - it was so delicious!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We've been to Catalyst several times now. The food is always delicious and the service is excellent. The only disappointment was that on a Saturday night, at 7pm, the restaurant ran out of the halibut special that two people at our table would have liked to have had."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We sat at the bar, had some really good food and well- made cocktails. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Fabulous food, comfortable booth, great drinks, terrific wait staff. What more can you ask for?"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I have been here a half dozen times with friends and by myself. Each visit has been more amazing than the previous. I arranged a party at Catalyst for a friends graduation. 8 people and they were all very pleased with the decor, service, and the quality of the meal. Amazing!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "First time dining here. All dishes were at least very good with interesting and well balanced combinations of flavours. The tournedos was slightly on the salty side but delicate and very good. Desert was slightly too sweet, as typical in American cuisine, yet refreshing and an excellent conclusion to a very enjoyable meal. Management should be highly commended for not havingany bavkground music/noise -- such rarity nowadays to be able to dine peacefully while focussing on the food and conversation!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Catalyst is one of my local favorites. The food and service are consistently excellent, and it's a relaxing space. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Love how the table are separated from other diners - can talk with your friends easily."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The seasonal menu, superb dishes, and friendly service keep Catalyst at the top of my list."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "maybe the most delicious brunch I've had in cambridge in years. just great. and friendly staff."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We were a group of 7 and dined here on a Saturday night. The space is very open, and the noise level was pretty low, given the restaurant was fairly busy and we were close to the kitchen. Our table was the perfect size for having good conversations within our group. The waitress was very helpful, and gave good wine and food suggestions. The food was delicious. I had a salmon dish that was perfectly cooked, had interesting flavors, and included fun ingredients that I wouldn't think to combine. The cocktails were tasty and balanced. Overall great experience! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014