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Craigie on Main
Craigie on Main

Craigie on Main Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.craigieonmain.com
  • Phone: (617) 497-5511
  • Hours of Operation: Open Tuesday-Sunday

    Dining Room: 5:30-10:00pm (10:30 Fri & Sat)

    Bar: 5:30pm-12 Midnight

    Late Night Bar Menu: Until 11:00 pm

    Bar Drinks Served: 5:30-12:00 Midnight

    Brunch: Sunday 10:30am-1:30pm

    The "Chef's Whim" is available on Sunday evenings after 9:00 pm. Chef Tony Maws cooks for your table - either a $45 four-course or $57 six-course menu. Tony loves to cook and serve up impromptu dishes that may not be on the regular menu, and is at his most inventive, spontaneous, and generous. It’s never the same meal twice and your palates and pocketbooks are the winners! The “Chef’s Whim” is available in two versions only - “The Surprise” (which may contain meat and fish) and Vegetarian. We regret that there are no other selections or substitutions.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Tony Maws
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining Area for groups of over 12 for lunches or dinners Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, or Sunday Brunch. Please contact us about a restaurant buyout any time.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelley Hotti (617) 497-5511

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St. and Mass. Ave
  • Public Transit: Central Square T Stop, the No. 1 bus at the Main Street stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is plenty of street parking and nearby parking lots. Valet Parking is always available at dinner (but not for Sunday Brunch).There is ample on- street parking nearby after 6 pm. There is a well-lit public parking lot one block away on Bishop Allen Drive (just behind the restaurant).
    There is a paid parking lot at Le Meridien Hotel on the corner of Green St. and Sidney St.
A word from Craigie on Main
Eat out and feel at home! Chef Tony Maws - winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Northeast - combines French-inspired “nose -to-tail refined rusticity” with ”no exceptions” local, seasonal, & organic or natural ingredients. Enjoy the bar (Food & Wine’s ”Top 100 in US”), ”Our Sunday Best Brunch”, and Tasting Menus …Thanks to GQ for naming us #2 (!) in 10 Best New US Restaurants, Food Network for “Best Breakfast in MA”, Boston Magazine for 2010 “Best Bigtime Chef” and Boston Globe for one of ”The 10 Most Influential Restaurants” of the decade. We are the third most popular restaurant in Boston, says Zagat and one of the Top 100 Wine Restaurants in the US, says Wine Enthusiast! Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Great cocktails. The valet was nowhere to be found. Food was fabulous, with much attention to detail."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The menu was unexpected but we enjoyed it very much. The only disappointment was the dessert. Our server was very knowledgeable and assisted us with menu/wine choices."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Hospitable without phoniness, attentive without being annoying, very interesting menu choices & pairings. Somewhat expensive but worth it."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Truly a terrible meal. Oysters with their liquor removed, whipped with mignonette and then back in the shell. The oysters got frozen and came out as hard shriveled little over-salted brown things. Octopus that was so over brined that it disintegrated in your mouth. The sturgeon quite simply was not fresh and was chewy and mealy - no excuse. The pork three ways was a total disappointment; sausage was without flavor, the casing had not been properly prepared so it was not edible; the slices of loin were 85% chewy fat and very rare; and third: the single rib was so over spice rubbed and cooked that it felt like jerky in your mouth. Such a disappointment, particularly as the menu is priced for fine dining but the food was amateur night."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "If you want true 5-star cuisine, Craigie on Main will deliver. From start to finish the food is divine, and they also serve up an excellent selection of cocktails and wines."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This is an exceptional restaurant. They use seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients of the highest quality to prepare creative, refined dishes. The wait staff is superb and exceptionally knowledgable, and is clearly enthusiastic about what the restaurant is doing. Out table of four had the eight-course chef's tasting, which really turned out to be ten courses with the amuse-bouche and extra desserts. Absolutely a delight."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I went here three years ago - it was good but not too impressive... Now... WOW. ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS WOW. I finally got the burger (simply put, infused with the essence of tasty). Service was AMAZING - this was the first time EVER on OpenTable a restaurant read the Notes section on my reservation. FIRST TIME EVER. The waitress was very good in dealing with my companion's food allergies. All the drinks we had were uniquely blended and delicious (there was a dried perhaps candied lemon in my drink - Change of Habit - that I delighted in chewing upon). My companion's drink, The Killing Word, was the real star - simply the aroma is enough to awaken the dead in yearning for more. And dessert. Three words: just do it. Vanilla Saffron Pudding."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Craigie's on Main was recommended to my fiancé and me as "one of the best restaurants in the country" so we thought we should give it a try when we visited Boston. The octopus appetizer was amazing however my red drum entree was way too salty. I almost considered sending it back. The fish itself was excellent with a great crunch to the skin but the zucchini and sauce was almost inedible due to the salt! The praline dessert was to die for, and naturally gluten free! I would definitely come back but would speak to the waitress about the salt before ordering!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The staff was attentive and friendly, but the dishes arrived irregularly sometimes more than 20 min apart, as if each dish in the tasting menu was submitted as a new order and that the chefs did not plan for the entire tasting. one plate arrived 40 min after the previous plate, another took 20 min. Two hr later and half-way through the menu, we gave up. Although each plate was skillfully prepared, creativity was lacking. No interesting combination of flavors and saltiness diminished flavors. the spare rib, etc., was heavy and not the right choice for the final plate. Each plate in the tasting menu should stand alone, but also contribute to the progression of flavors among the series of dishes served. These plates appeared poorly integrated."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Tasting menu is WAY too expensive for the quality and amount of food you get."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We went to COM hoping for a memorable meal and were sorely disappointed. The service was very slow and the menu rather limited and pretentious. The food was not compelling and was highly overpriced. We will not be back."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Some of the best food and definitely the best service in the Boston-Cambridge area! I've only ever been for the Sunday late-night chef's whim, where the kitchen dreams up wonderfully inventive courses for you to try, but I'm sure that any night of the week will be amazing, too. And try the chef's whim if you're up for some adventure!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our last dinner at Craigie's was outstanding as usual. Everything was truly excellent, and the wine selection (Austrian) went with both the pork and the bluefish. It is always an experience to dine at Craigie's. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had a group of three and we each got the 6 course tasting because everyone said you had to do that. We also had some wine and beer before and during dinner. The food was creative and fun, with each course having something unique about it that kept us interested. We found the staff to be a little overbearing but certainly enthusiastic. But overall, none of us left feeling like we'd had an amazing experience that we would recommend to friends. And with a $600 price tag for 3 people, it was not worth the $$$."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Craigie on Main has a special offer for persons attending Central Square Theater events so we went on a date. The service was extraordinary, the food memorable, and the wine exceptional. It's a great scene with the open kitchen which gives a sense of energy to the place. We'll definitely return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I looked for Michelin star restaurants in Boston but there were none...Craigie on Main could fits into the category. Amazing food and service. Went back three times during our short stay in Boston. Ps. We tried all the best restaurant in Boston and Craigie on Main was the best of the best."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal with exceptional service. Everything was amazing and we can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We absolutely adore Craigie on Main and it is never a disappointment."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My appetizer, the Octopus, was fantastic. We shared the chicken for two, and I have had better, even at Craigie's."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A rec from a foodie friend led us here to celebrate our wedding day. Do not be deceived by decrepit streetscape: treasure awaits within. 6-course tasting menu was sublime, full of surprise and delight and intense flavor at every turn, as it should be. Very professional yet low-key and friendly staff gave outstanding service, including excellent wine recommendations. Atmosphere is much more gemütlich than pretentious or stuffy: feels like a neighborhood restaurant. Not cheap, of course, but I have paid more elsewhere and been disappointed: not so here. Book or arrive early; the place was full upon opening at 5:30 on a Friday. But go."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Sat at the chef's table overlooking the small kitchen. Gained a new appreciation for the level of detail for the food and its presentation. Wonderful meal and excellent service."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Two of use had the prix fixe dinner plus one drink each and it came to over $200. We went because we had a gift certificate for $150, so it was a lovely meal. I doubt we'll go back--too expensive, and too few items that aren't pork or seafood--but it was worth doing."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We chose the restaurant and and the five course tasting menu as a treat on our last night in Boston. Asked about preferences my friend mentioned she hoped no chicken and I said I rather fancied the octopus on the prix fixe menu. Did we like bone marrow? One dubious, one had never tried. Did we like asparagus? Yes, we did. The courses progressed deliciously slowly and the octopus was fabulous. The only criticism we had was at the end when, after a refreshing sorbet and a rich dessert we were brought ANOTHER rich dessert each - really too much. But the sting was finding the bone marrow and the asparagus were added onto the bill as "sides". When we queried this they were immediately deducted...but still, a bit of a let down at the end."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The chef was able to modify the tasting menu to be gluten free so that both my husband and I could enjoy it. We were impressed with the complex flavors and the variety of different fish, meat and dessert dishes included in the menu. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The food was good, but definitely overpriced for what you get. Portion sizes are small."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Celebrated my partner's 30th birthday here because it's her favorite restaurant. We had an amazing 8 course meal to remember."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Disappointed as friends who are foodies recommended craigies. Wait person talked to us as if we had never been to a restaurant. First course was rushed and main course took over 20 minutes. There were several managers on the floor but they didn't seem to observe the uneven service. We enjoyed the wine."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "First time. Excellent brunch. Excellent service. A "scene" in it's own way. Attention to quality of food is obvious."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "delicious and interesting food! service was enthusiastic. Overall wonderful experience. Would recommend."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It is always a pleasure to dine here. The staff is attentive and the food always stimulates and pleases. We received a complimentary cocktail (it was our anniversary) and from the amuse to the dessert...really special...as always!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Everything was top notch. Only complaint (just for me) I wish it was not so loud or least the guy next too me did not feel everyone in the restaurant was interested in what he had too say."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "food was delicious, imaginative and well presented. staff were charming, informed and helpful. what more could you want?"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "A great neighborhood bar and restaurant. Very attentive service, a great looking place, energetic and fun."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "First visit for us and we were very pleased with the excellent service and most attentive staff. If you like the open kitchen concept , you'll love this gem. Eclectic dishes abound....try the "pork done three ways" & any of the daily fish preparations. Their well deserved reputation and performance will bring us back across the river."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great restaurant near Central Square in Cambridge--casual ambience and a little noisy but the food is superb. Service is attentive, friendly, and eager to please. All in all a very nice evening."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "What a ripoff! $67.00 APIECE for half a chicken. Chicken wasn't even as good as I remembered. They have no name brand vodka. The bill with tip was $217.00 a couple, with one drink each. We will NEVER go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We recently ate at Craigie on Main as a graduation celebration and opted for the chef's special 6 course menu. Chef was very responsive to excluding allergy item and even swapping one course for a couple of us who hated the featured lamb. All I can say is "awesome"! Beautifully presented, terrific selections and just right portions. Dessert course was different for each of us and we would have preferred a sharable sampler, but that's the only suggestion. A great find; we'll definitely eat here again when in town."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This was special in every way. The food was the most extraordinary with service a very close second. They even took my request on seating seriously and had a perfect table waiting for us. It couldn't have been better! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I've written about Craigie before, but every time I eat there I still feel compelled to write about it again. This time, chef's whim on Sunday night. Craigie does a 6-course tasting menu Sunday nights 9-10 PM for only $57 called the Chef's Whim. Their normal 6-course tasting menu is $98, just to put things in perspective...maybe the best deal ever. The food is well executed and combines flavors and different cuisines in combinations I would never have thought possible. For example, "duck prosciutto with ramps, wild morels, and scotch-chicken consomme." That' just one dish. Flavor, creativity, fun, and just a great experience start to finish. I could write another review just on the amazing wine list. But yeah, go to Craigie now."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My spouse and I visited Boston for leisure, and repeatedly found Craigie on Main listed as one of the best restaurants in the city. The atmosphere was hip, the restaurant nicely decorated, and the service top-notch. The food is where we found ourselves disappointed. We selected the six course tasting menu with two glasses of wine each. The dishes were underwhelming, although the wine was excellent. To put it succinctly, if one is going to spend over $350 on a meal for two people, the food should be unique, phenomenal, and memorable; this meal was none of those things. Perhaps they were just having a bad night, but a restaurant with that kind of reputation and price tag simply cannot afford to have bad nights. I would not dine here again."
    Dined on 5/22/2014