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Catalyst Restaurant

4.3
1175 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Catalyst Restaurant is a reflection of Chef/Owner William Kovel’s passion for simple food delivered with warm service in a modern environment. The Catalyst dining experience centers on bright, simple food created from the season’s freshest local ingredients, serious French technique and an appreciation for the details that go into our guest's experience. Catalyst Restaurant opened in 2011 as one of the pioneer businesses in Technology Square near the MIT Campus in Cambridge, MA. Since that time, an influx of start-ups and big companies that have made Catalyst a hub for business lunches, after-work gatherings and private dining.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 576-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
William Kove
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Catering
events@catalystrestaurant.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main Street
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Parking details
We validate parking at Technology Square Garage (800 Technology Square)
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Public transit
Red Line Kendall/MIT
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Special events & promotions
For parties of 13 guests or more, we require a prix-fixe menu in our dining room. For parties of 17 guests or more must book with our Private Event Coordinator at events@catalystrestaurant.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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What 1175 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJamesW (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Stellar All Around. Every dish we had was highly imaginative and creative, but not wacked out -- all the ingredients and flavors worked together in a masterly way. We also liked our very helpful and friendly server who steered us to just the right entrees and desert choices, all of which we went crazy over. The atmosphere is very cool warehouse-sheek, with beautiful wood on the walls and a cool linear see-through gas fireplace in the front to sit and have drinks in front of. Honestly, the food quality is outstanding and better than other high end places we've been in Boston that charge much more. We highly recommend Catalyst.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

The food is high-quality, but the plates were a little small for a full meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Perfect in all ways

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing food, perfect for a date night

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Rudy (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We like the food, the ambience, the service, and the short drive to Catalyst for us. It's a big place with a couple of different seating/dining areas, and an attractive bar scene. The frequent change in cuisine also keeps us coming back.

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DerrickA (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Catalyst is DEPENDABLY excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Amazing cauliflower soup with fried capers. I couldn't get enough. Also really enjoyed the kale caesar salad.

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camille (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Catalyst was a good choice for a work outing in a group of 5. The service was very good, especially considering we had some special requests at our table.

Ambiance was probably the best in the area. Perfect for something nice but not pretentious.

Plenty of drink options!

The servings were a healthy size, and the quality seemed mixed depending on the dish. Salmon was great, celery root pasta was great, burgers were pretty good, and there was a meat pasta that was just ok.

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vipJess (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We enjoyed the food, we enjoyed not having to shout while we ate, we liked the atmosphere at Catalyst. Service was good. It was a very relaxed brunch.

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Norman (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

My date really enjoyed the interior design. She loved the atmosphere and food. Definitely take her again.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

My self and a group of friends went here for my birthday and everyone had a great time! There was plenty of space at the table for the group, there were nine of us. Brian was an amazing server! He was funny, personable and attentive. The food was delicious and would highly recommend it to anyway who’s looking for a nice evening out.

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vipHdj8813 (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Service was super slow and we were among the only ones in the restaurant

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vipKimS (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The fish dishes were disappointing. Best food on menu is the burger. Soups are good too.

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jpaddler (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Three of us ate lunch at catalyst recently. Two of us got the salmon-cooked perfectly with
delicious sides. I think the fish itself would have benefited from a good searing w/some spices.
Our niece ordered the steak and it was delicious and generously portioned.
The wait person was very accommodating, funny, friendly and we enjoyed the repartee. We would definitely return again.

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JesseO (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Our second time dining there and they were very accommodating especially after an order mix up that was quickly resolved. Food and overall ambiance was great. Highly recommended.

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