Catalyst Restaurant

4.5
1469 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Catalyst is hibernating for the winter! We plan to take this time to curate unique and thoughtful Popup experiences that we will share on our social media. During this hibernation period, we are still available for catering and continue to book future events. If you would like to plan an event or an intimate gathering, please contact Robyn Yee our Director of Events at robyn.yee@catalystrestaurant.com.

Please follow us on Instagram: @catalystrestaurant, Facebook: Catalyst Restaurant and Twitter: @catalystcam.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the spring


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.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
What 1469 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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michellec
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Catalyst and are so happy they are back open! Great food, great cocktails and great service!!!

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Lovely
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catalyst has a very elegant, modern aesthetic that fits Technology Square very nicely. Every single item on the menu looked delicious and it was tempting to try everything. A must try: the "undecided" cocktail, where the bartender makes you a custom drink based on your favorite flavors.

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Jonathan
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Server (Cassidy?) was nice and friendly. Food took too long for how mediocre my entrée was, which obviously isn't her fault. Overall, not the best experience but would definitely give this place another shot.

There were maybe 15 people in the restaurant total, and our 2 entrees took an hour-twenty to come out. My Catalyst burger was pretty meh. Inside was medium rare (perfect) but the outside was hard and blackened, not at all to my liking. The toppings were also pretty underwhelming. We also ordered a pasta dish that was extremely tasty, would rate 5/5. Potato puffs and focaccia were also delicious.

Had a $16 cocktail that was tasty but barely larger than a shot glass and probably half as much alcohol.

Patio looks great, but unfortunately it started raining. The atmosphere in the restaurant was also very nice.

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Auntie
New England
33 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place! Expensive. I've enjoyed dining both indoors and out.

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viphappyfoodie
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was lively, the staff was AMAZING - Carlos and Rigoberto were on top of things the whole night, and the food was delicious! Highly recommend this restaurant if you’re in the area. There’s indoor and outdoor seating, the cocktails are inventive, the service again - especially coming out of Covid - was really good. Kudos to the Catalyst team!

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DSds
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, but that was the highlight. Although our food looked great, our entrées came out only five minutes after ordering, certainly not enough time to cook chicken and salmon. Both dishes were obviously cooked beforehand, and just warmed up. They cooled off quickly and tasted like airplane food. The salmon was very fishy. At these prices, you would expect much more. The place was almost empty, so there was no excuse for the inattentive service, but that could’ve been just with our particular server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The food was terrible. We got truffle aioli and it tasted like lemon. We asked the chef if they may have confused the truffle aioli with lemon aioli and they said no. I would never recommend this place to anyone.

Service was good though!

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vipYoSoyFiesta
New England
40 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My fiancée and I went to Catalyst and sat at the bar. They have an excellent spirits program and we enjoyed lively conversation with the bartender, Jay, as well as some of the other guests sitting near us. It is a beautiful space with a large outdoor area, as well as a fireplace which me made note of for future visits. They have several interesting cocktails using unusual ingredients. The food was excellent: we had the chicken liver mousse and split the bolognese. I had the baked Alaska as well, which was really great. The only thing that causes me to mark them down is there was a long delay after our initial drinks where we were not offered another. It was getting busy in the restaurant and at that time there seemed to only be one bartender serving the whole establishment. It was not like he was ignoring us, he was just very busy.

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CarenB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quinoa salad and fish tacos were outstanding and the service was perfect. This was a business lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner after work

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I’ve loved Catalyst for years, but last night is making me rethink that. I hope it was just one very off night and not the new post-Covid status quo.

Service was non-existent. It took over an hour to get two burgers, both over-cooked and one with the wrong side. Add the incredible noise in there, and you’ve got a lousy evening.

Instead of giving unqualified raves to friends, I now have to wave a caution flag.

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vipjack
New England
594 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Slow night and made for excellent service. Food well prepared

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vipBernadineT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good overall experience. It was a little slow, but not our server’s fault, as he was the only one working our whole section.

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vipjack
New England
594 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A perfect setting for a business meeting or social event with quality food , well prepared. A bit disappointed with lemon curd tart as was more like a "flowing lemon liquid" not cooked!

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vipteenamarie
New England
29 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding on all levels. Food and ingredients crazy delicious and fresh. Chef owned and you can taste the passion and love! I think this is the best restaurant in Boston/Cambridge!!

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BMar617
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in a long time. Service was great! Glad they are reopen!!
Will be back

MB
vipMoBee
New England
57 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with The Undecided cocktail which was absolutely delicious. We then shared an app of bruschetta. My friend had Bologna’s & I had a cavatelle. We shared a dark chocolate fondant, for desert & were extremely satisfied with the entire experience!!!

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SMeg
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was excellent and helpful. Food was good, just a bit expensive. Do recommend going all the same.

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on the patio - service was excellent from Carlos. We had 7 different dishes (including appetizers) and all of them were very good.

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CantabFoodie
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Outdoor setup is pleasant. Service was attentive. Really enjoyed ourselves. The hamburger is a treat.

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vipFoodiedmp
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Despite being short staffed the existing crew did a fabulous job on a busy Saturday evening. Food was excellent; Drinks were a little pricy; but, we will definitely return.

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AndreaP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails, wine and food was absolutely amazing. Every part of my chicken entree was cooked perfectly and the flavor was phenomenal. Sitting at the bar with Jay is highly recommended!!! Cant wait to go back

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Lauren
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal! Loved all of the super fresh and seasonal menu options. Highly recommend!

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vipYusufN
New England
19 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The venison and pickled persimmon salad I saw online was not available to order. I was fasting for Ramadan and hoping for a quiet dinner at sundown, but very noisy and obnoxious biotech individuals were having loud discussions. I would have preferred elevator music to their cackle. For the price and the selection, the experience was somewhat painful. Very nice and patient waiters and excellent service, but not likely to revisit.

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vipjustmeinBoston
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A place right by the window - incredible drinks, a delicious burger (I know, not a fancy order but it was amazing) and incredible wait staff. Loved the experience!

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RosanneS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We opened catalyst on the very first day they opened after the shutdown. They were GREAT to us. When we go again I'll ask to sit indoor as it is lovely near the fireplace

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DavidL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress was excellent. Personable, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu.

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Regold
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice place and the food was so delicious!

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vipLeeAnnB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fantastic service. They have an upgraded ventilation system and some outdoor heaters too.

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AJma
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. This was dinner with a friend. Neither of us had been to Catalyst before. The service was professional, great ambience, good social distancing in the dining room. Lovely variety in the menu. Both of us will be back. It was a terrific evening.

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vipNico
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and service

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AnthonyL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent job with outdoor seating for lunch. Food was excellent

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DONNAA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, 2 tables of 4 - very accommodating. Staff was great and food was delicious. They even validate parking :) Definitely will go back and recommend.

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michellec
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this placed and missed it when it was closed! Really hope they are able to survive COVID!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. The loungey outdoor setting is artfully done, and the food lovingly executed. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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Alie
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A lovely patio with trees and blue sky to enjoy delicious food in these crazy pandemic times. I highly recommend

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kitttttt
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our lunch tacos were great1 Excellent fries as well. Drinks were a bit pricey but tasty; the only disappointment was a watermelon "salad" for $12 that was 8 small squares (less than 1 inch by 1 inch) of watermelon - very nicely garnished and dressed but SERIOUSLY???
It in no way was a salad, possibly an "amuse bouche" ... should have been a $5 charge at most -

Based on the price of this dinner item, I would probably NOT try the restaurant for dinner - there is no way that was a first course for one person, never mind a shareable plate for a table.
Service was great; safety standards were well maintained.

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kukaduro
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am glad the Catalyst is back to business even under these dire circumstances. The service and the food was great. We sat outside under the trees. Lovely.

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vipneighborhoodlocal
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating with lots of distancing. The food and service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent menu, great service. Can’t wiSt to go back. And the wine list was outstanding.

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You can order delivery directly from Catalyst Restaurant using the Order Online button. Catalyst Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 576-3000.

Catalyst Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1469 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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