Catalyst Restaurant

4.5
1444 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1444 people are saying
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DavidL
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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RomainP
1 review
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
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and service

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AnthonyL
New England
4 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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OpenTable Diner
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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Bora
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing culinary experience as usual! Nothing short of perfection. Catalyst is gem of Cambridge and New England.

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christine
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and people always outstanding. Best restaurant in Cambridge and Boston. By far.

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vipmkmcharlestown
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time back since they reopened since COVID closing in March. Enjoyed the food and service. Was seated outside as they are not seating inside.

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JonS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new pre fix menu, well adapted for these tougher times! Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and service!!

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DanielleR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for a client meeting. Very busy and fun for a weeknight evening.

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giantdork
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a business dinner there. Food and service were good.

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vipMerlin
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Generally underwhelmed by the food. Some of the appetizers were simply bad, others were just significantly under seasoned and bland. But, the mains were actually all fine. But, price point was high and for that inconsistency this is not a restaurant we would go back to

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LucyM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to Catalyst several times and am always impressed. It is a great place to take out of town friends because the food is always excellent and the atmosphere is lively and fun while we are still able to have a conversation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

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LynneD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The services was very good! My Flat Iron steak is fulled of fat and very chewed. I think the rest of the food was fine! I really like the raspberry tea and cappuccino was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food and service. Delicious mushroom ravioli and knowledgeable bar tender. Terrible music playlist of 70s pop/rock that seemed out of place, too loud for conversation, and just in poor taste all round.

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MikeK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was soooo slow. We were seated right away for our reservation- it took 20 mins for our waitress to come over and take our drink order... our appetizers cam before our drinks did... the food was mediocre... will not dine here again

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, if not somewhat overpriced. Ambiance overall was very nice but we were sat at a table essentially in a hallway next to an exit door so not an ideal spot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great and they were able to accommodate vegans.

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RobinD
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Some gluten free dessert options would be nice, even if it's just vanilla ice cream. Maybe a creme brulee?

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vipPhilL
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Well let’s start with the pluses. The restaurant is large and nicely appointed. Comfortable and casual. Service was very good. I ordered the Bartender’s choice for a drink and it was very nice. Unfortunately, the food was passable at best. We had the duck confit app. This turned out to be shredded duck with very little flavor topped by a a flaccid piece of roared duck skin. Confit generally has a rich umami quality because it is cooked in duck fat, not here and the skin would have been great if it had been crispy. The other apps were passable, a tuna tartar was pleasant but pedestrian. The chicken liver mouse had was prepared well but needed something to punch it up per gaps a splash of cognac. All in the apps were disappointing. We had two pasta dishes for mains, again solid but nothing special. The special was beef short rib with a taleggio cheese ravioli. The dish was super rich and no real contrasting textures. The second pasta was a squid ink cavetelli with shrimp, artichokes and capers in a very light lemon butter sauce. Again workman like prep. I should know better than to keep falling for squid ink pasta. Only truest flavor a couple of times most as was here just color red black but real flavor difference.

All in all a servicemen meal but no reason to return. No standouts which is a shame because with a bit more care all the elements are in place to be a great restaurant

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vipTorontiff
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

So disappointed! Had visited this restaurant two nights in a row in Oct on a prior business trip and loved what I had from the menu. This time the offerings were just edible by comparison. Please come back up to former grace!!

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DeepSea53
New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't get here as often as I'd like, but this is one of my favorite, go to places for lunch, dinner or a drink.

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vipYaPalAl
New England
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cod was very good, the Upside Down #2 was really good if u like Whiskey.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Food, nice ambience and good service.

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ShaluR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was mediocre. Staff was rushed. Cocktails were good, but server didn’t have a clue about the wine. Disappointing. Host staff were very welcoming and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great location for a small group dinner. Conversation was easy in the environment, service was outstanding, and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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vipCourtneyM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Catalyst used to be my go to for business meals, but the service was so bad I don’t think I can take clients here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

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GiulioPe
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The service until we have been able to order the food took forever. The meat of my burger was warm, but not hot. Even the french fries have been excellent I would not recommend catalyst for business meetings.

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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 1444 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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