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Catalyst Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1502 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American

Catalyst Restaurant is the culmination of Chef/Owner William Kovel’s culinary experiences in award-winning restaurants including Jardinière, Orerry and Aujourd'hui at Four Seasons Boston Hotel. 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.


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


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Booked 27 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 576-3000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    William Kovel

  • Catering

    events@catalystrestaurant.com

  • Private party facilities

    Beautiful custom weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, & post nuptial brunches. Seamless planning, award winning modern American cuisine & flawless execution

  • Private party contact

    Robyn Yee & Anne Fedak: (617) 576-3004

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Main Street

  • Parking details

    We validate parking at Technology Square Garage (800 Technology Square)

  • Public transit

    Red Line Kendall/MIT

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,502 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston

    Great for Lunch

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  1. n

    neighborhoodlocal

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love their outdoor patio. Food is always great!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Food lacks flavor. Ordered steak medium rare and got well done. Drinks were Ok.

  3. D

    Dinner

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service, as usual.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    Getting server’s attention distracted us from our conversation and made the outing exhausting.

  5. BM

    BillM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service and food was great! Beautiful dining area, very open, airy and comfortable. We’ll go back!

  6. HH

    HaroldH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Good food, nice surroundings and ambiance. Slightly slow service, overall very good.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5

    We came for our five year anniversary because we had lunch here five years ago when we married. The food was excellent. However the service was just so so. We ordered sparkling wine and the waitress brought us wine glasses. Then she brought us the wrong bottle of wine. We had a toddler with us and no straw cup and crayons were offered until we asked. And when the food was served, no plate for my toddler and people just acted like he was not there. So we needed to ask for everything for our kid though we specified in the booking that we had a kid with us. When we ordered dessert, the wrong dessert was served, though we were not charged for the wrong plate. Just a lot going on for one meal. Don’t think we will come back for our 10 year anniversary lol. Again the food was great.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    It was dinner with 4 classmates. Everything is good but they took longer time to serve drink. This is the only thing they should improve.

  9. AR

    AndreaR

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went to Catalyst for Mother’s Day brunch. Food was top notch and very fresh. Selection was amazing - from crepes, to pasta, to salmon Wellington, to dumplings! It was all delicious!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day brunch

  11. F

    Funfoodie

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    All the hot food was cold and it tasted like it had been sitting

  12. T

    Tyro

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    After 2 years of pandemic restrictions this is our first open buffet brunch to celebrate Mother's Day with family and friends. Large interior, well-designed tables, pleasant staff members, plenty of food, good taste. Cottoncandy is something they served, which we have to mention since it has been an easy 40 years since I last tasted it!

  13. LM

    LeviM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, staff and atmosphere was amaaaaaazing. Delicious, clan and friendly.

  14. LM

    LevM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is a hidden GEM! I've worked in Cmabridge for 16 years and it's been here for 10 years and I didn't know of it. I took my mom, aunts, sister-in law and female friends here for Mother's Dy Bruch and it wasn't anything short of amazing. The ease of making and adjusting the reservation to add more people - which resulted in a private area for 12 people! :) We felt so special and the area was a bit secluded from the main dining room which was perfect for us. The food was delicious, the ambience was beautiful and the staff were attentive and AMAZING! The hostess that assisted me from changing the reservation, to setting us up the day of - I forgot her name but THNAK YOU!! I appreciate you! The new manger Ryan, it was a pleasure meeting you and good luck! We met him as well and he was a real gentleman. The buffet spread was nice and the popcorn and cotton candy for the kids was a cute idea!!

  15. SB

    ShadyB

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    They seemed overwhelmed by a large party, and the service was slow. Our waiter was trying his best, but the experience was a bit underwhelming for my clients who thought it took too long food and dessert to be served.

  16. BM

    BarbaraM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great business lunch spot. Menus has something for everyone, reasonably priced. Portions are generous and the food is well prepared. Tables well spaced to allow for conversation and outdoor seating options are perfect for an al fresco treat.

  17. t

    teenamarie

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always the best dining experience on the Northeast. The food is ALWAYS exceptional on all levels. The service is wonderful. It is truly my favorite place to go for great food and a wonderful time!

  18. DB

    DBPaleo

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and delicious food!

  19. CM

    CMP111

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We went for the Easter Brunch and they did a very nice job. The buffet had everything; raw bar, carving station, salads, pasta, omelet bar, breakfast items, pastries and desserts. Service was very good. They kept coming around to clear plates etc. They added the tip in, which we thought was fine. It was definitely worth the money.

  20. MK

    MelisaK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3

    I was really looking forward to this buffet for Easter, since it was the top one in an article of “Top 10 Easter Buffets in Boston”- but if this is top, I would hate to see bottom. There was nothing more special than any other Sunday buffet. . .accept the staff ( who were very pleasant no roast beef at all, and my husband’s eggs Benedict could have been used as a hockey puck! Other upscale local buffets were around $150 pp, but, at least, this was ONLY $65 PP. There was no complimentary champagne; we don’t drink, but for many that is a serious draw. All alcohol was extra- only coffee, water, and fruit juice came with the Buffett price. The ambiance was ok ( felt rather like a hotel conference room), but no real charm. I’m sorry, but cupcakes with Peeps on top is not my idea of a specialty dessert. All in all, the Catalyst is NOT my idea of fine dining, and I won’t be back.

  21. W

    Wendy

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We went to the Easter Brunch. The spread was very nice. The food were executed very well. Had a great time. Will be back!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easter Brunch

  23. MA

    MaryAnn

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Very nice brunch for Easter Sunday at a very reasonable price!

  24. JZ

    JZie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2

    Thought it would be chic. The Branzino was dry and tasteless. No sauce nothing g - had to request olive oil, salt , pepper abs lemon for a $37 dish to be edible. Roasted carrots to share that should have come with the entree came as an appetizer . Bread was a separate fee with the soup ?! All tasteless !!!! This would NEVER fly in New York.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and drinks were all amazing and the portion size was perfect. I’m not typically a dessert person but couldn’t pass up the cranberry/orange tart- it did not disappoint!

  26. F

    Francesca

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Interesting choice of good and excellent service. The food was good. I would definitely return.

  27. d

    dann

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Haven't been there in at least five years. Drinks are still creative and delicious. Menu has largely changed since we last visited -- very nice. I had the cod, which has been there in some form or other since the beginning. Wonderful. Appetizers (mussels / liver pate) were fantastic.

  28. CB

    CraigB

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Steven was attentive and so welcoming.

  29. t

    tomasop

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Reliable, good food! Unfortunately prices are up almost 50% wrt before Covid

  30. CL

    CLARISAE

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great food. Very nice ambiance. We had a lovely family dinner

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing services and great food.

  32. SJ

    SandJ

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice midday lunch, not too busy at this time. Very attentive server, good food choices. My friend had never been to Catalyst ( I’ve been many times) and enjoyed her kale salad with tofu.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1

    Food was good…Music was not good at all. Poor choice of music for such a nice interior ambiance. Went out for Valentine’s Day and they were playing “Take me home tonight” on the speakers. Overall, dinner was average to fair. My burger was average. The beef was amazing. Music was horrible. Service was good. Again…music was horrible.

  34. RA

    RohitA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and experience as well as service was excellent! Will be back again.

  35. G

    Guest

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A delightful place to spend an evening with friends. Good food. Nice ambiance.

  36. E

    Elias

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Very slow service despite them being almost empty and my hamburger was over cooked, but the ambience and space was very nice.

  37. KV

    KarenV

    New England

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Flavorful and filling food. Cocktails are interesting and tasty. The setting is elegant, though a bit sparse. It's a good place for quiet conversation and good food, would not choose it for a light bite.

  38. CS

    CatStevens

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went to catalyst for date night with the wife over the weekend, this place has always been at the top of our list when we dine out. Been here many occasions. This weekend was an absolutely awesome experience. Our server Dan was extremely attentive, we wanted for nothing the whole experience. His knowledge of the new menu was top notch. His wine and cocktails knowledge was on point as well. He was quick and decisive about our pairings through the whole meal, Ill be asking for him again next time I go, that's for sure. As for the food, everything was fantastic, we had the empanadas and chicken liver mousse (my stand by) for starters, the mousse never fails me, always one of my favorites. As for the empanadas, really well prepared, the chili crunch that it comes with is my new franks! im gonna put that $h1t on everything from now on! Our mains we had Mushroom raviolis, also a stand by dish, the wife really loves this, the burre monte is such a spectacular sauce for this dish. I had the Lamb Shank over risotto with grilled escarole, I find a lot of restaurants dont grill out that bitterness in escarole but this isnt most restaurants, absolutely beautifully grilled, very flavorful, and still had a good crunch. The rissoto was so proper, it was creamy, didnt stand up on its own, perfectly cooked, expertly seasoned! ill be having this dish again. Overall, if you havent been then youre really missing out

  39. L

    Libby

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely restaurant. Great food, cocktails and dessert and the staff was lovely. One of my favorite places for special meals as well as a nice night out with friends.

  40. C

    Cityman

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent. Empanadas and Duo of Beef was superb. Love the ambience and can wait to go back. Ate at the bar and service was great 😊

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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 1502 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 27 times today
Google Map for Catalyst Restaurant

300 Technology Square Cambridge, MA 02139

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main Street

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We validate parking at Technology Square Garage (800 Technology Square)

  • Public transit

    Red Line Kendall/MIT

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    William Kovel

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 576-3000

  • Catering

    events@catalystrestaurant.com

  • Private party facilities

    Beautiful custom weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, & post nuptial brunches. Seamless planning, award winning modern American cuisine & flawless execution

  • Private party contact

    Robyn Yee & Anne Fedak: (617) 576-3004

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